Manali To Ladakh Motorcycle Tour - 15 Days
MANALI TO LADAKH ON THE HIGH PASSES ADVENTURE
14 Nights – 15 Days
Best Time : June to September | Riding distance : 1300 KMS / 810 MILES
Tour Dates : 15TH JULY TO 29TH JULY | Altitude : 240 M – 5570 M / 790 FT – 18380 FT
DELHI – CHANDIGARH – MANDI – GOSHAINI – MANALI – ROHTANG LA – JISPA – BARALACHA LA – NAKEE LA – LACHUNG LA – TANGLANG LA – SERCHU – LEH – LAMAYURU – ALCHI – KHARDUNG LA – NUBRA VALLEY – TURTUK – HUNDER – DISKIT – SHYOK RIVER
We welcome you with us to ride on the Highway to Paradise. It’s a test which every biker would like to pass. It is indeed a pilgrimage for bikers. This is the business of taming the mountains of harsh cold desert, dealing with low oxygen levels, and incline lift through extremely bad narrow roads with several hell freezing water crossings. Yet it is motor able, we must negotiate one snow- bound high altitude mountain pass then another and then the other. It is called the land of passes. Nothing can be more thrilling for a biker than conquering the two highest motor able passes in the world (Highest Pass Khardung la pass –5570 M / 18,380 Feet) in a single expedition. This tour will lead you into the valley of gods “The Last Shangri La – LEH” where mind and nature unifies, the unique blend of greenery and cold barren desert mesmerizes and all the tiredness of ages evaporates. Ladakh is a land of mythical beauty; a land where vividly colored mountains and mighty snow-clad peaks are crisscrossed by gurgling streams originating from milky glaciers. Nubra Valley.Along the eastern ridge of the Karakoram Range in northern Ladakh is the Nubra valley comprising of the upper Shayok and Nubra river valleys. The trekking route to this area is demanding and traverses the Kardung-la pass along the ancient trade route from Leh to Central Asia. It is the highest motorable road in the world! The breathtaking view from the pass surveys an entire length of the Indus valley in the south and a magnificent panorama of snow clad peaks. No less interesting are the friendly and simple inhabitants of Ladakh, living with scarce resources in an inhospitable region, they always astonish a traveler with their ineffable hospitality. The contagious smile of the rosy-cheeked Mongolian faced inhabitants shall make us forget our body aches from riding.
ARRIVE IN DELHI
We will meet you at Delhi Airport and transfer you to your Hotel. Because fellow group members may be arriving on different flights, we will wait to meet the fellow group members on the next day at the breakfast table and the staff at the dinner table.
DELHI –CHANDIGARH – MANDI. (1044 M / 3045 FT) (210 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
An early start by Express Train to Chandigarh and then further 5Hrs by small bus to Mandi situated on the banks of river Beasin Himachal Pradesh at an elevation of 3045 Ft. Arrive Mandiby evening.
MANDI – GOSHAINI. (1370 M / 4500 FT) (90 KMS / 2 – 3 HRS).
Post breakfast we’ll hold a briefing to cover safety precautions, touring style, road conditions, and check of personal equipment, with time to select our bikes and become familiar with starting procedures, control layouts and bike handling. Today we have a short ride on the main Manali highway; we will divert our tour before the Tunnel on the small road into the Banjar Valley. We ride through the small road and typical himachal villages to Goshaini at the banks of river Tirthan.
GOSHAINI – MANALI. (2050 M / 6765 FT) (110 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
Since the beginning of time Kullu Valley has been known as ‘The Valley of the Gods’. We enjoy one of the most spectacular days of motorcycle touring anywhere in the world today as we run the cliff hanging highway along almost vertical walls of jungle and cascading waterfalls of the Beas River Valley. An all-too-short ride brings us to the Honey Moon resorts town of Manali, with plenty of time to explore the shops and markets.
MANALI – ROHTANG LA (3980 M / 13135 FT) – JISPA. (3330 M / 10900 FT) (140 KMS / TIME DURATION WILL BE GIVEN IN MANALI SEEING THE ROAD CONDITION OF ROHTANG PASS)
Think of the Alps and let your imagination expand and go wild, this is the Rohtang-La! After breakfast we start to climb right outside of town, up the most beautiful alpine road on earth. Though not that high a pass for the Himalaya (3980 m), it is certainly one of the most spectacular. We will descend to the Lahaul Valley to meet the Chandra River and have lunch at Keylong and continue further to Jispa, a small village on the banks of the river.After Crossing the Rohtang Pass we’ve entered a whole new world; Tibetan Buddhist monasteries hang off precipices.
JISPA – BARALACHA LA (4892 M / 16150 FT) – SERCHU. (4290 M / 14150 FT) (90 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
Post breakfast we ride further stopping for the Passport Control at Darcha Check Post. Darcha was the starting point of the famous 20 days trek to Ladakhvia Zanskar Valley, still the local people of Zanskar use this route and very soon we will get a chance to explore this route also by our motorcycle as the road is started from Darcha to Padum. Noticing how dry it’s becoming as we climb toward the Tibetan Plateau, we run the entire length of the Lahaul Valley heading for our next high pass, Baralacha-La. We descendafter the pass to our camp at Sarchu.
SERCHU – NAKEE LA (4750 M / 15675 FT)- LACHUNG LA (5065 M / 16715 FT) – TANGLANG LA (5330 M / 17582 FT) – LEH.(3600 M / 11880 FT) (260 KMS / 7 – 8 HRS)
Like a scene out of ‘Fantasia’ our day begins with a climb up the Gata Loops, 21 dizzy switchbacks on excellent surface, towards our two pass of today’s ride, Nakee La and Lachung La. Descending through a moonscape gorge we arrive at the military post called Pang which brings us to the Tibetan Plateau and what is called the More Plains, 44 km of wide valley filled with nomads and yaks, flat as a table, with massive glacial peaks either side.TanglangLa is the world’s second highest motorable pass and our last pass for the day with views of all creation from the top. Descending countless hairpin turns we enter the beautiful Miru Gorge, razorback ridges of every color rock with tiny villages set among green/gold fields of barley. We’ve entered Ladakh, the last Shangri-La!
Day at Leisure to explore the local market.
LEH – LAMAYURU – ALCHI – LEH. (3510 M / 11583 FT) (250 KMS / 6 – 7 HRS)
Post breakfast we ride to one of the oldest monastery of Ladakh, Alchi ChosKhor, and The artistic and spiritual details of both Buddhism and the Hindu kings of that time in Kashmir are reflected in the wall paintings in this monastery. These are some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh but before that we will visit the Impressive Lamayuru Monastery. Ride back to Leh by late afternoon.
LEH – KHARDUNG LA (5570 M / 18380 FT) – NUBRA VALLEY. (3030 M / 10000 FT) (130 KMS / 5 – 6 HRS)
The day you’ve been waiting for. Conditions permitting, we’ll ride the 26.5 km to the highest motorable pass on Earth, Khardung-La. After the last 14 km of rocky road, we will join an elite handful of motorcyclists that have stood on the top of world! The views over the mountains of Tibet to the north, the Karakoram Range, K-2, and back down to the Indus Valley and Zanskar are simply indescribable!
AT NUBRA VALLEY
Today after a late breakfast we will visit the ancient, remote Diskit Monastery and a ride through the broad valley to the hot springs of Panamik, followed by an afternoon riding the Bactrian Double Hump Camels through the sand dunes of Hunder.
NUBRA VALLEY – LEH. (3600 M / 11880 FT) (130 KMS / 5 – 6 HRS)
We ride back the same route crossing Khardung La to Leh. Today is our last day of our riding.
Day at Leisure to explore the local market.
LEH – DELHI
Early morning transfer to the Airport to board the flight to Delhi.
Transfer to the Airport to board the flight back home.