Ladakh High Roads Motor Cycle Tour - 15 Days
LADAKH WITH 3 LAKES & 5 HIGH PASSES
14 Nights – 15 Days
Best Time : June to September | Riding distance : 1200 KMS / 750 MILES
Tour Dates : 29TH JULY To 12TH AUGUST | Altitude : 240 M – 5570 M / 790 FT – 18380 FT
LEH – KHARDUNG LA – NUBRA VALLEY – PANAMIK – HUNDER – DISKIT – DOUBLE HUMP CAMEL – SHYOK RIVER – WARI LA – CHANG LA – PANGONG TSO – CHUMATHANG HOT SPRING – TSOMORIRI –KORZOK VILLAGE – POLOKONKO LA – TSOKAR – SPANGCHEN – TANGLANG LA
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 three 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. The CHANGTANG is the name given to the captivating high altitude plateaus of Western Tibet, an extensive area that sits at an average elevation of 4500 to 5000 meters and is inhabited by such rare species as the ‘chiru’ (Tibetan antelope), ‘kyang’ (wild Tibetan ass) and blue sheep. This remote and fabled region is peopled by Changpas, the traditional traders of the Changtang, who have wandered these high pastures in true ‘caravan’ style with their ‘gurs’ (nomad tents) and flocks of pashmina goats and sheep for centuries. This traditionally Tibetan region lies in part in the Indian Himalaya, although the culture remains purely Tibetan. The main three lakes of Ladakh Pangong Tso, Tsomoriri & Tsokar lies in Changthang & Rupshu Valley.
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 – LEH
Today we rise very early to board our flight to Leh. On arrival in Leh we will be transferred to our Hotel and rest of the day is free for acclimatization.
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. Trial day visiting the Shey Palace, Hemis and Thiksey Monasteries.
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 – WARI LA(5240 M / 17300 FT) – SAKTI (3650 M / 12000 FT)(120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
Post breakfast today we will ride steep up to the recently-opened road leading up to Wari La and further descend into Sakti Valley.
SAKTI – CHANG LA(5360 M / 17690 FT) – PANGONG TSO (4250 M / 14025 FT) (100 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
Post breakfast we ride up again steep to Chang La the third highest motorable road in the world.The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau, The home for the nomadic tribes collectively known as the Changpa or Chang-pa, follows a rough mountain road to the luminous blue-green magic of Pangong Tso Lake. We’ll spend the night in the tents with a sweeping view across the lake to the Tibetan shore.
PANGONG TSO – CHUMATHANG. (3965 M / 13085 FT) (170 KMS / 5 – 6 HRS)
Today we ride back on the same route crossing Chang La till we hit the diversion at Kharu towards Tsomoriri continuing further to Chumathang Hot Springs.
CHUMATHANG –NAMSHANG LA (4800 M / 15840 FT) – TSOMORIRI (4595 M / 15160 FT) (130 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
Post breakfast we ride today to our second Lake, getting our Inner Line Permits checked at Mahe Check Post and further riding up to Namshang La, (Scenically this pass even beats the highest passes Khardung La and Tanglang La) and descending down to Kiagartso / ThatsangKaru a small salt lake at the height of 4650 M. We ride through the plain roads and the split wide valley in between stopping at the nomad’s tents to have a cup of butter tea seeing the herds of Pashmina Goats to Tsomoriri. We will explore the Nomads of the Korzok Village in the evening.
TSOMORIRI –POLOKONKO LA (4900 M / 16170 FT) – TSOKAR (4530 M / 14950 FT) (80 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
Today we wake up in front of the Tsomori Lake shimmering turquoise after breakfast we ride on bone-dry trails through desert valleys – it’s time to eat some dust! Our ride takes us past sulfur springs and over the windswept, Pologonka Pass. We will reach TsokarSalt Lake, a nature reserve and home of the shy wild mongoose and rare birds.
TSOKAR – SPANGCHEN(4500 M / 14850 FT) (120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
Post breakfast an early start up more hairpin curves out of Pang 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. We take a diversion inside the Kharnak valley which is a not a place which all tourist visits by Motorcycle or by Jeep, Today’s destination is Spangchenour last night in tents – sleeping in a “thousand-star hotel” at 4,500 meters – an unforgettable experience.
SPANGCHEN – TANGLANG LA (5330 M / 17582 FT) –LEH (3600 M / 11880FT) (175 KMS / 6 – 7 HRS)
Today is our last day of riding in the mighty Himalayas. Post breakfast we will ride up to the world’s second-highest road pass, the Tanglang La. The leisurely ascent is a spectacular motorcycle ride through a rugged gorge, descending nearly 2,000 meters to the Indus River.
AT LEH.(3600 M / 11880FT).
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.