The Motorcycle Tour from Manali to Leh and other parts of Ladakh is one of the best ways to savor the scenic attractions of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. It is considered to be the best way of discovering the natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh which is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India.
A 12 days / 11 nights Manali Leh Motorcycle tour with unlimited fun crosses World’s top two highest mountain passes. It involves crossing over high mountain passes providing spectacular views of snow capped peaks, rugged terrain and traveling through one of the most spectacular & picturesque landscapes in The World. Every year more and more bikers attempt this high altitude motor bike ride which is one of the most spectacular Motorcycle Tour in the World. The tour starts from Manali and ends at Manali with a visit to high mountain passes, lakes and Monasteries. Come prepared for every possible weather imaginable from scorching sunshine to freezing blizzards, even in mid-summers.
Area: Trans Himalaya
Duration: 15 Days 14 Nights
Altitude: 5600 mts/18368 ft
Season: July & August
Destinations Covered: Manali – Jispa – Sarchu – Kharnak Roupshu – Pang – Leh – Nubra Valley – Tso-Moriri
Day 1 –Arrival Manali any time and check in the Solang Campsite.
We will start with a short briefing on the Motorcycle Tour. After a quick rundown of road safety precautions and checking of the personal equipment, we will go for a short hike to Anjani Mahadev Day Trek to get acclimatize and come back at the campsite. The night stay will be at the Solang camp site.
Day 2 – Manali to Jispa, 135kms 6-7 hours including the Rohtang pass 3900 meters
The challenge begins here as we zigzag up to the Rohtang pass (13,044ft). Here you get fantastic views back towards Manali and the surrounding Himalaya! Next we descend into the Valley to Koksar, (check point) take a “chai break” before we continue along the bank of the mighty Bhaga river through the town of Keylong, have another chai break and then finally head to Jispa where we will spend the night at our campsite.
Day 3 -Jispa to Sarchu 125kms, 5 – 6 hours ride, including the Bara Lacha pass 4890 meters.
Quick stop at the police check post & and then we follow along the Darcha river. We zigzag our way up to the Bara lache pass and cross one of the toughest passes of the journey: the Baralache pass lies at 16,500 feet and has of course stunning views…Then we descend to “Bharatpur” for a well-deserved chai break and hot lunch. After lunch we ride some fantastic bits of road along the valley floor to our overnight campsite in Sarchu. This is a wonderful semi permanent. Dinner and night in the camp.
Day 4– Sarchu – Kharnak Roupshu 150 Kms, 5 – 6 hours including the Lachhulang pass 16,613 feet.
We will get an extra early start and immediately ascend the Bata Loop Switchbacks towards Lachhulang pass (16,613ft), and descend to our chai and lunch stop in the village of Pang. Keeping an eye out for Tibetan Nomads, we will ascend quickly again and emerge into an amazing high altitude valley known as the Moore Planes. Next we head towards “Kharnak Roupshu,” which is the winter pastures of Changspa. The Tibetan Nomads live here during the winter with their herds of yaks, sheep & goats… We will have dinner and stay here in another semi-permanent camp.
Day 5 – Kharnak Roupshu – Leh, Ladakh 200kms, 7 – 8 hours including the Tang Lang pass 5300 meters
Today we will cross the 2nd highest motor-able pass in the world! Which lies at 5300meters! Descending the pass on an amazingly beautiful stretch of road we will re-enter the civilization… After passing the check point at Upshi, we will pass many famous monasteries before reaching Leh. We’ll see Stakan, Thiksey and Shy Monasteries and continue our journey along the Indus River valley until we reach the town of Leh in Ladakh. Leh is a wonderful town located on the Indus riverbank. We’ll check into our hotel and then you’ll have a free evening to explore Leh.
Day 6 – Free visit leh to explore the market and Leh Palace by walk.
Day 7 – Leh to Pangong Lake (149 km)
Today We’ll visit to the Pangong Lake which is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. The 2/3rd portion of the lake lies in China. After this visit, We will cross the Chang La (5500 meters) and go forward to an army checkpoint at Tangse. Have a comfortable stay at night in the resort.
Day 8-Pangong Lake to Leh (149 km)
After breakfast early in the morning we’ll head towards Leh and explore Leh the whole day. Shop at bazaars and visit the Shanti Stupa which is a Buddhist white-dome huge structure which overlooks Changspa. Enjoy a great view of the Indus Valley and the Zanskar range and go colder to nature.
Day 9 – Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung-La (125 Kms)
Today we’ll leave for Nubra valley through Khardung La at 5602 meters. This is the world’s highest motorable road – the Khardung pass at a thrilling 5602 meters! The overnight stay will be at the Nubra Valley campsite.
Day 10 – Nubra to Leh (125Kms)
Day 11–Leh to Tso-Moriri via Upshi 210 Kms, 8 – 9 hours
We will be riding 215 kms today so it is best to start early from Leh. We take the Leh – Manali highway until the town of Upshi. Near Upshi we stop at a check post where you need to submit your permits. For the better part of today’s journey we follow the Indus River and the tarmac is in good condition for the most part, barring a few landslide prone stretches…
Chumathang itself has little to offer to a visitor apart from a few local roadside restaurants, a Gompa and hot water springs. A quick lunch stop would suffice for most, instead we make our own track, riding off road and following the numerous tracks left by passing vehicles. The last 30kms are a pain, but a boon for those who love off road riding! The track here is a mix of sand and dirt trails littered with small stones. However the view one gets at the end of it makes it all worth it, overnight on the bank of the Tso-mo-riri or Korzok village.
Day 12- Tso Moriri (Korzok) to Pang 120 kms via,Tsokar 6hours
From Korzok we back track to the Junction of Tso-khar and from there take the diversion to reach Tso- Khar. This road tends to be a bit rough for some is a boon for those who appreciate off road motor biking!! It is believed that Tso- Kar was once connected to Tso- Mo-riri, even though TsoKar is a salt water lake while Tso Mo-riri is fresh water… The area surrounding Tso- Kar is protected and forms the Tso- Kar wild life sanctuary; we will camp here overnight on the banks of Tso-Khar, the salt water lake.
Day 13 –Pang to Jispa 160 kms, 5 – 6 hours, including the Lachlung pass 5,060 meters (16,602 feet)and the Barache pass 4890 meters
Today we climb up to the Lachlung pass at 5,060 meters. Lachlung, Once over the pass you’ll enjoy the winding ‘switchbacks’ known as the Gata Loops all the way down to Sarchu.we stop in Bhaartpur to have a chai before we tackle the Barache pass at 4890 meters.
We stay overnight in a semi-permanent, enjoy the company of your riding companions, camp fire and of course plenty of good hearty food.
Day 14 –Jispa to Manali 135kms, 6 -7 hours including the Rohthang pass 3900 meters
Today is a short but pure bliss ride of bad roads! Streams to cross, frozen puddles and dirt tracks to navigate all the way up to and back over the Rohtang pass. We’ll take our chai and lunch break at Marhi before descending back to the lush green of the Kullu valley, the sparkling Bease River and finally you are back in Manali! As it’s the last night of this adventure we’ll celebrate and party with all our new friends and the entire staff who have been a part of your Life Changing Holiday in the Himalayas…
Day 15 -Manali
After breakfast you’ll have a free day in Manali, last day shopping around Manali. After lunch you’ll be transferred to the Bus stand.
- All ground transfers
- Hotel in manali and leh on MAP Basis. (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Hotel in Jispa, Camp in Sarchu & Pangong lake on AP Basis. (full board)
- Twin sharing accommodation in hotel & tent.
- Permits for Restricted areas (India – Tibet boarder control, Ladakh, Spiti valley, north-east India)
- First Aid box including oxygen cylinder
- Mechanics with all necessary spare parts
- Support vehicle (if riders are suffering from the altitude fatigue or just a sore ass, they can always jump into our back-up jeep to relax!!
- Fuel for bike
- Damage charges
- Visa (details sent with rider pack)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Mineral water
- International & domestics flights, Bus & Train tickets .
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:
- A snood or (Dust Mask) for keeping dust and cold out of your nose.
- Sun hat, Sunglasses or bike glasses.
- Thick warm as well as light socks.
- Lightweight sleeping bag.
- Travel towel.
- Kidney-belt can be helpful support for the long hours of riding.
- A fleece is good for under your jacket.
- Day Pack to carry a water bottle, rain suit and other stuff you will use during the day.
- A money belt or waist pack in which to carry your passport and other valuables.
- Very strong bungee cords or cargo nets.
- Basic first aid kit: a few plasters and antiseptic cream.
- Any regular medication you need.
- Spectacles: bring spares, or your prescription with you.
- Knee protection
- Waist belt
- Riding gloves