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Imagine riding at 5,359 meters above sea level along the world’s highest road passable by vehicle. Feel the power of the wind as you pass moon-like crater landscapes, past the mountain-sources of historically important rivers, and alongside isolated Buddhist monasteries. All the while, as you ride the winding roads, you are surrounded by a crown of mountains, the grand Himalayas enveloping you at every turn, stretching along the horizon as far as the eye can see.
During this motorcycle tour, you will stay three-star hotels and glamping tents with bathrooms, mostly with Wi-Fi and hot water. Rooms will be available with a double bed. You will mostly stay in high standard three-star hotels and spend some nights in tents. Once, you will sleep in an adobe house. However, the tents are equipped with beds and bathrooms inside. The hospitality of the locals makes up for all the inconveniences.
You will stay in Manali for nights two and three.
Unwind in Jispa on night four.
Get some good sleep in Pang on night five.
Feel at home in Leh on nights six and 13.
Doze off in Pangong Lake on nights seven, eight, and nine.
Unwind in Nubra Valley on night 10 and 11.
Have a well-earnest rest in Dan Hanu on night 12.
Riding along some of the world’s highest mountain passes will challenge even the most intrepid of travelers but it is an experience that lifelong memories are made of. There are some travel destinations that seem so obscure that most would never even think of them. However, once you have heard the idea, it is a prospect so tantalizing that you cannot seem to shake the desire to get there one day. That is the kind of journey a motorbike ride through the Himalayas can bring to you.
Arriving in Delhi at dawn, settling in a hotel, little sightseeing, shower, and leaving to Manali with bus/private jeeps in the evening.
Arriving in Manali in the morning, occupying accommodation, resting. Excursion to Vashist to the Jogini waterfall, bathing in the thermal pools built on the local heat source, acclimation to the Indian environment.
Receiving the bikes, smaller tours in the area, taste local food, getting used to the bikes.
After the breakfast you set out, going uphill between enormous pine trees, above which huge vultures are circling on the sky. Crossing the 3979 meter-high Rothang pass. The way leads through small villages in beautiful surroundings to the small city of Jispa.
You continue the ride uphill and cross the 4890-meter high Baralacha Pass. Here you can get a taste of Ladakh’s moonlit landscapes and sky-rising mountain ranges. You go down a little and spend the night in a well-equipped tent camp in Sarchu, located on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Maybe the hardest and longest part is waiting for you. You will have to climb 3 passes of around 5000 meter, in the following order: Nakee La (4739 m), Lachung La (5065 m), and finally the world’s second highest motorable pass, the 5329-meter high Tanglang La. From here you ride down on perfect roads, following the Indus river to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, where you can finally relax under comfortable circumstances.
After riding on the hardest roads in the world for 3 days, strolling around in Leh will feel pretty good. Leh is a pleasant half Buddhist-half Muslim town with a lot of monasteries and mosques. You change your bikes, to ones with the local license plate, complying with the requirements of the state. Along with the new bikes you also prepare for the challenges of the following days.
After the breakfast, you set out again towards Pangong Lake, the biggest saltwater lake in Asia, 2/3 of which lies in China and 1/3 in India. In the small village next to the lake only a few families get through the -40-50°C cold winter when the whole lake freezes into one huge piece of ice. You spend the night in a nice, well-equipped tent camp by the lake, run by warm-hearted locals.
You are leaving towards Nubra Valley in the valley of the Shyok river, which is only rideable this time of the year, usually, it is covered with snow. You’ll arrive to another landscape, among sand dunes and two-humped camel herds.
In the morning you’re climbing up to the 32-meter-high Buddha statue of the Diskit monastery, which peacefully looks towards Pakistan to protect the inhabitants of the area from recent wars. While riding towards Leh you’re crossing the world’s highest motorable pass, the Khardung La, said to be 5602 meters high and you’re stretching the team’s flag.
Relaxation, refreshment, massage, souvenir shopping, and a short, optional riding to the most famous Buddhist monasteries of the neighborhood (Thiksey, Hemish).
After breakfast you’ll take a trip to Dah Hanu along the Indus river. This timeless village preserves a unique Indo-European cultural heritage and is inhabited by people wearing unique traditional jewelry and clothes subsisted from the Dard ethnic. You spend the night in high-class tent-camp in an apricot orchard.
On your last day on two wheels, you are crossing the last 5000 meters high pass. Before heading back to Leh, you will stop off in Lamayuru and Alchi, the home of a 1000 years old monastery.
A flight from Leh to Delhi where you’ll go to sleep with lots of new experiences in our mind.
Transfer to the airport, flying home.
An art gallery and coffee shop owner in Budapest, Levi is a passionate motorcycle builder and collector. Levi lived in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria before moving back to Hungary. Now he leads a motorbike club and organizes motorbike festivals. You can meet him on the Way of the Road journey.
Micho is the most experienced tour leader in the BTS team. He's a longtime tour leader, who has worked in more than 60 countries across 5 continents. There is literally no problem during a trip that you can imagine that he hasn’t met and solved about a thousand times before.
Dorje - an extremely faithful native tour guide - grew up in the Himalayas and has been working as guide since he was a child. He is the most experienced local guide Beyond The Standard has ever met in Asia.
Gáspár is a Swiss army knife when it comes to adventures and extreme sports. He grew up in the wild mountains of Transylvania besides being a professional triathlete and does Ironmans. He is also a licensed tour guide, ski instructor, sailor, diver, and skydiver. He loves to freeride skiing, mountain biking, enduro motorcycling, kite-surfing, rock climbing, and mountaineering.
This motorcycle tour will take place in Manali, Jispa, Pang, Ladakh, Leh, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Dah Hanu, Magnetic Hill, and Nanga Parbat in India. The tour will start and end in Delhi.
During this motorcycle tour, breakfast and dinner will be provided daily. You will get breakfast and dinner at the hotel in a buffet system. For lunch, you will stop at roadside stalls where you can buy snacks and basic food where everyone pays his own. You will make several pit stops in local tea shops where you can find a variety of local and very cheap but good quality food and drink options.
The type of all three meals are basically Indian. In case of special diets, please let Beyond the Standard know in advance and they will ask the local partners about the possibilities. Of course, you can drink but buying alcohol is somewhat more difficult. It is advised to take spirits from home or buy them at the airport. In larger cities, there are dedicated alcohol shops and it is always possible to buy beer in the accommodations, although the price of it rises in proportion to the height above sea level.
You can dine in nice local restaurants or grab some beer and papadums in the hotel garden.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included.
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