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16 Day Through The Clouds Motorcycle Tour in High Himalaya, India

New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

Iconic Motorcycle Tour India

This tour takes you from the foothills of the Himalaya near Shimla through the remote and dramatic Spiti Valley on the Royal Enfield 500cc all the way to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Traveling over the highest motorable pass in the world, the infamous Khardung- La (18,380 feet) and Chang La on a trans-Himalayan journey. A high altitude adventure with breath-taking scenery on the roof of the world. Visit remote lakes and deserts nestled amongst the towering snow-covered peaks of the Mighty Himalaya. Visiting some of the world’s oldest monasteries along the way we get a feeling for the Indo- Tibetan culture unchanged for centuries. Twisting through spectacular motorcycling roads in some of the most remote and challenging terrain on earth, encountering nomadic herdsman and sightings of rare camels add to the overall experience. This is a land like no other! This is a physically challenging tour staying in a range of accommodation from tented resorts to local hotels and will be the start of a long love affair with the Royal Enfield. Are you up for it?

Key information

  • Terrain: Mountainous
  • Bike: Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet
  • Mileage: (1532 kilometers / 952 miles)
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Highlights

  • 12 days of riding
  • Starts and ends in New Delhi
  • Sightseeing and shopping in Leh
  • Ride through foothills of the Himalayas with some breathtaking views
  • Visit the controversial Magnetic Hill
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Support vehicle included

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


12 riding days
Group size: 7-10 participants
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Accommodation

The accommodations will a mix of selected hotels and tented camps

Program

Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi

Land in Delhi then get picked up from the airport and taken to our Aeroplaza hotel. Extreme Bike Tours has a luxury car and driver on standby should anyone wish to visit any tourist attractions in the capital. Contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis that combines the ancient with the modern.

Day 2: New Delhi to Narkanda

Weather permitting, you will fly to Chandigarh (321m) where we pick up a van to drive to the outskirts of Shimla (2,276m) where we get on the bikes! We head to Narkanda riding through foothills of the Himalayas with some breathtaking views. We stay overnight in Narkanda (2,760m) in chalet-style accommodation.

Day 3: Narkanda to Kalpa

You will descend to under 1000m as you ride along the fierce Sutlej river flowing in the gorges below until we reach Reckong Peo. You will then drive up through the apple orchards until you reach Kapla (2960m).

Day 4: Around Kalpa

You’ll spend some time in the village, walking around the apple orchards and taking in the stunning views of Shiva’s mountain ‘Kinner Kailash’ from the temple dedicated to this Hindu God. You'll organize the permits in Reckong Peo and take a ride to the Tibetan border at Chitkul (3450m) with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains.

Day 5: Kalpa to Tabo

Set off early as we have a potentially long day on a road prone to landslides with incredible mountain views. Pass through various checkpoints, head over the Malling Nullah pass near Nako Lake, and enter the Spiti Valley proper at Sumdo then follow the Spiti river and relax at your hotel in Tabo (3,280m).

Day 6: Tabo to Kaza

Start the day with a visit to the Ajanta of the Himalayas (as the Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery is popularly known) built-in AD 996 and also visit the monastery at Dhankar. Arrive in Kaza (3,800m) early where you'll check in to the charming Hotel Spiti Sarai for two nights. You'll have lunch at the excellent Himayalan Cafe and stroll around the market exploring local handicrafts, shops, and mingling. Good night to write postcards!

Day 7: Around Kaza

Today you will head into the remote high altitude villages of Spiti and firstly visit Langza (4,435m) famous for its fossils. Then on to Hikkim (4,400m) known for the world’s highest post office (and send those postcards) and Komic, the highest motor-able village in Asia (4520 m). After lunch, you will visit the incredible Key monastery near Kibber (4,166m).

Day 8: Kaza to Sissu

A long day today initially following the Spiti valley with amazing scenery all the way. You will cross the Kunzum pass (4551m) and enter the Lahaul Valley. Between Batal and Gramphu the road offers some of the most thrilling ridings of the tour with several water crossings challenging enough to test your grit, determination, and skill. You will earn some well-earned rest in charming Sissu.

Day 9: Sissu to Sarchu

We head over our highest pass so far, the impressive Bara-lacha La (4,890m) following the Leh-Manali Highway. The roads over the pass are pretty good and the view is incredible. From here it is an easy ride to Sarchu where we stay in our first high altitude tented accommodation at 4600m.

Day 10: Sarchu to Leh

A long ride today firstly through the 21 switchbacks known as The Gatu Loops, over the Lachulung Passes (5,039m) and then through the Moray Plains, a beautiful desert surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. This is a great place to open up your Bullet a little before we head over the second high pass of the day Taglang La (5,328m) and then down into the first village in Ladakh, Rumste (4,100m) and decent roads take us through thrilling landscapes and past Buddhist Monasteries. Then you'll follow the Indus River into Leh (3,500m) and the hotel and base for the next week.

Day 11: Leh

A well-earned Rest day in Leh where we can do some sightseeing and shopping.

Day 12: Day trip to Sham Valley

A relatively easy day’s riding takes us to the Sham Valley where we visit the controversial Magnetic Hill and take lunch in a charming hotel.

Day 13: Leh to Nubra

Today, you'll ride the highest road on our trip over the infamous Khardung La (~5,358m). The road is very good over the pass and the views are just incredible. You'll descend down the mountain into the Nubra Valley where you'll swap your bikes for camels! You'll be staying in a very pleasant tented camp.

Day 14: Nubra to Leh

Return to Leh via the magnificent Buddha statue at Diskit Monastery and either again cross Khardung La or attempt the daunting Wari La (5312m) depending on the road conditions. After returning to Leh, you will have the farewell dinner in the mountains and reflect on the epic journey you’ve made together.

Day 15: Leh to Dehli

Fy back to Delhi early morning and return to civilization. You'll have the afternoon to investigate this incredible city.

Day 16: Departure

And so concludes the tour. NB: Extreme Bike Tours can change the tour itinerary without notice if required to deal with any issues that may arise in the countries they operate in, very often due to adverse weather conditions. The itinerary will not change much but if they can make it better, they always will.

Location

The Spiti Valley is located in the Himalayan mountains, Northeast India. The name ‘Spiti’ means “The Middle Land” and so it’s named as it lies between Tibet and India. As one of India’s most remote locations, the Spiti Valley landscape is very rugged with challenging terrain. On this rugged tour, you will be visiting some of the hardest to reach destinations on earth, all on a motorcycle.

Food

During this tour, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Your meals are traditional local food, please inform Extreme Bike Tours in advance in case of particular dietary requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Bike rental (500cc Royal Enfield)
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Support vehicle
  • Mechanic
  • Tour guide
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Fuel
  • First aid equipment
  • Spare parts for the bikes

What's not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal purchases
  • Inbound / outbound flights fare
  • Visa fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
16 days / 15 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 7 participants

Availability

Start: Saturday July 10, 2021
End: Sunday July 25, 2021

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