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12 Day Manali Ladakh Trans Himalayan Guided Motorbike Tour

Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Unlimited Fun Motorbike Tour India

Join this Manali to Leh motorbike tour with an unlimited fun and challenge on a bike, crossing world’s top two highest mountain passes. The bike safari involves crossing over high mountain passes providing spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain, and traveling through one of the most spectacular and picturesque landscapes in the world.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt and rugged terrain
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield Motorcycle 500 cc)
  • Mileage: 1056 kilometers / 656 miles
  • Daily rides: 75 - 250 kilometers / 47 - 155 miles
  • Meals: breakfasts and dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Delhi
  • Ride one of the world's highest road - the Manali-Leh highway
  • Cross your second high altitude pass - Baralach La - at 16,500 feet
  • Enjoy the bonfire and dinner in a beautiful settlement on the bank of River Bhaga
  • Climb the highest motorable passes Naki La, Tanglang La, and Khardung La
  • Explore the Sham Valley or lower Ladakh regions
  • Enjoy the bike ride experiences in Sarchu
  • 11 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: 6-15 participants
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

The accommodation will vary depends on the locations. In Manali, you will be accommodated at Saktar Residency or a similar hotel. In Jispa, you will be accommodated at Jispa Journey Camp or a similar camp.

You will stay in a tented accommodation in Tsokar and Sarchu. in Leh, you will be accommodated at Jorchung Guest House or similar. While in Alchi, you will be accommodated at Ule Delight Camp.

Please note, the names of accommodations mentioned above only indicate that the rates have been based on usage of these accommodations. It is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these places until and unless Himalayan Saga conveys the confirmations to you on receipt of your acceptance.

However, in the event of any of the above-mentioned accommodations not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, Himalayan Saga shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement / reduction whatever applicable) to you.

Program

Day 1: Delhi - Manali

Arrive at 4:30 p.m. at the Volvo stand to board Volvo coach for an overnight journey to Manali. It will be an overnight journey.

Day 2: Arrival in Manali - introduction with bikes

Arrive in the Manali Bus station and be transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, join the bike session where you will be briefed about various aspects of the motorcycle tour like Himalayas, climatic conditions, road safety, high altitude, and at last bike handover to you.

You will be free to test your bike and have a short ride to be friendly with your friend bike which will going to be with you for next eight days.

Day 3: Manali - Jipsa (138 kilometers / 86 miles / 6 hours)

You will wake up early in the morning to start your adventure on one of the world's highest road - the Manali-Leh highway. As soon as you leave Manali, the climb for the 13,051 feet high Rohtang Pass starts.

After Rohtang, the road descends into the Chandra valley, passing through Khoksar and on to Tandi and reaching Jispa. Your night stay is at the camp site in Jispa. Enjoy the bonfire and dinner in a beautiful settlement on the bank of River Bhaga.

Day 4: Jispa - Tso Kar Lake (225 kilometers / 140 miles / 8 hours)

Today you ride from the lush green landscape to the stark moonscape which Ladakh is famous for. Undoubtedly the best stretch on the Manali-Leh highway, this section of the Manali-Leh highway will feel as if you're on a roller coaster ride climbing up and down from one Himalayan pass to another.

A very scenic ride passing through small lakes, waterfalls, and streams. You also cross your second high altitude pass - Baralach La - at 16,500 feet. Then Naki La and Tanglang La - the other highest motorable passes.

You will cross Pang ground - a 40-kilometer flat ground to arrive at Tsokar lake for overnight stay at camp site on the banks of lake. Evening free to walk aorund the Lake to enjoy its exquisite beauty and to chance upon sighting of endangered Black Necked Crane or Tibetan Ass. You can also visit the Tsokhar village to view local houses and local life.

Day 5: Tsokar - Leh (135 kilometers / 84 miles / 4 - 5 hours)

Today you will start your ride in morning towards Leh town. Start the climb to scale the second highest motorable pass in the world, Tanglang La at 17480 feet and enter into Indus Valley, on the banks of which many ancient civilazations have thrived.

Once you climb down Tanglang La into the Indus Valley, it’s a flat valley flanked by high mountains on its edges and towards one end Leh city is located. You will ride to Leh passing across various villages, settlements, and army camps.

You will reach Leh by the afternoon. Evening is at leisure to explore the town or walk around the various streets and try some Ladakhi or Tibetan cuisine like momos, thupka etc. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Leh - Likir - Alchi (75 kilometers / 47 miles)

Today you will start your ride exploring the Sham Valley or lower Ladakh regions. You will start the ride from Leh heading towards Likir village and monastery, en-route riding through some enchanting scenic views, visiting Gurudwara Pathaer Sahib, Magnetic Hill, viewing confluence of river Indus and Zanskar at Nimu.

Continue ride towards Likr monastery which is also know as Klu-Kkji (water spirits) and after the visit you will continue your ride to Alchi village. On arrival check in at hotel and later walk around the village and cultural Bhudhist heritage site - a 1000 years old, living, enchanting and inspiring Alchi Monastery.

Day 7: Alchi - Khardung La Pass - Leh

In the morning you will start your ride back towards Leh and then start your climb to summit the highest motorable pass in the world, the Khardung La at 18480 meters. You will ride back to Leh town for a relaxed evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Free day in Leh

Today is a free day in Leh (bike is not included). If you wish you may walk down Leh streets, visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace in the town, shop around and enjoy the fine dine or you may hire a local taxi to visit Leh Army Museum, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis and Shey Monastery. Overnight will be at the same hotel.

Day 9: Riding back from Leh - Sarchu (250 kilometers / 155 miles / 9 hours)

Enjoy the bike ride experiences today through Leh / Tanglang La / Sarchu following the same route. Overnight stay at tents in Sarchu.

Day 10: Riding back from Sarchu - Manali (233 kilometers / 145 miles / 8 hours)

Enjoy the bike ride experiences today in Sarchu / Manali. It will be a long ride andyou will start this day quite early. Reaching Manali, bike handover and check in at hotel. In the evening certificate will be distributed for successfully completing this journey. Overnight stay at Manali hotel.

Day 11: Manali - Delhi overnight Volvo

Morning after breakfast, the day is free to relax. You are free to walk around Old Manali trying its numerous cafes, walk around village, visit Hadima Devi temple or go for a relaxing dip in sulphur spring water bath at Vashisht. Evening transfer to Manali Bus Station to board on Volvo for Delhi. Overnight on board.

Day 12: Reaching back Delhi in the morning

Arrive Delhi at around 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. depending on the traffic condition. End of services.

Royal Enfield (500 cc)

Royal Enfield was the name under which the Enfield Cycle Company made motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers, and stationary engines. This legacy of weapons manufacture is reflected in the logo, a cannon, and their motto, "Made like a gun, goes like a bullet".

Use of the brand name Royal Enfield was licensed by the Crown in 1890. The original Red-ditch, Worcestershire based company was sold to Norton-Triumph-Villiers (NVT) in 1968. Production ceased in 1970 and the company was dissolved in 1971.

In 1956, Enfield of India started assembling Bullet motorcycles under license from UK components, and by 1962 were manufacturing complete bikes. Enfield of India bought the rights to use the Royal Enfield name in 1995.

Royal Enfield production, based in Chennai, continues and Royal Enfield is now the oldest motorcycle brand in the world still in production with the Bullet model enjoying the longest motorcycle production run of all time.

The bike will be available from day three to day 10, including fuel as mentioned in the itinerary.

Bike rental deposit

At the start of the tour, a refundable security / damage deposit of 20,000 INR per rider would have to be made to Himalayan Saga. Damage to the bike of any kind due to any accident / fall or any other reason during the tour would have to be paid by the guest as per actual cost occurred for the damage.

Notes

  • It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind (Adventure Tour) to be flexible. The day to day agenda and an ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation.
  • Bike rider needs to have a valid International (for foreigners) / National (for Indians) driving license which should cover driving a two-wheeler.
  • Himalayan Saga will provide support vehicle (utility Jeep or mini truck) which would carry mechanic / spares / client baggage only.
  • Mechanic would carry basic spares for the bikes. Any wear and tear or damage to bike or maintenance spares required have to be paid in actual (extra) to the mechanic by group members.
  • The accompanying guide (coordinator) would not ride the bike but would follow the group in the support vehicle only.
  • Wearing a helmet is mandatory.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can ride for two to three hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for five to six hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

Every year Himalayan Saga, sees more and more riders attempting this high altitude motorcycle ride which must rate as one of the most spectacular in the World. The tour starts from Delhi and ends at Delhi with a drive across high mountain passes, lakes and Monasteries.

Come prepared for every possible weather imaginable from scorching sunshine to freezing blizzards, even in mid-summers. This tour combines the adventure and culture part of Trans Himalayas. You will be crossing through the world's highest passes, and camping at high altitude remote village.

You will also be visiting enchanting Monasteries in Ladakh, be part of the Buddhist culture, walking and talking in Leh streets, visiting Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, enjoying the Tibetan-Ladakhi cuisine, and visiting centuries old monasteries which have seen generations.

Experience summiting Khardung La (world highest motorable pass) and returning back home with fond memories of unforgettable Himalayan hospitality and warmness and the spell bounding and adventurous rides.

Food

You will be served half-board meals (breakfast and dinner) at the places of stay during this motorcycle tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation in mentioned or similar hotels on twin sharing basis
  • Half board basis at places of stay during motorcycle ride (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Transfer by jeeps from Manali bus stand to hotel and back
  • Enfield motorcycle 500 cc per rider as per the above itinerary from day 2 to day 10 of which day 8 is not included
  • Fuel as per itinerary for the bike covering places and destinations as mentioned
  • General spare change like spark plugs / brake wire / accelerator wire / brake shoes, engine oil for the bike (any damages to bike or spare change due to riding to be paid by rider)
  • 1 standard helmet per rider and pillion (used helmet, not new)
  • 1 motorcycle Mechanic for the entire tour carrying basic spares
  • Tour Leader from day 2 to day 10
  • Back up jeep to carry baggage and mechanic for more than six riders
  • Inner line Permit for Khardung La
  • Environment fees for Ladakh
  • Travel from Delhi to Manali and back by Volvo coach (seat in coach basis)
  • First aid kit and oxygen cylinder
  • Participation certificate
  • Presently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • Any monument entrances
  • Riding gears
  • Any other meals than mentioned in itinerary
  • Any personal or travel insurance
  • Damages to bike or spare damages in bike
  • Tips
  • Gratuities
  • Portage
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Table drinks or any other expenses of personal nature
  • Any item not specified under cost inclusions

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Himalayan Saga will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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  • A tour would operate at a minimum operational strength of four full paying persons (riders). In case of minimum operational strength is not met or minimum four full paying persons are not booked on a group departure, the tour departure would be canceled and persons booked would be intimated 30 days prior to the departure date. Any deposits made by person booked towards tour cost/booking would be refunded 100% and a full refund is entitled only when the company cancels the tour on its own decision. Also, a person booked would be provided with an opportunity or date to join other group departure date and in case he/she is willing or interested to join another group of same tour program on a different date.
  • Himalayan Saga reserves the right to cancel or change the date of group departure within 30 days of an advertised date of departure.
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

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