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Indian Himalayas Motorcycle Tour India

The Indian Himalaya Bike tour is a mystical river journey from Leh to the wild Zanskar Valley, hidden in the remotest riches of the Himalayas. Get ready to ride through barren, rocky valleys and passes and to the ultimate high point, Khardung La.

Key information

  • Terrain: 60% tarmac, 40 % off road
  • Bike: rental bike (411cc Royal Enfield Himalayan or 500cc Royal Enfield Classic )
  • Mileage: 1200 kilometers / 746 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 kilometers / 62 miles
  • Riding gear: included: standard size helmet (used) and gloves (used); available to rent: riding jacket or shoes
  • Meals: all breakfasts and dinners

Meet the guides

Shivam
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Leh
  • See the impressive Lamayuru Monastery
  • Ride to the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world
  • Have an excursion in the most famous monasteries, Hemis and Thikse
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient Basgo Royal Fortress and Likir Monastery
  • Drive to Padum and visit the Karsha Monastery
  • Ride through the beautiful, wild Suru Valley
  • 12 nights accommodation

Styles


11 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Airport transfer included: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
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Accommodation

You will be staying in various hotels, home stays, and camps during this tour on double occupancy basis. Your accommodations are as follows:

  • Noble House / Spic n Span in Leh
  • Alchi Camp in Alchi
  • The Kargil in Kargil
  • Camping at Parkachik
  • Hotel Ibex in Zanskar
  • Home Stays at Rangdum and Padum

Program

Day 1: Arrive Leh

On arrival in Leh, you will be transferred to the hotel and have free time for the remainder of the morning to acclimatize to the elevation of 3,600 meters. In the afternoon, you'll meet to prepare for the Himalaya motorcycle tour and have a group welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 2: Warm-up tour of Thikse and Hemis Monastery (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

Warm-up tour - your first excursion with your Enfield motorcycles to Ladakh’s most famous monasteries, Hemis and Thikse. That evening, you'll be having an Indian tandoori dinner in the beer garden restaurant.

Day 3: Leh - Alchi via Basgo and Likir (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

At the start of the Himalayan tour, you'll visit the ruins of the ancient Basgo Royal Fortress and the picturesque Likir Monastery with its huge, free-standing snake Buddha on the way to Alchi. You'll spend the night in a basic guest house in Alchi (3,200 meters), an oasis on the Indus River which is home to the oldest monastery in Ladakh. Your catering crew will pamper you today for the first time.

Day 4: Alchi - Kargil via Fotu La Pass and Lamayaru Monastery (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

You'll pass the impressive Lamayuru Monastery and visit it on the way back, continuing ever upwards to Fatu La pass (4,000 meters). You'll then descend into Baltistan Valley to the garrison city Kargil, the gateway to Zanskar Valley. A hotel at the bazaar (2,600 meters) will be your home for the night.

Day 5: Suru Valley (90 kilometers / 56 miles)

Through the beautiful, wild Suru Valley, you'll be leaving paved roads behind today, continuing on a dusty track on your motorcycles, at average speeds of around 20 kilometers per hour. Ascending to the herdsman’s village of Parkachik, you'll set up camp in a meadow at 3,900 meters, surrounded by towering mountains.

Day 6: Penzi La Pass - Rangdum Monastery (90 kilometers / 56 miles)

Today, you'll ascend the adventurous track further until you reach Penzi La pass (4,401 meters) and visit the tiny Rangdum Mountain Monastery before descending along a huge glacier at the entrance to Zanskar Valley. You'll be camping on a mountain meadow at the Zanskar River at nearly 4,000 meters.

Day 7: Zanskar Valley - Padum - Karsha Monastery (90 kilometers / 56 miles)

Around noon, you'll reach Padum, the only small town in Zanskar. Only around 1,000 people live here in the summer. In the afternoon, you'll visit the Karsha Monastery, a medieval oasis of peace and an important center of the Buddhist faith.

You'll be spending the night in the best guest house in Zanskar, the basic but comfortable Hotel Ibex at an altitude of approximately 3,500 meters.

Day 8: Half-day tour to Thongde Monastery and relaxing in Padum (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

Today, you'll be heading out to the Thongde Monastery, which overlooks the Zanskar River from a rocky outcrop a special highlight of the Himalayan bike tour and the favorite of the pilot group in 2006. The afternoon is set aside for relaxing in the hotel garden and shopping in Padum. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 9: Zanskar Valley - Parkachik (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

Your return trip of the motorcycle tour of the Indian Himalayas starts with a longer ride. You'll be crossing Penzi La pass (4,401 meters) and spending another night camped on a meadow near Parkachik Glacier.

Day 10: Suru Valley - Kargil - Lamayuru (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

Descending through Suru Valley on your motorcycles to Kargil, you'll come across your first filling station in 550 kilometers! Crossing the Fatu La Pass, you'll reach the Lamayuru Monastery, setting up your camp there at an altitude of around 3,800 meters.

Day 11: Lower Zanskar Valley - Chilling - Leh (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

You'll have the opportunity to witness the morning meditation in the monastery an unforgettable experience. Next, a steep descent to the Indus Valley. Your next track starts at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers.

The 40-kilometer ride along the wild Zanskar River to Chilling, a village of coppersmiths, is one of the most breathtaking motorcycle routes anywhere in the Himalayas! You'll be reaching Leh the end of your motorcycle tour in the late afternoon.

Day 12: Day trip to Khardung La, the world’s highest pass (110 kilometers / 68 miles)

Today you'll be reaching the high point of your Himalaya bike tour literally. You will be riding 50 kilometers on the road and 2,000 meters ascent to Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world.

There's nothing else like it! There will be time for relaxation and shopping in the afternoon, followed by a farewell dinner with the crew.

Day 13: Transfer to airport

Early morning transfer to airport for onward connection.

Bike rental deposit

Inescape Travel and Living requires a 1000 USD deposit which is refunded at the end of the tour. The deposit also takes care for wear and tear.

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Guides

Shivam Tomar

Location

From Leh, you will start by following the holy Indus downstream to the west. After crossing the Fotu La pass (4,094 meters). Your routes will take through barren, rocky valleys and passes to the mouth of the Suru River near Kargil, the gateway to Zanskar Valley.

From Kargil, you'll head south into Suru Valley. Your Himalayan motorcycle tour route takes you up the wild, rugged valley on a steady climb to Penzi La pass (4,400 meters); the only road into Zanskar. You'll be passing enormous glaciers on your way into the valley.

You'll slowly work your way up riding your Enfield motorcycles across the rough tracks to your destination in Padum; literally the end of the road. After exploring Zanskar, enough time will remain to get to know the highlights of the Indus Valley.

You'll be visiting the Likkir, Tikkse, and Hemis monasteries and spending the night chilling on the lower Zanskar River, as well as in the Alchi oasis. And last but not least, the ultimate high point, "one that can also be measured in terms of altitude", the Kardungh La - the highest pass in the world at 5,605 meters!

Food

Included in your package are all breakfasts and dinners as well as packaged drinking water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle (411cc Royal Enfield Himalayan or 500cc Royal Enfield Classic)
  • Meals throughout the stay (breakfast and dinner) and packaged drinking water
  • Fuel throughout the tour
  • All inner line permits for national and international travelers
  • First aid
  • All sightseeing, tolls, permits, etc. on the tour
  • Varied choice of food in most places
  • 12 nights accommodation in good listed hotels and camps on double occupancy basis
  • A local guide from the region
  • A lit with essentials like maps, basic tools, etc. to keep with you
  • Tour captain - highly experienced guide accompanies you on the tour (English and Hindi speaking)
  • A backup vehicle
  • A mechanic with all necessary spares and tools
  • All applicable taxes in India
  • Airport transfers
  • Riding gear (used standard size helmet and used gloves)

What's not included

  • Any airfare
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours / extra meals ordered
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “What is included”
  • The services of vehicle is not included on leisure days and after finishing the sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions, and any other circumstances beyond Inescape Travel and Living's control.
  • Camera fee and any monument entrances
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Any changes you may choose to make during your tour
  • Bike rental deposit (1000 USD)
  • Jackets (150 USD)
  • Shoes (200 USD)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Inescape Travel and Living will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport Airport transfer included: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% 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.
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