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9 Day The Great Lakes Guided Motorcycle Tour in Ladakh

Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Get Leh'd in Ladakh India Motorcycle Tour

This is a unique motorcycle adventure in the Greater Himalayas that will test your riding skills and inspire the poet adventurer as you experience these surreal landscapes, cultures, and people. Traversing several mountain passes, you will be literally riding on top of the world! On top of it all, the remote settings and temporary settlements will give you a whole new definition to 'remote' and untouched.

Key Information

  • Terrain: 30% tarmac, 70% off -road
  • Bike: rental motorcycle (Royal Enfield 500 cc)
  • Daily rides: 50 - 200 kilometers / 31 - 125 miles
  • Mileage: 1087 + kilometers / 675 miles
  • Meals: meals for 9 days and beverages (all breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, ankle height sturdy shoes / boots, riding armor, gloves, and riding pants

Meet the guides

Hashim
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Leh
  • Road trip exploring the great Ladakh lakes
  • Visits to Alchi Monastery and Basgo Fort
  • Rafting expedition on the Zanskar River
  • Backup vehicle and support team
  • Service of multilingual guide
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Internal transfer service

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Hindi, Tamil
Group size: 6-10 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

You will stay for nine nights in various accommodations including hotels and tents. The start of the trip sets the tone for the rest of the journey and the end of the trip is an intimate moment to reflect, relish, and basically have one big party. The properties Karma Yatri uses at various locations, that serve as start and end points of the itinerary, are unique and carefully selected.

The properties combine the best in hospitality that the region has to offer, great food, and the ability for you all to behave like a group. Please note that although Karma Yatri provides blankets and duvets, it is recommended that you carry a sleeping bag for added comfort.

  • Nights 1 and 2: Stok Palace Heritage or similar in Leh
  • Night 3: Lchang Nang Retreat or similar in Nubra
  • Night 4: Stok Palace Heritage or similar in Leh
  • Night 5: Ladakh Sarai or similar in Pangong
  • Night 6: Stok Palace Heritage or similar in Leh
  • Night 7: Stok Palace Heritage or similar in Leh
  • Night 8: Swiss tent accomodation or similar in Tso Moriri
  • Night 9: Stok Palace Heritage or similar in Leh

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Leh

Transfer to the hotel and ensure that you spend the day relaxing and indulging only in mild physical activity. Keep vigilant for signs of AMS (acute mountain sickness). You will then have a meet and greet with the team.

Day 2: Around Leh

You will get on your bike and do an exploratory circuit of the sights around Leh. You will cover easy terrain and encounter some traffic, but the ride is fairly relaxed and filled with stops.

Day 3: Leh - Hundar

Today's ride takes you across Khardung La at the elevation of 5,348 meters (18,400 feet). You will cross into the stunning Nubra Valley and ride to the sand dunes of Hunder after a stopover at Diskit Gompa.

Day 4: Nubra Valley - Leh

You will ride through the Shyok Valley (if Wari La is open) and cross back into Leh via another spectacular road in these regions. This is a relatively unexplored part of Ladakh and thereby more special.

Day 5: Leh - Pangong Lake

The ride to the iconic Pangong Lake takes you across Chang La (another 5,000 meters pass). The surreal beauty of this region and the colors of the lake from its first view to the ride along its shores will leave you amazed.

Day 6: Pangong Lake - Leh

You will return to Leh on the same roads as the previous day. You will break the journey at a special spot and have a picnic lunch. Today is an interesting ride because of the ability to see it all again but from a different perspective.

Day 7: Rest day

You only have one planned activity which takes you on a rafting expedition on the Zanskar. The rest of the day is yours to spend in your own style and at your convenience.

Day 8: Leh - Tso Moriri

You will return along now familiar roads, before leaving the highway and divert towards Tso Moriri. Another remote region of Ladakh, the transition in colors and texture and the extreme remoteness of the region redefine 'remote'.

Day 9: Tso Moriri - Tso Kar - Leh

You will wake up for an early breakfast overlooking the deep blue Tso Moriri Lake. You will ride along empty spaces to break for lunch at Tso Kar and cross over Tanglang La and the home stretch to Leh. Tour officially ends on this last night.

Departure Day

Today is at your leisure or you can depart from Leh.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

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

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Notes

  • Through the trips leading into and out of Leh, please note that the approach both from Manali and from Srinagar takes quite a toll on the rider as well as consuming several days.
  • The road can be your best friend or your worst enemy, so it is advised that you to always ride by keeping in mind your safety, and that of other people travelling with you. Riding in a group is a great joy but requires elements of discipline.

Included excursions

  • A visit to Alchi Monastery
  • A visit to Basgo Fort
  • Rafting expedition on the Zanskar

Guides

Hashim Qayoom

Location

This version of the ride focuses on the high altitude lakes found in the Ladakh Region, India. Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, and Tso Kar are all located at an altitude of 4,000 meters. This trip is one of the more extreme circuits in the Himalayas. However, it's one of the most rewarding circuits.

Tso Moriri will enchant you in its remoteness, while the mineral lake of Tso Kar is a paradise for bird watchers. This circuit also allows you to ride in the More plains and approach Leh from the classic Leh-Manali Highway.

Food

Chai or the omnipresent Indian tea is a very important part of your trip. From early morning starts to your numerous stops by the road, this (often) milky and sweet beverage is like a road trip elixir, warming you on those high altitude passes or providing a much-needed break for the bum sore you will inevitably experience on these roads. Food is a mix of local and continental, allowing you to experience the local cuisine but ensuring that your taste buds are not overpowered by the spicy Indian fare.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • 7 days of riding
  • Rafting expedition on the Zanskar
  • Visits to Alchi Monastery and Basgo Fort
  • Motorcycle rental (inclusive of fuel)
  • Service of multilingual guide
  • Backup vehicle
  • Support team (4 members)
  • First aid with oxygen back-up
  • 9 nights' accommodations
  • Meals for 9 days
  • Beverages
  • Internal transfers
  • Entries and permits
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • International air travel
  • Personal shopping
  • Personal equipment
  • Camera equipment
  • Medical insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Alcohol and cigarettes
  • Tips (recommended amount: 10%)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL).

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.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

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