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6 Day Great Lakes of Ladakh: Guided Motorcycle Tour in North India's Himalayas

Leh, Leh District, Ladakh, India

Great lakes of Ladakh India Motorcycle Tour

Through all the trips leading into and out of Leh, Karma Yatri realized that both, the approach from Manali and from Srinagar, takes quite a toll on the rider as well as consuming several days. This itinerary has been devised to give you a ”Maximum Ladakh” experience and focuses on the high altitude lakes found in this region. Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, and Tso Kar. All located at an altitude of 4000 meters+ this trip is one of the more extreme circuits in the Himalayas. However its one of the most rewarding circuits. Remote settings and temporary settlements give a whole new definition to 'remote' and untouched. Tso Moriri will enchant you in its remoteness. 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 Manali - Leh highway.

Key information

  • Terrain: excellent tarmac to dirt, large stream crossings, steep inclines and declines, sand, gravel, one-lane paths, and mountain passes
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield 500 cc)
  • Riding gear info: available for rent: helmet, gloves, riding jacket, pants, boots elbow, and knee guards, and body armor
  • Mileage: up to 718 kilometers / 446 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 kilometers / 62 miles
  • Meals: daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Meet the guides

Hashim
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Leh
  • Road trip exploring the remote grand lakes of Ladakh
  • Visits to Monasteries, historical places of interests and learn about Ladakhi culture
  • Enjoy the transition in colors and texture and the extreme remoteness in Tso Moriri
  • Ride along empty spaces to break for lunch at Tso Kar and cross over Tanglang La
  • Ride cross into the stunning Nubra Valley and ride to the sand dunes of Hunder
  • Ascend Warli La, a 5000 meters+ pass and one of the most spectacular
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


4 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: 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 5 nights in various accommodations including hotels and boutique homestays. 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 endpoints 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.

  • Night 1: Stok Palace Heritage or similar in Leh
  • Night 2: Lchang Nang Retreat or similar in Nubra
  • Night 3: Pangong Ladakh Sarai or similar in Pangong
  • Night 4: Swiss tent accomodation or similar in Tso Moriri
  • Night 5: 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: Leh - Nubra

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 3: Nubra - Pangong Tso

After loading up your gear you ready to leave Nubra and cruise through the majestic plains of Shyok an undulating stretch of tarmac that runs along the Shyok river. You will stop for a picnic lunch before you ascend Warli La, a 5000 meters+ pass and one of the most spectacular. You then proceed further to the village of Sakti for a quick break and then attempt another high pass ‘Chang La’ (5289 M) to arrive at the shores of Pangong Tso (a 134 km long endorheic lake and one of the largest brackish lakes in Asia). You camp close to the shore, relax and take in the changing colors as the sunsets.

Day 4: Pangong Tso - Tso Moriri

You return along, now familiar road before you leave 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 5: Tso Moriri - Tso Kar - Leh

You wake up for an early breakfast overlooking the deep blue Tso Moriri lake. You ride along empty spaces to break for lunch at Tso Kar and cross over Tanglang La and the home stretch to 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

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, 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:

  • Coffee
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

Visits to local markets

Attractions in the vicinity of accommodation relevant to the day plan of the itinerary

Short ride or walk to nearby locations of historical/cultural/natural interest

What's included

  • 5 days of riding
  • Visits to multiple sights and attractions for listed destinations on the itinerary
  • Motorcycle rental (inclusive of fuel)
  • Service of a multilingual guide
  • Backup vehicle
  • Support team  
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Meals and beverages for 5 days
  • 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) in Leh, Ladakh via domestic flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (DEL). For transport arrangements, kindly contact Karma Yatri an inquiry for more information.

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.
6 days / 5 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

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