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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: 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 817 kilometers / 507 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 must-see parts of Ladakh
  • Visits to Monasteries, historical places of interests and learn about Ladakhi culture
  • Pass the dramatic confluence of Indus and the Zanskar River as you ride into Sham Valley
  • Enjoy the untouched beauty of the landscape and charm of its people, in Turtuk
  • Ride high pass 'Chang La' (5289 m) to arrive at the shores of Pangong Tso
  • Ride across Khardung La at the elevation of 5,348 meters
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 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 7 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: Namra Village Hotel or similar in Tingmosgang
  • Night 3: KaYa Cafe & Guesthouse Homestay or similar in Stok
  • Night 4: Lchang Nang Retreat or similar in Nubra
  • Night 5: Lchang Nang Retreat or similar in Nubra
  • Night 6: Pangong Ladakh Sarai or similar in Pangong
  • Night 7: 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 - Tingmosgang

The day begins relatively easy, as you are going to spend a further day acclimatizing. You get on your bikes and travel along the gorgeous Nh1. You continue at a low altitude in order to ensure that you are getting better acclimatized, but the adventure has begun.

You pass the dramatic confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar River as you ride into Sham valley. You divert off towards the monastery of Alchi to witness one of Ladakh's architectural wonders and break for lunch. You continue onwards to your night halt at the quaint village of Tingmosgang.

Day 3: Tingmosgam - Stok

You return on the same road but taking diversions to smaller, lesser-known villages and some monasteries that are of interest in these parts. Likir, Basgo fort, Phyang village are some of your stops today. You stop at Leh for lunch and any last-minute shopping. You reach your guest house towards the evening. You should be well used to your bikes by now, as tomorrow is a new challenge as you attempt to cross K-top, once the highest road in the world.

Day 4: Stok - 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. Overnight at Hunder village.

Day 5: Nubra- Turtuk

You start early as you will be riding long KM’s today. It is only been a few years, that Turtuk has been opened to tourism. Its proximity to the Pakistani border made it a highly sensitive region. It’s a journey back in time, seeing the untouched beauty of the landscape and charm of its people. Mostly uninhabited the landscape is dotted with small towns, some monasteries, and many army camps. The village of Turtuk is a green Oasis and its people are superbly hospitable.

Day 6: Nubra - Pangong Tso

After loading up your gear, you're ready to leave Hundar 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 7: Pangong - Leh

You can rise early today, for a chance to catch a spectacular sunrise over the lake. You will, however, begin the ride post-breakfast allowing the sun to soak some heat into your bodies as you make your journey back to Leh. You will backtrack on the same road through Chang La, break for a late lunch closer to Leh and return to your hotel by early evening. You will have the evening to visit the market, you will return to your hotel and your final night together. Tour ends.

Day 8

Departure from Leh.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 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 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

Hashim Qayoom

Location

During this tour, you will visit various places in North India such as Leh, Nubra Valley, Diskit Gompa, visit some monasteries, historical places of interests, and learn about Ladakhi culture.

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

  • 7 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  
  • 7 nights' accommodations
  • Meals and beverages for 7 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

Recommended Airports

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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

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