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High Altitude Motorcycle Tour India

The Great Himalayas, also commonly known as the Greater Himalayas, is the highest mountain range belonging to the Himalayan Range System. Located on the northernmost part, the place is well-known for its spectacular and diverse landscapes. It also consists of a high number of twists and turns, making it one of the most difficult ranges for motorbike tours. Hence, if you are new to the area, getting a brief detailing on the geographical location and diversity can prove to be very beneficial. Although this can be done with the help of maps, determining your starting and ending points beforehand is very much essential.

Key information

  • Bike: personal or rental bike (Royal Enfield 350cc or 500c, Himalayan 411cc)
  • Mileage: 1603 kilometers / 996 miles
  • Daily rides: 160 kilometers / 99 miles
  • Riding gear: included: standard size helmet; available to rent: knee pads, elbow pads
  • Meals: all breakfasts, all dinners

Meet the guides

Akshay
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Highlights

  • Starts in Manali and ends in Leh
  • Riding program for amateurs and beginners
  • Explore and ride through Himachal Pradesh and Leh
  • Maximum sleeping altitude of 4530 meters
  • Maximum altitude of 5602 meters
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


13 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: 10-20 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

During this tour, you will be accommodation in various guesthouses, hotels, and camps. You will be spending nights at the following locations:

  • Night 1: Delhi (Overnight Volvo bus)
  • Night 2: Manali (Hotel)
  • Night 3: Shoja (Guesthouse)
  • Night 4: Sarahan (Hotel)
  • Night 5: Kalpa (Hotel)
  • Night 6: Nako (Hotel)
  • Nights 7 and 8: Kaza (Hotel)
  • Night 9: Jispa
  • Night 10: Sarchu
  • Nights 11 and 12: Leh (Hotel)
  • Night 13: Pangong Lake
  • Night 14: Leh (Khardun la)

Program

Day 1: Delhi - Chandigarh - Manali (560 KMS, 12 to 13 hours) | Delhi or Chandigarh or Bhuntar (580 kilometers)

On the first day of your trip, board a Volvo bus to Manali from Delhi/Chandigarh. It will be an overnight journey so make sure that you are well prepared.

Day 2: Manali arrival

On the second day, after reaching Manali, the tour guide will be there to receive you at the bus stand. After the warm and pleasant welcome, they will take you towards your hotel, where you can rest for a while and after that, the tour guide will provide you the bikes. This first day is all about connecting your soul to the bikes which you are going to ride for the next 10 days.

Local sightseeing is the best way to understand the Himalayan terrain and the riding conditions so you will cover all the local destinations around Manali on that day. After that, you will return back to your hotel where you will have dinner along with a bonfire.

Day 3: Riding from Manali to Shoja

On the third day, leave after having the local Kulluvi food towards your next destination, Shoja. The route to Shoja from Manali is enough to feel the real vibes of the countryside road. Lush green mountains and gushing Beas river are the common sights on this route. On your route to Shoja, cover places like Kullu, Bhuntar, Aut, Banjar, and the famous town of Jibhi.

These all places are among the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh, so just imagine how beautiful your journey is going to be. Shoja is about 108 kilometers from Manali and all this time, the team of motorbike expeditions will be just behind you in case of any help required. After reaching Shoja, check-in to the homestays where local food along with a bonfire will be served to the entire members of the expeditions.

Day 4: Shoja to Sarahan

The fourth day of your journey is the most adventurous day as you will cross the famous Jalori Pass, which is the high altitude pass connecting inner Siraj to outer Siraj. It’s only after leaving Siraj when one feels the real wrath of Himalayan roads. The roads are offbeat, places are isolated, and the presence of tribal lands marks the beginning of the Kinnaur region.

The entire route from Jalori pass to Kalpa covers places like Aani, Luri, and the famous town of Rampur. The ride through these places is a dream ride for many but only a few are able to fulfill it. After reaching Kalpa, a place famous for apples, check into the hotels. After having some rest, meet for dinner where the guide will lay plans for the next day.

Day 5: Sarahan to Kalpa

On the fifth day, after having breakfast, leave for the most beautiful village of Spiti Valley, Nako. This beautiful village is situated at a distance of 99 kilometers from Kalpa. On the way to Nako from Kalpa, cover villages like Ribba, Pooh, and Khab. If one loves peace and nature at its best, then nothing can be better than a bike expedition to Spiti.

The way from Kalpa to Nako binds India’s most beautiful barren terrain and cold desert. On one side, one can hear the sound of gushing Satluj river, and on the other, the cold surreal wind that rustles through one’s ear while riding. After reaching Nako, one can explore the beautiful village and later check-in into the hotel. Later after having dinner, go to sleep.

Day 6: Kalpa to Nako

On the 6th day, after having breakfast you will leave for the most beautiful village of Spiti valley, Nako. This beautiful village is situated at a distance of 99km from Kalpa. On the way to Nako from Kalpa, you will cover villages like Ribba, Pooh, and Khab. If one loves peace and nature at its best then nothing can be better than a bike expedition to Spiti, The way from Kalpa to Nako binds India’s most beautiful barren terrain and cold desert. On one side one can hear the sound of gushing Satluj river and on the other, the cold surreal wind that rustles through one’s ear while riding. After reaching Nako one can explore the beautiful village and later check-in into the hotel. Later after having dinner, you go to sleep.%

Day 7: Nako to Kaza

The seventh day of the expedition to Spiti is going to be of moderate level. On this very day, visit the two most famous monasteries of Spiti. The first one is going to be the Tabo monastery which is also known as “Ajanta of the Himalayas” due to the presence of Thangka Paintings. After visiting Tabo, head towards one of the oldest monasteries in the world, known as Dhankar monastery.

This day will be all about exploring the culture of Spiti. What you have experienced from your previous tours is that most people travel to these regions without having much knowledge of the cultural aspect but at Motorbike Expeditions, they believe in providing the cultural knowledge along with a world-class motorcycle tour. After reaching Kaza, check-in into the hotel, and later in the evening after having dinner, wish each other goodnight

Day 8: Kaza

On the eighth day after having breakfast, leave towards the famous village of Hikkim. This village is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Kaza and is famous for its location as the world’s highest post office. The most unique thing which you'll do here is to send a post from Hikkim to your relatives and loved ones so that this act stays in your memories for life. After that, visit the famous Ki monastery, the largest monastery in Spiti valley. Komic village is the last village for the day and later in the evening, return back to Kaza.

Day 9: Kaza to Jispa

On the ninth day, after having breakfast at Kaza you will leave for the most dreaded Himalayan road that is the road from Kaza to Jispa. On this very day, you cross the number of water crossings feeling the real adventure. The roads are offbeat, Isolated and mostly clogged with water enough to submerge your bikes completely. If someone wants to understand the real adrenaline rush as a biker then Kaza to Jispa is a route for you. After reaching Batal you will witness the second largest glacier of the Himalayas Bara Sigri on the way to Chatru. One more Interesting thing which one experiences on the way to Chatru from Batal is the famous Chota Dhara Nala, the most dangerous Himalayan Nala.%

Day 10: Jispa to Sarchu

On the 10th day, after having the traditional Lahauli breakfast, leave for Sarchu. On the way to Sarchu from Jispa, the roads are in terrible condition, one needs to cross the world-famous Pagal Nala at Zing-zing bar. The guides at Motorbike Expeditions will be 24/7 present with you in case of any help, making your ride not only adventurous but also the safest.

After crossing Zing-zing bar, cross the world-famous Baralacha-la Pass, and if you are lucky, you can even spot fresh snowfall at this pass. After crossing Baralacha-la, head towards your stay for the night at Sarchu. After reaching Sarchu, one can take a bath with a hot water shower, and soon after that, food will be served.

Day 11: Sarchu to Leh

On the 11th day, leave Sarchu and head towards Leh-Ladakh, the land of high passes. The journey to Leh from Sarchu will be through the world’s most dangerous and dreaded passes like Nakeela, Tanglang-La. Many people ask what if one is not able to ride due to the dangerous terrains, the answer to that is at Motorbike Expeditions, they have a backup vehicle 24/7 so that in case of emergency, one can rest inside the car instead of riding. After a few hours of riding, you'll finally reach Leh where after reaching, check-in to the hotels.

Day 12: Leh

Leh city is one of the most beautiful cities in North India and is known for unique sightseeing places like Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Shanti stupa, and Leh Palace. On the 12th day, you will explore the above-mentioned tourist places and give your body enough time to acclimatize to such high altitudes. During the evening hours, will explore the local market of Leh and buy some souvenirs for your dear and near ones.

Day 13: Leh to Pangong Lake

On the 13th day, leave towards the world-famous Pangong Lake in an SUV or a traveler. This is the lake where the movie of Amir khan, "3 Idiots", was shot. After exploring the place, click some great pictures for your Instagram and Facebook.

Day 14: Pangong Lake to Leh (Khardun la)

On the 14th day, after having the Ladakhi breakfast head back towards Leh from Pangong Lake. Visiting the Khardung-la pass is an adventure in itself as it is the world’s highest motorable pass. One can spend 10 to 15 minutes here clicking pictures and can also have hot tea at Army’s canteen. Just imagine yourself sipping hot tea at the world’s highest pass, such is the beauty of a trip to Leh Ladakh.

This ride will cover the Khardung-la pass once again so the people who haven’t clicked the picture before can surely click this time. After reaching Leh, have dinner and go for a short walk in Leh town.

Day 15: Leh

Departure

Skill levels 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

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

Akshay Thakur

Location

The tour will start in Delhi and end in Leh.

Food

Included in your package are all dinners from Day 1 up to all breakfasts until Day 14.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • 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)

Personal expenses like Telephone, Laundry, Tips and Table Drinks etc.

Any type of insurance-Medical, Accidental, theft

Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what in mentioned in “Inclusions”

Airport, Railway station or Bus stop pick up or drop

Cost of any spare part which will be used due to the accidental damage incurred when the motorbike is in rider’s possession.

Cost incurred to transfer or tow the motorbike in case it is dropped on the way.

Vehicle servicing or maintenance cost

Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in package inclusions

Security deposit per motorbike of Rs. 10,000/- ($140). As per the deposit policy (This is refundable at the end of the trip if there is no damage or spare parts used.)

Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.

Any cost incurred due to extension, change of itinerary due to natural calamities, road, blocks, vehicle breakdown, union issues and factors beyond our control

Anything that is not mentioned in the Inclusion sections

The advisable maximum size of baggage should not exceed 60 liters. Remember that you have to carry the luggage to the backup vehicle and into the accommodation

Riding Gears for rider which can be hired (Knee pads and Elbow guards – Rs. 750/- ($11)for the whole trip)

The advisable maximum size of baggage should not exceed 60 liters. Remember that you have to carry the luggage to the backup vehicle and into the accommodation

Consumption of alcohol/drugs and smoking during the bike ride is strictly prohibited

Children are not allowed on bike trips, only people above the age of 18 and holders of proper licenses

Additional accommodation / food cost incurred due to any delay

What's included

  • Royal Enfield motorbike
  • Standard size helmet for the rider and pillion (Used helmet not new)
  • Experienced English-speaking road captain
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and dinners (From dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 15)
  • Spare parts change in bikes during the tour (Front tube/rear tube/spark plug/clutch and brake wire/clutch and disc brake pads/engine oil/clutch plate)
  • 1 motorbike mechanic
  • 1 backup vehicle to carry luggage and mechanic
  • First aid box and oxygen cylinder
  • Return Volvo tickets from Manali to Delhi/Chandigarh
  • Extra fuel for back up
  • Environmental and permit fee

What's not included

  • Personal expenses like telephone, laundry, tips, and table drinks, etc.
  • Any type of insurance (Medical, accidental, theft, etc.)
  • Any airfare/rail fare other than what is mentioned
  • Airport, railway station, or bus stop pick up or drop
  • The cost of any spare part that will be used due to the accidental damage incurred when the motorbike is in the rider’s possession.
  • The cost incurred to transfer or tow the motorbike in case it is dropped on the way.
  • Vehicle servicing or maintenance cost
  • Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in package inclusions
  • Security deposit per motorbike: 10,000 INR or 140 USD (As per the deposit policy. This is refundable at the end of the trip if there is no damage or spare parts used.)
  • Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing
  • Any cost incurred due to extensions, change of itinerary due to natural calamities, road, blocks, vehicle breakdown, union issues, and factors beyond Moto Expeditions' control
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusion section
  • Riding gears for riders which can be hired (Knee pads and elbow guards: 750 INR/11 USD for the whole trip)
  • Additional accommodation/food cost incurred due to any delay

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% 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.
15 days / 14 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

Availability

Start: Saturday September 11, 2021
End: Saturday September 25, 2021

Pricing information

You can bring your own bike and pay only 99,999 INR. For more information, please send an inquiry.

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