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12 Day Manali to Leh Indian Himalayas Guided Motorcycle Tours in India

Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

High Altitude Motorcycle Tour India

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Motorbike Expeditions is a Indian owned company that has always operated with the aim of combining expert local knowledge with high western standards. This Manali to Leh bike trip is like fulfilling of dream to many riders. Every year number of riders travel from various parts of the world in order to start this mind-boggling journey.

Key information

  • Terrain: off-road and cruise
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (Royal Enfield Himalayan 411cc / Bullet 350cc / Bullet 5500 cc)
  • Mileage: 1299 kilometers / 807 miles
  • Daily rides: 107 - 250 kilometers / 66 - 155 miles
  • Riding gear: included: standard size helmet (used); available to rent: knee pads and elbow guards for 11 USD
  • Meals: all breakfasts and dinners

Meet the guides

Akshay
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Delhi
  • Cover all the local destinations around Manali
  • Ride on the beautiful and opulent rods of Rohtang Pass
  • Go for the world famous double hump camel ride in Nubra Valley
  • Head towards the world famous Pangong Lake in SUV or a traveler
  • Cross the world famous pagal nala at Zingzingbar
  • Explore the unique sightseeing places in Leh
  • 11 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

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

During this tour, you will be accommodation in various guesthouses, hotels, and camps.

Program

This is a standard Manali-Leh Bike tour itinerary and can be modified on the request. Motorbike Expeditions have covered all the major aspects in this but if you feel like you want to add a place or two you can contact them.

Day 1: Delhi - Chandigarh - Manali (560 kilometers / 348 miles / 12 - 13 hours via bus)

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, you tour guide will be there to receive you at the bus stand. After the warm and pleasant welcome you will go towards your hotel, where you can rest for a while and after that your 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 this day. After that you will return back to your hotel, where you will have a dinner along with bonfire.

Day 3: Riding from Manali to Keylong / Jispa (166 kilometers / 103 miles / 5 - 6 hours)

On the third day you will start early in the morning from Manali. The journey from Manali to Keylong will be the most beautiful and opulent journey of your life. The snowcapped peaks, lush green deodar forests, and the huge snow walls of Rohtang Pass are something which will make your heart pound widely.

The ride from Manali to Rohtang is nice and decent its only after the Rohtang Pass one feels the real wrath of Himalayan roads. After traveling 35 kilometers from Rohtang you will stop at the place called Khoksar. This place is famous for the tribal dish meat chawal. After having the lunch you will head towards your stop for the night in Keylong through Tandi, Sissu.

Day 4: Keylong /Jispa to Sarchu (107 kilometers / 66 miles / 3 - 4 hours)

On the fourth day after having the traditional Lahauli breakfast you will leave for Sarchu. The road from Keylong to Jispa are in great condition but soon after Jispa real adventure begins. On the way to Sarchu from Jispa the roads are in terrible condition, one need to cross the world famous pagal nala at Zing zing bar

Your 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 you will cross the world famous Baralacha-la Pass and if you are lucky we can even spot fresh snowfall at this pass.

After crossing Baralacha-la you will head towards your stay for the night at Sarchu. After reaching Sarchu one can take bath with hot water shower and soon after that food will be served.

Day 5: Riding to Leh (250 kilometers / 155 miles / 6 - 7 hours)

On the fifth day you will 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, so the answer to that is we at Motorbike Expedtions will have a backup vehicle 24/7 so that in case of emergency one can rest inside the car instead of riding. After few hours of ride you will finally reach Leh, where after reaching you will check in into the hotels.

Day 6: Leh local sightseeing

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 fifth 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 you will explore the local market of Leh and buy some souvenirs for your dear and near ones.

Day 7: Leh - Pangong Lake

On the seventh day you will leave towards the world famous Pangong Lake in SUV or a traveler. This is the lake where the movie of Amir khan, 3 Idiots was shot. After exploring the place and click some great pictures for your Instagram and face book.

Day 8: Pangong Lake - Nubra Valley (160 kilometers / 99 miles / 5 - 6 hours)

On the eighth day you will head towards the famous Nubra Valley. Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 120 kilometers from Khardung-la and is famous for its double hump camel. After reaching Nubra you will check in into the hotel and then go for the world famous double hump camel ride and later explore the famous Diskit Monastery.

Day 9: Nubra Valley - Leh (160 kilometers / 99 miles / 5 - 6 hours)

On the ninth day after having the Ladakhi breakfast you will head back towards Leh from Nubra. Visiting Khardung-la Pass is an adventure in itself as it is the world’s highest motor able pass. One can spent 10 to 15 minutes here clicking pictures and can also have hot tea at army’s canteen.

Just imagine yourself sipping hot tea at world’s highest pass, such is a beauty of 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 you will have your dinner and can go for a short walk in Leh town.

Day 10: Leh - Jispa / Keylong (250 kilometers / 155 miles / 3 - 4 hours)

On the tenth day you will leave the famous town of Leh in order to travel back towards Manali. Jispa will be the place where you will stay for the night. Jispa is known for its scenic beauty and luxury campings. After reaching Jispa one can check into the hotel and rest for the night after having the dinner.

Day 11: Jispa / Keylong - Manali (138 kilometers / 86 miles / 6 - 7 hours)

On the eleventh day you will leave Jispa and head towards the famous town of Manali where the road trip will end. After you reach Manali you will check into the hotels and later by the night, Motorbike Expeditions will take your fellow travelers for the dinner in one of the famous cafes of old Manali.

It's the custom at Motorbike Expeditions to enjoy the last dinner together, so that these sweet memories can be cherished for life.

Day 12: Departure from Manali to Delhi

On the final day of the trip, you will greet all your fellow riders and bid them farewell along with best wishes for life in the hope of meeting them soon again. The overnight journey of 12 hours will finally drop you in the nation’s capital Delhi, from where one can continue their journey back home.

So if you are planning a trip to Manali-Leh then this itinerary is surely and undoubtedly the best itinerary you can get online. As Motorbike Expeditions have been running tours on the same plan for the past three to four years.

Bike rental deposit

Motorbike Expeditions require a security deposit of 10,000 INR (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.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: beginner, intermediate, and advanced

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

Journey begins early in the morning from Manali crossing the famous Rohatang-La, the connecting link between Kullu and Lahaul. The first glimpse of sunrise at Rohtang is never going to disappoint you. After crossing the Rohtang pass one enters the whole new world, where every thing seems to be perfect and unexploited.

Khoksar the tribal village is where one lands after an hour's journey, this place is famous for its authentic meat- chawal dish. Resting there for bit, rejuvenated riders drive through the country side roads of Lahaul and Spiti covering places like Tandi, Sissu and Keylong in order to reach their base for the night called Jispa. The roads till Jispa are really good it’s only after the Jispa, riders feel the real wrath of Himalayan roads.

The dreaded nalas submerging your bikes two to three feet inside the water and pillion riders helping you across is what Himalayan roads are all about. After crossing the famous Zing zing bar comes the hike for Baralacha-la pass, which is considered as one of the most dangerous pass on the way to Leh Ladakh.

If you are a lucky person and god is by your side then snowfall can also be the part of your journey across the Baralacha-la pass. After crossing the pass you will head towards your second-day base point called as Sarchu. This place is all about camping in the midst of arid grounds surrounded by huge Himalayas on the all four sides.

According to standard itinerary, the thirs day is considered as the last day in order to reach "The Land of the High Passes", Leh Ladakh. Journey from Sarchu leads through places like Pang, more plains and finally ends up in the famous town of Leh.

If you are thinking that journey ends up here then you are absolutely wrong because it’s after reaching Leh the real journey begins. As Leh is located at high altitude, first day is all about acclimatization in Leh and there after begins the journey to most beautiful places in Leh.

Next day bikers ride to the world’s highest motor-able pass called Khardungla and after clicking the picture in front of Khardung-la sign board riders head towards the famous Nubra valley. This valley is one of the most beautiful valley in Ladakh and is famous for the unique double hump camels in the region.

If you imagine its like green garden situated in the midst of desert and that what makes this valley so beautiful. Motorbike Expeditions set here the base for entire day so that you and your fellow travelers can enjoy every bit of nature. Lastly, you will ride towards the famous Pangong Lake and then to Tsomoriri.

Food

Included in your package is dinner from day 1 up to breakfast on day 11.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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)

Riding gears for the rider which can be hired (knee pads and elbow guards for 750 INR (11 USD) for the whole trip)

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation in hotels / camps / guest houses on double / triple sharing
  • 1 motorbike mechanic
  • Environmental and permit fee
  • 1 backup vehicle to carry luggage and mechanic
  • First aid box and oxygen cylinder
  • Return Volvo tickets from Manali to Delhi / Chandigarh
  • Spares parts change in bike during the tour (front tube / rear tube / spark plug / clutch and brake wire / clutch and disc brake pads / engine oil / clutch plate)
  • Meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Experienced english speaking road captain
  • Royal Enfield 350cc motorbike or own bike
  • Standard size helmet for rider and pillion ride (used helmet not new) if renting bike
  • Extra fuel for back up if renting bike

What's not included

  • 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 10,000 INR (140 USD)
  • 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 for 750 INR (11 USD) for the whole trip)
  • Consumption of alcohol / drugs and smoking during the bike ride is strictly prohibited
  • Additional accommodation / food cost incurred due to any delay

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is not included in the price. Please contact Motorbike Expeditions for more information about airport transfers.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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Pricing information

Below are the prices for Indian nationals:

  • Own bike: 30, 300 INR
  • 1 rider with Royal Enfield 350cc rental bike and 1 pillion: 99,998 INR
  • 1 rider with Royal Enfield 350cc rental bike: 58, 999 INR
  • 1 rider with Royal Enfield 500cc rental bike and 1 pillion: 102,998 INR
  • 1 rider with Royal Enfield 500cc rental bike: 61,999 INR
  • 1 rider with Himalayan 411cc rental bike and 1 pillion: 106,998 INR
  • 1 rider with Himalayan 411cc rental bike: 65,999 INR

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