15 Days Extreme Himalaya Zanskar Motorcycle Tour India

Thrilling Himalaya Motorcycle Tour

Join Planet Way Round in this extreme tour exploring Zanskar and Ladakh lakes. This tour is founded on Planet Way Round’s 15 years of experience with motorcycle expeditions in Ladakh. You can expect new tracks, passes, and highlights never before offered on an organized motorcycle tour. This is the first tour to take on Zanskar and extremely high Himalayan passes. Feel the thrilling experiences as you ride along with your bike!

Planet Way Round offers domestic and international bike and Jeep tour packages that can be customized according to your wishes. Feel free to take a look and see what catches your fancy. Four-wheel drives can take you places other vehicles cannot. Planet Way Round also knows that sometimes adventure seekers come in groups and want to travel as one. The 4×4 jeep tours help you, your family and your friends enjoy the trip together!

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Key information

  • Terrain: freshly paved to rough tracks
  • Bike: rental
  • Mileage: 1,800 kilometers / 1,118 miles
  • Daily rides: 90 - 210 kilometers / 56 - 130 miles
  • Meals: breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Leh
  • See the amazing Zanskar Valley
  • Take a camel ride in the Nubra valley
  • Drive on the highest passes in the world
  • Experiencing Khardung La, the highest pass in the world
  • Exploring Srinagar, Zanskar valley, Leh, and Nubra Valley
  • See the mesmerizing monasteries in the Ladakh region
  • Visit Rangdum, Karsha, and Lamayuru monasteries
  • See Kashmir, often called “heaven on earth”
  • 14 nights' good accommodation
  • All meals, bikes, and fuel

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


10 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Airport transfer included: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport

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Accommodation

Your accommodations for this motorcycle tour is good rooms on two sharing basis in 3-star hotels, guesthouses, and tents.

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This is a challenging tour. Solid riding skills, a sense of adventure, and flexibility are a must when taking part in the Himalayan expeditions, which cover around 2,000 kilometers and considerable altitude differences. Road conditions vary from freshly paved to rough tracks. This tour is a mystical “river journey” to wild Zanskar valley, hidden in the remotest reaches of the Himalayas.

After crossing rocky valleys and passes to the mouth of the Suru River near Kargil, there is the gateway to Zanskar valley. The route takes you up the wild, rugged valley on a steady climb to Pansi La pass (4,400 meters), the only road into Zanskar. You’ll be passing enormous glaciers on your way into the valley. You’ll slowly work your way up the rough tracks to your destination in Padum.

After exploring Zanskar, get to know the highlights of the Indus Valley. Last but not least, enjoy the ultimate high point, one that can also be measured in terms of altitude, the Khardung La, the highest pass in the world at 5,605 meters. This is the first tour to take on 14 extremely high Himalayan passes.

You’ll be hitting altitudes of over 5,000 meters five times and tackling the two highest passes in the world. The route covers all of the highlights of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Ladakh as well as the three most beautiful Himalayan lakes in the border region to Tibet, all at altitudes of more than 4,500 meters. You’ll spend 15 days on the road in Ladakh.

Itinerary

Day 1- Leh explore with hotel stay

Arrive in Leh and stay in a hotel with acclimatization.

Day 2- Leh to Kargil (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

At the start of the tour, you will enjoy the beautiful green valley and drive with Indus river cross Moon landscape, Lamayuru (Oldest Monastery in Ladakh) and Giant Maitreya at Mulbekh. Then, descend into Baltistan valley to the garrison city of Kargil, the gateway to Zanskar valley. A hotel at the top of town (2,600 meters) will be your home for the night.

Day 3 - Kargil to Rangdum (130 kilometers / 81 miles)

You will drive for Rangdum through the beautiful, wild Suru valley. You’ll be leaving paved roads behind today, continuing on a dusty track at average speeds of around 20 - 40 kilometers per hour, ascending to the herdsman’s village of Parkachik, and reaching Rangdum.

Day 4 - Rangdum to Padum (90 kilometers / 56 miles)

Starting from Rangdum in the morning, today, you’ll ascend the adventurous track further until you reach Pansi La pass (4,401 meters) and visit the tiny Rangdum mountain monastery before descending along a huge glacier at the entrance to Zanskar valley and reaching Padum valley.

Day 5 - Explore Zanskar valley (Padum)

Today will be no ride. You will visit area surrounding the Padum, the only small town in Zanskar. Only around 1,000 people live here in the summer. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Karsha Monastery, a medieval oasis of peace and an important center of the Buddhist faith. You’ll be spending the night in the best guest house in Zanskar, at an altitude of approximately 3,500.

Day 6 - Padum (Zanskar valley) to Parkachik (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

Your return trip will start with a longer ride. You’ll be crossing Pansi La pass (4,401 meters) and spending another night on a meadow near Parkachik Glacier.

Day 7 - Parkachik to Lamayuru (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

Descending through Suru valley to Kargil, you’ll come across your first filling station in 550 kilometers. Crossing the Fotu La pass, you’ll reach the Lamayuru Monastery and set up your tent there at an altitude of around 3,800 meters.

Day 8 - Lamayuru to Leh (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

You’ll have the opportunity to witness the morning meditation in the monastery, an unforgettable experience. Next, you will go to a steep descent to the Indus Valley. Your next track starts at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers. The 40 kilometers along the wild Zanskar River to Chilling, a village of coppersmiths, is one of the most breathtaking motorcycle routes anywhere in the Himalayas. You’ll be reaching Leh, the end of your motorcycle tour, in the late afternoon.

Day 9 - Leh

Relax and explore.

Day 10 - Leh to Khardung La pass to Nubra Valley

You will go for 50 kilometers on the road and 2,000 meters ascent to Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world. After a brief stop in the thin mountain air for a photo, you’ll descend quickly into the arid Nubra Valley, which until recently was a restricted military zone due to the nearby Pakistani and Chinese borders. It’s now a new high point of your Ladakh tours, with breathtaking views, remote oasis villages, and rugged river landscapes.

Day 11 - Explore Nubra Valley

You will have a half-day ride through the broad valley to the hot springs of Panamik, followed by afternoon riding on camels through the sand dunes of Hunder. Dinner is once again in the peaceful garden of your guest house.

Day 12 - Hunder to Leh (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

It’s the summit! It’s time for the world’s highest motorable road, the Khardung La pass (18,380 feet). Later, you’ll return to your headquarters in Leh. The afternoon is free to relax, shop, or visit the Shanti Stupa at sunset. Dinner will be at the best Tibetan place.

Day 13 - Leh to Tso Moriri Lake (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

Post breakfast, you will ride along with Indus rider till Mahe Bridge then Tso Moriri Lake. The lake is located at 14,000 feet near a small village of Korzok. On the way, you will cross Polokangla and Namchick La passes before you reach Korzok village. Upon arrival, you will check in at your camp.

Day 14 -Tso Moriri to Tso Kar Lake and Leh (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

Post breakfast, you will check out and drive to Tso Kar Lake. You will cross the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42 kilometers, then you will reach Skyangchu Thang (the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42 kilometers), Tanglang La pass (17,585 feet), and Indus Valley. Upon arrival in Leh, check in at a hotel.

Day 15 - Leh

It’s time to fly back home.

Intermediate

  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

This tour will take you from Srinagar to Leh. Along the way, you will visit Kargil, Rangdum, Padum, Parkachik, Lamayuru, Nubra Valley, Tsunder, and Tso Moriri Lake. This tour will also take you to some amazing passes and lakes.

Passes

  • 5,615 meters Khardung La - Pass - the highest pass on earth
  • 5,390 meters Tanglang La - Pass - the second - highest
  • 5,360 meters Chang La - Pass - the third - highest
  • 5,300 meters Wari La - Pass
  • 5,000 meters Polokangla - Pass
  • 4,900 meters Namshingla - Pass
  • 4,400 meters Pansi La - Pass
  • 4,120 meters Fotu La - Pass
  • 3,542 meters Zoji La - Pass
  • 3,400 meters Namik La - Pass

Lakes

  • Tso Moriri Lake (4,595 meters)
  • Tso Kar Lake (4,620 meters)
  • Thatsangkaru Lake (4,500 meters)

Food

Your food will be all kind of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food (Indian, local, authentic food as per fresh availability)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • ATV drive (on choice)
  • Authentic food explore
  • Boating (on choice)
  • Camel safari (on choice)
  • Cycle tour (on choice)
  • Hiking
  • Meditation and yoga
  • Oldest Budest Monetary visit
  • Photography
  • Rafting (on choice)

What's included

  • Experienced guide full way
  • Royal Enfield 500 cc / Himalayan 410 cc bike / SUV or MUV for trip rental
  • Backup Jeep full way
  • Experienced mechanic with spare parts
  • Experienced doctor medical backup with oxygen (O2) and AMS pack
  • Guidance to best places for meals at Pay N Eat (if any)
  • Pick up and drop off from Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) (in group)
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Meals for 14 days
  • Border entry fee with all Inner line permits to restricted / protected areas
  • BWR stickers for your Jeep, motorcycle, helmet, and more
  • Trip photos
  • Things to carry list with map

What's not included

  • Domestic air flight ticket (manageable to book)
  • Any damage / fine
  • Stay of extra days (manageable to book)
  • Extra food like starters / lunch / dinner (if any outside the venue)
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours
  • Extra meals, starters (alcoholic, mineral, soft drinks, aerated, Pay N Eat) etc.
  • Extra guide fee, camera and video fee, tips, insurance, laundry, and phone

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Planet Way Round will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport Airport transfer included: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

Start: Monday June 10, 2019
End: Monday June 24, 2019

Pricing information

The rates below are applied to people outside of India. This tour requires minimum 4 participants to run.

 

Cancellation policy
  • Less than 30 days before the travel date: no refund
  • Beyond 30 and up to 60 days from the date of travel: 50% refund
  • Beyond 60 and up to 90 days from the date of travel: 75% refund
  • Transfer fee will be changeable

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