Ride the world's highest passes on this epic adventure of a lifetime. Experience breathtaking views around every corner of Himalaya, unique cultural experiences with the friendly locals, and motorcycle riding to dream of. This motorcycle tour will cruise through the hills with a group of like-minded riders and take in the incredible surroundings of the beautiful Himalayan Mountains. Join Ride Expeditions for a riding experience you've always dreamed of.
You will be staying in an appointed quality accommodation. 8 nights' stay will be in quality 3 to 5-star hotels and 4 nights' stay will be in excellent campsites that have massive tents with big beds and attached toilets; Your accommodation during this Himalayan motorcycle tour is specified as follows:
Ride Expeditions will meet you at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and bring you to your hotel. It is the perfect base from which to explore this chaotic city. The traffic is insane, but thankfully you will not have to ride in any of this. You will meet in the afternoon where your tour leader will give a full briefing of the adventure that lies ahead.
Your private bus will pick you up from the hotel at 05:00. Don’t worry, you’ll have a chance to snooze on the smooth roads of Delhi and the foothills of the Himalayas. After lunch, you will start the climb into the mountains and you’ll begin to witness the amazing views across the hilltops. Forget what you associate with India when you reach Manali. You will relax at a calm ski resort style town, with a temperate climate and surrounded by pine tree covered mountains and a fast-flowing river.
After meeting the rest of the team and your Classic Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycles, you will saddle up for a day’s riding around the Kullu Valley. Today, you will ride on easy and smooth tarmac roads as you accustom yourselves to riding in India. You’ll also have the chance to visit Naggar Castle, Hindu temples, and the hot springs at Vashisht before returning to your hotel in Manali.
Leaving Manali, you will ride alongside the Beas river before starting the climb up to your first high pass of the trip: Rohtang La Pass at 3,876 meters. The roads up to the top are incredible, with countless hairpin turns and spectacular views across the hills. The roads get a little rougher as you descend into the Lahaul Valley, but with its cascading waterfalls and rugged terrain the scenery is no less impressive. Tonight’s destination is Keylong, the tribal district headquarters.
You’ll ride smooth tarmac in the morning that curves its way up to the scenic Bara-lacha la pass which sits at 4,883 meters, your highest altitude yet. You will stop just on the other side for lunch and there are three things that might now happen: 1. Nothing at all; 2. You might feel a bit queasy (no worries, Ride Expeditions has oxygen bottles to hand); 3. You might feel a bit drunk and giddy. Don’t worry, this is just your body acclimatizing to the high altitudes and it does not last long. After lunch, you will descend to the Sarchu plateau where the campsite awaits. After enjoying a buffet dinner in the ‘restaurant tent’ you will light a bonfire together to keep your toes warm!
After breakfast, you will saddle up for what might well be the most beautiful riding day you’ll ever have experienced. You will start the day by riding up ‘Gata Loops’, 21 hairpin turns that snake up the mountainside. Ride towards the Upper Indus Valley and over two more of the World’s highest passes (Lachalung La: 5,085 meters and Taglang La: 5,330 meters). The winding roads are an immensely joyous ride and there are fresh breathtaking views around each and every corner. You have a larger distance to cover today, but the road conditions are excellent and you are able to increase the pace. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Leh late afternoon.
Enjoy a resting day for local sightseeing and exploring the fascinating mountain town of Leh, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Ladakh. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, cafes, and markets. The ‘old market’ in particular is a great experience. There are many monasteries and ancient temples that are well worth a visit, as is the impressive 9-storey abandoned Leh Palace that overlooks the town. If you cannot bear to be separated from your steed, then you are of course welcome to take the Enfields out for a cruise in the hills.
An easy day cruise will take you out for a spot of history and culture. At 1,100 years’ old, the Alchi Monastery is the oldest monastery in the Ladakh region. The ride out passes by where the Sidhu and the Zanskar rivers join and you’ll also have the chance to stop at the Magnetic Hill, park in the white box, switch the ignition off and let the giant underground magnet do its thing.
Riding over Chang La pass at 5,280 meters, you’ll cruise over towards Pangong lake - the highest salt water lake in the world. Watch out for the huge Himalayan Yaks that patrol the valley! The lake, shared by both India and China, is a spectacular sight with snowcapped mountains and orange rock faces reflecting off of the perfectly clear blue waters.
After enjoying breakfast and a couple of cups of chai tea down by the lake, you’ll saddle up for another day’s fine riding through the mountains. You will travel through an incredibly remote region along an old military road that has only recently been opened up to tourists. The smooth road surfaces cruise you down into the beautiful Nubra Valley.
The beautiful Nubra beautiful valley is overshadowed by Saser Kangri, which at over 7,672 meters is one of India’s highest mountains. Having sorted your special ‘inner line permits’ back in Leh, you are free to explore the valley. We’ll visit the Panamik hot springs and search for the endangered double-humped Bactrian camels in the Hunder desert. Ride Expeditions has included for you a ride on one of these majestic beasts. They do not allow racing on the motorcycles but they never said anything about camel racing!
We’ve saved the big one ’til last: Khardung La Pass! Join the elite handful of motorcyclists that have stood on top of the world with their motorcycle by their side. Reputed to be the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La pass sits at 5,358 meters above sea level. The views from the top are second to none, looking across Zanskar and the Kangri Mountains. We’ll ride down the other side on rocky dirt roads until you reach your final destination. We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.
After a breakfast feast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Leh airport where you will say your goodbyes. Then buckle up for one of the most exciting mountain flights. Passing over numerous mountain tops and glaciers, the one-and-a-half-hour flight will quickly descend out of the mountains back down to Delhi.
Your Himalayan motorcycle journey will start from New Delhi before you go to Manali. Your ride will visit Kullu Valley, Keylong, Sarchu, Leh, Alchi Monastery, Pangong Tso, and Nubra Valley. The Himalayas are situated in northern India and touch Nepal, Pakistan, and China. This rugged mountain range, spanning 2,400 kilometers across India, has 15,000 glaciers and is the birthplace to the River Ganges. The lower regions, below the snow-covered peaks, are home to lakes, forests, and cultivated lands.
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ride Expeditions will pick you up from the airport.