Ride of My Life invites you to experience a motorcycle adventure on the new Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle in the Himalayas of Ladakh, India. This tour is specially designed for you to spend all of your riding time in the Himalayan mountains and none on heavily trafficked highways. Take unique routes on two wheels and experience the adventure of your life!
During this motorcycle tour, you will be staying in shared twin rooms at hotels, Swiss tents, or home-stays. All campsites have attached toilets.
During this motorcycle tour, you will experience a complete tour through the Himalayas. You will enjoy comfortable transportation to and from the local sight-seeing to the selected locations in a wonderful Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 cc motorcycle.
You will be provided with fuel, oil, and routine maintenance, a mechanic throughout the tour, an experienced English speaking road captain, a support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials, and all tolls and entry fees.
The 411 cc Royal Enfield dual sport Himalayan has a gearshift on the left and the brake pedal on the right. The motorcycles are upgraded and customized to give you a trouble-free experience without taking away all the charm and fun of riding a Royal Enfield in India.
The single-cylinder, air-cooled engine has a long stroke, giving it a relaxed demeanor and oodles of torque, so you can enjoy the scenery as you thump along in top gear at a relaxed 30 miles per hour.
The disc brake in front and in rear for the Himalayan motorcycle makes quick stops a breeze and the seats for the rider and pillion are wide and extremely comfortable.
The upright riding position is especially designed to give you the maximum comfort on long rides and the pillion seat also has a comfortable backrest to lean back on. In case you are a couple, they will adjust the shock absorbers to give you a smooth ride taking the additional weight into account.
You are recommended to arrive in New Delhi at 8:00 p.m. one day before the trip starts. Accommodation on this night is not included but if you wish, Ride of My Life can recommend you hotels in Delhi according to your budget.
You will take a bus ride from Delhi to Manali. Since Manali lacks a proper airport and because it would be a waste of time to ride the traffic, you will be taken to Manali in an air-conditioned bus with your coriders. You will check into a hotel after a 15-hour journey and your acclimatization to high altitude starts from this day in the Himalayan hills of Manali.
You will be getting used to the motorcycles in Manali on this day. In the morning, the road captain will brief you on the entire tour and the ride plan. You will be provided with maps and information of the places that you will be travelling to along with a tank bag. After the briefing, you will be taken on a ride so you get comfortable with the motorcycle in India.
There, you will ride on the left side of the road and the ride would be on smooth roads and also on dirt tracks, giving you a feel of the adventure in store for you. You will enjoy the hang of riding a Royal Enfield motorcycle on the varied terrain of the Himalayas and be ready for the ride of your life. If you need any adjustments to be done, the mechanic will take care of it once you have returned to the hotel.
You will travel from Manali to Tandi on this day. You will wake up early in the morning to ride on the world's highest road, the Manali-Leh highway. As soon as you leave Manali, the climb for the 13,051 feet high Rohtang Pass starts.
After about 52 kilometers of continuous ascent amidst lush green Himalayan mountains and roadside waterfalls, you will reach Rohtang Pass. After Rohtang, the road descends into the Chandra Valley, passing through Khoksar and on to Tandi. After the trip, you will arrive to a comfortable accommodation.
You will travel from Tandi to Sarchu. This day, you will enjoy real adventure among bad roads, streams, freezing temperatures, small mountain lakes, and breathtaking landscapes. To reach Sarchu, you will cross your second, high altitude pass; Baralach La at 16,500 feet.
The whole Manali-Leh highway experience is about riding up and down from one high-altitude Himalayan pass to another. After the descent from Baralach La pass, the landscape will open up and you will be in the plains of Sarchu. Since Sarchu is snowbound for most of the year, there are no permanent structures there, so you will stay in Swiss tents with attached toilets.
On this day, you will travel from Sarchu to Tso Kar Lake. The best ride on the Manali-Leh highway will start after Sarchu. After Sarchu, the state of Jammu and Kashmir starts and you will ride on the Gata Loops, a succession of 21 hair pin bends that will lift you 1,500 feet higher. And soon after, the Lachlung La of 16,616 feet and Nakee La of 15,547 feet, passes follow before you reach the More Plains, a 42-kilometer extension of the Changthang plateau.
At More Plains, you will cut across a dirt and sandy track on your right that will lead you to the Tso kar Lake. The Tso Kar basin has kilometers of meadows and marshy land. It has both a fresh water and a brackish lake, several natural springs, and streams.
Tso Kar is also used by a lot of migratory birds as their breeding ground. Apart from its sheer beauty, Tso Kar basin is also a very important region for the Indian and Tibetan nomads who live there in the winter months. You will arrive at a camp resort close to a nomadic campsite of Pongunagu.
You will travel from Tso Kar Lake to Leh. You will leave early in the morning to enjoy this awaited part of the ride. You will retrace the 30 kilometers stretch back to More plains on the Manali-Leh Highway. From there, you will ride up and down the second highest motorable pass, Taglang La at 17,582 feet. This pass descends to a beautiful stretch of road alongside the majestic Indus river which will lead you to the ancient city of Leh.
This day, you will take a break from the grueling ride. After a half-day rest, you explore various parts of Leh such as the Namgyal Palace, the Tibetan market, and the Shanti Stupa.
You will travel from Leh to Pangong Tso Lake. Arguably the most breathtaking region of Ladakh, the 30,000 square kilometers Changthang Plateau is where you will ride to on this day. Changthang is a unique landscape compared to other parts of Ladakh.
Its great plains have some of the most majestic grasslands and meadows in the world. But to reach Changthang, you will have a long and steep ride through the third highest motorable pass in the world, the Chang La pass at 17,586 feet. After the descent from Chang La, the magical plains of Changthang open up and you will see nomads with their flocks of yak, sheep, and goat on the various grasslands.
But the real treat is the 135-kilometer long Pangong Tso Lake. A lot of migratory birds go there during that time of the year. You will stay with a Ladakhi family as their house guests. The home-stay is a concept developed by the Ladakh authorities wherein locals are empowered through tourism and is located right on the banks of the Pangong Tso Lake. You will be treated to traditional Ladakhi and Tibetan cuisine.
On this day, you will travel from Pangong Tso Lake to Hunder. You will ride on one of the remotest routes of Ladakh made especially for the Indian army, which connects Pangong lake to Nubra Valley bypassing Leh. This route was washed away in a cloudburst in 2010 and parts of it are still not rebuilt. With various stream crossings, riding on dry riverbeds, smooth tarmac, and switchbacks, it truly is a religious experience for an adventure rider.
You will travel from Hunder to Sumoor. You will take a short ride of 35 kilimeters to another beautiful village in Nubra Valley called Sumoor. After checking in to the hotel, you will visit the famous sand dunes and the hot springs in Panamik. This will be a unique experience and will rejuvenate you from the fatigue of the tour.
You will travel from Sumoor to Leh. You will take the road to the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La at 18,380 feet. In spite of the altitude, you will ride on some of the smoothest roads so far and the landscape also becomes great. After a steep and tough ascend and celebrations at Khardung La pass, you will descend back towards Leh.
On this day, you will say good bye to the Himalayas and your riding buddies and head home after a ride of a lifetime. You will be taken to the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL).
Gaurav is a national award winning filmmaker who gave up making commercial films a long time ago to follow his passion. Since the last 11 years, he has been traveling solo across India and making documentary films about remote places and indigenous people. Two of his films, Riding Solo to the Top of the World and One Crazy Ride, have won awards at film festivals worldwide. His third film, Motorcycle Chang Pa is about a one-year journey to the Changthang plateau in Ladakh. Gaurav brings with him his years of travel experience and knowledge of the most remote and breathtaking regions of India.
Vinod's interests lie in motorcycle travel, photography, and technology. An avid photographer, he has done several motorcycle rides to different parts of India and abroad, especially in the Himalayas. Vinod has an uncanny knack for planning a ride to the bone without killing the romance and footloose nature of travel itself. His zest for perfection and meticulous planning is the backbone for designing the ride flow of all tours. He is also a member of 60kph, Motorcycle Travel Club, India, and was an integral part of the award-winning motorcycle documentary One Crazy Ride.
This motorbike tour will take place in the Himalayas of Ladakh, India. You will have the opportunity to visit Manali, Sarchu, Tandi, Tso Kar Lake, Leh, Pangong Tso Lake, Hunder, and Sumoor.
Ladakh means the land of high passes. The mountain ranges, with 16,000 to 23,000 feet high peaks, were formed over a period of 45 million years by the folding of the Indian plate into the Eurasian plate. Ladakh lies in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of India. It is sometimes called “Little Tibet” as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture.
Historically, Ladakh was a strategic location at the crossroads of important caravan routes, eventually leading to the Silk Route. The region was opened to tourism only in 1974 and it is only after then that outsiders came to know about the beautiful landscape of Ladakh and the rich culture of the Ladakhi people. Ladakh has a blend of many different ethnic groups; predominantly, Tibetans and Mons.
Ladakh is bound by mountains and made up of mountains. From November to May, Ladakh is almost completely cut off from the outside world. Even in summer, getting here involves crossing the highest mountain passes in the world. The journey by no means is easy, but the highest roads in the world here are termed as the best riding destination in the world.
From the millions of years of permanence, the Himalayas make the journey to Ladakh different and unpredictable every year. It is anybody’s guess on what the road would look like after being covered with feet of snow in winter. Mountain streams, high altitude passes, majestic plains, and enormous mountain lakes have left a lasting impression on the lucky ones who have got a chance to travel to this remote Himalayan region.
During this tour, you will be served three daily locally sourced meals along with beverages like bottled water, juices, tea, and coffee. The meals will be delicious and you will be treated to traditional Ladakhi and Tibetan cuisine.
During your free time, you will have the opportunity to explore the exotic locations on your own or simply relax and enjoy the company of you bike buddies.
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).