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13 Days Himalayas Motorcycle Tour in India

  • Leh - Pangong Tso Lake - Hunder - Sumoor - Pongunagu - Sarchu - Tandi - Manali

Adventure Motorcycle Tours India

This motorcycle adventure on the new Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle in the Himalayas of Ladakh is designed in such a way that you spend all of your riding time in the Himalayan mountains and none on heavily trafficked highways. All night halts will be at well-appointed hotels or campsites with attached toilets. This is a semi­luxury tour that will give you the chance to take unique routes that are not covered in other tours or by most motorcycle tour companies!

Highlights

  • Guided tour from Delhi to Leh to Manali
  • Ride a Royal Enfield Himalayan 411cc motorcycle
  • Experienced English speaking road captain and mechanic
  • Visits to sand dunes, hot springs, markets, palaces, and more
  • Daily delicious meals, snacks, and beverages
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer in Leh
  • 11 riding days
  • English
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During this tour, you will be staying in shared twin rooms at hotels, Swiss tents, or home­stays. Single occupancy is also available for an additional fee. Campsites have attached toilets.

Day 1: Monday, July 24, 2017 - Arrival in Delhi

Arrive in Delhi by 8 p.m. India Standard Time. If you wish, Ride of My LIfe can recommend you hotels in Delhi according to your budget as this night is not included in the price.

Day 2: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Flight to Leh

The tour starts with you taking the early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. The 70-minute flight takes you from sea level to the ancient Himalayan city of Leh at an altitude of 11,500 feet. Due to the rarified atmosphere at that altitude, it is of utmost importance that you rest all of this day to get used to the thin mountain air. This day will be used to give you a detailed brief of the whole ride and also provide you with maps and information on the places you will be traveling to.

Day 3: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Getting used to the motorcycle in Leh

After a day's rest, it will be time for you to start the ride of your life. But before that, you will take a spin to get used to riding the motorcycle in India. Here, people ride on the left side of the road. The ride will be on smooth tarmac and on dirt tracks to give you a feel of the Himalayan adventure in store for you. This ride will ensure that you get used to riding a Royal Enfield motorcycle and if you need any adjustments, the mechanics can do the same.

Day 4: Thursday, July 27, 2017 - Leh to Pangong Tso Lake

Arguably the most breathtaking region of Ladakh, the 18,500-square-mile Changthang Plateau is where you 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. To reach Changthang, you 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. The real treat is the 84-mile long Pangong Tso Lake. A lot of migratory birds come here during this time of the year.

Today, you will stay with a Ladakhi family as their house guests. Homestay is a concept developed by the Ladakh authorities wherein locals are empowered through tourism. The homestay will be on the banks of the Pangong Tso Lake and you will be treated to traditional Ladakhi and Tibetan cuisine.

Day 5: Friday, July 28, 2017 - Pangong Tso Lake to Hunder

Today, you will ride on one of the most remote route of Ladakh made especially for the Indian Army. It connects Pangong Lake to Nubra Valley bypassing Leh. This route was washed away in a cloudburst in 2010. 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.

Day 6: Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Hunder to Sumoor

You will take a short ride of 35 kilometers to another beautiful village in Nubra Valley called Sumoor. After checking into the hotel, you will visit the famous sand dunes, as well as the hot springs in Panamik. This will be a unique experience and will rejuvenate you for the rest of the tour.

Day 7: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Sumoor to Leh

Today, 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 grand. After a steep and tough ascend and celebrations at Khardung La Pass, you will descend back towards Leh.

Day 8: Monday, July 31, 2017 - Leh rest day

This is your chance to take a breather from the grueling ride you have had. After a half day's rest, you will explore various parts of Leh, such as the Namgyal Palace, the Tibetan market, and the Shanti Stupa.

Day 9: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Leh to Tso Kar Lake

You will leave Leh early in the morning for the much-awaited part of the ride. You will ride up and down the second highest motorable pass Taglang La, at 17,582 feet. This will lead you straight to More Plains from where you take an off-road towards Tsokar.

The Tso Kar basin has miles of meadows and marshy land. It has both a fresh water and a brackish lake along with several natural springs and streams. Tso Kar Lake 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 here in the winter months. Your camp resort for the day is close to one such nomadic campsite of Pongunagu.

Day 10: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Tso Kar Lake to Sarchu

Undoubtedly, the best stretch on the Manali-Leh Highway, this section will feel as if you are on a roller coaster ride climbing up and down from one Himalayan pass to another. From the Tso Kar basin, you touch the Manali-Leh Highway after a 30-kilometer stretch long tableland called More Plains. Soon after that, you will ride up and down two high altitude passes, Lachlung La at 16,616 feet and Nakee La at 15,547 feet.

You will also ride a section of 21 switchbacks called Gata Loops. All this through one of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. Before reaching Sarchu, you will leave the state of Jammu and Kashmir and enter the state of Himachal Pradesh. Since Sarchu is snowbound for most of the year, there are no permanent structures here, so you will stay in Swiss tents with attached toilets.

Day 11: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Sarchu to Tandi

If you think that nothing can keep you surprised or excited all day long, think again. This day's ride is where you will be amazed by the passing landscapes, small lakes, rivers, and one high altitude pass. The landscape will transform from barren desert land to sights of green plantations and small patches of forests. Tandi is a very small town and you will spend the night in bamboo cottages overlooking the confluence of the Chandra and Bagha rivers.

Day 12: Friday, August 4, 2017 - Tandi to Manali

The Manali-Leh Highway is considered the most beautiful yet demanding highway in the world. Your ride today will be the toughest since you started. The mud covered climb and descent of the 13,051 feet high Rohtang Pass will test your riding skills to the maximum.

Lush green Himalayan mountains and waterfalls will appear out of nowhere once you cross the Rohtang Pass. Nature here is at its best. After the descent from the pass, you will ride into Manali, a popular hill station in the Himalayas, and call it a day at a hotel here.

Day 13: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - Manali to Delhi bus ride

Instead of waking up early, today you can sleep as late as after lunch. You will then have a 390-odd-mile bus ride to Delhi in an air­-conditioned bus. The bus journey to Delhi will take around 15 hours.

Skill level: 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
  • See flocks of yak, sheep, and goats in the plains of Changthang
  • Sightseeing in the sand dunes and hot springs in Panamik
  • Spot migratory birds in Pangong Tso Lake and Tso Kar Lake
  • Visit the Namgyal Palace, the Tibetan market, and the Shanti Stupa in Leh
  • Gaurav Jani

    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 Panicker

    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. 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.

The price of the tour includes daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. It also includes bottled water, juices, tea, and coffee on all days.

  • 3 daily meals and snacks
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Air-­conditioned bus transfer between Delhi and Manali
  • Airport transfer in Leh
  • All tolls or entry fees
  • Bottled water, juices, tea, and coffee on all days
  • Experienced English speaking road captain
  • Fuel, oil, and routine maintenance
  • Mechanic throughout the tour
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan 411cc motorcycle
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
  • Transportation to and from local sightseeing to select locations
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Airfare to Leh
  • Airport transfers in Delhi
  • Food and accommodation in Delhi before the tour
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 33% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Danijela Milutinovic
    10 out of 10

    "It has been two months since my friend and I done the Ladakh tour with Ride of My Life team and I am still filled with amazing memories. Riding over the Himalayas is really a ride of your life. It was an experience one can hardly put into words. The Ride of My Life's team was incredible too. They helped us in any situation. They were very professional and friendly too. In fact, I feel like I have a new family over there. Thank you, Gaurav, Kanika, Sachin, Vikas, Manish, and all the support crew, I hope we meet again next year!"

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  • Review by William Ruehl
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing experience! Love these people! Everyone involved, from the top to the bottom, is first class. Can't wait to go again."

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  • Review by David O'Connor
    10 out of 10

    "Just completed a 10 day tour with Ride of My Life with a private group of 13 riders. The group had varied levels of riding skill and came from Turkey, South Africa, Ireland, Germany Belgium and the UK. I can not sing the praises of the ROML team loud enough, they were very professional and extremely flexible. The whole organisation of the tour was excellent from hotel bookings and route planning, as well as the pace of the trip and the camping organisation. Food was excellent and not a Delhi Belly in sight. All equipment was provided and was top notch for camping although if you like your comfort I would recommend an inflatable mattress, the ones provided are adequate but basic. As for the bikes, you just have to love the Royal Enfield, not only for the unique experience of riding one, but for its ability to take on this rough environment. There were no major issues and the ROML team checked and tweaked the bikes every evening, making sure they ran perfectly every day. All in all we had a wonderful, memorable experience and would highly recommend these guys to anyone who wants to have The Ride Of Your Life!!! We will be back next year to explore more of this incredible country with them."

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  • Review by Jermaine Middleton
    10 out of 10

    "Ride of My Life truly lives up to their name! They are an organization comprised of GREAT people. Every aspect of the trip was perfect, from my initial contact with the company, to the final day on the bike. I've visited India before, and I can say that there customer service is top notch. I can't give a higher recommendation for a company to ride with."

    "Ride Of My Life team, thanks for the ride of Mt life. I'm looking forward to my next ride with you!"

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  • Review by Jay Bhavsar
    10 out of 10

    "I recently completed my dream ride from Manali to Leh. It is everyman's dream to be a rider of such a challenging terrain like Leh. If you're in a search of biking adventure, Ride of My Life will be the best option among all, especially when you have riding captains like Manish and Vikas. The accommodation and food were truly up to the mark. It was a memory for a lifetime. Thanks a ton, team Ride of My Life. I hope I will join you guys very soon for the next trip."

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  • Review by Malcolm Thomas
    10 out of 10

    "Just back in NZ from my tour with Ride of My Life team and completed the SM2 tour. What an amazing tour with a wonderful bunch of fellow "bikers"."

    "The entire ROML crew were fantastic and made our trip a very enjoyable, memorable couple of weeks."

    "I'm so glad I chose to ride with these guys. They are motorcyclists and adventurers first and foremost and really understand what makes bikers tick and have created a fantastic package. "

    "The bikes and backup is brilliant. The team asked regularly if everything was OK and always sorted any issues out straight away."

    "I'm already looking at more tours with ROML and I'm sure I will be back for another ride with ROML in the future."

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  • Review by Colin Halliday
    10 out of 10

    "Just got back home after doing the 13 day Ladakh ride. Had an absolutely amazing time. The Ride of my Life crew are very professional yet at the same time fun loving and truly seem to enjoy their 'job'. The Enfields are simple yet sturdy machines and surprisingly ideal for the type of terrain you ride. Though the ride is guided you have a lot of freedom to start and stop, ride at a pace that suits you and even use the bike once the days riding is officially over to do extra sight seeing."

    "It's a real adventure, challenging at times but always a lot of fun with this team."

    "Thank you to the whole team :-)"

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  • Review by Rashmi Dungdung from India
    10 out of 10

    "Memories last for a lifetime...and this Team is doing a great job cz they bring amazing people together with whom you create memories...and ofcourse the Adventure ..the bonding...the experience ..It's for you all to witness...You will surely cherish it forever."

    "Accommodation,Breafast,Dinner everything is sorted so all you have to do is have fun..."

    "Cheers to the team...All the Best for future ventures...Ride of my life.... Truly"

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  • Review by Ajith Krishnan from India
    10 out of 10

    "I had the pleasure of leveraging the Ride Of My Life team to complete my bucket list Motorcycle trip to Ladakh. Having just completed the Aug 2016 SM2 with my wife as pillion, the ride was everything that was promised. Adventure, fun and camaraderie! We had a great experience with Manish and team. Made many unforgettable memories and great friends."

    "The motorcycles were in very good condition with a very good support team. Accomodations were very good especially despite the infrastructure limitations in the region."

    "Despite being in a group, we had plenty of freedom to stop to take photographs or just soak in the scenery, when we chose, where we chose."

    "To those who are on the fence trying to decide if you want to do this on your own and probably reduce your expenses, by all means consider your options. Do note that going with this experienced team implies that all worries of accomodation, route planning, dealing with emergencies, handling tolls and paperwork etc (which are incidentally very very common) are all taken care of. Just show up and ride! What could be simpler."

    "Would definitely consider the ROML team when i plan my next motorcycle trip"

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  • Review by Sameer Surnis from India
    10 out of 10

    "My friend and I did a ride in July 2016 from Leh to Manali. The ride was indeed a once in a lifetime event for us. The itinerary was very professionally designed. The food and accommodation were excellent. The captains, Vikas and Sachin, were awesome. Guru and Gaurav Jani, you are supreme! Jai Nonu!"

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