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10 Day Hidden Himalayas: Zanskar Valley Premium Guided Motorcycle Tour in India

Leh, Ladakh, India

Guided Motorcycle Tour in India

Why visit Zanskar? Because it's a path less traveled or because the most isolated of all Himalayan valleys are cut off from the rest of the world for over 9 months of the year? The wide views and sceneries, ancient cave monasteries, adventurous ride terrains, the unique social practice of polyandry are more than a reason to ride along with one of the largest glaciers. The mountains of Zanskar and the land of unique traditions call for a visit.

Key information

  • Terrain: 60% paved, 40% unpaved
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield 411 CC Himalayan)
  • Mileage: 805 kilometers / 500 miles
  • Daily rides: 85 - 130 kilometers / 53 - 81 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent: helmet, knee guards, and jacket
  • Meals: daily breakfast and dinner

Meet the guides

Ronak & Hiren
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Leh
  • Ride to Roughed and Pensi-La Pass (14,436 feet above sea level)
  • Spectacular view of the largest glistening white Drang Drung glacier at Pensi-La
  • Experience Cyclope Hills, pulls your vehicle up the hill due to their gravitational force
  • Witness the life at a monastery at Zangla, Stongde, Karsha, Sani, Zongkhul, Rangdum
  • Feel blessed at the Gurudwara Sri Pathar Sahib, origin from the early 15th century
  • Group pick up and drop from Leh airport
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

You will be accommodated on a twin sharing basis at a homestay, guest house, 3 and 4-star hotel/resort, or tent throughout the tour.

Program

Day 1 :- Arrival at Leh

Leh Alt. - 11500Ft

Arrive at Leh Airport (IXL). We will wait for everyone to arrive & depart in group to the hotel. You are advised to take a dosage of Diamox & take rest for whole day. It is strictly advised not to go out to mitigate altercation of altitude. If you feel any symptom – a headache, nausea or vomiting, inform the team immediately. In the evening, we will gather for orientation and group meet up. Learn all about the road trip in orientation – the roadmap, riding etiquette, pitfalls, & rules followed by motorcycle allocation. Inform the team of any issues on the motorbike.

  • Transfers – Group pick up from Airport to Hotel
  • Stay – 3 Star hotel
  • Included meals – Dinner

Day 2: - Leh – Nurla ( 85 Kms )

  • Leh Altitude - 11500Ft Nurla Altitude – 9970 Ft
  • Key Attractions - Indus - Zanskar Confluence, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib

Buddham Saranam Gacchami. Time to visit Gompas and expose ourselves to Ladakhi culture. We will ride to a small village in Indus Valley, famous for its serene beauty with minimal human footfalls. En route Nurla, we will make few stops to visit Gurdwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and the Indus – Zasnkar river confluence. Check-in at the hotel at Nurla and go out for a walk to Buddha Maitreya Temple.

  • Stay – 4 Star hotel
  • Included meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Nurla – Fotoskar (80 Km)

  • Nurla Altitude – 9970 Ft Fotoksar Altitude – 11348 Ft
  • Key Attractions – Sirsir La, Fotoksar Village

We walk past the historic city to cruise on. Just like the day before, we glide through NH 1D just before Lamayuru. We will make a small pit stop before Lamayuru to catch a glimpse of the moon land of Ladakh and the Monastery. From this point, you will take a different path to Fotoksar. The route will become narrower, later full of earthen dust and bumps. As the dust settles, you will get the beautiful view of a Valley which houses the small hamlet of Fotoksar. Fotoksar is more popular as pit stop for Zanskar Chadar trekkers. Overnight stay at village in portable camping.

  • Stay – Portable Camping
  • Included meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Fotoskar – Lingshed – Padum (120 Km)

  • Fotoskar Alt. – 11348 ft Padum Alt. - 12037 feet
  • Key Attractions – Singela, Lingshed, Zangla

Did you find the route on the Google Map? I bet you didn’t. This day, we will encounter unfamiliar challenges on this absolutely new route. This newly made patch is being maintained by BRO as rest of the routes in Ladakh. We will trade through the slippery slopes of the roads along the popular Chadar Trek route. On the route, you get some relief and other mankind at Lingshed. Take a sip of hot tea there because you aren’t getting more till you have reached Padum. Later when we reach there, we explore a different side to Tibetan culture in the Zanskar valley with unique traditions like polyandrous marriage. Soak in with the locals, meet them, greet them and understand the valley of food and copper. Overnight stay at Padum Hotel.

  • Stay – Deluxe Hotel
  • Included meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Zangla excursion & Padum Local (90 Km)

  • Padum Alt. - 12037 feet
  • Key Attractions – Pibiting Gompa, Thongde, Karsha Monastery

Padum is populated by roughly 700 inhabitants. Today, we will head further to the last motorable point in the Zanskar valley, far from 'civilization’. Zangla is the start point for several extreme treks including chadar treck. You will come across the valleys and the passes which brought us here. After exploring the ruins of Zangla palace, we will head back to Padum for a local excursion which includes - Pibiting Gompa, Thongde, Karsha Monastery among others. Overnight hotel stay at Padum near Tsarap (Zanskar River).

  • Stay – Deluxe Hotel
  • Included meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Padum - Durung Drung - Rangdum (110 Km)

  • Padum Alt. - 12037 feet Rangdum Alt. – 11998 ft
  • Key Attractions – Durung Drung glacier, Statso - Langtso Lake, Pensi La pass

On this day, we will catch up with the Kargil highway. When you ride this day, carry the stomach pleasers with you - water, snacks etc. The stretch this day is completely barren with negligible mankind or amenities. We will stop the top when we ride across the Pensi La pass. We will let you take photos of Statso - Langtso Lake & mother of Suru river - Durung Drung glacier. Our piece of advice – Don’t leave the ride captain and do not to take short cuts with water bodies & follow your captain. These water streams sometimes are deep enough to sink an SUV. As BRO says - 'Better safe than sorry'. Overnight at Rangdum hotel.

  • Stay – Deluxe Hotel
  • Included meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Rangdum - Suru - Kargil (130 Km)

  • Rangdum Alt. – 11998 ft Kargil Alt. - 8780 feet
  • Key Attractions – Suru Valley, Nun Kun Glacier

The tough paths shall bring you towards the more populated areas but to be seen only after you cross the barren mountains after Rangdum. The roads will be as treacherous as you encountered the day before. Ride along the Suru River, a tributary of Indus River, which originates from Drang Drung Glacier. Witness Nun-Kun glacier en route destination. We will continue on the same route along the smoothly flowing Suru river till Kargil. As you inch closer to Kargil, the roads will heal itself. The night stay and dinner arrangements will be at Kargil hotel.

  • Stay – Deluxe Hotel
  • Included meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Kargil – Batalik – Dah Hanu (90 Km)

  • Kargil Alt. - 8780 feet Dah hanu Alt. – 14800 ft
  • Key Attractions – Batalik, Village of the Last Aryans

After breakfast, the group will hop on the vehicles to continue our journey to a town which turned into battlefield during Indo Pak war of 1999- Batalik. We will make stop gaze into the beauty there. Later, you will ride to the last Aryan villages –The Brokpa Community; you just have to follow the Indus River. Out of the five villages, just Dah and Hanu are open to visitors. They are believed to be the decedents to Alexander the great. You would be surprised to see the greenery and the vegetation at the Batalik region. Being the most beautiful stretch, you can’t resist taking photos and videos. Explore the unique cultural practices including polyandry, Groom paying bride price among others. We will utilize the evening meeting and interacting with the Brokpas. You may buy farm fresh Apricot as well as Apricot Jam on the evening walk. Every minute of interaction is precious since Brokpas don’t usually accepts outsiders. Overnight stay and dinner at swiss tents of the Aryan villages.

  • Stay – Deluxe Hotel / Swiss Tent with attached washroom
  • Included meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Dah Hanu – Khaltse – Nurla – Leh (190 Km)

  • Dah hanu Alt. – 14800 ft Leh Alt. - 11500Ft
  • Key attractions – Indus - Zanskar Confluence, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Paththar Sahib

After breakfast, we leave the Aryan villages and head toward the Tibetan culture. It is fairly possible that the accelerator wire may snap due to constant throttle on the smoothest highway of the trip. Lifeless brown mountains, blue serene Indus waters and Highways smooth as racetrack; what else do you need! Witness the small hamlet villages along the road. You will come across the Magnetic Hill and the river confluence. Later, we will descend gradually to the Leh city, the capital of Ladakh. Night stay and Dinner arrangement will be made at the hotel.

  • Stay – 3 Star Hotel
  • Included meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 :- Leh – Hometown

After breakfast, we meet again to say bid farewell to each other & cheers the moments of togetherness. Our team will bid adieu to you. We will drop in the group to the airport on a fixed time. Here onwards we leave for our lives and cities with lifetime memories and friends.

  • Transfer: Group transfer to Leh Airport
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Advanced

  • Can ride for five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Ronak Upadhyay

Hiren Patel

Location

This tour will cover various destinations in India including Leh, Nurla, Suru Valley, Rangdum, Padum, Kargil, and Batalik. Here is the list of mountain pass: Pensi La.

Food

During this tour, you will be offered a vegetarian breakfast with eggs or omelet and dinner. Food will be typically Indian and Tibetan and, at some places, non-vegetarian (depending upon availability). For special dietary requirements, it is a good idea to communicate it with the organizer before making a reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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)

  • Fresh water river rafting at Zanskar and Indus confluence
  • Yak milk tea tasting at Leh

What's included

  • Royal Enfield 411 CC Himalayan motorcycle for the tour
  • Quality twin-share accommodation (Swiss Tent, Deluxe Hotel & 3* / 4*)
  • Portable Camping at Fotoksar
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner
  • Experienced Road Captain
  • Experienced Mechanic
  • One Spare Rider for emergency
  • Bonfire Activity Once during the tour
  • Oxygen Cylinder and Basic Medical amenities
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
  • Camping Equipment’s & Kitchen Vehicle from Leh to Fotoksar with Kitchen staff and Helper
  • Private pick up and drop from Leh Airport
  • All Inner Line Permits for Restricted Area and all Tolls
  • Activities and Visits to make the experience truly Memorable

What's not included

  • Applicable Government GST Tax
  • Your two-way travel to and from Leh Airport (IXL)
  • Lunches on all days
  • Fuel for the ride
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses (Snacks, bottled water, Juice, Porter Etc)
  • Any spares consume during the ride
  • Monument Entry Charges and Camel / Horse Ride
  • INR 10,000 refundable security deposit for the motorcycle
  • Optional rental for the helmet, knee guards and jacket
  • Anything not mentioned in Tour Inclusions
  • Any Hotel, Subsistence or other cost incurred prior to the official start date of the tour and after the official end date of the tour

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you can book an onward flight to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL).

Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport Airport transfer included: 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 30 days before arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Availability

Start: Monday August 30, 2021
End: Wednesday September 8, 2021

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The Dream Riders Group can arrange a private luxury tour for the group more than four riders on their requested date.

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