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The Trans-Himalayan is definitely the most beautiful motorbike track in India. Your target is Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass. Prepare for an adventurous expedition on the edge of beyond. Riding your Royal Enfield, you’ll cross and visit many unforgettable attractions up in Himalayan area. It is a challenge for adventurers seeking the ultimate journey who will join the club of Himalayan motorbiking devotees.
Your accommodations will vary from standard hotels to camps. You will be staying mainly in double or twin rooms. You also have the option to stay in a single room.
You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in central Delhi. Your room will available from 12:00. Have some free time, and night at the hotel.
Enjoy a free morning in Delhi. You will have a group meeting with all participants in the hotel at 15:00. Then head to the bus station for a comfortable overnight trip by air-conditioned bus at 18:00. You will have a long journey (17-19 hours). Naggar here you come!
Morning arrival in Naggar for a day’s acclimatizing. You will get your first glimpse of the Royal Enfield 500cc. On bikes, you will visit the Kullu valley, the fort, and the Naggar temple which were built in the 10th century. On the way back, you will ride through rustic villages with an exotic view. Spend the night at a comfortable and welcoming guest house.
This is the big departure. You will ride up to the Upper Kullu Valley on a series of endless zigzag track, and cross Rohtang La Pass (3,900 meters). You will leave the Indian sub-continent behind and get ready to enter the divine Buddhist world on a spectacular slope leading to Lahaul, a Diaspora of Buddhism and Hinduism. Crossing the Pattan valley, you will reach the very impressive Chandra valley. You will have a visit to Triloknath temples. To sum up this day, you'll stay in a guest house in Jispa for the night.
You will go back down to the main valley and move north to visit some breathtaking gorges. You will visit some old monasteries. The landscapes are increasingly desert-like, barren, and almost unpopulated. Then the road climbs to Baracha La (4,800 meters) before entering a desolate valley. To spend the night, you will be camping in the mountainous pastures of Sarchu.
This vertigo-inducing road climbs up to Lachlung La (5050 meters) then disappears into impressive gorges and the desert of Pang Moore Plains. Then you will climb back up to Tanglang La Pass (5330 meters), the world’s second highest motorable pass. You will come across a few villages as you approach the Indus Valley. You will quickly descend and finally reach Rumtse, the first Ladakh village. You will spend your night by camping in the surroundings of the village in a meadow surrounded by fields of barley.
The road winds along the floor of an impressive gorge, which opens out into the Indus Valley then carries on to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. En-route, you will visit the Hemis’ monasteries, the largest monastery in Ladakh and Tiksi, built on top of a rocky peak overlooking the village. You will spend your afternoon in Leh and your night in a guest house.
You will have a northward climb, zigzagging endlessly. Your target will be Kardhung La pass (5,602 meters), the world’s highest motorable pass. You will enjoy the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Zanskar Mountains to the south and the magical soaring Karakoram range to the north. You will retrace your routes to go back to Leh. This is for the true and adventurous rider. You will have an incomparable visit to Stock village, located on the other side of the Indus at the bottom of the Stock Kangri with a height of more than 6000 meters. To conclude the day, spend your night in a guest house.
You will ride back up the Indus Valley towards the Tibetan border. After Upshi, you will continue along the Indus to the bridge of Mahe, often crossing gorges. You will enjoy the picnic on the white sand “beaches” of the Indus bank. Then you will leave the valley to enter the heart of Rupshu, the most isolated part of Ladakh. By taking a sandy track, you will reach the famous Tso Moriri Lake, gleaming in its turquoise glory. You will spend the night by camping on the shores of the sacred lake.
Today you will visit Korzok village, one of the rare settlements of Rupshu, and its small monastery. Enjoy a ride or walk along the lake, or a peek into the life of the Champa nomads. You will depart in the direction of Tso Kar on a sandy and rocky track. The Tso Kar is a saltwater lake surrounded by unbelievable lunar scenery. You will spend the night by camping next to the Thukje village.
You will take a rugged but safe track to reach the Leh-Manali road, next to Pang. You will head Southwards until Sarchu where you will have lunch. In the afternoon, you will drive down to Drache or even Jispa. You will stay overnight in a simple guest house at 3500 meters’ altitude, where a hard bed and a shower are items of luxury.
This will be your last day of this ride which is one of the longest but definitely worth experiencing. You will depart early to Naggar. Your night will be spent in a comfortable guest house.
Enjoy your free day in Naggar, and the option of a walk in Manali. In the late afternoon, depart for Delhi on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. You will stay overnight in the coach.
The coach reaches Delhi in the morning. You will enjoy your free day in the capital, with the chance to go sightseeing. Your accommodation today will be in a hotel.
You can enjoy your free day in Delhi. Your hotel room is yours until 10:00. After that, you will be transferred to the airport, as per your flight departure time.
Delhi is the capital of India, founded on the site of 7 historical cities. It is now composed of the old town and the new. The fortified citadel and the Red Fort remind one of the strength and elegance of the great Mughal Empire. The lively Chandni Chowk, the Jama Masjid mosque, and the Raj Ghat are truly interesting. New Delhi is a vibrant city, with multi-storied buildings, boulevards, fountains, and large parks. You can visit the minaret of Qutub Minar, the mausoleum of Humayun, and Connaught Place where the mix of vendors, displays of silk, cinemas, and restaurants perfectly reflects the essence of the national capital.
It was formerly known as Kulanthapitha, ‘the end of the livable world’. Kullu Valley is not only mythically known for its deities living amongst the mortals, but also for its welcoming nature, its natural beauty, gardens, orchards, and its famous Hashish. Presently, Kullu is known as ‘land of the Gods’ as the valley is interspersed with numerous temples.
Dominated by the majestic royal palace, Leh was a rich commercial center. Traders with their caravans from Tibet and central Asia stopped there, before continuing their journey to Kashmir. The bazaar in the old district is abuzz with beautiful women with rosy and high cheekbones dressed in black robes, tied at the waist with bright pastel belts. Old gentry with wrinkled skin like withered apples, lovely children, farmers from the Nubra valley, Tibetan and Kashmiri traders, as well as monks from Zanskar. It is such a lively and colorful world.
The region is the refuge of many animal species that you can see while trekking: wild hares, marmots with thick fur, white partridges, ibex, wild donkeys from Tibet (Kyangs), wolves, and if you are lucky, some very rare snow leopards.
Besides location described above, you will visit these locations that offer you their unique attractions: Naggar, Chandra valley, Rothang La Pass, Jispa, Baracha La Pass, Sarchu, Lachlung La Pass, Tanglang La Pass, Rumtse, Kardhung La Pass, Tso Moriri Lake, Upshi, Korzok village, Rupshu, Ladakh, and Tso Kar Lake.
Your full board meals are provided during riding days. Your meals during days of transfer (day 1, 2, 14, and 15) is at your personal cost.
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