Pure Motorcycling: 8 Days in Ladakh

Discover the joy of motorcycle ride to

Umling La || The Highest Motorable Road

Leh – Pangong - Umling la - Hanle – Leh

Ladakh Expedition (08 Days)

The place needs no introduction. This Himalayan region is beautiful but life is difficult due to its remote location, high altitude, and harsh weather conditions. This expedition of Ladakh is curated for those who want authentic off-road experiences and challenges beyond the ordinary. On this motorcycle trip, you will pave through a rough road to ascend to the highest motorable road - Umling La Pass at 19300 ft. A ride that takes you higher than Everest base camp along with Nubra - Shyok and Pangong.

Moderate

Riding Skill Required

1000 Kms

Journey

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Motorcycles

Leh, India (IXL)

Fly In

Tour Highlights

Tour Cost

Indian Nationals

Own Motorcycle Rented Royal Enfield Motorcycle Passenger in SUV
Per Person Solo Rider Rider & Pillion Per Person
30000 40000 35000 38000

Foriegn Nationals

Rented Royal Enfield Motorcycle Passenger in SUV
Solo Rider Rider & Pillion Per Person
900 800 800

Inclusion

• Royal Enfield 411 cc Himalayan motorcycle for the tour
• Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
• Quality twin-sharing accommodation (except for Hanle) in deluxe, semi-deluxe hotels & camps.
• Experienced Road Captain
• Experienced Mechanic
• One spare rider for emergency
• Group pickup and Drop to Leh Airport (IXL)
• Breakfast from Day 2nd to Day 8th
• Dinner from Day 1st to Day 7th
• Standard Helmets for Rider and Pillion
• Bonfire activity once during the tour
• Oxygen cylinder and basic medical amenities
• All Inner Line Permits for restricted areas and all tolls
*Note : The helmets which we provide are of standard size, so there may be some discrepancies regarding the size. For comfort and safety reasons, you may carry your own helmet for the ride.

Exclusion

• Fuel for the ride
• Any spares consume during the ride
• INR 10,000/- refundable security deposit for the motorcycle
• Riding gears
• Cost incurred to transfer the motorbike in case it is dropped in between the trip
• Applicable 5% GST
• Flight Tickets
• Lunch on all days
• Personal travel insurance
• Sightseeing entry fees and any kind of activity cost
• Single occupancy room add-on - INR 17,000/-
• Any hotel, subsistence or other cost incurred before the official start date of the tour and after the official end date of the tour.
• Anything not mentioned in Tour Inclusions

Day-wise itinerary as you witness the route

Motorcycle Tour Route Details

Day 1 - Arrival at Leh

Leh Alt. - 3500 m

Say hello to adventure with a flight to Leh. Our representative /driver will pick you up from the Airport (in groups) and later take you to the hotel. After checking in, take the day to acclimatise - minimum movement, 3.5 ltr water, and complete rest. We will meet in the evening for an orientation followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the Leh City.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Category Hotel
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Transfer – Airport pickup in groups

Day 2 - Exploring Leh and around

Leh Alt. – 3500 m

After two days of riding, we recommend rest for your back and the machines. Consider the day to take complete rest.

As you take your well-deserved rest or explore the city, remember to acclimatize to the high altitude. Leh is situated at over 11,000 feet above sea level, so take it easy and stay hydrated to ensure you feel your best for the next leg of your adventure.

Or take the time to wander the city - the market, the monasteries, and the palaces on your own. Our team will guide you about places of interest. Book a private local taxi or take a shared electric bus ride to explore the beautiful places around the city. Some notable places you may visit are - Hall of Fame, Thiksay Monastery, Leh Palace, Tibetan Refugee Market, and Shanti Stupa. Shanti stupa should be your go-to place for the best sunset in the town.

Explore the vibrant arts and crafts scene in Leh. Explore the Tibetan refugee markets to find unique souvenirs and handicrafts, from intricately designed jewelry to colorful textiles. It's an ideal chance to pick up some keepsakes that will remind you of this incredible journey through the Himalayas.The city offers a delectable blend of traditional Ladakhi dishes and international fare. Don't forget to try some momos, a local favourite, and indulge in the rich flavours of Ladakhi butter tea.Overnight stay at Leh.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Hotel
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 100 Km
  • Travel time – 4+ hr

Day 3 - Leh - Khardung La - Nubra valley

Leh Alt. – 3500 m Nubra Alt. - 3000 m

We will leave for a higher altitude place. Drink as much as water you can and take the dosage of Diamox before we leave the town. We will ascend to an altitude of 18000 ft, leaving the green valley. You will climb 6500 ft with a short 40 km ride. Feel the loss of power as we ride to the top and Enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley on the way to one of the highest motorable roads in the world. You get to spend ten minutes photographed at the top with 50% oxygen.

Soon, you will descend to the beautiful valley along the Shyok River after we cross the Khardung village. We will make a brief stop at the Diskit Monastery before our today's destination. Witness the mesmerising view of the valley while you stand at the feet of 108 ft Maitreya Buddha Statue. Later, take a short ride to the dunes of Nubra Valley. One can witness the majestic double-humped camel which is found just in High-altitude regions like Tibet, and Kyrgyzstan. Overnight stay at Nubra Valley.

  • Hotel – Deluxe camp/cottage
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 140 Km
  • Travel time – 6 hr

Day 4 - Nubra - Shyok - Pangong lake

Nubra Alt. - 3000 m Pangong Alt. - 4200 m

The ride today is not for the faint-hearted. You will ride along the Shyok River (which translates to The River of Death in the local language). The ride transverses through 2 mountain regions - The Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges. After breakfast, You will take the narrow hill road along the mountains. Later, you will start chasing the Shyok River.

As soon as you leave the Leh road, the offroading starts. At first, you will tackle small broken road patches and encounter long stretches of fine white sand. You will travel on an unpaved road with loose stones, rubbles and dust. The road becomes trickier once we cross Agham village. An uncertain amount of water in the streams of Himalayan glacial water makes the day adventurous.

It will not be an exaggeration to call this day an exam day for physical fitness and mental wellness.

On the last stretch of the ride, enjoy the beautiful stretch of the road along the Mormot land which takes you to Pangong. Take a walk by the shore and devour the beauty of the holy Pangong. Enjoy the night by the brackish waters of the endorheic lake.

Due to the freezing temperatures of the gushing winds, it is advisable to reach the semi-deluxe tents before sunset.

  • Hotel – Deluxe camp/cottage
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 140 Km
  • Travel time – 7 hr

Day 5 - Pangong Tso - Rezang La – Hanle

Pangong Alt. - 4200 m Hanle Alt. – 4500 m

You can not be more excited about the most adventurous day of the ride. Have a sumptuous meal before we start on this unmanned route. There are hardly any shops where you can have a cup of coffee while you ride to the other side of the Changthang Plateau.

At first, we will ride along the coastline of Pangong Lake towards the Chinese border. There are a few villages we will cover before we see the last point of Pangong Lake in India.

The real fun begins once you have reached Chusul. The roads will turn into dirt trails beyond Chusul. It's fun to ride on the stone and soil. Beyond Rezang La, do not get stranded in multiple tyre marks. Just follow your captain closely or else you will have to find your path in the dusty wind. The roads are so fascinating you will never notice that you crossed a mountain pass (Tsaga La). Enjoy riding and getting stuck in the sand piles before Loma. You will cross the Indus River to reach the signature and hypnotising single-lane road to Hanle. One can easily claim this route as the most scenic one on the entire journey. Enjoy the evening in one of the remotest villages. Overnight stay in Homestay.

  • Hotel – Homestay/hotel
  • Room Type – Multiple sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 180 Km
  • Travel time – 7 hr

Day 6 - Hanle - Umling La - Hanle

Hanle Alt. – 4500 m Umling La Alt. – 5880 m
You will ride on the highest motorable road in the world. Among the multiple routes available to reach Umling La, we will take the route in the best condition or the open one. All of these will get you to the Chisumle Bridge. The route is famous for spotting some of the elusive and rare animals like the Himalayan Marmot, Kiang, Blue Sheep, Black-necked crane etc.

Among these three routes, the best route is via Nurbu La. As you leave the Hanle village, we will start following a dirt trail in an open valley. There are multiple trail marks on the no-man valley. Closely monitor your road captain or else you might choose the wrong trail and get stranded or get stuck in fine sand.

The ride to the foot of the hill is easy-weasy. The true challenge starts once you start climbing the steep road leading to Nurbu La. The road got a steep climbing angle for over 5 km and was completely unpaved. The fine sand in every corner makes sure to give you the thrill you came in for.
Upon reaching the Nurbu La top, we will ride on a beautifully tarred road.

Beyond the bridge, ride along the Kingdul River, ascending higher on the Chismule-Demchok road. Unlike other high mountain passes, you will not find a deep valley. Once you have reached the top where the bike loses most of its power, take a proud photo at the top of the world. Later, have a hot tea at Oxygen cafe. We will head back to the same homestay.

Special Note for Foreigners - Foreigners will have a leisurely day. You can take a rest for the entire day & explore the serene town.

  • Hotel – Homestay /hotel
  • Room Type – Multiple sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 150 Km
  • Travel time – 5 hr

Day 7 - Hanle – Leh

Hanle Alt. – 4500 m Leh Alt. – 3500 m

This shall be our last day of riding our machines in the Changthang region. The distance we are going to cover today is 240 Kms. We will ride on the seductive road of the barren lands to cross the Indus River at Loma. A photo stop is a must on this part of the road. To see a herd of Kiang along the road is not uncommon in this part of Ladakh. You will certainly enjoy the scenic panorama.

Once you have reached the Loma checkpost, a refreshment break at the army cafe is worthwhile. Devours some of the tastiest hot samosas of Ladakh, prepared by the protectors of the country. The road turns to a 2 lane highway from this point when you start riding along the Indus River. The time will fly just like your machine and with a blink of an eye, we will reach today's lunch point at Chumathang. The hot springs at Chumathang where boiling water emerges from nature is a unique experience to explore.

Shortly after Lunch, we will ride on the fantastic road and reach Leh in no time. Overnight at Leh Hotel.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Hotel
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 250 Km
  • Travel time – 6 hr

Day 8 - Departure from Leh

Leh Alt. – 3500 m

It is time to bid adieu to the amazing gang and the beautiful city. Our team will help you arrange the transfer to the Airport as per your flight timings. See you on your next adventure.

  • Transfer: Group transfer to Leh Airport
  • Meal: Breakfast

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