Pure Motorcycling:12 Days in Ladakh

Off-Road Adventure of

Hanle and Umling La Pass

Manali – Umling La – Hanle - Srinagar

Ladakh Expedition (12 Days)

Why do you want to ride to high-altitude deserts, snow-capped mountains, and winding rivers? Why choose the rough roads to Hanle and Umling La pass at 19300 ft? Well, why does a dog stick their heads out car windows? The sense of freedom when the cold breeze hits your face is beyond words. This ride is perfect for those who reward themselves with beautiful sights and landscapes after riding on the twist and turns, facing water crossing and enjoying offroad. Come on off-roader. Let’s ride.

Moderate

Riding Skill Required

1900 Kms

Journey

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Motorcycles

Delhi / Kullu(KUU/DEL)

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
39980 59980 49980 49980

Foriegn Nationals

Rented Royal Enfield Motorcycle Passenger in SUV
Solo Rider Rider & Pillion Per Person
1410 1200 1350

Inclusion

• Royal Enfield 411 cc Himalayan motorcycle for the tour
• Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
• Pick up from Srinagar Airport & transfer to Sonamarg
• Quality twin-sharing accommodation (except for Hanle)in deluxe, semi-deluxe hotels & camps.
• Experienced Road Captain
• Experienced Mechanic
• One spare rider for emergency
• Breakfast from Day 2nd to Day 12th
• Dinner from Day 1st to Day 11th
• 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 25,000/-
• 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 Manali

Manali Alt. - 2050 m

Reaching Manali is no less than rocket science. Take a bus/taxi to reach Manali from Chandigarh/ Delhi. Once you have arrived at the Manali bus stand, take a small taxi to the specified hotel. Our team at the Hotel will assist you with check-in. After checking, you may utilise the rest of the day to explore.

Places and experiences not to miss - cafe hopping in Old Manali, Hidimba Devi temple, paragliding at Solang or trek to Jogini waterfall. Take a local commute to We will meet in the evening for an orientation. Bikes will allotted after the orientation session. Check the allotted bikes & notify issues that need a fix. Overnight stay at Manali.



  • Hotel: Deluxe Category Hotel
  • Room Type : Double Sharing Room
  • Inclusions: Dinner

Day 2 - Manali - Atal Tunnel – Sarchu

Manali Alt. - 2050 m Sarchu Alt. - 4200 m

Today, we will ride to high altitudes. Make sure that your luggage has been loaded in the backup vehicle. The ride will be an exciting journey to reach Sarchu. We will take a left to get towards Solang Nala. After the solang nala, we will cross the 'World's Longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 Feet'. The 9 Km long Atal Tunnel is a portal to a new world. Notice the sudden change in the surrounding mountain in the Lahaul Valley.

We will refuel at Tandi (before Keylong) for 350 km and ride to the riverside Jispa village. Later, we will reach Darcha and take a left to Leh.

Roads to these points are smooth and fun to ride. After this point, you will taste adventure while riding to the Zing Zing bar and Baralach La pass (16000 ft). The roads become narrower and steeper with stunning landscapes. Be stunned by the beauty of Suraj Taal and Deepak Taal. The ride is bumpier from the mountain top. Keep your eyes on the road. We will ride to the beautiful evening on the barren land and enjoy the cold night in the shaking tents at Sarchu.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Camp
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 200 Km
  • Travel time – 7+ hrs

Day 3 - Sarchu - Morey Plains – Leh

Sarchu Alt. - 4200 m Leh Alt. – 3500 m

It is an exciting day for adventure lovers. You will ride to high-altitude passes - Naki La (15,547 Ft), Lachalung La (16,616 Ft), and Tanglang La (17582 Ft).

We will ride to super adventurous narrow roads by the edge of the mountains to Pang. With a hot breakfast at this chilling place, we will cross the Himachal border and enter the Ladakh region after we ride on the narrow bridge. Keep your documents ready to furnish at the police outposts (Himachal side and the Ladakh side). The roads are smooth and wide when we cross Whisky Nala and Brandi Nala. As we approach close to 21 Ghata loops, we will ascend on the winding road of 21 hairpin bends. Don't stare at the debris of trucks which fell off the hills. The offroad journey will take you to Nakee La and Lachung La. We will make a brief stop there for a warm meal.

Don't worry, the roads become smooth after lunch. We will take a photo break at Morey Plains, the most picturesque road stretch and the only part of the Tibetan plateau in India. We will later ride to the Tanglang La Pas. Take a milestone picture at the top. Enjoy a sweet ride around the colour-changing mountains to Upshi. Keep your documents ready as we inch closer to the city. Enjoy the lush green surroundings before we reach Leh town. Overnight stay at Leh.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Hotel
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 250 Km
  • Travel time – 7+ hrs

Day 4 - 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.

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. Overnight stay at Leh.

  • Hotel: Deluxe Hotel
  • Room Type : Double Sharing Room
  • Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 - Leh - Khardung La - Nubra valley

Leh Alt. – 3500 m Nubra Alt. - 3000 m

We will leave for a higher altitude place. Drink water 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 have ten minutes for photography 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 camels, found exclusively in High-altitude regions like Tibet, and Kyrgyzstan. Overnight stay at Nubra Valley.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Tents
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 140 Km
  • Travel time – 6 hrs

Day 6 - Nubra - Shyok Agham - Pangong Tso

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 – 180 Km
  • Travel time – 7 hrs

Day 7 - 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 largely unpopulated 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 journey. Enjoy the evening in one of the remotest villages. Overnight stay with locals in their homes.

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

Day 8 - 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 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 follow 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 gets a steeper climbing angle for over 5 km and is 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 hrs

Day 9 - Hanle – Leh

Hanle Alt. – 4500 m Leh Alt. – 3000 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. Enjoy the tastiest samosas of Ladakh, prepared by the protectors of the country - the Indian Army. 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. In the 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 hrs

Day 10 - Leh - Lamayuru – Kargil

Leh Alt. – 3500 m Kargil Alt. - 2600 m

We leave the 'more urban town' and head towards the culture of Historic Ladakh. With a sumptuous breakfast, get ready for a 250 km of joyful ride. We will leave the town and continue our journey to the Srinagar Leh Highway. We will visit Magnetic Hill, the Zanskar-Indus River confluence and Gurudawara Patthar Sahib if you have missed these earlier. Witness the beautiful villages on the way when we ride along the Indus River.

We will have lunch at Khaltsi. After lunch, with a short ride on the winding roads, we will reach Lamayuru town. We stop at Lamayuru to photograph the moonland of Ladakh. A Visit to this old monastery which houses the highest number of Lamas is a must.
After we had visited the monastery, we continued to climb up and cross Fotu La and Namik La at 13500 ft and 12200 ft respectively. Before the sundown, we will reach Kargil. Overnight at Kargil.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Hotel
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 230 Km
  • Travel time – 5 hrs

Day 11 - Kargil – Sonamarg

Kargil Alt. - 2600 m Sonamarg Alt. - 2700 m

We will leave the city for Kashmir on the Leh-Srinagar Highway. The last day of the journey will take you from Ladakh to Kashmir region. You can easily spot the difference between these two - dialects, attire, and the mountains.

But before we head to the Kashmir region, we will halt at a historical monument after we ride 50 km leaving Kargil. Pay tribute to the Kargil War Memorial. Learn about the war tales and witness the war museum.

Next to the war memorial, there is a tiny town - Dras (The second coldest village in the world & remains inhabited for the entire year). We will cross the village to climb to Zoji la Pass. This pass is famous for throwing unlimited surprises and testing your mental and physical fitness after having a cup of Kahwa at the top of the mountain. You will ride on the jaw-dropping depths by the edge of the mountain. You can go out for a short horse ride to the Thajwas Glacier. Overnight at the Meadows of the tiny hamlet called Sonamarg.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Hotel
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 140 Km
  • Travel time – 5 hrs

Day 12 - Departure from Srinagar

Sonamarg Alt. - 2700 m Srinagar Alt. - 1600 m.

It is time to bid adieu to everyone. Our team will help you arrange the transfer to the Srinagar Airport in a group. Due to time-taking security protocols, everyone is advised to reach the 3 hours before the departure time. See you on your next adventure.

  • Meal – Breakfast
  • Inclusions – Group transfer to Srinagar airport
  • Distance – 80 Km
  • Travel time – 3 hrs

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