Pure Motorcycling: 12 Days in Ladakh

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Turtuk & Dah Hanu

Srinagar – Hanle – Umling La – Manali

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

1800 Kms

Journey

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Motorcycles

Srinagar, India (SXR)

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
43000 63000 53000 58000

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 - 1 Arrival at Srinagar and transfer to Sonamarg

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

We request you arrive at Srinagar latest by 1 PM. A representative/driver will pick you up (at the scheduled time only) from the Airport (in groups) and later take you on a 4-hour journey to the Sonamarg. Check-in at the hotel and relax. Orientation and briefing will be at the hotel around 6 PM .If you are interested in a horse ride, take a ride from the main market to Thajwas Glacier. The activity usually takes 3 hrs. Later, we will allow the bikes for the ride. Overnight stay at Sonamarg. Special Note - a) Bring Thermus/ reusable water bottles to reduce plastic usage in the Himalayan region. b) ATMs are usually non-functional at Sonmarg. Carry cash as per requirement for 3 days of use.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Hotel
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Transfer – Group transfer from Srinagar airport
  • Distance – 80 Km
  • Travel time – 3+ hrs

Day 2 - Sonamarg – Zojila – Kargil

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

Get ready to ride on one of the scariest roads in the world. Before we leave make sure you have a) Tested Bike and informed about issues which need a fix b) Making a proper video of the rented vehicle c) Collected riding gears on rent (Optional) We will leave the lush green Himalayan valley and enter Ladakh with a 40 km ride. You will always remember these 40 km. After you cross the police checkpost, you will start ascending to 11500 ft on the narrow roads with a constant scare of a 1000 ft plunge on your side. The road remains scary due to the uncertain weather and dreadful roads it can offer with the bad weather. Feel the gateway to heaven when you click a picture at the top.After having a hot cup of Kahwa, we will descend to the second coldest village in the world - Dras. We will cross this town and take a Pit stop at the Kargil war memorial. Carry your original Aadhar / Driving licence if you are an Indian. If you are a foreigner, carry your Visa and passport along with photocopies to enter the war memorial. You can spot Tiger Hill, Tololing and Pt 4875 from there. We will continue the journey to Kargil. Overnight at the Hotel.

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

Day 3 - Kargil - Lamayuru - Leh

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

After spending a blissful night in the pretty town, get ready to ride and fall in love with NH 1 D, the most scenic road. At first, you will ride across the pretty little towns by the highway. You will notice a different style of houses in the villages. Enjoy riding on the beautiful stretch of the road. We will cross Fotu La and Namik La at 13500 ft and 12200 Ft respectively. Later, we will enjoy a delicious meal at the midpoint of our journey at Lamayuru. We stop at Lamayuru to glance at the Moon land of Ladakh from the Monastery which houses the highest number of monks. We will catch up to the Indus River at Khaltse. Enjoy riding on the beautiful stretch of the road along the river. Enjoy the evening in the Leh Hotel.

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

Day 5 - Leh - Khardung La - Nubra Valley

Leh Alt. – 3500 m Nubra Valley 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 hrs

Day 6 - Nubra - Shyok - Pangong Lake

Nubra Alt. - 3000 m Pangong Lake 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 Lake 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 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 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 hrs

Day 9 - 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 hrs

Day 10 - Leh - Morey Plans – Sarchu

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

You will head to a deserted location to spend the night with minimal human footprints. Many adventures and beautiful mountains wait for you. Start the ride on the smooth highway to Upshi. Later, you will take a right on the Manali Leh highway and cross the Indus River. We will climb to Tanglang La (17582 Ft). Take a photo at the top with wind in your hair.

You will descend slowly to a lower altitude to the Morey plains. Not to mention the surreal experience of being photographed at Moray Plains (Only part of the Tibetan Plateau in India). Later, we will stop at Pang for Lunch. Dining your lunch in a cramped hut at Pang is a lifetime experience.

Later, you will cross 2 high altitude passes by riding on varied road conditions beyond - Naki La (15,547 Ft), and Lachalung La (16,616 Ft). You can call the roads to be the adventurers' paradise - awesome and awful at the same time. With some rain and bad luck, you will experience the most adventurous off-road ride of your life. A 21-turn hairpin bend will keep your mouth open in awe. keep your documents ready as we reach police check posts in 2 states. You will understand why carrying heavy luggage at such an altitude can be so tiring. Surprise - No bell boys. Enjoy the star-studded night in the trembling camps at Sarchu.

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

Day 11 - Sarchu - Atal tunnel – Manali

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

You will understand the primal way of survival after spending the night at Sarchu.
Carry your stuff from the tent to the luggage van and make sure it has been loaded. Gear up and get ready to ride onto the urban life to Manali. We will continue on the narrow roads to another pass sitting at 16500 ft. Witness the blissful Suraj Taal while you pose for a photograph at Baralach La pass. The route will never disappoint you in throwing some great adventure in the road conditions and natural hurdles.

This will continue till we have reached the police checkpost at Darcha. Later, we will cross the peaceful town sitting by the river. This town will bring you to the two-lane paved highway. You will enjoy transversing through the 9-long marvel - The Atal Tunnel. The longest tunnel is above 10,000 ft. Later, we will reach Manali. Enjoy the evening at Manali. Overnight stay at the deluxe hotel.

  • Hotel – Deluxe Hotel
  • Room Type – Double sharing room
  • Meal – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Distance – 200 Km
  • Travel time – 6+ hrs

Day 12 - Depart from Manali

Manali Alt. - 2050 m

It's the day we bid adieu to the beautiful city and the lovely people we met. Check out from the hotel at the dictated time and head for your onward journey. We will meet again on the next adventure.
  • meal – Breakfast

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