Motorbike Tour Special: Over the highest passes in the world

  • Sport & Abenteuer Reisen
  • Motorrad Reisen

Overview

A unique motorcycle tour on the highest roads in the world through the Himalayas. It goes over high passes, to beautiful azure mountain lakes and through a fascinating mountain landscape with snow-capped peaks. We will visit Buddhist monasteries and small traditional villages. Road conditions are constantly changing from new, wide and well-developed roads to stony and sandy jeep slopes.

The round tour first takes us from Manali in the Kullu Valley through the remote region of Zanskars on mostly undeveloped roads.This route has only been around since 2021. Previously, this region could only be reached on foot.

From Zanskar it goes to Leh in the Ladakh region. We drive through the Nubra Valley and to Lake Pengong. Then it’s back to Manali via the famous Manali Leh Highway.

Program

Day 1 Start of journey from Germany and arrival in Delhi

We will welcome you at the airport and transfer you into the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel (-/-/-)

Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing and Overnight Trip by Bus to Manali

After a restful night, we do some sightseeing in Delhi. Then we continue on the bus up into the Himalayas. 14 hours overnight journey (alternative flight to Chandigarh and 8 hours drive by private car) (B/-/-)

Day 3 Small test drive with the motorcycles

Today, each participant is assigned a motorcycle. On a test drive we will explore Manali’s surroundings together. (Overnight stay at the hotel) (B-/-)

Day 4 Manali to Jispa (135 km) (3250m)

We officially start our tour to Leh. We drive along the river Beas through numerous villages up to the Rothang Pass (3980 m) (or alternatively through the Rothang tunnel) Then we go down to Gramphu and on to the checkpoint in Koksar. On the drive along the Chandra River you will pass through small villages, potato and pea plantations and past spectacular mountains and their glaciers. We reach the district capital Keylong. Here is the last permanent market. Then we continue for 35 km to Jispa. (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) (B/L/D)

Day 5 Jispa to Purne (3950 m) 90 km

We start after a good breakfast. After we have crossed Darcha after 9 km, we leave the Manali Leh Highway and turn towards Zanskar. First it goes slightly uphill for 18 km on a well-developed road. We pass small mountain villages and reach Zanskar Sumdo, a confluence of streams. Now it goes for another 18 km up to the Shingula Pass at over 5300 m! The last km is on a gravel road. On a narrow undeveloped curvy road it goes down to the north side of the pass. Here we allow ourselves our lunch. We cross a river and stop after a few kilometers to admire the mighty Conbo Rangjon rock, which towers steeply in front of us. The next 30 km is relatively flat to the village of Purne, which consists of only three houses. On the way there we pass the first villages and yaks of Zanskars. We spend the night in a simple homestay. You can also choose to sleep in a tent. (Overnight stay in homestay or tent) (B / L / D)

Day 6 Optional hike to the Phuktal monastery (4300 m) and drive to Padum

In the morning a short hike to the spectacular 2500 year old Phuktal monastery is planned. The 5 km long path leads us to the monastery, which was built into a rock. Even today the monastery can only be reached on foot. In the afternoon we continue with the motorcycle: through the narrow valley along the Kurgiak river we go on a sandy jeep track towards Pardum, the administrative center of Zanskar. We drive the last few kilometers on a brand new paved road. We reach the wide valley of Padum. (Overnight in hotel) (B / L / D)

Day 7 Padum Sightseeing (3559 m), 50 km

We visit the Karsha Monastery and the Sani Lake and the waterfall in the village of Sheela are also worth a visit. If you like, you can also drive a little further in the direction of Kargil – until recently it was the only connection road to Padum. Overnight stay at the hotel (B / L / D)

Day 8 Drive to Lamayuru (3500 m), 200 km

Today there is a very long stretch of road ahead of us on a recently opened jeep track. After the first few kilometers on an asphalt road, the next 80 km in particular are quite demanding. It goes through the Zanskar Gorge and over the two high passes Singge La (5009 m) and Sri Sri La (4832 m). Again and again we pass smaller villages. Towards the end of our route today it gets noticeably greener. Arrived on the highway between Leh and Kargil, we drive for about 7 km towards Kargil to Lamayuru. We stayed here. Overnight stay at the hotel (B/L/-)

Day 9 Drive to Leh (3500 m), 140 km

After so much “off-road” it is really fun to drive on good asphalt. We rush through the high mountain desert. After visiting the Lamayuru monastery, we will also make a detour to the Alchi monastery. Overnight stay at the hotel (B/-/-)

Day 10 Leh sightseeing day (Thiksey, Spituk and Hemis Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace) , 80 km

Today we will be issued the permits for the onward journey to Lake Pangong and the Nubra Valley, which are close to the border with Tibet. So we use the day to explore Leh and its surroundings. Here there are many ancient Buddhist monasteries, a palace and the famous Shanti Stupa, from where we will have a wonderful view of Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel (B/-/-)

Day 11 From Leh over the Khardungla Pass (5340 m) and further into the Nubra Valley (3048 m) 125 km

Today it goes over the once highest navigable pass in the world: the Kardung La Pass. Here it can snow in summer and you can enjoy a tea in the highest café in the world. The view from here is breathtaking! Then we drive into the fascinating Nubra valley. In Deskit we visit the monastery. It continues to Hundur. We can take a walk around the beautiful village as well as visit the sand dunes and take a ride on the camel. (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) (B / L / D)

Day 12 Nubra to Pangong (4300 m) through the Shyok Valley 227 km

This famous lake is more than 200 km long and on average 5 km wide. Most of the lake is already in Tibet. So we can take a look at Tibet. This lake has been the venue of various Bollywood films many times. We will spend the night in a camp. (Overnight in the camp) (B / L / D)

Day 13 Pangong Lake to Leh, 223 km

In the afternoon we return over the Chang la Pass (5360 m) – one of the highest motorable passes in the world – and thus reach the Manali-Leh Highway. We’re going back to Leh. (Overnight at Homestay) B/L/-

Day 14 Leh to Sarchu, with a detour to Tsokar Lake 265 km

After breakfast we will drive to Sarchu on the famous Manali-Leh Highway. On the way, after crossing the Tanglang La (5318 m), we make a detour to the Tsokar salt lake (4800 m), where we will also have lunch. Sarchu, located exactly in the middle between Leh and Manali, is a high mountain plateau at 4200 meters. (Overnight in the camp) (B / L / D)

Day 15 Sarchu to Manali, 170 km

The last day on our motorcycles: it goes back over the Baralacha La and this time through the Rothang Tunnel to Manali. Finally we see forests and meadows again. The green is a treat for us and our eyes. In the evening we celebrate the successful tour with the whole team over dinner. (Overnight in hotel) (B / L / D)

Day 16 Manali to Delhi

After a busy day in Manali, we return to Delhi in the afternoon by night bus (14 hours, overnight on the bus) (F/-/-)

Day 17 Arrival Delhi and flight to Germany

Early in the morning we reach Delhi. A hotel room is available for your flight. Until then, they use the last hours in India for a little more sightseeing with a guide and shopping. (B/-/-)

Included services

  • 1 x Hotel Delhi
  • 1 x Hotel Chandigarh
  • 3 x Hotel Manali
  • 1 x Jispa Camp
  • 1 x Purne homestay or tent
  • 2 x Padum Hotel
  • 1 x Lamayuru Hotel
  • 3 x Leh
  • 1 x Nubra Valley Camp
  • 1 x Pangong Lake Camp
  • 1 x Lato homestay
  • 1 x Sarchu Camp
  • Mini Bus private Delhi-Chandigarh- Manali
  • Bus Manali Delhi
  • Airport transfer
  • Meals as written out: (B: breakfast, L: lunch, A: dinner)
  • Royal Enfield Classic 500 cc motorcycle (For Himalayan bike 500 cc 170 € surcharge)
  • Petrol for 13 days
  • English-speaking / German-speaking tour guide (for group tours or on request)
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Accompanying vehicle with spare parts, gasoline, luggage, etc.
  • Permits for Pangong and Nubra Valley
  • International flight (we will be happy to assist you with your flight booking)
  • visa
  • Entrance fees
  • Spare parts
  • Drinks/unmentioned meals (approx. 3-5 € per meal)

Highlights

Prices and Dates

Best travel time from the end of June to the end of August also always possible as a private trip

Fixed dates:

29.07.2022-14.08.2022

Number of participants rider pillion

from 2                                                        3599 €                                                        3399 €

from 4                                                      2399 €                                                        2050 €           

from 6                                                      2099 €                                                       1749 €          

from 8                                                      1899 €                                                        1699 €

Surcharge Himalayan Bike: 170 €

Single supplement: 350 €

Travel Info

requirements

The roads are sometimes very well developed, but often just jeep tracks with scree and sand. Often the streets have potholes, every now and then smaller streams have to be crossed. Very good motorcycling skills are a prerequisite for this tour. From time to time, very long distances with up to 8- 10 journey hours are covered, depending on the road situation. The tour takes place at high altitude. This can be accompanied by symptoms of altitude sickness.

additional Information

To the region

We are located in the middle of the Himalayas in the Federal District of Himachal Pradesh and in Ladakh.

While the green Kullu valley, from where our tour starts, is relatively densely populated by predominantly Hindus, it is getting drier, higher and loneier in the direction of Lahaul and Ladakh. The people in the high mountain desert are predominantly Buddhist and there are countless ancient monasteries that invite you to visit.

While in the southern area of Himachal it can rain heavily, especially during the monsoon season, rainfall in Lahaul and Ladakh is extremely rare. The temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day, at night it can get quite cold, even below freezing point.

Dangers

During the tour we are constantly in the mountains at an altitude between 2000 and 6000 meters.

Even if we work with trained guides and take all measures on our tours to counter emergencies, you can never rule out dangers in the mountains. Time and again there can be weather changes, landslides (especially during the monsoon season) or accidents and you should always be aware of this.

Due to climatic conditions or organisational reasons, we reserve the right to change the tours in the suburb as it is safest for all involved.

Altitude and altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is a very important topic that should not be underestimated, especially on our tours in the Indian Himalayas. At altitudes above 3500 m, our body has to slowly get used to the low air pressure, which also causes less oxygen to enter our lungs. The first signs of altitude sickness are headaches, which are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. It becomes problematic when water accumulates in the lungs and brain and edema occurs. Then only the immediate descent to lower altitudes will help. In order to prepare for the heights on our tours, we will either spend a few nights at high altitudes before the tours or slowly ascend during the tours to acclimate ourselves. If we notice that there are problems with our guests (each person is otherwise able to acclimatize, regardless of age, gender and fitness level), it may happen that either the entire tour group or the participant descends/returns with a team. In addition, it makes sense to take an emergency drug for altitude sickness. For this, it is best to consult the pharmacy or the travel doctor. For certain tours we will also have oxygen with us.

Accommodation

During the tour we spend the night in simple, clean, typical 3-star accommodations and tent accommodations in deluxe camps with attached bathrooms, beds and electricity.

Meals are adapted to the local cuisine and mostly vegetarian.

  • 5

    Epic Motorcycle Tour of Ladakh

    15.08.2019 from Ernst

    At the end of July/beginning of August 2019 we were able to experience a guided motorcycle tour Manali/Leh/Pangong Lake etc. Chalo Travels works with local guides, which greatly enhances the travel experience. The tour was well planned, the choice of accommodations was very well taken and the whole team consisted of professionals! All bookings were done in advance and worked! We will be back in northern India with Sarah and her Team in 2020. Thank you

Motorbike Tour Special: Over the highest passes in the world

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