Himalayan Motor Biking
Route : Delhi - Chandigarh - Shimla - Manali - Keylong - Sarchu - Tso Kar - Tso Moriri - Karzok - Leh - Khardung La - Alchi - Lamayouro - Indus Valley - Leh - Delhi
This is a journey of Lifetime that combines breathtaking mountain scenery with exciting and challenging motorbiking enriched by the history of ancient cultures and timeless spiritual traditions and of-course plenty of time to relax and absorb the unique atmosphere. You will be biking over the world’s highest passes and thorough the wild and barren ‘moonscapes’ of Ladakh; the lush alpine forests of the Himachal and rushing glacial rivers, past nomadic tribes grazing their folks in the Himalayan meadows and plenty of picturesque villages.
A challenging about 1590 km Motor Bike Ride over World’s highest road passes.
• The highest motorable pass in the Indian Himalayas
• Buddhist monasteries
• Spectacular scenery
• Salt lakes
• Possible of Wildlife sightseeing
• Indus River Valley
• Lamayuru monastery etc…
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Arrival TimeMidnight or Late night
Dress CodeCasual, Warm and Sports Wear
Tour Itinerary : - Himalayan Motor Biking
Day 01: New Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi International airport. After completing the immigration and customs, proceed towards the arrival hall. Meeting and assistance upon arrival with a traditional welcome of garlanding and transfer to the hotel (the room being held from 1400 hrs).
Overnight in Delhi
Day 02: Delhi – Chandigarh drive 250 km about 5 hrs
This morning after leisurely breakfast, drive to Chandigarh - India’s first planned city called “ THE CITY BEAUTIFUL, with world-renowned architecture. The city is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature's preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads.
Later in the afternoon, we have an orientation of the ROYAL ENFIELD MOTORCYCLE SAFARI, which includes the introduction to all the crew members, detailed briefing by the motorbike guide. This will be followed by the inspection of the BIKES and later hit the road for a test drive (about 10 km).
Overnight in Chandigarh
Day 03: Chandigarh – Shimla first day ride about 120 km about 3 hrs
This morning, after early breakfast, we set off on our expedition - start the first day’s 120 km long motor ride to the Queen of Hills Shimla.
The ride begins from the plains of Punjab and soon after climbs into the foothills of the Himalayas. You conclude the day’s adventure in Shimla - the erstwhile summer capital of India under the British; this scenic hill-town still retains much of its colonial charm, spread along the ridge that overlooks terraced hillsides and cultivation, it is magnificently robed in thick forests of pine, oak, fir and rhododendron. Originally a small village with a temple to Shamla Devi as its main attraction, the British developed the settlement for its bracing climate and scenic location to make it the summer capital of India for many years.
Overnight in Shimla
Day 04: Shimla – Naggar Manali 2050m 270 km about 7 hrs
This morning we start early after breakfast to ride to Naggar - an ancient town in Kullu district (Himachal Pradesh), situated on the left bank of river Beas was once capital of the Kullu kingdom.
The road to Naggar offers one of the best riding experiences in India: today’s ride takes you over well-surfaced roads, which twists and turns through and across an endless chain of hills – a veritable biking paradise.
Overnight in Naggar
Day 05: Naggar (Manali) – Keylong 3349m 125 km about 6 hrs
This morning after an early breakfast, we move to the first 52km ride which is up to Kullu Valley. Next, we will climb through the first pass of our tour which is Rohtang La (3985m).
The road passes through Palchan village from Manali, before it meets a steep climb at Kothi (at2530m) which is set below the towering cliffs. From here, we will get panoramic views of the meadows and conifers. As we climb towards 2800m upside, the confiners start to give way to the poplars and flowers. Later, the road then takes a climb across a chain of tight hairpin which bends to Rohtang Pass at 3985m. From this point, you will get to cherish mesmerizing scenery of precipitous hills, giant glaciers, deep ravines and moraines. We then will start to descend to Gramphoo and Khoksar. You may have to show your passport at Khoksar police check-post. Chanda River starts to rush across a narrow gorge as the road takes to the North towards Tandi. This place offers a spectacular view of hugely contorted, faulted & folded Himalayan Rocks.
Overnight in Keylong
Day 06: Keylong – Sarchu 4253m 130 km about 6 hrs over Baralacha la pass (4892m).
After an early breakfast this morning, we will start our ride to Sarchu which is based at 14,500ft altitude, nestling between Lachulung La and Baralacha La passes. Sarchu is an important and famous tourist destination since it is based on such a strategic location. This place looks like the barren splendour of Ladakh. Sarchu gives a wonderful chance to explore the rough, rugged and uneven Himalayan terrains as this pass is surrounded by several snow-covered Himalayan mountain peaks.
The road passes across a high-altitude desert from Keylong which offers exceptional views of the surrounding mountains.
We stop for the tea break at Darcha (also a check-post), where, the Bhaga River has been bridged. The road takes a climb to Patseo. This place offers incredible bird-eye view of Darcha; a little further is Zingzingbar. The region starts to get wilder with icy water-streams passing through the road and disappearing into red-brown, grey scree at times, tumbling down from the bare mountainside to the periphery of the road. The ‘now-here-now-gone’ track goes over the Baralacha la [4892 m] standing at the crossroads of Lahaul, Zanskar, Spiti and Ladakh regions, before dipping down to Sarchu.
Overnight in fixed camps in Sarchu
Day 07: Sarchu – Tso Kar 125 km about 6 hrs
This morning after early breakfast we set off for a long ride - the road today runs beyond Brandy Nala, by the Tsarap River, before negotiating 22 spectacular hairpin bends to climb up to Nakli La [4950m] and Lachalung La [5065m]. We descend the meandering road, past tall earth and rock pillars to Pang – a summer settlement in a narrow valley – for a lunch break.
This afternoon, the ride will be comparatively easier, through the 30 km wide Moray plains [4400m] – a place where the nomads of Rupshu valley come with their cattle, which include yaks, Pashmina goats and sheep, for grazing. After about an hour’s ride, you turn right from the main Manali-Leh highway towards Tso Kar (6 km). Around 45km in the northwest of Tso Moriri Lake (4485m) is located Tso Kar Lake. The lake is also known as ‘White Lake’ due to the presence of salt deposits in it; since the lake has no outlet, the water remains brackish.
The water of Tso Kar is so salty that the local nomads known as the Rupshu Chang take salt from its banks and sell it all over Ladakh and Kashmir. All the lakes are breeding grounds for a variety of birds, among them the Bar-headed Goose, the Great Crested Grebe, the Brahminy Duck and the Brown-headed Gull.
Overnight in fixed camps in Tso Kar
Day 08: Tso Kar – Tso Moriri (Korzok) 105 km about 4 hrs
This morning the day’s ride begins after breakfast and passes through one of the most beautiful parts of Rupshu valley, viewing nomad camps full of their cattle including yaks, Pashmina goat, sheep etc.
An hour later, we cross a small pass with prayer flags and dozens of horns of Blue Sheep (believed to be the holiest in Buddhism). Later reach Tibetan village called Sumdo and then the salt lake. Reach Tso Moriri (Korzok Village).
Overnight in fixed camps of Tso Moriri
Day 09: In Tso Moriru - Explore Korzok village & Tso Moriri Lake on a motorbike
This day, we are exploring the areas around Tso Moriri Lake. The lake is the largest lake of high altitude all over the country located at 4595m above the sea-level. The Korzok monastery which lies on the western bank of the lake is one of the oldest settlements in the world. Snow which falls in the region during the winter months melts with the coming of summer. As there is an absence of a continuous slope to properly drain the water away, it collects as large brackish water bodies that can be found in the region. The lake is unique concerning the flora and fauna that it sustains and is a breeding ground for several species of birds such as Black-necked Crane, Bar-headed Goose and the Ruddy Shelduck. The wetland is situated in the middle of a cold desert, so the birds and mammals of the region frequent the lake to quench their thirst, as it is the only source of potable water for them.
Overnight in fixed camps of Tso Moriri
Day 10: Tso Moriri – Leh 3500m 220 km about 7 hrs
This morning, after an early breakfast we will retrace your motorbike tracks till Sumdo village and in about half an hour will be in the Indus valley riding across the Mahe Bridge. From Mahe we bike on a fine tarmac road, vrooming alongside the gushing Indus River and passing a pretty village by the river.
Overnight in Leh
Day 11: Leh - Free at leisure
This day is at leisure for relaxation or indulging in some activities.
Overnight in Leh
Day 12: Leh – Khardung La 5600m – Alchi 164 km about 7 hrs - up and down
After an early breakfast this morning, we will set off to an adventurous high altitude pass which is the highest motorable pass in the world. We will travel across the Trans Himalayan Region of Ladakh range over Khardung La at 5600m.
Later go back over the route to Leh.
After lunch, drive to Alchi. Being a long day, the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Alchi
Day 13: Alchi – Lamayuru – Leh 175 km about 7 hrs
This morning after breakfast, we will visit Alchi Choskor (a religious enclave). This 1000-year-old gompa was built by Lotsava Rinchen Zanspgo who was a translator and a great monk. The gompa is famous for rare fresco paintings and Kashmiri-style wood carvings. Next, you ride to Lamayuru, the road following the fast-flowing Indus River till village Khaltsi. We will take a short break at Khaltsi, from here we will ride over some of the most tortuous mountain roads and will pass through quaintly charming lime-rock formations of Ladakh which are known as Moon Land.
Visit Lamayuru – The Lamayuru Monastery is related to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism. This monastery is home to around 150 monks. There are several shrines and has a huge collection of wall paintings and thangkas. Initially, the monastery had five buildings but the central one only exists at present. We continue driving to Leh.
Overnight in Leh
Day 14: Indus Valley - Full day excursion on a motorbike 100km – in total
This morning after breakfast, we ride to see some of the largest monasteries and palaces in the Indus Valley.
Shey Palace- the summer palace of the erstwhile Raja of Leh. Set upon a hill, and housing the largest golden topped victory stupa, the monastery has a two-storey statue of the sitting Buddha wrought with copper and gold of stupendous grandeur. Many chortens can be seen in front of the building.
Thiksey Gompa, this monastery resembles Potala Palace of Lhasa and has the most imposing structure providing a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. The gompa has several chambers which contain sacred thangkas, stupas and statues. 60 Buddhist lamas live here and the library here is among the biggest libraries of Ladakh.
The 17th century Hemis Gompa was built by King Singge Namgyal. Thus, the gompa has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. The use of precious stones can be seen in the decoration of the golden statues and stupas. The monastery has an amazing collection of thangkas. The collection also includes one thangka which is considered to the be largest and is shown for once only in 12 years.
Overnight in Leh
Day 15: Leh – Delhi fly back
This morning you will be transferred to Leh airport to board the flight over the Himalayas – a true farewell to the memorable trip of Himalayan Motor Biking.
On arrival in Delhi, meeting on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel (room available from 1400 hrs).
This day is dedicated either to relax or maybe explore Delhi – the capital of India.
Himalayan Motor Biking
Delhi To Tso Moriri
Tso Moriri to Leh
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Price, Inclusions and Exclusions
Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
02 paying persons in a Double Room
Validity - June till September 2021.
• Accommodations in one room/tent for 16 days/15 nights
• Meal plan
✓ Buffet Breakfast at all cities – Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Manali
✓ Full board basis - (Simple Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) at Keylong, Sarchu, Tsokar, Tsomoriri, and Leh
• Transport services using Good Conditioned Small Car as follows
✓ Beginning with the pickup at Delhi airport on Day 01 till drop at Chandigarh on Day 02
✓ Departure transfer from the hotel in Leh to the airport on Day 15
✓ Arrival transfer in Delhi – from the airport to the hotel on Day 15
✓ Departure transfer in Delhi – from the hotel to the international airport on Day 15
• Meet and greet services in Delhi and Leh only
• One time entrance fee to the monasteries as per the program.
• 01 Motor bike guide throughout the journey (beginning with the meeting at Chandigarh on day 02 till drop at Leh airport on day 15)
• 500/350 cc Enfield motor bikes with FUEL for the complete challenge
• Extra services like spare break/filter/clutch plate/wiring replacement of Enfield Bullet during the tour.
• General medicine Kit
• Transportation charges to carry the bikes (to Chandigarh and from Leh).
• Domestic air travel (ONLY INDICATIVE)
> Airfare(economy class)
✓ Leh to Delhi
• All currently applicable taxes
• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples or National Parks
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
• Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”
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