Exploratory Ladakh tour on Motorbike - 13 days, 12 nights

Visit : Leh, Diskit, Turtuk, Pangong, Hanle

Ladakh is home to numerous mountain trails, gorgeous vistas and rugged roads. On this adventure, explore the area and all that it has to offer on the motorbikes at a leisurely pace on alternate routes, different from the usual biking experience in Ladakh. Navigating through steep mountain passes while taking in unparalleled views will thrill your souls while visits to the numerous mona ...

Ladakh is home to numerous mountain trails, gorgeous vistas and rugged roads. On this adventure, explore the area and all that it has to offer on the motorbikes at a leisurely pace on alternate routes, different from the usual biking experience in Ladakh. Navigating through steep mountain passes while taking in unparalleled views will thrill your souls while visits to the numerous monasteries will calm your minds. It's time to kick-start those metal steeds and explore this bucket-list location in the most intimate way possible - by riding across some of the world's highest roads!

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • If You are a rider who likes to explore at an easy-going pace, not just visit it, then this trip is for you. From staying in ultra-luxury camps at Diskit to star gazing at Hanle, to covering popular destinations and cultural sites at Turtuk, this Ladakh trip is like no other and takes you on a comfortable yet exploratory journey on one of the highest motorable roads in the world. If riding across high-altitude passes and steep inclines, and being immersed in the scenery and culture of Ladakh is your idea of a good time, then pick this tour and discover Ladakh with us.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Motorbike
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient monasteries of Leh
  • Rejuvenate your soul and senses along the Pangong Lake
  • Feel the wind in your hair while riding your bike through Khardung La - the highest motorable road in the world
  • Experience luxury camps at Chamba camp, Diskit
  • Explore wonderland of Turtuk, which was once a part of Pakistan and a Silk Route
  • Experience star-gazing at Hanle

Start of Tour

Leh

Total Riding Distance 1010KM.
End of Tour

Turtuk

  • Day 1Arrive Leh
    • On arrival at the picturesque town of Leh, meet the tour leaders and proceed to the hotel. After acquainting with the rest of the tour members, attend a short orientation on the itinerary to follow. Please feel free to ask questions/clear doubts (if any) during the session.

      Leh, also known as the light of the Himalayas, was once the capital of Ladakh. Now, it is the capital of the Leh region in northern India's Jammu and Kashmir state. Since this quaint town is situated at a height, it is advisable to spend the first day acclimatising to the altitude and the environment.

    • Meals - Dinner.
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  • Day 2Leh
    • Riding distance - 10 km
    • <p>Take in a spectacular mountain sunrise before relishing a truly sumptuous breakfast. Today, let's take the bikes out for a quick ride while exploring the many sights and sounds that Leh has to offer. The Leh Palace, Spituk Gompa and Tsemo Fort all offer a glimpse into life in Leh.</p> <p>Once we are used to the bikes and have taken in all the art, history and culture that Leh is famous for, it's time to return to the hotel for a relaxing evening. We recommend turning in early after a hearty dinner as an exciting adventure awaits tomorrow.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 3Leh - Chamba Camp, Diskit
    • Riding distance - 120 km
    • <p>Before revving those engines, list down for a hearty and filling breakfast. With full stomachs, pack the gear and mount the bikes. Today's journey is going to take to new heights - quite literally. The ride begins with a climb that has a few switchbacks. The ascent leads to the Khardung La Pass, where you can ride across the highest motorable road in the world! Take a moment to drink in the view and then continue with the gentle descent that leads to the Shyok River. The ride continues along the river until you reach the Chamba Camp in Diskit.</p> <p>After a long journey, it's time to relax and enjoy the serenity that envelopes. Savour a sumptuous dinner and retire to the tents for a peaceful night's rest.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 4Chamba Camp, Diskit
    • <p>Wake up to spectacular views of the jagged peaks that surround the campsite. Today's a free day, so we can spend it relaxing at the camp or exploring the surroundings in the Nubra Valley.</p> <p>A mere 4 kilometres from the camp lies the Diskit Gompa, a tranquil monastery that was founded in the 14th century. The main attraction here is the 32-metre-tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Riders who would like to experience a taste of village life in Ladakh can head to Hundar and enjoy a camel safari in the high-altitude desert. After an enjoyable and easy-going day, it's time to return to the camp and settle in for another night under the stars.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 5Chamba Camp, Diskit - Turtuk
    • Riding distance - 95 km
    • <p>After a fabulous sunrise and a delectable breakfast, it's time to pack up and get ready for the next leg of this adventure. Today's ride is fairly short, but there are a few ascents, descents rough terrain to ride on, so it's important to keep pace with the group. Leave the camp behind and ride along the Shyok River to Turtuk, which is known as an Indo-Pakistan township. After partition, Turtuk was a part of Pakistan, but after the 1971 war, it became a part of India.</p> <p>Arrive at the guesthouse and freshen up before gathering for a delicious, local meal.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 6Turtuk
    • <p>You are nearly half way through the journey, and today give yourselves and the bikes a bit of a rest. Explore the surroundings on foot today. But before heading out, take some time to relish a toothsome breakfast with the fellow riders and generous hosts.</p> <p>Make way to the Yabgo Royal House. The large palace doors lead to a quiet courtyard, which serves as the focal point of this palace turned museum. After a brief encounter with the King of Baltistan, continue the sightseeing escapade with a visit to the Turtuk Old Mosque. This gorgeous structure is best known for its wooden minaret and spiral staircase. From here, visit the Balti Heritage Home, which is a museum that transports back to 16th century Turtuk. Time appears to have stood still in this house, which proudly displays 400-year-old arms, royal gifts, furs, dresses and even pots and pans. Nearby, riders will find the Balti Museum. This is yet another heritage home that has been converted into a museum to tell travellers all about Turtuk's past.</p> <p>Bringing the day to a blissful end is a visit to the Turtuk Gompa and viewpoint. From the shrine, visitors can take in astounding views of not only the surrounding mountains, but also the entire valley below.</p> <p>After an exciting day exploring the area, it's time to return to the hotel for a good night's rest.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 7Turtuk - Leh
    • Riding distance - 205 km
    • <p>It's time to rise and shine, fellow adventurers. After devouring a truly delectable breakfast, bid the hosts a fond farewell and kick-start the bikes for the ride back to Leh. The journey is long and will take nearly 6 hours. Initially, the road is easy to follow, but as you get closer to Leh, there are a few switchbacks that you need to navigate across quite carefully.</p> <p>After arriving in Leh and completing the check in formalities, the evening is free for to relax and unwind. Another amazing ride is waiting for tomorrow.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 8Leh - Pangong
    • Riding distance - 180 km
    • <p>The sun creeping out from the mountains, signals the beginning of another action-packed day on this journey. As always, a delicious breakfast spread ensures that the day begins on the right note. Today, rev the engines and head off to the Pangong Lake, which is known for being roughly 134 kilometres long! With such a massive surface area, it extends from India to China. Despite having saline water, this lake freezes in the winter. En route to Pangong Lake, bike through Chang La, a high mountain pass in Leh. This is also the one of the highest motorable road in the world! After a strenuous day of motorcycling at high altitudes and looking for marmots, spend the night in Man or Merak, villages that can be found along the Pangong Lake.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 9Pangong
    • <p>After two tough riding days, today get a well-deserved break. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and then choose to spend the day at your own leisure. Spend some time strolling along the lake, clicking mesmerising pictures or enjoying a picnic near the tranquil waters. Of course, if you can't manage a single day without your bike, you can kick-start your ride and head to the nearby town of Spangmik along Pangong Lake.</p> <p>As the sun starts to set, return to the accommodation, ready for a peaceful night's sleep.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 10Pangong - Hanle
    • Riding distance - 145 km
    • <p>Today is the penultimate day of riding, and the journey ahead is absolutely breathtaking. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, ride away from the Pangong Lake, towards Chusul. The road is fairly even, but parts of the journey will be along sandy dirt tracks. From Chusul, continue towards Hanle, the destination for today. The road takes across the River Indus, following which there are a few gentle slopes that lead to the village.</p> <p>On arrival, freshen up and settle into the rooms for the night. Don't worry about exploring Hanle today, you have all of tomorrow to uncover the many wonders that this village holds.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 11Hanle
    • <p>A delicious breakfast will greet this morning after which you are free to explore the village by yourselves. Hanle is considered to be a hidden gem in Ladakh, and there's so much to enjoy here. Why not start off with the Hanle Monastery, which is just 19 kilometres away from the Indo-Tibetan border. The shrine is perched atop a hill and serves as the home of 10 monks. The building is one of Ladakh's largest monasteries.</p> <p>Once the sun starts to dip, head to the Hanle Astronomical Observatory to look up at the stars. Located 4,500 metres above mean seal level, this is the world's highest observatory. The telescope here has a diameter of 2.01 metres! After gazing up at the night sky for a while, make your way back to the village for another blissful night.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 12Hanle - Leh
    • Riding distance - 255 km
    • <p>The dawn brings with it the last ride on this amazing journey. After a lovely breakfast, it's time to pack up and start the engines. Today's route leads back to Leh via Loma, Nyoma and Chumthang. The first leg of today's ride is along fairly flat ground. From Nyoma, ride along the ridges of the rolling hills, which lead all the way to Leh. As you inch closer to the final destination, enjoy beautiful glimpses of the Thiksey and Shey monasteries.</p> <p>Back in Leh, say goodbye to the trusty steeds and settle down in the rooms for one final night in this fabulous location. At dinner, celebrate the completion of the epic journey and raise a toast to your new-found friends.</p>
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner.
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  • Day 13Depart Leh
    • Today is the last day of the trip and so it is time to bid a fond farewell to your biking holiday. Although you wish your soul-satisfying escapade wouldn't end, you will leave for Leh airport with a happy heart and smiling face!

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Inclusions

  • Motorbike - Royal Enfield 350 cc or similar.
  • 12 nights accommodation on twin / triple sharing basis as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking road captain.
  • Mechanic throughout the journey and back up vehicle camper/tempo for luggage and recovery.
  • Medical kit and oxygen cylinder.
  • Fuel for mentioned motorbikes.
  • Inner line permits / wild life charges.
  • Travel insurance.

Exclusions

  • A reimbursable security deposit of INR 10,000 per motorbike (If bike is damaged, the amount required for the damages shall be deducted at the end of the tour). Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Upgrade to Royal Enfield 500 cc or Himalayan or similar.
  • Personal riding gears / helmets.
  • If, the rider because of any circumstances leaves the ride in between then the charges for transporting the bike from the leaving point till end are chargeable from the rider.
  • International / domestic air ticket.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa charges.
  • Any transport to Leh / from Leh. Your tour price starts ex Leh.
  • Over-seas mediclaim Insurance.
  • Admission fees or guide charges to various monuments, temples, forts etc.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Cost of foreign exchange for personal use.
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary 'HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES' head.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 30 Sep 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Pillion Rider
Ex Leh ₹ 1,41,000 ₹ 1,70,000
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Note:

    • Tour operates with a minimum of 08 adults travelling together.
    Exploratory Ladakh tour on Motorbike 1 Motorbike shared by
    2 Adults(
    with fuel)
    Per person(INR)
    Rider-Solo
    (
    with fuel)
    Per person(INR)
    Your Own
    Motorbike

    (without fuel)
    Motorbike (Royal Enfield)
    350 cc 1,55,500 1,70,000 1,33,000
    500 cc 1,58,500 1,76,000 1,33,000
    Himalayan 1,60,500 1,80,800 1,33,000

  • Rider minimum age is 21 years old and must hold valid driver's license suitable for machine being hired.
  • The above price is not valid for travel during trade fair period and special events.
  • Should the period of travel, or the number of participants, or the type of accommodation, or the type of transport or the duration of the trip, change, the quote will be adjusted accordingly.
  • At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.
  • If you are looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we will be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you.

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

You will stay at various hotels and campsites through the course of the journey.

Motorbikes

  • ManufacturerRoyal Enfield
  • ModelRoyal Enfield - Classic 350cc
  • ManufacturerRoyal Enfield
  • ModelRoyal Enfield 350 cc Standard

Things to Carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 lb (20 kg).

BAGS:

  • A sailor bag would be perfect, a walker's bag too (without steel bar). You can close it with a padlock if you want to (don’t forget to tag it before leaving with your address)
  • A small backpack of 20 litres is advised for daily necessities such as camera, sunscreen lotion

CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • 2 light pants
  • 4 shirts (including some with long sleeves, to protect yourself from the sun)
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat
  • Sport shoes or trekking shoes
  • 1 litre canteen (flask) and a flashlight (don’t forget the batteries)
  • Some sweats and cereal bars


PERSONAL MEDICINE:

  • Sun screen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic
  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-diarrhoea
  • Elastoplast
  • Skin disinfectant
  • Bandages and special blisters bandage
  • Glucose

SPECIAL MOTORCYCLE CLOTHES:

  • Motorcycle boots are strongly advised or ankle high shoes
  • Motorbike jacket (synthetic preferred)
  • Motorbike pant (synthetic preferred)
  • A rain suit (just in case!)
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Bandana

Travel Tips

  • Trip Summary

    • Start of tour: Leh
    • End of tour: Leh
    • Total days: 13
    • Riding days: 08
    • Rest days: 05
    • Total riding distance: 1010 km
    • Average distance per day: 125 km
    • Route: Leh - Diskit - Turtuk - Leh - Pangong - Hanle - Leh
    • Season: June to September
    • Upgrade to Royal Enfield 500 cc or Himalayan is available

  • Generic Notes

    • Tour operates with a minimum of 08 adults travelling together.
    • Rider minimum age is 21 years old and must hold valid driver's license suitable for machine being hired.
    • The above price is not valid for travel during trade fair period and special events.
    • Should the period of travel, or the number of participants, or the type of accommodation, or the type of transport or the duration of the trip, change, the quote will be adjusted accordingly.
    • At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.
    • If you are looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we will be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you.

  • Type of Food:

    India is a diverse country consisting of various sub-cultures and ethnic groups. This makes the cuisine of each region unique. Due to Ladakh's extreme weather, the local diet is mostly limited to vegetarian options and predominantly consists of potatoes, pumpkin, beetroot, and beans. In popular culture, Ladakhi cuisine is represented by momos and noodle soups. However, the traditional cuisine is much more than that. You can try the local sku (made from wheat flour), thupka (noodle soup), pava (made of wheat and peas), and khambir (local bread). You should also try the local beer, known as Chang, which is an integral part of festive celebrations in Ladakh.

  • Clothes to Carry

    Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 lb (20 kg).

    BAGS:

    • A sailor bag would be perfect, a walker's bag too (without steel bar). You can close it with a padlock if you want to (don’t forget to tag it before leaving with your address)
    • A small backpack of 20 litres is advised for daily necessities such as camera, sunscreen lotion

    CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

    • 2 light pants
    • 4 shirts (including some with long sleeves, to protect yourself from the sun)
    • 1 bathing suit
    • Sun glasses
    • Hat
    • Sport shoes or trekking shoes
    • 1 litre canteen (flask) and a flashlight (don’t forget the batteries)
    • Some sweats and cereal bars


    PERSONAL MEDICINE:

    • Sun screen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Broad-spectrum antibiotic
    • Paracetamol
    • Anti-diarrhoea
    • Elastoplast
    • Skin disinfectant
    • Bandages and special blisters bandage
    • Glucose

  • Equipment Checklist

    SPECIAL MOTORCYCLE CLOTHES:

    • Motorcycle boots are strongly advised or ankle high shoes
    • Motorbike jacket (synthetic preferred)
    • Motorbike pant (synthetic preferred)
    • A rain suit (just in case!)
    • Gloves
    • Helmet
    • Bandana

  • Flight Information

    Air India (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport has connectivity options available from major cities in India).

  • Medical facilities Available:

    Basic first aid available.

  • Altitude considerations

    Acclimatization is one of the important things to prepare for while planning a trip to Ladakh. The fact that Leh and most of the places nearby are located above the altitude of 10,000 feet, visitors may suffer from dizziness, headaches or even acute mountain sickness (AMS). So planning to acclimatize to the high altitude condition becomes one of the most important things to take into consideration while you are planning your trip to Ladakh.

  • Luggage Info

    Luggage will be carried in the luggage van.

  • Books to Read

    A Journey in Ladakh: Encounter with Buddhism by Andrew Harvey - A keen student of Buddhism, Harvey makes his way to Ladakh after his friends inform him that the dying embers of Tibetan culture are held here. He arrives in Leh and visits the Shanti Stupa, a journey that completely changed his outlook on life and helps him embark on his spiritual journey.

    Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers - In this chilling book, Beck Weathers narrates his experience scaling Mount Everest. He recalls his miraculous survival after experiencing a disastrous expedition in the mountains. Covering details of his climb, he describes how his rescue and journey here left a lasting impact on him.

  • Approximate Group Size

    08 - 11 adults.

  • Money to carry

    Approximately INR 20000.

  • Tipping

    In India, tips are not at all mandatory, but they are welcomed and greatly appreciated. For good service at hotels, you can choose to provide the bellboys and cleaners with a tip of around Rs. 50. In restaurants and cafes, a service charge is likely to be added to the bill, so tipping is not at all necessary. However, if you truly felt that the staff was exemplary, you are welcome to leave a little something for them. While taxi drivers will generally not expect a tip, it may be a good idea to give something to your driver and guide - especially if they are with you for more than a single day on your trip.

  • Getting Around

    Motorcycle, walk.

  • Places to eat

    There are plenty of food outlets available in Leh. However, in other places only small restaurants and dhabas are available.