Turtuk & 9 Other Offbeat Locations That You Can Explore With Thrillophilia’s KTM Adventure Tours

Ladakh, in general, is known for its popular tourist attractions like Khardung La Pass, Shanti Stupa, Nubra Valley, and Magnetic Hill, to name a few. However, the land of high passes is also a land of hidden gems. 

Thrillophilia’s KTM Adventure biking trips are painstakingly curated to deliver the best experiences. We will take you through the best offbeat locations that are commonly not covered in a Ladakh itinerary. So gear up and join us on our #KTMAdventureGetaways in Ladakh!

This Himalayan wonderland includes several spots that are untouched and in their pure form. On this fabulous adventure trip you will get to explore some of the best treasure troves in the rugged terrains of Ladakh.

Here are some of the offbeat locations you probably didn’t know about – 

1. Hanle


Located in the Changthang region of Ladakh, Hanle includes a beautiful monastery that houses about ten monks. Situated close to the the Line of Actual Control, relish a scenic drive on your KTM 390 ADV. Because of its proximity to the Tibet/Chinese border, special permission from the concerned authority is needed to visit this place.  

2. Uleytokpo


If you are someone fond of an isolated stay while vacaying in Ladakh, Uleytokpo is the place for you! It is located about 60 kms from Leh and is easily accessible for bikers.  This place is known for its camping area based on the banks of the Indus River. 

3. Turtuk

It is bordered by Nubra on one side and Balistan on the other, lying around the famous Shyok River. Turtuk is one of the least explored beauty of Ladakh and definitely a must-go-to place. Once a part of Pakistan until 1971, it is a land of Baltic people. Explore the culture and traditions of the Baltic community while you shift the gears of your KTM 390 ADV through the rugged terrain of Turtuk.  

4. Tirith 


Located near the Nubra River, this town is famous for Samstanling Gompa. It is one of the recent monasteries, built in the year 1841. With beautiful interiors and colorful paintings, this monastery is a landmark of the new age era. Tirith is known for its uneven topography and hence riding your KTM 390 ADV in this land would offer a different experience.  

5. Changthang Region


It is one of the coldest regions of Ladakh and exhibits a total absence of flora. The Changthang Region includes several important spots like Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary that houses snow leopards, wolves, and gazelles, to name a few. Other than this, Pangong Tso, too, is included in this region of Ladakh. 

The snow clad territory of Changthang offers a challenging ride for the bikers. Hence, the KTM Adventure Biking TRip in these passes will test the passionate biker in you.

6. Basgo Palace

Basgo is a quaint small-scale settlement that is situated about 40 kms away from the Leh-Srinagar highway. Halt in Basgo Palace while on your KTM biking trip in this region. It is believed that this place was relatively prosperous in the past, but it hardly shows any such signs. It has an ancient monastery that is not known by many and is entirely in ruins. 

7. Upshi


Many bikers would have come across Upshi, a town right before you hit Leh on your adventure trip. Here you will find a chance to steer your KTM 390 ADV through one of the smoothest road patch of Ladakh. Some of the famous monasteries like Stok, Thiksey, Hemis, and Shey are located in proximity to the town of Upshi. This town is also famous for its commercial relevance as the sheep fur for Pashmina shawls are collected from Upshi. 

8. Rumtse

Located at about 70 kms away from Leh, Rumtse is a small village that is also the starting point for the trek to Tso Moriri. This village lies in the center of Tibet, Zanskar, and Ladakh. It offers scenic vistas to the bikers along with providing the best wildlife available in the region. Discover the scintillating Himalayan views on the Rumtse- Tso Moriri trek while you traverse through several high passes. 

9. Panamik

Popular as the hidden gem, Panamik lies about 55 kms away from Diksit, Nubra. Detour to Panamik while you steer your KTM 390 ADV through Diksit- Leh region. It is the last spot where civilians can visit en-route the Siachen Glacier. Panamik is known for its hot Sulphur Springs that are known to have medicinal properties. 

10. Rangdum


Rangdum village is situated in Suru Valley ahead of Kargil. It is a Buddhist village nestled between lush greenery on one side and glaciers on the other. It is a quaint and peaceful village where the bikers can halt and contemplate life. Spend some time in this quiet place amidst the rugged terrains of Ladakh. 

Despite the widespread popularity of Ladakh as a popular tourist destination in the last few years, it still has so much to offer. The KTM Adventure Biking Trip along with providing a chance to drive through the diverse terrains of Ladakh, lets you explore some of the hidden gems. 

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Rekha Jain

I have been travelling across India for a long time and I am using this blog to share my experiences with you so that you can see the tremendous beauty which India has to offer.
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