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Guide to Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

 
  • The roaring of the engine, echoes amidst the barren hills and the challenging boulevard makes every riders spine tingle. The gust of the chaste breeze strikes their faces and victorious is how every biker feels, as they trade through the enticing panorama of Ladakh. The Leh Ladakh bike trip is one of the most momentous journeys, in every biker’s wish list.

    Ladakh is a mysterious land shrouded in myth and legend, blessed with stunning landscapes and candescent lakes. Embraced in the arms of the gigantic snow-capped mountains of the Himalaya, the mesmeric vista of Ladakh is an ideal destination for a bike trip. Witness the immaculate culture and encounter the quaint villages and monasteries while on this Leh Ladakh bike trip.

    This ride through the semi- parched plains of Ladakh is an exhilarating experience for all the adventurers in India and also those around the World. Taking a road trip to Ladakh is exploring some of the highest traversable mountain passes in the world and is a dream come true for every passionate biker.

  • 01Routes for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

  • 02Route: 1 Delhi - Srinagar - Leh – Manali

    Route: 1 Delhi - Srinagar - Leh – Manali
    Image Credit :  Kiran SRK-Flickr

    -Total Distance: 2200 Km (Approximate value)

    -Best time to Visit: June to October

    -Route Map: Delhi- Ludhiana- Jalandhar- Jammu-  Srinagar- Kargil- Leh- Hunder- Pangong- Karu- Sarchu- Manali. 


    Day 1: Delhi to Jammu

    On day one you will travel from Delhi to Jammu. If you choose to travel by road, on the way you will cross Ludhiana and Jalandhar. You will take around 10 hours to reach Jammu, which is approximately 600 Km.

    Day 2: Jammu – Srinagar

    On the second day, travel from Jammu to Srinagar. This distance is approximately 300 Km. You will take around seven hours to reach Srinagar, if you travel by road.

    Day 3: Srinagar

    After a tiring journey from Jammu to Srinagar, add some excitement by claiming your bikes for the ride. After this enjoy a good night’s sleep in at a hotel in Srinagar and get energized for the awaiting thrill.

    Day 4: Srinagar to Kargil

    Begin your day early, for a 203 Km spell binding bike ride. You will be riding from Srinagar to Kargil via Sonmarg. This route passes through the Zojila Pass (11,500ft), Drass. While in Kargil, a visit to the Kargil War Memorial is a must, to know the heroic stories of our brave soldiers. Take a break in Kargil for the night.

    Day 5: Kargil to Leh

    Today, enjoy riding the stunning boulevard from Kargil to Leh and explore the beauty of Ladakh as you pass through Phey, Alchi, Lamayuru and Saraks. It’s a journey of 210 Km, which will take you about 4 hours.

    Day 6: Leh and Around

    Spend a day at Leh and visit the captivating places around. Admire and find peace at the age old Lamayuru Monastery.  Take time and stopover to be in awe of the mesmeric vistas of Lamayuru, which are also known as the ‘Moonland’ Hills. Tonight, you can stay at any hotel in Leh, depending on your comfort.

    Day 7: Leh - Kardungla - Diskit – Hunder

    After rejuvenating yourself at Leh, start early and prepare yourself to travel a distance of 120Km. Feel your spine tingle as you explore the Khardung La pass (18,380ft), one of the utmost traversable roads in the world. Also, visit the Deskit Monastery on the way, as you ride further to Hunder.

    Day 8: Hunder - Nubra Valley

    While in Hunder, explore the captivating Wari La- Nubra Valley. If it fits in your schedule, take time to experience the camel safari through the sand dunes. Later, enjoy camping under the stars at Hunder.

    Day 9: Nubra - Pangong Tso

    Today you will depart from the Nubra valley and cover approximately 217Km to reach the Pangong Lake. Entice yourself with the scenic beauty of the Pangong Tso Lake. There is a camping site near the lake, check-in into the camp for an overnight stay.

    Day 10: Pangong – Karu

    Bid adieu to the mesmeric Pangong Lake and ride your bike through the Chang-la pass (17370 ft) towards Karu

    Day 11: Karu – Sarchu

    Ride approximately for 217Km and cover the stretch from Karu to Sarchu in 6hours.  Sarchu is one of the popular halts in Himalayas and is located on the border of Himacahal Pradesh and Ladakh.  Sarchu proffers tented accommodations where you can take a break.

    Day 12: Sarchu- Manali

    Cherish the memories you build camping in the fascinating panorama of Sarchu. Embark riding towards Manali and enjoy the amazing views along the way. Spend the night in Manali.

    Day 13: Manali – Delhi

    The enthralling adventure ends here. Depart from Manali and reach Delhi, from here head back to your respective places along with stories full of thrill and adventures. 

  • 03Route: 2 Delhi - Manali - Leh – Delhi

    Route: 2 Delhi - Manali - Leh – Delhi
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    -Total Distance:  2300 Km (approximate value)

    -Best time to Visit: June to September

    -Route Map: Delhi- Manali- Sarchu- Pang- Leh- Kardungla- Hunder- Nubra- Pangong- Leh- Kargil- Srinagar- Jammu- Delhi.


    Day 1: Delhi to Manali

    Commence your journey from New Delhi and head out on the National Highway 1. Enjoy the boulevard amidst exciting pastures of farmlands. You will be riding through the immaculate city of Chandigarh on the way to Manali. It is a 12 hours ride; you will cover approximately 550Kms. Once at Manali check into a hotel of your choice and take rest.

    Day 2: Manali – Sarchu

    On day two will cover a stretch of around 235km, as you traverse towards Sarchu. The journey will be spectacular, as you will trade through the National Highway 3, which is in the midst of jungles full of coniferous trees.  Ride via districts of Spiti and Lahaul and reach Sarchu, where you can take a break in the tents.

    Day 3: Srachu – Pang - Leh

    Sarchu to Pang is approximately a ride of 75 Km; it would take around 2hours for you to reach from Sarchu to Pang. Pang is a necessary halt during the journey, as it has several tea houses along the way and it also proffers tent accommodations. After taking a break at Pang, ride further to Leh.

    Day 4: Leh

    Spend a day at Leh and admire the age old Lamayuru Monastery. Also visit the mesmeric vistas of Lamayuru, also known as the ‘Moonland’ Hills. Tonight, you can stay at a hotel in Leh, depending on your comfort.

    Day 5: Leh - Kardungla – Hunder

    Today morning start early and travel a distance of 120Km. Feel your spine tingle as you explore the Khardung La (18,380ft), the utmost motorable road in the world .Visit the Deskit Monastery and ride further to reach Hunder.

    Day 6: Hunder – Nubra

    While in Hunder, explore the Wari La- Nubra Valley in the morning. One can take pleasure in activities like the camel safari through the sand dunes and also enjoy camping under the stars at Hunder.

    Day 7: Nubra – Pangong

    Today you will depart from the Nubra valley and cover approximately 217Km to reach the Pangong Lake. Entice yourself with the scenic beauty of the Pangong Tso Lake. There is a camping site near the lake, check-in into the camp for an overnight stay.

    Day 8: Pangong – Leh

    Pangong Tso is located approx 175 kms from Leh town across the Chang la pass. On this route you will pass via. Chang La at 17,590 ft, which  is one of the highest motorable roads. You will witness the pristine culture of Ladakh as you will come across some villages on this route.

    Day 10: Leh – Kargil

    On day ten, enjoy the astounding boulevard from Leh to Kargil, as you pass through Saraks, Lamayuru, Alchi and Phey. It’s a journey of about 210 Km, which you will cover in approximately 4 hours.  Pay a tribute to our heroic soldiers, at the Kargil war Memorial. 

    Day 11: Kargil – Srinagar

    Commence early from Kargil and traverse via the alluring vistas of Dras, Baltal and Sonamarg and reach Srinagar. Today, you will be covering a stretch of 200kms in about 5hours.

    Day 12: Sringar

    Admire the divine beauty of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The Shalimar Bagh is one of the most beautiful attractions here.  Explore the Mughal Gardens and the Shankaracharya Temple before you find a hotel to relax for the night.

    Day 13: Sringar – Jammu

    Bid adieu to the picturesque city of Srinagar and ride back towards Jammu. This route will take you via Jawahar Tunnel that will open at Jammu. Check in at a hotel for an overnight stay.

    Day 14: Jammu - Delhi

    The enthralling journey comes to an end. Depart from Jammu and reach Delhi, from here head back to your respective places along with fun filled and adventurous stories. 

  • 04Best Road Trip Packages

  • 057 Days Motorcycle Safari in Ladakh

    7 Days Motorcycle Safari in Ladakh
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    About the Activity:
    Fixed Departures: 23rd June 2016, 06th July 2016, 21st July 2016, 03rd August 2016, 18th August 2016, 31st August 2016
    • Embark in this exciting 7 days mountain viking tour from Leh to Ladakh and explore the majestic beauty of this region.
    • Arrive at the Leh airport and get transferred to the hotel. Meet your fellow riders and get briefed about the riding in Ladakh.
    • Ride to the most awaited Khardung -la (5580m.) 39km from Leh and enjoy clicking pictures at Highest Motorable Road of the World.
    • Continue riding towards North Pullu and then towards Nubra Valley.
    • Next ride back to Leh and enjoy the sight of Diskit Gompa, 50ft tall statue of Maitreyi. Head towards Sumur and take the road back to Khardungla pass.
    • Start riding on the  Leh – Manali highway and after getting the permits proceed to the Mighty Chang La Pass (5289M) after crossing the crazy stream called “PagalNala”.
    • Continue riding through the Tanksey and then reach Pangong. Next reach Lukung and enjoy the magnificent view of this region.
    • After a delicious morning breakfast leave for the most exotic and the enchanting beauty of the lake. Climb to the Changlang la pass and reach Karu.
    • Depart from Ladakh and bid farewell to your fellow riders.
    • Head back home with lots of memories.




  • 06Bike Trip from Leh to Leh

    Bike Trip from Leh to Leh
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    About the Activity:
    • Leh, situated at 3500 m from sea level, is a place of absolute marvel.
    • Located in the upper Himalayas, this quaint district offers incredible sights and scenery.
    • This bike trip of 7 days is a chance to experience the uniqueness of Leh and the Indo-Tibetan culture that exists in perfect harmony there.
    • The trip covers areas like Pangong lake, Khardong-La and Nubra along with Leh.
    • Get ready for the adventure ride of a lifetime as you explore the town that once was a major commercial spot on the silk route during this 7 day trip. 
  • 07Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali

    Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali
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    About the Activity:
    Fixed Departures: 18th June 2016, 16th July 2016, 13th August 2016
    • Use the opportunity to take a Royal Enfield ride to have a view of the most beautiful valleys in Leh and Manali and the trip will take eight days and seven nights.
    • After arriving in Leh, you can get familiarized with the climate and get to know about the places. On the second day have some practicing rides on the bullet and prepare for the long riding session.
    • From Leh ride to Pangong Tso lake, feel the beauty of the lake where you can relax for an overnight stay.
    • Ride for few kilometers along the Pangong lake, have a glance of the nature's possessions and come back to Thiksey, take rest and get prepared for the highway ride next day.
    • On your ride to Sarchu from Thiksey, you come to have halts at Taglang La, Lachlung La and Nakee La.
    • Enjoy the sight of Baralach La at 16500 feet altitude on your way to reach Keylong and on the last day you will reach Manali where your tour ends by the evening.
  • 08Jeep Tour from Manali to Srinagar

    Jeep Tour from Manali to Srinagar
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    About the Activity:
    • Fixed Departure: July 9, 2016, July 23, 2016, August 13, 2016, and September 3, 2016
    • It is a dream of all adventure enthusiasts, motor sports lovers and leisure travelers to drive through the daunting and highest motorable passes of the world above 3500 meters.
    • Once you reach Manali from your destination by air, rail and road. There is good connectivity of flights that links Manali  to Delhi airport.
    • Visit a famous temple and check out other sightseeing spots with picturesque mountains and scenic landscapes in and around Manali.
    • Take a drive from Manali to various destinations including Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Hunder, Panamik, Chang La, Pangong Tso, Srinagar and many more.
    • Enjoying the most amazing journey of their life sitting on the back seats. You can feel the effect of gravity, atmosphere low on air, freezing temperature.
    • Also visit the most famaous attractions like Shey Gompa, Thiksey,  Gompa Hemis and many winding roadways into mountain passes.
    • Your support team makes this challenging journey very smooth and safe without tampering the fun and adventure as you end the trip in Srinagar.
  • 09Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition

    Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition
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      Code: 6691309

    About the Activity: 

    From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition  takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.

    The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. A drive through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42kms leaves you breathless. For you to capture moments like these, the safari also includes a brief photography workshop to help arrest high altitude frames with more panache.

    By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.   

  • 10Bike Tour from Manali to Leh

    Bike Tour from Manali to Leh
    • d12 Daysn11 Nights
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      Code: 2428726
    About the Activity:
    • Take the toughest roads of Leh in a 12D/11 N long bike ride trip around Leh, the most beautiful valley in northern India.
    • Catch a Volvo bus from Delhi, travel overnight to reach Manali the next morning, get a short drive around Manali.
    • Make your trip exciting with a ride to cross Rohtang pass, then visit Keylong and Jispa; and the next day, cross another pass, the Baralacha pass before you reach Sarchu.
    • Roam around Leh, visit many local places and attractions to have  beautiful sightseeing day in between.
    • Pangong lake makes the trip more enjoyable because the view of the lake amidst the greenery is something very charming and exhilarating.
    • Take a ride to see Tsomoriri lake too after riding for 8 hours which is located in the Indus Valley of Ladakh and also visit Sarch before you get back to Manali.
    • Board an overnight Volvo bus to reach Delhi the next morning and your awesome trip ends there.
  • 11Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh

    Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh
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      Code: 8475354
    About the Activity:
    • Embark on this amazing jeep safari tour of Leh and its surrounding region.
    • Start your journey by arriving in Srinagar.
    • Explore Srinagar and its surrounding locations and get acclimatized. 
    • Next day, start your jeep safari  towards Leh via Sonmarg, Zojila Pass, Drass War Memorial, Kargil, and Mulbek Buddha.
    • After reaching Leh, explore the beautiful town and some of its most beautiful locations.
    • Continue your journey from Leh to Nubra Valley via the Khardung La pass, which is the highest motorable pass in the world.
    • Visit the Pangong lake and get a chance to stay in the camp near the lake.
    • End your amazing trip by heading back to Srinagar from Leh.
  • 12Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

    Manali to Leh Cycling Trip
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    About the Activity: 
    • Explore the breathtaking Himalayas atop two wheels on this enthralling cycling trip across Manali and Leh.
    • Start your trip from Manali and make your way across 5 passes with a maximum altitude of Khardung La (5602 mts).
    • Pass by Rohtang Pass, Bara Lachha La, Naki La & Lachu lung La and many more. 
    • Cycle through loopy passes, high altitude peaks, cold deserts and breathtaking snow filled landscapes. 
    • Conclude your 11 day tour by arriving at your stunning destination of Leh.

  • 13Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016

    Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016
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    About the Destination:

    Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

    In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude  crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

    Temperature: Around 25 degrees (Day) to 10 degrees (Night)

    Max Alt: 5328m (Tanglang La)

  • 14Manali To Leh Cycling Tour

    Manali To Leh Cycling Tour
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    About the Destination:

    Fixed Departure: 26th July 2016


    Situated among the blessed lands of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a favourite destination among leisure and nature lovers alike. The undulating terrains of the Pir Panjal and Himalayan Ranges make this destination a veritable paradise for adventurists seeking to feel that rush of adrenaline surge through their hearts.

    Framed by mountains on all its sides the tiny village of Leh is a gem nestled in the laps of the mighty Himalayas. A land of extremes, the land boasts of a rich cultural heritage blessed by the lamas and yet hides in its arms, landscapes that are almost untouched in their wilderness.

    About the Activity with Details:

    Considered as one the most challenging cycling trails in the world, the Manali Leh cycling trip is truly a call for adrenaline junkies! Endowed in stunning treasures of nature, this route makes for an extreme adventure quest for the cyclists.

    The Manali to Leh cycling tour takes you through the lush alpine forests of Manali, picturesque villages of Lahaul, past the vast planes of Sarchu and into the colourful and rich Leh. On the way you, challenge yourself to cross the treacherous 21 zigzag Gata Loops up the canyon wall. You will overcome the mighty Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world that rises up to 5,600m. From the pass, enjoy panoramic views of the Indus Valley Civilisation in the south to Zanskar Valley in the north right up the enormous slopes of Saser Massif.

    NOTE: Total cycling distance: 630km

  • 15Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi

    Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi
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    About the Activity:
    • Prepare for a 12D/11N bike trip in Leh and Srinagar, if you are really a enthusiast about travelling, try to partake in this trip.
    • Start your trip from Delhi after boarding an overnight Volvo bus to Manali, after reahing Manali, enjoy a local ride over there.
    • Ride to Jispa, enjoy an overnight stay there after exploring Jispa for sometime, visit Barlacha Pass prior to reaching Sarchu.
    • Gear up your bike to meet the enchanting beauty of Pangong lake by car or bike as per your wish and while you return to Leh, get a chance to visit Thiksey monastery.
    • Also, visit the Khardong La and Nubra by car or bike, get back to Leh for a local exploration and an overnight stay.
    • From Leh, speed up your bikes to reach Lamayuru and then finally you will reach Kargil, visit Zozila pass before your go ahead to reach Srinagar and on the final day depart from Srinagar and you tour ends.
  • 16Motorcycle Expedition from Manali to Srinagar Via Ladakh

    Motorcycle Expedition from Manali to Srinagar Via Ladakh
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    About the Activity:

    • Indulge in a 11D/10N long motorcycle expedition from Manali to Srinagar via Ladakh and rivet in the salubrious nature of the Himalayan ranges.
    • Arrive in Manali in the morning and the whole day is yours to explore the villages and local markets before you get ready for an exciting bike trip to Srinagar.
    • Take the route that covers Baralacha la pass and then reach Sarchu where you can see the Mulkila and Barashiigra peaks in an elaborate way.
    • Ride through Lachlung La and Tanglang La passes and descend to the Indus valley, then reach Leh for an exciting experience amidst the green fields and scenery.
    • Also ride toward Khardung La, one of the biggest motor-able passes in the world and then to Hunder for a scintillating view of the entire valley; also visit Diksit monastery.
    • Engage in a trip to Samstanling gompa in Sumoor, find solace in the peaceful location.
    • Begin your journey to Chang La; ride to Pangong Tso lake, Tso Moriri and Tso Kar and then reach Kargil from where you will drive to Sri Nagar; your bike ride ends at night with a delicious dinner.
  • 17How to prepare for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

    How to prepare for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

    Prepare Your Bike:

    The first thing to keep into consideration is that the bike has to be well kept and properly maintained. Meticulously check that your bike’s drive chain, air filter, the clutch and gear box, control cables, the lights and electrical, the brakes, the wheels and tyres, frame, the engine and suspension, everything is in the best condition. 

    It is very important to get your bike thoroughly serviced beforehand; if you do not want to fall prey to unwanted circumstances and enjoy a hindrance free adventurous ride.

    Prepare Your Luggage:

    Travel light, but also carry all the necessities required to suffice your basic needs. A few jackets to beat the cold are extremely necessary. Pack your luggage in a way that is easy to carry on the ride and doesn’t add to the burden. 

    Consider carrying an extra pair of sturdy shoes. It is wise to be armed with a few supplies like a blue tooth headset, ear plugs, a torch, extra pair of gloves, a tool-kit, a physical map, a battery pack, a headlamp and a first-aid kit. 

    Prepare The Biker:

    For a pleasant ride, it is important that the rider is fit and healthy. Exercise and warm up thoroughly and strengthen your immunity. A bike trip to Ladakh means long hours of riding, variations in temperature and also sticking to the schedule. 

    Make yourself capable enough to face any of the predicaments that you might encounter. One also needs to have a positive frame of mind and a can do attitude, as it reflects in our actions and helps us make wise decisions.

  • 18Duration and Best Time for Bike Trip

    Duration and Best Time for Bike Trip
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    Duration:

    The Duration of the trip will be approximately 15 days, depending on the schedule and also on other external factors like natural calamities, weather conditions, health status, etc. 

    Best Time:

    The best time to take a Ladakh trip by bike is from June to September.  Bikers would really enjoy their ride at this time of the year.

  • 19How to Rent a Bike for Ladakh Trip

    How to Rent a Bike for Ladakh Trip
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    Renting from Delhi:

    Bike rental shops are readily available in Karol bagh area of New Delhi.  The rates start from Rs.900 for a day for two wheelers, which are robust enough to be driven to Ladakh. A deposit amount is required while renting a bike, which starts from Rs.10, 000 and varies according to its make. 

    At the time of the rental, you are required to provide sufficient documents of identification and the driver license. Parent's consent letter is required for anyone under the age of 25. Many shops rent out additional equipments such as riding gear, GPS etc Customers also have the option of hiring a guide or mechanic for the entire trip on a daily wage basis.

    Renting in Manali:

    If you choose to rent a bike from Manali, you can strike a bargain, for anything between Rs.1000 and Rs.1800 depending on the model and the condition of the bike. Additionally you will also have to pay a deposit amount, which again ranges from Rs.12, 000 to Rs.18, 000. 

    The bike rental company will be keeping an original copy of your nationality proof (Adhaar Card, Passport or Voter Id) until the bike is returned. It is highly advised, that you take the bike for a test ride and push it to its limits to make sure the bike is functioning properly.

  • 20Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Cost

    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Cost
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    Petrol Cost:

    The distance covered while you explore places, during the trip to Ladakh on the bike is approximately about 3300-3600 KMs. Let us consider that your bike gives a mileage of about 30 KMPL on an average. 

    And also reflect on the fact that you would be riding through hilly terrains and plains. In this case you would require Rs 8000 – 9000 worth of fuel roughly.

    Stay Cost:

    On the Ladakh trip on bike, you would come across several stay options, which would suffice your demands and requirements. Comfort level, liking and many other clauses and circumstances are several factors that would directly affect the cost of stay.  

    If you are comfortable staying in an average budget hotel, then the expenditure for the same would go up to approximately Rs 500-700 per day. If you are looking for a high-end accommodation, with all the amenities then you would have to spend approximately about Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 per day.

    Food Cost:

    The food cost incurred during the bike trip to Leh Ladakh, varies depending on factors like the number of people, whether the food is vegetarian or non- vegetarian and also the choice of place. If you go to a Dhaba, then the cost of meal would come out around Rs 100-150 per person. 

    But if you chose to eat at a restaurant, which proffers great variety and an warm ambience then the cost of food per person will go up to approximately  Rs 300 – Rs 500 per person. The rates will go on increasing as you keep moving to other expensive restaurants.

    Rented Bike:

    In case you wish to rent a bike for the bike trip to Leh – Ladakh, then the cost of petrol has an added expenditure of the rent and this automatically hikes the price of travelling. A decent bike on rent, which is in a well kept condition would cost around Rs 1000 – 1300 per day. The rent will differ considering the make and model of the bike you rent. 

    If calculated, the cost of rent for the entire journey comes out around Rs 13000 – 17000. You could surely try your luck in getting some discount. The total cost acquired, including the bike rent and the fuel cost will be about Rs 21000 – 26000 approximately.

  • 21Things to Know During Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip

  • 22Petrol Pumps on Highways

    Petrol Pumps on Highways
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     Manali to Leh:

    On this route, once you start from Manali, you will find only two Petrol Pumps till you reach Leh. Hence, it is advisable that while taking a bike trip to Ladakh through the Manali to Leh route, one should have their tank full and also carry some extra jars of petrol along with them. The petrol pumps will be found at the following places:-

    -     Tandi
    -     Upshi/Karu

    Srinagar to Leh:

    On this route, it is easy to find fuel as you will come across several petrol pumps. On this Srinagar to Leh highway there are petrol pumps at the following places:-  

    -     Srinagar
    -     Kangan
    -     Sonamarg
    -     Kargil
    -     Mulbekh
    -     Wakha
    -     Khaltsi

  • 23ATM's On Highway

    ATM's On Highway
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    Manali to Leh:

    On the Leh- Ladakh bike trip, through the Manali to Leh route, you will find only one ATM at Keylong, but later there are several ATMs at Leh.

    Srinagar to Leh:

    On the Srinagar to Leh route, you will find ATMs at Ganderbal, Drass and Kargil, apart from the ATMs at Leh and Srinagar.

  • 24Mechanics on Highway

    Mechanics on Highway
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     Manali to Leh:

    On the bike trip to Ladakh, along the Manali-Leh Highway, you can find mechanics and puncture shops around Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu and Upshi.

    Srinagar to Leh:

    In case of emergency, one can find many mechanics and puncture shops on the Srinagar to Leh route. They are available at Ganderbal, Sonamarg, Kargil, Lamayuru, Mulbekh and Nimmu.

  • 25Mobile Phones and STD Booths

    Mobile Phones and STD Booths
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    The only service providers in the valley of Leh are the BSNL, Airtel and Aircel. Hence, the people who have the post-paid connections from these operators, can enjoy a hassle free connectivity during their visit to Leh. On the other hand, if you do not have the post-paid connection from the aforementioned service providers, there are only two options for you: First, either buy a prepaid connections from the mentioned service providers, or just use the overcrowded phone booths located in the Leh city.

    As the city of Leh has considerable amount of Army, the phone booths in the city are almost always crowded and you can find a lot of soldiers waiting in line to talk to their loved ones, especially in the booths located near the main market or the main road of Leh.

    However, if you want to buy the prepaid sim from BSNL, Airtel or Aircel, it is one of the toughest tasks for the Indian nationals. As the Indian Govt. considers the regions of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir as sensitive areas, getting a SIM card is a daunting process for Indians. Hence, it is recommended that you do not apply for the SIM cards until you are planning to stay for long in the city. On the other hand, the foreign nationals can easily get the prepaid connections and the process is pretty straight forward. They only have to submit photocopies of passport and two passport sized photogrpahs while submitting the application for the SIM cards. 

  • 26Inner Line Permits

    Inner Line Permits
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    The Inner Line Permit application form is easily available at the stationary shop behind the Leh DC office. One can visit the Leh DC office from 9.00 AM to 03:00 PM, no applications will be accepted after that. The office remains closed on Sundays and National Holidays. To acquire the permit one has to pay Rs. 200, which includes environment tax and Red Cross Donation. Once approved, it is advisable that you carry copies of your Inner Line Permit, as you might have to submit them at certain check posts of the military personnel.

    Indian Nationals:

    The inner line permit (ILP) rules for Ladakh tourism have been simplified. There are certain requirements to be considered like a valid photo ID and attested photocopies that act as a proof of Nationality (Passport, DL, Voters ID etc.).

     No inner line permits are now required to travel to places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. However, there are some exceptions. In case one plans to cover a direct Stretch from Tso Moriri to Pangong Tso via Chushul route with a visit to Hanle, then one needs to give detailed information.

     It is important to mention Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Chushul, Tsaga, Loma, Nyoma, Mahe, Hanle and Tso Moriri in the permit application. Similarly, it is mandatory to apply for an Inner Line Permit, if you are planning to visit Pangong directly from Nubra via Shyok, Darbuk, Tangtse.

    Foreign Nationals:

    The foreign nationals must obtain the inner line permits, if they plan to visit areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri and few others. Also, to visit Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La and Batalik Sector, they must have the inner line permits.

    Foreign nationals, with exception from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal and Pakistan, also need to obtain PAP or the Protected Area Permit to visit the above mentioned places. This permit is issued at the Leh DC Office and is allowed only to a group of four or more foreign nationals and is valid for 7 days.

    While travelling Suru and Zanskar valleys, inner line permits are not required. However, this permit doesn't allow them to beyond Merek Village in the Mahe or Pangong village.

  • 27Information about AMS

    Information about AMS
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    There is a possibility that you might suffer from Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). One should be weary of the following symptoms.

    -       Lack of appetite

    -       Nausea or vomiting

    -       Fatigue or weakness

    -       Dizziness

    -       Swelling of hands , feet, and face

    -       Insomnia

    -       Shortness of breath upon exertion

    -       Nosebleed

    -       Persistent rapid pulse or drowsiness.

    It is advisable that you carry certain medication and stay hydrated. If your health doesn’t permit, kindly go down to a lower altitude and take rest.

  • 28Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Tips

    -A sudden change in climate and atmosphere can hamper your health. Hence, it is sensible to stay at least for a day before you begin your journey. This will help you get  accustomed to your surroundings.

    -Try and maintain a cordial atmosphere when you visit the local villages, religious centres or other such places.

    -Rules and regulations are imposed for your own safety. They help your journey be peaceful and joyous. Do not break any rules, while on this trip.

    -The locals define the culture of a place, befriend them and enhance your knowledge. Treat them with harmony and respect and avoid hurting their sentiments in anyway.

    -Exploring a new place becomes easier with proper guidance from experienced people. Feel free to take assistance from tour guides or organizers.

    -Keep updating someone about your whereabouts and further plans, so that people can reach you in case of emergency.

    -Preferably, eat less oily but healthy food like boiled veggies and meat.