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Putting up an unparalleled majestic natural beauty, Ladakh is a land that allows you to craft your very own Himalayan odyssey. Best described as a “Land of high Passes” this Himalayan region is replete with rolling hillsides – some green, some snow-capped, and some so rugged that it can be mind-boggling.
On this bike tour to Leh Ladakh, you’re destined for one of the most humbling experiences. Whether you ride along the majestic River Indus or croon your way with the Pangong Tso Lake beside you, there’s never a dull moment. The ride will be a test of patience, skill, and determination, which at the end assures you of a pit stop with an encounter with nomadic tribes who’ve made this setting their home.
Go exploring around the city of Leh with its countless gompas, Tibetan market, and local eateries dishing out delicious fares to complete your Ladakhi sojourn.
Duration of the Tour: 13N/14D
Meal Types: Veg
Activities: Biking, Camping
Distance Covered Daily: 150kms [Average]
Highest Altitude: 18,000ft
Temperature Range: 3 to 35 Degrees [summer] and -20 to -35 Degrees [winter]
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
Overnight Bus Journey, Ride Ends Here
With your Himalayan rendezvous coming to an end, take a 15 hour long bus-ride from Manali to Delhi. Bid goodbye to this biking haven, recreating several patches of your journey in your mind and heart.
70 minute flight, 11,500 feet Altitude, Acclimatization Day
Feast your eyes with the first sight of the majestic Himalayas as you land at one of the highest airports in the world [10,682ft]. Spend this day getting used to thin crisp mountain air and meet up with the ride instructors to receive trip briefing.
Terrain Riding, Receipt of Bikes
Today, you’ll encounter your first experience of biking around the Himalayan terrain. Take a spin on your bike around Leh. The set path will be on smooth tarmac and dirt tracks to have you familiarize with the route on this Himalayan adventure. Take help of mechanics on the trip to customize the machine to your comfort ahead of your journey.
Changthang Plateau. Chang La Pass, Pangong Tso Lake
Feel the thrill as this is the start point of your biking tour. Leave the city of Leh to ride through the most breath-taking Ladakhi landscape of the vast Changtang Plateau , Chang La Pass [17,586ft] before the majestic grassland plain and meadows of Changtang present an alluring vista. Grazing flocks of yaks and sheep with watchful nomads create a perfect high range setting.
Continue to ride the road ahead, for a treat awaits you at Pangong Tso Lake [135km]. A visually stunning natural framework of deep blue waters against the stark brown mountain backdrop is awe-striking. As the sun plays hide ‘n seek with the lake’s saline water, it creates a host of aqua hues making this the prime reason to visit. A migratory ground, you’ll find distinct birds around the lake. Overnight stay with a local Ladakhi family marks a beautiful ending to the day.
Pangong Tso Lake
Today’s ride will be etched in your memory forever. As you trace the route back Chang La for the next pit stop through Merak village, the azure flow of the Pangong Lake keeps you company. Descent from Chang La leads you to Sakti village, where you will spend the night here at a well-equipped campsite.
Silk Route, Hairpin Bends, Hunder
Today you will head out to the beautiful ‘Valley Of Flowers’.
With the scenery, mesmerizing valleys, and stoic silence you can’t help but fall in love with this nirvana. Feel the adrenaline rush as you glide through narrow meandering roads, cutting across streams and river beds before arriving at Hunder – a village sitting as a pretty oasis in the middle of Nubra Village. Turn in for the night in a resort camp.
Highest Motorable Pass in the World
Today is one of the most awaited stretch of the trip – scaling the dizzy heights of Khardungla Pass [18,380ft], the highest motorable road in the world. A smooth route takes you right upto the top, spend a few moments at this high point to acknowledge your accomplishment. Bow down to the grand landscape around before beginning your descent into Leh for an overnight stay and a small celebration.
Rest Day, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Tibetan Market
Phew! After the gruelling ride of yesterday, you’ve earned a well-deserved day of rest. You can however, choose to visit the 9-storey imposing structure of Leh Palace to catch a bird’s eye-view of the bustling town life below, or pick up some unique knick knacks at the Tibetan market. Head to Shanti Stupa towards sun set time for a compelling spectacle as the day ends in this Himalayan region with a sleep at the hotel.
Riverbed Riding, Indus River
Gear up for a long sojourn with the roads today as you ride for a little over 240km to reach Tsomo Ri Ri Lake. Indus River gushes past you as you meander along its course through sand and bumpy patches. Attack the tough terrain of Namshang La Pass [17,000ft]. Ease out as you ride through the serene envrions close to the Thaksang karu Lake. This pleasant panorama continues as you head towards Tsomo Ri Ri Lake. Restore your faith in Mother Nature as you soak in the pleasure of riding at such heights through sand and stone tracks; relax after the long ride in the cool breeze across the lake as you tuck in for the night.
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