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About the Destination:

Fixed Departure: 30th July 2016

Welcome to Ladakh – The Land of High Passes. This is a destination is blessed with unique and interesting diversities that make travelling here seem much more than it is! Nestling the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in its midst, Ladakh is one place where you will see lush, green fields at one glance and dry, arid deserts at another. Where your perspective is being coloured by the impeccable blue waters of the Pangong Tso Lake at one go, at another it is blinded by the harsh afternoon sun reflecting light off the snowy mountains.

Adventure and travel enthusiasts alike, have crossed the threshold of this blissful destination, only to come away with the feeling of having witnessed Mother at her best!

About the Departure with Details:

Put on your riding gear and combat the toughest, highest and yet the most beautiful landscapes on a bike tour to Ladakh. Watch the beautiful vistas pass you by as you begin this epic journey at Manali. The rivers of the Himalayas keep you company throughout the way as you climb higher altitudes and combat some of the highest passes in the world. Since Ladakh is a land of extremes, you can see snow-capped mountains at the same time as, arid sand dunes; azure blue lakes flow alongside some of the highest mountain peaks and rough, rocky roads give way to smooth highways!

If you want to know the meaning of ‘space’ ride on through Ladakh and its unlimited expanses, full of natural beauty!

Meal Types: Veg

Activities: Riding, Camping

Total Distance: 150km per day (approx.)

Highest Altitude: 18380 feet (Khardung La pass)

Temperature Range: 3  – 35 Degrees

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Delhi

    Your riding expedition to the valleys of Ladakh begins with your arrival in Delhi, rest for the night in a hotel as per your convenience.

  • Day 2 -

    Flight to Leh, Acclimatize to the climate

    Take the early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. The 70 minute flight takes you from sea level to the ancient Himalayan city of Leh at an altitude of 11,500 feet.

    Due to the rarified atmosphere at that altitude, it is of utmost importance that you rest all of this day to avoid the onset of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Your body needs one day's rest to get used to the thin mountain air.

    You will be given a detailed briefing of the whole ride and also provided with maps and information on the places you will be travelling to.

  • Day 3 -

    Getting used to motorcycle in Leh

    After a day's rest, it's time for you to start the Ride of Your Life.

    But before that, you will go out for a spin so that you can get used to riding the motorcycle.

    The ride will be on smooth tarmac and on dirt tracks to give you a feel of the Himalayan adventure in store for you.

    This ride will ensure that you get used to riding a Royal Enfield motorcycle and if you need any adjustments, the mechanics can do the same.

  • Day 4 -

    Leh to Pangong Tso Lake

    Arguably the most breathtaking region of Ladakh, the 18,500 square mile (30,000 sq km) Changthang Plateau is where you ride to on this day.

    To reach Changthang, you have a long and steep ride through the third highest motorable pass in the world, the Chang La pass at 17,586 feet.

    But the real treat is the 84 mile (135 km) long Pangong Tso lake. A lot of migratory birds come here during this time of the year.

    You will stay with a Ladakhi family as their house guests. Home-stay is a concept developed by the Ladakh authorities wherein locals are empowered through tourism. The home-stay will be on the banks of the Pangong Tso lake and you are treated to traditional Ladakhi and Tibetan cuisine.

  • Day 5 -

    Pangong Tso lake to Sakti

    You can ride another 12 odd miles (20 kms) along the banks of Pangong Tso lake to Merak village.

    From Merak village, you retrace your ride back to Chang La pass and descend into Sakti village for the night.

    Set up the campsite complete with a kitchen, dining area and bathrooms.

  • Day 6 -

    Sakti to Hunder

    Drive from Sakti to Nubra.

    This forgotten route has no traffic at all. Amazing switchbacks for 12 miles (20 kms), mesmerizing views of valleys, the 17,000 feet high Wari La pass, narrow snaking roads along the mountains, stream crossings, riding on flat river beds and finally entering the Nubra valley - a unique landscape of desert, rivers, snowcapped mountains and farms. Hunder town in Nubra valley lies amidst big sand dunes and small streams. You stay at a resort camp at Hunder.

  • Day 7 -

    Hunder to Leh

    Today, you take the road to the highest motorable pass in the world - Khardung La - at a dizzy height of 18,380 feet. In spite of the altitude, today you ride on the smoothest roads so far and the landscape also becomes grand.

    After celebrating at Khardung La pass, you descend into Leh for a bigger party in the evening.

  • Day 8 -

    Leh

    Today you take a breather from the grueling ride you have had. After a half day's rest you explore various parts of Leh, such as the Namgyal Palace, Tibetan market and the Shanti Stupa.

  • Day 9 -

    Leh to Tsomo Ri Ri Lake

    Todays ride is one of the longest in the tour - 150 miles (240 kms), out of which 25 miles (40 kms) is through sand and over very bumpy roads.

    But the initial ride is along the majestic Indus river and the rough part is through the 17,000 feet high Namshang La pass and along the pristine Thaksang karu lake.

    The road from here to the Tsomo Ri Ri lake through sand and stone track will eventually make you realize how beautiful mother nature is.

  • Day 10 -

    Tsomo Ri Ri Lake to Tso Kar Lake

    In the morning, you visit one of the Changpa nomadic campsites to get a first hand experience on how these amazing human beings have been living in perfect harmony with nature for centuries.

    After spending time at the nomadic campsite, you retrace your ride back a little bit and cross Pologongka La pass at 16,000 feet to reach the Tso Kar basin.

  • Day 11 -

    Tso Kar Lake to Sarchu

    Undoubtedly the best stretch on the Manali-Leh highway, this section of the Manali-Leh highway will feel as if you're on a roller coaster ride climbing up and down from one Himalayan pass to another.

    From the Tso Kar basin, you touch the Manali-Leh highway on a 26 mile (42 km) long table land, called More plains.

    Soon after that, you ride up and down two high altitude passes, Lachlung La (16,616 feet) and Nakee La (15,547 feet) and a section of 21 switchbacks called Gata loops.

    Before reaching Sarchu, you leave the state of Jammu and Kashmir and enter the state of Himachal Pradesh.

    Since Sarchu is snowbound for most of the year, there are no permanent structures here so you stay in Swiss Tents with attached toilets.

  • Day 12 -

    Sarchu to Jispa

    This day's ride is where you are amazed by the passing landscapes, small lakes, rivers and one high altitude pass.

    The landscape too will transform from barren desert land to sights of green plantations and small patches of forests.

    Jispa is a small town on the Manali-Leh highway and here you spend the night at a hotel.

  • Day 13 -

    Jispa to Manali

    The Manali-Leh highway is considered the most beautiful yet demanding highway in the world.

    Your ride today is the toughest since you started. The slush covered climb and descent of the 13,051 feet high Rohtang pass will test your riding skills to the max.

    That's the tough part, but what about the landscape? Lush green Himalayan mountains and waterfalls appear out of nowhere once you cross the Rohtang pass.

    Nature here is at its best. After the descent from the pass, you ride into Manali, a popular hill station in the Himalayas and call it a day at a hotel here, your thirst for adventure undoubtedly satiated.

  • Day 14 -

    Manali to Delhi Bus Ride

    Instead of waking up early, today you can sleep late as after lunch, you have a 390 odd mile (625 km) bus ride to Delhi in an air­conditioned bus. The bus journey to Delhi will take around 15 hours.

Stay

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  • Stay on twin-­sharing basis in hotels / swiss tents / home­stays

Meal

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  • All Meals Included

Activity

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  • Biking
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  • Camping
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  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

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  • Occupancy expenses for all days on double sharing
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  • Petrol, Oil and maintenance for duration of the tour
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  • All meals and beverages (bottled water, juices, tea, coffee) for duration of the tour
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  • Experienced captains for the duration of the tour
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  • Supporting vehicles for luggage and essential items
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  • In- House Mechanic for the duration of the tour
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  • All tolls / entry fees as applicable
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  • Airport transfer from Leh

Transport

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  • Air-­conditioned Bus transfer between Delhi & Manali
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  • Royal Enfield 500 cc motorcycle

Things To Carry

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  • Good quality Helmet
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  • Water proof riding gear to support cold conditions
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  • Riding or hiking boots
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  • Riding gloves
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  • Thermal inner wear
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  • Nightwear and casual clothing
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  • Flip flops or spare set of boots
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  • Balaclava
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  • Spare set of Spectacles
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  • Driving license
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  • Headlamp with spare batteries
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  • Personal medications

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
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  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.
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  • Avoid roaming during the nights.
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
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  • The tour takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
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  • While visiting the temples, do obey proper dress-code and do not hurt the local sentiments of the places.

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If any cancellations are made before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • No Refunds

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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