Post breakfast half day city tour. Evening transfer to the bus station to board the overnight bus to Manali. It will be a 12 hours journey by comfortable Volvo semi sleeper bus.
Arrive Manali in the morning. Post breakfast we’ll hold a briefing to cover safety precautions, touring style, road conditions, and check of personal equipment, with time to select our bikes and become familiar with starting procedures, control layouts and bike handling. We will have a trial riding day exploring nearby places of Manali. Since the beginning of time Kullu Valley has been known as ‘The Valley of the Gods’. We enjoy one of the most spectacular days of motorcycle touring anywhere in the world today as we run the cliff hanging highway along almost vertical walls of jungle and cascading waterfalls of the Beas River Valley.
After breakfast we start to climb right outside of town, up the most beautiful alpine road on earth. Though not that high a pass for the Himalaya (3980 m), it is certainly one of the most spectacular. We will descend to the Lahaul Valley to meet the Chandra River and have lunch at Keylong and continue further to Jispa, a small village on the banks of the river. After Crossing the Rohtang Pass we’ve entered a whole new world; Tibetan Buddhist monasteries hang off precipices.
Post breakfast we ride further stopping for the Passport Control at Darcha Check Post. Darcha was the starting point of the famous 20 days trek to Ladakh via Zanskar Valley, still the local people of Zanskar use this route and very soon we will get a chance to explore this route also by our motorcycle as the road is started from Darcha to Padum. Noticing how dry it’s becoming as we climb toward the Tibetan Plateau, we run the entire length of the Lahaul Valley heading for our next high pass, Baralacha-La. We descend after the pass to our camp at Sarchu.
Our day begins with a climb up the Gata Loops, 21 dizzy switchbacks on excellent surface, towards our two pass of today’s ride, Nakee La and Lachung La. Descending through a moonscape gorge we arrive at the military post called Pang which brings us to the Tibetan Plateau and what is called the More Plains, 44 km of wide valley filled with nomads and yaks, flat as a table, with massive glacial peaks either side. TanglangLa is the world’s second highest motorable pass and our last pass for the day with views of all creation from the top. Descending countless hairpin turns we enter the beautiful Miru Gorge, razorback ridges of every color rock with tiny villages set among green/gold fields of barley. We’ve entered Ladakh, the last Shangri-La!
Day at Leisure to explore the local market.
The day you’ve been waiting for. Conditions permitting, we’ll ride the 26.5 km to the highest motorable pass on Earth, Khardung-La. After the last 14 km of rocky road, we will join an elite handful of motorcyclists that have stood on the top of world! The views over the mountains of Tibet to the north, the Karakoram Range, K-2, and back down to the Indus Valley and Zanskar are simply indescribable!
Post breakfast today we will ride steep up to the road leading to Wari La and further descend into Sakti Valley.
Post breakfast we will ride up again steep to Chang La the third highest motorable road in the world. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau, The home for the nomadic tribes collectively known as the Changpa or Chang-pa, follows a rough mountain road to the luminous blue-green magic of Pangong Tso Lake. We’ll spend few hours / lunch at the Lake and ride back to Sakti by name route.
Post breakfast we ride today to our second Lake, getting our Inner Line Permits checked at Mahe Check Post and further riding up to Namshang La, (Scenically this pass even beats the highest passes Khardung La and Tanglang La) and descending down to Kiagar tso / Thatsang Karu a small Salt Lake at the height of 4650 M. We ride through the plain roads and the split wide valley in between stopping at the nomad’s tents to have a cup of butter tea seeing the herds of Pashmina Goats to Tsomoriri. We will explore the Nomads of the Korzok Village in the evening.
Today we wake up in front of the Tsomoriri Lake shimmering turquoise after breakfast we ride on bone-dry trails through desert valleys – it’s time to eat some dust! Our ride takes us past sulfur springs and over the windswept, Pologonka Pass. We will reach Tsokar Salt Lake, a nature reserve and home of the shy wild mongoose and rare birds.
Post early breakfast we continue our ride to Jispa crossing 03 passes in a line and the 21 Gata Loops. We arrive Jispa by late afternoon with lot of photo stops on the way.
We finish our riding tour today by riding back to Manali via Rothang La.