Zanskar Motor Bike Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Leh:

Leh, the capital of Ladakh, nestled amidst the towering Himalayan peaks, sits at an elevation of 3,524 meters in a wide valley. Historically, it served as a crucial hub connecting Tibet, China, and India via the vital trade route along the Indus Valley. This route facilitated the exchange of not only essential commodities like salt but also luxurious items such as brocades, cashmere wool, silk, and indigo.

The grand old royal palace, constructed circa 1600, dominates the cityscape, serving as a tangible reminder of the kingdom’s former prominence. Offering breathtaking vistas, the flight to Leh marks the beginning of the exhilarating Wild Zanskar and Ladakh Himalaya Motorcycle Tour. Upon arrival, guests are transferred to a modest yet delightful centrally located tour hotel, providing ample time for relaxation and acclimatization. Our knowledgeable guide awaits at the hotel to lead us on a stroll to the Shanti Stupa, unveiling the area’s charm and tranquillity.

Day 2: Leh local sightseeing.

Our inaugural adventure with our Royal Enfield motorcycles leads us to two renowned monasteries nestled in the upper Indus Valley of Ladakh: Hemis and Thiksey. Embarking on a warm-up ride, we acquaint ourselves with the bikes while soaking in the breathtaking scenery. Hemis Monastery, dating back to the tenth century, holds deep significance, closely intertwined with the legacy of Yogi Naropa, the esteemed founder of the esoteric Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Following our exploration, we return to Leh for the evening, where a delightful dinner awaits us at a local restaurant. We’ll spend the night at Lha ri Mo Hotel in Leh, resting up for the adventures yet to come.

Day3: Leh to Lamayuru 108 Km/ 4hrs

The day kicks off with a delightful breakfast to fuel our journey ahead. Before departure, ensure that your luggage is securely stowed in the backup vehicle. Our route takes us out of the verdant valley, cruising along the picturesque NH1. Along the way, we’ll make stops at notable landmarks such as Magnetic Hill, the convergence points of the Zanskar and Indus Rivers, and the revered Gurdwara Patthar Sahib. Be sure not to overlook the breathtaking beauty of Ladakh’s Moonland en route.

Upon reaching Lamayuru, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the local monastery. We’ll spend the night in Lamayuru, resting amidst its serene surroundings.

Day4: Lamayuru to Padum 7-8hrs

Get ready for an exhilarating and adventurous riding day as we ascend to new altitudes. Starting from Lamayuru at 11,520 feet and heading towards Padum at 12,037 feet, this journey promises thrills aplenty.

Beginning with a brief stint on paved roads leading to Wanla, the terrain will soon transition to earthen tracks, inviting you to embrace the dust. As we ascend towards Sirsir La at 15,700 feet, the ride takes on a rugged charm with gravel roads offering a unique cruising experience. Pause for a memorable snapshot at the summit before continuing to Photoksar for a well-deserved lunch break.

Prepare to be awed by the dirt road leading to Singe La at 16,590 feet, where a continuous downhill stretch awaits—remember to manoeuvre your brakes judiciously. Crossing Murgum La at 15,490 feet marks the beginning of an adventure on the edge, hugging the mountainside along the Zanskar River. Expect surprises along the route, including river crossings (without water) and off-roading that seem divinely inspired.

Upon reaching the checkpoint at Zangla, savour the smooth road leading to Padum, where the day’s exploits culminate amidst stunning landscapes and the promise of further adventures ahead.

Day 5: Padum sightseeing

Prepare for a day of exploration and discovery as we navigate from Padum, situated at 12,037 feet, to Purne, nestled at 12,150 feet above sea level. Our journey begins with a visit to the picturesque Sani Lake and Monastery, where hidden treasures await amidst the mountainous landscape.

Leaving Padum behind, we initially traverse paved roads en route to Reru before transitioning to dirt trails. Along the way, we’ll navigate narrow mountain ledges, experiencing the thrill of riding amidst breathtaking scenery. Gravel roads with steep inclines and declines add to the adventure as we progress towards Purne.

The highlight of the day awaits just before reaching Pure, where knee-deep sand, rubble, and stones promise an exhilarating challenge. As the day draws to a close, we’ll settle in for the night at a homestay by the Tsarap River, offering minimal amenities but maximum immersion in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Day6: Padum to Keylong 5-6hrs

An exceptional highlight of the Wild Zanskar and Ladakh Himalaya Motorcycle Tour awaits – quite literally, as we ascend to unprecedented heights. Embarking on a brand-new route, we’ll conquer the recently opened Shingo La Pass, soaring to an astonishing altitude of 5,105 meters. Today’s journey demands utmost respect and caution, as crossing this pass presents a formidable adventure, testing the mettle of even the most seasoned riders.

Our destination, Darcha, lies along the Bhaga River in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, marking the culmination of an unforgettable expedition. Covering approximately 140 kilometres, this leg of the journey promises unparalleled thrills and challenges, making it a milestone in the tour’s itinerary.

Day 7 - Keylong- Sarchu - Tsokar 6-7 hrs

Embarking on a captivating journey through varying altitudes, we’ll depart from Jispa at 10,500 feet and ascend to the breathtaking Tibetan plateau destination of Tso Kar at an impressive 14,860 feet. Our route will lead us across multiple high-altitude passes, including Naki La at 15,547 feet and Lachalung La at 16,616 feet.

As we conquer these formidable passes, we’ll make our way to Pang for a satisfying and warm meal, providing much-needed sustenance for the adventure ahead. A picturesque interlude awaits at Morey Plains, an enchanting stretch that stands as the only part of the Tibetan plateau within India. This scenic road segment offers a perfect opportunity for a memorable photo break.

Continuing our journey, we will soon arrive at Tso Kar, a stunning lake on the Tibetan Plateau characterized by white sand. Beyond its aesthetic charm, Tso Kar serves as a biodiversity hotspot in Ladakh, home to unique flora and fauna, including the majestic, Black-necked crane. Our accommodation for the night is nestled alongside this picturesque Tso, ensuring a serene and immersive.

Day 8 - Tsokar - Hanle 6-7 hrs

Departing from the mesmerizing Tso Kar Lake, nestled at an altitude of 14,860 feet, our journey takes us towards the expansive Changthang plateau. Crossing over Pologongka La, we’ll traverse half-baked roads to reach Sumdo, where a left turn leads us towards Changthang for a well-deserved lunch break.

Continuing our path, we’ll ride towards Loma, a scenic destination along the way. Crossing the majestic Indus River, we’ll embark on the signature and enchanting single-lane road to Hanle, characterized by its hypnotic beauty. As the evening descends, we’ll immerse ourselves in the tranquillity of one of the remotest villages, where an overnight stay in a homestay awaits, offering a genuine taste of local hospitality amidst the rugged charm of Hanle.

Day 9 - Hanle - Umling La - Hanle 6-7 hrs

Prepare for an extraordinary adventure as we embark on a journey along the highest motorable road in the world, ascending to unprecedented altitudes. Our destination: Umling La, standing tall at an astonishing 19,300 feet above sea level.

With multiple routes available, we’ll carefully select the best-conditioned or open route to reach Umling La. Each path promises a remarkable experience, culminating at the iconic Chisumle Bridge. Beyond the bridge, we’ll follow the course of the Kingdul River, ascending higher along the Chismule-Demchok road.

Unlike other high mountain passes, Umling La presents a unique landscape devoid of deep valleys, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. At the summit, standing proudly at 19,300 feet, we’ll capture a momentous photo commemorating our achievement before indulging in a well-deserved hot tea at the Oxygen Cafe.

As the day draws to a close, we’ll make our way back to the homestay, reflecting on the awe-inspiring journey we’ve undertaken along the highest reaches of the world.

Day 10 - Hanle - Leh 7hrs

As we embark on our final day of motorcycle riding, we’ll traverse the captivating landscapes of the barren lands, offering a seductive allure that’s unique to this region. Keep an eye out for herds of Kiang, as encountering these wild asses along the road is a common sight in this part of Ladakh, adding to the allure of the journey.

Enjoying the scenic panorama along the way, our route remains smooth until we reach Loma, where the road may become slightly broken as we ride alongside the Indus River. However, as we continued our journey, the roads soon improved, allowing for a smooth and enjoyable ride.

We’ll pause for a satisfying lunch break at Chumathang before continuing our journey towards Leh. With the roads in fantastic condition, the ride back to Leh will be swift and effortless, ensuring we reach our destination in no time.

Upon arrival in Leh, we’ll settle in at our hotel for the night, reminiscing about the unforgettable adventures and breathtaking landscapes we’ve experienced throughout our motorcycle tour of Ladakh.


Day 11 - Departure from Leh

As our time in the beautiful city of Leh draws to a close, it’s time to say goodbye to our amazing gang and the unforgettable memories we’ve created together. Our dedicated team will assist you in arranging transportation to the airport, ensuring that you reach your departure gate by your flight schedule.

Until we meet again on your next adventure, farewell, and safe travels!

Included Services

      Your package includes the following:

  • Transfer: Group drop-off from the hotel to Leh Airport.
  • Accommodations: Double/twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms. These are mid-range options and guesthouses, always selected as the best possible hotels at the destinations.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch snack, and dinner are provided (beverages not included).
  • Drinking water: Available in the service vehicle.
  • Rental motorcycle: Enfield Himalayan 411 cc motorcycle.
  • Pillion seats: Seats in the service vehicle are provided for pillions.
  • Guides: Experienced English-speaking tour guides will accompany you on their motorcycles.
  • Mechanic: An experienced motorcycle mechanic, serving as a spare rider, is available to ride your bike in case of any mechanical issues.
  • Toll and Fees: All road and bridge tolls, as well as entrance admission fees for sights throughout the entire program, are covered.

The following services are not included in the provided package:

  • Flights: International and domestic flights to/from Delhi are not covered.
  • Beverages: All beverages, except for drinking water carried in the service vehicle, are excluded.
  • Optional Expenses: Tips for guides and mechanics, souvenirs, and personal shopping expenses are not part of the package.
  • India Tourist E-Visa: The cost of the India tourist e-visa, approximately €65, is not included.
  • Travel Rescission Costs and Repatriation Insurance: Any expenses related to travel rescission costs and repatriation insurance are not covered by the package.
  • Participants are advised to account for these excluded services in their travel budget.

Accommodation:

Leh

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