Travel number: 73
Motorcycle Tour Special: Over the highest Passes in the World
14/16 days Motorcycle Tours
Number of participants: from 2 participants
Requirements: 7 von 10
The roads are partly very well developed, but sometimes they are only jeep slopes with debris and sand. Often the streets have potholes, every now and then smaller streams have to be crossed. Very good motorcycling skills are a prerequisite for this tour. From time to time, very long distances with up to 8- 10 journey hours are covered, depending on the road situation.Please be aware of the high Altitude and the risk coming along with it.
A unique motorcycle tour through the Himalayas on the highest roads in the world. It goes over high passes, to beautiful azure mountain lakes and through a fascinating mountain landscape with snow-capped peaks. We will visit Buddhist monasteries and small traditional villages. Road conditions are constantly changing from new, wide and well-developed roads to stony and sandy jeep slopes.
Day 1 Start of your trip and arrival in Delhi, onward journey to Chandigarh
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will immediately change to our mini-bus and you will be taken to the city of Chandigarh, which is four hours away. Chandigarh is a planned Indian city at the foot of the Himalayas. During a dinner together we get to know wach other and end the day. Overnight stay at the hotel (-/-/D)
Day 2 Drive Manali-Chandigarh
After a restful night, we continue in the bus up towards the Himalayas. Once in Manali, check into your hotel, relax in the fresh mountain air and explore Manali by foot. 8 hours (B/-/-)
Day 3 Leisure and acclimatization in Manali
Another rest day for acclimatization and tranquility. The neighboring villages can be explored on a short walk. (Overnight stay at the hotel (B/-/-)
Day 4 Small test ride with the motorcycles
Today, each participant is assigned a motorcycle. On a test ride we will explore Manali’s surroundings together. (Overnight stay at the hotel) (B/-/-)
Day 5 Manali to Jispa (135 km) (3250 m)
We officially start our tour to Leh. We drive along the river Beas through numerous villages up to the Rothang Pass (3980 m). Then we go down to Gramphu and on to the checkpoint in Koksar. On the drive along the Chandra River you will pass through small villages, potato and pea plantations and pass spectacular mountains and their glaciers. We reach the district capital Keylong. Here is the last permanent market. Then we continue for 35 km to Jispa. (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) (B/L/D)
Day 6 Jispa to Lake Tsokar (4267 m) 220 km
We will start the day with a good breakfast and cross the 4800 meter high Baralacha Pass. Then it goes down to Sarchu – the center on the route from Manali to Leh. We leave the Sarchu plains and take the 21 narrow bends up to the Nakeela Pass ( 4780 m). A little later we cross our first 5000 meter pass, the 5090 meter high Lachung La. The way down to Pang is bad and makes a lot of trouble on the stony ground. The landscape, however, is spectacular and constantly changing. It goes for 40 km on a flat and new road through the Morray Plains. Then we turn to the beautiful Tsokar lake. (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) (B/L/D)
Day 7 Tsokar to Leh (3500 m) 131 km
Today we will cross the second highest pass in the world, the Tanglang Pass (5328 m). We pass the first tranquil villages of Ladakh and finally reach Leh. We check into our hotel and spend the evening with a first exploration of Leh. (Overnight stay at the hotel) (B/L/-)
Day 8 Leh Sightseeing Day (Thiksey, Spituk and Hemis Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace ) ca 50 km Round Trip
Today our permits will be issued for the trips to Lake Pangong and the Nubra Valley, which we will visit in the next few days. So we use the day to explore Leh and its surroundings. Here there are many ancient Buddhist monasteries, a palace and the famous Shanti Stupa, from where we will have a wonderful view of Leh. (Overnight stay at the hotel) (B/-/-)
Day 9 Leh to Khardungla Pass (5640 m) and on to The Nubra Valley (3048 m) 125 km
Today we go to the highest pass in the world, at least that’s what it says. Here it can snow in summer and you can enjoy a tea in the highest Café in the world. The view from here is breathtaking! Then we drive into the fascinating Nubra valley. In Deskit we visit the monastery. We continue to Hundur. We can take a walk around the beautiful village as well as visit the sand dunes and take a ride on the camel. (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) B/L/D
Day 10 Nubra Valley Tour 160 km
Today we explore the Nubra Valley and drive all the way to the end of the valley. (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) B/L/D
Day 11 Nubra to Pangong (4300 m) through the Shyok Valley 227 km
This famous Pangong lake is more than 200 km long and an average of 5 km wide. Most of the lake is in Tibet. So we can enjoy a glimpse of Tibet. This lake has been the venue of various Bollywood films many times. We will spend the night in a camp. (Overnight in the camp) B/L/D
Day 12 Pangong Lake back to Leh 223 km
In the afternoon we return to Leh over the Chang La Pass and use the evening for a little shopping. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-
Day 13 Leh to Sarchu 252 km
After breakfast we will drive back towards Manali and stop in Sarchu this time. Sarchu, located right in the middle between Leh and Manali, is a plateau at 4200 meters. (Overnight in the camp) B/L/D)
Day 14 Sarchu to Manali 253 km
The last day on our motorcycles: it goes back over the Baralacha La and Rothang Pass to Manali. Finally we see forests and meadows again. The green is a boon for us and our eyes. In the evening we celebrate the successful tour with the whole team with a dinner together. (Overnight stay at the hotel) (B/L/D)
Day 15 Manali to Delhi
After a busy day in Manali, we return to Delhi in the afternoon by night bus (14 hours, overnight on the bus) (B/-/-)
Day 16 Arrival Delhi and flight home
Early in the morning we reach Delhi. A hotel room is available for you till your flight departs. Until then, they use the last hours in India for a little more sightseeing with a guide and shopping. (B/-/-)
- 1 x Hotel Chandigarh
- 1 x Hotel Delhi with breakfast
- 3 x Hotel Manali with breakfast
- 1 x Jispa Camp
- 1 x Tsoker Camp
- 4 x Leh with breakfast
- 2 x Nubra Valley Camp
- 1 x Pangong Lake Camp
- 1 x Sarchu Camp
- Mini Bus private Delhi-Chandigarh- Manali
- Bus Manali Delhi
- Airport transfer
- Royal Enfield Classic 500 cc Motorcycle (For Himalayan Bike 500 cc 150 € surcharge)
- Petrol for 11 days
- Tour guide
- Experienced mechanic
- Accompanying vehicle with spare parts, gasoline, luggage, etc.
- Permits for Pangong and Nubratal
- Meals as advertised (B: Breakfast/L: Lunch/D: Dinner)
- International flight (we will be happy to assist you with your flight booking)
- Visa (approx. 25 Euro)
- Entrance fees
- Spare parts
- Drinks/unmentioned meals (approx. 3-5 € per meal)
Best time to visit from the end of June to the end of August
Number of participants Biker Pillion
from 2 3499 € 3299 €
from 4 2299 € 1950 €
from 6 1899 € 1649 €
from 8 1699 € 1499 €
Supplement Himalayan Bike: 150 €
Supplement Single Room: 350 €
Alternative: This trip is also possible without a return via Manali to Delhi, but with the end in Leh and an extra day trip to the surroundings of Leh:
Day 13 Trip to Alchi Monastery, overnight in Leh
Day 14 Self-employed departure from Leh. We can assist you with the flight booking
Discount: 50 € from the total travel price
About The Region
We are located in the middle of the Himalayas in the Federal District of Himachal Pradesh and in Ladakh.
While the green Kullu valley, from where our tour starts, is relatively densely populated by predominantly Hindus, it is getting drier, higher and lonelier in the direction towards Lahaul and Ladakh. The people in the high mountain desert are predominantly Buddhist and there are countless ancient monasteries that invite you to be visited.
While in the southern area of Himachal it can rain heavily, especially during the monsoon season, rainfall in Lahaul and Ladakh is extremely rare. The temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day, at night it can get quite cold, even below freezing point.
During the tour we are constantly in the mountains at an altitude between 2000 and 6000 meters.
Even if we work with trained guides and take all measures on our tours to counter emergencies, you can never rule out dangers in the mountains. Time and again there can be weather changes, landslides (especially during the monsoon season) or accidents and you should always be aware of this.
Due to climatic conditions or organisational reasons, we reserve the right to change the tours in the suburb as it is safest for all involved.
Altitude and altitude sickness
Altitude sickness is a very important topic that should not be underestimated, especially during our tours in the Indian Himalayas. At altitudes above 3500 m, our body has to slowly get used to the low air pressure, which also causes less oxygen to enter our lungs. The first signs of altitude sickness are headaches, which are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. It becomes problematic when water accumulates in the lungs and brain and edema occurs. Then only the immediate descent to lower altitudes will help. To prepare for the heights on our tours, we will either spend a few nights at high altitudes before the tour or slowly ascend during the tour to acclimatize. If we notice that there are problems with our guests (each person is otherwise able to acclimatize, regardless of age, gender and fitness level), it may happen that either the entire group or the concerned participant descends/returns with a team. In addition, it makes sense to take an emergency drug for altitude sickness. For this, it is best to consult the pharmacy or the travel doctor. For certain tours we will also have oxygen with us.
During the tour we stay in nice, clean local accommodations in the 3 star area or in Deluxe camps with big tents with beds, attached bathroom and electricity
Meals are adapted to the local cuisine and mostly vegetarian.