Travel number: 114
Trans-Himalaya Motorcycle Tour
17 days Motorcycle Tours
Number of participants: from 2 participants
Requirements: 8 von 10
Very good riding skills on a motorcycle are a prerequisite. Partly it goes over rubble, through streams and soft sand.
In addition, we are on the road at altitudes up to 5000 meters.
The Ultimate Himalaya tour on the Royal Enfield: This 17-day tour combines two of our most popular motorcycle tours: First it goes, through the Buddhist high mountain valleys Kinnaur and Spiti. Here we experience above all a lot of culture in the form of traditional mountain villages and the visit of Buddhist monasteries. Later, the settlement becomes increasingly sparse until we reach the famous Manali Leh Highway – one of the highest pass roads in the world. There is nothing here but a grandiose and rugged mountain world with changing landscapes again and again. Of course, the classic highlights are also on the program: We drive to the mountain lakes Chandratal, Tsomoriri and Pengong, cross the Nubra valley and drive over the high passes Chang La and Kardung la, both over 5300 m high!
Day 1 Arrival Delhi Flight Shimla
After the international flight we continue with an one-hour flight to the so-called “mountain station” Shimla. (Shimla, the capital of the mountain state of Himachal Pradesh and a former summer residence of the British, is idyllically located at 1800 meters amidst forests and apple orchards. Upon our arrival at our hotel we will receive our motorcycles and explore the city with the famous pedestrian street and the Jacku Temple. The day concludes with a dinner with the whole team. (Overnight stay at the hotel) -/-/D
Day 2 Shimla-Sarahan 161 km
The first day of our motorcycle tour takes us through fruit and vegetable fields, always along a mountain ridge until after 60 km we reach the popular winter sports resort Narkanda at an altitude of 2700 meters. From here it goes down into the Sutlaj valley at 100 meters altitude, here it will be really warm. The next route follows the river upstream to Jeori, where we leave our main route and take a steep road for 17 km high into the tranquil village of Sarahan. Sarahan is dominated by the Shrikhand Mahadev summit (5777 m). It was the ancient capital of Rampur Bushehr, one of the largest empires in the mountains of Shimla. We can visit the Bhimkali Temple with its 6 silver gates. It consists of a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist elements and is world famous. In addition, Sarahan offers magnificent views and a pleasant climate (overnight stay in the inn) B/L/-
Day 3 Sarahan-Chitkul 106 km
Today we drive to one of the most beautiful Himalayan valleys- The Sangla Valley. Sangla means “pass of light” in Tibetan and we are actually very close to the Tibetan border. The Baspa River flows through the valley. Up to the valley entrance we have a relatively cozy ride in front of us. First it goes downhill from Sarahan back to the main road, from there on one of the most impressive sections partly slightly uphill, partly slightly downhill. Here the road was carved out of the rock far above the Satluj River! Today we have time to explore the beautiful Sangla Valley till the last village of the valley: Chitkul at 3450 m. (overnight in the inn) B/L/-
Day 4 Chitkul-Kalpa 41 km
First we return for almost 45 km from the Sangla valley, where we come back on our main route along the Satluj valley. For about 10 km we have a flattish stretch past hydroelectric power plant projects and small villages until we take the road up to Rekong Peo and Kalpa. A 17 km long ascent with about 900 meters of altitude awaits us. Rekong Peo is the capital of Kinnaur. Here we get our official permission to continue into the Spiti valley near the Chinese border.
It is a 10 km long ascent up to the beautiful idyllic Kalpa. Kalpa is a good place for buying scarves and the typical Kinnaur hats. (Overnight stay in the inn) B/L/-
Day 5 Kalpa-Nako 109 km
Then we leave the Sutlaj river and follow the river Spiti. Nako, located at an altitude of 3662 m in the Hingrang valley, is the largest village in the area. Here yaks, horses and donkeys graze peacefully next to each other. There will be a long 20 km ascent up to Nako. Here there is not only a lake, but also an old monastery and a traditional village that invites to be explored. (Overnight stay in the inn) B/L/-
Day 6 Nako-Tabo-Dankhar-Kaza 127 km
On the right side of the spiti river lies the ancient village of Tabo, flanked by high mountains on both sides. Here you will find one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries: more than a thousand years old, the Tabo Gompa has exquisite frescoes and stucco statues. We visit the monastery then we continue on our way. For a short distance we go on the “main road” in the direction of Kaza, then drive up on a branch to the village of Dhankar. Dhankar is the ancient capital of the Spiti king. The incredibly beautiful monastery is located between high rocks. From here it goes downhill and then flat on to the district capital Kaza.
In Kaza there is not much more than a bus station and a market where people from the surrounding villages do their shopping. We take the opportunity to stay in a beautiful and country-type hotel. (Overnight stay in the inn) B/L/-
Day 7 Visit of the villages and monasteries around Kaza 70 km
Today is quite flexible, but we recommend a tour to the high villages of Langza, Komik and Hikkim up to 4500 meters. In Langza is a Golden Buddha, in Hikkim the highest post office in the world and they are the highest villages connected to a road.
Afterwards you can take a trip to the Ki Monastery and the interesting village of Kibber. If you like, you can cross the highest bridge in Asia. It connects the villages of Kibber and Chicham via a deep gorge. (Overnight stay in the inn) B/L/-
Day 8 Kaza-Losar-Chandratal 84 km
Today we leave the Spiti valley and cross our first real pass: the 4550 meter high Kunzum Pass with a beautiful temple.
Today we can see 6000 meters high mountains with white glaciers. In addition, we will now increasingly be on jeep routes and unpaved roads. We stay in a luxury camp near the beautiful Chandratal Lake, which has the shape of a crescent moon . (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) B/L/D
Day 9 Chandratal-Jispa 135 km
We are now officially starting our tour to Leh. before we reach the Manali Leh Highway, however, we will have for about 60 km the probably worst developed road section: Loose debris, soft sand, a lot of streams. This section is not for beginners! Then we go down to Gramphu and on to the checkpoint in Koksar and we finally arrive on the well-developed part of the Manali-Leh Highway. On the drive along the Chandra River you will pass through small villages, potato and pea plantations and past 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 10 Jispa – Lake Tsokar (4267 m) 220 km
We will enjoy a good breakfast and to then 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 plain 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 11 Tsoker 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 12 Leh Sightseeing Day (Thiksey, Spituk and Hemis Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace )
Today we apply for the permits for the trips to Lake Pengong 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 13 Leh to Khardungla Pass (5640 m) and on to Nubra Valley (3048 m) 125 km
Today we ride up 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 cafe in the world. The view from here is breathtaking! Then we drive into the fascinating Nubra valley. In Deskit we visit the monastery. The route continues 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 14 Nubra Valley Tour, 160 km
Today we explore the Nubra Valley and drive all the way to the end of the valley to Turtuk. (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) B/L/D
Day 15 Nubra to Pengong (4300 m) over the Shyok River 180 km
This famous lake is more than 200 km long and an average of 5 km wide. Most of the lake is already in Tibet. So we can take 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 16 Lake Pangong back to Leh 223 km
In the afternoon we return to Leh and use the evening for a little shopping. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-
Day 17 Departure
Today is the day of departure. The flight to Delhi departs in the early morning.
- all accommodations as advertised
- Meals as advertised (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D= dinner)
- Flight Delhi-Shimla (sometimes flights to Shimla get cancelled, in that case, we will go by Mini Bus and/or train
- Flight Leh-Delhi
- Airport transfer
- Royal Enfield 500cc Motorcycle
- Gasoline for whole journey
- English-speaking local tour guide
- Experienced mechanic
- Accompanying vehicle with spare parts, gasoline, luggage, etc.
- Permits for Spiti, Pangong and Nubratal
- International flight
- Entrance fees
- Spare parts
- Drinks/unmentioned meals
Fixed date: 14 August-30 August 2020
Always as private Tour possible!
Price per person
for 2 participants
Driver 3699 €
Pillion 2899 €
for 4 participants
Driver 2999 €
Pillion 2549 €
for 6 participants
Driver 2699 €
Pillion 2399 €
Bout 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 towards the direction of Lahaul and Ladakh. The people in the high mountain desert are predominantly Buddhist and there are countless ancient monasteries that invite you to visit.
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 simple, clean local accommodations in the 2 to 3 star area
Meals are adapted to the local cuisine and mostly vegetarian.
Many accommodations will take place in luxury camps. These are camps with tents that have beds, an attached bathroom and electrification.