Riding distance : 2270 KMS / 1410 MILES / Maximum Altitude : 5603 M / 18380 FT
MANALI – NIRATH SUN TEMPLE – SARAHAN – BHIMAKALI TMPLE – SANGLA VALLEY – CHITKUL VILLAGE – BASPA RIVER – KALPA – NAKO LAKE – TABO – DHANKHAR – KAZA – KI MONATERY – KIBBER THE HIGHEST VILLAGE IN THE WORLD WHICH IS CONNECTED BY MOTORABLE ROAD AND IS THE HIGHEST HABITATED VILLAGE IN THE WORLD (4205 M / 13793 FT – CHANDRATAL LAKE – KUNZUM LA – Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Panamik – Hunder – Diskit – Double Hump Camel – Shyok River – Wari La – Chang La – Pangong Tso – Chumathang Hot Spring – Tsomoriri – Korzok Village – Polokonko La – Tsokar
We welcome you with us to ride on the Highway to Paradise. It’s a test which every biker would like to pass. It is indeed a pilgrimage for bikers. This is the business of taming the mountains of harsh cold desert, dealing with low oxygen levels, and incline lift through extremely bad narrow roads with several hell freezing water crossings. Yet it is motor able, we must negotiate one snow- bound high altitude mountain pass then another and then the other. It is called the land of passes. Nothing can be more thrilling for a biker than conquering the highest motor able passes in the world.
Arrive in DELHI
We will meet you at Delhi Airport and transfer you to your Hotel. Because fellow group members may be arriving on different flights, we will wait to meet the fellow group members on the next day at the breakfast table and the staff at the dinner table.
DELHI – MANALI. (2050 M / 6765 FT)
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.
AT MANALI. (2050 M / 6765 FT)
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 near by 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.
The ride from Manali to Gushaini is straight out of a picture book. The apple blossoms, the giant snowy peaks, with a sense of peace about them, sometimes lost in the clouds, so much like Shiva in repose… and of course the Beas River. That chortling, bubbling, terribly mischievous friend of the riders – the best companion ever on the Kullu-Manali stretch – meandering around a boulder, sensuously curving with a hairpin bend on the road, now temptingly close, and then mysteriously aloof and far away. We continue further to But tunnel and than divert our way inside the Seraj valley to wards Gushaini, a small village on the banks of Tirthan River.
After breakfast it’s time to kickoff your motorcycle journey into Kinnaur, Spiti & Lahoul. You’ll be leaving Seraj Valley and riding up to Jalori Pass (3120 M) and further riding up to the Hindustan-Tibet Highway (NH-22) towards Rampur. We will visit the famous ancient sun temple at Nirath a small town on the highway. We leave the NH-22 at Jeori, from where an 18 Km road winds up the mountain to Sarahan, home to the legendary Bhimakali temple, dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of former Bushahr State.
Today’s ride is comparatively short but challenging nonetheless. Back-tracking till Jeori, you’ll take the NH-22 again towards Kinnaur. Riding along the fierce Sutlej river flowing angrily in the gorges below you’ll reach Karchham. At this turning point, a road continues towards Spiti and another turns towards the Baspa Valley and on to the beautiful village of Sangla. This is another 18 km stretch of narrow winding road with hair-raising gorges & cliffs high above the Baspariver gushing below.
After enjoying a quite morning in the lap of Sangla valley you’ll saddle-up once again, first for a short ride to Chitkul, another quaint village in the Baspa Valley. Chitkul is the last village on this road towards border with Tibet (China) and offers great views of snow clad peaks of the Kinnaur region. After spending a little time here you’ll return to Sangla for lunch and shortly afterwards leave for our next destination, Kalpa. Again backtracking to the NH-22 at Karchham you’ll continue on the road towards RecongPeo, nestled 7 km above which is the village of Kalpa.
KALPA – NAKO LAKE (3662 M / 12085 FT) (115 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS).
As you ride further up the Hindustan-Tibet highway, the mountain landscape starts to change from green to rocky & barren. Still riding along the Sutlej you’ll reach Spello where your permits will be checked at a Police check-post. Another 35 km ride will bring you to Khab, a small village at the confluence of the Spiti& Sutlej rivers. Leaving Sutlej, from this point on you’ll be riding along the Spiti river to reach Nako, a village situated near the small but beautiful Nakolake (3660 M). This is first of the many high altitude lakes visited by you on this tour. The location of this village is remote & infrastructure is basic.
Today’s ride will take you further up into higher mountains (& across the infamous “MalingNala”, your first major water crossing) and down to Chango where you’ll enter Spiti Valley. We will visit the TaboMonastery. After having lunch at a restaurant nearby we will further ride to Dhankhar, the ancient palace of Spiti on the top of the cliff after visiting the Palace we ride further to Kaza.
KAZA – KI – KIBBER – KAZA. (50 KMS ROUND TRIP)
Today we ride to visit Ki Monastery &Kibber village situated at a height of 4205 M / 13890 FT the highest situated village which is connected by motor able road and have its own polling stations at the time of election.
KAZA – KUNZUM LA (4550 M / 15020 FT) – CHANDRATAL. (4270 M / 14090 FT) (100 KMS / 3 – 4 Hrs)
Continuing up the Spiti Valley & further into higher Himalayas, today you’ll arrive at the High Altitude Lake on your tour. After crossing the high pass (Kunzum La, 4550 M) and a couple of streams (glacier melts) you’ll reach the beautiful & desolate lake of Chandra Taal (4270 M). A “chilling” yet “intriguing” experience, nevertheless.
We will ride towards 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.
JISPA – BARALACHA LA (4892 M / 16150 FT) – SERCHU. (4290 M / 14150 FT) (90 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
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 Ladakhvia 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 descendafter the pass to our camp at Sarchu.
SERCHU – NAKEE LA (4750 M / 15675 FT) – LACHUNG LA (5065 M / 16715 FT) – TANGLANG LA (5330 M / 17582 FT) – LEH.(3600 M / 11880 FT) (260 KMS / 7 – 8 HRS)
Like a scene out of ‘Fantasia’ 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.
LEH – KHARDUNG LA (5570 M / 18380 FT) – NUBRA VALLEY. (3030 M / 10000 FT) (130 KMS / 5 – 6 HRS)
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!
NUBRA VALLEY – WARI LA (5240 M / 17300 FT) – SAKTI (3650 M / 12000 FT)(120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
Post breakfast today we will ride steep up to the road leading to Wari La and further descend into Sakti Valley.
SAKTI – CHANG LA (5360 M / 17690 FT) – PANGONG TSO (4250 M / 14025 FT) – SAKTI (200 KMS / 7 – 8 HRS ROUND TRIP)
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.
SAKTI – CHUMATHANG – NAMSHANG LA (4800 M / 15840 FT) – TSOMORIRI (4595 M / 15160 FT) (200 KMS / 6 – 7 HRS)
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.
TSOMORIRI – POLOKONKO LA (4900 M / 16170 FT) – TSOKAR (4530 M / 14950 FT) (80 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
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.
TSOKAR – TANGLANG LA (5330 M / 17582 FT) – LEH (3600 M / 11880FT) (160 KMS / 6 – 7 HRS)
Post breakfast an early start up bring us to the Tibetan Plateau and what is called the More Plains, 44 km of wide valley filled with nomads, yaks and Skyang – wild Tibetan ass, flat as a table, with massive glacial peaks either side. Today is our last day of riding in the mighty Himalayas. We will ride up to the world’s second-highest road pass, the Tanglang La. The leisurely ascent is a spectacular motorcycle ride through a rugged gorge, descending nearly 2,000 meters to the Indus River.
AT LEH.(3600 M / 11880FT).
Day at Leisure to explore the local market.
LEH – DELHI.
Early morning transfer to the Airport to board the flight to Delhi.
Transfer to the Airport to board the flight back home.
What we provide as part of your package.
500cc Royal Enfield Electric Start
Spare parts for the bikes
Support Vehicle for luggage.
Toyota Innova / Mahindra Xylo / Scorpio / Small Bus.
English Speaking Road captain / Tour guide
Fuel & Oil
First Aid Equipment
Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Hotels 3*-4* / Heritage
Inner Line Permit
Oxygen in the unlikely event of serious altitude sickness
What we do not provide as part of your package.
Any part broken while riding will be payable extra.
Expense of personal nature viz laundry, telephone calls, tips, mineral water, beverages etc.
Expense arises due to unforeseen circumstances like roadblock, landslide, flight cancellation etc.