Trans Himalaya Motor Bike TourDuraton : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Today morning arrive in Manali by overnight bus from Delhi / Chandigarh or by air at Bhunter airport. After checking-in to the hotel, the road captain will brief you on the route and day-wise plan. You also meet your co-riders. This day is basically reserved for you to rest and to acclimatize to the high altitude ahead. Overnight stay at the hotel in Manali.
From Manali onwards, we would be riding at much higher altitudes and on mountainous terrain with all kinds of road surfaces. We practice riding on various such roads around Manali to get used to the riding up ahead. Staying at Manali for a day also helps acclimatize to the lower oxygen levels in the air. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Today after early moring breakfast ride on the world's highest road - the Manali-Leh highway. As soon as you leave Manali, the climb for the 13,051 feet high Rohtang Pass starts. After Rohtang, the road descends into the Chandra valley, passing through Khoksar and on to Tandi. At Tandi you can witness the confluance of Chandra and Baga River. Follow Baga River on the right side valley to reach Keylong. Overnight stay at the hotel in Keylong or Jispa.
One of the most exciting sections on the Manali-Leh highways, the day's ride has us riding along the verdant green valleys of Lahaul next to the Bagha river. The stream crossings and the climb to the second high altitude pass - Baralach La - at 16,500 feet are the highlights of the day's ride. The lush green landscape gives way to the stark moonscape that Ladakh is famous for. The night stay is at Sarchu, in Swiss tents with attached toilets.
Undoubtedly the best stretch on the Manali-Leh highway, this section of the Manali-Leh highway will feel as if you're on a roller coaster ride climbing up and down from one Himalayan pass to another. We ride up and down three high altitude passes, Lachlung La (16,616 feet), Nakee La (15,547 feet) and Taglang la, the second highest motorable pass in the world. We end the day's ride in the ancient city of Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh
We take a breather from the ride and rest today. After a half day's rest you are free to explore various parts of Leh, such as the local market, monasteries and the Shanti Stupa. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh
Today, we take the road to the highest motor able pass in the world Khardung La (18,380 ft). After celebrating at Khardung La pass, we descend into the Nubra valley - a unique landscape of desert, rivers, snow capped mountains and farms. Hunder village in Nubra valley lies amidst big sand dunes and small streams. Overnight stay at the hotel in Diskit or at the samp in Hunder.
Today we retrace our ride and cross the mighty Khardung La pass again to reach Leh. the second half of the day is for local sightseeing and, if you like, for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
The breathtaking 30,000 sq km Changthang Plateau is where we ride to on this day. Changthang’s great plains have some of the most majestic grasslands and meadows in the world. But to reach Changthang, we have a long and steep ride through the third highest motorable pass in the world - Chang La (17,586 ft). But the real treat is the 125 km long Pangong Tso lake where one witness the colours change of this lake. Overnight at the camp in Spangmik Village.
Today after early morning breakfast ride is one of the longest in the tour - 150 miles (240 kms), we have a long and steep ride back over third highest motorable pass in the world - Chang La and decend down until reaching Kharu. After Kharu the ride is along the majestic Indus river and the rough part is through the 17,000 ft high Namshang La pass and along the pristine Thaksang Karu lake. The road from here to the Tsomo Ri Ri lake is rough and stone track will eventually make you realize how beautiful mother nature is. Overnight at the camp in Korzok Village.
In the morning, you visit one of the Changpa nomadic campsites to get a firsthand experience on how these amazing human beings have been living in perfect harmony with nature for centuries. After spending time at the nomadic campsite, you retrace your ride back a little bit and cross Pologongka La pass at 16,000 ft to reach the Tsokar Lake basin. Overnight stay at camp in Tsokar Village.
From the Tso Kar basin, you touch the Manali-Leh highway on a 26 mile (42 km) long table land, called More plains. Soon after that, you ride up and down two high altitude passes, Lachlung La (16,616 ft) and Nakee La (15,547 ft) and a section of 21 bends called Gata loops. Since Sarchu is snowbound for most of the year, there are no permanent structures here so you stay in Swiss Tents with attached toilets.
We bid goodbye to the barren landscape of Ladakh and welcome the green fields and forest patches on the ride today. Also, after riding for 10 odd days in the Himalayas, you will be much more relaxed and will notice many more things - especially the valleys, the villages, and how the landscape transforms as we get closer to Manali. Overnight stay at the hotel in Manali.
Instead of waking up early, today you can sleep late as after lunch. The bus journey to Delhi will take around 14 to 15 hours.