Embark on an incredible 13-day journey through the enchanting landscapes of Ladakh with our Motorcycle Expedition Tour. Your adventure begins as you touch down at Delhi International Airport and are warmly welcomed by our representative, who escorts you to your hotel for a comfortable stay.
The next morning, an early flight transports you to the mesmerizing Leh, where you’ll acclimatize to the altitude before setting off on your thrilling motorbike adventure. Traverse the legendary Royal Enfield through ancient villages and monasteries, each narrating tales of the region’s rich history. Visit the Likir Monastery, Alchi Gompa, and the captivating Dha Hanu village, where traditions blend with the awe-inspiring landscape.
As you ride to Kargil, the pristine Batalik sector beckons, and your journey continues through the iconic Khardung-La Pass, known as the world’s highest motorable road. Experience the wonders of Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Tsokhar Lake, and Tsomoriri Lake, each offering its unique charm and natural beauty. Your expedition concludes in Leh, where leisure days await for relaxation or local exploration.
This extraordinary adventure concludes with heartfelt farewells and a return flight to Delhi, leaving you with cherished memories of an unforgettable Ladakh experience.
Delhi: The starting point of your journey, Delhi’s vibrant blend of historical sites, bustling markets, and cultural diversity sets the stage for your adventure. Explore its iconic landmarks and experience the contrast between the old and the new.
Leh: Nestled in the Himalayas, Leh welcomes you with stunning landscapes and Tibetan-Buddhist culture. Acclimatize to the high altitude and immerse yourself in the local way of life. Wander through the Leh market, where traditional handicrafts and vibrant fabrics beckon.
Likir Monastery: Dating back to the 11th century, the Likir Monastery stands as one of Ladakh’s oldest and well-preserved monastic complexes. The monastery is known for its 75-foot statue of Buddha and ancient wall paintings that depict rich Buddhist heritage.
Alchi Gompa: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alchi Gompa boasts intricate wall paintings that offer a glimpse into the region’s spiritual history. The monastery’s captivating artwork is complemented by the serene surroundings, creating a deeply spiritual ambiance.
Dha Hanu Village: Offering an authentic glimpse into Ladakhi culture, Dha Hanu is known for its distinctive inhabitants, the Drokpas. These indigenous people are recognized by their unique attire and customs, making this village a cultural treasure trove.
Kargil: A town with historical significance, Kargil invites you to explore the rugged landscapes of the Batalik sector and immerse yourself in the tales of valor from the Kargil War memorial.
Lamayuru Monastery: The oldest monastery in Ladakh, Lamayuru is perched on a hill and showcases stunning architecture and vibrant frescoes. The monastery’s remote location adds to its mystique and spiritual ambiance.
Nubra Valley: Known as the “Valley of Flowers,” Nubra enchants with its lush landscapes, picturesque villages, and the thrilling ride over Khardung-La Pass, one of the world’s highest motorable roads.
Pangong Lake: A jewel of the Himalayas, Pangong Lake’s ever-changing hues and shimmering waters are a photographer’s dream. The surrounding mountains and serene atmosphere create a serene and reflective ambiance.
Tsokhar Lake: Set amidst the Rupshu Plateau, Tsokhar Lake offers a unique contrast with its saltwater and the arid landscapes. This pristine lake is home to diverse wildlife and is a sight to behold against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains.
Tsomoriri Lake: At the high altitude of Ladakh, Tsomoriri Lake is a serene oasis that showcases the beauty of the Karzok village and offers a tranquil experience by the waterside.
Detailed Tour Plan
Day 01: Arrive Delhi International airport
Day 02: Delhi to Leh by Flight
Early morning departure transfer to airport to catch the flight to Leh, On arrival, meet greet with our local representative and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for acclimatization.
Day 03: Leh to Likir to Alchi (approx 70 kms/02-3 hrs ride)
After breakfast interaction with cruise staff, later we start our motorbike adventure on Royal Enfield towards Likir.
The Likir Monastery or gompa is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh district in India’s northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir. The monastery is located in Likir village is believed to have been in existence since 11th century. The original name of Likir monastery is Klu-kkhyil gompa. Besides being the oldest, the monastery is also known for the 75 feet statue of Buddha. About 62 m from Leh, Likir village located in Indus Valley is believed to be among the oldest villages of India. Likir means the Naga encircled. The monastery got its name as it is believed two serpent spirits –Nanda and Taksako – guard it. The gompa belongs to Gelugpa sect of Buddhism which is also referred as Yellow Hat sect. It was founded by Tsongkhapa in 15th century.
Later continue ride to Alchi with following the Indus river, on arrival, installation at hotel. After freshen-up visit the world heritage the Alchi monastery: The monastery has lots of small Buddha statue in different form but the main attraction is the 1000-year-old wall paintings, Unesco heritage. In the evening free time to walk around the village. Overnight at hotel
Day 04: Alchi to Dha Hanu (approx 110 kms/02-03 hrs ride)
Morning after breakfast ride to the world famous village Dha Hanu, this is a rural village up the vertical rock walls of the Indus Gorge.
Walnut and apricot trees grow around huge granite boulders throughout the village. The mild climate also favors wine-grape cultivation and cherries. The harvest festival in July is a big happening with the villagers dressing up even smarter than usual, and of course lots of chang (local beer).
Day 05: Dha Hanu to Kargil (approx 50 kms/01 hrs ride)
Day 06: Kargil to Lamayuru to Leh (approx 250 kms/04-5 hrs ride)
Proceed to Leh (10000 ft asl – 234 kms – 10 hrs). Enroute visit Mulbek (known for its huge Buddha Statue) and Lamayuru monastery (10500 ft asl – The oldest monastery in Ladakh). Enroute pass the confluence of Indus – Zanskar Rivers and the effects of Magnetic Hill (Defiance of the law of gravity).
Visit Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, in the late afternoon reach Leh.
Day 07: Leh/ Khardungla/ Nubra
Early departure to Nubra Valley (10000+ ft asl – popularly known as the valley of flowers.) (125 kms – 5 hrs) enroute visit Khardung-la-pass (the highest Motorable road in the world – 17582 ft asl).
Day 08: Nubra/ Wari La/ Pangong Lake (Approx 140 kms/ 06 – 07 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast ride to Pangong lake via Wari La pass , a high altitude pass in Ladakh region, situated at an altitude of 17,400 feet. It is one of those lesser known passes that are nowadays getting a lot of attention. On arrival at Pangong, installation at camp.
Day 09:Pangong/ Tsokhar Lake (4485m) (Approx 220 kms/ 08 – 09 Hrs)
Morning proceed to Tsokhar lake, a salt lake system in the Rupsho plateau which is home of the Changa nomads and support many rare wild life species.
Day 10: Tsokhar/ Tsomoriri Lake (4500m) (Approx 75 kms/03 to 04 hrs)
Morning ride to Tsomoriri, It will be a nice wilderness drive up to Tsomoriri Lake. Arrive reaching Tsomoriri by late noon, check-in at the camp.
In the evening relax and enjoy an overnight at the tented Camp in the Karzok village by lake side. Karzok is the only village and one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh.
Day 11: Tsomoriri/ Leh (Approx 225 kms/06 – 07 Hrs)
We will leave early in the morning today to drive along Indus River into the Rupshu Valley.
Day 12: In Leh – Day at leisure
Day at leisure for relaxing in the hotel or walk around in the Leh town.
We host a farewell to our companions The Royal Enfields, carrying fond memories & promise to meet again.
Day 13: Depart Leh by flight to Delhi, transfer to Leh airport
Morning in time departure transfer to airport to catch the flight back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel with private vehicle, later in the evening departure transfer to international airport to catch the flight onwards destination.
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
Q: What is the starting point of the tour?
A: The tour starts in Delhi, India, where you will be greeted by our representative upon your arrival at the international airport.
Q: What is the highest point reached during the tour?
A: The tour reaches the Khardung-La Pass, which is renowned as one of the world’s highest motorable mountain passes, offering breathtaking panoramic views.
Q: What are the main attractions of the Nubra Valley?
A: Nubra Valley is known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant villages, and thrilling ride over Khardung-La Pass. You’ll also visit Diskit Monastery and enjoy a Bactrian Camel ride in the cold desert.
Q: How is the accommodation arranged during the tour?
A: Accommodation is provided in a mix of hotels and camps, offering a blend of comfort and adventure. You’ll stay in Leh, at monasteries, lakeside camps, and charming villages along the route.
Q: Are there any UNESCO World Heritage Sites included in the itinerary?
A: Yes, the tour includes a visit to the Alchi Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its ancient wall paintings and spiritual significance.
Q: How is acclimatization managed in high-altitude regions?
A: The tour takes into consideration the high altitude of Ladakh, starting with leisure days in Leh to acclimate. The gradual route and leisurely pace also help participants adapt to the altitude.
Q: What kind of motorbikes are provided for the tour?
A: The tour provides Royal Enfield motorbikes, which are renowned for their ruggedness and reliability, making them ideal for the diverse terrain of Ladakh.
Q: What are the unique cultural experiences offered in the tour?
A: The tour offers opportunities to interact with local communities, such as the Drokpa people in Dha Hanu village, and explore monasteries that reflect Ladakh’s rich spiritual heritage.
Q: Is the tour suitable for first-time riders?
A: The tour is designed for experienced riders due to the challenging terrain and high altitudes. Prior motorbiking experience is recommended to fully enjoy the journey.
Q: What are the highlights of Pangong Lake?
A: Pangong Lake is a stunning Himalayan lake known for its ever-changing colors and serene surroundings. You’ll also experience the thrill of riding through the scenic Wari La Pass to reach the lake.
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