12N/13D Manali to Leh Motorcycle Tour


Tour Overview

Embark on an exhilarating 13-day motorbike expedition through the rugged terrains and breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas. Starting with your arrival in Delhi, the journey takes you through the enchanting hill stations and high mountain passes of northern India. From the bustling city of Delhi, you’ll travel to Chandigarh and then continue to the picturesque town of Manali.

Riding on powerful Royal Enfield motorbikes, you’ll conquer challenging terrains as you journey towards Jispa, crossing the Rohtang Pass and Lahaul Valley, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Greater Himalayas. The adventure continues to Tso-Khar and Leh, where you’ll cross the Tanglang-La Pass and explore monasteries that sit atop hills. Witness the unique landscapes around Lamayuru and Alchi before ascending to Kardung-La, the world’s highest motorable pass.

The journey takes you to the stunning Pangong Lake before concluding the motorbike safari in Manali. An extraordinary experience awaits as you ride through diverse terrains, soak in breathtaking vistas, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Himalayan region. Your expedition culminates with cherished memories as you bid farewell to your Royal Enfields and return to Delhi.

Destinations Covered

Delhi: The vibrant capital of India, Delhi serves as your starting point. Explore its contrasting old and new parts, from historic landmarks like Raj Ghat to modern attractions like India Gate, while experiencing the city’s lively culture.

Chandigarh: A planned city known for its modern architecture and urban design, Chandigarh is a gateway to your adventure. It offers a glimpse of contemporary India with its well-organized layout and green spaces.

Manali: Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Manali is a popular hill station offering stunning views, adventure activities, and a charming atmosphere. It serves as the perfect base to prepare for your motorbike journey.

Rohtang Pass: A challenging mountain pass at an altitude of 3,978 meters, Rohtang Pass is an exhilarating ride with breathtaking vistas. The rugged landscapes and winding roads provide a thrilling experience for bikers.

Jispa: A serene village along the Bhaga River, Jispa offers a peaceful respite amidst the Himalayan ranges. It’s a gateway to high-altitude adventures and an opportunity to experience local culture.

Tso-Khar: This remote region presents a unique blend of landscapes. The stark yet mesmerizing scenery includes flatlands and sand dunes, making it a distinctive stop on your journey.

Leh: The capital of Ladakh, Leh is renowned for its Buddhist monasteries, colorful markets, and stunning landscapes. Visit monastic complexes like Thiksey and Shey, and take in the tranquility of the region.

Lamayuru and Alchi: Explore the enchanting Lamayuru Monastery and the ancient Alchi Gompa with its captivating wall paintings. These monastic sites provide insights into the spiritual and artistic heritage of the region.

Khardung-La: Conquer the challenge of riding to Khardung-La, the world’s highest motorable pass at 5,600 meters. The rugged terrain and panoramic views create an unforgettable experience.

Pangong Lake: A pristine lake spanning India and China, Pangong Lake offers a surreal landscape of shimmering blue waters surrounded by arid mountains. The journey here takes you across the Chang La Pass.

Sarchu: A high-altitude desert, Sarchu offers a unique landscape and a peaceful atmosphere. Its remoteness and tranquility add to the adventure of the journey.

Baralacha Pass: A mountain pass that connects Lahaul and Ladakh, Baralacha Pass offers awe-inspiring vistas and a sense of achievement as you traverse this challenging terrain.

Detailed Tour Plan

Day  01: Arrival Delhi

Delhi International AirportMeet and greet by our representative on arrival in India at international airport and transfer to hotel for installation.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi = Chandigarh – Manali by surface (alt 2000 m.) (approx 310 kms/09 hrs journey)

Morning departure transfer with packed breakfast to catch the train to Chandigarh, on arrive at Chandigarh station then proceed Manali by private car. In the evening check in the hotel in Manali.

manali marketOvernight stay at hotel

Day 03: Manali – Jispa (alt 3400 m.) ( approx 129 kms/05 hrs)

After breakfast interaction with cruise staff, later we start our motorbike adventure on Royal Enfield to Jispa climbing over Rohtang Pass (3978 meters).

JispaThis would really turn out to be a challenge as the roads you will bike through are really bad and the weather conditions are also uncertain. Further pass through the Lahaul Valley where there are mountains capped with snow all around. Enjoy mountain dinner of steamed momos and thukpa.

Thukpa is a very famous traditional Himalayan soup which is made by mixing meat and vegetables.

thukpa dish

On arrival at Jispa, Installation at hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Jispa – Tso-Khar (alt 4600 m.) (approx 180 kms/06 – 07 hrs)

Today, you will be leaving for the next destination, Tso-khar.

Baralacha Pass

When you leave from Jispa, you will enter the Greater Himalayan landscape. While you are on this route, you will see that the mountains are bigger on this part of the highway. Enjoy the view and later cross the Baralachha Pass (4850 meters). From there, head towards Sarchu which forms the border line between Kashmir and Himachal. From there continue ride to Tso-khar climbing over Naki La (4877 m) and Lachalung-The first giant above 5000 m (5065 m).

Lachalung La

Later lunch at Pang after lunch continue ride to Tso-khar en route you will ride the bike through flatlands and get into the mountain-range-horizon. Tso-khar is a place where you will witness a mix of different natural formations which are seen through the roads and sand. Overnight at camp

Day 05: Tso Khar – Leh (altitude 3524 m.) – (Aprrox 150 km/04-05 Hrs)

The 5th day comes with a lot of challenges with more plain and get into the mountain-range-horizon. Cross the Tanglang-La Pass which is the second-highest motorable mountain pass in the world at the height of 5300 meters.

Tanglang-La PassAfter crossing this pass, you will have to bike through well-maintained roads all the way to Leh. En-route you will get to see the monasteries of Thiksey and Shey which are set on the top of a hill. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Evening free to explore the Market of Leh. Overnight at hotel

Day 06: Leh – Lamayuru – Alchi (alt 3100 m.) – (Approx 174 kms/05-06 Hrs)

After breakfast we ride to explore some very unique landscapes of Himalayan region. A scenic ride through some fine rocky faces to visit the Lamayuru Monastery and Moonland en-route visit Nimmu; there we will witness the confluence of the Green Indus river and the brown Zanskar river.


Afterwards ride back towards Alchi on arrival installation at hotel, Later visit the Alchi Gompa on the banks of the Indus. 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.

Alchi VillageOvernight at hotel

Day 07: Alchi – Kardunng-La – Leh (3524 m alt.) – (Approx 140 kms/06-07 Hrs)

After breakfast ride to Khardung la pass (5600 m), which is the highest motorable pass in the world 5600 m and has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Khardungla-PassLater ride back to Leh. Rest of the day free to explore Leh town. overnight at hotel

Day 08: Leh – Panggong-Tso Lake (alt 4298) – (Approx 147 kms/05-06 Hrs)

Early in the morning ride to the Pangong Lake which is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. The Pangong Lake situated at the Chinese-Indian border. The road takes us through picturesque villages. The Pangong lake is situated at an altitude of 4267 meters. From there, we get a view of the highest mountain peaks.

pangong lake ladakhVisit to the villages along the lake. After this visit, you will cross the Chang La (5500 meters). Have a comfortable stay at night in the resort

Day 09: Panggong-Tso Lake – Leh (3524 m alt.)

Have your breakfast and get ready to head towards Leh en route you can visit Thiksey monastery.

thiksey-monastery-ladakhOn arrival in Leh check in at hotel. In the afternoon time at leisure to stroll down in the Leh town.  Overnight in the hotel.

Day 10 : Leh – Sarchu (alt 4200 m.) – (Approx 258 kms/08-09 Hrs)

On your bikes from Leh to Sarchu crossing over Tanglang La pass (5300 m), later more plane (45kms straight ride through the breathtaking valley). After lunch at Pang continue ride to Sarchu. On arrival in Sarchu by evening. overnight at Camp

Day 11: Sarchu – Manali (2000 m alt.) – (Approx 228 kms/08-09 Hrs)

On your bikes from Sarchu riding upto Baralacha Pass which is an entry into Lahaul valley. We continue our descend crossing Zingzingbar, Darcha, Jispa and riding across Lahaul valley to Khoksar where after much needed tea break we start another ascend of our last challenge, The Rohtang Pass.

lahaul valley

We cross the pass to enter the lush green Kullu valley ending our Motorbike Safari in Manali.

Kullu Valley himachal PradeshWe bid farewell to our companions The Royal Enfields, carrying fond memories & promise to meet again. overnight at hotel

Day 12: Manali – Chandigarh = Delhi by Train (altitude 250 m.)

After breakfast drive back with private vehicle to Chandigarh railway station to catch the train to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi railway station, where our representative will meet and take to you the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Drop at Delhi International airport

After breakfast departure transfer to airport to catch the flight onwards destination.

End of Tour

FAQs about the Tour

Q: What is the total duration of the motorbike expedition tour?

A: The motorbike expedition tour spans over a period of 13 days, taking you through diverse landscapes and breathtaking routes.

Q: What type of motorcycles will be provided for the tour?

A: Royal Enfield motorcycles will be provided for the tour, ensuring a comfortable and authentic riding experience in the Himalayan region.

Q: How challenging are the riding routes during the tour?

A: The riding routes vary in difficulty, from well-maintained roads to challenging mountain passes. Riders should have intermediate to advanced riding skills and be prepared for changing road conditions.

Q: Are there opportunities to explore local culture and monasteries during the tour?

A: Yes, the tour includes visits to monasteries like Thiksey, Shey, Lamayuru, and Alchi, providing insights into local Buddhist culture and architecture.

Q: What are the highlights of the tour’s destinations?

A: Highlights include traversing high-altitude passes like Khardung-La and exploring serene destinations like Pangong Lake, each offering unique landscapes and experiences.

Q: Is the tour suitable for novice bikers or those new to high-altitude riding?

A: The tour is best suited for experienced riders familiar with challenging terrains and high-altitude conditions due to the varying degrees of difficulty in the routes.

Q: What types of accommodations are provided during the tour?

A: Accommodations range from comfortable hotels to camps in scenic locations, ensuring a mix of comfort and adventure throughout the journey.

Q: Is the tour inclusive of meals and refreshments?

A: Most meals are included in the tour, allowing you to savor local cuisine along the way. Refreshments and meals during stops are also arranged.

Q: Can non-riders also join the tour?

A: Non-riders can join as passengers on the support vehicle accompanying the riders, allowing them to enjoy the journey without riding.

Q: What is the best time to undertake this motorbike expedition?

A: The best time for this tour is during the summer months, between June and September, when the roads are open, and weather conditions are favorable for riding in the region.

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