Manali Leh Motor Bike Tour
For those who are looking for experiences beyond a typical motorcycle tour, a motorcycle holiday by Summit Safari – India qualifies to be called not just a trip but a journey to remember forever, in the times to come.
Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Location: Central Himalayas & Greater Himalayas- Ladakh valley.
Best season: Mid June to September End.
Category:Cultural, Nature and High Adventure Tour.
Covering: Delhi > Manali > Central and Greater Himalayas > Leh Ladakh > Khardung La Pass- The World’s Highest Motorable Road.
Maximum Height:5,600 metres / 18,380 feet, World’s highest Motorable road – Khardung La pass in Ladakh valley.
You can take it:As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice).
Special about the tour:
The adventurous Royal Enfield Motor Bike Tour Takes you to explore the hidden Himalayas from Manali to Ladakh valley over the World’s five highest mountain passes, in the Indian Himalayas. Entire route is flanked by beautiful snow capped Himalayan mountains, beautiful traditional villages, Hindu temples, old Buddhist monasteries, small villages, pretty clear water lakes of the Central and Greater Himalayas, vast flat grass lands, barren mountain scapes of the cold desert with stunning sand and natural rock formations and the unexpected surprises along the Manali Leh Road includes the chance to spot and see the rare Himalayan wildlife. Nature presents striking contrasts here…..!
On this adventuress motor bike tours you cross some of the world’s highest Motorable roads and passes including the Khardung La pass ( 5,600 metres / 18,380 feet) in Leh. The distance of 475 kms from Manali (2,050 metres/6,726 feet) to Leh (3,524 metres/ 11, 562 feet) is the real excitement, adventure, fun and pleasure — in the journey itself — than in reaching the destination.
On the Manali – Leh Highway the road crosses 05 (five) of the highest mountain passes of the world including Rohtang pass (3, 980 metres/ 13, 058 feet), Baralacha Pass (4,830 metres/ 15, 847 feet), Naki La Pass (4,740 metres/ 15,551 feet), Lachungla Pass (5,019 metres/ 16, 467 feet) and Tanglang La Pass (5,360 metres/ 17,585 feet). The average elevation of Manali – Leh highway is more than 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) and on this road the Tanglang La pass at 5,360 metres (17,585 feet) is the world’s second highest Motorable road in the World.
Every day on your Motor Bike tour you will not just travel through the country by 500 Cc Royal Enfield Bike, but you will meet local people, have a cup of tea with them and share your thoughts with them, and listen to them. You will really experience life as it is lived in rural India, and see and hear about the traditions and culture of the people living in these remote villages from your guide. There is plenty of free time so you can take photographs while travelling and can experience each destination in your way.
For those who are looking for experiences beyond a typical motorcycle tour, a motorcycle holiday by Summit Safari – India qualifies to be called not just a trip but a journey to remember forever, in the times to come. We welcome you all to come and be a part of the experience & thrill of riding a motorbike and traveling around the beautiful regions of North India including the Himalayas. We endeavor to give our clients ‘an experience of a lifetime’…!
Delhi > Manali > Jispa> Sarchu > Tsokor> Leh > Khardung La Pass> Pangong Lake > Leh and fly back to Delhi.
Day 1: Arrival Delhi
You will be met from your flight to Delhi International Airport by Summit Safari’s representative / your tour guide, and he will accompany you to your hotel in New Delhi. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 2: Delhi to Manali (2,050 metres / 6,726 feet)
Today it is along but interesting day of journey from the plains of India from delhi to The Foot Hills of Himalayas to Manali. Early in the morning, you will be assisted to board the super fast Shatabdhi train from New Delhi (07:30 AM) to Chandigarh (11:10 AM). Breakfast will be served to you on this first class train. On arrival at Chandigarh railway station we will be met by our drivers and they will drive us to Manali (7-8 hrs) You will reach Manali in the evening and will transfer to your hotel.
Day 3: Local Manali
In the morning you have your relax time to sleep or to walk around before we start with our Royal Enfield Motor Bikes. In the afternoon, around 1:00 P.M we will have a briefing on the bikes, before you take a ride out to Naggar village and castle on your Royal Enfield Motor Bikes. Naggar was the ancient seat of the ruler of Kullu Valley. We will visit the Naggar castle and will have a cup of tea here, before we ride back to Manali. This tour of 3 hrs approximately will provide you a chance to know your motor bike properly and if you feel to do some adjustments in your bike the accompanying mechanic will do the final adjustments in the evening. Your evening is free to explore old Manali, Hindu temple of Hadimba Goddess, or to spend your free time in a local restaurant or in your hotel with a drink in your hand.
Day 4: Manali to Jispa 3,200 m or 10,500 feet (138 kms / 7 hrs)
Today early morning we start our ride on the beautiful Manali Leh Road to Jispa and will ride over the challenging Rohtang Pass (meaning ‘Pass of Corpses’)- the gateway to the high desert mountains of Great Himalayas. After crossing at 13,000 feet on Rohtang Pass we will enter the beautiful Lahaul Spiti province and will stop for the tea break / lunch break in the small local eating places at village Khoksar. Later on we continue our ride to Jispa through Tandi and Keylong. We will arrive Jispa by late afternoon, which itself is a very tiny the night at the tiny settlement with a couple of local houses, hotels and camps. Jispa sits at the foot of the mighty 16,000-ft Baralachala Pass at an altitude of some 10,500 feet – again providing valuable acclimatisation time before heading really high on the Manali Leh Road.
Day 5: Jispa to Sarchu 14,500 feet (85 kms / 4 hrs)
The day includes many hairpins, especially in the scaling of a sinuous ribbon of tarmac up to our second mountain pass, Baralacha La (4,830 metres/ 15, 847 feet). The view from the top is extraordinary. Today we enter from the brown mountains to golden sandy mountains. This road is, on the whole, well-surfaced. On the other side of Baralacha descend onto a huge, open plain with an azure river frothing at its centre, surrounded by huge mountains. Sarchu is situated on the border of Jammu-and-Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh states and is where we will stay in a fixed tented accommodation in a seasonal camp.
Day 6: Sarchu to Tso-Kar Lake 4,595 metres 15,075 feet (140 kms / 7 hrs)
Today we ride through 21 hair pin bends to Lachlung La Pass (5,019 metres / 16, 467 feet) and enroute we enjoy magnificent views of the Mountains and the valleys. We will also cross Naki La Pass (4,740 metres / 15,551 feet) before we ride down into the valley to Pang . Today there are chances to see the Snow ibex and the herds of wild Himalayan blue sheep in between Sarchu to Pang. Lunch will be taken at the small eating places with fresh food at village of Pang, before we ride through the vast More Plains The highest of the Tibetan Plateau at 4200 metres– to Tsokor lake. This region also has rare wild life like the Tibetan wild Ass, wolf, and the elusive Snow Leopard, the black-necked Crane and Tibetan Snow Cock After around an hour’s riding we will leave the Manali Leh road at the end of more plains and will take right turn into another valley After around an hour’s riding in this bleak yet spectacular setting, and head for Tso-Kar, a deep blue salt lake up at 13,780feet, set against the spectacular Himalayan setting , reached via remote roads. Here we will stay overnight in a fixed tented accomostaion in a seasonal camp.
Day 7: Tso – Kar Lake TO LEH 3524 metres (11,562 ft) (150 kms / 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast we will take a short ride to Tsokor lake and later we will head North- East to meet the Manali Leh road Again where we leave it yesterday. We Continue riding our motor bikes to Tanglang La pass (5280 Mts.) the second highest motorable pass in the world that commands breath taking views of the Zanskar range and the upper Indus valley. We stop on the way in the local eating places to sip a cup of tea and while following the Indus river and the spectular mountains views with green fields and purple mountains, sandy landscape we arrive in leh – the capital of Ladakh valley, by late afternoon. Overnight stay in Hotel in Leh.
Day 8: Local in Leh
Today we have an easy rest day or walking around Leh town also known as the Little Tibet due to the landscapes and the Buddhist Religion and monasteries. It is at nearly 12,000 feet above sea-level in the Upper Indus Valley and like all Ladakh its culture is principally Tibetan Buddhist. There are also Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities in Leh. Overlooking the town is the huge, nine-storey Leh Palace, long since abandoned, but still impressive and worth a visit. There are many more ancient temples and monasteries to visit and the old market is a fascinating experience. There are also modern influences in this busy tourist area, including a plethora of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Second Night in the same hotel in Leh.
Day 9: Leh to Khardung la Pass – The world’s Highest Motorable road and return back to Leh (80 kms both ways /5 hrs)
Today we leave Leh for our challenging ride over Khardung La Pass (5,600 metres / 18,380 feet ,’La’ meaning ‘pass’ in Ladakhi), reputed to be the world’s highest motorable road. In less than 30 miles (40 kms) the road will carry us around 8000ft high in altitude. On the other side of the mountain pass the road leads town to Nubra valley following the old silk route. The views across to the Kangri Mountains (25,000 feet) is one of India’s highest mountains and Zanskar beyond are consistently stunning. We will have time for pictures and to sip a cup of Tea in The world’s highest restaurant here. Later on we will ride back down to Leh through the same route.
Day 10: Leh to Pangong Lake 4,250 metres/ 13,940 ft (160 kms / 5-6 hrs)
Today after breakfast we will ride towards Pangong Lake .The ride over Chang La pass (17,500 feet) will take us in the most remote of regions of Ladakh valley to Pangong Lake. Pangong Lake is the largest lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 metres (14,300 ft). It is 134 km long and extends from India to China (Chinese occupied Tibet) 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. We will stay overnight stay at Spangmik village in the fixed tented accommodation in a seasonal camp. Spangmik, the farthest point to which foreigners are permitted, it affords spectacular views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish waters.
Day 11: Pangong Lake to Thiksey (145 kms / 5 hrs)
The ride up to and over Chang La (17,500ft) should take us in the region of six hours and is another utterly absorbing ride. Having crossed the high pass, we descend towards bright green arable villages, nestling in the valley below. The day ends at a hotel set just beneath Thiksey Monastery. In the evening you will be free to walk uphill to Thiksey monastery to watch the sunset.
Day 12: Thiksey to Leh (15 kms)
The morning is free to explore more of the monastery and surrounding village, or take a well-deserved lie-in. In the afternoon take a sort ride to Leh, where you will leave the Motor bikes. Rest of the time free to explore the local market of Leh . Overnight in a hotel in Leh.
Day 13: Fly from Leh to Delhi
After breakfast, in the morning we will assist you to Leh airport to board the flight back to New Delhi. After your arrival at New Delhi airport you will be met & assisted by Summit Safari’s representative, and he will accompany you to your hotel. Check in at your hotel and have time to fresh up your self, later on you will be taken for a half day tour of Delhi , and we will visit Bangla sahib Gurudwara ( a Sikh shrine), a walking tour of old Delhi market and the Gandhi Smriti, also known as the Birla house where –Mahatma Gandhi had lived the last 144 days of his life from 09 September 1947 to 30 January 1948 when he was assassinated in 78th year of life at Birla House Prayer Grounds by Nathuram Godse. Thus, the house treasures many memories of his life. If interested we will arrange for a bicycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi or a Tuk- Tuk ( Three wheeler ) ride in New Delhi for you. Return back to your hotel in evening.
Day 14: Fly back to your country
Today after breakfast at your hotel, you will be assisted and will be transfer to the international airport at New Delhi to board your return flight. in case you have a flight in the evening than you may wish to go to visit the Connaught place market where you notice typical Georgian buildings and market centers. This place is named after Duke of Connaught. Lunch could be have in a local restaurant and later on transfer to the international airport at New Delhi to board your return flight.
This is where the tour ends. However, if you wish to stay longer in Delhi or want to take extension tour, we can make arrangements for you to be transferred to the airport at a later time.
End of the services and the tour…!
This is the itinerary for a tour which we run regularly. It can be altered & Customised and we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. You can get an idea of your holidays from the mentioned tours. We do not club our clients to groups. We suggest, plan and organize only tailor-made, personalised tour holidays to India for each client. Either you can make your own group, we would be happy to organize a personalise tour for your private group. Our Knowledgeable tour escorts is with you throughout the trip to all the famous sights and wherever required a local knowledgeable guide is provide on spot for your tour to make history and culture come alive through the stories that unfold throughout the journey. The itinerary is planned carefully , in such a way that you get enough time to acclimatise properly while riding Royal Enfield motor bikes to The Great Himalayas and to relax or to make walk in the local area and to experience the authentic life of the people living in these remote parts of Indian Himalayas....!
- Sight seeing tour of Delhi India’s capital city, including a cycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi.
- Enjoy the thrilling adventures ride of the 500 cc, Royal Enfield Motor Bike in the central and Greater Himalayas.
- Ride through the seven passes to Himalayas including the world’s highest pass Khardung La pass 18,380 feet.
- Introduction to Buddhism.
- Visit Leh also know as little Tibet, due to its landscapes and Buddhist culture.
- Visit some of the old monasteries in Ladakh valley.
- Visit the clear water lakes at Tsokor and at Pangong which is the largest in The Himalayas, situated at a height of about 4,350 metres (14,300 ft).
- Interaction with nomadic and local tribes of Himalayas.
- Enjoy beautiful snow capped Himalayan mountain with traditional villages.
- chance to spot and see the rare Himalayan wildlife including the snow ibex, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopard, Tibetian wild ass etc.
- Visit Sikh shrines, Buddhist monasteries, and Hindu temple related to different religions all in one tour.
You will follow the itinerary as a private, personalise tour, accompanied by one of our excellent Guides/ tour escorts throughout the trip as preferred by you at the time of booking.
Internal travel is by train from Delhi to Chandigarh and by a private chauffeur-driven luxury air-conditioned Toyota Innova car / similar vehicle from Chandigarh to Manali.
You will Ride on your royal Enfield 500 CC Motor Bikes On rest of the part of the tour and at the end of the tour you will Fly from Leh to New Delhi back.
Manali &Leh Ladakh is one of the most favorite tourist destinations of Himalayas. There are no star category hotels in the valley. In some places, in the remote valleys of Himalayas only fixed tented accommodation is available with basic food (hygienic food) and accommodation — which is quite neat & clean.
You stay in comfortable mid range A class Indian hotels with neat and clean fixed tented accommodation at some places in the high Himalayas. We would like to discuss and make suggestions about accommodation at the time of planning your holidays with us.
Bed + Breakfast + Dinner only.
Cottons with Warm woollens.
The cost of the package is on Demand and based on no of Pax.
Supported Motor Bike tours – What We Provide
We organize guided Motor Bike tours and provide you with new motor bikes / good condition 500 cc Royal Enfield Bikes with the best equipment and detailed information. We provide you with all the needed motorbikes ( with left side gear as in Europe & America) with fuel, oil, spare parts ,experienced Motorbike mechanics, ride leader / tour guide, support crew and back –up support Vehicle ( jeeps, Ambulance, truck/ mini bus) as per your requirement.
You can go on a self-supported trip, with all the necessary equipment and the supplies provided on the bike itself, or you can have a jeep support carrying all the equipment, so you need not carry anything on the motor bike. In addition, you are also provided with mountain guides, maps, tools and other necessities.
We use neat and clean comfortable (Mid-range/ top range) Accommodation with Breakfast and Dinner all as per your choice where you can have a boon fire in the evening.
For rest of the tour in India we arrange all transfers using air contioned cars to pick you up / drop you back from or to international airport in New Delhi- India , transportation for local sight-seeing (where required), internal flight, train tickets.
On our tours, your luggage comes in the back-up vehicles which follow us and are not very far behind. However, if required, you can carry a small back-pack to carry stuff needed during a ride like your day pack, water, rain / wind -gear, sun cream lotion, camera etc.
What you carry with you.
Valid international driving license to drive must be obtained by you, from your country.
Travel / health insurance- must cover riding 500 cc motor bikes in India.
Riding gloves for cold and hot weather.
Riding boots- Preferably water-proof with high ankle
Riding jackets, pants for cold and hot whether and for wet road conditions at times.
Helmet and balaclava – We would prefer if you brought your own helmet/ balaclava, otherwise we will provide you with one.
Please Note; that if your riding gear doesn’t include proper padding OR if you choose not to wear one (specially on warm days), please bring separate Knee & Elbow guards. Riding Goggless, rain suits / wind suit (full length), sun screen lotion, torch, water carrier pouches, hydration pack, items of personal medicines and things of personal care and hygiene are important to carry.