MANALI LEH SRINAGAR BIKE TOUR
Duration: 14 Days.
Departing: 12 June. 10 July. 2 Aug. 2023
Bikes: Royal Enfield Himalayan 411cc
Group Size: Min 4 Riders
Tour Cost: US$3200 per person.
HIGHLIGHTS: 12 high passes including Khardungla 5360m. Nubra Valley. Pangong Lake. Alchi, Lamayuru. Kargil. Dzojilla. A rest day in Srinagar in British style houseboats. Kishtwar to Manali via Killar’s most amazing cliff road.
DETAIL TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1: Arrive in Delhi.
We will receive you at the airport and transfer to our hotel in Delhi. 5 Star accommodation with breakfast only on shared basis.
DAY 2: Morning fly to Buntar Airport. Drive to Manali.
Early morning fly to Buntar Airport. Drive to Manali. Check into our luxury hotel in Manali. BLD.
DAY 3: Ride to Sarchu via Rohtang Pass 4000M, Baralachala Pass 4890M. 225KM.
Ride starts at 8:00am. Cross over Rohtang Pass through beautiful winding road. Absolutely gorgeous view while descending down 22 hairpin bends. Permit Entry at Gramphu and first tea stop. Refuel at Tandi. Lunch stop either at Keylong or Zispa approx. 140km from Manali. Keep riding to Sarchu (4290m) over Baralachala Pass and Suraj Taal. Deluxe camping at Sarchu. BLD.
Sarchu is a beautiful open meadow often filled with grazing sheep and mountain goats famous for making pashmina. In Sarchu we spend the night in deluxe camps having attached restrooms. Once the sun sets, Sarchu is cold. Warm clothes will be needed in the evening and morning. Dinner served in big dining all. 80% blacktopped, 20% dirt.
DAY 4: Sarchu to Leh via Tanglangla Pass 5330m. 250km.
Leave at 8:00am. Awesome ride through the famous Gata Loops where the road snakes uphill making a total of 21 loops. The bottom loop at 4100m while the top stands at 4668m. We go over Lachulungla (5060m) and the famous Moore plain, the home of the wild ass. People have sighted these shy animals while riding along the airport runway like road. We climbing over the third highest pass Tanglangla 5330m and arrive at Upshi, where we will stop for the tastiest Tibetan noodles and mutton momos. From here Leh, our destination is just 48km. We will check into our hotel and rest. BLD.
DAY 5: Sightseeing day in Leh.
We visit the famous Thiksey Monastery, a lookalike of Potala Palace of Tibet, home of the biggest Buddha statue. The view from the monastery is unforgettable. Lunch at a nearby Restaurant and visit the Shey Palace. Ride back to our hotel and take a leisurely walk through the city all afternoon. A visit to the World Peace Pagoda and enjoy the evening view of the Leh city and the Stok Kangri mountains in the distance. Dinner of your choice at the Tibetan Kitchen, the best food available in town. BLD.
DAY 6: Leh to Nubra via Khardungla Pass 5360m. 125km.
The most exciting day of the entire trip! Ride to Khardungla, the world’s highest motorable pass at 5360m. We take a break at the top and enjoy the sceneries before we ride down and enter yet another magnificent Nubra Valley - where double humped camels roam around on high altitude sand dunes. Visit Diskit Monastery and a recently built giant Buddha statue. We check into our beautiful family run hotel in Hunder. Enjoy freshly cooked lunch and go see the double humped camel on sand dunes. BLD.
DAY 7: Nubra to Pangong Tso Lake. 4225m. 240km.
After breakfast we ride to Pangong Lake that is said to be 134km long and stretches into Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The road is beautifully blacktopped following the wide Shyok river beds till Durbuk and Tangtse. We will pass thru some really interesting military training areas. Stop at Tangtse and have delicious Indian lunch in one of the roadside restaurants. Check into our deluxe camp overlooking the turqouise blue salt lake surrounded by moonlike landscape. BLD.
DAY 8: Pangong to Leh via Changla Top. 5350m. 220km.
We will leave Pangong behind and ride back to Leh via Changla Pass at 5350m, considered as the Second Highest Motorable pass. Check into our favorite Hotel. We should arrive in Leh by afternoon. Evening dinner of your choice at The Tibetan Kitchen. BLD.
DAY 9: Leh to Kargil via Lamayuru. 215km.
We leave Leh and ride towards Kargil with a quick visit to Alchi - A UNESCO heritage site and Lamayuru. A few kilometer after Leh lies the beautiful confluence of two famous rivers Indus and Zanskar. Continue our ride to Lamayuru - famous for moonlike landscape and Himalayan Ibex. Lunch at Lamayuru and continue to Kargil.
In 1996 a war between Pakistani Army and Indian Border Security Force nearly destroyed half of the city. It took them few years to rise, however the city never returned back to it’s previous glory. You can feel the warn torn city struggling to return back to normalcy. We will stay in the beautiful Dzojilla Residency located next to a raging Suru river. BLD.
DAY 10: Kargil to Srinagar, Kashmir's beautiful lakecity. 200km.
Leave Kargil and head towards Srinagar. We will stop at Dras and visit the war memorial museum that showcase the remnants of the war between Pakistan and India in 1996. Continue our ride thru Dzojilla Pass 3528m, where road is built thru cliff. At Sonamarg, a small beautiful town we will stop for lunch. Continue ride to the beautiful city of Srinagar. We will check into British style Houseboats in Dal Lake and rest. BLD.
DAY 11: Full rest day in Srinagar.
A full rest day in Srinagar. British style houseboats offer a very relaxing atmosphere overlooking the peaceful Dal lake. Late afternoon we will go for a shikara ride and visit floating Lotus garden. Local vendors in small wooden boats will arrive at our door trying to sell their products like Pashmina, Silk Carpets, papermache products, cold drinks, snacks, etc. For lunch we will go into town to enjoy food of your choice. Dinner is set buffet in the houseboat. BLD.
NOTE: if you are interested to buy pure pashminas, or Kashmiri silk carpets, bargain hard.
DAY 12: Srinagar to Kishtwar. 215km.
We leave Srinagar's lake city to head towards Kishtiwar. One of the most beautiful valleys of lower Kashmir. Stay in a hotel. BLD.
DAY 13: Kishtwar to Manali via Killar. 300km.
This is the day we ride on one of the most amazing roads ever. From Kistiwar to Killar. The views are amazing but the ride could be spine chilling. Upon arrival in Manali we check into our hotel. Rest and enjoy much deserved celebration drinks and say bye bye to our bikes. BLD.
DAY 14: Fly out of Buntar Aiport to Delhi. Check into a 5 star hotel.
Fly out of Buntar Airport to Delhi. Check into our hotel (5 star). Celebration dinner.
INCLUDES: Airport pickup in Delhi. Domestic flights. RE Himalayan 411cc with electric start with fuel for the entire trip. Hotel/Camping with all three meals on twin sharing basis. Permits. British style houseboat accommodation in Srinagar with all three meals. Shikara tour in Srinagar’s Dal lake. Tour guide, mechanic support and spare parts. Support vehicle for 4+ riders.
EXCLUDES: International airfare, Indian Visa fee, lunch and dinner in Delhi. Bar bills and soft drinks throughout the tour, laundry, personal travel medical insurance, emergency rescue, repair charge for physical damage (if any) to the bike. Tips and gratitudes.
NOTE: Please note that we are climbing to 5360M at Khardungla, you must consult your doctor and seek advice regarding altitude issues. No need of international driving license as long as you have a valid driving license from your own country. Riders must bring your own personal riding gears. Packing list and how to prepare note will be provided after the trip confirmation.