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LADAKH  TRAILS

9-Days Guided Motorcycle Expedition
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Dates: June 05-13, 2024

Overview

Conquer some of the highest mountain passes and roads in the world, get spellbound by the beauty of Pangong lake, watch the Milky Way galaxy and find your inner peace while riding in the most beautiful landscapes on earth - the Mighty Himalayas. 

This tour will cover some of the most beautiful valleys, cold desert and beautiful lakes of Ladakh connected via the top 3 highest mountain passes in the world. The lake circuit which connects the 3 lakes Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri and Tso Kar is the highlight of the tour and it will leave everyone spellbound.

Rider Cost Starts from ₹ 49,000

SKILL

Intermediate

DURATION

9 Days / 8 Nights

START & END

Leh

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels / Guest houses or Camps 

SUPPORT VEHICLE

Included

DISTANCE

1500 Kms

GROUP SIZE

15 Max / 10 Min

DAILY RIDES

25 - 250 Kms

TERRAIN

80% Tarmac

20% Off-road

MECHANIC

Included

Tour Highlights

  • Ride starts and ends in Leh  

  • Conquer the World's highest motorable road - Umling La (19,024 ft)

  • Lake circuit (Pangong lake, Tso Moriri & Tso Kar)

  • Enjoy the hot springs at Nubra valley

  • Get a glimpse of the hidden gem of Ladakh - Turtuk

  • Walk the sand dunes of Hunder and take a ride on a Bactrian camel /double-hump camel

  • Watch the Orion’s belt and millions of stars with naked eye at Hanle

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive at hotel in Leh

Pickup from Leh Airport. Meet the team followed by briefing by the Tour Leader. Get acclimatized during the day. In the evening we'll visit Shanti Stupa to watch the sunset. 

Overnight stay at Hotel in Leh.

Day 2. Leh - Local Sightseeing (100 Kms)

After breakfast, we start the ride on the Leh-Srinagar highway. The River confluence (Sangam), Hall of Fame, Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Thiksey/Likir Monastery, Leh Palace, Leh market etc are some of the places interest which we will be exploring this day.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Leh.

Day 3. Leh - Hunder (130 Kms)

Our first stop will be at the gateway to Nubra and Shyok valleys - Khardung La (18,380 ft), one of the world's highest motorable road. From here we descend into Nubra valley and head to Diskit monastery. The view of the tall Chamba (Buddha) statue overlooking the Nubra valley is beautiful beyond words. Last stop for the day will be the sand dunes of Hundar. Take a ride on the Bactrian (Double humped) camel and watch the sun set over the mountain ranges.

 

Overnight stay at Guest house / Camp in Hundar.

Day 4. Hunder - Turtuk - Thang - Hunder (200 Kms)

After breakfast, we ride along the Shyok river to Turtuk and then to Thang which is the border village along the Indo-Pakistan border. Soak in the beauty of the lush green fields lined with apricot trees with the Karakorum range in the backdrop. Explore Turtuk or Tyakshi village of the Baltistan region and taste the local food of the Balti people who look completely different from rest of the Ladakhis. Post lunch, we stop at the Siachen warriors memorial and then back to Hunder.

 

Overnight stay at the Guest house / Camp in Hunder.


Day 5. Hunder - Pangong Tso (175 Kms)

Today will be an early start as we continue the ride along the Shyok river to the breath-taking Pangong Tso. Pangong Lake is an endorheic lake spanning eastern Ladakh and West Tibet situated at an elevation of 4,225 m (13,862 ft). This pristine mosaic of myriad shades of blue, is said to be one of the highest brackish water lakes in the world. You have the evening free to go crazy with photoshoots.

 

Overnight stay in Guest house / Swiss tents in Pangong.

Day 6. Pangong Tso - Hanle (200 Kms)

Get ready for some hardcore adventure as we ride to remote village of Hanle along Man, Merak & Chusul. This will be one of the most deserted roads most people would have ridden/driven in their life. Our destination for the day is one of the historic villages of Ladakh, Hanle. Home to the 17th century Hanle monastery and world's 3rd highest optical telescope, Hanle is a must-visit place for anyone visiting Ladakh. The night sky seen here is the most beautiful and magical with millions of stars visible to the naked eye.

 

Overnight say at Hotel / Guest house in Hanle.

Day 7. Hanle - Umling La - Hanle (180 Kms)

Today will be adrenaline pumping day as ride to the world's highest Motorable road - Umling la (19,024 ft) thru some of the most deserted plains of Ladakh. We'll be able to spot few Himalayan Wild Ass - an endangered species, native to the high altitude plains of Himalayas. Spend few minutes at the World's Highest cafe and take a lot of pics to celebrate your achievement and also to make your friends jealous. Then we proceed to a kick-ass spot to watch the sunset over the Hanle River

 

Overnight stay in Hotel / Guest house in Hanle.

Day 8. Hanle - Tso Moriri (300 / 150 Kms)

Today will be one more day of adventure riding. From Hanle, we ride to Tso Moriri aka the Mountain Lake in the Changthang plateau. The lake and surrounding area are protected as the Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and entirely within Ladakh in this Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region. This 26 km long lake and the laid back village of Karzok are way less crowded than Pangong and is a very peaceful place to watch the sunrise or sunset.

 

Overnight stay in Hotel / camp in Karzok.

Day 9. Tso Moriri - Tso Kar - Leh (250 Kms)

Rise early and watch the sun rise over the lake from your hotel room or swiss tent. After breakfast, we head towards the third lake which is part of the Ladakh lake circuit, Tso Kar. From here, we head back to Leh and the trip comes to an end. Its time to bid farewell to the mountains and fly back home.

Inclusions

  • Airport pickup from Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) in Leh

  • Overnights stay on a two sharing basis in 3-star hotel rooms or guest houses or Swiss tents

  • Breakfast and Dinners on tour days

  • Coffee/Tea/Soft drinks and Bottled-water

  • Experienced English-speaking Ride Captain & Tour Leader

  • Backup vehicle to carry the luggage & spares

  • Mechanic for the entire tour (Minimum 6 riders)

  • All permits & Entry-fees for planned sightseeing places

  • First-Aid kit & Oxygen cylinders

  • One Night Bonfire

Exclusions

  • Airfare & Visa

  • Cost of Lunch is not included

  • Damages to the motorcycle

  • Any expense incurred due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, earthquakes, accidents etc

  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature such as snacks, alcohol, table drinks, laundry, tips to drivers or local guides or to any hotel staff.

  • Travel insurance (cover against cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness). We highly recommend you arrange an appropriate insurance in your home country

Things to Carry

  • Passport & Visa (For Foreigners)

  • Original Driving License / International Driving Permit

  • DOT/ECE/ISI Full face helmet

  • Riding Gear (Jacket, Riding Pants or Jeans with protective knee guards, Gloves & Boots)

  • Rain gear

  • Thermals (Base/Mid layer for cold protection)

  • Polarized Sunglasses

  • Hydration pack (Optional)

  • Sun screen lotion

  • Prescription medicines if any

  • Spare power glasses if applicable

Packages 

Own bike

Rider Cost - ₹ 49,000

Pillion Cost - ₹ 45,000

Rental Bike (Royal Enfield Himalayan + Petrol)

Rider Cost - ₹ 65,000

Pillion Cost - ₹ 54,000

Seat in Backup Vehicle

Per person - ₹ 54,000

Single room upgrade - ₹ 15,000

 

Note:

A refundable security deposit of ₹ 5,000 is payable for each motorcycle for any minor damages during the tour.

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