Overview

Let the wheels turn your destiny this year with a little bit of prayer flags flowing and a Himalayan tea. A trip to the Himachal Pradesh is a rewarding thing as is, traveling every inch of the road that connects it to the trans Himalayan state of Ladakh is magical. A road trip on this long challenging highway is a dream come true for bikers all around the country. All the hurdles, lofty terrain and desert-like landscape and impeccable valleys fulfill the biker’s ideal bike ride in the mountains. 

More details

The distance of the Manali to Leh bike trip is a whopping 427 kms. The journey is a 10 days / 9 Nights adventure with camping, sightseeing, exploring etc. The per person costs are Rs. 33,500 which includes standard facilities like  the meals, accommodation, transfers. Himalayan Royal Enfields, back up vehicles, oxygen cylinders, toll tax, fuels etc. Every basic aspect required in the trip is taken care of in the package. You can also get an opportunity to camp under the starry sky in the Nubra valley around the bonfire and friends. The package also includes various activities to engage and enjoy during multiple stops enroute. 

  • Your journey commences from Manali, explore the Manali local markets, local sightseeing or have an adventure at Solang Valley by engaging in paragliding,  snow scooter, cable car, ropeway, skiing etc. 
  • Thel road trip adventure  begins from the next day as you set foot on the pedal and head towards the first pitstop of the road trip; Jispa and Rohtang Pass. Explore the picturesque valleys, Chandra river and pine forests which resemble  a painting and camp under the stars in Jispa.
  • Get lit under the starlit sky of Sarchu. Get to experience an authentic Himalayan village lifestyle and witness the merge of three different valleys from Baralacha La and enjoy the best dinner of your night back in Sarchu
  • Enroute to Leh, those 21 hairpin loops are the highlight of this road journey. Stop by the Nakhee la river and hogg. 
  • To summarize, from Leh onwards, turn your wheels  to the highest motorable road at 18,000ft at Khardung la. You might want to add this to your life’s personal achievement. 

Places to Visit

After entering Leh, you can visit all the famous tourist spots which have made Ladakh such a desirable destination for all the adventurers out there, be it bikers or trekkers. Visit the stunning Nubra Valley and Pangong tso and relax as you admire the view. The high altitude fresh  saltwater lake has beautiful shades of blue including the one reflecting the blue sky. The lake is spread 130 kms across the Himalayas out of which more than half of it lies in China. Live out your Bollywood fantasy near Pangong Tso and camp admiring the moonlit snow capped mountains in the backdrop. 

Another surreal example of Ladakh’s beauty is Lake Tsokar. Located at 14,000 ft, this gem is also known as white lake due the water deposits by the shore. Also the lake is a crucial part when it comes to migratory birds, their breeding land. Along with scenic views of the trans Himalayan valleys, rivers and mountains, interacting with locals one to one and witnessing Himalayan wildlife is one of the wonders of biking here.

The climate in Ladakh is extreme, be it summers or winter. The months between April to September are the best to travel, be it for trekking or biking. The temperature during the day is warm and cool during the night, perfectly ideal for a road trip and camping.  

One of the reasons why you should consider a biking trip to Ladakh is it’s a one of a kind road trip in the desert like landscapes in the Himalayas. This is where we witness the hardcore side of the peaceful Himalayas or a place where a hardcore person could emerge out of you. The dangerous terrain and circumstances challenge you and makes you push your potential with every stop you make. Nevertheless, driving your own vehicle in the Himalayas gives a sense of liberty and freedom which otherwise is rare. You are your own person in the hills and explore the new place at your own pace  with your own style. 

Conclusion

The tour packages are endless when it comes to biking through the Himalayas. The journey requires good driving skills on two wheelers and bringing your own biking gears like jackets, gloves, pants, etc. If you are a newbie, it is advised to visit a doctor prior to the trip to get medications if you have any issues with high altitude places.