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Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya

Himalayan Essentials

A novel motorbike trip on the most beautiful Himalayan roads, and across the most jaw-dropping passes, for a fabulous round-up of Ladakh’s wonders and treasures.

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An intrepid all-rounder, she has cruised India’s roads with many groups, and knows the country like the back of her leather-gloved hand.

Go forth and elevate on this original motorcycle tour! Less perilous than the Trans-Himalayan, this adventure is accessible to those travelling in duos. Your steeds await you in Leh, for a discovery of Ladakh in all its diversity. Explore the fertile Indus Valley and its magnificent Buddhist monasteries. Climb up to deep-blue Pangong Tso Lake, a natural border with neighbouring Tibet. Once back from the superb Nubra Valley, you’ll reach the highest point of your journey: Khardung La (5,602m/18,379ft). If you like rocky trails, staggering scenery and engaging encounters, this intense Himalayan motorcycle trip is for you!

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Period June to September
Duration 10 days incl. 6 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 2055€/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 10 stages - 820 Km

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D1 / Arrival in Delhi

You’re met at the airport and taken to your downtown Delhi hotel. Free time and night at the hotel.

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D2 / Delhi - Leh

Leave for Delhi airport en route to Leh, capital of Ladakh. An eye-opening walk for the group’s fitter members, while the others rest and acclimatise to altitude before tomorrow's Himalaya motorcycle trip.

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D3 / Leh - Lamayuru - 130 Km

The big departure! Heading west, we cross the stunning gorges of the River Indus. We then ride the Khargil road to Lamayuru and its clifftop monastery, the most prestigious Tibetan gompa in Ladakh.

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D4 / Lamayuru - Leh - 150 Km

We take the bikes towards Leh via different routes. We enjoy this step of 150 km to admire and visit several remarkable monasteries: Likir, and the amazingly Phyang monastery with its 900 years old museum. Back to Leh, and a free end of the day.

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D5 / Leh - Pangong - 190 Km

An early start, heading east towards the Chinese border. We climb up to Chang La pass (5,300m/17,388ft), then drop back down to Pangong Tso lake, 130km in length.

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D6 / Pangong - Hunder - 220 Km

A very early start. We ride along a well-maintained little asphalt road by the Shyok River. Then continue on winding roads with views of the awesome Karakorum mountain range, before reaching Hunder.

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D7 / Hunder - Leh - 130 Km

Your last day of Himalaya motorycle trip. After visiting the sand dunes of Hunder, we climb to the world’s highest motorable pass, Kardung La (5,602m/18,379ft).

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D8 / Leh

Free day in Leh. One possibility is a motorbike outing to royal Stok Palace. You can also visit the Shanti Stupa, and buy souvenirs.

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D9 / Leh - Delhi

Morning transfer to Leh airport for the flight to Delhi. Transfer to your hotel, and afternoon in Delhi.

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D10 / Delhi - Delhi airport

Free day in Delhi. You can use your hotel room until 10am. Transfer to the airport based on your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

Johnny, Newbury (UK)
Excellent organisation

“Excellent organisation. I found everybody that I dealt with to be very professional and most helpful, both at the planning stage and during the trip. I'd definitely recommend Vintage, and will undoubtedly use them for any future trips I'm able to undertake.”

Best trip. Ever.

“Excellent, almost effortless trip. We were looked after well. The route was a wonderful combination of easy riding and modest challenge. The staff was tolerant beyond any reasonable human's capacity. Lodgings both exotic and comfortable. A better trip can not be imagined.”

I would recommend Vintage Rides to any …

“I would recommend Vintage Rides to any rider contemplating a guided motorcycle tour. Right from my initial email with Denise, the professionalism and attention to detail was reassuring. Everything was organised for us and our tour guide Josh was fantastic from start to finish. The Royal Enfields were a lot of fun and suited the type of riding we did, the scenery was simply mind blowing and the tour was the best holiday and adventure ever. On top of all this, the value for money was excellent. I will be touring with Vintage Rides again. I did the Trans Himalayan in India.”


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From July 28th 2018 to August 6th 2018
From August 15th 2018 to August 24th 2018
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