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Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya

The Trans-Himalayan


An intense Himalayan motorcycle trip on challenging trails that lead to Ladakh, perched at several thousand metres altitude amid stunning, unspoilt scenery.

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The Leh-Manali Highway, aka the Trans-Himalayan, is definitely the most beautiful motorbike raid in India. Your target: Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass (5,602m/18,379ft). Prepare for an extreme expedition on the edge of beyond. Straddling your Royal Enfield, you’ll cross a first unforgettable pass, Rohtang La (3900m/12,795ft), a passage between two worlds: from verdant, mainly Hindu valleys to desert-like high plateaux where the Tibetan Buddhist culture is in clear evidence. In this land of passes, you will cross bewitching lunar landscapes, only encountering nomadic goat and yak herders. A physical challenge for adventurers seeking the ultimate, who will join the club of Himalayan motorbiking devotees.

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Period June to September
Duration 14 days incl. 9 days riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 2560€/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 14 stages - 1200 Km


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D1 / Arrival in Delhi

Pick up at the airport and transfer to a hotel in the heart of New Delhi. Your room is available from 12 pm. Night at the hotel.

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D2 / Delhi - Manali - 560 Km

Enjoy a free morning in Delhi. Then head to the bus station for a comfortable overnight trip by air-conditioned bus. Manali here you come!

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D3 / Manali - 30 Km

Morning arrival in Naggar for a day’s acclimatising. Motorcycle tour of the verdant Upper Kullu Valley, then visit of the temple and castle in Naggar.

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D4 / Manali - Jispa - 140 Km

The big departure! We ride up the Upper Kullu Valley and cross Rothang La pass (3,900m). Then a spectacular descent to Lahaul and the Chandra Valley.

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D5 / Jispa - Sarchu - 75 Km

Back down into the main valley. The landscapes are increasingly desert-like. Then the road climbs to Baracha La (4,800m/15,748ft).

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D6 / Sarchu - Leh - 260 Km

This vertigo-inducing road climbs up to Lachlung La (5050m/16,568ft) then disappears into impressive gorges. You then climb back up to Tanglang La, the world’s second-highest motorable pass.

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D7 / Leh - Round the monasteries - 115 Km

The road runs along the floor of an impressive gorge, which opens out into the Indus Valley then carries on to Leh, capital of Ladakh. En route, visits to the monasteries of Hemis and Tikse. Free afternoon in Leh.

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D8 / Leh - Khardung La - Leh - 80 Km

A northward climb, zigzagging endlessly. Our target: Kardhung La (5,602m/18,379ft), the world’s highest motorable pass! Jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Zanskar Mountains to the south, and the soaring Karokaram range to the north.

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D9 / Leh - Tso Moriri lake - 210 Km

We ride back up the Indus Valley towards the border with Tibet, and make for Rupshu, the most remote region of Ladakh. Then, along a sandy trail, we reach the turquoise waters of Tso (Lake) Moriri.

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D10 / Tso Moriri Lake - Tso Khar Lake - 100 Km

We visit the village of Korzok, one of few in the Rupshu region, and meet Champa nomads. Then off to Tso Kar salt lake, set in a staggering lunar landscape.

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D11 / Tso Khar Lake - Jispa - 210 Km

We begin the day on a sandy trail to connect with the Leh - Manali road, near Pang. Then a southward road to Sarchu, then Darcha and Jispa.

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D12 / Jispa - Manali - 140 Km

Saddle up - it's your last day of motorcycling! An early start, heading south to Naggar.

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D13 / Manali

Free day in Manali. Late afternoon, depart for Delhi on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

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D14 / Delhi - International airport

The coach reaches Delhi in the morning. Free day in the capital, with the chance to go sightseeing. Transfer to the airport, as per your flight-departure time.

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Paul
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“Having joined two tours in India previously with Vintage Rides I have no hesitation in booking a third and recommending this company as experts in their field to anyone contemplating a guided tour on the sub continent or the far east. Vintage Rides is a French company and as expected many of the riders are French speakers but it is not a barrier. I speak English and have only a little of the French language but I have been welcomed by both the tour leaders and the other riders without any problems at all. Communication is not a problem in the brotherhood off the bikers. The tour leaders know their stuff and take you to places off the well beaten tourist track, always mindful of one's safety. The support team for mechanical issues that can occasionally arise with the robust Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet bikes and for transport of luggage and local knowledge remove any concerns, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”

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“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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“Great team offering a wide choice of rides. I selected northern Thailand, the golden triangle route. Well planned ride on good quality bike's, interesting and unique accommodation, well priced and well organised. No hesitation in recommending them and I am planning another trip for 2018 Neil UK”

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