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 15 days incl. 10 days' riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 2560€/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 15 stages - 1330 Km

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D1 / Arrive in Delhi

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

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D2 / Delhi - Naggar

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

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D3 / Naggar - 60 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 / Naggar - Jispa - 190 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 - 90 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 - Rumtse - 180 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 / Rumtse - Leh - 80 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 - 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 Kar 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 Kar 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 - Naggar - 190 Km

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

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D13 / Naggar - Delhi

Free day in Naggar, and the option of a walk in Manali. In late afternoon, depart for Delhi on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

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D14 / Delhi

The coach reaches Delhi in the morning. Free day in the capital, with the chance to go sightseeing.

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D15 / Delhi - Delhi airport

Free day in Delhi. Your hotel room is yours until 10am. Transfer to the airport, as per your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

A once in a lifetime experience!

“Made the 14 day Rajasthan rumble and it has been an amazing ride. We had breathtaking moments, crossing small villages and having chai teas with locals. Amazing hotels and sightseeing. If you a bike enthusiast and like exotic travels, you should do this trip. The guide and local staff managed it, not being a touristic thing.”

Great staff/tour personnel

“Firstly, the airport experience on arrival was a little disjointed but of no great consequence. From thereon in wonderful people to deal with and our tour leader/support staff were excellent. The bikes were in good mechanical condition and we were fortunate that our group had a good skill set as there were some challenging roads. Notwithstanding though this trip would be suitable for most capable riders. No alcohol in the high altitudes is recommended. A very professional outfit all round.”

Absolute adventure

“This trip is managed from start to finish to provide the participant with a stress free experience. The bikes were amazing and the crew was even better making a trouble free journey. Vintage Rides gives you the opportunity of a life time with a guide who provides guided autonomy. Thank you Vintage Rides for an experience I will never forget for all the right reasons.”


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