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Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya - Himalayan Essentials

Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya

Himalayan Essentials


A unique motorbike trip on the most beautiful Himalayan roads, and across the most jaw-dropping mountain 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.

Climb new heights 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
1905€/pillion

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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

Greg
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.”

James Mc
July 2015 Himalayan Motobike tour

“An awesome adventure lead by a very capable and fun tour leader. A great mix of riding from bitumen to two wheel dirt tracks and a great mix of accommodation experiences from hotels, hostels to large tents. Price was genuinely reasonable and our mechanic was a wizard. I will most definitely do it again in a couple of years time when I get sick of just looking at the photos and video!”

Daphne
Spiti Valley - Absolutely fantastic!

“Absolutely fantastic. The pre-trip organization and communication was stellar. The itinerary and accommodations were well planned and our guide, mechanic, and support driver collectively allowed for a trip where any risk of stress was quickly replaced with nothing but pure delight. I took the Spiti Valley tour ("Gateway to Tibet") which offered otherworldly views and rich cultural exposure. The remote area was particularly enjoyable as even when compared to other Himalayan routes there was very little traffic... truck or otherwise (The last thing I want to do is to go to a remote location to be stuck endlessly maneuvering around slow trucks). I sing the praises of Vintage Rides at every possible opportunity. I've ridden motorcycles all over the world either independently or with a tour group and this trip was tops! I wish I had sooner discovered Vintage Rides and they will certainly be my choice again. Vive la Moto! (If you like to see the video of the trip it is at advmotorbike dot com under "global moto"... it will say in image more than my words can convey!)”

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