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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
Available extensions
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From €2,055/pilot
€1,905/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 10 stages - 510 miles


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D1 / Arrival in Delhi

You’re met at the airport and transferred to a hotel in central Delhi. You can spend the rest of the day as you wish.

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D2 / Delhi - Leh

We set off for Delhi airport for a domestic flight to Leh. Spend the day in the capital of Ladakh. The fitter members of the group can go for a walk around, while others are recommended to rest and adjust to the high altitude.

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D3 / Leh - Lamayuru - 81 miles

We start from Leh in the morning, leaving for the Indus gorges in the west. We take the road towards Kargil, heading for Kashmir. We reach Lamayuru monastery perched atop a cliff. It is perhaps one of the most prestigious and oldest Tibetan gompas in Ladakh, where around 200 monks and lamas live.

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D4 / Lamayuru - Leh - 93 miles

We take our bikes on several roads to Leh. On this stretch of the tour, we can admire and visit several remarkable monasteries, such as Likir or the amazing Phyang monastery with its 900-year-old museum. We return to Leh, where we can spend the rest of the day at our leisure.

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D5 / Leh - Pangong - 118 miles

We leave early and head east towards the Chinese border. After visiting Chemrey monastery, we start driving up to Chang La pass at 5,300 m. We then ride down on the other side to the 83-mile long Pangong Lake, a natural boundary between India and China.

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D6 / Pangong - Hunder - 136 miles

We make another early start. We take a small, good condition asphalt road along the Shyok river. We stop for a picnic on the riverbank, then we keep riding towards Hunder along winding mountain roads with the imposing Karakoram mountain range on the horizon.

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D7 / Hunder - Leh - 81 miles

Our last riding day! After visiting Hunder’s sand dunes, we head south towards Khardung La, the highest road in the world. We enjoy the view over Leh and start our descent down the zigzag roads for the last 25 miles.

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D8 / Leh

Today is a free day in Leh (a buffer day just in case!). You can either take the motorbike on an outing to Stok Palace, visit Shanti Stupa or even purchase some Ladakhi souvenirs.

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D9 / Leh - Delhi

You have an early morning transfer to Leh airport for a domestic flight to Delhi. You’ll then be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a free 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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Available extensions


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Taj Mahal / 2 or 3 days

You're taken to Agra from New Delhi in a private vehicle with driver. During 2 or 3 days, visit the fabulous Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Red Fort of Agra.

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Varanasi (Benares) / 2 days

2​ days to discover the sacred town of Varanasi. ​An English-speaking guide​ ​shows you around ​the Buddhist city of ​Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist cities.​ As the sunsets, you take a stroll along the Varanasi ghats​ and​ attend Aarti, a daily worship ritual.​ ​On the second day, you t​ake a boat tour at sunrise​, visit the University, Bharat Mata Mandir​ and the rest of the city.​

The riders' opinions

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!)”

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.”

Symen Kromkamp
Himalayan ride to Leh

“I found the ride through the Himalayan Mountains to Leh from Manali excellent. Vintage Riders did an excellent job in making this ride a success. I would recommend them to an rider who would go with them.”

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