Motorcycle trip India / Himalaya

The Trans-Himalayan

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15 days
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An intense motorcycle trip on challenging trails that are perched high up in the Indian Himalayas.
The Trans-Himalayan

Your Adventure Motorcycle Tour in the Himalayas15 stages - 920 miles

india delhi
1/15 • Arrival at New Delhi
Namaste! Welcome to Delhi. A private vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your 5-star hotel upon arrival. You can then rest at the hotel if you wish or take the opportunity to discover the bustling capital of India.
himachal pradesh mountains
2/15 • New Delhi – Bir-Billing
In the morning, you’ll be taken to Delhi airport for your flight to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. You’ll then be picked up by a private vehicle which will take you to Bir-Billing where you will spend the night.
himachal pradesh mountain roads
3/15 • Bir-Billing – Naggar
Having tested out your Royal Enfield for the first time yesterday, you start your Himalayan motorbike adventure today! You will get better acquainted with your Royal Enfield while riding through the lush foothills of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh at around 2,000 m altitude. Here, you will be navigating through mountain roads that wind up and down the green valleys of the Dhauladhar mountain range.
Naggar – Jispa
4/15 • Naggar – Jispa
We begin the day riding up the valley to Kullu, with its beautiful cedar forests and bountiful orchards. We will arrive at Lahaul where we start exploring the impressive mountains of the region of Ladakh. Here, Buddhism and Hinduism thrive side by side.
Jispa – Padum
5/15 • Jispa – Padum
This is where the “real” adventure starts. You'll ride out early today to the intersection of glacial meltwater streams, where the water level is at its lowest. You'll then head over to Zanskar Valley, having crossed Shinku La (5,050 m) and Kurgiak Chu Valley. To this day, its only the most daring of bikers that ride around in this part of the Himalayas.
6/15 • Padum – Lamayuru
Next up, one of the most intense and spectacular riding days of this tour. You'll ride on lots of tracks during this part of the ride in the heart of Ladakh. The landscapes are breathtaking, as are the altitudes, with three passes at around 5,000 m.
monastery gompa ladakh monk
7/15 • Lamayuru - Leh
You will continue to ride through Ladakh towards its capital city of Leh. Our path mirrors that of the Indus River, which lent its name to the very first civilisation of India - the Indus Valley civilisation. You'll encounter varying road types and conditions in this part of the tour. You will alternate between good roads, tracks and winding tarmacked stretches that are more or less well-maintained.
leh ladakh
8/15 • Rest day in Leh
Today calls for a rest and a nice stroll around the charming city of Leh. If you wish, you could ride up to the Khardung La pass (5,370 m), considered by many as the world’s highest motorable road even though it actually isn't. Its popularity however continues to remain as high as ever attracting hordes and hordes of bikers each year.
lake himalaya motorbikes
9/15 • Leh – Pangong Tso Lake
Today you'll continue your tour and ride towards the India–China border. Straddling this frontier is the famous and beautiful Pangong Tso Lake which stretches out over 80 miles long. Half of the length of the lake lies within Tibet, China, 40% in Ladakh, India and the remaining 10% is disputed and serves as a de-facto buffer zone between India and China.
india himalaya motorcycle
10/15 • Pangong Tso Lake – Tso Khar Lake
Today’s route will once again take you on tracks where you’ll come across very few bikers. We’ll follow an unconventional route and see several mountain lakes, as well as another pass which is higher than the Khardung La, at over 5,400 m in altitude.
india himalaya
11/15 • Tso Khar Lake – Jispa
Another big day awaits, where there is to plenty to see: the Moore plains, the Pang Gorges, another 5,000 m high pass and much more. Enjoy riding this section of India's National Highway No. 3 (NH3), the legendary route which stretches from Leh via Manali all the way to the India-Pakistan border out in the West.
motorcycle trip himalaya
12/15 • Jispa – Manali
Its now time to leave Ladakh’s mountain peaks behind to head back towards the forested hills of Kullu Valley via the brand-new Atal Tunnel (5.5 miles). Today's destination is Manali, Himachal’s legendary hippie hill station, which you are free to explore upon our arrival in the afternoon.
motorcycle tour india manali
13/15 • Manali – New Delhi
Today is a buffer day, included to provide a bit of breathing room in our adventures. You are free spend the day in Manali as you wish; perhaps enjoy a stroll around the town and shop for some souvenirs before taking the air-conditioned overnight bus back to New Delhi.
14/15 • New Delhi
Your bus will arrive in New Delhi in the morning. You will then be picked up and dropped off at your 5-star hotel where can spend your last day and night in India at your leisure.
fabulous food
15/15 • New Delhi - International Airport
You are transferred from your hotel to New Delhi International Airport, for your return flight, where our services end.

Available extensions


Taj Mahal / 2 or 3 days

You will be transported from New Delhi to Agra in a private vehicle with driver. You have the option of a 2 or 3 day extension, allowing ample time to visit the fabulous Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Red Fort of Agra.

Varanasi (Benares) / 2 days

Two 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 sun sets, you'll have the opportunity to stroll along the Varanasi ghats and attend Aarti, a daily worship ritual. On the second day, you will enjoy a sunrise boat tour, visit the University, Bharat Mata Mandir and the rest of the city.
From 2640,00  / rider
The price includes
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan rental, recent model and mechanical parts

    Ground transfers and the domestic flight mentioned in this itinerary

    Support crew: an English-speaking motorcycle tour leader (riding days)


    Additional assistance: a mechanic and a support vehicle driver for groups over four people

    A support vehicle to provide assistance and carry luggage for groups of four people or more; motorcycle saddlebags for groups of less than four people.

    Accommodation: In hotels or camps with standard or basic comfort, in twin (two single beds) or double (one large bed for two people) rooms.

    Solo travellers shall share a twin room with one other participant of the same gender.

    Single rooms available at a surcharge, please contact us to know more.

    Meals: Full board on riding days only (breakfasts, lunches and dinners)

    Third-party motorcycle insurance

The price does not include
  • Obligatory Insurance that covers medical expenses abroad

    Assistance with repatriation, which covers you for accidents with (large-displacement) two-wheeled motorcycles

    Legal assistance

    Visa costs

    International flights

    €600 security deposit per rider

    Bank fees


    Lunches and dinners on non-riding days (Days 1, 2, 13, 14 and 15).

    Drinks (tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc.)

    Souvenirs and personal expenses

    Admissions to temples, monuments and museums outlined in the programme

Currently valid passport for the Motorcycle Trip
Visa, if necessary, valid
Permis moto
International motorcycle license if necessary
Reviews on this trip
4.7/5 · 54 review
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India / Himalaya
The Trans-Himalayan
6 upcoming departures
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From 09 Aug. 2024 to 23 Aug. 2024 3290  / pilote
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