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Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya - The Trans-Himalayan

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. Riding your Royal Enfield, you’ll cross a first unforgettable pass, Rohtang La (3900m/12,795ft), a passageway 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 mountain passes, you will cross bewitching lunar landscapes, only encountering nomadic goat and yak herders. A physical challenge for explorers seeking the ultimate, who will join the club of Himalayan motorbiking devotees.

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Period June to September
Duration 15 days incl. 9 days riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 2560€/pilot
Pillions unadvised

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 15 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

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

D15 / Delhi - International airport

Transfer to the airport, as per your flight-departure time. End of our services.

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The riders' opinions

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!”

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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