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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 14 days incl. 9 days riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 2690€/pilot
Pillions unadvised

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 14 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 - International airport

The coach reaches Delhi in the morning. Free day in the capital, with the chance to go sightseeing. Transfer to the airport, as per your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

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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“This is my second trip with Vintage Rides and it was just as good as the first. ( I have even booked a third, so that's three within the year!). If your a rider that likes adventure and off-road riding, then Mustang is the journey for you. Be prepared to be pushed to the limits and also meet a good bunch of fellow adventure riders.”

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