Ladakh Top of the World Ride

Overview

Exploring the Himalayas by motorcycle is an incredible adventure through some of the most jaw-dropping and spectacular scenery you‟re ever likely to see. It‟s also surprisingly easy to do. If you love riding bikes, or even if you‟ve never considered it, here‟s the reasons to get out and explore the Himalayas # The ride of your life # The High life # you'll come up with amazing photos, # It‟s relatively hassle free# you‟ll overcome your fear of heights

Ladakh ("land of high passes") is a region in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.

It was once a major intersection on the Silk Route, it's renowned for its sky touching snow- capped mountains and ancient Buddhist monasteries. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh, followed by Kargil. Almost half of Ladakhis are Shia Muslims and the rest are mostly Tibetan Buddhists

Ladakhi food has much in common with Tibetan food, the most prominent foods being thukpa (noodle soup) and tsampa, known in Ladakhi asngampe (roasted barley flour). Traditional music includes the instruments surna and daman (shenai and drum). The music of Ladakhi Buddhist monastic festivals, like Tibetan music, often involves religious chanting in Tibetan or Sanskrit as an integral part of the religion. The most popular sport in Ladakh now is ice hockey, which is played only on natural ice generally mid–December through mid–February.. Ladakh celebrates lots of famous festivals and one of the biggest and most popular festival is Hemis festival.

Ride Info

  • TOTAL Kms – 1625 kms
  • Culture – Hinduism, Buddhism ,shia Muslim
  • Riding hrs – min.6 – 10 hrs
  • Riding level – Intermediate

Tour Highlights

  • Ride 8 highest passes in the world
  • Khardungla worlds 1st highest motorable  pass
  • Cultural program of Ladakh "Nomaids"
  • Visit of 5 highest altitude lakes 
  • Explore the oldest monasteries & temples in ASIA
  • Visit of high altitude hot spring.

Day 1: Manali
Day 2: Manali - Jispa ( 135 km )
Day 3: Jispa - Pang ( 161 km )
Day 4: Pang - Leh ( 152 km )
Day 5: Leh ( 170 km )
Day 6: Leh - Khardung La - Leh ( 120 km )
Day 7: Leh - Alchi - Kargil
Day 8: Kargil Lamayuru - Leh
Day 9: Leh - Tsomoriri Lake ( 116 km )
Day 10: Tsomoriri Lake - Sarchu ( 190 km )
Day 11: Sarchu - Manali ( 258 km )
Day 12: Manali (Departure)

Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1st: Manali

In morning we come to pick you up at the Kullu Airport or at the bus station and drive you to your hotel. Our representatives are there to provide you all the services and soon you'll be introduced to the bikes and all details about the tour. Go-Pro Cameras on helmets, riding gears, Royal Enfield Bikes, let‟s start riding around Manali Valley with Adventure activities!

Day 2nd: Manali - Jispa

Head to Jispa. We will cross the Rohtang pass which reaches an altitude of 4050m and from where you can see the snow white peaks of Lahaul Mountains that contrast with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags along the way. The pass provides a natural divide between the sub-humid/humid Kullu Valley with a primarily Hindu culture (in the south), and the arid/semi-arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture (in the north). From that side, we follow our route towards Jispa. This little village, barely 332 inhabitants, is situated at an altitude of 3200m. Jispa is usually promoted by travel operators as a necessary halt on the way to Ladakh when coming from Manali. Located right at the banks of river Bhaga, Jispa will offer you a fabulous view of the valley and an incomparable peace.

Day 3rd: Jispa - Pang

Get ready to cross the Ladakh borders! We‟ll ride on a torturous zigzag shaped uphill road that lies in the shadow of the hanging glacier to Baralach La (4900m). Further, at Lachulung La, you can see incredible natural sculpture built by the wind blowing through the rocks of a canyon that reminds one of a scenery in Arizona. We start our descent to the green fields of Sarchu plateau and finally reach Pang, an useful halt on Manali Leh highway. There we‟ll camp and spend a fun and convivial time together before sleeping among the clouds as this place reaches an altitude of 4500m! We‟ll make a stop in Pang, a useful halt on Manali Leh highway. There we'll camp and spend a fun and convivial time together before sleeping among the clouds as this place reaches an altitude of 4500m!

Day 4th: Pang - Leh

From Pang, let‟s start our ride in direction of Leh! We follow an endless strip of asphalt loops that look like scratched into the reddish cliffs and start our descent on the More Plains road, a long, wide and straight road. The More Plain is home to many species of animals like the Tibetan wild ass or kiang, wild horses, marmots. If you are lucky, you can even spot Changspa nomads camping in the surreal landscape of the More Plains. Flanked by beautiful mountains on both sides, this area is a major attraction to the Bikers heading towards Leh from Manali. This huge "top-of-the-world" plateau presents a landscape unlike anything else on your journey. After the More Plains, we start a new ascent and reach to Tanglang La, the world‟s second highest motorable pass, which will lead us to our main destination: Leh.

Day 5th: Leh

On this day we will take a short break from the long ride to see more of Ladakh‟s main sights. India‟s "Little Tibet" was highly influenced by the presence of Singge Namgyal, the greatest king of Ladakh, who decided to open the famous trade route to Central Asia region. In 1974 the region was opened for visitors and since 2002 has a substantial number of tourists. Nowadays, Leh is the most important town and the capital of Ladakh region. With 27,513 inhabitants and an altitude of 3524m, the town tripled its size in the last two decades and became a focal point for sightseeing. In addition of its many cultural places and monuments (Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Leh Mosque, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa...) mostly influenced by a Tibetan secular architecture, you will find great enjoyment losing yourself in the small charming narrow streets, going to meet local people and hang around in the small craft shops and markets.

Day 6th: Leh - Khardungla - Leh

From Leh, we are ready to explore Khardung La (Khardung Pass, la means pass in Tibetan) is a mountain pass located in the Ladakh region of the Indianstate of Jammu and Kashmir. The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m (17,582 ft).Local summit signs and dozens of stores selling shirts in Leh incorrectly claim that its elevation is in the vicinity of 5,602 m (18,379 ft) meters and that it is the world's highest motor able pass. Khardung La is situated 39 km by road from Leh. The first 24 km, as far as the South Pullu check point, are paved. From there to the North Pullu check point about 15 km beyond the pass the roadway is primarily loose rock, dirt, and occasional rivulets of snow melt. And the same day we will come back to leh.

Day 7th: Leh – Alchi - Kargil

We start our journey in direction of Kargil town, 2704m altitude, the second largest urban centre (approx. 8,000 inhabitants) A quiet town now, in the past it served as an important trade and transit centre for the Central-Asian merchants due to its unique equidistant location. Since 1975, travelers of various nationalities have replaced traders of the past and Kargil has regained its importance as a centre of travel-related activities. Aside from revealing breathtaking views of the unfolding mountains cape or a magic sunset with the changing hues and shades of the hills, Kargil also offers some interesting walks through the suburban villages nestling along the rising hillsides of the river valleys. And in between we visit to Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery, known more as a monastic complex (chos-'khor) of temples in Alchivillage in the Leh District, of the Indian state under the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council of Jammu and Kashmir.. Alchi is also part of the three villages (all in lower Ladakh region) which constitute the "Alchi group of monuments"; the other two villages adjoining Alchi are the Mangyu and Sumda Chun. The monuments in these three villages are stated to be of “unique style and workmanship‟, but the Alchi monastic complex is the best known.

Day 8th: Kargil – lamayuru – Leh

Next morning we start our journey back to Kargil to leh. But In between we will visit the Lamayuru or Yuru Monastery a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lamayouro, Leh district, India. It is situated on the Srinagar-Leh highway 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) east of the Fotu La at a height of 3,510 metres (11,520 ft). Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monks resident. It has, in the past, housed up to 400 monks, many of which are now based in gompas in surrounding villages.

Day 9th: Leh – Tso - Moriri lake

We follow our route in direction of Tso Moriri lake in between we will see the tso kar lake. Tso Moriri or Lake Moriri Tibetan: ལྷ་མོའི་བླ་མཚོ,Wylie: lha mo bla mtsho) or "Mountain Lake", is a lake in the Ladakhi part of theChangthang Plateau (literally: northern plains) in Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The official name of the land and water reserve here is the Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and entirely withinLadakh in this Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region. It is about 16 miles (26 km) north to south in length and two to three miles (3 to 5 km) wide. The lake has no outlet at present and the water is brackish though not very perceptible to taste.

Day 10th: Tso Moriri - Sarchu

We take the route towards Sarchu (also known as Sir Bhum Chun) is a major halt point with tented accommodation in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway, on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) in India. It is situated betweenBaralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m (14,070 ft). . We will spend the night there at an altitude of 4290m!

Day 11th: SARCHU - MANALI

Head to Keylong.Situated at an altitude of 3440 m, Keylong is the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and the most populated place of that region. The region is strange, exciting, primitive mountainous and delightful. Among the white and brown mountain, Keylong stands out as oasis of greenery in the district. Rudyard Kipling said of the region "Surely the God live here, this no place for men." Lahaul and Spiti have hardly changed with the time. People still live the way they used to live and strongly believe in conserving nature. Valley, river, mountains and green landscape makes Keylong an exciting picturesque destination for bikers and aside from its amazing landscape, the vicinity of Keylong offers several places, temples, monasteries and bazaar which are worth visiting.

Day 12th: Manali (Departure)

End of the tour. In the morning, you are free to do some shopping for the family and friends. Shawls, Tweed jackets, costume jewelry, Tibetan handicrafts are the local arts and crafts that you can find easily in Manali and for a reasonable price. After lunch, a transfer to the Kullu airport or Manali bus station will be organized by our team as per your schedule.

Dates & Services

Departure Date:
Batch No. 1: 6th Aug to 16th Aug
Batch No. 2: 11th Aug to 21st Aug
Batch No. 3: 7th Sept to 17st Sept

Contact us for tour cost


THE COST INCLUSIONS IN THE RIDE:

  • Royal Enfield 500cc (UCE) with fuel
  • Road captain (Bike + fuel+ accommodation)
  • Backup jeep to carry luggage, Fuel, Spare Parts & Mechanical Team
  • Mechanic with spare parts & tool kit
  • Accommodation (Twin sharing basis)
  • Food (M.A.P Basis)
  • Inner line monuments entry fee
  • Pick up/drop at bus stand
  • Farewell party
  • Medical kit
  • Photos & Videos of the tour


THE COST EXCLUSIONS IN THE RIDE:

  • Lunch on all days
  • International /Domestic flights
  • India Visa
  • Motorbike damage will be covered from your  Refundable security amount
  • Medical insurance/Travel insurance coverage
  • Trip extension in case of road blockage /Natural crisis.
  • Riding Gears.
  • Personal insurance and evacuation charges
  • All expenses of personal nature such as Alcohol, laundry etc.
  • Insurance against or for accidents / loss of life, loss of goods etc.
  • Third party insurance.
  • Tips to guides, drivers etc.
  • Any item not included in the above “cost Includes”.

Terms and conditions

 

1. Online Booking
A deposit of 30% of the total estimated bill is requiredto hold the booking on a confirm basis at least 90 days before the tour starts.

2. Security deposit
Required deposit: Rs. 10000/- per bike & one original ID proof. Refundable if there is no damage on the bike.

3. Cancellation and refunds
40% of the total estimated bill is refundable until 30 days before the tour starts. Above the stipulated time, 20% will be reimbursed.

4. Responsibility of the applicant
-The company is not responsible in case of physical or fatal injuries.

-The company is not responsible for the bikes damages. If the body, clutch plates or riding gears are damaged because of rough riding the applicant will be charged.

5. Trip extension
If unforeseen circumstances necessitate a trip extension or if the participants decide to extend the motorbike tour, additional costs will be charged to them.

6. Unexpected disruptions
Hardev Motors organizes guided motorcycle tours in some of the wildest areas on earth, accordingly the weather and environment can be unstable especially in the Himalayas.
Company is not responsible for changes in the itinerary or program  that are a result of roadblocks, landslides, monsoon, heavy rain or snow fall and any natural crisis.

7. Rights
HM Holds the rights to refuse/ remove you while on a tour In case of   not follow the rules of ride /command of team leader/Unacceptable behavior with other group members etc. No amount is refundable in that situation.

8. Conditions to participate in our rides
To participate as a rider an individual has to be equal or above the age of 18 years at the time of the tour and be in possession of a valid motorcycle driving license and international driving license (for foreigners), be in good health condition and have at least 2 or 3 years experience in riding a motorcycle.

As a pillion, an individual has to be equal or above the age of 12 years at the time of the tour, in good health condition and with at least some motorcycle co-riding experience.

9.Number of participants
A minimum of 6 riders is required to start a tour.

 

Bank details
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(Bank of India) Manali Distt. Kullu (H.P) INDIA.
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Manali, Distt. Kullu (H.P.) 175131, India

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