Manali to Leh Bike Tour (12D/11N)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Ultimate
Min Group Size Large Group
**This package is for residents of India**
Pillion Tariff – INR 42,500
Total kilometers for this adventure ~ 1,800
Riding Days – 11
Road Conditions – Tarmac, dirt roads, slush, and black ice
Ladakh is a word that translates into high passes and this region that lies between the Himalayas and Karakoram range has some of the highest motorable roads in the world reaching up to 18,000 feet. With our Manali to Leh bike tour, you will experience the best stays and most fun-filled routes across this region.
Leh is the epicenter of tourism in the Ladakh region and this small village has grown into a full-scale city, thanks to media features and Bollywood movies.
Once a remote village, Nubra Valley is now a major tourist attraction thanks to its lovely sand dunes and Bactrian Camels.
Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri are high altitude lakes located close to Leh city. While Pangong Tso is located at an altitude of 13, 900 feet, Tso Moriri sits at 14,800 feet.
A lot of us have crossed Chang La during our Ladakh tour! And most will be surprised that it is included in the list of the world’s highest mountain passes! Recent research has put Chang La at an altitude higher than even Khardung La! You will encounter this pass while traveling to Pangong Tso and even though it’s an off-road stretch, it ain’t as bad as Rohtang La or Khardung La.
Another one higher than the mighty Khardung La is Taglang La. Located on the Manali Leh highway the pass isn’t difficult to drive through unless there is heavy snowfall there. The drive is quite scenic so do stop on the pass for panoramic views of the landscape all around. During the Manali to Leh bike tour, you will get the chance to ride through several such high altitude mountain passes!
**COVID negative certificate that is max 72 hours old from the date of travel required for all travelers
**All tariffs are on a per-person basis**
- Stay on all dates on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast and dinner on all days
- Backup car, its fuel, driver, and toll charges (for more than 10 bikes)
- Services of a mechanic throughout the tour
- Professional lead rider and a sweep rider
- First Aid kit and Oxygen cylinder with the trip leader
- All inner line permits
- Assistance in bike rentals
- Route planning and trip management
- 24/7 assistance on call
Optional Add ons (approx)
- Royal Enfield Himalayan @ INR 24,000
- Royal Enfield Thunderbird @ INR 20,000
- Royal Enfiled Classic 350@ 20,000
- Your flights, transfers, etc.
- Cost of motorcycle rentals
- Cost of fuel for motorcycles
- Goods and Services Tax (GST)
- Lunch, snacks, or any other item not mentioned in the Includes list
- Single room accommodations
- Alcohol, cigarettes, and personal items
- Anything not mentioned in the includes list
- Early check-in or late checkout at the hotels
- Entry fee at monuments
- Any damage due to use or accident to rented motorcycles
- Cost of repairs, spare parts for rented motorcycles
Arrive in Manali
Arrive in Manali and check into your hotels. Ensure that you reach in the first half so that we collect your bikes, do a pre-ride checkup, and interact with the group. In the evening, we can go around Manali and see some sights. Your first day of our Manali to Leh bike tour will end with a nice dinner at the homestay.
Manali to Sarchu (180 kms, 6 hrs)
The first ride of the tour is to Sarchu as we leave Manali after breakfast and cover 180 kms in the day. It’s a hot ride as we travel across flatlands, mostly through national highways, the newly built Atal Tunnel, and reach Sarchu in the afternoon. We check into our hotels and break for the day.
Sarchu to Leh (250 kms, 7 hrs)
We depart Sarchu and head towards Leh city. Leh city is located at an altitude of 11,562 ft and the ride will take us through places like Pang, Gya, Igoo, Hemis, Shey, and then finally to Leh. We take this day to explore the sights around the city and then rest.
Stay in Leh
Since this is a high altitude destination, you need to spend a day here getting used to the altitude and to avoid AMS. The Moto Overlanders team will get your permits to visit places like Nubra Valley, Pangong, and Tso Moriri. In the afternoon, we take the local rental bikes and park your rental bikes from Manali in a safe spot. If you are using your own bikes, then there is no need to switch bikes.
Leh to Nubra Valley (130 kms, 4 hrs)
Time to conquer the mighty Khardung La as we head towards Nubra Valley right after breakfast. The roads will be challenging as we ride through slush, dirt roads, and mountain passes. We reach Nubra Valley in the afternoon and head out to explore the region. In the evening, you will get to experience sunset along with a camel ride in the high altitude Nubra desert.
Nubra to Pangong (180 kms, 5 hrs)
From the deserts in Nubra valley, we travel to Pangong Tso Lake – a mystical emerald blue lake located near the China border. The glacier-fed lake lies at an altitude of 13,900 feet and our stay is in campsites next to the Holy Lake.
Pangong to Leh (150 kms, 4.5 hrs)
A ride back to Leh will give us a short pit stop before we head to Tsomoriri, a pristine mountain lake located in the Changthang Plateau. The distance from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri is quite long so Leh serves as a stopover destination.
Leh to Tso Moriri (220 kms, 7 hrs)
Located at 14,800 feet it is the largest of all high-altitude lakes in India. This is one of the most scenic drives in the Leh region and you will be traveling through the dry, desert belt for the most part. Stay will be organized in campsites next to the lake or at homestays in the nearby villages.
Tso Moriri to Leh (220 kms, 7 hrs)
From Tso Moriri, we head back into Leh city. All rental bikes from Leh will need to be returned today, and we take back the rental bikes from Manali. In the evening, we tour around Leh for a couple of hours before retiring for the day.
Leh to Sarchu (250 kms, 7 hrs)
250 kilometers and 7 hours – this is what it will take for us to ride from Sarchu, a small village on the Leh Manali highway to Manali town. This is a major halt point on the way back to Manali and lies a little before the treacherous Rohtang Pass.
Sarchu to Manali (180 kms, 6 hrs)
It’s a short ride from Sarchu to Manali as we cover 180 kms over 5-6 hours in the day. By lunchtime, we will be in Manali and you can take rest for the day. Our Manali to Leh bike tour is nearing its end and you can use the day to explore Manali or make arrangements for your bikes to sent back. Rental bikes can be returned today evening as well.
Depart from Manali
This is the last day of the Manali to Leh bike tour. All motorcycles will need to be returned and post check out, you can leave for your home city.
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Every tour is personally delivered by our trip leader. Along with this, if required you will be accompanied by a mechanic and a driver. Here is an intro to our team.
You can get your own bike and for that, there is a reduced tariff. If you rent, the choice is entirely yours. Once you contact us, we can provide you with a list of motorcycles from brands such as Royal Enfield, Bajaj, KTM, BMW, Hero, Honda, etc. Pricing will depend on the motorcycle you select.
We encourage our guests to experience the local cuisines of the destinations we travel to. In remote areas, we might not get options for eating different cuisines. We will ensure you get wholesome, tasty and hygienic food wherever we go.
In Ladakh region, you will get a mix of tarmac, dirt roads, slushy terrain and mountain passes. The rest of the places, we will be riding through good stretches of state and national highways.
Yes, you should always have at least 2 liters of water with you at any time.
We try to blend in homestays, hotels, and resorts in each destination to balance comfort with the local experiences. All your accommodations will be clean, hygienic, comfortable and safe.
Yes, you will be carrying your own luggage on your motorcycle. Pls make the necessary arrangements in case you are riding with a pillion. If the group size is more than 10 bikes, then we will arrange for a backup car and the luggage can be put in the vehicle.
While riding, we should have access to public toilets/hotel toilets. But there will instances where there are none and you will have to answer nature’s call in nature.
Yes, you can, and for pillion riders, the tariff is mentioned in the Overview section.
We carry a basic first aid box with us and encourage you to carry your own medicines as well. In case of an emergency, we take you to the closest available medical center. We would also request you to share any pre-existing medical conditions and allergies, if any, with us.
July 4, 2021 - July 15, 2021