This eight day motorcycle tour covers the most scenic highway in the world, the 475 km long leh - Manali highway. It also covers the pristine Pangong Tso lake and the three highest motorable passes in the world. The tour is designed such that you get properly acclimatized to the high altitude conditions of the region.
Day 01 :: Arrive In Leh
Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 feet. Due to the rarified atmosphere at that altitude, it is of utmost importance that you rest all of this day to avoid the onset of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Your body needs one day's rest to get used to the thin mountain air. We use this day to give you a detailed brief of the whole ride and information on the places you will be travelling to.
Day 02 :: Riding Practice In Leh
After a day's rest, it's time for you to start the ride of your life. But before that, we take you out for a spin so you may get used to riding the Royal Enfield bike on different terrains. The ride will be on smooth tarmac and on dirt tracks to give you a feel of the Himalayan adventure in store for you. This ride will ensure that you get used to riding a Royal Enfield motorcycle and if you need any adjustments, the mechanics can do the same.
Day 03 :: Leh - Khardung La - Leh
Today, you take the road to the highest motorable pass in the world Khardung La at 18,380 feet. In spite of the altitude, today you ride on some of the most scenic roads, over looking a grand landscape. After celebrating at Khardung La you descend back to Leh.
Day 04 :: Leh - pangong Tso Lake
The day's ride takes you over the third-highest motorable pass in the world, Chang La, at 17,586 feet. After the descent from Chang - La, the magical plains of Changthang open up. But the real treat is the 135 km long Pangong Tso lake. You have ample time this day to enjoy the ever changing colors of this high altitude saline lake.
Day 05 :: Pangong Tso Lake - Thiksey
Today, we ride for a few kilometers along the Pangong lake where very few tourists visit. Post that, we retrace our ride back to Thiksey for the adventurous Leh-Manali highway next day.
Day 06 :: Thiksey - Sarchu
Undoubtedly the best stretch on the Manali - Leh highway, you will feel as if you're on a roller coaster ride climbing up and down from one Himalayan pass to another. You ride up and down three high altitude passes - Taglang La (the second-highest motorable pass at 17,582 feet), Lachlung - La (16,616 feet) and Nakee - La (15,547 feet). To add to that is a spectacular section of 21 switchbacks called Gata loops. All this through one of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. Since Sarchu is snowbound for most of the year, there are no permanent structures here so you stay in Swiss tents with attached toilets.
Day 07 :: Sarchu - Keylong
To days ride is where you are amazed by the passing landscapes, small lakes, rivers and one high altitude pass, Baralach La at 16,500 feet. The landscape too, transforms from barren desert land to sights of green plantations and small patches of forests. Keylong is the main town on the Manali - Leh highway and here you spend the night at a guesthouse.
Day 08 :: Keylong - Manali
The Manali - Leh highway is considered one of the most beautiful yet demanding highways in the world. The landscapes change yet again to present lush green Himalayan mountains and waterfalls that seemingly appear out of nowhere. Your riding skills are tested again on the climb to the 13,051 feet high Rohtang pass. The descent from the pass is one of the most beautiful rides, taking you into the picturesque hill station of Manali. Here you complete the ride of your life, your thirst for adventure undoubtedly satiated. After reaching Manali, you may choose to freshen up and take the evening bus to Delhi.