This ultimate biking expedition involves crossing over high-mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain and witnessing some of the most spectacular and picturesque landscapes in the world. An experience bunched of enthusiasts, combined with experiences from the Armed Forces, joined into design a picture perfect program for you in to the Land of Heavens.
Day 01 :: Arrival Manali
We board the awaiting Volvo coaches and take an overnight ride to Manali. Upon arrival, a traditional welcome followed by introduction with the Tour leader, & allocation of rooms. Later time to fresh & change followed by Breakfast. Post Breakfast, we allot riders their respective bikes, riding gear etc. followed by a safety & rescue session by a professional instructors. Later free time to stroll around Manali to get accustomed with your bikes. Evening welcomes you to a campfire, followed by a tour briefing and some flagship celebrations followed by dinner.
Day 02 :: Manali To Keylong Via Rohtang Pass (115 Kms | 06 Hours)
Early morning wakeup call followed by Breakfast. Later, we flag off our epic ride from Manali to Keylong, a distance of about 115 kms. En-route we cross our 1st pass of the journey – Rohtang Pass (3978 mts) and later drive through to Keylong. During our ride, we stopover at Tandi, to witness the confluence of the Chandra and the Bhaga river. The evening is at leisure to explore some other places of interest around the city, followed by over night rest. Situated at an altitude of 3350 m, Keylong is the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The region is strange, exciting, primitive mountainous and delightful. Rudyard Kipling said of the region "Surely the God live here this no place for men." The route to Lahaul takes a traveler over Rohtang Pass (3980 ml), Koksar (1st village of Lahaul) Sissu, Gondla and crossing the river Chandra Bhaga at Tandi.
Day 03 :: Keylong To Sarchu Via Barchala Pass (107 Kms| 05 Hours)
After breakfast we leave for Sarchu on the border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Here you can see the nomadic Gaddi people and an army outpost. On our way we stop at Barchala Pass (4891 m). At Barchala, which means "a pass with cross roads," the roads from Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti intersect here. Dinner and overnight in deluxe tents at Sarchu.
Day 04 :: Sarchu To Leh (263 Kms | 10 Hours)
This day, we start for our best and the longest ride of the tour. We start our day with an early breakfast to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. En-route, we cross the famousGata Loops - a succession of 21-hair pin bends lifting you 1,500 feet higher. And soon after, the Lachlung-La and Naki-la passes follow before one reaches Pang. The road after Pang rises onto the More Plains, 42 kms of well-tarred road, which is a welcome relief. After More Plains we climb for Tanglang-La, the secondhighest motor able pass at 17,582 feet starts. This is also the last pass on Manali-Leh highway. After the Tanglang -La descent, welcomes us to small villages, green fields and "JULLEY!" - a greeting in the Ladakhi language will add life to the relative straight road to Leh. Wearrive late this evening, to a merry campfire, followed by over night rest at the hotel.
Day 05 :: Leh Acclimatization, Local Sightseeing
Today, you are on our own. It’s time for us to get acclimatized to the thin air, followed by an entire day at leisure in the capital city of Leh. In the morning one can either visit the famous City Palace or take a stroll through the old town or can visit the famous Monasteries, the Shanti Stupa or the War Museum before lunch and the Pather sahib, Magnetic hill in the evening.
Day 06 :: Leh - Khardungla Pass – Nubra (117 Kms | 4 hours)
Anearly morning wake up, followed by Breakfast and checking our bikes and gear, we start our drive towards the world’s highest motor-able road- Khardungla Pass.. After a drive of about 45 Kms we reach the Khardungla Pass – The Highest Motor-able Road in the world. For those out of breath, there is a café at the summit, where one can have a much-needed cup of tea/coffee along with some snacks. Later, we head toward the Nubra valley via Khardungla village, Khalsar. Lunch in route. We will visit Diskit, and Hunder. Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari.
Day 07 :: Nubra- Leh Overnight Stay in hotel
Early morning wakeup call followed by camel safari. Back to camp for breakfast and then ride back toward the Leh via Khardungla. We reach Leh by evening and catch breath taking sun set view of Leh city.
Day 08 :: Leh - Pangong Lake (200 Kms | 4 Hours)
Early wakeup call. After breakfast we will start our journey to the world’s highest salt lake. The 280-km trip to Pangong Lake is an experience of its own. Beyond this city, there is nothing but the extreme mountain ranges for company. The second stop is the Changla Pass (17,350 ft.), which could test ones lungs, for the lack of oxygen. Upon arrival, we settle in our camps, followed to a visit to the lake. Evenings are at leisure, followed by a grand theme celebration and dinner at Pangong Lake. Situated at an altitude of 4,350 meters above sea level, Pangong Lake lies in the northeast of Leh. This famous blue blackish lake of Pangong is 5-6 km wide and over 144 km long with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border.
Day 09 :: Pangong To Tsokar Lake Via Shushal (240 Kms | 9 hours)
Post Breakfast, we do a complete gear check and drive to Tso Lake. It is a breathtaking journey on a trail that is literally a ‘no mans’ land. Vast lonely stretches on the Chanthang plateau makes this drive one of the best isolated drives of this tour. En-route visits the faraway settlement of Chusula. The nomadic people Changpas are most outstanding feature of this area. They can be seen moving from one place to other grazing herds of goats, sheep and yaks.Changpas pass their days with their animals and move with their flocks, their only wealth from pasture to pasture according to changing season. Their flocks, their yaks, and goat's hair furnish the raw material of which they make their ropes, their clothes and shoes. Spend your evening watching shadows of the surrounding mountain and the varying depths of Tso lake changing colors from the most amazing hues of blue and green alternating between jade and turquoise emerald and an unbelievable indigo. Over night at the camp.
Day 10 :: Tsokar Lake To Jispa Via Manali Highway (212 Kms | 7hours)
Anearly wake up call, followed by a stroll around and Breakfast, we start our ride back to Manali with our 1st overnight hault at Jispa. Jispa, in Himachal Pradesh lies at 3319 m (10,890 feet) on the bank of the Bhaga River, whose waters lull you to sleep at night. Mudhouses and Buddhist chortens complement the serene cape. Jispa also offers numerous adventure activities like RiverCrossing, Rock Climbing/Rappelling etc. One can also visit the famous Gemur Monastery, which was built in the 18th century containing ancient Buddhist miniature paintings, wall paintings, stupas, statues and Buddhist artifacts. Asthe sun descends, the evening welcomes you to the warmth of the campfire, along the melodies of a Guitarist, followed by dinner. Over night at the hotel.
Day 11 :: Jispa To Manali (138 Kms | 6hours)
This is the final leg of our ritual road trip. We start our day early and our ride from Jispa to Manali. The route is slightly rough, so this day we shall try and cover the maximum distance with minimum stopovers. We arrive in Manali by the evening, followed by hand over of the bikes and gear. Later, we all celebrate the completion of our epic road journey, followed by boarding our overnight Volvo coach to Delhi.