The route that connects the two northernmost states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir is one of India’s most famous and least travelled high altitude highways. It’s the Manali Leh Road, which is part of National Highway 21. (NH 21). Closed for the most of the year, when it does open, it offers unrivalled coarse terrain experience in the most inhospitable of weather conditions.
The bike would travel from Manali to Jipsa, passing through several tiny villages and towns until arriving in Leh after crossing Sarchu. Before departing for Delhi, the bike journey might be extended to Nubra Valley and other surrounding locations if desired.
The trip’s highlights include never-before-seen culture and the residents’ unwavering commitment to their faith and way of life, no matter how difficult it may be. The opportunity to see animals and avifauna at the banks of rivers and lakes along this route is a plus. The shift from Manali to Leh becomes a noteworthy part of the mental itinerary for newbies on such a trip.
Day 1: Manali – Delhi
In the evening, take an AC Volvo Coach to Manali. The travel will take place over night.
Day 2: Manali
Arrive at Manali early in the morning and be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, we had a meeting with our bike specialist. He’ll help you with the bikes and routes. Take a motorbike tour of the city to familiarise yourself with the motorcycles. Staying in a hotel for the night.
Day 3: Manali to Jispa (3142 meters/147 kilometres)
Early in the morning, meet your Peak Adventure Tours guide for a safari briefing, and then ride your bike via the Rohtang Pass to Jispa. The extremely rich and green Kullu valley is connected to the stark desolate area of Ladakh by this high altitude route beyond the vast Himalayan range. The journey begins in Manali and winds its way up mountain roads to the 3,950-meter Rohtang Pass, which joins the Kullu and Lahaul valleys. As we approach the Lahaul valley, we notice a dramatic shift, with Hindu dominance giving way to Buddhist influence. Continue driving via Keylong to Jispa. En way, I packed a lunch. Approximately 7-8 hours of riding. Staying in a tent/hotel for the night.
Day 4: Jispa – Sarchu (75 km/4253 m)
Enjoy a leisurely ride across the picturesque Baralacha Pass (4880 M). There are several opportunities to photograph the visual splendour of this spectacular terrain, which is studded with snow-capped peaks and high-altitude lakes. Drop down to the huge Sarchu plains after passing the pass. It takes 6 hours to bike. In tents for dinner and the night.
Day 5: Sarchu to Leh (245 kilometres, 7-8 hours)
Riding your bike to Leh early in the morning gives you the sense of being on the Tibetan Plateau. On the route up from Sarchu, one climbs a sequence of Galta loops with 32 hairpin curves and emerges in Pang valley. Continue driving up to another plateau for a long trek over the renowned Moore plains on the opposite side of the Pang, Tzanspo River. At 4200 metres, it is the highest peak on the Tibetan Plateau. Continue driving to Tanglang La (5280 metres), the world’s second highest motorable pass with spectacular views of the Zanskar range. Gya, a Ladakhi village marked by prayer flags, is reached after a lovely 20-kilometer journey. After passing through a few more towns, one arrives at the Indus River. Further journey to Leh town, where you will spend the night in a hotel. Leh: Leh, often known as Little Tibet, is the intriguing capital of the Autonomous Hill Council of Ladakh. Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk, Shakar, as well as the Shanti Stupa, Stok Palace, and major Bazaar, are notable monasteries to visit in and near Leh. The Namgyal Dynasty used to live in the Leh palace, which still dominates the town. The monastery festivals are highly popular, and many visitors go to watch the Cham Dances at the Hemis, Phyang, and Lamayuru festivals in the summer.
Day 6: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis
On this day, you will embark on a sightseeing tour of several of the area’s old monasteries. Shey Gompa is around 15 kilometres from Leh. It was once the summer residence of the Ladakh rulers. Around the palace, there are several Stupas and Gompas. Deldan Namgyal constructed Shey palace in the early 17th century AD. The 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue within the Dresthang Gompa is the main attraction of Shey. Thiksey Gompa, in Shey, is 17 kilometres from Leh. The Gelukspa order owns the monastery, which is regarded one of Ladakh’s most beautiful. Hemis, located 45 kilometres south of Leh, is one of Ladakh’s most famous and biggest monasteries. It was created in the early 17th century and belonged to the Drukpa order. The monastery is in in a beautiful valley, surrounded by streams, and encircled by tall Mani walls. Staying at the guest home for the night.
Day 7: Leh – Nubra Valley (3047 meters/10000 feet; 125 kilometres; 6 hours)
We approach the Nubra valley through Khardung La (5602m/18380ft), the world’s highest motorable pass, and stay in a tiny town called Tiger. The Shyok and Nubra rivers are located between the Karakoram Mountains to the north and the Ladakh range to the south. Nubra’s settlements are strewn over these two valley bottoms. A vast range of fruits, vegetables, and cereals are produced due to the lower altitude, giving the appearance of abundance. Book a room in a guesthouse. In the evening, one may go to Panamic, which is located at the northern end of the Nubra Valley and is famous for its hot springs. Staying at a guesthouse for the night.
Day 8: Nubra to Leh,
We may go to Hunder’s white sand dunes after an early breakfast. If you’re lucky, you might be able to ride one of the double-humped Bactrian camels. We return to Leh, our home base. In the motel for the night. (B, L, and D)
Day 9: Leh – Pangong Tso (4080 m/13386 ft) and return (154 km one-way)
A journey to Pangong, the world’s highest lake. A salt-water lake with a length of 150 kilometres and a width of 4 kilometres that crosses two nations, India and China (2/3 of the lake is in China). As we wander around the lake’s beaches, the sun paints its different colours on the canvas of the surrounding mountains, leaving us fascinated. Make your way back to Leh. In the motel for the night. (B, L, and D)
Day 10: Leh-Delhi
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your onward journey. This is when your trip and services come to an end.
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