Himalayan motorcycle tour in India
|Open only for 4 months out of a year, snowbound, prone to rough winds and in perpetual reconstruction, the trans-himalayan tour is a mythical route. We ride through the surreal lunar landscape on your 500cc motorbikes in this odyssey into one of the most isolated places on the planet. After riding kilometers on the uneven winding roads on your motorbike, we reach the end of the inhabited world across the immensity of the high Himalayan plateau in Buddhist territory. The eternally white mountains of Ladakh have opalescent reflections in the mountain lakes. Only meant for experienced motorcyclists, this guided trip offers you the thrill of riding on the roads of the highest passes in the world...||
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Day 1 : Arrival in DelhiPick up at the airport and transfer to a hotel in the heart of New Delhi. Your room is available from 12pm. Night at the hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi – Naggar (2000 m)Free morning in New Delhi and a group meeting with all the participants at the hotel at 3pm. Transfer to the bus station and departure by a night bus to Naggar at 6pm. Night at a comfortable bus, although the journey is long (17-19 hours).
Day 3 : Naggar (2000 m)Arrival to Naggar early in the morning and a day of acclimatisation. We get our first glimpse of the Royal Enfield 500cc. On bikes, we visit the Kullu valley, then the fort and the Naggar temple that were built in the 10th century. On the way back, we ride through rustic villages with an exotic view. Night at a comfortable and welcoming guest-house. ￼￼
￼￼Day 4 : Naggar – Jispa (3350 m)[190 kms – 8 hours of riding] Day of departure. We go up to the Kullu valley riding on a series of endless zigzag tracks. Finally through the Rothang La (3900 m), we pass the frontier between two worlds: we leave the Indian Sub continent behind, and get ready to enter the divine Buddhist world on a spectacular slope leading to Lahaul, a Diaspora of Buddhism and Hinduism. Crossing the Pattan valley, we reach the very impressive Chandra valley. Visit to Triloknath temples. Overnight stay in a guest house.
Day 5 : Jispa – Sarchu (4000 m)[90kms – 6 hours of riding] We get back to the main valley and move north to visit some breathtaking gorges. We visit some old monasteries locally known as “Gompas”. We go on to discover barren, almost unpopulated landscapes. The road leads upwards in the direction of the Baracha La pass (4800 m), before entering a desolate valley.Camping in the mountainous pastures of Sarchu.
￼￼Day 6 : Sarchu – Rumtse (4150 m)[180kms – 7 hours of riding] The road leads up again to Lachung La (5050 m) and plunges into the deep and impressive gorges and the desert of Pang Moore Plains. We then head towards the Tanglang La pass (5300 m), the world’s second highest motorable pass. We come across a few villages as we approach the Indus valley. We quickly descend and finally reach Rumtse, the first Ladakhi village. Camping in the surroundings of the village in a meadow surrounded by fields of barley.
Day 7: Rumtse - Leh (3500 m)[80kms – 3 hours of riding] The road winds along an impressive gorge before flowing into the Indus Valley. We follow the Indus for about 50 km and finally reach Leh, the capital of Ladakh. On the way, we visit the Hemis’ monasteries, the largest monastery of Ladakh, and Tiksi, built on top of a rocky peak overlooking the village. Afternoon in Leh. Night in a guest house. ￼￼
Day 8 : Leh – Khardung la (5600 m) – Leh (3500 m)[110 kms – 4/5 hours of riding] We go up to Khardung La pass on another labyrinthine route... The Khardung La is the highest motorable pass of the world: 5600 m! The panorama of the Zanskar chain in the south and the great Karakoram range in the north is magical. We retrace our routes to go back to Leh. This is for the true and adventurous rider; the incomparable visit to Stock village, located on the other side of the Indus, at the bottom of the Stock Kangri with a height of more than 6000 m. Night in a guest house.
Day 9 : Leh – Tso Moriri Lake (4500 m)[210 kms – 8 hours of riding] We ride up the Indus valley towards the Tibetan border. After Upshi, we continue along the Indus to the bridge of Mahe, often crossing gorges. Picnic on the white sand “beaches” of the Indus bank. After Upshi, we ride along the Indus till Mahe Bridge, and leave the valley to enter the heart of Rupshu, the most isolated part of Ladakh. Taking a sandy track, we reach the famous Tso Moriri lake, gleaming in its turquoise glory. Camping on the shores of the sacred lake.
￼￼Day10: Leh – Lac Tso Moriri (4300 m)[100kms – 4 hours of riding] Visit to Korzok village, one of the rare settlements of Rupshu, and its small monastery. A ride or walk along the lake. A peek into the life of the Champa nomads. Departure in the direction of Tso Kar on a sandy and rocky track. The Tso Kar is a salt water lake surrounded by unbelievable lunar scenery. Camping next to the Thukje village.
Day 11 : Lac Tso Kar – Jispa (3350 m)[210 kms – 8 hours of riding] We take a rugged but safe track to reach the Leh-Manali road, next to Pang. We head Southrds until Sarchu where we will lunch. The afternoon we will drive down to Drache or even Jispa. Overnight in a simple Guest House, but at 3500 m altitude, where a hard bed and a shower are items of luxury!
Day 12 : Jispa – Naggar (2000 m)[190 kms – 8 hours of riding] Last stage of the rally, which is one of the longest but definitely worth experiencing! Early departure southwards to Naggar. Night spent in a comfortable guest house.
￼￼Day 13: Naggar - DelhiDay in Naggar. Possibility to visit Manali. Night on a comfortable bus to Delhi.
Day 14: DelhiAn early morning arrival in Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Free day in Delhi. Night at the hotel.
Day 15: Delhi – International airportTransfer to the international airport in the evening. End of trip. NB: Schedules of the stages are given as a rough guide. The itinerary is subject to change from one year to the next depending on the natural state of the roads.
Standard classThe peaceful homes of hosts from Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh will enchant you with their special welcome. These homes are simple in comfort and for the most part provide a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges. Homely and convivial atmosphere guaranteed!
Superior classYou will appreciate the bright, beautifully decorated, comfortable rooms in these homes. Pre-planned halts after long stages of traveling across the Himalayan landscape for recharging batteries.
CAMPING GROUNDAt the banks of a lake, in a meadow surrounded by barley fields, in the heart of a lush valley... these are the exceptional surroundings in which your tents will be pitched. In nature's lap, there are no restaurants there but a team of chefs dedicated to your service will cook local dishes and make the traditional "chai" (local tea) at any time.
Fixed Departure Trips
Join other bikers keen on doing the same trip, with a maximum of 12 people per group and leave on a fixed date.
|From 29/06/2014To 13/07/2014|
|From 13/07/2014To 27/07/2014|
|From 27/07/2014To 10/08/2014|
|From 10/08/2014To 24/08/2014|
Pilote: 3020 USDPassager: 2520 USD
Trip A la carte
Choose from amongst our many trips one that appeals to you the most and leave with a group of your choice on dates that are convenient for you. The tariffs decrease as the number of participants increases.
More than 10
Price / Rider
pillion: $500 less
Plan a trip to your satisfaction with the advice of our specialists and choose the destination, dates and accommodation that suit you best.
Prices include :
- A Royal Enfield Classic 500cc (2012 or 2013 model depending on availability) with full mechanical assistance and spare parts.
- Ground transfers by the private vehicle as planned in the program.
- An English-speaking tour leader and an expert mechanic of Royal Enfield motorcycles.
- Assistance from a local team: mechanic, cook, truck driver, support vehicle driver, English speaking local guide, assistants…
- A backup vehiclefor groups of 4 or more people. Lateral luggage racks for groups of smaller than 4.
- Lodging: in standard hotels, guest houses or camping, in double bed rooms on a twin-sharing basis.
- If you wish to stay in a single room (extra charges apply), please inform your travel advisor before you register for the programme.
- Meals: Full board meals, except for main meals in Delhi during days of transfer.
Prices do not include :
- International Flights. Contact your travel advisor for cheaper rates.
- Compulsory insurances, including repatriation assistance, which covers you in case of a motorbike accident in India, and legal assistance.
- Visa fees
- A reimbursable security deposit of $500 for the motorbike. In case of any damage to the bike, the amount required to fix the damages shall be deducted from the deposit at the end of the journey.
- Drinks and personal expenses.
- Entry fee for various monuments, temples etc. (at your convenience, these excursions are not compulsory at all). Entry charges range from $40 to $60 per person for the whole journey