One of the most celebrated and less travelled high altitude roads in India is the one that connects two northern most states- Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. It is none other than Manali Leh Road, a part of National Highway 21 (NH 21). Closed for most of the part of the year, when it opens, it opens the opportunity of unmatched coarse terrain adventure in the most unfriendly of the weather conditions.
The bike would take road from Manali to Jipsa, covering many small villages and town finally reaching to Leh after crossing Sarchu. If wished, the bike trip could be extended to Nubra Valley and other nearby places before departing for Delhi.
The features of the trip include never-before-seen culture and attachment of locals to their faith and way of life, however testing it may be. The bonus is the glimpses of wildlife and avifauna near the banks of rivers or lakes that are on this route. For newcomers on such a trip, the transition from Manali to Leh becomes a memorable aspect of their mental travelogue.
Day 01 : Delhi - Manali
In the evening drive to Manali by AC Volvo Coach. Overnight journey.
Day 02 : Manali
Arrival at Manali by morning and then transfer to hotel. In the afternoon met our bike expert. He will assist you about the bikes and routes. Take a city tour by motor bike and get familiar with the bikes. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : Manali - Jispa (3142 mts/147 Kms)
Early in the morning met our tour Guide briefing about the safari and then ride your bike towards Jispa via the Rohtang Pass. This high altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range connects the densely fertile and green Kullu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali slowly winding up mountain roads till Rohtang Pass at 3,950M which connects the Kullu to the Lahaul valley. On entering the Lahaul valley we see a distinct change with the Hindu influence being replaced with the Buddhist religion. Continue drive to Jispa via Keylong. Packed lunch - enroute. 7-8 hours ride. Overnight stay at Tent/hotel.
Day 04 : Jispa - Sarchu (4253 mts/75 Kms)
Leisurely ride over the scenic Baralacha Pass (4880 M). Plenty of stops to capture the scenic grandeur of this majestic landscape dotted with snow capped peaks and high altitude lakes. After crossing the pass drop down to the vast Sarchu plains. 6 hours ride. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 05 : Sarchu - Leh (245 kms/7-8 hrs)
Early morning ride your bike to Leh gives you a feeling of being in the high Tibetan Plateau. One climbs a series of Galta loops consisting of 32 hairpin bends on the way up from Sarchu and come out in Pang valley. Cross to the other side of the Pang, Tzanspo River to continue drive up to yet another plateau for a long traverse on the legendary Moore plains. The highest of the Tibetan Plateau at 4200 Mts. Continue driving Tanglang La (5280 Mts.) the second highest motorable pass in the world that commands breath taking views of the Zanskar range. A pleasant drive about 20 Kms brings you to the Ladakhi hamlet, Gya, heralded by prayer flags. After crossing few more villages one reaches the great Indus River. Further ride to Leh town, over night at hotel.
Leh: Leh is the fascinating capital of the Autonomous Hill Council of Ladakh, also known as Little Tibet. The important monasteries to visit in and around Leh are Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk, Shakar as well as the Shanti Stupa, Stok Palace and main Bazaar. The Leh palace dominating the town was the former home of the Namgyal Dynasty. The monastic festivals are very popular and Hemis, Phyang and Lamayuru festivals in summer are visited by lot of tourists who throng to see the Cham Dances.
Day 06 : Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa. Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order. Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 07 : Leh - Nubra Valley (3047m/10000 ft. 125 kms. 6 hrs drive)
We cross Khardung La (5602m / 18380ft), the worlds highest motorable pass to enter the Nubra valley & stay at a small village Tiger. Sandwiched between the Karakoram Mountains to the north and the Ladakh range to the south lie the Shyok and the Nubra rivers. The villages of Nubra are scattered along these two valley floors. Because of the lower altitude a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grains are grown, creating an impression of abundance. Check into a guesthouse. Evening one can visit Panamic, which lays north end of the Nubra Valley and is unjustly famed for its hot springs. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.
Day 08 : Nubra to Leh
After an early breakfast, we can visit the white sand dunes at Hunder. If lucky one can get a ride on the double humped Bactrian camels. We drive back to Leh - our base. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 09 : Leh - Pangong Tso (4080 m/13386 ft) and back - 154 kms one-way
A trip to the worlds highest Lake Pangong. A salt-water lake, its vastness 150 kms long and 4 kms wide spans two countries, India & China (2/3rd of the lake lies in China). The sun paints its various hues on the canvas of the surrounding mountains as we watch spellbound while walking on the shores of the lake. Return back to Leh. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 10 : Leh - Delhi
In the morning after breakfast transfer to airport to catch onward flight. Trip & Services Ends Here.
Cost Does Not Include :
• Air fare.
• Accommodation at Delhi.
• Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
• Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
• Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
• Any meals/services not mentioned above .
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc
• Travel insurance.
Please Note :
• Note: The helmet, gloves and other personal equipments may kindly bring your own.
• Before starting the tour from Manali, clients will have to make a security deposit of Rs. 4,000 per bike. Once the tour comes to an end, the full amount will be returned to the client at the ending point provided there is no damage to the bike.
• This is the itinerary for a tour which we run regularly. It can be altered, and we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. The itinerary is planned in such a way that you gain altitude gradually , you get a good and proper time to acclimatise properly while travelling through the Central Himalayas . Every day there is enough free time to make walk / or to relax your own so you could experience the people and culture from much close on the tour.
• In case you require accompanying tour escort / local guide with you please tell us and we will be happy to arrange local, knowledgeable guide for your tour, as per your choice.
• Please do not hesitate to collect any travel information from us, before working a final tour programme for yourself. We would be glad to provide you all the travel information and hotels details etc. at the time of planning your holidays with us, before you book your tour with Incredible Himachal Holidays. Being local, we can provide you with a wonderful private, personalise, tailor-made holiday tour in India at a cheaper cost than the standard package / group holiday that you might find elsewhere. We believe in delivering the service, more than- promised to our clients.