Kashmir is rightly denoted as ‘heaven on Earth’. It is simply breathtaking. We will start from Manali, have an adventurous ride through Leh and Sarchu before we reach Kashmir. We will pass two of the highest motorable passes in the world, Khardung la pass the highest motorable pass in the World and Chang la which is the third highest pass. We will witness the splendid Pangong Lake and Tso-Moriri, in Leh, before we head to Srinagar to appreciate the beautiful sceneries and experience a relaxing shikara ride.
We will come to pick you up at the Kullu Airport or the bus station and drive you to your hotel. Our representatives there will provide you with all the services and soon you’ll be introduced to the bikes and all the details about the tour. Go-Pro Cameras on helmets, riding gears, Royal Enfield Bikes, let’s start riding around Manali Valley.
While we head to Jispa we will cross the Rohtang pass which reaches an altitude of 4050m and from where you can see the snow white peaks of Lahaul Mountains that contrast with the fluttering Buddhist prayer flags. The pass provides a natural divide between the sub-humid/humid Kullu Valley with a primarily Hindu culture (in the south), and the arid/semi-arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture (in the north). From there, we will follow our route towards Jispa. This little village, with barely 332 inhabitants, is situated at an altitude of 3200m. Jispa is usually promoted by travel operators as a necessary halt on the way to Ladakh, when coming from Manali. Located right at the banks of river Bhaga, Jispa will offer you a fabulous view of the valley and an incomparable peace.
Get ready to cross the Ladakh borders! We’ll ride on a torturous zigzag shaped uphill road that lies in the shadows of the hanging glacier to Baralach La (4900m). At Lachulung La, you can see incredible natural sculptures built by the wind blowing through the rocks of a canyon that reminds one of Arizona. We start our descent to the green fields of Sarchu plateau and finally reach Pang, a useful halt on Manali-Leh highway. There we’ll camp and spend a fun and convivial time together before sleeping among the clouds as this place reaches an altitude of 4500m!
Pang - Tso Kar Lake - Tso Moriri Lake
We follow our route towards Tso Kar Lake. We take an endless strip of asphalt loops that look like they are scratched into the cliffs and start our descent on to the More Plains, a long, wide and straight road. The More Plain is home to many species of animals like the Tibetan wild ass or kiang, wild horses, marmots. If you are lucky, you can even spot Changspa nomads camping in the surreal landscape of the More Plains. Flanked by beautiful mountains on both sides, this area is a major attraction to the Bikers heading towards Leh, from Manali. This huge ‘top-of-the-world’ plateau presents a landscape unlike anything else on your journey. After the visit, head to Tso Kar lake, a fluctuating salt lake situated at 4530m altitude. It is known for its size (22 km²) and depth (95m) but also for its incredible birds and diversity. After appreciating an immense and sumptuous panorama showing nature at its best, be ready for the next masterpiece! With a depth of 105m and a size of 120 Km², Tso Moriri lake is located at an altitude of 4595m and is the largest of the high altitude lakes in the Trans-Himalayan bio geographic region, entirely within India. The captivating color of the lake surrounded by majestic mountains, the incredible wealth of fauna and flora will make you feel like you are in heaven. This place is so peaceful that after sunset, you can hear only your own heartbeat or the roar of a snow Leopard.
Tso Moriri Lake – Leh
We will continue our ride.
On this day we will take a short break from the long ride to see more of Ladakh’s main sights. India’s ‘Little Tibet’ was highly influenced by the presence of Singge Namgyall, the greatest king of Ladakh, who decided to open the famous trade route to Central Asia. In 1974 the region was opened for visitors and since 2002 it has a substantial number of tourists. Nowadays, Leh is the most important town and the capital of Ladakh region. With 27,513 inhabitants and an altitude of 3524m, the town tripled its size in the last two decades and became a focal point for sightseeing. In addition to its many cultural places and monuments (Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Leh Mosque, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa) mostly influenced by Tibetan architecture, you will find great enjoyment losing yourself in the small charming narrow streets.
On this day we will take some rest while sightseeing the rest of Leh. We are mostly preparing ourselves for the big stretch.
Leh - Khardungla - Nubra Valley
From Leh, we are ready to explore the fabulous Nubra Valley, a high altitude cold desert (about 3028m altitude) with rare precipitation and scanty vegetation. On the road, we will travel over the Khardung La pass listed in the Guinness World Records as it is 5602m high! The world's highest motorable pass. After taking a breath, we start entering in the Nubra Valley where you will be impressed by the incredible diversity of its landscapes. Snow-capped peaks, Rocky mountains full of surprising contrasts and colors, and at its base, sand dunes, bordered by an abundant vegetation and its river. Overnight stay in Hunder, a pleasant little village situated in the heart of Nubra valley desert.
Nubra Valley - Panamik - Leh
Now, we follow our route towards Panamik. Located about 150 kms north of Leh and at an altitude of 3183m, Panamik is the final frontier village of India in close proximity to the Tibetan region. This little village is popular for its hot springs which are considered therapeutic for several skin infections due to the presence of sulphur and other minerals. So get your swimsuits!
We start our journey towards Kargil, 2704m altitude, the second largest urban center (approx. 8,000 inhabitants). A quiet town now, in the past it served as an important trade and transit center for the Central-Asian merchants due to its unique equidistant location. Since 1975, travelers of various nationalities have replaced traders of the past and Kargil has regained its importance as a center of travel-related activities. Aside from breathtaking views of the unfolding mountains or a magic sunset with the changing hues and shades of the hills, Kargil also offers some interesting walks through the suburban villages nestling along the rising hillsides of the river valleys.
We follow our trip towards Srinagar. The road is flat and with a good surface and runs through paddy fields with the rushing river by your side. En route do not be alarmed at the sight of the army patrols with mine detectors and also pickets with machine guns at regular intervals. The Kashmir valley is still a ‘war zone’ with army convoys being the target of militants. Fortunately, the frequency and intensity of attacks by militants has greatly diminished and travel on the main roads such as Srinagar to Jammu is pretty safe.
Srinagar has a long history, dating back at least to the 3rd century BC and has gone through many dominations over the centuries, among them were the Buddhists, the Huns, the Hindus. The city is nowadays heavily militarized but despite that stormy political climate, you will still do some sightseeing. Srinagar (1730m), the capital of Jammu and Kashmir has a population of around 3000,000. It is famous for its sumptuous Dal and Nagin lakes, for its houseboats, called Shikaras, on which you’ll be able to cruise down and admire along the banks the beautiful Moghol gardens, mosques and hidden villages on tiny islands with a luxurious vegetation. Over the city, you can visit a rare Hindu Temple that will offer you a fabulous view of the wide Kashmir valley. End of the tour. In the morning, you are free to do some shopping. Shawls, Tweed jackets, costume jewelry, Tibetan handicrafts . After lunch, a transfer to the airport or bus station will be organized by our team as per your schedule
Accommodation will be double or triple sharing
2 Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Terms and Conditions for tours as per the organizing vendors. The refund and cancellation policy will be explained in detail by the vendors. Advisory information will be provided before the commencement of the tour. For any further queries, you can contact Wheelstreet or the vendors.
- Riders below 21 are not allowed
- Do not carry suitcases
- People with back/neck/heart or other major issues should avoid the tour
- All Passport and Visa requirements must be made before the border crossing
- The cost is calculated with 6 riders. The cost of the trip may increase or decrease with the increase or decrease in the number of riders.
- There will be no cancellation taking place, unless WheelStreet cancels the trip. In case of such an incident, WheelStreet will make sure the rest of the process is handled smoothly
- 40% of the total estimated bill is refundable until 30 days before the tour starts
- Above the stipulated time, 20% will be reimbursed
- A deposit of 50% of the total estimated bill is required to confirm the booking at least 90 days before the tour starts and Due amount will be paid on the 1st day of introduction/paper work