On this tour to Manali-Leh-Kargil, we will witness some of the most adventurous and dangerous road. These roads will bring us close to nature and give us memories that we will cherish for a life-time. On our tour we will conquer passing by two of the highest passes in the world, Khardung la and Chang la. We will visit the gorgeous Pangong and Tso Moriri lakes at Leh. We will also visit Lamayuru which is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monk residents. It has, in the past, housed up to 400 monks, most of them are now based in gompas in surrounding villages.
We will come 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 the Team, who will tell you all the details about the tour. Get ready to ride, explore and discover while learning how to survive in the Himalayas! Go-Pro Cameras on your helmets, riding gears, Royal Enfield Bikes, let’s start riding around Manali valley.
We will cross the Rohtang pass which reaches an altitude of 4050m and from where you can see the snow capped peaks of Lahaul Mountains that contrast with 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 that side, we follow our route towards Jispa. This little village, 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!
From Pang, let’s start our ride to Leh! We follow an endless strip of asphalt loops that look like they are scratched into the cliffs and start our descent on 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 the 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 our journey. After the More Plains, we start a new ascent and reach Tanglang La, the world’s second highest motorable pass, which will lead us to our main destination: Leh.
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.
Leh - Khardungla - Leh
From Leh, we are ready to explore Khardung La a mountain pass located in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m (17,582 ft). Local summit signs and dozens of stores selling shirts in Leh incorrectly claim that its elevation is in the vicinity of 5,602 m (18,379 ft meters) and that it is the world's highest motorable pass. Khardung La is situated 39 km by road from Leh. The first 24 kms, as far as the South Pullu check point, are paved. From there to the North Pullu check point about 15 km beyond the pass the roadway is primarily loose rock, dirt, and occasional rivulets of snow melt. On the same day we will come back to leh.
Leh – Alchi - Kargil
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. Apart from the breathtaking views of the unfolding mountains or a 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. And in between we also visit the Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa which is a Buddhist monastery, known more as a monastic complex (chos-'khor) of temples in Alchi village in the Leh District, of the Indian state under the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council of Jammu and Kashmir. Alchi is also a part of the three villages (all in lower Ladakh region) which constitute the ‘Alchi group of monuments’; the other two villages adjoining Alchi are the Mangyu and Sumda Chun. The monuments in these three villages are stated to be of ‘unique style and workmanship’, but the Alchi monastic complex is the most famous one.
Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
Next morning we start our journey back to Kargil. We will visit the Lamayuru or Yuru Monastery a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lamayuru, Leh district, India. It is situated on the Srinagar-Leh highway 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) east of Fotu La at a height of 3,510 meters (11,520 ft). Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monk residents. It has, in the past, housed up to 400 monks, most of them are now based in gompas in surrounding villages.
Leh – Tso - Moriri lake
We follow our route to Tso-moriri lake, we will see the Tso kar lake. Tso Moriri or Lake Moriri (Tibetan: ལྷ་མོའི་བླ་མཚོ, Wylie: lha mo bla mtsho) or "Mountain Lake", is a lake in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau (literally: northern plains) in Jammu and Kashmir. The official name of the land and water reserve here is the Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and entirely within Ladakh in this Trans-Himalayan bio geographic region. It is about 16 miles (26 km) north to south in length and two to three miles (3 to 5 km) wide. The lake has no outlet at present.
Tso Moriri - Sarchu
We take on the route towards Sarchu (also known as Sir Bhum Chun) which is a major halt point with tented accommodation in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway, on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) in India. It is situated between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m (14,070 ft). We will spend the night there at an altitude of 4290m!
Head to Keylong. Situated at an altitude of 3440 m, Keylong is the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and the most populated place of that region. The region is strange, exciting, primitive, mountainous and delightful. Among the white and brown mountains, Keylong stands out as an oasis of greenery in the district. Lahaul and Spiti have hardly changed with time. People still live the way they used to and strongly believe in conserving nature. Valley, river, mountains and green landscape makes Keylong an exciting picturesque destination for bikers and apart from its amazing landscape, the vicinity of Keylong offers several places worth visiting such as temples, monasteries and bazaars.
Manali (Departure) End of the tour.
In the morning, you are free to do some shopping. Shawls, Tweed jackets, costume jewelry, Tibetan handicrafts that you can find easily in Manali and for a reasonable price. After lunch, a transfer to the Kullu airport or Manali bus station will be organized by our team as per your schedule.
Accommodation will be Double or Triple sharing
Two meals: Breakfast + 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