North India Himalaya Motorcycle Tour Spiti & Ladakh

With our new motorcycle tour we combine the legendary high valley Spiti with the highest passes in the world - up to 5.608 m in Ladakh.

Pricing

Price
Rider: €3,250.00 $3,615.49 ?
Pillion rider: €2,850.00 $3,170.51 ?
Single room supplement: €375.00 $417.17 ?

Features

Features
Transfers New Delhi Airport - Hotel and back
Train journey Delhi - Chandigarth 2nd class
All overnight stays, usually including breakfast
3x overnight stays in tent camps
Overnight stay in tent camp Tso Kar with full board
innerline permit
Multilingual (German/English/Dutch) Tour guide on motorcycle n
Escort vehicle and luggage transport
Rent a motorcycle
Mechanic
Transport motorcycles
Travel security note
Travel Guide
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
Visa India
Gasoline
Entrance fees
Optional excursions
Excursion Taj Mahal (65,- € and 1000 RS entrance fee)
wining and dining
Health and accident insurance abroad incl. return transport
Travel cancellation insurance
other insurances

More details

More details
Minimum number of participants: 8
Maximum number of participants: 12
Maximum number of passengers: 2
Visa (Exclusive): For India a visa is required for German citizens.
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Motorcycles:
During this trip we ride the Enfield Classic motorcycles with 500 cc. This is a left (European) switched motorcycle with electric starter. You can also book the Royal Enfield Himalayas for an extra charge.
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Level of difficulty of the travelers:
The combination of three factors can sometimes make the journey strenuous. First of all the Enfield motorcycle is a special kind of riding and secondly there are the dirt roads. But above all, the altitude can make the journey difficult for the participants. Without exception, every complaint is experienced by the amount . For some, it will remain shortness of breath and minor discomfort, others will experience headaches and nausea. These are all normal reactions of the body and most symptoms disappear after a few days. This process is called acclimatization and you can find more information in the manual. To make this process as smooth as possible, it is important to climb slowly. We have taken this into account in our tour schedule. About 20% of the route we ride on unpaved roads. These are mostly well passable gravel roads, but due to the rain they can be difficult to drive on. Of course you should always be careful in the sharp curves. The high passes in the area are only open in summer, otherwise there is too much snow. This also means that in summertime a lot of meltwater flows over the roads. This can be an innocent stream, but it can also cause a considerable landslide. In such cases a solution must be found. This can be a short detour, but it can also mean, for example, that we cross the river on a motorcycle. So flexibility is an important feature you need on this journey.
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Climate:
We ride through two different climate zones. In the lowlands in the first and last part of the journey this is the rainy season. This does not mean that it always rains but a heavy downpour is a recurring fact almost every day, although we can be lucky and not notice it. It is different in the high mountains, because this rainy period is the only time when the roads to the mountains are accessible. It's not raining here either. Due to the altitude, the temperature fluctuates extremely, during the day it is very warm, but after sunset it will cool down very quickly and become cold
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Clothing:
Obligatory is a helmet, warm motorcycle jacket with protectors, gloves (summer & winter) and good solid motorcycle pants with protectors and stable high (mountain) shoes or boots. Because of the large temperature differences, a jacket with removable lining is best suited. In the colder parts of the mountains you can wear additional clothing under your jacket if necessary. Good sunglasses are important and a helmet with a visor against the dust. If your motorcycle clothing is not waterproof, it is advisable to bring a separate rain suit.
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Travel documents:
For India a visa is required for German citizens. You will need a passport that is valid for at least one year and 15 days at the time of visa application and still has at least two free pages. You should also have an international driving licence class 1 with you. If you are not a German citizen, then you should contact the embassy about possible deviating entry regulations.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Spiti in northern India is one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas. The people here still live firmly embedded in their old Buddhist traditions in the middle of a magnificent high mountain landscape. The desert-like landscape is interrupted again and again by fertile oases, overlooked by snow-capped six-thousand-metre peaks and traversed by the emerald-green band of the Spiti River and its tributaries. But visiting this region demands flexibility because of its difficult accessibility and climatic roughness. We follow the Indus valley and experience with the locals the highlight of Buddhist hospitality. From Leh you can ride the highest road pass in the world, Kardung La with 5600 m. With the plane it goes from Leh to Delhi. To round off the trip, an excursion to the world wonder Taj Mahal in Agra is possible !

Due to the clever arrangement of the stages, this trip is ideal to get a taste of the high altitude air in the Himalayas on a motorbike and also to gain an insight into the Tibetan Buddhist culture. This adventure has a lot to offer in terms of scenery and culture, the ultimate motorcycle adventure on the roof of the world.

- Tour itinerary:

Day 1 Arrival - Delhi

You probably come at night. You will get a transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 - Delhi - Train to Chandigarth

We take the train from Delhi to Chandigarh. The Royal Enfields await you there. The city at the foot of the Himalayas is the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana, and is particularly well suited as a gateway to discover the Himalayas.

Day 3 - Chandigarth - Shimla

After breakfast we take over the bikes and start our first tour. The ride to Shimla, one of the most famous hill stations in India, gives us a first impression of what to expect in the next few days. Curve after curve we swing unceasingly up to about 2,200 meters. In the afternoon we reach our hotel and can recover from the first motorcycle ride in India. In the afternoon you might want to visit the colonial part of Shimla. This part of the city is car-free and you can walk around quietly and undisturbed.

Day 4 - Shimla - Sarahan/Rampur

Today begins one of the most impressive tours through the Himalayas from our program. We travel through a landscape that is breathtaking almost every kilometre and which takes us further and further. On the way to Sarahan we first visit Rampur (1,005 meters), where we can see the impressive Padam Palace. Then we enter the Spiti Valley. The southern part of the Spiti loop is already tarred. We turn off to Sarahan and experience today the first unpaved part of the journey. Sarahan is located at 1,920 meters, slightly lower than Shimla and therefore perfect for acclimatization. From the village we already have a wonderful view over the Himalayan peaks. The Bhimakali temple is located in Sahara. This mostly wooden temple is beautifully situated against a backdrop of white snow-capped peaks. The special thing about the temple is above all the striking mixture of Hindu and Buddhist influences and local gods. This is characteristic of this region, where these two religions meet and easily merge.

Day 5 - Sarahan - Sangla

We follow the Sutlej River further into the Kinnaur area. To the city of Sangla (2.680 m) we ride about 4 hours. After lunch in the village we continue down into the valley until we reach the village of Chitkul. This is quite a climb, because Chitkul is almost one kilometer higher than Sangla. It is beautifully surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The overnight stay in Sangla is in a very simple guesthouse.

Day 6 - Sangla - Nako Lake

This is one of the most impressive parts of Kinaur with a magnificent view of peaks over 6,000 meters high. The route follows the border with Tibet and in the middle of the border is the Leo Pagral peak of 6,727 meters. A pass of 4,550 metres forms a small border crossing here. The Sutlej River, which we have been following for a few days now, crosses the border with Tibet, while we continue along the Spiti River. Nako is one of the most beautiful villages of this trip. The inhabitants are Tibetans and the architectural styles in the village are authentic Tibetan. Of course there is also a monastery in the village and the area is littered with stupas and prayer flags. From here on the road gets worse and the surroundings get even rougher.

Day 7 - Nako Lake - Kaza

From today on we ride through the Spiti Valley. The name Spiti means house of Mani, the Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. The erosion has given the landscape a moon-like appearance. We ride far above the tree line and it is probably one of the roughest areas on earth. Due to its centuries-old, isolated location, the population of Spiti is very much on its own. As a result, many monasteries are much more authentic than in their country of origin, Tibet. We pass two of these monasteries on the way today, and we will certainly visit one of them. We have a lunch break in Tabo and arrive at the end of the day after an impressive ride in the city of Kaza, where we stay for two nights.

Day 8 - Kaza - rest day or excursion comedy, Langsza

Kaza is a small village where we can rest today if. We can also take a day trip to the village of Kibber, which until recently was the highest village in the world with road and electricity connections (4270 m). . On the way is Kee (Kye) Monastery, where you can also admire the room where the 14th Dalai Lama used to stay when he was in the region. It is a beautiful village with houses in Tibetan style. The harsh, harsh climate that prevails here outside the summer months has left its mark on the residents' faces. On an adventurous route we ride to one of the highest monasteries in India, the Comic Gompa.

Day 9 - Kaza - Chandra Taal

Today follows one of the most adventurous routes. Most of the times, the rideway is only so wide that there is space for a bus. On one side it goes steeply down and on the other side it goes up as well. Fortunately, the Himalayan road builders have paved large parts of the road with good asphalt. But even so this day is not for people with weak nerves. We ride over the Kunzumpass from 4.551 meters above sea level. The top of it is of course covered with prayer flags. The Kunzum Pass separates Spiti from Lahaul and is only open during the summer months. On the other side of this pass we follow the Chandra River.

Day 10 - Chandra Taal - Keylong

We return to the overgrown mountains of the Lahul Valley. Again it is an adventurous dirt road ride through the high mountains. We don't just leave the Rohtang Pass literally behind. It is greener here than in the Spiti valley: it is lower and it rains much more. Here you will encounter flooded roads much more often. The inhabitants are no longer ethnic Tibetans. Keylong, where we spend the night, is a quiet Indian village.

Day 11 - Keylong - rest day or excursion Udaipur

Today is another day of rest. But it is nice to ride from Keylong to the valley where Udaipur is located and the Trilokh-Nath Temple and where we can visit the Bima Harimba Temple. It's a nice ride.

Day 12 - Keylong - Sarchu

Keylong lies at the foot of the highest parts of the Indian Himalayas. From here on, it's only uphill from here. Keylong is still in the green zone, but we are leaving it behind today. After the first pass of 4,880 meters we stay above the tree line. Shortly after Sarchu we have a fantastic view over a dry river bed with sand castle-like shapes on both sides. The road now climbs through a rocky area to the high plateau of Sarchu. This is followed by the second pass, which is more than 5,000 meters. To get to Tsokar, we have to leave the main road. In this very special environment we sleep at the salt lake Tsokar. At 4,500 m this is the highest overnight stay of the trip. We spend the night here in a tent camp.

Day 13 - Sarchu - Tso Kar

Shortly after Sarchu we have a fantastic view over a dry river bed with sand castle-like shapes on both sides. The road now climbs through a rocky area to the high plateau of Sarchu. This is followed by the second pass, which is more than 5,000 meters. To get to Tsokar, we have to leave the main road. In this very special environment we sleep at the salt lake TsoKar. At 4,500 m this is the highest overnight stay of the trip. We spend the night here in a tent camp.

Day 14 - Tso Kar - Leh

Today we ride to the Rupshu Plateau, also called Little Tibet. Then an ascent to the second highest pass of India Taglang La at 5.330 meters. Via Upshi we ride along a variety of special landscapes to Leh. The road is in excellent condition, there is vegetation again and the climate is becoming more friendly. In the evening we reach our hotel in Leh.

Day 15 - Leh - day off

Leh appears almost medieval when you stroll through the winding alleys of the old town with a view of the fortress. The multi-storey royal palace at the foot of the Tsenmo mountain can be reached via a staircase at the end of the main road. With its raised small windows and balconies, the royal residence, founded in the 16th century, is reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Here it is once again clearly visible that the region is very strongly oriented towards Tibet in terms of religion and culture. The various temples worth seeing, Lhakhang, can be visited on the way to the palace and also climb Tsenmo Mountain to its top and Gonkhang, the temple of the tutelary deities.

It is also worthwhile to visit the stupa of Changspa on the western outskirts of the city, the Maitreya temple Dschampa Lhakhang and the Sankar monastery about 4 km away from Leh.

Day 16 Leh - Lamayuru

In 4 hours we ride to Lamayuru. It is a wonderful route along the Indus and Zanskar rivers and we admire the bizarre moon landscape. Rugged passes alternate with deep valleys. On the way we visit one of the oldest monasteries in the village of Alchi.

Day 17 - Lamayuru - Leh

The track is so beautiful to ride that it is not bad to ride it a second time.

Day 18 - Leh - Excursion Khardung La Pass

Today, another highlight of the tour awaits us: the "highest pass in the world" - the Kardung La - at 5,606 m. For Khardung La we need a special permit which we applied for immediately after arrival in Leh.

Day 19 - Leh - flight Delhi

In the morning we board the plane for the flight from Leh to Delhi, according to some of the most beautiful flights in the world. From the plane we have a beautiful view of the highest Himalayan peaks.

Day 20 - Delhi - excursion Taj Mahal

Optionally you can take part in a trip to the famous and most visited building of India, the Taj Mahal in Agra. The Grand Mogul Shah Jahan had the marble funeral monument built for his great love Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. Of course you can also stay in Delhi and explore the city. Magnificent palaces and forts and a multitude of temples of different religions dominate the cityscape, or do your last shopping and rummage around in the many shops.

Day 21 - departure Delhi - arrival Germany