The Ultimate Himalaya Tour on the Royal Enfield: This 17-day tour combines two of our most popular motorcycle tours: At first we go through the Buddhist high mountain valleys Kinnaur and Spiti.
|per rider with two or three participants||€3,699.00 $4,114.98 ?|
|per pillion passenger with two or three participants||€2,899.00 $3,225.02 ?|
|Reduced prices with a higher number of participants:|
|from 4 participants per rider||€2,999.00 $3,336.26 ?|
|from 4 participants per pillion passenger||€2,549.00 $2,835.66 ?|
|from 6 participants per rider||€2,699.00 $3,002.52 ?|
|from 6 participants per pillion passenger||€2,399.00 $2,668.79 ?|
|German speaking tour guide for groups of 6 persons or more or on request. Please inquire for English speaking tour guide|
|all accommodations as advertised|
|Meals as advertised (F=breakfast, M=lunch, A=dinner)|
|Royal Enfield 500 cc motorcycle|
|Petrol for all riding days|
|English speaking local tour guide|
|Escort vehicle with spare parts, petrol, luggage etc.|
|Permits for Spiti, Pangong and Nubra Valley|
|Everything that is not listed under services|
|Visa (about 80 Euro)|
|Drinks/ meals not mentioned|
|Number of participants: from 2 persons|
|Requirements: Very good riding skills on a motorcycle are required. Partly it goes over boulders, through streams and soft sand.|
|Always possible as a private tour|
|Accommodation: During the tour we will spend the night in simple, clean, typical accommodation in the 2 to 3 star range. The meals are adapted to the local cuisine and mostly vegetarian. Many accommodations will be in luxury camps. These are camps with tents that have beds, an attached bathroom and electricity.|
|Altitude and altitude sickness: During the tour we are constantly in the mountains at an altitude between 2000 and 6000 meters. In addition, it makes sense to take an emergency medicine against altitude sickness with you. The best way to do this is to seek advice from the pharmacy or the travel doctor. For certain tours we will also have oxygen with us. Even if we work with trained guides and take all measures on our tours to counteract emergencies, dangers in the mountains can never be ruled out. Again and again there can be weather changes, landslides (especially during the monsoon season) or accidents and you should always be aware of this. We reserve the right, due to climatic conditions or for organizational reasons, to change the tours on site in a way that is safest for everyone involved.|
|Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. Please enquire for language options.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
Here we experience a lot of culture in the form of traditional mountain villages and the visit of Buddhist monasteries. Later the settlement becomes more and more sparse until we reach the famous Manali Leh Highway - one of the highest mountain passes in the world. Here there is nothing but a grandiose and rugged mountain world, whose landscape changes again and again. Of course the classic highlights are also on the programme. We ride to the mountain lakes Chandratal, Tsomoriri and Pengong, cross the Nubra Valley and ride over the high passes Chang La and Kardung la, both over 5300 m high!
Day 1: Arrival Delhi flight Shimla
After the international flight, the tour continues with a one-hour flight to the so-called "mountain station" Shimla. Shimla, the capital of the mountain state Himachal Pradesh and former summer residence of the British, is idyllically situated at 1800 meters in the middle of forests and apple orchards. After our arrival at our hotel we will pick up our bikes and explore the city with its famous pedestrian zone and the Jacku Temple. The day is concluded with a dinner together with the whole team. (Overnight stay in hotel) -/-/A
Day 2: Shimla-Sarahan 161 km
The first day of our motorcycle tour leads us through fruit and vegetable fields, always along a mountain ridge until we reach the popular winter sports resort Narkanda at 2700 meters altitude after 60 km. From here we descend into the Sutlaj valley at 100 meters altitude, it will be quite warm here. The further stretch follows the river upstream to Jeori, where we leave our main route and take a steep road for 17 km up to the tranquil village of Sarahan. Sarahan is dominated by the Shrikhand Mahadev peak (5777 m). It was the ancient capital of Rampur Bushehr, one of the largest empires in the mountains of Shimla. Here we can visit the Bhimkali Temple with its 6 silver gates. This is a world-famous place with a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist elements and offers magnificent views and a pleasant climate (overnight stay in the inn) F/M/-
Day 3: Sarahan-Chitkul 106 km
Today we ride to one of the most beautiful Himalayan valleys - the Sangla Valley. Sangla means "Pass of Light" in Tibetan and we are actually very close to the Tibetan border. The Baspa River flows through the valley. Up to the valley entrance we have a relatively leisurely ride ahead of us. First we go downhill from Sarahan back to the main road, and from there on one of the most impressive sections, partly slightly uphill, partly slightly downhill. Here the road was carved out of the rock far above the Satluj River! Today we will explore the beautiful Sangla Valley to the last village of the valley: Chitkul at 3450 m. (Overnight stay in a guesthouse) F/M/-
Day 4: Chitkul-Kalpa 71 km
First we return from the Sangla Valley for almost 45 km, where we meet our main route through the Satluj Valley again. For about 10 km we pass hydroelectric power station projects and small villages on a relatively flat road until we reach the road up to Rekong Peo and Kalpa. A 17 km long climb with about 900 meters of altitude awaits us. Rekong Peo is the capital of Kinnour. Here we receive our official permission to continue our journey into the Spiti Valley near the Chinese border.
It is a 10 km long climb up to the beautiful idyllic Kalpa. Kalpa is a good place to buy scarves and the typical Kinnour caps. (Overnight stay in a guesthouse) F/M/-
Day 5: Kalpa-Nako 109 km
First of all, we're going towards the Puh. Puh is a beautiful village of 5000 inhabitants with apple, apricot and almond trees. It is the first village that belongs to the "higher" Kinnaur region and during today's tour we notice a strong change in the landscape. While it was relatively green until Rekong Peo, the area is now much drier, with steep rocky slopes and high snow-capped mountains in the background. The road is currently being widened, but still leads steeply along the abyss of the Sutlaj. The route is relatively moderate uphill.
Then we leave the Sutlaj River and follow the Spiti River. Nako, situated at an altitude of 3662 m in the Hingrang Valley, is the largest village in the area. Here yaks, horses and donkeys graze peacefully side by side. It will be a long 20 km climb up to Nako. There is not only a lake, but also an old monastery and a traditional village that invites you to explore. (Overnight stay in a guesthouse) F/M/-
Day 6: Nako-Tabo-Dankhar-Kaza 127 km
On the right side of the river Spiti is the ancient village of Tabo, flanked by high mountains on both sides. Here is one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries: more than a thousand years old, the Tabo Gompa has exquisite frescoes and stucco statues. We visit the monastery and then we continue our journey. For a short stretch we take the "main road" towards Kaza, and then take a turnoff up to the village of Dhankar. Dhankar is the ancient capital of the Spiti King. The incredibly beautiful monastery is located between high rocks. From here it goes downhill and then flat to the district capital Kaza.
In Kaza there is not much more than a bus station and a market where people from the surrounding villages do their shopping. We take the opportunity to stay overnight in a beautiful and country style hotel. (Overnight stay in a guesthouse)F/M/-
Day 7: Visit the villages and monasteries around Kaza 70 km
Today can be arranged quite flexible, but we recommend a tour to the high villages of Langza, Komic and Hikkim at up to 4500 meters. There is a Golden Buddha, the highest post office in the world and the highest village connected to a road.
Afterwards you can make a trip to the Ki monastery and the interesting village of Kibber. Who likes can ride over the highest bridge in Asia. It connects the villages of Kibber and Chicham by a deep gorge. (Overnight stay in a guesthouse)F/M/-
Day 8: Kaza-Losar-Chandratal 93 km
Today we leave the Spiti Valley and cross our first real mountain pass: the 4550 m high Kunzum Pass with a beautiful temple.
Today we get to see over 6000 meters high mountains with white glaciers. In addition, we will now be increasingly on jeep tracks and unpaved roads. We live in a luxury camp near the beautiful Chandrat Lake. (Overnight stay in luxury camp) F/M/A
Day 9: Chandratal-Jispa 135 km
We now officially start our tour to Leh. But before we reach the Manali Leh Highway we will ride for about 60 km on the probably worst developed section: Loose scree, soft sand, a lot of creeks. This section is not for novice riders! Then it goes down to Gramphu and further to the checkpoint in Koksar and we finally arrived on the well developed part of the Manali-Leh Highway. On the journey along the Chandra River we pass through small villages, potato and pea plantations and past spectacular mountains and their glaciers. We reach the district capital Keylong. This is the last permanent market. Then it continues for 35 km to Jispa. (Overnight stay in luxury camp) (F/M/A)
Day 10: Jispa - Lake Tsokar (4267 m) 220 km
After a good breakfast we start our journey and cross the 4800 meters high Baralacha Pass. Then it goes down to Sarchu - the centre of the route from Manali to Leh. We leave the Sarchu Plain and take the 21 narrow curves up to the Nakeela Pass ( 4780 m). A little later we cross our first 5000 meter pass, the 5090 meter high Lachung La. The way down to Pang is bad and is very difficult on the stony ground. The landscape, however, is spectacular and is in constant change. It goes for 40 km on flat and new road through the Morray Plains. Then we turn to the beautiful Lake Tsokar. (Overnight stay in luxury camp) (F/M/A)
Day 11: Tsoker to Leh (3500 m) 131 km
Today we will cross the second highest pass in the world, the Tanglang Pass (5328 m). We pass the first tranquil villages of Ladakh and finally reach Leh. We check into our hotel and spend the evening exploring Lehs (overnight stay in the hotel) (F/M/-)
Day 12: Leh sightseeing day (Thiksey, Spituk and Hemis Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace )
Today we will get the permits for the trips to Lake Pengong and the Nubra Valley, which we will visit in the next days. So we use the day to explore Leh and its surroundings. There are many old Buddhist monasteries, a palace and the famous Shanti Stupa, from where we will have a wonderful view of Leh. (Overnight stay in hotel) (F/-/-)
Day 13: Leh to the Khardungla Pass (5640 m) and on to the Nubra Valley (3048 m) 125 km
Today we are going up the highest pass in the world, or so it is said. Here it can snow in summer and you can enjoy a cup of tea in the highest café in the world. The view from here is breathtaking! Then we ride into the fascinating Nubra Valley. In Deskit we visit the monastery. It's on to Hundur. We can take a walk around the beautiful village, visit the sand dunes and take a ride on the camels. (Overnight stay in luxury camp) F/M/A
Day 14: Nubra Valley Tour, 160 km
Today we explore the Nubra Valley and ride to the end of the valley to Turtuk (overnight stay in luxury camp) F/M/A
Day 15: Nubra to the Pengong (4300 m) via the Shyok River 180 km
This famous lake is more than 200 km long and on average 5 km wide. The largest part of the lake is already in Tibet. So we can take a look at Tibet. This lake has been the scene of many Bollywood movies. We will spend the night in a camp. (Overnight stay in camp) F/M/A
Day 16: Lake Pangong back to Leh 223 km
In the afternoon we return to Leh and use the evening for some shopping. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/M/-
Day 17: Departure
Today is the day of departure. The flight to Delhi leaves early in the morning.