Motorcycle Tour
Himalayan Heights

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This Himalayan motorbike tour will take you through one of the most stunning parts of the planet – the Spiti Valley. On your trusty Royal Enfield you will ride along epic roads, scything through the incredible landscape of the lower Himalayas.

Pricing

Rider in shared twin / double room $3,638.00
Pillion in shared twin / double room $3,368.00
Single room (surcharge) $493.00
Motorcycle Insurance $243.00

Features

The latest Royal Enfield 410cc Himalayan
Quality twin-share accommodation as per itinerary
All fuel
All meals as per itinerary
Support vehicle/s carrying your luggage, spare parts, tools etc.
Western tour leader (trained as a wilderness first response medic, the tour leader also has the service of a 24/7 consulting doctor back at base)
Support crew: local guide, mechanic/s and driver/s
Airport pickup
Private coach/minivan transfer from Delhi - Shimla
All entrance fees & riding permits
Welcome pack
Percentage of tour profits donated to charity: M'Lop Tapang
1 tree planted on your behalf
Not included features
Personal travel insurance
International flights
Domestic flight from Leh - Delhi
Indian visa
Motorcycle damages - we require a £500 security to be 'held' on your card. Alternatively, we can offer our own damage protection plan for an extra £180.
Alcohol
Pet camel
Everything not listed as included

More details

Standard - High-end
Medical support: A western tour leader trained as a 'wilderness first responder', with back to base support from our on-call doctor. A substantial medical kit is carried in the support vehicle and there is space for people if they cannot ride.
Average Difficulty Level - 5/10
Tour Type - 65% paved, 35% unpaved
Motorcycles - Royal Enfield Himalayan
Distance - 1410km
Duration - 13 days (9 riding days)
Fly In - New Delhi, India (DEL)
Fly Out - New Delhi, India (DEL)
The motorcycles: We choose the Himalayan model due to it's more comfortable seating position and longer travel suspension, but if you prefer the retro look/feel we also have some Classics / Bullets available for you. All are fuel injected models.
Support crew: A professional local guide & mechanics and a support vehicle to carry your luggage, spare parts and snacks.
Average daily ride hours: 5 – 8 with plenty of drink and photo stops.
Suitable for pillion riders? Yes, but be aware that you’ll most likely become the designated cameraman! Please also note that this is not an easy and smooth ride for a pillion... but if the going gets too rough, there is always the option to hop into one of the support vehicles.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The Spiti Valley sits beautifully surrounded by an enormous collection of mountain ranges that cover Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul and Tibet.

Travelling over some of the highest roads on the planet, this Himalayan motorbike tour will take in everything from riding incredible valleys where the roads and rivers often share the same routes, to the bustling streets of Manali and camping in the ancient village of Nako.

If you want a truly jaw-dropping adventure – this is the one for you!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Outstanding natural beauty everywhere we go.

KhardungLa pass – at 5,380m above sea level it is reputed to be the highest motorable pass on Earth!

Pangong Lake – the world's highest salt lake and possibly the world's most amazing views.

Visit the endangered double humped bactrian camels in the Nubra Valley.

Hundreds of hairpin mountain turns – everyone knows they’re good fun!

Start the ride in Shimla - the beautiful old summer capital of British India.

The trip starts and ends in Delhi - allow yourself an extra day to visit the unmissable Taj Mahal.

A stunning mountain flight out of the mountains from Leh – Delhi.

Start your love affair with Tibetan momos! Trust us, they’re delicious!

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: Welcome to India!

You’ll be met at the airport in New Delhi and brought to your hotel – ideally located, it is the perfect base from which to explore this chaotic and stunning city. Yes, the traffic is INSANE, but thankfully you will not have to ride in any of this! We will all meet in the afternoon where your tour leader will give a full briefing of the adventure that lies ahead. We’ll all then head out to an excellent restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Accommodation: 4* hotel. Click here for more info or to book extra nights.

Included meals: Dinner.

DAY 2: Coach to Shimla 360km

After breakfast at the hotel we will board our private coach/minivan and head for the hills! The journey to Shimla is a comfortable 9-10 hour trip on good roads. Sit back and enjoy the views as we begin the climb into the Himalayas.

Shimla is simply a beautiful and fascinating town that was the old summer capital of British India. We’ll arrive at the hotel mid-afternoon where our support team will be waiting with welcome drinks on the front lawn.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 3: Shimla - Shoja 160km

The first day of riding on this Himalayan motorcycle tour and Boy – is it a good one! We leave the chaos of Shimla behind and quickly find ourselves on beautifully paved winding roads that are simply a joy to ride! Next you descend into a river valley where you’ll stop for lunch in an air conditioned restaurant.

In the afternoon we will steadily climb on winding roads that cut through pine forests up to our first high pass of the trip – the Jalori Pass at 3,100m above sea level. We will stop at the top outside Mahakali Temple for a cup of chai before riding the newly paved road down to our hotel, perched on the hillside offering spectacular views over the trees. Sunset beers followed by a big meal and a roaring campfire: a great end to a great first day of riding!

Accommodation: Hillside hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4: Shoja - Manali 120km

We’ll ride down into the Banjar Valley, through the pine forests and quaint rural villages. We’ll descend until we meet the Beas River which we’ll then ride alongside all the way to Manali. The traffic gets a bit manic so you’ll need to keep your wits about you as you weave around trucks, rickshaws, dogs and cows! We’ll escape this as best we can by crossing to the other side of the river and riding tiny winding roads through small villages, all the way up to our excellent 5* hotel.

Manali is a beautiful ski resort style town sitting at 2,000m. We’ll arrive mid afternoon, giving you the chance to do a spot of shopping in Old Manali, explore the village of Vashisht, or even hike up to a nearby waterfall.

In the evening we’ll go out for dinner at Johnson’s Cafe where we strongly recommend you sample the trout from the local rivers – it’s delicious! After dinner we’ll enjoy drinks around the fire pit.

Accommodation: 5* hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5: Manali - Keylong 110km

Leaving Manali, we continue the ride alongside the Beas river before starting our climb up to our second high pass of the trip – Rohtang La at 3,876m. The roads up to the top are incredible, with countless hairpin turns and spectacular views across the hills.

As we descend into the Lahaul Valley the roads get a bit rougher, but with its cascading waterfalls and rugged terrain, the scenery is no less impressive. Tonight’s destination is the small town of Keylong… if your beard needs a trim, we recommend the local barber experience!

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6: Keylong - Sarchu 100km

We’ll ride smooth tarmac in the morning that curves its way up to the scenic Baralacha La pass which sits at a whopping 4,883m above sea level. We stop just on the other side for lunch and there are three things that might now happen:

1. You might feel a bit queasy;

2. You might feel a bit drunk and giddy – happy days!

3. Nothing at all.

Don’t worry though, this is just your body acclimatising to the high altitudes and it should not last long. Our medic will be on hand to monitor your blood oxygen levels and we have oxygen bottles to hand if required.

Back on the bikes, we’ll descend onto the Sarchu plateau where our campsite awaits. After enjoying a buffet dinner in the restaurant tent we will light a bonfire to keep our toes warm and toast marshmallows! Perfect.

Accommodation: Large tents with ‘en-suites’ and proper camp beds.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7: Sarchu - Leh 260km

After breakfast we will saddle up for what might well be the most beautiful days riding you’ll have ever experienced – this is certainly the opinion of Toby, one of the Ride Expeditions owners! A great start to the day as we ride up Gata Loops – 21 hairpin turns that snake up the mountainside. Riding towards the Upper Indus Valley and over two more of the world’s highest passes – Lachalung La at 5,085m and Tanglang La at 5,330m – the winding roads are joyful to ride and there are breathtaking views around each and every corner. We do have a larger distance to cover today, but the road conditions are excellent – with exceptions of course – we’re still in the Himalayas – so we’re able to increase the pace.

Accommodation: Hotel just outside of town –away from the army of barking dogs that seem to patrol the streets at 2am!

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8: Leh rest day

Enjoy a day of rest, local sightseeing and exploring the fascinating mountain town of Leh – the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Ladakh. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, cafes and markets. There are many monasteries and ancient temples that are well worth a visit, as is the impressive 9-storey abandoned Leh Palace that overlooks the town. If you can not bear to be separated from your steed then you are of course welcome to take the Enfields out for a cruise in the hills.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, dinner.

DAY 9: Leh - Pangong Lake 175km

Riding over Chang La pass at 5,280m we’ll cruise over towards Pangong lake – the highest salt water lake in the world. Watch out for the huge Himalayan Yaks that patrol the valley! We’ll stop for a picnic lunch alongside a stream in this beautiful valley, before continuing down towards the lake. Careful because the horses will try and eat your sarnies …

The lake, shared by both India and China, is 134km long and a spectacular sight with snow capped mountains and orange rock faces reflecting off of the perfectly clear blue waters.

Accommodation: Comfy yerts with big beds and attached WCs.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10: Pangong Lake - Nubra Valley 190km

After enjoying breakfast and a couple of cups of chai tea down by the lake, we’ll saddle up for another days fine riding through the mountains. We’ll travel through an incredibly remote region along an old military road alongside the Shyok River. The smooth road surfaces cruise us down into the beautiful Nubra Valley.

Accommodation: Luxury campsite. “How can a campsite be luxurious” you say? Well you’ll just have to wait and see!

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 11: Nubra - Turtuk - Nubra 165km

Today we ride out to have lunch in the small village of Turtuk, located just 7km from the Pakistan border. You might’ve thought that you’d already seen all the different types of terrain the Himalayas has to offer – think again! This road is an incredible ride and the views are smack-in-the-face amazing.

After arriving back at the camp and sinking a cold Kingfisher or two, it’s into the support vans and out to the sand dunes to visit the camels and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Back at camp – you’ve guessed it – another camp fire awaits!

Accommodation: Luxury campsite.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 12: Nubra Valley - Leh 130km

We’ve saved the big one ’til last – Khardung La Pass! Join the elite handful of motorcyclists that have stood on top of the world with their motorcycle by their side. Reputed to be the highest motorable road in the world (actually, it isn’t, but it’s pretty damn close!), Khardung La pass sits at 5,380m above sea level – that’s the same height as Mt. Everest base camp! The views from the top are second to none, looking across Zanskar and the Kangri Mountains. We’ll ride down the other side on rocky dirt roads until we reach our final destination. We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant and say goodbye to the support team.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: End of Tour - Fly to Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer you to Leh airport. Please note that flight bookings vary from this airport – we can not guarantee which flight we’ll be able to book for you – flight departures vary between 7am and 11am. Flight time to Delhi is circa 1 hr 30.

Buckle up for an exciting flight – no fighting over the window seats – that passes over numerous mountain tops and glaciers.

Back on the ground in Delhi, it’s high fives and hugs all round as we say our goodbyes.

If you intend to stay longer in Delhi then please let us know. We happily assist with the planning.

Accommodation: Not included.

Included meals: Hotel breakfast.