This twelve day tour on the new Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle covers most of the scenic roads and places in the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from the Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh highways, it covers the pristine Pangong Tso lake and also the Nubra valley. This tour covers a total of 10 high altitude passes along with the three highest motorable passes in the world. This tour is designed in a way that you get properly acclimatized to the high altitude region of Ladakh.
2017 Tour details
Duration: 12 days, Srinagar to Manali
Rider: INR 59,990
Pillion passenger: INR 49,990
Booking amount: INR 10,000
Bookings for the tour close once the required number of riders is met
Tour Price inclusions
- Stay on twin-sharing(double-occupancy) basis
- Royal Enfield Himalayan 411cc motorcycle
- Dinner and breakfast on all days
- Experienced English speaking road captain
- Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
- Mechanic throughout the tour
- All tolls / entry fees
Tour price exclusions
- Your flights / travel to Srinagar
- Your return travel from Manali
- Lunch on all days
- Fuel for the ride
- Snacks, beverages (bottled water, juice etc)
- Refundable security deposit for the motorcycle: INR 10,000
- Optional single-occupancy add-on: INR 17,000
- Optional rental for helmet, knee guards and magnetic tank bag
- Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section
- SM1 - 15 SPOTS LEFT
- SM2 - 4 SPOTS LEFT
Choose one of our 2017 tour dates for the day-wise route plan
Arrive at Srinagar
You arrive in Srinagar and check in to a traditional houseboat floating on the beautiful Dal Lake. After meeting the rest of the group and a pre-ride briefing, you are free to enjoy the lake with a Shikara ride.
Srinagar to Sonmarg, motorcycle orientation
Today we start the ride which you will remember for the rest of your life. We take it easy this day and ride on various terrain which we would encounter later on in tour. This is to make sure you are comfortable with the motorcycle you are riding. We reach Sonmarg by afternoon, enjoying the alpine landscape and snow-capped peaks around before calling it a day at a hotel.
Sonmarg to Kargil
Today's the first real test of the ride. Zoji La pass at 11,575 feet overlooks the beautiful mountains of Sonmarg on one side and the high altitude Ladakh region on the other. The constant landslides at the pass mean that we ride through mud and broken roads before we can set eyes on the brown landscape awaiting ahead. The historic road from Drass to Kargil is a delight to ride on, with majestic views, green villages and raging rivers alongside.
Kargil to Leh
The striking rock sculpture of the Maitreya Buddha greets you at Mulbek soon after you depart from Kargil. Then you cross over two very beautiful passes, Namika La (12,139 feet) and Fotu La (13,478 feet), before reaching the unique moonscape of Lamayuru. After spending some time at Lamayuru monastery, we continue the journey ahead to Leh, the destination for the night.
Today you take a breather from the gruelling ride you have had from Srinagar and also acclimatise to high altitude. Today, you are free to explore various parts of the Leh city, like the Namgyal Palace, Tibetan market, Shanti Stupa and various monasteries.
Leh to Pangong Tso lake
Today you ride through the third highest motorable pass in the world, the Chang La pass at 17,586 feet. After the descent from Chang La, the magical plains of Changthang open up. But the real treat is the 135 km long Pangong Tso lake. Today, you stay on the banks of the beautiful Pangong Tso.
Pangong Tso lake to Hunder
Today we ride on one of the remotest route of Ladakh made especially for the Indian Army, which connects Pangong lake to Nubra Valley bypassing Leh. This route was washed away in a cloud burst in 2010. Parts of it are still not rebuilt. With various stream crossings, riding on dry riverbeds, smooth tarmac and switchbacks, it truly is a religious experience for an adventure rider.
Hunder to Leh
Today, you take the road to the highest motorable pass in the world - Khardung La - at 18,380 feet. In spite of the altitude, today you ride on some of the smoothest roads so far and the landscape also becomes grand. After a steep and tough ascend and celebrations at Khardung La pass, you descend back towards Leh.
Leh to Sarchu
The best ride on the Manali-Leh highway is the stretch to Sarchu. There are not just one, but three high-altitude passes on this day, including the second-highest motorable pass in the world, Taglang La, at 17,480 feet. Not to forget the amazing Gata loops - a series of 21 switchbacks that take you down into the valley. The night is spent in Swiss tents at a campsite, as there are no permanent structures in Sarchu.
Sarchu to Jispa
If you think that nothing can keep you surprised or excited all day long, think again. This day's ride is where you are amazed by the passing landscapes, small lakes, rivers and one high-altitude pass. The landscape too will transform from barren desert land to sights of green plantations and small patches of forests. Jispa is a small town on the Manali-Leh highway and here you spend the night at a hotel.
Jispa to Manali
The last day of the ride is the greenest so far, along the Chandra and Bagha rivers. Finally, we cross the scenic Rohtang pass down to the sight of lush green Himalayan mountains and waterfalls that appear out of nowhere. Nature here is at its best. After the descent from the pass, you ride into Manali, a popular hill station in the Himalayas and call it a day at a hotel here, your thirst for adventure undoubtedly sated.
Leave from Manali
Today is the day to bid farewell to the Himalayas and your riding buddies and head home after a ride of a lifetime.