Ladakh : Great Himalayan Motorcycle Tours

16 Days - 15 Nights on Twin share 

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from USD 2,900 pp
Overview
Start/End   Amritsar / Manali
Total Time   15 Days
Rest Days   2
Dinners   9 Dinners
Hotel Overnights   14 Nights
Total Distance   2600 kms
Riding Days   13 Days
Breakfast   14 Included breakfasts
Daily Mileage   150-250
Riding Season   May to Sep
 
Highlights  

Amritsar, Patnitop, Srinagar, Sonmarg, Kargil, Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, Sarchu Plains, Manali

Accommodations  

Primarily first-class and motorcycle-friendly hotels or camps

Well let me say this -  if you have not taken a ride to Ladakh and back, you are yet to qualify as a passionate adventure person - this is a must on your bucket list of adventure travel. One of the toughest road trips in the world, Ladakh is a pilgrim for adventure bike riders and 4x4 driving enthusiasts. 

This ride to greater Himalayas - you would probably experience the most astounding vistas of your life - rugged and tough terrain, where mountain face changes colours as you ride through them, cross highest altitudes you would ever do on any road in the world, traverse world's top five mountain road passes - the mighty & highest motor-able pass - Khardungla is in Guinness world records. The unmatched beauty of the deep blue high altitude lakes that change color by the hour, the surprising presence of bactrian camels on high altitude deserts of Nubra valley and the most sprightly pleasing green river oasis hamlets - well it is nothing like anything. It definitely is - the views like never before and a road trip of a lifetime. And all this does not come easy - there is a tough adventure riding or driving to do and harsh weather to endure.

riders at zojila pass
world’s higest motorable pass the khardungla every rider wants this picture
punjab area has great roads
a pit stop in beautiful kashmir town of sonamarg

The question here is - are you upto the challenge this summer?

This is one of the best designed life-time adventure experience on quintessential 500cc Royal Enfields or an SUV. You could bring your own, or we could provide you with a rental motorbike or SUV. If you have a partner or family who wants to come along - well we have an SUV and a logistic vehicle that follows.  We would be happy to customize the trip for you. Please go through the itinerary and decide. What we wish to assure at the outset is that you are in the most seasoned and safest hands.

What makes our Himalaya motorcycle tours different from all the rest?

Our attention to detail and the personal service offered throughout the duration of your journey. Our group sizes are deliberately small so that we can give each person as much personal attention as possible. The safety of our tour participants is our number one priority, followed by their enjoyment.

You don’t have to be an expert rider to participate in one of our tours – we can tailor a journey that is suitable for riders of all experience levels. Just ensure that you’re upfront about your abilities on a motorcycle and we’ll do the rest.

Start - Amritsar
Finish - Manali
" Viktorianz organised my most memorable road trip ever with great concern civility and in no time. In fact within 24 hours from proposing defining to refining the trip. Special thanks to Mr.Ankit.
Safely and extremely rewarding in conducted in most professional manner and guided by a thorough gentleman with Vast Himalayan and trans Himalayan experience. Special thanks to Mr.Atul Dalal.
Viktorianz know these places like their own backyard steering out of toughest terrain and conditions with great ease. Satisfaction and safety of clients/ guests is paramount. "

SureshNryn, Coimbatore, India

" I am so happy we picked Viktorianz to plan and execute our Ladakh ride for us. The combination of expertise, professionalism, the personal touch, the attention to detail, the never say die attitude, and just the sheer dedication and commitment to ensure that every aspect of the ride was flawless - it's extremely rare for all of this to come together. I have been on several organized bike trips before, and am aware of the many things that can go wrong, or disappoint while on these trips - especially when you are in tough terrain and unpredictable weather, but these guys just blew us away. I would strongly recommend them and am already planning my next trip with them. "

kolady, Bangalore

" My 1st Experience with VICTORIANZ in most awaited Trip To Ladakh. From the day one of booking I was guided properly and it's showing the depth of Professionalism. We expected much but they give much more the expetetion . In each and every moment we got what we want . Even if due to some unavoidable circumstances we canceled one day and happy to say that they arrange the alternative within couple of minutes the alternate. We enjoyed our entire trip without facing any difficulties and focused on enjoying the nature at its best . Starting from Airport Pick up to End of journey we naver face any problem. The property's they provide all are wonderful.
Lastly want to say it's truly memorable Trip to Ladakh which was beyond our expectations. Thank you Viktorianz for organising such a hasslefree vacation.
Hope to do something next feature ASAP . "

smrutibiswal, Cuttack, India

Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Amritsar

Day one of this amazing expedition starts as you’ll reach Amritsar (by your own means) and check into a Hotel - we will receive you at the Airport or Railway station. Amritsar is a town with immense historical and religious importance. It used to be a centre stage for the Indian independence movement and a visit to Jallianwallah Bagh will bring tears to your eyes - the Massacre of unarmed Indian protestors by General Dyer's firing squad - changed the course of Indian Independence movement. And then there is the Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib - It is the seat of power for the Sikh Religion - there are umpteen legends and anecdotes as you walk around this exceptionally revered religious place. Spend sometime just sitting and observing the fishes in the pool of nectar - Amritsar, name comes from this. If you would have time and are in town in forenoon - you must witness the emotionally charged - beat the retreat ceremony at Wagah  - the border with Pakistan - this one will give you goose bumps - this ceremony is unique in the world. 

At hotel in the evening you would have a detailed briefing of the expedition and your acquaintance with your motorcycle - your horse for the next 15 days. Its common to give it a name.  

Day 02: Ride from Amritsar to Patnitop

The rides would normally start early in mornings - to take advantage of low traffic - and cool ride experience. You will begin the ride through plains of Punjab - the bread basket of India - hamlets and rice fields would be on both sides of the good road. This would slowly change when you enter the Jammu region - the terrain here is riverine - you would pass through a large number of streams coming out of Himalayas. The road remains good till Udhampur after which it is a single lane road - and one has to be careful about the traffic. In the afternoon we would be at this beautiful hill station - Patnitop - our first halt in the lower Himalayas. You would love your evening among the clouds. The dinner by a bonfire would be a memorable evening at the hotel. Sleep early for the ride next day. 

Day 03: Patnitop to Srinagar

After an early breakfast, we check out and ride towards Srinagar. Today you would ride through a single road - passing through the crowded villages and towns - made busier by the Army convoys which have priority rights. There will be a checkpost short of Jawahar tunnel for your identity and passport checks. Jawahar tunnel needs to be crossed with care - and once across you are officially in the most beautiful Kashmir valley. After some quick pictures, we ride down past the Kashmiri crowded towns towards Srinagar. You can expect some traffic snarls as you come closer to Srinagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir.  We reach Srinagar by afternoon and take a Shikara ride to our houseboats - a unique stay on the famous Dal Lake. You could relax for a while and then in the evening you are free to explore the Lake and surroundings. Shikara ride on the lake is the most popular thing to do in the evening. Once back from your easy and pleasant evening, you will be served a Kashmiri dinner at the houseboat. You could spend some more time on the lakeside seating or retire early for the ride in the morning. This would be another very memorable evening. 

Day 04: Ride from Sonmarg to Kargil

Start early in the morning after breakfast. The morning ride will take you through a nice and winding road along a gushing water stream - to Sonamarg. This is a beautiful hamlet - lush green meadows and time for a hot cup of tea. You will cross famous Zozila Pass - this pass gets washed away by heavy snowfall each year. There are at times long truck convoys on Zojila. This one will surely test your riding skills - there is no black top.  Once across, you ride on to Dras - rated to be the second coldest inhabited place in the World. You would also pay tribute to the real Heroes of the Kargil War. Overnight we will be at hotel in the small himalayan township of Kargil. This is where the greater Himalayas will begin to unfold. 

Day 05: Ride to Leh

Wake up early again and start journey toward Leh after breakfast - the roads today too - will be a mixed bag. Enroute you’ll visit standing Buddha at Mulbegh, the famous Lamayuru Monastery among a unique landscape that resembles moon - called Moonland. We take detour off the main highway - and a lunch break at the ancient Alchi Monastery - what a wonderful temple complex. We then ride onto the strangely true Magnetic Hill and the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. We then ride the Bazgo plains - and reach Leh by the evening. It was a good days ride - you are in a capital town of Ladakh region. Some modern amenities in this high Himalayas - beyond 10,000 ft. So take it easy today. 

Day 06: Rest day at Leh

After four days of riding, this day is dedicated for relaxing and acclimatization. On this day you are free to explore Leh at your own pace, and visit to Stok Palace, Leh Palace, Hall of Fame museum, Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Shanti stupa, Tibetan market and shops in Leh town. You can also enjoy some local food and buy souvenirs from a local market. Leh is the centre of all the activities in the region and you would love even walking around the town. But take it easy - this is an acclimatisation day. The motorcycles would be put through a servicing routine - for next day's tough ride to Khardungla. 

Day 07: Ride to Nubra Valley

This is a big landmark day of your riding life. You’ll ride on a motorcycle to the world’s highest motorable pass, the Khardung La (18384 ft) - this is the highest one can ever reach on a motorcycle on this planet - click a quick picture and be sure that you leave the pass earliest to ride down on the other side. We now cross over to the beautiful Nubra Valley - riding some of the highest altitudes. Your overnight stay will be at an Organic farm field camp - and you would love it. There would be a dinner by the fireplace and a clearest of the night skies. 

Day 08: Relaxed day at Nubra and explore Nubra valley

Nubra valley deserves more than one day. There are quite a few things one could do. You can explore the Nubra valley on your bike - important places to see would be the Diskit Monatery - which has some great stories to hear from monks and the famous Hunder sand-dunes - where you would be amazed at the double hump bactrian camels. These camels are the remnants of the silk trade that flourished through this valley in the past. About a days ride from Nubra and back would be to the Balti village of Turtuk or may be the hot water springs of Panamik. These are optional activities - and would require special permits and preparations. 

Day 09: Ride back to Leh

This would be an easy morning to wake up and may be take a walk around the village and see the life as it exists beyond 10,000 ft. Around 10 am, post breakfast we ride back to Leh once again via Khardungla. You have another chance to take a photo at highest motorable pass in the world - before you roll down back into Leh valley. Yet another day when modern amenities are available to you. So you may have the long missed pizza or a burger before we once again ride into the wilderness. 

Day 10: Ride from Leh to Pangong Tso Lake

This is a wonderful ride to one of the most beautiful vistas of your life - the stupendous Pangong Tso lake. We do pass through various passes and valley and frightening roads. It would be cold in the passes and on the lake - the winds at times are pretty harsh. Try spotting the mormots or ibex on the slopes and meadows if you can. The turquoise blue Pangong lake and the various hues of blue it changes as the sun and clouds play with each other - is a natural wonder. We would be at our camps by the afternoon. Take a walk by the lake in the evening and see the vastness of this crystal clear lake. It is a humbling experience. 

Day 11: Ride from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Lake

This is one of the long and tough day to ride - and it makes sense to again start early. The roads to Tso Moriri are not developed, but it is worth all the efforts.  Tso Moriri is yet another high altitude lake, that is more beautiful and less frequented by the tourists. It is also a famous breeding ground for the black necked cranes. We should be there by late afternoon - savor the views of this water body from the famous view point, walk around the village and retire early for the next day's ride. It would be windy most of the time - good protection against cold is recommended. 

Day 12: Ride from Tso Moriri to Sarchu Plains

With some more morning views of the beautiful Tso Moriri - we need to ride out early, and it is a long day ride to Sarchu. Some of the most rugged of your ride would happen today - the road surface is non existent in the first half of the day. You would pass by a drying Tso-Kar lake - often visited by the bird watching enthusiasts. Once across Tsokar, we are on some real nice roads and drives - The Moreh Plains. Here you could ride to your heart's content after a long time. At the end of these plains is a road side camp called Pang. With a quick lunch, we get on to our ride, as we still have quite a bit to cover. By late afternoon we cross the border into Himachal at Sarchu - a windy valley that looks like narrow plains. We quickly check into our camps. Sarchu normally is pretty cold and has wind chill effect. It would be good to retire early, as you still have another tough day ahead, before you are in Manali.  

Day 13: Ride to Manali

Well here we are - the last of the tough ride days, but with most rewarding views too. We would do well to start early morning to ride some more  mountain passes. The roads will be good, bad and ugly - and you would be happy to finally cross the famous Rohtang La - which means the Heap of Dead. A few years from now - you will not have to cross Rohtang, as there is a tunnel under construction below this hill. If we do sustained riding with only very essential halts - we would be Manali by the evening. This would be a tough day, and a few places your IDs would be checked. 

Day 14: A rest day at Manali

Well you have just finished one the most tough ride of your life - given the uncertainties it reveals - it arguably is the toughest commercial ride on planet Earth. After some 4 days of rough ride mode - today you get to spend some time relaxing and reminiscing your ride days in the beautiful Manali resort. You could just laze around, do some rafting or para-gliding, buy some trinkets or just go to the town and have some beer or coffee or pizza. You would love this much needed break. The bikes need rest and maintenance too. One more day of high octane ride and then you are back to your usual mundane life. 

Day 15: Travel to Delhi by bus or flight

You have been through a lot of Himalayas - and that means a lot. You will realize this once you are back home and see the images of the experiential journey you dared to take. 

Like all good things that come to an end - this is the last day of this tour. We deposit bikes and prepare for our flights or trains back home. We normally have a review session - and we see all the pictures we took on the ride. You say good bye to your ride buddies, thank you to the staff that made it possible - and go your own way till you meet again on another Vitkorianz ride in another unique riding trail.   

Inclusions
  • 14 nights’ stay in deluxe hotels / camps with breakfast.
  • Dinners in camps and some hotels where we reach late evenings ( Patnitop, Srinagar, Kargil, Nubra, Pangong and first night at Manali).
  • Mid range accommodations are on twin sharing basis.
  • Motorcycle hire, 500 cc Royal Enfield, for duration of ride - 16 days.
  • Tour leader on motorcycle.
  • Support vehicle with driver.
  • Royal Enfield mechanic with spare parts and minor repairs enroute.
  • Fuel for entire tour.
  • Arrangements of all permits and permissions for restricted areas.
Exclusions
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Lunches and dinners at places not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Laundry, tips and souvenirs.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Riding protection gears.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Damages to the motorbike to be paid by rider.
  • 9% Govt Service Tax
Dates & Availability
Starting
Finishing
Total from USD  
26 May 2018
09 Jun 2018
USD 2,900 Book Now
18 Aug 2018
01 Sep 2018
USD 2,900 Book Now
Add Ons
Name
Day/s
Total from USD
Pillion Rider on the same tour
USD 1,600
Taj Mahal tour
1
USD 300
Delhi Agra Jaipur tour
4
USD 1,000

What we have mentioned above as add-ons is what normally our foreign guests ask of us. Beyond this too we are happy to organise anything on travel that you want to do after the ride. It could be a Yoga and wellness or a beach holiday in Goa - we handle all that and more for our clients. 

In case you have a family or a partner who wants to accompany with you either as a pillion or wants to be in the SUV following us - we are ready to work that out. If you wish to do the itinerary on a self drive SUV and be with the ride - we are OK with that. If you have any such special requirements we are happy to help and customise. Please let us know of it by filling the  Ask Quick Question form below.

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