Ladakh is one of the most unexplored regions of the Tibetan Plateau. We customise this highly sought after bike trip to Leh region based on the needs of our clients. There are family holidays, short tours like this one and long tours up to 16 days. For the 8 day special Ladakh bike trip proposed here - take a flight from Delhi to Leh and pick up the quintessential Royal Enfield to ride on some of the most rugged terrains of the world. You will cross world's highest motorable passes, camp at high altitude lakes and spend time in valleys which are 12,000 ft above mean sea level.
Start - Leh
Finish - Leh
About the region
Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh cover most of Northern Himalayan region - which has a landscape and moonscape like nowhere else. It is largely a journey with wind in your face - spiced with adventure, nature and culture, to some of the most beautiful and rugged parts of the world.
The Kashmir valley for centuries has been called the 'heaven on earth'. Ladakh particularly is a spiritual realisation of a dream. Here the brown mountains break into fantasy colours - as you look closer at the bright green oasis around villages in the river valleys. Centuries old monasteries, perched over rock cliffs, cradle the ancient traditions of mystical Buddhism, exquisite frescoes and priceless thangkas.
This highest cold desert in the world is a journey of self-discovery at altitudes exceeding 12000 ft above mean sea level. You pass the deep river gorges as you explore to the world's highest motorable pass- the Khardung La. This route is surely one of the toughest motorcycle rides anywhere in the world. The Viktorianz bring you a bike tours to Leh Ladakh that will leave you mesmerised. A life changing journey it will be.
Did you know that the road leading to Ladakh is the same trail that was used by caravans going to the Silk Route centuries and centuries ago? If this isn’t awe inspiring enough, the roads leading into the region are only open four months of the year – for the remaining eight, they are covered in snow.
For many riders, the highlight of Leh Ladakh bike tours is Khardung-La, the highest motorable road in the world. To pass from Leh into the Nubra Valley, you will need to drive your motorcycle along a road that sits at 18,380 feet. It is surely an exhilarating experience. For any consultation, advice or customisation do speak to our Ladakh expert Gary on +91-8447774694 .
Is altitude sickness a problem?
Because the Ladakh region is so high in the mountains, we recommend driving in prior to start of your bike trip to Leh, as this will save you two or three days of acclimatisation. If you choose to fly into the area, we recommend arriving a few days early to avoid being hindered by sickness.
Is petrol easy to come by?
It is important to remember that petrol pumps are few and far between in this region. When travelling between Manali and Leh, for example, the next pump after Keylong is 365 kilometres away! It is for this reason that you must plan meticulously whilst on Ladakh trips by bike to avoid being caught out with an empty tank.
Your flight from Delhi would be an early morning one. On this day when you arrive Leh by air you would witness one of the most beautiful sights of Leh valley amidst the spectacular Himalayan peaks. We shall receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel. This day you take it easy - its 10,000 ft and you need to acclimatise to get used to low oxygen levels. So take this day at leisure. For non Indian tourists this day will be used for applying and processing of mandatory inner line permits. Your bikes would also arrive at your hotel and we could go out for a small trail ride. Otherwise just walk around the unique Leh market; no exertions today.
This is the day we have kept for a local tour of Leh region on a car or a motorcycle. Another day to acclimatise to high altitude, as also cover some essential tourist spots - Leh palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame Museum, a Ride to Shey, Thikse, Stok Palace and Hemis monastery. If you have opted to biking then its a good day to get used to your bike and the traffic conditions.
This day we drive out to explore some very unique landscapes of Himalayan region. A scenic drive through some fine rocky faces to visit the Lamayuru Monastery and Moonland. On our way back we would visit Alchi and Likir Monasteries, the magical phenomenon of Magnetic hill and the scenic Bazgo plains. We ride back to hotel by late afternoon. On this day you would be pretty comfortable with the roads of Ladakh and of course your motorcycle. You are now ready to explore other regiions of Ladakh, the largest district of India.
Having spent 3 nights at Leh you are now fairly acclimatised and used to your iron horse, and this is a landmark day. Today you would ride on to the World's highest motorable pass - Khardungla ( 18,380 ft) and cross into the beautiful Nubra valley through some deep gorges. We stay overnight in a typical high altitude Ladakhi village in Nubra valley - Hunder or Sumur. Witness the rustic lifestyle of people in these most rugged terrains of the World. What you ride today has been for thousands of years a caravan route that used to feed the Silk route through Karakoram pass.
We ride out after breakfast and explore the beautiful Nubra valley. The green hamlets nestled in the valley supporting life. The essential tourist spots we see today are the Hunder sand dunes; double humped bactrian camels and unique Diskit monastery and its Giant Buddha. The bactrian camels are a wonderful remnants of the trading days. At noon we ride back to Leh, via Khardungla pass and check into your hotel. If the route is good and pass is open - we may take a diffrent route to Leh via the less visited pass of Warila.
This day we take on the third axis - a ride to Pangong Tso through some more high altitude passes, beautiful grazing grounds and landscapes. By noon you would arrive at one of the most spectacular vistas of your life - Pangong Tso Lake. It has some of the most beautiful hues of blue, that you would ever see in your life. Its a lake that extends deep into China with only one-third with India. And a night by the lakeside camp is an experience of lifetime.
Having done Pangong Tso - now its time to return back to Leh for your last evening in Ladakh. You could spend the time collecting some memorablia from Leh town, or just have a easy evening looking back at your time spent in this wonderful part of the world. These memories will surely keep coming back to you. If you wish to extend your trip and see Tso Moriri Lake - please talk to us well in advance ...
You have had one of the most unique experiences in life. Its time to fly out of Leh. Our representative will transfer you to airport.
While everything essential is covered on this week long tour. It would take 3 more days if you wish to see the regions of Turtuk ( A Balti village on Indo-Pak border) and Tso Moriri (another beautiful high altitude lake). If you are keen and have time - do ask us to plan your 'Kashmir Valley Tour'.
PS: There may be minor re-routing in case of weather conditions or road conditions at the actual time of travel. Your guide is best qualified to take this call.
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We have special discounts for a pillion. If you have any accompanying pillion rider, please fill 'Ask Quick Question' form below.
- Accommodations for 7 nights in Deluxe hotels and Camps on twin sharing basis
- Your inner line security permits where applicable
- One Motorcycle Royal Enfield 500 cc on rent for you
- Transfers from airport to hotel and then back to airport
- Tour leader and local guide on motorcycle
- Support vehicle with driver to carry your luggage
- RE mechanic with spare parts and minor repairs en route
- Fuel for entire tour
- Foreigners permits for non-Indian riders
- All hotel taxes and entry fees to monasteries etc.
- Flights to and from Leh ( you need to book this asap - it gets costlier by March)
- Any meals not specified (Lunches and Dinners)
- Laundry, tips, camera fee, camel rides etc
- Personal expenses or other additional expenses incurred due to bad weather, flight cancellation, road closure, landslides, political disturbances, etc. ( the present quote does not cater for these eventualities)
- Personal riding kit - jacket, helmet, gloves or shoes.
- 5% GST
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
"After having my first adventure ride with Viktorianz, I can't recommend them highly enough. The planning, organisation and tour leadership is excellent. Ankit was a great guide and Mike was very responsive with any questions i asked. Communication is clear and they were very flexible with requests and I always felt like i was in very good hands. Not to mention that their prices are very reasonable compared to other companies. Thank you Viktorianz ~ "
" A fantastic setup, great people running this company. I had a memorable time riding in Leh. The information about the trip was spot on and complete, the arrangements all around were top notch. Great memories, safe rides, a very knowledgeable and warm ride lead in Ankit. Will be back. "
" 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. "
" Starting of 2017, me and my wife decided to kick off our bucket list by having bike trip in Ladakh in month of May. Once we decided, we started our online research, two of the most critical requirements we had were safety in such challenging terrain and convenience.
As we looked into may reviews online one name kept popping up continuously was Viktorianz, although it initially sounded bit expensive to do bike trip with them, but we were looking for someone with good track record and I guess there is no match to Viktorianz. During the whole experience of planning the trip, it was really great professionalism from Viktorianz, which helped us build our confidence, even though family and friends were quite worried. I was personally also bit skeptical in terms of how this experience will turn out. Even though I did many long trips on bike during my young age, I had no bike for almost last 5-6 years and without any recent experience, taking on such adventurous trip was bit of stretch for me.
We took bike trip in first week of May (1st May – 8th May, 2017), although the summer starts at same time in Ladakh region, when we arrived in Leh, winter decided to extend its stay and that made our trip extraordinarily memorable. Right from advising us on every small detail about planning the trip, Viktorianz team did excellent job, they patiently handled all our queries and provided all the details. The hotel we stayed during our stay in Leh was really good and one of the best in town., every stay during the bike trip was made extremely comfortable, including the tents at Pangong lake.
One of the key for stay in such high altitude is to get accustomed to low oxygen level and stay away from altitude sickness. And this was precisely in center of everything Viktorianz planned for the bike trip. Viktorianz has great team, and they get best local support team (local guide, 4x4 back vehicle, bike mechanic), bikes were so well refined & oiled machines, that I never realized that these bikes were on rent! Best part of this bike trip was our team leader and coordinator for this bike trip, Ankit, great guy with so much energy and exuberance, but same time extremely humble and caring, I think this trip without him would have not been such great experience!
Final words! I read some where that “buy experiences rather than buying materialistic things!” and it wouldn’t be anymore true than when I bought this experience with Viktorianz, one of the best decision I ever made! "
"Col Mike mixes the adventure, nature and culture so well in his conduct of riding expeditions. We were very impressed with his deep knowledge of the local area and his military type of conduct of rides. His 24 years of experience in Indian Army comes in Handy at all times during the trip. He sure is one very reliable bike trip leader in India. I would go with him anytime and many times. "