Average Altitude: 12,000 ft.
Location: Jammu & Kashmir, India
How to Reach: Delhi – Manali / Srinagar – Leh
Highlights: Ladakh is a life changing experience and exploring it on a bike makes it soul changing. This one is not for the faint hearted and can be easily touted as one of the best experiences of one's life!
Day 1: Chandigarh – Jammu – Patnitop
Just Cruise along the highway up to Jammu. Overnight stay at Patnitop.
Distance Covered: 400kms
Day 2: Patnitop – Srinagar
We will come across the scenic and picturesque landscapes of Himalayas traversing Jawahar Tunnel enroute to the Kashmir Valley. Overnight stay at houseboat Monalisa. One hour Shikara ride in the morning.
Distance Covered: 200kms
Day 3: Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zoji La Pass (3450m) – Drass – Kargil
Today we will ride through the famous tourist destinations Sonamarg and Ganderbal to reach the “Land of Martyrs”, Kargil and visit War Memorial at Drass. We will cover Zoji-La along the way. Green Pastures on both sides of the road and local shepherds grazing their cattle is a treat to the eyes. Don’t forget to enjoy delightful Kawa at ZojiLa Top. Overnight stay at Kargil.
Distance Covered: 200kms.
Day 4: Kargil – Namik La (3700m) – Fotu La (4100m) – Lamayuru – Leh
We will travel across some famous passes of the region to reach Leh, the administrative capital of Ladakh, famously known as “Little Tibet of India”. Fotu La is the highest point, on the NH1. It’s the same highway which was under attack in the Kargil war. You can also visit Lamayuru Monastery, Sangam (Zanskar and Indus River), Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Paththar Sahib on your way to Leh. Overnight Stay at Leh.
Distance Covered: 210kms
Day 5: At and Around Leh
Today we will pay obeisance at some famous monasteries of the region viz. Thikshey Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Shey Palace, Stok Palace and Hall of Fame. Shanti stupa was built by the Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu in 1991. Hall of fame is maintained by the Indian Army. Overnight stay at Leh.
Day 6: Leh – Khardung La (5359m) – Hunder (Nubra Valley)
Today we set out for a journey to the cold deserts of Nubra Valley. We will cross the Highest Motor-able road Khardung La along the way. Today we won’t spend time at the Khardung La Top. We will do that on our return Journey. Relax and spend your evening on the sand dunes of the Hunder and enjoy the ride of the double Humped Camels. Camping by the side of the cold sand dunes of Hunder will make for an unforgettable night.
Distance Covered: 140kms
Day 7: Back to Leh
Track back the same route to get to Leh. We will visit Diskit Monastery and spend some time at the Khardung La Top along the way. You can also see the Grand Canyon like Landscape between Diskit and Northe pallu. It is not that huge in terms of area and size but definitely worth a visit. Overnight stay in Leh.
Distance Covered: 140kms.
Day 8: Leh – Pangong
Today we travel through the third highest Motorable road (Chang-La) to get to the Changthang region. Take a break at Tangtse for lunch. Do look out for Marmot along the way. Marmots are large squirrels found in this region. Then you get the first look of the serene Pangong Lake. Drive along the lake for 4 -5kms to get to the 3 Idiots point and another 10 mins drive to get to the camps at Spangmik Village. Camping at Pangong.
Distance Covered: 150kms.
Day 9: Pangong – Leh
Track Back the Same route to get to Leh. Today you will be having a day off to explore local market and leisure around. Night stay at Leh.
Distance Covered: 150kms
Day 10: Leh – Sarchu After Breakfast, we take the much anticipated NH 21. This highway (Manali - Leh) is the most famous highway amongst the bikers and cyclists. Along the way to Sarchu we will cross 3 high altitude passes along with the second highest motor-able road on the earth, Tanglang-La. After getting down from the Tanglang-La top, welcome to the Moore Plains or Pang Ground. It is a 40kms straight stretch and at an average altitude of 4800m literally proves that this region is the roof of the world. After crossing 2 more high altitude passes Lachung-La, Nakki-La and 21 hairpin curves, GATA loops you enter the grazing fields of Sarchu. Camping at Sarchu.
Distance Covered: 250kms
Day 11: Sarchu – Manali
After Breakfast, we continue our journey on the NH 21. Today we cover 2 high altitude Passes, Baralacha-La will be the first. After crossing the Baralacha-La top you can see Surajtal by the road side. This lake is a source for Bhaga River which is a tributary to river Chenab. We will take a late lunch break at Kohksar, so that we don’t face any problem crossing the Rohtang Pass, the last pass along the way. After crossing Rohtang we enter the famous Kullu Valley. Overnight stay in Manali.
Distance Covered: 250kms
Day 12: Manali – Bilaspur – Chandigarh
Just cruise along the NH-21 to reach Chandigarh. Journey concludes.
Distance Covered- approx. 300kms.
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