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Leh Ladakh Bike Trip: Beginner’s Guide

Overview

Planning a road trip in the mountains feels exciting, planning a road trip where you drive throughout the mountains and ghats is even more exciting. The thrill of biking through the trans Himalayan ranges with all kinds of challenges, new places, new food, new faces seems unreal and once in a lifetime opportunity. Experience a totally contrasting view of beige, barren, deserted Himalayas. 

 

The Landcape

The uneven terrain and lofty landscapes of Ladakh are perfect for a hardcore daredevil biking experience one is looking for. The land of high passes welcomes the strong willed bikers and adventurers to drive till the highest motorable road in  Khardungla Pass at 18,000ft. The biking tours to Ladakh have gained popularity recently and encouraged the hidden adventurers and bikers to fuel their passion for thrill and challenges. The biking tours cover almost every basic necessary aspect of the tour making it as convenient as possible. The Leh Ladakh tour packages also include local sightseeing, activities enroute, camping etc. This  adrenaline filled trip keeps you on your toes and also offers some kind of inner peace. 

 

A standard biking tour package in Ladakh includes meals, accomodations, Royal Enfield Himalayan Bike, fuel, toll tax, inner line permit, oxygen cylinders, spare parts for the vehicle and many more. Make sure the package you are opting for, covers basic facilities and delivers what promised. The interstate biking throughout the northern Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Jammu Kashmir is popular among the bikers. The routes are adventurous, thrilling, scenic, challenging and tricky. For hiring a vehicle, one must present their valid driving license and be able to drive on unpaved rocky paths and zigzag roads. 

 

Some popular biking routes in northern states

Manali-Leh-Manali

 

This is an approximately week long biking adventure which costs Rs. 20,900 per person approximately. The journey begins from Himachal Pradesh, Rohtang Pass, adventure sports in icy Solang valley like skiing, cable car rides, snow car rides etc, The traditional biking route begins from Manali-Jispa-Sarchu-Leh-Nubra Valley-Pangong Tso-Hanle-Tso Moriri- Sarchu and back to Manali. The package includes a camping night at the desertlike Nubra Valley around a bonfire, under a starry sky. Also get to witness a spectacular sunset at the world’s highest saltwater lake of Pangong Lake. Nevertheless, not to miss out on the local sightseeing in Leh and Manali. 

 

Srinagar- Leh

The interstate Leh Srinagar biking tour between the two northernmost states is a beautiful journey from flowery Kashmiri valleys to isolated hauntingly beautiful Zanskar valley. This 13 Day adventure costs Rs.27,950 per person covering meals, accommodations, toll tax, fuel, and accompanied  guide and a rented vehicle. The trip begins from the heavenly Srinagar, followed by Kargil, Leh, Sham Valley, Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Changla Pass and back to Leh. The trip is rough, full of challenges at the same time rewarding and filled with life lessons. Get the thrill of driving at the altitude of 18,000 ft at Khardungla Pass. Camp on the Himalayan sand at Nubra Valley and have the wildest and rawest experiences of your life. Interact with the locals and exchange stories over some Ladakhi butter tea. 

 

Manali- Leh-Srinagar

This trio never fails to amaze us with the diverse faces of the Himalayan mountains. The 11 day adventure and exploration takes you through some of the coldest regions in the Himalayas. The entire road trip costs Rs. 31,800 covering every standard tour package facility. Drive on some of the most exciting high altitude passes of  Khardungla, Rohtang and Baralacha. The trip is filled with pretty places and pretty faces of the locals. With adrenaline rushes, the trip also offers some sort of serenity, peace and calm to your mind with its beautiful Gompas, and Buddhist monasteries. The Dal Lake, Pangong Lake, Indus river are perfect spots to admire a Himalayan sunset. 

 

The road trip in the mountains requires patience, time and perseverance. Unlike driving on the plain roads, each and every turn in the Himalayas unfolds a different view and challenge. If you are planning a road trip in the Trans Himalayan region, brace yourself for the best experience of your life where you are incharge of your own ride.  Many bikers travel in groups while some travel with an adventurous partner on the back seat. Either way, the experience is everlasting for all. If you already have a Royal Enfield, take her to the mountains and give her a taste of the hardcore Himalayan soil and rivers. There are customized tours which plan itinerary according to your convenience and pace.

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