MANALI TO LEH BIKE TOUR
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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Manali to Leh Bike tour
Traveling to Leh, Ladakh involves going over the highest route in the world, which involves going over many high passes, traversing enormous plateaus, and seeing stunning scenery under blue sky. This amazing adventure takes someone who is bored and transforms their boredom into an exciting event for them to experience. This journey is extensive, reaching as far as the Chinese border and spanning more than a thousand kilometres from Manali to Manali. The trip begins and ends in Manali. The itinerary offers riders the opportunity to experience riding on a variety of terrains, including rocky trails, asphalt, bumpy roads, serpentine ascents, and precipitous descents, as well as extended stretches of flat terrain. The journey takes you past some of the world's most remote settlements, as well as some of the oldest structures and monasteries in existence, some of which are over 700 years old. During this excursion, you will see the lovely Nubra valley, which is located in the Ladakh area, as well as the isolated Pangong Lake, which stretches all the way into China in the distance. Read More
The tour never comes to a stop since there are no pauses or rests scheduled in between the many placements; as a result, you are always travelling to new locations. It brings all of the trials and tribulations that ultimately develop into an experience that is valuable. When the tour takes you through areas where a network can't be located, you'll feel free from the rush and bustle of everyday life and be able to concentrate more on enjoying the voyage. While travelling on mountain roads, one must exercise extreme caution since even the happiest of moments might end in a catastrophic accident. Because of this, one should make an effort to slow down and instead focus on taking in the breathtaking scenery around them.
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Itinerary of Expedition
You will meet a representative from Himalayan Adventure Trips here at the hotel after you have arrived in Manali. After the short briefing, you will be handed your bikes, and one may take a short ride to become accustomed with it. The further programmes that you will be participating in will be explained to you, including how to ride at high altitude, sharp bends, and road safety. It is essential that you become well-versed in the operation of the motor bike as you will be using it for the next ten days. Overnight stay in a Hotel in Manali.
To begin our journey to solitude for the day, we will first make our way through the fertile valleys around Kullu and Manali. The original route ascended to Rohtang pass, which is located above Marhi, and then it descended to Koksar. With the opening of the Atal tunnel, riders can now bypass the 3 hour ride in just 45 mins. After there, the road goes through Keylong and on to Jespa, where it is quite relaxing. As soon as you enter the Lahaul Valley, you can immediately sense how isolated you are. The area gradually becomes arid and desolate, with patches of vegetation sometimes appearing despite this. Greenery may be found at its bare minimum wherever human settlement had existed, creating an oasis in the midst of otherwise barren landscapes. In the afternoon, we will arrive at Jespa, where we will set up camp for the night.
In Baralacha la, where we will stop for some time, we will get our first look at the most snowy Pass. The quantity of snowfall that this pass receives is far more than that of any of the other high altitude passes. It is the pass that separates the region that receives a significant amount of snowfall from the arid deserts of Ladakh. The ascent to the Baralacha La Pass is challenging, so much so that it involves a significant height rise, which increases the risk of having one's first encounter with altitude sickness. At a height of 5100 metres (about 16500 feet), it is possible that someone might suffer altitude mountain sickness (AMS). Despite this, consume a lot of water and try to rest as much as possible since there are higher passes ahead. After you cross over the pass, the journey is mostly downhill until you reach Bharatpur, which has a number of Dhabas where you can have Maggi or tea. In the plateaus of Sarchu, the road continues its journey farther. The beauty of these vast plains will become immediately apparent throughout the course of the voyage. This is only the beginning of many and more plateaus like this in the days ahead. The journey up to Sarchu is going to be a lot of fun. During both the day and the night, the expansive flatlands provide stunning views of the valley below.
It is a difficult day with a lot of high mountains and lengthy roads, but the scenery is just breathtaking with plenty of enormous plateaus. After passing through one of the barriers on each side of the border between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, our next step will be to cross the river at Sarchu, which will mark our entry into the Ladakh area. The roads that lead to the challenging Gata Loops are, to everyone's delight, paved. The landscape stays the same as it was when we first arrived, and there are no significant changes to it, but it grows drier and more severe. The trip up to Nakee la, which consists of 21 hairpin curves, would deliver an extraordinary amount of excitement to motorcyclists. The higher we go, the thinner the air becomes, which may cause a variety of unpleasant side effects such as headaches, nausea, and so on. There is no need to be concerned since we own all of the necessary medications to treat any form of illness. After one has arrived at Nakee La, we are able to view Whisky Nallah down below and Lachung La standing in front of them to negotiate. After some time spent downhill relaxing in Whisky Nallah, we will continue our journey in the direction of Lachung La, the day's last pass. After crossing Lachung La, the terrain is mostly level till Pang, when there is a brief ascent to the vast More Plains, which are famous for their expansive flat land. The flatland extends for roughly 40 kilometres and maintains the same route all the way up to the point just below the Tanglang la pass. With a height of 17500 feet, for a long period of time was the second highest pass in the world. After taking some photographs, we will continue our descent into the first few settlements of Ladakh. It shouldn't take too long to get to Leh city because of the excellent condition of the road. By the time it becomes dark, we'll have arrived in Leh. From here, we will check into a hotel and get some much-needed rest. One may spend the evening exploring the area surrounding the mall road or going to one of the adjacent markets. Hotels are where we will be staying for the night.
It is very important to rest your body completely and acclimatize yourself throughout the day after a long journey from Manali.
Be ready for the most thrilling day of your life as you prepare to ride through the world's highest motorable Pass Khardung la, which is located at 18480 ft, and then inter into Nubra valley, which is one of the most beautiful spots in the Ladakh region. It is the most verdant region in all of Ladakh, despite having the fewest trees. In addition to being the desert with the lowest average temperature in the area, travelling this distance will need a whole day. The majority of the route is comprised of tough terrain, which causes the journey to take somewhat longer. The town of Diskit serves as the administrative centre of the Nubra valley and is home to the Maitrya Buddha monument that is 32 metres in height. At Panamik, the valley is the owner of a number of historic monasteries as well as a hot spring. We are planning to arrive before nightfall and spend the night at the designated camping spot.
The moment has come to pay a visit to the breathtaking lake that stretches all the way from India to China. Every year, a great number of tourists and adventurers visit Pangong Lake. The road leading to Pangong lake is in poor condition, consisting of sand, gravel and stones. It will take you around four to five hours to cycle the whole journey. During the journey, the route will take you by the Shyok as well as some of the more remote settlements. There are likely to be a significant number of military personnel transiting through the critical border region. We will be at the lake before sunset, and while we are there, we want to enjoy some quality time in the surrounding area. Following that, make your way back to the campers that are located close to the lake, where you will spend the night.
After making a stop at one of the Ladakh region's most famous attractions, we make our way back to Leh by climbing to Chang La and then descending down to Leh. In addition, getting to Leh will take a whole day. The rooms of the hotel will be where we spend the night.
Go in the same direction to get back to Sarchu. You may expect to be amazed once again by the breathtaking landscapes that you have once crossed on your way to Leh. When you reach Sarchu, you will stop at one of the spacious campsites in the amazing flatlands of Sarchu.
This may be the most exhausting day of the journey so far, travelling about 300 kilometres in total. So, we need to get a head start whenever we can. By nightfall, we will arrive in Naggar, which is going to be our final destination. Night stopover will be in Hotel rooms.
Following breakfast, you should finish packing up all of your belongings and get ready to say your goodbyes. Leave taking back lovely memories.
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➽ Things to Carry
- Get started on your preparations by carefully packing your belongings for your trip. You won't need as much gear for a trip to the plains, but if you plan on doing any hiking in the mountains, you should bring supplies in case of bad weather or other unfavourable circumstances. This vacation may take place in the mountains, but you'll still need to be physically and mentally prepared to deal with the lengthy rides, steep passes, bleak landscapes, and, finally, the solitude required to reach a state of rational satisfaction. This route leaves its riders completely vulnerable to the elements, so it's important to take the time to prepare properly before setting out.
- Clothing: Even in the summer, the Himalayan environment is often chilly. Having proper attire is crucial to having a pleasant journey regardless of the weather. Woolens, water-resistant jackets, and dry fitting shirts are all essential for a journey to the Himalayas. Woolens will keep you warm, waterproof coats will shield you from downpours, and dry fits will keep you from smelling bad even after long days on the road. Bring a down jacket just in case the weather becomes cold and icy. You'll need three or four dri-fit shirts (short sleeve for warm weather trips, long sleeve for cold weather trips) 1 pair of trousers, 1 shirt, and a pair of pyjamas (gym-style pants or shorts) Somewhere in the range of two to three sets of pants, one feather jacket, one poncho, three to four pairs of socks, one or two pairs of woollen socks, one or two fleece, two pairs of trousers, warm pants and a hoodie.
- Gear for Bikers There are several manufacturers of high-quality riding suits, which are essential for every rider's sense of security. In the event of a fall or being pulled by a fall on the rough roads, these suits will keep you safe. You'll also need a sturdy pair of bicycle shoes and a high-quality helmet for this challenging ride.
- Helmet: since you'll be travelling on some of the world's roughest roads, you'll need a sturdy helmet that can take a beating in the event of an accident.
- You must have a large rucksack in order to fit all of your belongings inside of it. There should be more than 50 litres of storage capacity in the bag, and it should be waterproof. If you want to carry as much as possible, your bag has to include as many compartments as possible.
- Two sets of waterproof, insulated gloves are recommended. For cycling or travelling at high altitudes, one will be worn as an inner consisting of heated thinner cloth, while the other will be worn as a waterproof outer. Waterproof exterior protects from rain, snow, and extremely cold winds; a thinner glove allows you to handle the camera or phone without having bald hands on a windy pass. You should get some decent gloves if you want to enjoy your bike.
- Cap: One may bring a hat or a dry fit cap to shield their eyes from the sun, since the weather at high elevations can quickly change from hot to chilly. Hence, carry a balaclava to keep your head warm and protected from the wind. You need a cover to prevent your delicate skin from being tanned and chapped from the harsh sunshine at high altitudes.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are an essential travel accessory, since they shield the eyes from debris and bright light. Using UV-protected sunglasses of any respectable brand will allow you to take in every moment of your journey without putting strain on your eyes.
- You should bring a scarf or muffler to protect your neck from the cold if you'll be travelling to a chilly climate.
- Slippers/Shoes: You can get real riding slippers or shoes that can handle rough terrain for the most intense rides, or you can get real bicycling shoes if that's what you prefer. Although the course is mostly on highways, there are many opportunities to cross rivers, thus watertight footwear is recommended. Similarly, make sure you have some flip-flops in your bag. When one needs to relax at the rest stop, this will come in handy.
- Use the Bungee cables, or just some regular slings, to secure your gear to the bike. It's useful for a variety of other cinching tasks as well.
- Basic medicines for headache, stomachache, cold, fever, cough, glucose, ORS, Electral, spray/balm for joint pains, lighter/matchbox, band aid, Dettol, antiseptic cream, crepe bandage, nasal drops for a blocked nose, and so on can be carried on this trip as it is done in the high altitudes where finding medications would be a difficult task. If you plan on crossing any high passes, you may want to bring some Diamox pills along. Please get a checkup with your doctor before you go if you have any preexisting health conditions. Having access to treatments that might help you prevent common ailments is especially important in far-flung locations. Mustard oil is packed with qualities that are typically good at high elevations, making it another useful item to bring along. Mustard oil massage provides warmth, reduces tension, and combats weariness when applied to the soles of the feet, the scalp, or the whole body. It reveals the archaic approach of treating common illnesses. Put some mustard oil in a tiny container and massage yourself every night before bed.
- The following are acceptable forms of identification and documentation: Driver's License, Aadhar Card, Voter's ID, Passport, Passport Photo, Certified Medical Form from a licensed physician, Copies of all airline tickets and hotel confirmations, Passport Photos and Travel Insurance. Don't forget to bring your identification with you; there are a lot of checkpoints and barriers where you'll need to display it. Since you will be travelling on some of the highest roads in the world, a medical certificate is required.
- Whether it's a phone, camera, charger, additional batteries, spare memory cards, power bank, earbuds, head lamp, Kindle, etc., gadgets have become indispensable to modern life. All of these features are customizable to meet specific needs. This route has many rest stops where passengers may plug in their devices to maintain continuous use.
- Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, cold cream, lip balm, sunscreen (SPF 50), deodorant, and razor are all examples of toiletries and sundries.
- There are no ATMs along the way, and finding one in Leh might be difficult, so travellers should come prepared with a stash of cash. Before we leave Manali, you should have time to gather the funds necessary to cover your daily expenses. It's possible to find an ATM in Keylong, but the odds are minimal; it's safer to obtain all the money you'll need in Manali and ride comfortably.
- The water used on this journey originates either from the city's taps or from streams fed by melting glaciers. Mineral water is an option if you find that tap water causes stomach upset. On the other hand, normal water is rich in minerals and will help you acclimatise more quickly.
- Food items: dried fruits, cookies, chocolates, and other packaged snacks are acceptable. Such foods are convenient for those times when hunger strikes unexpectedly.
- It's a good idea to have your own bike tools with you on your journey. It's great to have on hand in case of any emergencies on your bike journey. All malfunctions may be repaired if at all practicable at the present time. Without equipment, becoming trapped in such remote areas might take hours or days.
- After leaving Manali, our network connectivity will be spotty at best, with possible reception only at certain intervals all the way to Sarchu. Nevertheless, after we reach Ladakh, only prepaid consumers will be allowed to make and receive calls. Make any necessary calls before the connection is lost.
➽ How to Reach
How to reach Manali:
Delhi and Manali are linked nicely. You may travel from Delhi to Manali in 12 to 14 hours via overnight bus (approx 540 KMS). Online ticket reservations are available at www.redbus.in and www.hrtc.gov.in Tip: Given the distance between Delhi and Manali, the majority of Volvo private buses depart Delhi between 5 and 8 p.m. At 8.30 p.m., the final government bus departs from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Between Rs. 1,200 and Rs. 1,800 are charged by Volvo buses each sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Delhi to Manali: Buses depart from Manali for Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m., same like the return trip. You should expect to arrive in Delhi any time between six and ten in the morning. Plan your subsequent trips just after midday, leaving ample time for bus delays.
How to reach Naggar:
Naggar is 18 kilometres from Manali, and there are several buses that operate every 15 minutes. Alternatively, one may get out at Patlikuhal, which is 5 kilometres from Naggar on the right bank highway. Between Kullu and Manali is Patlikuhal. To get to Naggar, you may take a cab or a local bus from Manali or Patlikuhal.
The closest train station is:
Ambala (350 miles) and Chandigarh are the closest railway stations (310 kms). Advice: From Chandigarh to Manali, regular buses and Volvos run in the evening. Volvo buses from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa charge between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1,200 every sector.
The closest airport:
The closest airport to Manali is Bhuntar, which is 52 kilometres distant. From Bhuntar to Manali, taxi services are available and cost between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 2,500. Air travel between Bhuntar and Delhi is convenient. Airlines providing flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu include Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines.
➽ Trip Cost Includes
- Motorcycles throughout the whole journey are Royal Enfields, both the Himalayan (410cc) and the Standard (500cc).
- Himalayan 410cc and Regular 500cc Royal Enfield Motorcycles Available in Leh.
- Stay at ordinary hotels/camps with two other people.
- Basic first aid supplies and oxygen tanks.
- Tour Marshal with Years of Expertise on the Field.
- Certified Tour Technician with Years of Industry Experience.
- A reliable backup team with a spare vehicle.
- Enough Gas for the Journey (on the Bike and in the Backup Vehicle).
- Both lunch and dinner are served daily, beginning on day two and continuing until the final day.
- Both the Rohtang Permit and the Leh Inner Line Permit are essential.
- Expedition stickers and badges for your bicycle or helmet.
➽ Trip cost Excludes
- 5% GST.
- Individual Costs.
- Insurance, Gratuities, Expenses, and Communication.
- Drinks, both soft and hard.
- Taking Pictures or Making Movies.
- Another car in addition to the one given.
- Prolonged stay required owing to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness or bad weather.
- Distinction because of a governmental tax increase or decrease.
- That which is not included in the preceding list.
- Cost of the bond: Rs. 5,000/- (Refundable)
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➽ Terms & Conditions
- Riders and pillions are asked to cooperate at such times, if any, as the Road Captain may deem necessary due to unforeseeable circumstances that arise throughout the trip.
- Tour itineraries may be altered due to traffic, road closures, or other delays, as well as weather and other natural disasters.
- The tourist will be responsible for paying more for transportation (including fuel fee) or lodging if such costs unexpectedly go up.
- The services of the backup vehicle are not covered on days of leisure and after the completion of the scheduled sightseeing excursion.
- If the rider or pillion causes any damage to the motorcycle, whether on purpose or by accident, the rider or pillion will be held financially responsible for the repairs, as determined by the mechanical team or the Road Captain.
- Only backpacks and rucksacks are permitted; other types of gear, such as suitcases and trolley bags, must be left behind.
- Himalayan Adventure Trips maintains the right to make changes to the itinerary at any time, with such changes to be effective immediately and communicated to guests in a timely manner.
➽ Important Note
- The following prices are applicable exclusively for Indian citizens and will be determined on a per-trip basis for non-Indians.
- At an extra INR 2500 / - per person / couple, the tour group may arrange for a picture / video session during your trip.
- Hotels and campgrounds may not be able to accommodate all of our guests at once, therefore we may need to split up our groups and stay in a variety of locations.
- As we will be going through a lot of mountains, passengers are advised to bring thermal undergarments and heavy fur coats or something similar to stay comfortable.
- There are both paved and dirt stretches of road. The route is particularly hazardous owing to regular patches of ice and the possibility of avalanches, strong snowfall, and landslides at any moment.
- Passengers with medical conditions, especially asthma, are urged to disclose them at the time of booking so that appropriate accommodations may be made.
- We will spend one night in Sarchu, at an elevation of 14,500 feet; although our group is prepared to deal with the effects of the high altitude, if any travellers have severe altitude sickness, they should let the group know so that they can take appropriate measures.
- If the ride is unable to continue due to inclement weather, we will switch to an SUV/Traveler for the remainder of the trip, or we may be forced to turn around and go back. In such a circumstance, (no reimbursement will be processed).
- After you arrive in Manali, you'll be shuttled to your hotel to clean up before breakfast. Once you've eaten, the Road Captain will give a talk about the trip's itinerary, weather forecast, and riding etiquette. After lunch, tourists will be given bikes and taken on a short test ride to make sure they are comfortable on the bikes and know what to do if there is a problem.
- The Leh airport is just five kilometres away, so any traveller who decides to call it quits in Leh may easily book a trip home.
- As we need to organise transportation back to Manali for the bikes, we ask that you let us know at the time of booking.
- We cannot guarantee lodging in Leh for any further nights beyond the 9th day of your trip; if you choose to remain in Leh for longer than 9 days, you will need to make other arrangements.
- At both Manali and Leh, we'll give you a free day to do anything you like: shop, sightsee, relax, or whatever else strikes your fancy.
- All passengers must be in possession of a valid driver's licence at all times.
- For everyone's protection, riders and their passengers are required to wear face masks at all times.
Please take into account that everything must be tailored to the needs of the person.
➽ Booking Policy
- The booking fee for a rider or passenger is Rs.10,000.
- The balance of your tour price is due no later than five days before your trip begins.
➽ Special Casual Leaves
Government employee can avail the benefit of special casual leave when u join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rule of the pay commission, special casual leave can be availed for up to 30 days in a calendar years for trekking and mountaineering expeditions through a register organization. Himalayan adventure trips are a register adventure tour operator register with Indian mountaineering foundation and Himachal Pradesh tourism. Candidates have to apply for leave at least 30 days before the trek/expedition start.
➽ Provided By The Customers
Climbing Hanuman Tibba in August 2019 with Good Company
In the company of Hat, Sameer, Arun, and I climbed to the summit of Hanuman Tibba (at an altitude of 5932 metres). With Shera at the helm as the chief guide, along come Vishal, Panna, and Jaggi, who work together to form a tight-knit, effective, and amiable unit. The majority of our time was spent in a high-quality 4-person tent; the given gear was not brand new but adequate, with the exception of a few small difficulties with one of the sleeping bags. Both the meal and the hot beverages were delicious. Manu was simple to get in touch with before to our adventure, and he answered all of our questions (there weren't many) thoroughly. Basically, my time spent on adventure with Himalayan Adventure Trips was both personally rewarding and professionally enriching.