The Manali Leh Motorcycle Tour is one of the most sought after tour of LBR since it start from Manali and ends in Leh. The Highway is about 490 Kms long in northern most part of India with a highest elevation of 5,328 m (17,480 ft) at the Taglang La mountain pass, The road is open only for six month of the year from May till End October. The route normally take 2 days by local drivers but it would be more fun if we have it in three days as most of our riders were first time on these highway which is two lanes wide (one lane in each direction) without a road divider and most of the route is gravelled which need an off road riding skills. Many small streams of ice-cold glacial melts water from snow-capped mountains also crosses the roads and it requires an awesome riding skills to negotiate such fast-flowing streams. As these mountain highway being one of the most popular among the riders could be taste far more better only on two wheels then on any other means where the riders feel that bikes move the soul and many riders of these Himalayan route, named it as a Dream route for their dream rides. Changing landscapes to more high with rarified atmosphere where every day the riders have a new passes to throttle up which is sort of fun of these trip.
MOST AWAITED DAY (Manali Leh Bike Trip 2020)
A short journey of about 1 hour flight from Delhi bring you to the beautiful mountains of Leh (3000 mtr amsl )the basement of our tour, LBR representative will be waiting for you at Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport Leh for your warm welcome. The representative will further proceed you to the Hotel and drop you with the small tips about getting acclimatise to high altitude for your adventurous trip.
A BIG START
This is the day we have all been waiting for, check out and gear up, will load the baggage in support van. We head towards LBR garage for a detailed rider briefing where you meet your bikes and do select the best beast for your adventurous trip.We are located out from market which is perfect location for a quick test ride. Today we were riding to one of the most famous high altitude lake, the Pangong Lake which lies on Indo – China border and is 162 kms long, the 60% of it lies in China where it is know as Yumdok lake. The road to pangong Lake is about twisting and turning with a spectacular Changla pass to cross, enjoy the view from the top with a cup of hot tea and even you will find the snow if you are crossing in April, May and October months. By spending not much time we move ahead towards our destination while encountering some small nomadic villages. A scenic ride will end by evening on lake side with some chilled beers.
Today’s epic ride goes towards Nubra Valley and deep part of the valley is the Border between India - Pakistan. Ride goes on same route for about 1 hour and after Durbuk village direction take palace towards northern Ladakh and we believe its much warmer then other parts of Ladakh with some smooth and open straight roads along the Shayok river. We encounter unexpected streams of water over roads in these route where we get a good chance to show our riding skills for crossing and sometimes even it makes the road block though it is very rare. Riders has a good opportunity for double hump camel ride which exist nowhere in India except here in Nubra Valley as some of them are left here because Ladakh being a part of Ancient silk route trade. Night stay at Hunder, the charming village which offer good stays and we will grip our best.
TOP OF THE WORLD
Good Morning NubraValley ! Today we were crossing Khardongla Pass ( World Highest Motor-able Road ) a gate way to Nubra valley or Leh. A cultural part of Nubra valley is still left, so as soon as we packed, we kick start from Hundar and ride to a pretty hilllock of Diskit monastery with Stunning Buddha statue, which is a truly blessed part of the trip. Normally todays route is a busy one as you will meet lot of riders in these route and plying of army convoy trucks is also common but still we wish for less and keep pushing up to the top to celebrate the Highest ride. Its time to
show your ride with epic selfies in the back drop of Khardong la where we won’t
suggest to spent more time due to the high altitude. Twisty down hill will take us to
the majestic city of Leh
LEH - LOCAL
Back in Network Zone! Today we keep it short on Motorbikes and more on foot. In the morning we were going for a quick ride in different nearby direction to explore some cultural part of Ladakh with some famous monasteries and monuments and soon after the ride , afternoon we take a walk to explore beautiful Leh market.
LIVE TO RIDE
Today’s Ride goes through Challenging Taklang-la Pass (17,480 ft), Enjoying the riding on more plains. Crossing Nakeela Pass (15,547 ft) and Lachulung-la (16,616 ft) and by looping through Gata loops. We nestle our stay in Serchu.
We leave Serchu in the morning and by riding in an awesome landscape we soon Leave UT Ladakh behind while knocking Himachal Pradesh. And by crossing Baralachala pass (16,500 ft) encountering small villages like Darcha and Jispa we spent our nigh in the city of Keylong.
Today is the Last day of our tour and we trace our route via famous Rothang Pass (13,060 ft) the pass where someone feels quite high in the sky and where weather condition remains highly unpredictable and by rolling down from Rothang pass towards Manali one can see the full view of Manali and in the evening get ready for big farewell.
Today you bid adieu to the Himalayas and to your riding buddies with a lifetime of memories full of adventures
Area : Leh , Nubra Valley , Changthang , Manali
Kilometres : 1200 approximately
Route Map : https://goo.gl/maps/TQ5QBMoLzQUt5EYw5
Duration : 8Nights / 9Days
Max Altitude :18380 ft
Minimum Altitude : 6,726 ft
Riding Grade : Moderate
Number of Passes : 07 (including world highest 1st , 2nd , 3rd )
Number of Lakes : 01