LEH – LADAKH (Himalayan adv)
8 days

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival at Leh

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.

Day 2 – Local Tour of Leh & Indus Valley

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.

Day 3 – Lamayuru, Moonland, Alchi, &Likir

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.

Day 4 – Ride across Khardungla to Nubra Valley

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.

Day 5 – Explore Nubra Valley and Ride back to Leh

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.

Day 7 – Ride back to Leh

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 …

Day 8 – Fly out to Delhi

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.

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in Deluxe hotels and Camps on twin sharing basis
  • Breakfasts
  • 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.

EXCLUSIONS

  • 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.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

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