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Offbeat Ladakh Motorbike Tour 2020 with Turtuk, Nubra, Pangong & Tso Moriri

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Trip Overview

This 2-lakes ride is one of it's kind, some may call it sweet and salty, for Tso Moriri being a freshwater high altitude lake while Pangong Tso is a saltwater lake.

Highlights

  • The stunning Pangong and Tsomoriri Lakes.
  • The incredibly beautiful villages of Turtuk, Spangmik, and Karzok.
  • Interact with 'Baltis' of Baltistan and 'Changpas' of 'Changthang'.
  • A stunning drive to Khardung La and some of the highest motorable passes in the world.
  • Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La Pass, Wari La Pass, Chang La Pass & Khardungla Pass.
  • Offbeat route - Ride on the roads less travelled
  • Ultra comfortable accommodation: All accommodations during the ride in comfortable hotels and deluxe camps. All with hot water facility.
  • Bike rent and fuel: For rented bike options, bike rent, as well as fuel, is included in the price.
  • All permits and fees: No hassle of paying permit fees, entry fees or wildlife fees during your ride. It's all included in the price.
  • Ride with an incredible team of Ladakh experts.
 

 

Detailed Overview

This trip has the best of what Ladakh has to offer. This incredible Ladakh Motorcycle Tour will leave you awestruck and take you through some of the most amazing and remote regions of the world. Not only do we cover Manali-Leh Highway, Leh, Khardung La, and Pangong Tso Lake but also Tso Moriri lake. This lesser know lake is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and in this Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region, with some gorgeous views to offer.

Route: Manali - Sarchu - Leh - Khardung La - Turtuk - Nubra Valley - Pangong Tso - Leh - Tso Moriri - Manali

Places Covered:

Manali - Rohtang Pass - Keylong - Jispa - Tandi - Zing Zing Bar - Deeptaal - Surajtaal - Baralacha La - Bharatpur City -  Sarchu - Pang - Moore Plains - Lachulung La - Nakee La - Taglang La - Hemis - Leh - Hall of Fame - Shanti Stupa - Khardung La - Nubra Valley - Turtuk - Diskit - Panamik - Shyok - Wari La - Changla La - Pangong Tso - Karzok - TsomoririTso - Tsokar Tso

 

Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN MANALI - ALLOTMENT OF BIKES AND TEST DRIVE

Arrive in Manali, then our support staff will receive you at the bus stop and drive you to our base. After refreshments and debriefing and the required paperwork, bikes will be allocated to you. Get used to your bikes while we go for a drive to Old Manali for an early dinner. Ride back to the base for a good night's sleep. Any last minute shopping can be done while in Manali.

DAY 02: MANALI - ROHTANG LA (3978 M) - DEEPAKTAAL - SURAJTAAL - BARALACHA LA (4890 M) - SARCHU - 228 KM - 8 HRS - CHALLENGING RIDE OVER ROHTANG PASS IN TRAFFIC AND MIST AND THEN SOME WICKED ROADS 

We start our journey from Manali (at 09000 hrs) to Leh stopping at Sarchu for the first night. Today we cross Rohtang La (3978 m), (La means Pass). The Rohtang La is the gateway to Lahaul. The valley of Lahaul is situated to the south of Ladakh. For this very reason this place derived its name “Lho-Yul” meaning "Southern Country". 

Lahaul abounds with monasteries or gomphas, the homes of Lamas (Buddhist monks); therefore Lahaul is often referred to as “The Land of the Lamas”. The mountains rise to a mean elevation of 18000 feet, with the highest peak touching over 21000 feet and the lowest touching 9000 feet where River Chenab enters Chamba. Numerous lateral spurs shoot off from the main mountains filling all the valleys with glaciers. It is this feature which made Andrew Wilson, a European traveler (1873), call Lahaul "a valley of glaciers".

The whole Lahaul & Spiti district is a cold desert whose bare rocks and steep slopes stare the visitors in the face. The Rivers Chandra & Bhaga, which constitute the River Chandrabhaga/Chenab after their confluence at Tandi, are the major features on the geomorphology of this region.

Tandi: The village is situated above the confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga in the Pattan Valley some 7 kms away from Keylong. Revenue and settlement records reveal that Tandi was founded by Raja Rana Chand Ram under the name of Chandi which over the years got corrupted into Tandi.

There are at least three mythological stories connected with Tandi. First, Tandi is believed to means Tan Dehi, i.e., giving up of the body. This is associated with Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, who left her body at this place. Second, this is believed that Rishi Vashishtha, who meditated near the hot water springs of Manali, was cremated at this confluence; hence named Tandi, i.e., body consumed. According to the third, Chandra and Bhaga were son and daughter of the Moon and the Sun Gods respectively. They were in love with each other. To perform their celestial marriage they decided to climb the Baralacha-La and from there run in opposite directions encircling a vast tract of Lahaul. Thus flowing south-east and south-west both met at Tandi to enter the wedlock. At Tandi top up our fuel tanks.

Keylong: Keylong is the last place where your mobile phone will work before you reach Leh and also the last place where you can hope to find a mechanic, in case you are having some problems with your vehicle get it checked ASAP! 

JISPA: This beautiful spot is 22 kms away from Keylong and 4 kms ahead of Ghemur. From Keylong roads are in somewhat better condition and only get smoother as you approach Jispa and eventually Darcha. Once at Darcha, take a break and tank up on supplies and get yourself registered at the check post in Darcha. The village is situated at the junction of two nullahs with the main river Bhaga. Jispa has a very large dry river-bed, a rarity in Lahaul. Good Juniper plantation is around this village. 

  • Stay: Swiss Tents on twin sharing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 03: SARCHU TO LEH OVER BARALACHA LA (4890 M), NAKEE LA (4769 m), LUNGLACHA LA  (5059 M) – TAGLANG LA (5328 M) – LEH – 154 KM – 8 HRS - CHALLENGING 70KM TO PANG THEN SOME MIND-BLOWING RIDING ON THE MOORE PLAINS ON AWESOME ROADS AFTER PANG

Today we cross Baralacha La (4890 m), before Baralacha La we will stop briefly for a photography session at Lake Deeptaal and the magnificent Lake Surajtaal. Roads are mostly in bad shape and as the altitude increases, you might start noticing the first effects of Acute Mountain Sickness. It is advisable to take it easy and don’t over stress yourself, especially at the summit of Baralacha La, 16,500ft. From Baralacha La it is again a downhill but a rough ride till Bharatpur, after which the road condition starts improving gradually as you approach Sarchu. Sarchu, at an altitude of 14,000ft, is a collection of tents and a militarily base. Even though it is quite a windy place and high in altitude, it is the prefered night stop for most travelers. You will need to register at the check post in Sarchu before proceeding further. Roads from Sarchu till the start of Gata Loops are not too bad. Gata Loops are a collection of 21 hair-pin bends that take you to an altitude of 15,302 feet, roads in the loops are in not so good condition and the slow moving trucks leaving cloud of thick smoke make the ascent feel tougher than it actually is. Next up is the third pass on the Manali Leh route, Nakee La, (4750 m or 15,547 ft. While few km up the road is Lachulung La, (5059 m or 16,616 ft.)
The descent from Lachulung La will take you to Pang which is a temporary tent settlement and has a check post where travelers need to register themselves. 
The road from Pang to Leh is excellent and will take you over a plateau (42 km long), Skyangchu Thang (The biggest and highest plateau on earth), also called the Moore Plains.

  • Stay: 3 star hotel - Hotel Auspicious or like on twin sharing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 04: LEH - REST DAY AND SPECTACULAR SHOOTING OF NOT TO MISS PLACES IN AND AROUND LEH - OPTION OF RAFTING -- ROADS MAINTAINED BY BRO IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

Day for some rest and checkup of the vehicles and then some sightseeing 
Come early afternoon, we’ll drive to the 17th-century Leh Fort, the most famous landmark in town. From the Fort there's short trail up to Tsemo Palace; the light walking can help you acclimatize, but we’ll gladly whisk you to the top by car if you prefer. At the top is a big reward: sweeping 360° views of Leh, the valley and its surrounding mountains, which includes the well-known 6000m+ Stok Kangri peak, towering in the distance at a height of 6,137m. We head to Leh’s other great panorama point, the Shanti Stupa, late in the afternoon. The view from here is quite different to the one from Leh Palace: you get a sense of the huge mountain spaces, and the illuminated town in the late ‘blue’ evening light makes for compelling images. Especially in the night when the Stupa is lit, the view is spectacular.
Thiksey, 40mins ride from Leh (especially in the right light) is simply spectacular. Tier upon tier of buildings rise on a crag above the River Indus, white fronts bouncing the prevailing light back at you against the deep Ladakh sky. We wander next through the monastery complex, the photo opportunities coming thick and fast. (You know those iconic National Geographic-style Tibetan/Ladakhi/Buddhist shots that got you all fired up about coming here in the first place? —they probably came right out of this same monastery.) 
We tear ourselves away to go a few minutes north to Shey, a palace and a monastery that also tumbles splendidly down a hillock. Once the home of royalty — the Namgyal kings were required to father their sons here — it now houses the largest metal statue of Buddha in Ladakh. It is 7.5m high, built from Zanskar copper hammered out into sheets on a nearby rock and gilded with five kilograms of solid gold. Hemis Gompa: the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism and Stok Palace & Sindhu Ghat. Overnight stay in Leh.

  • Stay: 3 star hotel - Hotel Auspicious or like on twin sharing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

 

DAY 05: LEH - KHARDUNG LA - NUBRA (DISKIT - HUNDAR) - TURTUK (BALTISTAN) - 205KM - 7 HRS - EASY RIDING OVER MOSTLY GOOD ROADS THANKS TO BRO (BORDER ROADS ORGANISATION)

Turtuk is a village 205 km from Leh on the banks of Shyok River. Turtuk gram panchayat is the northern most village of India. Turtuk was under Pakistan's Control till 1971, but later India got control of this strategic area. Predominantly a Muslim village, residents speak Baltistani, Urdu and Ladakhi Language. Turtuk, is the last outpost in India from where the Pakistan- controlled Northern Areas begin. Turtuk is one of the gateways to the Siachen Glacier. Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompha) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. It is a sub-gompa of the Thiksey gompha. Lachung Temple and Hundar Monastery are also located nearby; the latter is below the main road near a bridge. The monastery has statue of Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall, a huge drum and several images of fierce guardian deities. An elevated cupola of the monastery depicts a fresco of the Tashilhunpo Monastery of Tibet. The village of Turtuk which was unseen by tourists till 2010 is a virgin destination for people who seek peace and an interaction with a tribal community of Ladakh. The village is stuffed with apricot trees and children. The local tribe, Balti, follow its age old customs in their lifestyle and speak a language which is just spoken and not written. For tourists Turtuk offers serene camping sites with environment friendly infrastructure. Enjoy the scenic drive. Stay in homestay/camp.

  • Stay: Swiss Tents/Homestay on twin sharing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 06: TURTUK - HUNDER – DISKIT - WARSHI – PANAMIK – 145 KM – 5 HRS – A BEAUTIFUL RIDE ALONG RIVER SHYOK ON GOOD ENOUGH ROADS

Today we ride 105 km to Warshi and then a U-turn to the other bank of River Shyok to Panamik. Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 m above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. On the Shyok (pronounced Shayok) River, the main village, Diskit, is home to the dramatically positioned Diskit Monastery which is built in 1420 AD. Hundar was the capital of the erstwhile Nubra kingdom in the 17th century, and is home to the Chamba Gompa. Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometres of sand dunes, and (two-humped) bactrian camels graze in the neighboring "forests" of seabuckthorn. Non-locals are not allowed below Hundar village into the Balti area, as it is a border area. The beautiful village of Baigdandu is also located in this area. There is a marked presence of people with startling blue eyes, auburn hair and rosy cheeks as against the typical mongoloid features of the Ladakhis. Local lore has it that they were a Greek tribe who came in search of Jesus Christ's tomb and eventually settled here. Baigdandu is also known for the goats that give you the famous Pashmina shawls. Drive along the banks of the Shyok river, where a bit of patience, a touch of luck and a long telephoto might capture you red fox, partridge, hare, weasel and migratory ducks resting in river pools. There is much to pleasurably distract us here: if the light is good you'll be asking to stop every mile or so to capture an amazing atmospheric river valley landscape, a field of shockingly vivid lavender or yellow barley.

  • Stay: Swiss Tents on twin sharing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 07: PANAMIK – SHYOK – DURBUK – TANGSTE – LUKUNG – SPANGMIK (PANGONG TSO) –187 KM–8 HRS - EASY RIDING MIXED WITH REALLY DEMANDING BITS ON SHYOK RIVER ROAD AND IF THIS ROAD IS CLOSED, THEN THE ALTERNATE ROUTE IS A CHALLENGING RIDE OVER WARI LA

Pangong Tso: Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake", also referred to as Pangong Tso, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin. The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake. The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the kiang and the Marmot. Formerly, Pangong Tso had an outlet to Shyok River, a tributary of Indus River, but it was closed off due to natural damming. Two streams feed the lake from the Indian side, forming marshes and wetlands at the edges. Strand lines above current lake level reveal a 5 m (16 ft.) thick layer of mud and laminated sand, suggesting the lake has shrunken recently in geological scale.
Camp at an awesome location by the lake.

  • Stay: Swiss Tents on twin sharing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 8: Pangong Tso - Leh | 160 Km | 4-5 hours

After a hearty breakfast, we depart the emerald blue waters of Pangong to ride over the 3rd highest motorable pass, Chang La at 5360 meters. It would be a slightly relaxed ride today. Once over Chang La, most of the ride is downhill. This is is going to be one exciting ride that you'll remember forever.

  • Stay: Nice Homestay/Guesthouse on triple sharing
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 9: Leh – Tso Moriri | 210 Km | 7-8 hours

Start from Leh in the morning on bikes - Located at an altitude of 15,075 ft, Tso Moriri is the largest of the high altitude lakes in the Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region - Tso Moriri is a hidden gem in the region and not very touristy yet - Enjoy the view from deluxe tents - Overnight stay at Tso Moriri.

  • Stay: Nice Homestay or Private Camping on triple sharing
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 10: Tso Moriri - Tsokar Tso - Sarchu | 220 Km | 8-9 hours

After breakfast, start your ride to Sarchu via another beautiful Lake and village of Tsokar. Reach Sarchu by evening and check-in to your camps. Overnight stay at Sarchu.

  • Stay: Camping or tented accomodation provided by the locals
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 11: Sarchu to Manali | 225 KMS | 8-9 hours

Morning leave for Manali - On the way visit Suraj Taal and Deepak Taal, two breath-taking lakes in the Lahaul region - Reach Manali by evening. 

  • Stay: Comfortable rooms at ‘dA Base’ on triple sharing
  • Meals: Refreshments, Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 12: Departure - Option of Paragliding, Zip-lining or Angling

After a leisurely breakfast participants can choose to explore Manali or go for paragliding or try the highest zip-line in the country. Those who just want to relax after the long exciting trip can choose to spend the day by the river and try angling (chose from add-ons)

  • Meals: Breakfast

Basic Details

Start Point
Manali
Finish Point
Manali
Activity Level
Moderate
Start time
9:00 am
Category
Outdoor AdventuresLadakh Tours
Trip Code
O310A966

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in deluxe hotels and camps
  • Stay for couples on twin sharing basis/groups on triple sharing basis
  • 350cc Royal Enfield bike (500 cc can be arranged - choose add-on while booking)
  • Petrol for entire trip for rented bike
  • Breakfast & dinner at hotels/guesthouse/camps
  • Service of an expert road captain throughout the bike ride
  • Inner Line Permits (ILP) & Wildlife fees for restricted areas in Ladakh
  • Back up vehicle (high clearance 4x4 vehicle)
  • Enfield motorbike mechanic for the entire tour carrying basic spares
  • Hot water buckets will be available in hotels/camps on request
  • Basic First Aid Kit, medicines and oxygen cylinders

Exclusions

  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone/ fax calls, mineral water, alcoholic beverages, entrance and camera fee at monuments/ museums, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
  • For hygiene and comfort factor, riders and pillions are expected to get their own helmets 
  • Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions & itinerary above
  • Any spare parts of any kind or bike maintenance etc.
  • Any entry fees, any tips, porter pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the porter/ participants during the sightseeing trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the sightseeing in inclusions and itinerary
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, roadblocks, and vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond our control
  • Rs. 10,000/- refundable amount to be paid as security deposit per bike at the time of bike allocation
  • Porterage for your personal bags @ Rs. 600 per person per day day for 10 Kg.

  • Personal Tent (2men alpine) on Trek - INR. 1200
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Important Information

  • Driving License is mandatory for the rider. We advise our all guest to carry their ID proof along during the tour 
  • Please cover yourself with insurance. We or any of our service providers would not be liable in any case for any mishap/ loss etc.
  • At the start of the tour, you have to deposit refundable security/ damage deposit of Rs 10,000/- per bike at our office in Manali (By cash/cheque)
  • If there are any additional expenses due to bad weather or any other reason beyond the control of the operator on account of hotel stay, transportation, and meals etc. extra bill will be raised. which will be paid to the trip leader directly
  • Changes may be made in the itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like the change in flight and train schedule, cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc
  • Damage to bike/helmet during the tour would have to be paid by the participant
  • Participants will have to get own riding gears. 
  • We have the right to change the itinerary during the time of tour as per current situation like a strike, natural disaster, local union regulations.
  • If any group member wants to leave group in-between the tour then he/she has to pay the cost for transportation of bike from point of leaving the tour till Manali (Transfer cost Rs. 10000)
  • For any minor or big damage to the motorbike, we do not claim from the insurance company. It is the guest’s responsibility to whom we have allotted the bike to give the full amount of damage to the motorbike
  • Carry a small daypack bags to carry all expensive things with you. All participants are responsible for the safety and security of their belongings.

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  • 75% refund if cancelled before 45 days
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 30 days
  • 25% refund if cancelled before 15 days
  • No refund after that

*Advance payment is non-refundable

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Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world\'s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while. However, at times due factors beyond any one’s control, situations may arise which can pose a challenge to the safety and security of the group members. To minimize any negative impact, we subscribe strictly to “Safety Protocol” which is an intensive and comprehensive compilation of safety and security measures undertaken to ensure a seamless and safe experience for its guests. There are factors which are controllable and attention to them ensures lower risks and toned down consequences.

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Our trip will start from the base camp in Haripur, 14 km short of Manali. If you are travelling by Volvo bus, you are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhal bus stand and we will receive you from there and drive you to the base camp

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The water during the trip is fresh and it is recommended to carry your personal reusable water bottles and filters as well.

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