Which Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary Suits You Best?

There are a lot of Leh Ladakh bike trips to choose from! But which Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary is best for me? A question bikers ask themselves when planning their travel to Leh Ladakh. The ultimate terrain bike riding dream for many.

To live this dream, riders have a choice of many choices. The riding routes vary in duration, difficulty, accessibility and price. This number is not surprising for Leh- Ladakh considering the diversity of the region. The more you see the better it is.

Ladakh Bike Trip Season:

The road is accessible during the months of June, July, August and September for most parts. These 4 months is also the popular season amongst travelers. Some may venture out during others months as well but the probability of road trips are thin. Weather conditions are not very conducive for a bike expedition. Many of the high altitude motorable passes close done for winters.

Deciding on one route is the tough decision to make and it’s understandable. But by the end of this post, you will be able to make an informed decision on which Leh Ladakh Bike Tour is best for you.

Below are 7 Ladakh biking tours to choose from:

Find Ladakh bike tour 2017 images at the end of the post.

 

1) Leh to Leh (Khardung La – Nubra valley & Pangong)

Leh to Sham Valley to Khardung La via Pangong - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

Khardung La – Nubra valley & Pangong ride starts from Leh and passes through Khardungla pass to reach Nubra valley. We check out from Nubra camps and ride to Pangong lake on day-2. On the third day, we ride all the way back to Leh from Pangong Lake campsite.

Arrive in Leh a day early and check in to a hotel. We recommend a day early so that you have time to acclimatise. Rest is important to avoid mountain sickness.

Ladakh Bike Ride Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Leh – Khardungla Pass – Nubra Valley  ( 5-6 hrs ride)
  • Day 2: Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake (8-10 hrs ride)
  • Day 3: Pangong Lake – Leh (5-6 hrs ride)

 

Leh khardungla Nubra Pangong Bike Ride - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

 

 

2) Leh to Leh Bike Ride ( Khardung La – Nubra – Pangong)

Leh to Khardung La to Nubra valley via Pangong - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

In this Leh to Leh Bike Ride (Khardung La – Nubra – Pangong) we begin our journey from Leh to Sham Valley on day-2. The next day, we reach the Nubra Valley and Khardungla pass. The camping sites will be beside the serene Pangong Lake. After Pangong lake, we head back to Leh.

Bike Ride Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Leh
  • Day 2: Leh – Sham Valley  (6-7 hrs ride)
  • Day 3: Leh – Khardungla Pass – Nubra Valley  (5-6 hrs ride)
  • Day 4: Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake (8-10 hrs ride)
  • Day 5: Pangong Lake – Leh (5-6 hrs ride)
  • Day 6: Departure from Leh

 

Leh khardungla nubra valley pangong lake - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary 

 

3) Bike Ride from Srinagar to Leh to Manali

Srinagar to Leh to Manali - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

Starting Bike Ride from Srinagar to Leh to Manali, we reach Leh on day-3 of the ride. On day-1 we cross the infamous Zojila pass on our route. From Leh, we ride to Nubra Valley via Khardung La pass. From Nubra valley, we head to Pangong Lake and camp overnight near the lake. Once we get back to Leh, we start our journey to Manali via Sarchu.

Upon reaching Leh, you can spend a day there for sightseeing and take time to acclimatize. We may visit Shanti stupa, Magnetic hill and Pathar Sahib Gurudwara during the local sightseeing.

Srinagar to Leh to Manali Bike Ride Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive In Srinagar.
  • Day 2: Srinagar – Kargil (9-10 hrs ride).
  • Day 3: Kargil – Leh (7-8 hrs ride).
  • Day 4: Leh Sightseeing.
  • Day 5: Leh – Kardungla Pass – Nubra Valley (4-6 hrs ride).
  • Day 6: Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake  (8-10 hrs ride).
  • Day 7: Pangong Lake – Leh (6-7 hrs ride).
  • Day 8: Leh to Sarchu (8-10 hrs ride).
  • Day 9: Sarchu to Manali (8-10 hrs ride).
  • Day 10: Checkout from Manali – Trip End.

 

 Srinagar leh Manali ride - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

 

 

4) Manali to Manali (Khardung La – Nubra – Pangong Tso)

Manali to Manali via Khardung and Pangong - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

Manali to Manali (Khardung La – Nubra – Pangong Tso) ride starts from Manali. Rohtang pass, Pangong Tso Lake, Indus-Shyok Rivers, Nubra Valley and Khardungla Pass- we will witness them all. We will be crossing the high altitude passes and the notorious water streams on your way. This ride is going to be a test for your bike handling skills.This ride is going to be a test for your bike handling skills. Once in Leh, enjoy the gorgeous starry nights which the region is famous for.

The first day in our itinerary is kept for acclimatization and for the ride briefing.

Manali to Manali (Khardung La – Nubra – Pangong Tso) Bike Ride Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Manali
  • Day 2: Manali – Jispa (140 km, 8-9 hrs)
  • Day 3: Jispa – Sarchu (85 km, 5-6 hrs)
  • Day 4: Sarchu – Leh (250 km, 9-10 hrs)
  • Day 5: Rest day at Leh
  • Day 6: Leh – Khardungla Pass – Nubra Valley (159 km, 4-6 hrs)
  • Day 7: Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake (274 km, 8-10 hrs)
  • Day 8: Pangong Lake – Leh  (223 km, 7-9 hrs)
  • Day 9: Leh – Sarchu (250 km, 8-10 hrs)
  • Day 10: Sarchu – Manali (230 km, 8-10 hrs)
  • Day 11: Departure from Manali

 

Manali-leh-manali-Trodly Bike Tour - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

 

 

5) Manali to Srinagar Bike Ride

Manali to Srinagar Bike Ride - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

Starting from Manali in Manali to Srinagar Bike Ride, we reach Leh on day-4 of the ride. We cover Jispa, Sarchu, Nubra valley, Kargil and Pangong lake. On Day-9, we ride to Kargil, Sonmarg and end the bike tour at Srinagar. 

In this trip as well, day-1 in our itinerary is kept for acclimatization.

Manali to Srinagar Bike Ride Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Manali
  • Day 2: Manali – Jispa (8 hrs ride)
  • Day 3: Jispa – Sarchu (5-6 hrs ride)
  • Day 4: Sarchu – Leh (10 hrs ride)
  • Day 5: Rest day at Leh
  • Day 6: Leh – Khardungla Pass – Nubra Valley (4-5 hrs ride)
  • Day 7: Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake (8-10 hrs ride)
  • Day 8: Pangong Lake – Leh (7-9 hrs ride)
  • Day 9: Leh – Kargil (7-8 hrs ride)
  • Day 10: Kargil – Srinagar (8-9 hrs ride)
  • Day 11: Departure from Srinagar

 

Manali - Leh - Srinagar bike tour - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

 

 

6) Manali to Manali (Nubra – Pangong and Tso Moriri)

Pangong and Tso moriri Bike Ride - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

The main attraction of Manali to Manali (Nubra – Pangong and Tso Moriri) itinerary is the Tso Moriri lake. This lesser know lake is the largest of the high altitude lakes in the Himalayan region. It has some gorgeous views to offer.

Upon reaching Leh, we spend a day there to rest and acclimatise.  

Manali to Leh via Nubra Pangong & Tso Moriri Bike Ride Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Manali
  • Day 2: Manali – Sarchu (8-9 hrs ride)
  • Day 3: Sarchu – Leh (8-9 hrs ride)
  • Day 4: Leh | Explore Leh and Rest
  • Day 5: Leh – Khardungla Pass – Nubra Valley (5-6 hrs ride)
  • Day 6: Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake via Shyok Road or Wari La Pass (if Shyok road closed) (6-7 hrs ride)
  • Day 7: Pangong Lake – Leh (4-5 hrs ride)
  • Day 8: Leh – Tso Moriri (7-8 hrs ride)
  • Day 9: Tso Moriri – Tsokar Tso – Sarchu (8-9 hrs ride)
  • Day 10: Sarchu to Manali (8-9 hrs ride)
  • Day 11: Manali – Trip ends

 

Tso Moriri Bike Tour - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

 

 

7) Mother Of All Leh-Ladakh Bike Trips

Mother of all Leh-Ladakh bike trip - Ladakh Bike Trip Itinerary

Mother Of All Leh – Ladakh Bike Trips is probably one of the longest and toughest bike trips in Leh-Ladakh region. But it’s 100 percent worth the hard work. This 14-day ride starting from Manali goes through Leh, Hemis, Hunder, Turtuk and Hanle on the Tibet border.

After that, we ride back to Manali via Tsomoriri, Tsokar, Pang, Baralacha La and Sarchu. You also have a chance to ride near the Tibet border (Pangong-Tso Moriri route). The views of the mighty Himalayas are breathtaking. If time permits, we’ll visit ancient Buddhist monasteries. Witness high altitude lakes and Himalayan wildlife on the way. The climate is unpredictable and can be harsh. We will also ride across snow-covered mountain passes and high altitude deserts.

This itinerary is planned to give you ample time for resting and to acclimatise.  

Mother of All Leh-Ladakh Bike Ride Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Manali – Test ride bikes.
  • Day 2: Manali to Sarchu over Rohtang Pass – Tandi – Jispa – Baralacha La (4890 m), Nakee La, Lachulung La – Deepaktaal – Surajtaal (226 km | 8 hrs).
  • Day 3: Sarchu – Moore plains – Tanglang La – Karu – Hemis – Leh (267 km| 7-8 hrs).
  • Day 4: Rest Day in Leh and sightseeing in and around Leh.
  • Day 5: Leh – Diskit – Turtuk (205 km) 6-7 hrs – Hunder (90 km | 3 hrs).
  • Day 6: Turtuk – Hunder – Warshi – Panamik (228 km | 7-8 hrs).
  • Day 7: Panamik – Shyok – Durbuk – Tangste – Lukung – Spangmik (Pangong Tso) (187 km | 6 hrs).
  • Day 8: Rest day along Pangong Tso.
  • Day 9: Pangong – Chushul – Hanle (314 km | 7-8 hrs).
  • Day 10: Hanle – Photi La – Umling La- Hanle(depending on permits)
  • Or
  • Day 10: Hanle local sightseeing
  • Day 11: Hanle – Salsal La – Karzok (Tso moriri) (150 kms | 5-6 hrs).
  • Day 12: Tso Moriri Tso – Sarchu (228 km | 6-7 hrs).
  • Day 13: Sarchu  – Jispa – Manali  (223 km | 6-8 hrs).
  • Day 14: Explore Manali, Paraglide and Zip lining – Departure.

 

Mother of all road trip_trodly bike tour 2018

 


All the ride options are inclusive of the following:

✓ All the ride option are inclusive of the following:

✓ Royal Enfield 350 cc bike

✓ Fuel for the bike

✓ Overnight stay in deluxe hotel and camps during the ride

✓ Road captain on the bike and a backup vehicle for the trip

✓ A mechanic throughout the trip

✓ Breakfasts and dinners during the trip

✓ All permits required – Inline permit and Rohtang pass crossing permit

Which Leh Ladakh Bike Trip is your pick?

The cold deserts, vast valleys, orchards, extremely high mountain passes, camping beside the serene blue lake. Choose any of these itineraries and enjoy the ride of a lifetime.

Leh Ladakh bike trip cost varies on various factors primary being number of days, quality of stays and itinerary. To keep the costs low you can either start from Leh itself and cover most of the Ladakh attractions or if you have made up your mind for Manali – Leh then start your bike trip from Manali.

All the best and ride safe!

Some moments from our previous Trodly Ladakh Bike Tours:

group off roadie got pinging lake trodly
Offroading to Pangong Lake from Leh
Trodly reflector jackets
Rider sporting the Trodly reflector jackets
Manali leh highway Trodly group
Riding along the Manali-Leh highway
Pangong hanle trutuk leh ladakh manali batch Trodly
A challenging ride, complete off-road ride in Karzok region
Camle safari nubra valley Trodly group
Camel ride in Nubra valley at end of the ride
An off-roading route from Pangong lake back to Leh

 

Now that you know which Leh Ladakh Bike Tour is best for you, read our The Ultimate Guide to a Ladakh Trip to start planning it.

By Rohan

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