Ladakh is aptly called the "town of Qualcomm" and is one of the most unique and enjoyable regions in India. This vast and sparsely populated landscape is a dream come true for explorers from all over the world.
Enjoy an amazing cycling adventure in Ladakh, and let your adrenaline soar. This is a great opportunity for cycling touring enthusiasts looking for mountain adventures.
The Ladakh Bike Tour is a perfect combination of misty highlands, valley roads, and snow-capped mountains. Travel with your reliable people among all these fascinating sights and experience the magic.
Ladakh’s bike tour will take you to amazing places such as Manali, Jispa, Sarchu, Nubra Valley, Sham Valley, Pangong Lake, Leh, and more. Snow-capped mountains, lakes, and picturesque valleys while enjoying the exciting adventures of a lifetime.
Leh-Ladakh bike trip is completely safe even for the first-timers when booked with Deyor, Deyor provides a complete package of the Leh-Ladakh bike trip where every essential thing is included in it and the whole trip is conducted with all the necessary precautions and safety standards. Leh-Ladakh bike trip is absolutely safe given the below pointers are checked -
You are healthy and fit to travel.
Using a proper bike as per your comfort.
You are wearing a helmet and other protective equipment when riding.
You have a good driving experience, especially on long-distance trips.
You possess a valid driver's license and official ID card.
The accommodation and itinerary are already planned.
The emergency first aid kit is there with you.
You have sufficient knowledge of bike maintenance in case of an emergency.
You are not driving drunk.
The suitable time for a motorcycle journey to Ladakh is from mid-May to October.
Roads from Srinagar are thrown open from mid-May, while the Manali road is opened after May.
Some of the essentials to be carried on a Ladakh bike trip are as followed -
Caps and scarves
Thermal inner wears
LED torch and extra batteries
Power banks, chargers
Biking gears (comfortable ones) – riding goggles, gloves, etc.
Sunscreen (depending on temperature and location)
Toolkit for the bikes.
While on a bike trip to Ladakh you can easily cover the below-mentioned places -
While choosing a bike for a Leh-Ladakh trip one should keep comfort above popularity, Some of the bikes recommended for a Leh-Ladakh trip are as follows -
Hero XPulse 200
Royal Enfield Bullet 350/ Classic 350
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Bajaj Dominar 400
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Ladakh Bike Trips cost around INR 25,000 to INR 40,000 per adult, depending upon your tour package, duration, accommodation, and costs of permits.
A minimum of 14 days is required for a Leh-Ladakh bike trip starting from Delhi via Manali.
Deyor provide both the trips to Ladakh with the bike and without a bike, In case you are traveling with your bike and some issues arises then do follow the below mentioned pointers -
While traveling upon the Manali – Leh highway, you can find mechanic shops in places like Manali, Marhi, Keylong, Sarchu, and Darcha.
While traveling through the Srinagar – Leh highway, you can find mechanical shops in places like Sonmarg, Drass, Kargil, and Lamayuru.
Additionally, carry a tool kit for emergencies and practice changing a tyre, before leaving for the trip.
Carry numbers of mechanics who are available on calls for advice in case of casualties.
Go to the nearest petrol pump, bike rental shop, or hotel for assistance.
Make sure your bike is properly serviced and fuelled before leaving for the trip.
There are several beautiful attractions to make a halt during your Ladakh Bike trip. Some of the must-visit attractions are as follows:
Pangong Tso Lake: Situated in the heart of the Himalayas, the lake stretches at a distance of 134 kilometers and offers spectacular views in line with the rustic mountains.
Khardung La Pass: This pass in Ladakh is at a high altitude of 5359 meters and is the gateway to Nubra Valley and Shyok Valley. Set at 18,379 feet, it is the highest all-weather motorable road and is one of the most challenging and exciting experiences for bike riders.
Zanskar Valley: Claimed as one the most popular tourist attractions, Nubra Valley offers splendid views of snow-capped mountains on all sides of the river. In winter, adventure tourists get a chance to do the famous “Chadar Trek” where they get to walk on the frozen ice, giving them a memorable experience to take back home.
Depending upon your route, the following places are the best to visit on a Leh Ladakh Bike Trip
Shanti Stupa: Located on top of a hill elevated at 4267 meters, this stupa is one of the best places to experience peace and tranquillity and enjoy the breathtaking views of Leh.
Magnetic Hill: The Magnetic Hills rise to a height of about a gigantic 14000 feet, and possesses a unique kind of magnetic force that pulls the cars and bikes uphill. Experience the magic of adventure and nature in these hills in Ladakh.
Nubra Valley: This valley offers tranquillity throughout the visit, as it entraps the visitors with its magnificent bed of flowers, popularly known as the Valley of Flowers Trek. This is a must-visit for Ladakh Bike Trip riders.
Anyone with a good bike riding experience can, but for safety reasons, pregnant women (above 2 months), people who have had any major surgeries, people with broken limbs, anyone with chronic muscle pain, etc. are not permitted and advised to take a bike tour.
Yes, solo riders too, thrive upon the thrill of riding solo on the beautiful valley roads and passes on the way to Leh.
They can either go on a self-ride with the necessary items required for the trip or a group ride with a tour package and enjoy good company throughout the trip.
The most preferred Leh Ladakh Bike trip route, considering Delhi as the base point, are:
Srinagar to Leh and back – Approximately 2295 kilometers • Route Map: Delhi – Jalandhar – Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Karu – Sarchu – Manali – Delhi.
Manali to Leh and back - Approximately 2569 kilometers • Route Map: Delhi – Manali – Sarchu – Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Kargil – Srinagar – Delhi.
These routes offer the best landscape scenic views, the thrill of bike riding on rugged mountain roads (safe for riding), and stunning locations to soak in the picturesque experience.
The documents required for the Ladakh Road trip are:
Valid government photo ID proof
Valid Driving license
Permits required for the Ladakh Road Trip are:
International tourists require an International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by the respective country, along with their passport. Indian Nationals require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Ladakh’s protected areas. You can apply for the permit and collect it from the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Leh within the stipulated timings, and it costs about INR 400 (one-time per person) for environmental tax and INR 20 (per day per person) for wildlife protection fee/ permit fee. You can also apply for it online before you start the trip.
The following places require a permit to visit them:
o Nubra Valley
o Kahrdung La
o Chang La
o Pangong Tso Lake
o Changthang Valley
o Leh to Tso Moriri
o Leh to Batalik
o Tangyar Trek
o Agham Shyok Route
o Wari La Route
Kargil is a popular location to halt for hotels on the Srinagar – Leh Highway. There are other locations to stay as well such as Sonmarg, Drass, Lamayuru, Ule, etc. Tourists can stay at multiple locations on the Manali – Leh Highway as well, such as Sarchu, Jispa, Keylong, Khangsar, Darcha, etc.