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Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Ladakh is one of the most iconic motorbiking destinations not only in India but also the world. Every year, thousands of bikers arrive here to attempt the famous Leh Ladakh bike trip routes. While riding here, you ride through the stark landscape, seeing high-altitude deserts and some of the highest motorable roads like Khardung La and Rohtang La, all in the company of the snow-capped Himalayan Peaks.

On your Leh Ladakh bike trip, you also visit many historic monasteries, alpine lakes that change colour as the day progresses, quaint little villages bustling with rich culture and heritage, and cross many wooden bridges over gushing streams and rivers.

Riding in Ladakh is on every biker’s bucket list and rightfully so - it offers the experience of riding powerful bikes through one of the most surreal landscapes of India. Due to this, the routes of Ladakh have almost become sacred, and the Ladakh bike tour - a pilgrimage for bikers in the world.

There are a few routes when it comes to Leh Ladakh bike tour that you can choose from, depending on the number of days you have or the distance you want to cover. Here are some of the most common routes listed on our website:

Leh to Leh Bike Tour (6-8 days)

These short itineraries begin and end in Leh, and are perfect for those who don’t have too much time. You’ll see the best that Ladakh has to offer, and we can guarantee, you’ll want to book a longer trip for next season.

These itineraries typically start in the small centre of Leh, and you'll have a day or two to acclimatize, so you'll get a chance to see the charming life of Leh locals. The operator usually conducts a short briefing session and some even let you test out the bikes before embarking on the trip. After that, you'll set off to into the horizon with your team of bikers, exploring the moon-like landscape of Lamayuru, seeing the craggy peaks around Nubra, and witnessing the stunning beauty of Pangong Lake.

You’ll cross rivulets created by melting glaciers, navigate rocky patches, visit silent monasteries, and explore some of the most spectacular parts of India. From Rohtang Pass to Khardung La, and from the picturesque Pangong Lake to the scenic Nubra Valley, these short Leh biking trips give you the chance to see the most iconic landmarks of the Trans-Himalayan route.

And while you conquer the desolate landscape and the wild rivers of Ladakh, you'll also have plenty of quiet moments - a shared cup of tea with a shepherd or a local villager, a campfire and song session under the stars, or a moment of awestruck solitude somewhere in the middle of the Nubra desert. When you return, you'll always have Ladakh embedded in your heart. 

Manali to Leh Bike Tour (10-13 days) (return to Manali)

The Manali-Leh route is a pilgrimage for bikers, and this Leh Ladakh bike trip itinerary gives you a chance to experience it in two ways. On your way up from Manali to Leh, you’ll start in the green valleys of Manali, with blooming flowers and apple orchards.

As you ride, the lush greenery gives way to the weather-bleached landscape of Ladakh. This itinerary gives you enough time to truly soak in the majesty of the Himalayas and experience the wonderful diversity of this route. You'll also have a couple of rest days, and most itineraries allow you to spend a night at Pangong. This gives you the chance to wake up on the banks of arguably the most stunning lake in India, and to watch as the sun sets over it. 

On your return to Delhi or Manali, you’ll have a chance to take in the changing scenery again, enjoying your favourite parts and marking them in your memory for all time.

Srinagar-Leh-Srinagar Bike Tour (9-12 days)

Riding through the dramatic landscape of Kargil and into the lush green paradise of Srinagar and Sonmarg is every biker’s dream, and these Srinagar motorbiking trips combine the best of it all. You’ll ride through some of the most extreme terrains that this land has to offer, from the deserts of Nubra to the moonscape of Lamayuru. 

Some itineraries offer you a chance to ride past Pangong and all the way into Turtuk, the last Indian village before the Line of Control. As you cross into Kargil, and head to Srinagar via Sonmarg, you'll feel like you've stepped into a movie set. The last few days of riding are quite long because you have to cover a lot of distance, but by this time, you're used to your bike and enjoying the experience of being on the road.

Most Srinagar biking trips include a visit to Dal lake, and maybe even a night in a houseboat. Every day on this trip is unforgettable, and after all, a Leh Ladakh bike trip should be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. 

Delhi-Leh-Delhi Bike Tour (13-15 days)

For the truly bike-crazy, these ex-Delhi itineraries give you up to 15 days on the road. You’ll ride out from Delhi itself, leaving the city behind as you head up into the gorgeous land of Ladakh. These Leh Ladakh bike trip schedules can include some long days of driving, but that’s the fun of it.

With 15 days to explore the gorgeous landscape, you'll get plenty of time to witness how it changes. After the city highways of Delhi and Chandigarh,  you enter the greenery and fruit orchards of Manali. From here, you'll ride upwards to Jispa and Sarchu Plains, where you'll spend a day to acclimatise. 

After that, you enter Leh and see all the wonders it has to offer, before moving on to the paradise that is Kashmir. You’ll spend days in the company of like-minded bikers, riding through a desolate landscape, stopping at gem-like lakes, and seeing mountains that will be imprinted in your mind forever.

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Difficulty 

Considering that the Ladakh bike trip takes place at a high altitude with roads that are often damaged or rough, these itineraries can be classified as one of the harder ones out there. Beginners may not be able to endure the long hours and difficult conditions.

You should know how to ride a motorcycle well in mountainous areas and rugged roads, be comfortable with riding about 8 hours a day, and ensure that you’re physically fit and ready for the epic trip.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), fatigue, back and shoulder pain, and nausea are common on a Leh Ladakh road trip if you don’t acclimatise well, take frequent breaks, and keep yourself well-hydrated. Though it is an adventure of a lifetime, it is also the ultimate test for bikers, so be prepared physically and mentally.

Best time to go to Leh Ladakh

The best season for Ladakh motorbiking trips is the months of late June to September. This is when the weather is best, with clear, sunny days and chilly nights. The high-altitude passes are usually clear of snow towards August and September, and the lakes and rivers are full and sparkling. 

Starting October and going all the way to April, Ladakh grows extremely cold. Winters might be unbearable for most people with minimum temperatures falling below the zero mark. Many roads become inaccessible due to heavy snowfall and biking trips are not held during this time.

Places to visit Leh Ladakh 

Depending on which route you pick, you will visit various iconic sights on your Leh Ladakh road trip. For most trips, you’ll have ample time to acclimatise at and explore the city of Leh, visit the cold deserts of Nubra Valley, ride on some of the highest passes in the world like Khardung La, Chang La, Lachulung La, etc, visit the infamous Pangong Lake and other high-altitude lakes like Suraj Tal and Deepak Tal, visit legendary monasteries, and lots more.

You may even ride through parts of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, visit the Dal Lake in Kashmir, and spend a night in the historic town of Kargil, among other unique things you can do on your Ladakh bike trip. 

How safe is the Leh Ladakh bike trip?

All Ladakh bike trips are planned with a full crew and support vehicles. Even shorter itineraries are difficult and can put you through some physically challenging days. There are rules to be followed and all decisions are taken at the discretion of your road captain. 

In case of minor emergencies while on the Leh Ladakh bike trip, your road captain and support team will be available to assist you. A basic first aid kit will be available, but please ensure that you carry your personal medication for the trip. The support team will also be fully equipped to do instant repairs on your bike, if needed.

In case you are feeling unwell or seem unfit to carry on with the trip, you may be asked to stay at the base location. This is a decision made to ensure your safety while on the trip. Consumption of alcohol, tobacco products, vape pens, or any other intoxicants is strictly prohibited to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you.
 

 

Leh Ladakh bike trip - Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Leh

  • Altitude: 11,482 feet
  • Meet your team and road captain
  • Shop for last-minute essentials
  • Overnight in swiss tents/hotel

Day 2: Acclimatization

  • Explore quaint cafes of Leh
  • Visit the Leh Palace and the Shanti Stupa
  • Rest in your hotel to ensure proper acclimatization
  • Overnight in swiss tents/hotel

Day 3: Ride from Leh to Nubra

  • Altitude: 17,582 feet
  • Total distance covered: 140 km
  • Total riding time: 4 hrs
  • Cross the world’s highest motorable pass at Khardung La
  • Overnight in swiss tents/hotel at Nubra

Day 4: Ride from Nubra to Pangong Lake

  • Altitude: 13,943 feet
  • Total distance covered: 240 km
  • Total riding time: 7 hrs
  • Visit the enchanting Pangong Lake
  • Overnight in swiss tents at Pangong Lake

Day 5: Ride from Pangong to Leh

  • Altitude: 11,482 feet
  • Total distance covered: 140 km
  • Total riding time: 4 hours
  • Conquer Chang La and visit the famous Lotus Valley School
  • Overnight in swiss tents/hotel at Leh

Day 6: Depart from Leh

  • Bid farewell to your team and road captain
  • The Leh Ladakh bike trip ends here

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip - Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Leh

Arrive in Leh and check-in at the hotel where you will meet your team and road captain. Later, you can make last-minute preparations. Explore the colourful markets of Leh in the evening. Overnight in swiss tents/hotel at Leh.

Day 2: Acclimatization

Today is an acclimatization day so spend your day at ease, explore the gorgeous city of Leh but remember not to exert yourself too much. Visit the Leh Palace or Shanti Stupa. Overnight in swiss tents/hotel at Leh.

Day 3: Ride from Leh to Nubra

Today, you finally begin the Ladakh bike trip. Riding through the stark landscape of Ladakh you will cross the mighty Khardung La before entering into the Nubra Valley, a high-altitude desert known for the sand dunes and double-humped camels. En route, you’ll also stop by the Diskit Monastery. Overnight in swiss tents/hotel at Nubra Valley.

Day 4: Ride from Nubra to Pangong Lake

Today you ride to the gorgeous Pangong Lake and explore its astounding beauty with the backdrop of towering mountains. Watching the colour of the lake transform with the setting sun, you will check-in to your tents and spend the night there

Day 5: Ride from Pangong to Leh

Today is the last riding day as you ride from Pangong Lake to Leh. en route, you’ll cross the high altitude pass of Chang La and en route, you’ll make a stop at the famous Lotus Valley School. Arriving at Leh in the evening, you’ll spend the night in swiss tents/hotel.

Day 6: Depart from Leh

Today, you bid farewell to your team and depart from Leh with many lifelong memories of the gorgeous landscape of Ladakh.

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip - Inclusions:

  • A 350 CC Royal Enfield motorbike for one rider
  • Fuel (some packages)
  • Safety helmets
  • A support vehicle to carry luggage, fuel, spare parts
  • Support crew 
  • Accommodation in hotels or Swiss tents with attached washrooms for five nights on twin/triple sharing basis (sharing details depend on package)
  • Meal package (inclusions vary - do check your package)
  • The services of an experienced road captain and mechanic
  • All the government permits and charges, including the Ladakh Inner Line permit
  • All applicable taxes 

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip - Exclusions:

  • Extra cost for pillion riders or non-biking companions
  • Extra cost to upgrade bike
  • Any serious repairs or spare parts required
  • Rental costs for knee pads and elbow guards
  • Refundable security deposit
  • Most packages do not include lunch but the group stops at dhabas and you can pay your own bills
  • Any entry fees/photography charges at places of interests like monuments and monasteries.
  • Any personal expenses like extra meals, beverages, apparel, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, etc.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions

 

Best Time to Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Best time to do Leh Ladakh bike trip

The best season for Ladakh motorbiking trips is the months of June to early September. This is when the weather is best, with clear, sunny days and chilly nights. The high altitude passes are usually clear of snow towards August and September, and the lakes and rivers are full and sparkling. This is also the best time for rafting in Ladakh, or for trekking in Ladakh.

Leh Ladakh in June

Summers are fun in Ladakh in the month of June. Temperatures hover around 27°C and it’s bright and sunny in this month. Be careful of the heat while riding – stay protected with sunglasses and appropriate biking gear to prevent a heatstroke, wear sunscreen, and stay hydrated throughout the trip.

The snow of the long winter has completely melted away by this time, but there is a small chance that you may get to see snow at some high-altitude passes. Do note that there is a chance that some roads and passes are still not open owing to damages caused during the winter months.

Leh Ladakh in July

The temperatures in Ladakh drop as July rolls by. This month marks the beginning of the short and sparse monsoon season that isn’t too taxing on road travellers. The weather is fantastic, but you should be prepared for occasional showers, especially towards the end of the month.

Carry quick-dry clothes, rainwear, and rain covers for your bags. This is the peak season for biking in Ladakh, so you’re likely to spot many other convoys of biking enthusiasts thundering down the roads along with you.

Leh Ladakh in August

In Ladakh, the rains in August come in extremely short but heavy bursts. The weather and conditions are much like how they were in July, with temperatures ranging between 10°C and 20°C. You will enjoy a rich cultural experience in this month with seasonal festivals taking place at many monasteries across Ladakh.

Leh Ladakh in September

Come September, and you will start feeling the advent of winter in Ladakh. It gets much colder, with temperatures slowly creeping towards the sub-zero mark. Beginners may find it hard to endure the cold along with other challenges of the Leh Ladakh bike trip. The weather is chilly, and the winds are cold and crisp, so make sure you wear thermals and protective gear as the winds can bite at your skin. The tourist crowd begins thinning out due to the cold, so you may not find many bikers on the road with you, too, but it still is a phenomenal time to go biking in Ladakh.

Weather and temperature on Leh Ladakh bike trips

It is recommended that you visit Ladakh between late June and early August The weather is most pleasant during this time of the year with plenty of sunlight and warmth which allows you to roam the wild lands in relative comfort. Temperatures range between a comfortable 5°C to 20°C. It grows considerably colder from October to April, with temperatures dropping below 0°C. The region receives extreme snowfall, and many roads are inaccessible during this time.

Rainfall on the Leh Ladakh bike trip

The region receives very little and infrequent rainfall in July and August, but it isn’t a hindrance in most cases.

Snowfall on the Leh Ladakh bike trip

On the higher passes, it is possible you will see some snow, especially if you visit just after the winter season. However, there will not be any active snowfall between June and September.
 

Ladakh is quite a remote destination but that is what makes it fun. There are a few ways to reach Leh. 

By flight

If you’re coming by flight, you need to book your tickets to the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. The airport is connected to most major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Srinagar, Chandigarh, etc but there are limited flights.

By road

If you’re coming by road then you can either come by bus from most major cities of North India like Srinagar, Manali, Delhi, Chandigarh, etc. You can even drive your own car but the roads can be rough, so make sure your car has enough ground clearance and power. The best type of car for the landscape of Ladakh is an SUV or a jeep. You can bring your own bike too, if you're up for the challenge. 

Do note that the Srinagar-Leh road route is only open from June to October, and the Manali-Leh road route is open only from June to September.

By train

Ladakh is way too hilly to have a railway station of its own. The closest railway station is in Jammu, about 700 kms from Ladakh. You can reach there from other parts of the country and continue your journey to Ladakh via state or private bus or cabs.
 

For the Ladakh bike trip, you need to wear quick-dry, comfortable clothes like a full-sleeve t-shirt and pants. Avoid wearing denim as they can be restrictive. Apart from this, you need to wear inner thermals, down and fleece jackets to protect yourself from the cold.

You also need to wear protective gear including a rider jacket, knee and elbow guards, synthetic gloves that are waterproof, and a helmet. Lastly, make sure you’re wearing sturdy boots that provide ample grip and ankle support.

How to dress appropriately for the Leh Ladakh bike trip

You will only be able to enjoy your trip if you are comfortable in all weather and all terrain, so make sure the clothes you wear while riding are comfortable too. Denim doesn't usually protect you from cold, will not dry easily, and could cause chafing on long riding days. Choose quick-dry biking pants or layer your outfit to be comfortable without restricting your movement.

Always carry an extra pair of clothes in your saddle bag too. Your priority on a Leh Ladakh road trip should be comfort and safety, and both start with your choice of apparel.


How can I pick the right riding boots? Why do I need them for a Leh Ladakh road trip?

Your boots are the only thing between your feet and the rough terrain while motorbiking. Make sure they are sturdy, have good grip, and have strong ankle support. Most importantly, make sure you are comfortable in those boots.

Your shoes should be waterproof and well broken-in before your departure for the Leh Ladakh bike trip. This will prevent you from facing any discomfort or getting shoe bites and other injuries. You can pick any brand based on your budget.

How can I pick the right riding jacket? Why do I need one for a Leh Ladakh road trip?

Your jacket will protect you from all the harsh conditions that prevail in Ladakh, right from the scorching sun to the biting cold winds. It will also protect you in case of an accident. Make sure your jacket is armoured, waterproof, and has a snug and comfortable fit.

How can I pick the right riding gloves? Why do I need them for a Leh Ladakh road trip?

Just like your jacket, your gloves serve multiple functions on a ride, from protecting your fingers from harsh weather conditions to providing comfort for and preventing chaffing from long hours of riding. Remember that your first instinct when you go down is to use your hands to break your fall – a good pair of motorcycling gloves will protect your hands from serious injury.

How can I pick the right helmet? Why do I need one for a Leh Ladakh road trip?

The most important accessory any biker can have is a good quality helmet. Your helmet protects your face and skull and can save your life in case of an accident. Avoid the stylish helmets that leave your face uncovered, as these will not protect your jaw or your face.

A full-face helmet will protect you from cold winds, strong sun, and insects. Your trip operator will provide you with a well-fitting helmet. If you are bringing along your own helmet for the ride, make sure it is comfortable as you’ll be spending hours in it, and that it is either DOT or ECE certified.
 

For the Ladakh bike trip, you need to carry a rucksack that will hold all your clothes and extra things, additionally, you need a daypack to carry essentials. Carry sunscreen, sunglasses, caps, extra pair of t-shirt, toilet paper, sanitizer, dry snacks, water, etc. in the daypack.

Apart from this, the tour operator will also provide you with a packing list, remember to follow it properly to ensure a safe and comfortable bike tour in Ladakh.

Check out our blog on the things to carry for Ladakh bike tour.

How can I pick the right backpack, daypack, and covers for my bags? Why do I need them for a Leh Ladakh road trip?

Check with your operator to choose the right size of the backpack you’ll need to carry, then purchase an appropriately sized rain cover for your bag that fits it well and ensures that it stays completely dry. A few weeks before your trip, CHECK YOUR BAGS!

Fill it up completely and wear it on your back. Examine all straps, zips, and velcros of your bag and make sure they’re in good condition and are able to support the weight of the bag. If you find anything that needs fixing, get the mends done and recheck your bag.

Generally, your backpack will be carried in the support vehicle or be saddled onto your bike (don’t forget to cover your backpack before packing it away). You will only have access to your backpack when you reach the campsite, hotel, or guesthouse for the day, which is why you need to carry a daypack for your water bottles, snacks, emergency and prescription medicines, camera, extra batteries, headlamp, basic toiletries, jackets, etc.

A few weeks before your departure, check your daypack as you checked your backpack. You will need a well-fitting rain cover for your day pack as well.

Disposable plastic or reusable synthetic bags are essential to keep your wet and soiled clothes separate from other clean items in your bag, so carry a good amount of those to last you the entire trip.

How can I pick the right sunglasses for me? Why do I need them for the Ladakh bike trip?

The Leh Ladakh bike trip can get sunny and give you headaches. You may face some glare from the roads, especially when you’re riding around noon. This can make you extremely uncomfortable and make it much harder to ride.

To protect yourself from this, we recommend carrying sturdy, UV resistant, plastic-framed sports sunglasses (metal frames tend to get very cold). They should fit you well and not be too tight or too loose.

If you wear prescription glasses, check if your sunglasses have the same updated prescription to ensure you can see clearly through them and don’t get uncomfortable trying to adjust to different prescriptions. Carry sturdy cases to store your sunglasses and prescription glasses.

How can I pick the right head lamp for me? Why do I you need it for the Leh Ladakh bike trip?

A headlamp is strongly recommended to bring with yourself on the Leh Ladakh road trip. It comes in handy if you need to find your way back to your group, find the washroom at night, or need to check on your bike after sundown due to unforeseen circumstances. Make sure your headlamp fits your head comfortably, is functioning properly, and has fresh batteries. Do carry some extra batteries just in case you run out.

What toiletries should I carry for the Leh Ladakh bike trip?

Carry enough of the following toiletries in a waterproof pouch to last you the duration of your trip, and then some more. There is a possibility of not coming across any shops at all where you can purchase these from:

  • thick face and body moisturiser
  • SPF 50+ sunscreen
  • moisturising lip balm with SPF
  • body wash
  • shampoo
  • toothpaste and toothbrush
  • anti-fungal and anti-rash creams
  • insect repellent
  • menstrual products and ample thick plastic bags to dispose of used sanitary napkins or tampons. Please do not litter. Ask your trek guide about the appropriate disposal methods. We do not recommend carrying menstrual cups or reusable pads/period panties as it will be difficult to wash and disinfect them while on the trek.
  • prescription medicines
  • wet wipes
  • dry tissues
  • sanitiser
  • face masks

What water bottle or hydration pack should I carry for the Leh Ladakh bike trip?

We recommend carrying at least 2 one-litre reusable water bottles per person. It’s preferable if one of your bottles is thermally regulated as you may need to sip on warm water when it gets cold. If you don’t want the bulk of carrying water bottles, you can opt for hydration packs that you can wrap around your chest and back. They should be able to hold at least 500ml of water and should fit you well. We would still recommend also carrying at least one thermal flask for the hot water.

Do I need to carry a pen knife for the Leh Ladakh bike trip?

Yes, you should always carry a basic pen knife with a pair of scissors, a knife, toothpick, screwdriver, etc. You can use it to dislodge pebbles stuck in your soles, make minor fixes to you backpack, tyres, and daypack, cut open snack packets and fruit, and more.

What should I carry in my medical kit for the Ladakh bike trip?

Carry any pills prescribed to you, the same brand that you’re used to. We don’t recommend starting any new medication while on the trip in case it doesn’t agree with you, and you may not find your preferred brand in Leh. Pack enough to last you all the days of your trip and add extra, in case your trip gets stretched beyond what was planned.

Your support team will be carrying a first aid kit, but you should also carry a personal first aid kit with gauze, sprain bandage, antiseptic liquid, cotton, muscle relief spray, and loads of band aids.

Also carry altitude sickness pills (please consult your road captain before taking one) and pills for headaches, an upset stomach, cold, cough, allergies, and nausea. Do check your medical kit for stock and expiration dates well in advance.
 

The Leh Ladakh bike tour is gruelling, requiring you to ride long distances at high altitudes. The route also consists of bad roads and river crosses. Hence, enough experience of riding a motorcycle for long distances is required along with high fitness levels.

To prepare for the Ladakh bike trip, you can prepare by going on weekend rides around your city so you are comfortable on the bike for long distances and additionally, you can begin a workout routine that will improve your endurance and breathing, like cycling, running or swimming.

The air in Ladakh is extremely thin, you need to ride for long hours on rugged roads, live for days on end at high altitudes, and bear the risk of shoulder and back pain. In addition, longer rides are also a game of mental endurance as you will have to battle fatigue on some days.

To prepare yourself physically and mentally, consider the following:

  • Research, research, research. Learning as much as you can about the terrain, conditions, and what will be in store for you via articles or talking to your operator and fellow experienced riders will surely help you in being prepared for the epic Leh Ladakh bike trip.
  • Blow balloons. This increases your lung capacity and helps you in breathing better on higher altitudes.
  • Practise yoga and breathing exercises to further gain control of your breathing capacity and patterns.
  • Cardio, jogging, swimming, and aerobic exercises will help you in increasing your stamina.
  • Stretching periodically will help tone your muscles and strengthen them for long riding hours.

What documents do I need to carry for Leh Ladakh bike trip?

Do carry valid ID proof, your passport (in case of foreign nationals), and a valid driving license that permits you to ride a bike. Inner Line Permits have been scrapped for road tripping in Ladakh, but in case any other permits are needed, your operator will arrange for them.

What kind of food will be provided on the Leh Ladakh road trip?

Food will be provided as per your meal package as described in your trip while booking. Meals will be light and given to you at your hotels or guesthouses.

Are there any ATMs in Ladakh?

You’ll find plenty of ATMs in Leh but may or may not find any post that. Even if you do, there is a high chance that they have run out of cash as servicing ATMs at higher altitudes on a regular basis is difficult. We recommend that you withdraw all cash you need for your entire trip – and some extra – at or before you reach Leh.

Is there any network connectivity on the Leh Ladakh bike trip?

Network connectivity is fairly sparse in Ladakh. Foreign SIM cards don’t work in Ladakh, nor do prepaid SIM cards from other states. You can stick to your own postpaid SIM or purchase a prepaid SIM from Ladakh. BSNL and Airtel have the best connectivity.

Cancellation and refund policy for Leh Ladakh bike trip

The cancellation and refund policy will depend upon the operator you choose for your Leh Ladakh road trip. In general, no shows don’t receive any refunds. Detailed cancellation and refund policies are available on our website’s trip booking pages.

COVID-19 protocol for for Leh Ladakh bike trip

To ensure the safety of all travellers, everyone joining the Ladakh bike trip needs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You may not be allowed to join the departure in case you aren’t fully vaccinated or don’t have a valid certificate.

Riders will be required to maintain social distancing of 6 feet from one another wherever possible or feasible. Before you depart for the bike trip, your temperature will be thermally screened.

If at any point of the trip you feel unwell or symptomatic, please inform your road captain and they’ll provide you with the next steps of action. Please contact your biking operator for more information on additional COVID-19 protocols.
 

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip - Frequently Asked Questions

There are different types of packages for those who want to take their own bikes or for those who need to rent a motorbike. If you don’t have a bike or don’t want to take your own, you can sign up for a complete package, including the bike and fuel. If you choose to bring your own bike, the fuel charges will not be included in the package.

It is not recommended to go on your own, especially if you have no experience of long bike rides in terrain like this. When you travel with an operator, you have someone to perform mechanical repairs on your bike, provide medical aid in case of injuries, rescue you in case of natural disasters or accidents, carry extra fuel and your baggage in a support vehicle, and guide you through desolate landscape that has no markings or maps.

You must know how to ride a motorbike and must be comfortable riding for 6-8 hours a day through extreme landscapes. Even the shorter itineraries around Ladakh can be quite gruelling. If you have never done any long-distance motorbiking before, it is advisable to start with shorter trips first. Check out our post on the best biking routes in India for ideas.

There are 4 variations of itineraries as mentioned below. If you need any customized package please talk to our consultants.

  • Manali - Leh - Manali

  • Manali - Leh - Srinagar

  • Srinagar - Leh - Manali

  • Leh - Leh

Within each of these we have additional variations where some trips offer side trips. We suggest you reach out to our consultants for more details for the best package.

May to September is the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh. The weather is more moderate plus the road conditions are a lot better.

If you are joining a motorbiking trip or a road safari that starts and ends in Leh, then the best way of reaching Ladakh is by flight. Leh airport is well connected to Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar and Mumbai.

Ladakh is situated at a height of about 11,500 feet above sea level. At this altitude, people find difficulty in breathing due to a lower air pressure, when compared to that at sea levels. It is advisable to get yourself acclimatized before starting your journey further. What this means is that for the first 36-48 hours you remain in Leh and undertake little to no physical activities. Consume lots of fluids during this time. This will help your body and lungs to adapt to the high altitude air pressure.

The most commonly offered bike is the 350cc Royal Enfield. But we do have various options to upgrade, such as to the RE 500cc, Himalayan and others.

The packages for the Ladakh road trip start from INR 19,999. These prices change as per the route and bike you select, Please talk to our consultants for more clarification on costs. There are various factors that will affect the cost - route, duration of trip, inclusions of fuel/meals/gear, quality of stay, etc. 

It depends on the trip that you choose. We have plenty of packages both with and without fuel as an inclusion.

Bikes provided for the Ladakh trips are well maintained and serviced after each trip. Most of our packages include a support vehicle (please double check this with us). The support vehicle carries some basic spare parts in the event of something going wrong with the bike alond the route. A bike mechanic also travels in the support vehicle.

Roads to Ladakh both from the Himachal side and Kashmir side are a mixed bag. There are areas where the roads are excellent. However there are large stretches, especially around high mountain passes where the roads are damaged. Although local authorities constantly are fixing the same, the harsh weather conditions tend to damage the roads quickly. You should be prepared to drive on a large percentage of rough roads on some days of your itinerary. 

No, The mechanic in the backup vehicle will have all the required tools and spare parts. 

Tempo Traveller, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo are some of the vehicles that are used as backup vehicles. However this is subject to change at times as per availability.

There are 15 bikes in a batch for the road trip, therefore around 18-25 people in a group.

For the Ladakh bike trip you will need a riding jacket, riding pants, boots, gloves, a full-face helmet, and elbow and knee guards. A longer list of things to carry for your trip is available on every trip page.

Yes, you need to carry thermal wear, as it gets very cold in Ladakh, with the temperature fluctuating between 5°C to 24°C. Nights are quite cold as well.

On the Ladakh road trip, usually there are 2 meals included in a day - breakfast and dinner. However please check your trip inclusions and exclusions for details before you book.

For the Ladakh road trip you will have to carry your original driving license along with 2 passport size photos.

Khardungla Pass, which lies between Leh and Nubra is the highest point of this road trip, situated at an altitude of approximately 17,500 ft.

Yes, you can join as a solo traveller. There are many solo travelers who join our batches. You can join both as a solo rider or as a solo traveller as part of the SUV convoy.

On the higher passes it is possible you will see snow.

One way distance between Leh and Manali is approximately 430 kms. 

In some packages that we offer, bus transfers between Delhi to Manali are included. Please check your itinerary for bus pick-up date, time and location. Also, remember to check your trip inclusions for bus transfers inclusions and/or cost.

Yes we do have options for biking trips that start from Delhi and Chandigarh. Do reach out to us for more details and departure dates.

Yes, you can still join the trip in the safari vehicle for customers. For short durations, in some trips, you might be able to sit behind the lead guide as a pillion rider.

Yes, your friend can be your pillion rider. If your pillion rider gets tired, we can definitely accommodate them in the  support vehicle.

For Ladakh bike trips, the minimum age required is 20+ along with a valid drivers license. Other family members can be accommodated in the support vehicle at a lower cost.

Your breakfast and dinner will be included in the package. Fresh, hygienic and local Ladakhi meals will be served during all meals. Vegetarian food is available at almost all locations. If you have special dietary requirements, please speak to us before booking your trip. We will first check availability of your requirements at all locations before we collect payment from you.

We offer various packages for our Ladakh biking trips: budget, mid-range and premium packages are available. The kind and quality of stay improves as you upgrade your package. Additionally, we can upgrade your stay in almost any package. Usually 3-4 star hotels/camps/homestays are provided in most locations. Camps and guesthouses are provided at Pangong and Nubra. Pre-departure, it might be possible to offer you upgrade options, subject to availability.

Yes, we provide custom itineraries for Ladakh biking trips where you can customize every part of your trip, from your bike, stay, type of support vehicle, type of guide, other inclusions and of course your itinerary. Please get in touch with The Great Next for more information.

The best way to plan a Ladakh bike trip would be joining a set departure. There are endless routes you can take for your Ladakh trip on bike. The most popular departures start in Delhi, Srinagar, or Manali. You can even start your trip from Leh for shorter itineraries.

Set departures have the route all planned out and have been completed multiple times in the past, meaning that they are well-frequented, tested, and safe. Do arrange for your travel bookings and purchase your seats in these set departures several months in advance to ensure that you’re all set to go. 

It’s important to keep in mind that the roads on your Leh Ladakh road trip will not always be smooth. You need to have a powerful bike that is reliable and sturdy. Most of your biking departures will include a Royal Enfield 350CC bullet.

If you’re taking your own bike, you can also consider other strong bikes with high ground clearance, appropriate weight, purposeful designs that allow you to strap on your bags. 

Remember that you’re going to be on the road for as long as 15 days on a Leh Ladakh bike trip. Ensure that you carry a personal repair kit with screwdrivers, spanners, WD-40 spray, duct tape, bungee cords, etc. Also carry a medical and toiletries kit (more on this below) to last you your entire trip. Don’t forget fully charged powerbanks and charging chords for all devices you’re carrying. 

The cost of your Leh Ladakh road trip entirely depends on the duration of your trip, the trip route, the bike chosen (or if you’re getting your own bike), and the type of stay you choose on your trip. This can range anywhere between INR 19,000 for a 6-day budget biking trip to INR 90,000 for a 15-day biking trip with better amenities.

Roads to Ladakh both from the Himachal side and Kashmir side are a mixed bag. There are areas where the roads are excellent. However, there are large stretches, especially around high mountain passes where the roads are damaged.

Although local authorities constantly are fixing the same, the harsh weather conditions tend to damage the roads quickly. You should be prepared to drive on a large percentage of rough roads on some days of your itinerary.

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  • Rated :

    14-04-2021

    'It was an amazing experience with great next Super service Amazing pricing compare to others Friendly staff Awesome scubadivers coach'

  • Rated : 5

    15-10-2019

    The best the in business. you are gonna make the best choice if u decide to go for it ladakh trip planning with them . glad we did our homework well & went ahead with these guys. the trip was seamless.

  • Rated : 5

    15-10-2019

    The best the in business. you are gonna make the best choice if u decide to go for it ladakh trip planning with them . glad we did our homework well & went ahead with these guys. the trip was seamless.

  • Rated : 5

    17-09-2019

    Fantastic experience with The Great Next. Even though there was turbulence cuz of 370 revocation, Harshal made sure our trip didn't get cancelled as he understood how much planning and excitement went in for us to finally organise this trip that we'd been planning for years. He constantly remained in touch with us and gave us regular updates on the situation and also came up with an alternate route in the same number of days without us missing out on much. I believe that you could come up with such service only when you really connect with your customers and understand how important it is for them to have a smooth trip. Our group had 10 members from all over the country, who joined in as strangers but left as real good friends. Our trip leader Tenzin accompanied by Avik and Arun are the best crew ever! They were always available when needed and shared so many fun facts about the places we visited. This trip for sure wouldn't have been as much fun without them! Kudos to a fantastic team! A big thanks to Harshal and The Great Next for organising a trip that we would cherish and talk about for a long time! It truly was a trip of a lifetime!

  • Rated : 5

    17-09-2019

    Did a ladakh tour with tgn. It was great. Everything met my expectations. the tgn representative Harshal was my contact guy. He used to respond to my watsapp messages even at night. The food was good, stay was comfortable too.

  • Rated : 5

    21-01-2021

  • Rated : 5

    25-05-2019

    Amazing experience with the road trip and supportive..

  • Rated : 5

    25-05-2019

    Amazing experience with the road trip and supportive..

  • Rated : 5

    05-07-2020

    For sure without any doubt, go ahead with ur ladakh trip planning with the great next. They won't disappoint you. One of the best in the business. Glad we did our homework well & chose them.

  • Rated : 5

    18-06-2019

    Our motorbiking trip to Ladakh only got bettet because we booked it you guys. Great service and support. Thanks Harshal, Tenzin, Arun and Avik.

  • Rated : 5

    20-05-2019

    Fantastic experience with The Great Next. Even though there was turbulence cuz of 370 revocation, Harshal made sure our trip didn't get cancelled as he understood how much planning and excitement went in for us to finally organise this trip that we'd been planning for years. He constantly remained in touch with us and gave us regular updates on the situation and also came up with an alternate route in the same number of days without us missing out on much. I believe that you could come up with such service only when you really connect with your customers and understand how important it is for them to have a smooth trip. Our group had 10 members from all over the country, who joined in as strangers but left as real good friends. Our trip leader Tenzin accompanied by Avik and Arun are the best crew ever! They were always available when needed and shared so many fun facts about the places we visited. This trip for sure wouldn't have been as much fun without them! Kudos to a fantastic team! A big thanks to Harshal and The Great Next for organising a trip that we would cherish and talk about for a long time! It truly was a trip of a lifetime!