Day 1 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Day at Manali
Arrive in Manali and check-in to a hotel. You'll gather with the rest of your group and meet your road captain for a briefing session. This session will cover the itinerary in detail, introduce safety protocols and answer any last minute questions. After the briefing, you'll be allotted your motorbikes for a short test ride. Driving at slower speeds, you'll visit the Solang valley and Naggar castle to get comfortable with your bikes. Overnight in a hotel at Manali.
Day 2 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Manali to Keylong
With thundering motorbikes on hand, you'll head north from Manali on the Manali-Leh highway. With scenic views of the lush, green mountains of Pir Panjal, you'll reach the famous Rohtang Pass. This mountain pass, the first of many, is closed in the winters due to high snowfall. Crossing the pass, you'll enter the Lahaul Spiti district and halt for the night at Keylong. Overnight in a hotel at Keylong.
Day 3 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Keylong to Sarchu
Today is the day of riding through difficult high mountain passes, as the route from Keylong to Sarchu takes you through steep ascents near the passes of Baralacha-La, Nakee-La and Lachulung-La. Look out for the chilly weather that often brings in a gust of wind, especially as you navigate the tricky hairpin bends of the Gata Loops. All along, dramatic views of the mountains will adorn the route. Overnight in Swiss tents at Sarchu.
Day 4 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Sarchu to Leh
Crossing state borders, you'll enter Ladakh and encounter the second-highest motorable mountain pass in the world, the Tanglang-La at over 17,000 feet. On your way to Leh, the largest city in Ladakh, you'll descend from the pass and ride through the More Plains, a vast stretch of flat plateau in the ocean of Ladakhi mountains. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.
Day 5 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Day in Leh
Take a well-deserved break and explore Leh at your own pace. While your motorbikes will spend the day in the garage getting a routine check-up, you can visit local attractions in the city. Some of the more popular choices include the Leh Palace and the Shanti Stupa. Apart from Buddhist monuments, you can also visit the town's restaurants to taste the local cuisine or the Tibetan marketplace to pick up gifts for loved ones back home. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.
Day 6 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Leh to Pangong Lake
After a day's rest, you'll resume motorbiking and travel to the Pangong Lake. En route, you'll face a few sections of difficult terrain, especially near the Chang-La pass. But as you reach Pangong, you'll realize that your efforts were well worth the reward. Pangong Lake, a majestic visual spectacle, is the highlight of the tour for many. The waters of this humongous lake appear to change colours as the evening sun goes down and a blanket of twinkling stars emerges in the night sky. Overnight in Swiss tents at Pangong Lake.
Day 7 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Pangong Lake to Nubra Valley
In the morning, spend some quiet time on the banks of Pangong and meditate in peace. The sounds of nature at over 13,000 feet in Ladakh will ring in your ears. Soon, you'll turn back and ride into the desert sand dunes of Nubra Valley. The road conditions on today's route are inadequate and will require attentive motorbiking skills. You'll be riding alongside the Shyok River, with narrow roads carved into the side of mountains. By late afternoon, you'll reach Hunder, a small town in Nubra Valley. Overnight in Swiss tents or a hotel at Nubra Valley.
Day 8 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Day in Nubra Valley
In the morning, you'll begin by visiting the Hunder sand dunes, where natives offer rides on the local Bactrian camels. You'll also ride to the Panamik village, popular for hot water streams that are considered healthy for your skin. On your way back, you'll stop by the Diskit monastery, the oldest monastery in the valley with a 100-feet tall, colourful statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Return to Hunder by nightfall for a merry bonfire in the desert. Overnight in Swiss tents or a hotel at Nubra Valley.
Day 9 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Nubra Valley to Leh
With an early start on the day, you'll gear up for another exciting day of motorbiking. Today, you'll experience another major highlight of your adventure, the Khardung-La. This mountain pass, the highest motorable road in the world, is often packed full of snow at over 17,000 feet of altitude. You'll cross the mountain pass and descend to the town of Leh. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.
Day 10 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Day in Leh
Spend the day at leisure in Leh. Today, you can put your feet up and rest in your hotel with your group or head out to explore Leh at your own pace. The narrow lanes and charming flea markets of the town present an interesting picture for an evening of fun. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.
Day 11 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Leh to Tso Moriri
From Leh, you'll begin riding south on the Leh-Manali Highway. You'll see the clear mountains of the Chumthang Valley, often known as the valley of Tibetan nomads, as you drive towards Tso Moriri. Smaller than the Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri is another high-altitude lake in the Ladakhi mountains. The lake is flanked by rising slopes that shine in the colours of grey and brown, radiating a unique old world charm. Overnight in Swiss tents at Tso Moriri.
Day 12 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Tso Moriri to Sarchu
Your journey back from Ladakh to Manali begins in earnest on today's ride back to Sarchu. The initial stretch takes you on a patchwork of concrete roads and off-route dirt pathways. En route, you'll stop to rest at the small Tso Kar Lake before continuing forward. Soon, you'll return to the familiar Leh-Manali Highway that will take you to Sarchu by late afternoon. Overnight in Swiss tents at Sarchu.
Day 13 of the Ladakh motorbiking trip: Sarchu to Manali
The last ride of your motorbiking adventure from Sarchu to Manali is a recap of your Ladakh tour. Starting out from the barren mountains of Sarchu, you'll cross the Chenab River and the Rohtang Pass before entering the lush, green valleys of Manali. You'll reach the hill-station by late afternoon and return your allotted motorbikes. Your trip ends here.