Manali to Leh Bike Trip

Manali to Leh Bike Trip

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Manali to Leh bike trip overview

Motorbiking in Manali

Some of the most iconic motorbiking trips in India start from Manali. Owing to its perfect location that provides easy access into Ladakh as well as Lahaul-Spiti, Manali is the right place to start your trip. On your bike tour, you'll begin in the hippie-town of Manali and head directly into high-altitude passes.

You will ride through snow-capped mountains, cold and arid deserts, and remote villages that house silent monasteries and rich cultures. And you'll ride through breathtaking stretches of landscapes, cross off-road terrains and raging rivers - all in the company of the mighty Himalayas.

There are three major motorcycling routes from Manali, one that takes you into the stark landscape of Ladakh, the other that takes you into the dramatic Spiti Valley, and the third across Ladakh to reach the dazzling Kashmir Valley. Here are more details about these routes:

Manali to Leh

One of the popular motorbiking routes in India is the Manali to Leh route. The Manali to Leh bike trip starts in the lush forests of Manali that blooms with flowers and apple orchards and takes you into the weather-bleached landscape of Ladakh. The Manali to Leh bike tour includes river crossings, off-road bike routes.

On this route, you'll cross one of the world's highest motorable pass - Khardung La, along with several other high-altitude passes like Rohtang La, Baralacha La and Tanglang La.

En route, you'll visit many silent monasteries and explore some of the most iconic landmarks of the Trans-Himalayan route. You'll visit Sarchu and the capital city of Ladakh, Leh, along with visiting the pristine Pangong Lake.

Manali to Spiti

The Manali to Spiti bike tour is the second most famous bike rides around Manali. The trip starts in the lush valleys of Manali and takes you into the stark landscape of Spiti, Pin Valley and Kaza. This route takes you to the high altitude passes of Kunzum La and Rohtang La along with spending a night on the banks of the enchanting Chandratal Lake.

Given this route, you'll visit the world's highest post office at Hikkim, one of the most iconic monasteries at Key, and Komic which is the world's highest village connected by a road. You'll also ride to Chitkul, India's last village towards the Into-Tibetan border.

Manali to Srinagar

This is an off-beat route that starts in the green forests of Manali and takes you to the dreamlike landscape of Sonmarg and Srinagar, cutting across the surreal Ladakhi landscape. On this route, you get to explore the regions of Sarchu, Nubra, Leh and Sonmarg.

The route takes you over two high altitude passes of Rohtang La and Baralacha La, along with the thrilling Gata Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends - making this an exciting bike route near Manali.

You also get to visit Turtuk which is the last Indian village towards the Indo-Pakistani border. Don't forget to explore the apple orchards of the village. You then ride to the historic village of Kargil where you can visit the Kargil War Memorial. Lastly, the route includes visits to the colourful lakes of Tso Moriri and Pangong

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Trek Summary

  • State: Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh
  • Total days: 5 to 11 days
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Max altitude:17,480 feet (Khardung La)
  • Regions covered: Kullu Valley, Ladakh, Spiti, Nubra
  • Season: Summer

Manali - Leh - Manali Bike Tour

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Manali

  • Altitude: 4,193 feet
  • Test ride your bike
  • Make last-minute preparations
  • Overnight in tents

Day 2: Ride from Manali to Jispa

  • Altitude: 13,047 feet
  • Distance covered: 145 km
  • Riding time: 7 hrs
  • Cross the mighty Rohtang La en route
  • Overnight in hotel at Jispa

Day 3: Ride from Jispa to Sarchu

  • Altitude: 16,000 feet
  • Distance covered: 90 km
  • Riding time: 6 hrs
  • Cross the thrilling Baralacha La
  • Overnight in tents at Sarchu

Day 4: Ride from Sarchu to Leh

  • Altitude: 17,480 feet
  • Distance covered: 253 km
  • Riding time: 8 hrs
  • Cross the third highest motorable pass at Tanglang La
  • Overnight in hotel at Leh

Day 5: Acclimatization at Leh

  • Altitude: 11,562 feet
  • Rest for the day to ensure proper acclimatization
  • Do not exert your body too much
  • Overnight in hotel at Leh

Day 6: Ride from Leh to Nubra

  • Altitude: 17,582 feet
  • Distance covered: 130 km
  • Riding time: 7 hrs
  • Cross the highest motorable pass in the world - Khardung La
  • Overnight in hotel at Nubra

Day 7: Ride from Nubra to Pangong Lake

  • Altitude: 14,000 feet
  • Distance covered: 130 km
  • Riding time: 6 hrs
  • See the setting sun over the enchanting Pangong Lake
  • Overnight in tents at Pangong Lake

Day 8: Ride from Pangong Lake to Leh

  • Altitude: 17,480 feet
  • Distance covered: 150 km
  • Riding time: 7 hrs
  • Take another thrilling ride over Khardung La
  • Overnight in hotel at Leh

Day 9: Ride from Leh to Sarchu

  • Altitude: 14,000 feet
  • Distance covered: 254 km
  • Riding time: 8 hrs
  • Enjoy your last day in the stark landscape of Ladakh
  • Overnight in deluxe tents

Day 10: Ride from Sarchu to Manali

  • Altitude: 6,398 feet
  • Distance covered: 230 km
  • Riding time: 5 hrs
  • Once again cross Rohtang Pass on your last riding day
  • Overnight in tents

Day 11: Depart from Manali

  • Wake up, bid farewell to your team and road captain
  • Return your bikes
  • Depart from Manali
  • The Manali to Leh bike tour ends here

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Manali

Arrive in Kullu/Manali in the morning and check-in at the hotel. Meet your road captain and test ride your bikes, and spend the evening making last-minute preparations.

Day 2: Ride from Manali to Jispa

Begin your ride today with the first destination being Jispa. En route, cross the mighty Rohtang La before reaching Jispa.

Day 3: Ride from Jispa to Sarchu

Begin your ride today to Sarchu and en route cross another high-altitude pass of Baralacha La and enter into the breathtaking landscape of Sarchu.

Day 4: Ride from Sarchu to Leh

Ride to Leh today and en route, cross the third highest motorable road in the world - Tanglang La and cross into the Indus Valley before reaching Leh.

Day 5: Acclimatization at Leh

Spend the day acclimatizing to Leh’s altitude. Remember to not exert your body too much and take it easy during the day to ensure proper acclimatization.

Day 6: Ride from Leh to Nubra

Leave behind Leh and head into the barren mountains of Nubra. En route, cross the world’s highest motorable pass at Khardung La. Explore the cold desert of Nubra in the evening.

Day 7: Ride from Nubra to Pangong Lake

Begin your ride to Pangong Lake today via the dramatic landscape. Reach the lake in the late evening and watch the lake change its colour as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Day 8: Ride from Pangong Lake to Leh

Bid farewell to Pangong Lake and ride back to Leh and en route, cross Khardung La once again. Spend the evening exploring the colourful markets of Leh.

Day 9: Ride from Leh to Sarchu

Bid farewell to Leh and ride to Sarchu today. Explore the serene and vast valley of Sarchu today, and spend the night in deluxe camps.

Day 10: Ride from Sarchu to Manali

Wake up and begin your last ride of the Manali-Leh-Manali bike tour. Reach Manali in the evening and check-in at the camps and return your bikes.

Day 11: Depart from Manali

Wake up, bid farewell to the team and road captain and head to the airport. Your Manali to Leh bike trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The Manali to Leh bike tour includes a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet/Classic for one ride plus one pillion along with the fuel, as required. There is also a backup vehicle to carry all the luggage, fuel, spares and support crew. Do note that all the spare parts are chargeable if used. As for the riding gear, the Manali Leh biking package includes helmets for both the rider and the pillion and a reflective jacket.

In regards to accommodation, the package includes accommodation in hotels or tents with attached washrooms for 10 nights on a triple sharing basis. Additionally, the package includes meals including breakfast from Day 2 to Day 11 and dinner from Day 1 to Day 10.

The price also includes the services of experienced road captain and mechanic along with the support crew and a first aid kit with oxygen cylinders. Lastly, the package includes all government permits and charges, including the Ladakh Inner Line permit. All applicable taxes are also included.

Exclusions:

The Manali to Leh bike tour can be upgraded to a package that includes one motorbike per person without a pillion for a total trip cost of INR 42,000 per person. You can even book a seat in the support vehicle without a bike for the total trip cost of INR 27,300 per person.

The Manali to Leh bike trip does not include the refundable security deposit of INR 10,000 per bike. This needs to be paid in person to the operator.

Apart from this, the package does not include any kind of travel arrangements between your home city and Manali. The package also does not include lunch throughout the trip. The Manali to Leh bike trip cost does not include any kind of adventure travel insurance.

The cost also does not include any kind of entry fees at monasteries and monuments, neither does it include any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather, roadblocks, etc. Nor does it include any personal expenses like extra meals, beverages, gear, etc. Anything that is not mentioned in the includes is not included and will be charged additionally if used.

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Manali - Spiti - Manali Bike Tour (ex-Delhi)

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Delhi to Manali

  • Departure from Delhi: 17:00 hrs
  • Driving distance: 530 km
  • Driving time: 13 hours
  • Mode of transport: Semi-sleeper AC Volvo bus
  • Overnight on the bus

Day 2: Arrive at Manali

  • Altitude: 6,726 feet
  • Distance covered: 20 km
  • Riding time: 1 hour
  • Explore Manali today and test ride your bikes
  • Overnight in a hotel

Day 3: Ride from Manali to Sarahan

  • Altitude: 6,890 feet
  • Distance covered: 233 km
  • Riding time: 8 hours
  • Begin your bike ride with a scenic route and explore quaint villages en route
  • Overnight in tents

Day 4: Ride from Sarahan to Sangla

  • Altitude: 8,530 feet
  • Distance covered: 83 km
  • Riding time: 3 hours
  • Enter the lush green valley of Sangra, flanked by the snow-clad mountains on one side and the Baspa River on the other
  • Overnight in a hotel

Day 5: Ride from Sangly to Chitkul

  • Altitude: 11,320 feet
  • Distance covered: 48 km
  • Riding time: 2 hours
  • Visit the last village of India towards Tibet, the Chitkul Village
  • Overnight in a hotel

Day 6: Ride from Chitkul to Tabo

  • Altitude: 10,760 feet
  • Distance covered: 178 km
  • Riding time: 7 hours
  • Ride to Tao via Reckong Peo, Kalpa and Nako
  • Enjoy views of Mt. Rea Purgyil, the highest peak in Himachal Pradesh
  • Overnight in hotel

Day 7: Ride from Tabo to Kaza

  • Altitude: 12,470 feet
  • Distance covered: 50 km
  • Riding time: 1 hour
  • Explore Kaza, a town decorated with palaces, monasteries and gompas, with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains
  • Overnight in a hotel at Kaza

Day 8: Explore Kaza

  • Altitude: 15,100 feet
  • Distance covered: 70 km
  • Riding time: 3 hours
  • Visit Key Monastery, the Komic Village and world’s highest post office at Hikkim
  • Overnight in a hotel

Day 9: Ride from Kaza to Chandratal

  • Altitude: 15,059 feet
  • Distance covered: 100 km
  • Riding time: 2 hours
  • Cross Kunzum pass and watch the sunset at Chandratal Lake
  • Overnight in swiss tents

Day 10: Ride from Chandratal to Manali

  • Altitude: 6,726 feet
  • Distance covered: 140 km
  • Riding time: 4 hours
  • Bid farewell to the stark landscape of Spiti and cross Rohtang La and reach Manali
  • Overnight in a hotel

Day 11: Depart from Manali

  • Explore Manali and shop for souvenirs
  • Board the Volvo bus back to Delhi in the evening
  • Overnight on the bus

Day 12: Arrive in Delhi

  • Reach Delhi in the early morning and bid farewell to your team
  • The Manali-Spiti-Manali bike tour ends here

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Delhi to Manali

Report to the meet-up point and board the Volvo that will take you to Manali. It is an overnight journey and you’ll reach Manali in the morning.

Day 2: Arrive at Manali

Reaching Manali in the morning, you’ll check-in at the hotel and test ride your bikes. In the evening, you can head out to explore the markets and monuments of Manali.

Day 3: Ride from Manali to Sarahan

Today, you’ll begin your Manali to Spiti bike trip with your first destination being Sarahan. En route, you’ll stop at Rampur. You’ll reach Sarahan in the evening.

Day 4: Ride from Sarahan to Sangla

Today, you’ll ride to Sangla and enter into Kinnaur. The village is flanked by the snow-capped Himalayas on one side and the Baspa River on the other.

Day 5: Ride from Sangly to Chitkul

Today, you’ll ride alongside the Baspa River to reach Chitkul, the last village of India towards the Indo-Tibetan border. Explore the village in the evening.

Day 6: Ride from Chitkul to Tabo

Today, you’ll ride to Tabo, a small town on the banks of the Spiti River. En route, you’ll pass Reckong Peo and Nako, and you’ll enjoy the breathtaking views of Himachal’s highest peak, Mt. Reo Purgyil.

Day 7: Ride from Tabo to Kaza

Today, you’ll ride to the largest town in Spiti, Kaza. From there, you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayan mountains and the gushing Spiti River. You will also visit the palaces and monasteries of Kaza.

Day 8: Explore Kaza

Today, you’ll head out to the tiny villages around Kaza. First, you’ll head to Key which is home to the famous Key Monastery, the largest in Spiti. Then, you’ll head to Komic which is the highest village connected by a motorable road in the world. And last, you’ll visit the highest post office at Hikkim before returning back to Kaza.

Day 9: Ride from Kaza to Chandratal

Today, you’ll first head to Kunzum La, a high-altitude pass and cross that to reach the enchanting Chandratal Lake. You’ll spend the evening at the lakeside and then head to the tents.

Day 10: Ride from Chandratal to Manali

Today, you’ll bid farewell to the stark Spiti landscape and head back into the lush valleys of Kullu and Manali. En route, you’ll cross the mighty Rohtang La.

Day 11: Depart from Manali

Spend the morning exploring Manali and shopping for your loved ones. And in the evening, board the bus back to Delhi. It is an overnight bus ride.

Day 12: Arrive in Delhi

You’ll reach Delhi in the morning, bid farewell to your team and head back home with lifelong memories.

Inclusions:

The Manali to Spiti bike tour package includes travel arrangements between Delhi and Manali via semi-sleeper Volvo bus. The Manali bike tour package includes one 350cc Royal Enfield Classic/Bullet for one rider plus one pillion along with fuel and safety helmets. A backup vehicle is also included in the package that will carry luggage (up to 60 litres per person), along with extra fuel and spare parts. Do note that the spare parts are chargeable if used.

Along with these, the package includes accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and swiss tents with attached washrooms for 9 nights on twin/triple sharing basis. And the meal package consists of breakfasts from Day 3 to Day 10 and dinner from Day 2 to Day 9.

The package also includes the services of an experienced road captain and support crew, along with a first aid kit with oxygen cylinders, all government permits and charges, and the Manali Green Tribunal Permit. All applicable taxes are also included.

Exclusions:

The total cost of Manali Spiti bike trip does not include the refundable security deposit of INR 5,000 per bike.

The Manali to Spiti bike tour does not include any kind of travel arrangements from your home city to Delhi. The cost also does not include lunch throughout the trip, the same will be on your own expense.

Any kind of personal medical or adventure insurance is also not included in the package. Any kind of parking fees, entry fees, photography charges at monasteries and places of interests have to be borne by the travellers.

Lastly, the price neither includes any kind of personal expenses like extra meals, beverages, apparel, etc. nor does it include any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, etc. Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged additionally if used/availed.

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Manali - Leh - Turtuk - Srinagar

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Manali

  • Altitude: 6725 feet
  • Test ride your bike
  • Make last-minute preparations
  • Overnight in hotel

Day 2: Ride from Manali to Jispa

  • Altitude: 10,498 feet
  • Distance covered: 140 km
  • Riding time: 5 hours
  • Cross the mighty Rohtang La and enter into the barren landscape of Ladakh
  • Overnight in swiss tents/hotel

Day 3: Ride from Jispa to Sarchu

  • Altitude: 16,043 feet
  • Distance covered: 90 km
  • Riding time: 3 hours
  • En route, you’ll cross Baralacha La, a high altitude pass, and make a pit stop at Zing Zing Bar
  • Overnight in swiss tents at Sarchu

Day 4: Ride from Sarchu to Tso Moriri

  • Altitude: 6,680 feet
  • Distance covered: 230 km
  • Riding time: 8 hours
  • En route, cross Gata Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends
  • Overnight in swiss tents

Day 5: Ride from Tso Moriri to Pangong Lake

  • Altitude: 14,840 feet
  • Distance covered: 290 km
  • Riding time: 7 hours
  • En route, you’ll visit the Chushul Village along with a stop at few volcanic lakes of Mirpal Tso and Yaye Tso
  • Overnight in swiss tents at Pangong Lake

Day 6: Ride from Pangong Lake to Hunder

  • Altitude: 13,940 feet
  • Distance covered: 160 km
  • Riding time: 5 hours
  • Ride the off-beat, narrow roads to Hunder in Nubra, and also visit the nearby Diskit Monastery
  • Overnight in swiss tents

Day 7: Ride to Turtuk and back

  • Altitude: 10,100 feet
  • Distance covered:170 km
  • Riding time: 5 hours
  • Visit the last village of India towards Indo-Pakistani border and walk around in the apple orchards there
  • Overnight in swiss tents/hotel

Day 8: Ride from Hunder to Leh

  • Altitude: 17,582 feet
  • Distance covered: 140 km
  • Riding time: 4 hours
  • Cross the world’s highest motorable road - Khardung La
  • Overnight in hotel

Day 9: Ride from Leh to Kargil

  • Altitude: 11,482 feet
  • Distance covered: 220 km
  • Riding time: 5 hours
  • Visit the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Lamayuru Monastery, and ride along the Zanskar River
  • Visit the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Lamayuru Monastery, and ride along the Zanskar River
  • Overnight in a hotel

Day 10: Ride from Kargil to Sonmarg

  • Altitude: 11,574 feet
  • Distance covered: 130 km
  • Riding time: 4 hours
  • Cross Zoji La and leave the barren Ladakhi landscape behind and enter into the scant greenery of Sonmarg
  • Overnight in a hotel

Day 11: Ride from Sonmarg to Sonmarg

  • Altitude: 9186 feet
  • Drive from Sonmarg to Srinagar in a tempo traveller
  • Driving distance: 90 km
  • Driving time: 4 hours
  • The tour ends here

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Manali

Arrive in Manali and check-in to the hotel where you’ll meet your team and road captain. Today, you’ll test ride the motorcycles and explore the gorgeous town of Manali.

Day 2: Ride from Manali to Jispa

Today, you’ll leave behind the lush valleys of Manali and head into the barren Ladakhi landscape. En route, you’ll cross the mighty Rohtang La and enjoy the snow-capped mountain views.

Day 3: Ride from Jispa to Sarchu

Today, you’ll cross Baralacha La, a high-altitude pass at 16,000 feet on your way to Sarchu. You’ll also explore the Sarchu Plains and make a halt at Sarai and Zing Zing Bar.

Day 4: Ride from Sarchu to Tso Moriri

Today will be a challenging ride as you’ll cross the 21 hairpin bends of Gata Loops on your way to Tso Moriri. You’ll also cross the gorgeous More Plains.

Day 5: Ride from Tso Moriri to Pangong Lake

Taking an offbeat road, you’ll ride to Pangong Lake and en route, you’ll cross the famous Mahe Bridge over the Indus River. You’ll also ride across a few volcanic lakes.

Day 6: Ride from Pangong Lake to Hunder

Today, you’ll ride over the rocky, narrow mountain roads to the village of Hunder in Nubra, and watch the cold desert sand dunes all around you. You’ll also visit the Diskit Monastery.

Day 7: Ride to Turtuk and back

Today, you’ll ride deeper into the Nubra Valley and explore small villages en route before reaching Turtuk. You’ll explore the apple orchards of Turtuk and interact with the locals before returning to Hunder.

Day 8: Ride from Hunder to Leh

On today’s ride, you’ll cross the world’s highest motorable pass at Khardung La to reach Leh. You can spend the evening exploring the gorgeous markets of Leh.

Day 9: Ride from Leh to Kargil

Today you’ll ride to Kargil. The route goes alongside the gushing Zanskar River and you’ll stop by the Pathar Sahib Gurudrawa and the monastery of Lamayuru on the way. If time allows, you’ll also visit the Kargil War Memorial.

Day 10: Ride from Kargil to Sonmarg

Today, you’ll leave the barren terrain behind and head to Sonmarg after crossing yet another high-altitude pass, Zoji La. In the evening, you’ll return your bikes and relax for the night.

Day 11: Ride from Sonmarg to Srinagar

Today, you’ll take a scenic drive from Sonmarg to Srinagar in a Tempo Traveller and explore the colourful city. The trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The Manali to Srinagar bike trip package includes a 500cc Royal Enfield for one rider plus one pillion along with fuel and helmets, and a backup vehicle to carry all your luggage and spare parts. Do note the spare parts are chargeable. The package also includes the travel arrangements on Day 11 from Sonmarg to Srinagar in a Tempo Traveller.

In terms of accommodation, the package includes stay in hotels or swiss tents with attached washrooms for 10 nights on a triple sharing basis. And the meal package consists of breakfast on Day 2 to Day 11, and dinner from Day 2 to Day 10.

The services of an experienced road captain and a support crew with a mechanic are also included. There will also be a first aid kit with oxygen cylinders in the support vehicle.

Lastly, the trip price includes all government permits and charges, including the Manali Green Tribunal permit and the Ladakh Inner Line permit. All applicable taxes are also included in the price.

Exclusions:

For the Manali to Srinagar bike tour, you can upgrade your accommodation to only twin-sharing for an additional cost of INR 4,500 per person; and you can upgrade your package for 500cc Royal Enfield bike for one rider without pillion for a total trip cost of INR 47,200 per person.

You can even book a seat in the support vehicle for a total trip cost of INR 36,700 per person. If you are bringing your own bike, then the total trip cost will be INR 26,200 per person without fuel and helmet.

The package cost does not include the refundable deposit of INR 5000 per bike. The same needs to be paid in person to the operator in Manali. Neither does the package include the rental for knee pads and elbow guards but can be arranged for an additional cost of INR 790 per person.

The package does not include any kind of travel arrangements from your home-city to Manali and from Srinagar to your home-city. The cost also does not include lunch throughout the trip and the same will be at your own expense.

Apart from these, the cost does not include any sort of entry fees/photography charges at places of interest, or any personal expenses like tips, beverages, etc., or any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions is not included and will be charged additionally, as used/availed.

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Best time to go/Weather

The best time to go for Manali to Leh and Manali to Spiti bike tour is from the month of June to September. During these months, the climate is stable and clear, allowing you to ride to remote locations without much hassle. Even the entry points into Ladakh like Zoji La and Rohtang La, along with other high-passes like Kunzum La and Khardung La are accessible during these months.

It is possible to do the Manali to Leh bike trip during the months of winter but the atmosphere is harsh and unpredictable, making it difficult to cover long distances from Manali to Leh on a bike. This season is best suited for highly experienced bikers.

In the monsoon season, usually most of the high passes are inaccessible due to higher rate of landslides and also the roads connecting Manali, Leh and Spiti are in bad condition.

Getting there

Manali is a major tourist destination in India, attracting tourists and adventurers from all over the country. Hence, it has generally good connectivity to the rest of India by road and air.

The nearest airport to Manali is the Bhuntar Airport at a distance of 50 km from Manali. The airport is connected to most major cities of India by regular flights but due to the erratic weather of the region, expect some delays.

Most tourists’ preferred way of reaching Manali is by road, especially from Delhi and Chandigarh. You can either hire a private taxi or book a seat in state-run or privately run buses and Volvos.

Since Manali is situated in a hilly region, there are no rail-lines running to the town. The closest railway stations are Jogindernagar at 126 km and Pathankot at 285 km. From there, you can easily hire a cab or take a bus to Manali.

There are many packages listed on our website that include travel arrangements to Manali from either Chandigarh or Delhi via bus/Volvo.

What to wear

When you’re on your tour from Manali to Leh on bike, what you wear is important. To begin with, you need to wear comfortable clothes like a t-shirt and pants, although avoid wearing denim jeans. Additionally, wear a safety jacket with armour/padding along with a hoodie/fleece jacket if the weather is cold.

You also need to wear synthetic/riding gloves along with knee and elbow protectors while riding the bike to ensure optimum safety.

What to carry

For the Manali to Leh bike trip, the tour operator will provide all the essential equipment like the bike, fuel and a helmet. What you need to carry is a backpack that will hold all your things. This backpack will be stored in the support vehicle, so you need to carry a daypack to carry on your person while riding. The daypack will hold all your essentials like sanitizer, tissue paper, emergency meds, etc.

Check out our blog on all the things to carry for your Manali bike trip.

Preparation/Fitness

Motorbiking trips from Manali can be gruelling as they require you to ride long distances at higher altitudes for multiple days. Hence, you need to have good fitness levels for these trips. Additionally, the roads leading to the remote places of Ladakh and Spiti are not well maintained, hence require some off-roading on bikes. For this, prior experience of riding bikes is required.

To prepare for your bike trips from Manali, you can start by going on weekend rides around your city to train yourself to ride long distances at a time. Along with this, you can start a workout routine of either cycling, swimming, yoga, running, etc. to build endurance and stamina.

FAQs about Motorbiking in Manali

What is the accommodation like on Manali to Leh bike tour?

Depending on where you’re staying for the night, you’ll either spend the night in hotels, guesthouses or swiss tents. At some locations, you have to spend the night in swiss tents like at Chandratal Lake, and at some places, it depends on the tour operator.

Remember to check the inclusions of the package you’re booking to know about the accommodation as some operators prefer only hotels and some provide accommodation in tents at each location.

What meals are provided on the Manali to Leh bike trip?

Most packages for bike trips around Manali include breakfast and dinner. Lunch is not provided and you have to buy your own lunch en route while riding. Do check the inclusions sections of the trio you’re booking to know more about the meal package.

Can I go for motorbiking trips around Manali on my own?

Unless you have prior experience of long-distance bike rides, it is not recommended to go for bike trips around Manali on your own. Additionally, it is safer to go with an operator you’ll have a back-up vehicle tailing you with a professional mechanic and all the spare parts. The back-up vehicle will also carry your gear.

Also, the operator knows the route better than anyone so they will help you navigate it without any hassle and in case of an emergency, you’ll always have them around to help you.

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