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  • 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.

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

    Manali - Leh - Turtuk - Srinagar

  • 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 a higher rate of landslides and also the roads connecting Manali, Leh and Spiti are in bad condition.

  • Manali to Leh Bike Trip - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Manali to Leh Bike Trip - Frequently Asked Questions

    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?

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

  • 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 a 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.