9 Night / 10 Days
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
So here are some aspects regarding Manali to Leh Bike Tour preparation:
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).
Day 1 | Manali
Day 2 | Manali - keylong/Jispa
Day 3 | keylong/Jispa - Leh
Day 4 | Leh
Day 5 | Leh - Nubra Valley
Day 6 | Nubra Valley - Pangong Lake
Day 7 | Pangong Lake - Leh
Day 8 |Leh - Sarchu
Day 9|Sarchu - Manali
Day 1: Arrival at Manali(1800m).
Arrive Manali at Hotel, here you will meet our representatives. You will be briefed about the further programs that how to ride on high altitude, sharp curves and road safety, after the short briefing you will be given bikes and one can have a short ride to get familiar with it. It is necessary to get familiar with the bike which you will be riding along for 10 days. Later you will be halted in Hotel rooms.
Day 2: Manali (6725ft.) – Jispa (10500ft.) (150km)
Today our ride to the seclusion starts initially from the abundant valleys of Kullu Manali. It goes above Marhi to Rohtang pass and downhills to Koksar. Then the smooth ride goes through Keylong to Jespa. The isolation could be felt after entering into the Lahoul Valley. The landscape changes into harsh and barren inconsistently showing up the greenery. Wherever the inhabitation held greenery is found at its least becoming an oasis in between desolation. We will reach Jespa almost by the afternoon and will stay in camps.
Day 3: Jespa – Baralacha la (16500ft.) - Sarchu (14070ft.) – Nakee la (15540ft.) – Lachung la ( 16600ft.) – Tanglang la (17500ft.) - Leh (11480) (325km)
Our first glimpse of the most snowy Pass will be today at Baralacha la. The pass receives huge amount of snow huge than any of the further high Passes. It is the pass which divides the heavy snowfall area to the dry deserts of Ladakh. The approach to the Bara la cha la pass is tough in the sense of height gain which could occur as a first experience of altitude sickness. It is at the height of 16500ft. a decent mark to catch someone with AMS. Nevertheless drink a lot of water and relax because there are higher passes to negotiate. After the Pass it is downhill ride till Bharatpur a cluster of Dhabas where one can have a cup of tea or eat Maggi. Further the road goes on the plateaus of Sarchu. These grand flatlands will strike one amazingly throughout the ride. It is the start of such plateaus more to come on upcoming days. It will be a fun ride till Sarchu. The vast flatlands offer grand vistas of the valley throughout the day and night.
It is a challenging day full of high passes long roads yet stunning landscapes of vast plateaus. First we will cross 1 barrier at each side between Himachal and Ladakh, once we have crossed the river at Sarchu we will enter into the Ladakh region. The roads are blissfully paved leading to the arduous Gata Loops. The scenery remains as it was earlier no major change comes into it yet becomes more arid and harsh. Riding on the 21 hairpin bends to Nakee la would bring an exceptional joy amongst riders. As much as high we ride the air gets thinner and thinner causing Nausea headache or so on. There is no need to worry we have all the medications requisite for any kind of sickness. Once reached Nakee la one can see the Whisky Nallah at the base and Lachung la standing ahead to negotiate. We will downhill rest for some time at Whisky Nallah and ride towards days last pass Lachung la. After Lachung la it is all downhill till Pang then a short hike upwards to the grand More Plains, known for its enormous flatlands. The flatland covers about 40 km and keeps bringing the same road until we reach below the Tanglang la. It is the second highest Pass at 17500ft. in the world. We will take some pics and ride downwards into the first sites of inhabitation. The road is very smooth and will not take so much time to reach Leh city. We will reach Leh by the evening. Here we will shift to a hotel and fresh n up. One can visit around the mall road or go to nearby markets in the evening. Night stay will be in the hotels.
Day 4: Rest and Acclimatization Day at Leh
Day 5: Leh – Khardung la (1850ft.) - Nubra Valley (160km)
Get ready for an exciting day of your life to ride over worlds highest motorable Pass Khardung la locating at 18480ft. and to the most beautiful place of Ladakh region, the Nubra valley. It is the greenest lands in Ladakh filled with least foliage. It is also the coldest desert in the region and will take the whole day to complete the distance. The road is mostly rough taking a bit more time to complete the ride. Diskit is the capital of Nubra valley and beholds a 32m Maitrya Bhaddha statue, a landmark of the valley. The valley owns many of the ancient monasteries and a hot spring in Panamik. We will reach by the evening and halt a night in the camping site.
Day 6: Nubra – Pangong Lake (14000ft.) (270km)
It is time to visit the dazzling lake stretching as far as from India to China. The pangong lake is frequented by numerous travelers and explorers each year. The road toward Pangong lake is rough on sand gravel and stones. It takes about 4-5 hours of ride to complete the route. The road passes the Shey Gya ad some of the primitive villages. It is the sensitive border area that one may find many of the army personals en route. We will reach the lake by the evening and will spend some quality time in the vicinity of the lake. After it retrieve back to the camps situated near to the lake and halt for the night.
Day 7: Pangong Lake – Leh (11480ft.) (150km)
After having visited one of the celebrated sites of incredible Ladakh we return back over Chang La to Leh. It will also take whole day to reach Leh. Night halt will be in the hotel rooms.
Day 8: Leh – Sarchu (14070ft.) (215km)
Ride back to Sarchu via same route. Returning back will again astonish you through the mindblowing sceneries. As approached at Sarchu halt in the camps amidst striking flatlands.
Day 9: Sarchu – Manali (270km)
This must be the tiring day of entire trip riding for almost 300km’s. So we have to start as early as we can. We will reach our destination almost by the evening in Naggar. Night halt will be in Hotel rooms.
Day 10: Departure.
After breakfast pack up all your stuff and get ready to bid adieu. Depart taking back sweet memories.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:-
1. In case of any unforeseen events during the course of the tour, at the decision of the Road Captain, required changes would be made, riders and pillions are requested to corporate at such given situations, if any.
2. The sequence of day tour schedules may change depending on traffic schedule / restrictions on some roads and other travel-related conditions, or due to any natural calamities.
3. If there is an unprecedented increase in the cost of transportation (including fuel surcharge) or accommodation, there will be an additional cost charged to the traveler.
4. The Services of Back up Vehicle is not included on leisure days & post finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary.
5. In case of any damage to the bike by the rider or pillion knowingly or unknowingly or due to accident, the damage cost will be charged to the respective individual as decided by the mechanical team / Road Captain.
6. Only Backpack and rucksacks are allowed, travelers carrying any other luggage like suitcase or trolley bags will be asked to leave the same behind.
7. Himalayan Adventure Trips reserves the right to change the itinerary at any given point and the same shall be applicable and conveyed to travelers accordingly.
How to Reach Manali
Distance by road:-
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ? 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
How to reach Naggar:
From Manali, Naggar is 18 km. far and there are multiple buses running in every 15 minutes or one can get off at Patlikuhal which is 5 km. far from Naggar on the right bank highway. Patlikuhal lies in between of Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Patlikuhal to approach Naggar.
Nearest Railway Station:-
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport :-
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Kms. ?Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000? Rs.2,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Things to Pack for a Bike Trip:
Start preparing yourself with a precise packing of things depending on the area where you are going to visit. If you are going to the plains then you won’t have so much to pack but if you are strolling to the Mountainous Region it requires proper preparation to avoid any distress presented by the uncertain weather or any kind of adverse situation. Although this trip is held in a mountainous region, you have to prepare well to tackle all gritty long rides, high passes, barren lands and ultimately the seclusion to the logical contentment. On this tour the rider is totally exposed to the fierce nature if unprepared the person will be helpless at times so here are some of the things you should set before you leave for a trip:
Clothing: The Himalayan region is mostly cold even in the summers. So adequate clothing is a key factor making your trip comfortable even if it gets rainy, snow or chilly. A Himalayan trip requires mixed clothing of woolens water resistant jackets and dry fits shirts. Woolens will save you from cold water proof jackets will protect from heavy rainfalls and dry fits will help not stink while busy touring days on road and will dry faster than any material. You can also bring a Downfeather Jacket in case weather treats harsh and solidifying. You have to bring 3-4 dry fit shirts (short sleeve for warm weather trips, long sleeve for cold weather trips) 1 pair of jeans, something to sleep in (gym-style pants or shorts) 2-3 pairs of underwear, 1 Feather jacket, 1 Ponchu, 3-4 pairs socks, 1-2 pair woolen socks, 1-2 fleece, 2 trousers, warm pants and a Hoodie.
Biking Gear: For a safe ride there are numerous brands making biking suit with rugged material. These suits are tough and give you perfect protection whenever you fall or get dragged by a fall on the gritty roads. Along to it a good quality Helmet and a decent biking shoe for this extreme trip.
Helmet: as you are going into the grittiest roads of the world you will be needed a rugged Helmet, strong enough to endure the impact if any unfortunate mishap occurs.
Backpack: A spacious Backpack is requisite to put your entire luggage into one sack. The sack should be above 50ltrs of any leading brand with maximum space and waterproof quality. There must be multiple pockets in your bag to get an advantage of placing as many things as it could.
Gloves: You should have two pairs of gloves with warm and waterproof qualities. One will be worn like inner which consists of warm thinner material and the other worn as a waterproof outer while riding a bike or travelling at high altitudes. Thinner glove helps you operate the camera or phone without getting bald handed on a windy pass and the waterproof outer protects you from rain snow and freezing cold winds. So you should buy any good quality Gloves to make your ride a great experience.
Cap: One can carry Hat or a dry fit cap to avoid direct sunlight, because at the high altitudes sun is sharp and weather oscillates the atmosphere to too warm and too cold in just mere seconds. Therefore you can bring a balaclava to protect head from cold and windy days. The sunlight at high altitudes burns your skin, so you need a cover to protect soft skin from tanning and chapping.
Sunglasses: Sunglasses are requisite part of any trip to protect eyes from dust and sharp daylight. You can buy a UV protected sunglass of any decent brand to gasp every bit of the trip without stressing your eyes.
Scarf/Muffler: If you are going to a cold region you must carry scarf/muffler to wrap your neck from freezing cold winds.
Shoes/Slippers: You can buy a genuine biking shoe as preferred for the ride or just buy a tough shoe which will endure all the rustic terrains during the extreme rides. The shoes should be waterproof though the route consists of multiple river crossings off roads. Along to it don’t forget to pack flip flops in your backpack. It will be handy when one is soothing at the halt.
Bungie Cords/Slings: The Bungie cords or normal slings could be useful to tighten your luggage on the bike. It will be helpful for any other tightening purposes too.
Medicines: As this trip is done in the high altitudes where finding medications would a hard task, so one can carry some of the basic medicines for Headache, Stomache, Cold, Fever, Cough, Glucose, ORS, Electral, Spray/Balm for joint pains, Lighter or Matchbox, Band Aid, Dettol, Antiseptic cream, Crepe Bandage, Nasal drops for a blocked nose and so on the requirements. You can put some Diamox tablets in case you think needed later while crossing over high passes. If you have any prior health related ailments please consult your doctor before leaving for the trip. It is always good to have the medications to avoid basic illnesses at such remote places. One more efficient thing you can carry is mustard oil it is full of properties often beneficial at high altitudes. The massage or rubbing of the mustard oil gives warmth eases stress if rubbed on soles, massaged on head relieves cold and rubbed on muscles and whole body kills fatigue. It beholds the primitive way of treating minor ailments. So put a small bottle of mustard oil and massage each day before going to sleep.
Documents/ID proofs: D/L, AADHAR, Voters ID, Passport, Medical Form certified by recognized Doctor, copies of flight tickets, any hotel reservation slips, passport photos and a Medical or travel insurance if any. There are numerous check posts barriers where one has to show his ID, so don’t forget to put one along with you. And medical certificates are compulsory as you are riding on the worlds highest roads.
Electronics: The electronics have become vital in our daily lives though we can’t go without it anywhere whether it is a phone, camera, chargers, extra batteries, spare memory cards, power bank, earphones, head torch, kindle etc. All these things can be opted as per the requirements. There are several stopovers during this trip where one can charge their electronics and keep using them throughout.
Toiletries/Sundries: Toilet Paper, Hand sanitizer, Shampoo and Conditioner, Shower gel/Bar soap, Toothbrush and Toothpaste/Mouth wash, Lotion, cold cream, Lip Balm, Sunscreen SPF 50, Deodorant, Razor.
Cash/ATM: One has to carry some cash during the trip although there are no ATM’s in between the route and even in Leh it is hard to find one. So you can carry some money as according to your daily expenditures before we leave from Manali. One might get ATM at Keylong but possibilities are low relying on it just get all needed cash from Manali and ride with ease.
Water: The water consumed during trip comes from regular drinking water of tap or streams flowing from glacial sources. If you are not tolerable to the regular drinking water you can drink mineral water. But we recommend you to drink regular water it helps acclimatize faster and is full of minerals.
Edibles: You can bring some dry fruits, biscuits, chocolates, packed food along with you. You can eat such things instantly while feeling hungry at intervals.
Bike Tools: It is good to carry your own tools while on the ride. It is always helpful in minor problems occurred during the bike tour. One can fix any breakdowns if it is possible at that moment. Without tools on such isolated terrains one could get stuck for hours or days.
Communication: The network on the route will be inconsistent after Manali and we may find reception at intervals till Sarchu. But when we enter into the Ladakh no prepaid simcards will work only prepaid customers will be able to make calls. So we recommend you to make any urgent calls before the network vanishes.
Note: All the things should be considered as according to the requirements of an individual.
1. Rider / Pillion / Traveler has to pay Rs.10, 000/- as a Booking Amount.
2. Remaining Amount must be paid 5 days prior to the start of the tour
1. The below mentioned rates are valid for Indian citizens only, rates for foreign nationals will be decided on trip basis.
2. The team can provide a photo / video shoot at an additional cost of INR 2500 / – per person / couple, to capture the beautiful memories of the tour.
3. In some areas, hotels or camps are not well equipped to fit a large number of groups for stay, hence we will have to divide the groups in different hotels / camps depending on the availability.
4. Since we will be riding mostly on mountainous terrain, travelers are requested to ensure having taken thick fur jackets or something similar along with thermal wears to keep themselves warm.
5. The surface of the road is paved, but includes some gravel sections. Avalanches, heavy snowfall and landslides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice.
6. Travelers having health issues specially asthma are requested to declare while booking so necessary arrangements can be taken care of.
7. We will have a one night stay at Sarchu which is located 14,500 ft above sea level, our team is well equipped to take care of such an altitude atmosphere, however in case any Traveller faces severe altitude sickness please do inform the team for necessary arrangements.
8. In case of bad weather conditions, if the ride won't be able to move forward, we will continue the tour on SUV / Traveller or may have to return back from the place. (No refund will be initiated in such cases).
9. Upon your arrival at Manali, you will be taken to your respective hotels to freshen up and head for breakfast, post which there will be a briefing session by the Road Captain on the current routes and climatic conditions, riding tips and guidelines to be followed during the entire trip. Post lunch, travelers will be allotted bikes and will be taken for a small test ride so the traveler is comfortable with the bike and can report in case of any issue.
10. In case any Traveler wishes to end his journey at Leh, they may feel free to do so and can plan their return flight from Leh airport which would be within a distance of 5 kms. Please confirm this at the time of booking since we will have to make arrangements for the bikes to return to Manali.
11. If the traveller wishes to end his trip at Leh on the 9th day, we will not be able to provide accommodation at Leh beyond the 9th day, travelers will have to arrange his own accommodation in case they wish to extend their stay at Leh.
12. We will be providing one day stay at Manali and Leh respectively for the traveller to explore the place on their own or be at leisure as they wish.
13. Riders are compulsorily requested to carry their driving license.
14. Riders & Pillions are compulsorily requested to wear face masks at all times for their own safety and that of others.