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Leh Ladakh Bike Trip : Complete Guide

Overview

Join the most rad experience wagon of biking through the Himalayas. The bikers of India are blessed with the ravishing adventures of exploring and biking through one of the toughest routes to drive on and camping in the Himalayan desert. The road trip not only entails a jam packed bundle of adventure but also a journey of self reflection and finding yourself. 

 

The Package

The standard Leh Ladakh bike trip package includes Leh sightseeing, village walks , camping in nature and adventurous activities. It goes without saying most of the tour packages include meals, accomodations and guide. If either of these facilities are excluded from the price, the rates fluctuate and may cost less per person. The costs could exclude rental vehicles if you are driving your own bike. Make sure you are thorough with  the package policies, inclusions, exclusions, activities and itinerary. The trip requires funds and investment of your time and patience.

 

Once you reach your origin point of journey, you will be oriented with the rest of the bikers traveling with you throughout the trip. The biking experience is a group effort if you have opted for a group tour package or decided to go with your friends. The challenging roads and journey strengthens group efforts and tightens the bond. The packages do not include any kind of alcohol drinks or consumption of illegal substances. Driving in these mountains involves a greater risk than driving in the cities. The biker needs to be in full control of the vehicle and have a presence of mind. 

 

The Trip

In the bike trip  beginning from Manali, you can enjoy snow activities at Rohtang Pass such as skiing, snow scooter, cable car,  paragliding, rappelling etc. The forest walk near Jispa is a wonderful abode of tall pine trees posing perfect for a quiet stroll in the jungle. The thrilling experience of driving through the famous 18 hairpin loops is the highlight of reaching Leh. The tours offer bike trips for sightseeing Ladakh and not beyond, at tims interstate road trips double the fun of being on the road. Visit the coldest regions of Kargil and Lamayuru while exploring Leh. Pay your respects at the Hall of Fame museum where there are memoirs of the martyrs of the Indo-Pak war. Let the Magnetic Hill turn your wheels while defying gravity.  

 

Places to Visit

The local tourist spots of Leh are a must visit sites once you reach like Leh palace where the 9 storeyed palace is carved out of stone and partly changed to museum. The museum area of the Leh palace displays photographs of the ancient Tibetan rulers, the region’s history, culture and heritage. The architectural structure built at such altitude truly stands to be a marvel of Tibetan architecture. The Trans Himalayan region has been inhabited by Buddhist, Hindus and Muslims over time. The majority of the population being Buddhists, there many gompas and monasteries spread across Ladakh you will come across as you bike through the inner parts of Ladakh. The Tsemo Gompa and Diskit monastery hold a significant position in Ladakhis mind. The Jama Masjid, villages like Turtuk, Hemis, Padum, Nimoo, Stoyk, Hanoo, Nako are the best places to have meals with the locals and share stories over some Chang or Ladakhi butter tea. 

 

The camp stay at Nubra Valley amidst Himalayan desert is the most beautiful bonfire night you will experience in your life. The thrill of driving through Khardung La pass at 18,000 ft with your own efforts and will power is a rewarding experience any biker could ask for. The isolated Zanskar Valley and its rivers may seem empty but are hauntingly beautiful sites you could witness on the drive. Sunset at Pangong should be on your list for a beautiful wrap to a magnificent journey in the HImalayas. The beige yet snow capped Himalayas surrounding the Pangong Tso shines in golden glory during the sunset. The aqua blue freezing saltwater lake is the highest lake in the world. Half of it lies with China and the other half within Indian territories. Sip the warm coffee in the nearby cafes and  campsites near Pangong Tso admiring the moonlit lake and Himalayas. 

 

Tips

Don’t forget to get acclimatized once you reach Leh for 24 hours. The high altitudes and driving at these high altitudes may cause lack of oxygen and exhaustion. This mandatory process should be completed along with inner line permits. Remember, it is only possible to see the rest of the Himalayas if you are healthy  and don’t strain yourself during the trip. This is a once in a lifetime road trip hence make sure you take in every moment of it.

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