Extreme Himalayan Sky Adventure (Explore Hidden Zanskar & Ladakh Valley)
Ladakh is India‘s highest plateau. Hidden away in the north-eastern corner of India, Ladakh is a sanctuary of Buddhist calm. Cradled between the two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalaya and the Karakorum. Ladakh, popularly known as “the land of numerous passes of mystic Lamas”, ‘The Moon Land’, ‘Little Tibet’, and ‘The Last Shangri La, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Cloistered within the dramatic mountains of the Great Himalayan range, averaging an altitude of 3,600m and sprinkled with peaks as high as 7,000m above sea level. At these heights, you are on the roof of the world, and you can simply feel that Ladakh is a bridge between the earth and the sky. It is located high up in the Himalaya and is a starkly beautiful place with medieval monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, pretty villages, cold desert, high passes, dramatic mountain scenery, windswept, arid, and snow-dusted mountains, raging rivers, orchards of apricot trees, ribbons of emerald-colored cultivation, stunning azure blue lakes, and a vibrant and deeply ingrained Tibetan-Buddhist culture and surrounding countryside.
India’s Zanskar Valley has remained isolated for centuries. The Ladakh region, of which Zanskar is part, even has the following saying: “The land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or our best friends would want to visit us.”
Most of the population here in Zanskar Valley is Buddhist, and each village has at least one monastery. Padum is the administrative center for this region. Zanskar is famous for the Chadar Trek, and in recent times it has been very popular among motorbike riders. The whole region is still much underexplored and has some of the toughest roads to ride on. That being said, the beauty of this place is unmatched by any other. It’s green on one side, and on the same side, it’s brown on the other. There are many different shades of mountains one can observe. Drang Drung Glacier is one of the highest in the region, and one can just sit and get lost in the magnanimity of it. The moon’s reflection in the Suru River is something that you can’t stop staring at. Serene is the word we like to use to describe this place.
A motorcycle tour of Zanskar Valley is a thrilling and rewarding adventure. The region is home to a number of challenging mountain roads and trails that are perfect for off-road biking. These routes offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the opportunity to explore some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the valley.
During this bike trip through the Zanskar Valley, you can expect to encounter a variety of landscapes, from high mountain passes to rolling hills, lush forests, and exclusive wildlife species like the Yaks, Ibex, Snow Leopard, mountain goats, brown bears, wolves, and lynxes. The region is also home to a number of small villages and towns, which offer a glimpse into the traditional way of life in this remote corner of India. Passes like Shinkula and Singela will test the riders ability to tackle the terrain offered to them.
Zanskar is known as the hidden kingdom of Ladakh, and on this route you will face extreme off-roading, water crossings, curve roads, dust, and so on. This is a 16-day biking tour for Zanskar and all the other attractions of Ladakh, and this trip is a combination of difficult, medium, and easy terrain. Since it’s an adventurous motorcycle adventure trip, we are not supposed to expect luxury in this region, but we get to the core of motorcycle adventure.
Overall, a motorbike trip through the Zanskar Valley is an excellent way to explore this beautiful and remote region. It is a challenging and rewarding adventure that offers the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of the area, and the tour route has more to offer an offroad enthusiast than all the other routes in Ladakh.
Best Time: June to September
Country & State: India – Zanskar & Ladakh Valley (Indian High Himalayas)
Best Time: June to September
Number of Days: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Number of Riding Days: 13 Days
Accommodation: 3 Star & Standard Camps
Riding Level Required: Intermediate (Must be a Motorbike Fits)
Terrain: 60% Tarmac & 40% Gravel
Tour Type: On Road but some rough terrain & full of Adventures
Duration of Ride: Between 5 & 7 Hours a day on Average
Distance Covered on Motorcycle: 1700 KMS / 1060 Miles
Temperature: During nights & early mornings 5º C to 12º C & in day time 18º C to 30º C
WHAT TO BRING ON RIDE
Find below the detailed list of items that are required in the Tour for the safety & comfort level. We do not provide any of these, so we highly suggest to our all Riders to bring all of the required items mentioned below:
- DRIVING LICENSE (Rider): Full and valid for 500cc motorcycle
- TRAVEL INSURANCE: Must cover riding 500 cc motorcycles
- Sunscreen/sun block UV 30/40
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Fleece/under jacket
- Kidney belt
- Warm cloths
- Strong pair of Jens pant
- Sun Hat / Cap
- Ear Plugs
- Your regular medicine (if any)
- Crash Helmet
- Riding Jacket, with Built-in Armour and removable inner lining
- Riding Trousers, with Built-in Armour
- Knee and Elbow Armour
- Protective Gloves, warm for the Himalayas.
- Ankle High Leather or Riding Boots
- Rain Gear
- Sunglasses or Goggles
- Hydration Pack
Arrive at Delhi’s airport; our representative will personally meet you outside the EXIT gate of the arrival terminal, holding a placard with your name to welcome you with a garland & a bottle of mineral water. He will escort you to your hotel to make your hotel check-in smooth & fast. Overnight stay in Hotel at Delhi.
Early morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Leh (3505 meters / 11,567 feet above sea level), which is probably the most mesmerizing flight over the Himalayas, to begin our awaited Ladakh adventure motorcycle tour. On a clear day, from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize, followed by welcome tea or coffee at the hotel. Later in the evening, walk around the local market. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast, you will be introduced to your Royal Enfield Himalayan 411cc motorcycle and the road captain, who will make you aware of all the rules of driving in India, the gearing system of your Royal Enfield bike, and how to handle it on your motorcycle tour to the Himalayas. Later, enjoy a full day excursion to the Indus Valley, visiting Shey Palace - a ruined Castle, Thikse monastery, It is a glorious Buddhist monastery & a marvelous Buddha statue in the seated position adorns the main prayer hall. On the last visit the Hemis monastery- the richest monastery in Ladakh. Later back to the hotel. Overnight in Leh.
Morning after breakfast, start riding to Kargil on a smooth tarmac road. En route, explore the confluence of the Zanskar & Indus river at Nimmo, Moon land at Lamayuru and Maitreya Buddha at Mulbik and also experience the crossing of two passes, Fotula (13,478ft) and Namikala (12,139 ft). En route, enjoy breath-takingly beautiful villages. On arrival in Kargil, check into the hotel and relax.
Post breakfast, in the morning we ride towards Rangdum. The roads get rougher the closer we get to remote sections of the Suru Valley near Rangdum – and some of them will become really challenging. A gorgeous landscape awaits us at Rangdum: on one side, verdant countryside with grassland and grazing sheep, on the other, rugged mountains and the forbidding Drang-Drung glacier. This is the land of the Bakarwal nomads, who drive their herds from Jammu to this remote Himalayan region in the summer. Being the farthest region of the Suru Valley at an altitude of 3657 meters, it has evolved with a wild beauty. This isolated place is known for an old monastery, which is one of the most revered Buddhist places in Leh-Ladakh. The twin peaks of Nun (7135 m) and Kun (7087 m) which are the biggest and main attraction in the valley would be seen today. Upon arrival at Rangdum, we check in at our camp / hotel / guest house for Overnight stay. The rest of the day is free for relaxation.
After breakfast, ride to Padum, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar. Padum (3505 m) is the present-day administrative headquarters of the region. With a population of nearly 1500, Padum can be described as the most populous settlement of Zanskar, otherwise a very scarcely inhabited valley. On our way to Padum, we’ll ride our Royal Enfield bike up the valley to Penzi La Pass, reaching an altitude of 4,400 meters. Penzi La is the gate to Zanskar. Before reaching our camp in Padum, we visit Sani Monastery in Ladakh, which belongs to the southern branch of the Drukpa Kagyupa School. It is situated approximately 6 km to the west of Padum. The entire Sani Monastery of Ladakh has been built in parts, each dating back to a different century. Padum is the cultural and administrative center of Zanskar and has been one of the two seats of the Kingdom of Zanskar, together with nearby Zangla, since time immemorial. Padum was named after Padmasambhava, Guru Rimpoche ("born of the lotus"), an influential 8th-century Buddhist teacher. He is still revered today, and his texts are studied in all Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Upon arrival in Padum, we check in at our camp / hotel / guest house for Overnight stay.
Today we’ll have the whole day to explore some of Zanskar’s striking scenery as well as its religious and historical treasures. With opportunities throughout for small walks and interactions with the local residents of the region, we will visit the nearby monasteries of Karsha and Bardan. Karsha Monastery (4,400m) is situated on the far side of the Stod river and stands majestically on a steep mountainside above Karsha village. The fortress-like Bardan Gompa, a 17th century Buddhist monastery, sits atop a rocky crag and belongs to the Dugpa-Kagyud monastic order. It was one of the first monasteries of this sect to be established in Zanskar, and the main prayer hall retains some ancient murals.
After breakfast, ride back to Rangdum. While on our way back, we were repeating the same route with no option of any other route, which is one of the best days to be wild & free on wheels. On arrival, check into camp and relax.
After breakfast, start the ride to Dha and Hanu, which are also known for their cultivation of wine grapes, cherries, walnuts, as well as apricots. Both twin villages lie at the confluence of the Indus and Shyok Rivers. The quaint villages of Dha (or Dah) and Hanu are among the few villages that are home to the ethnic Drogpa tribe of Leh, renowned for their hospitality. They are said to be the descendants of the original Aryan or Indo-European race. These villages are a great way to explore the cultural diversity of the region and a huge draw for photographers, who love to capture portraits and scenery. The tribes have a unique ornamentation style and interesting headgear that make for great pictures. Dha and Hanu are located in the Brokpa region of Leh and are famously known as the 'Last Aryan Villages of India'. Legend has it that when Alexander, the conqueror, came to the Indus Valley and then moved on to Beas, he left a few of his clansmen behind who settled down here. Out of a number of Brokpa villages, only these two are open to tourists. Buddhism is the main religion here, but locals also offer worship to the animist pantheon of gods.
After breakfast, start the ride to Leh. En route, we visit the 1000-year-old Alchi monastery & Gurudwara Pathar Sahib (Sikh temple). On arrival in Leh, check into the hotel and relax. O/n in Leh.
After breakfast, we will start our ride towards Pangong Tso Lake, before that we will cross multiple check post where we need to submit our restricted area permits and inner line permits. Before reaching Pangong Tso we need to cross Changla Pass, which is the 10th highest motorable road in the world at a height of 5360Mtrs ASL.
Once we reach there, we will check in and head to admire the beautiful Pangong Tso surrounded by mountains. It is one of Ladakh's most popular tourist destinations, known for its gorgeous turquoise blue water. We will spend the night on the bank of the Pangong Tso. Pangong Lake is located at a height of 4225Mtrs. Overnight in Camp.
After spending a night on the banks of Pangong Lake, we will start our motorcycle ride towards Hunder in Nubra Valley. Nubra Valley is situated at a height of 3000Mtrs ASL and it’s the coldest desert in the entire Himalayas. Located on the ancient trade route between India and Central Asia, Nubra Valley is home to two picturesque valleys. The valley to the northwest is called the Shyok Valley, and it comprises the towns of Diskit and Hundar. The second valley is to the north, where Panamik is the main town. Most of the road today will be off-road since we will be riding along the Shyok River, which takes us into the gorgeous green valley of Nubra most likely by late afternoon. On arrival, check into camp and relax. Enjoy tea/coffee before we head to the famed Hundar dunes to catch the sunset, accompanied by herds of Bactrian camels. This region's native Bactrian Camels are recognized for their ability to survive high heights and extreme cold. The terrain here is equally amazing, with undulating sand dunes as far as the eye can reach, surrounded on all sides by towering Rocky Mountains. You have the option to enjoy a camel ride on Double Hump Camp. Later, go back to camp and relax. Enjoy dinner with a chilled beer.
After breakfast, start the ride to Sumur. Quiet, peaceful, offbeat are the words that best describe Sumur Village and should be on your list of places to visit in Nubra Valley. The village is home to the much-celebrated monastery of the region, Samstanling Monastery. Even though the monastery is the most talked about, when it comes to exploring the rest of the village, the beauty needs to be truly witnessed and appreciated.
Enroute, explore Diskit Monastery before commencing our journey to Summur. Diskit Monastery is a popular tourist destination in Nubra Valley, perched on a hill on the edge of a road that connects Partharpur and Those. This is the oldest and one of the largest monasteries in the valley, and it is famous in the world for the 106-foot/32 meters Maitreya Buddha statue that stands right beside it. Later, continue to explore Hidden Holy Lake and enjoy bathing in the hot springs of Panamik. Later, ride back to Summur and check into camp, and relax.
After breakfast, start the ride to Leh. The highlight of today’s road trip is the Khardung La Pass.
This is a big landmark day in your riding life. You’ll ride on a motorcycle to the Ladakh’s highest motorable pass, the Khardung La (one of the highest motorable roads at a height of 5359 m/17,582 ft). On reaching the top, enjoy the celebration with a photography session & a cup of tea or coffee from the Highest Cafeteria in the World. We will spend 15-20 minutes admiring the Pass surroundings and then continue the journey. Later, the ride continued to Leh. On reaching our hotel in Leh, we finish our motorcycle tour here & take bids from crew members. Evening, enjoy a walk in the colorful market area of Leh town. O/n in Leh.
Morning assistance transfer to Leh airport to board once again the most fascinating flight to Delhi over the heights of the great Himalayas. On arrival in Delhi, check into the hotel & relax. The rest of the day is free for your own leisure activities. O/n in Delhi.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Delhi International Airport according to your flight timing. We hope you have great memories & lots of stories from the World’s highest rides in the Himalayas.
- In our Fixed departure we take maximum 8 Riders only
- 24th June'2024 to 9th July'2024
- 28th July'2024 to 12th Aug'2024
- 10th September'2024 to 25th September'2024
- US $ 2800 Rider
- US $ 2200 Pillion
- US $ 2150 Car Passenger
- US $ 440 Single Room Supplement
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PACKAGE COST INCLUDES
- 15 Nights Hotel/ Camp accommodations on Twin / Double Sharing basis.
- Breakfast & Dinner throughout the tour, except in Delhi where accommodation with breakfast basis only.
- All Ground Transfers from your arrival at Airport in India to till departure from India, sightseeing & overland journey by Air Conditioned Vehicle on non-riding days.
- Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 CC Motorcycle on all riding days
- Fuel (Gasoline) for Motorcycle.
- Experienced English speaking Motorcycle Road Captain for whole trip on his own Royal Enfield Motorcycle including his accommodation & food.
- Experienced Royal Enfield mechanic with all necessary spare parts for bikes including his accommodation & food.
- Spares parts change in Motorcycle during tour. –Front tube/ Rear tube/Spark plug/Clutch and Brake Wire/Clutch and Disc brake pads/ Engine oil/Clutch Plate.
- Back-up Vehicle (Support Car/Van) to carry your Luggage.
- Domestic Flight Ticket for Delhi-Leh-Delhi. (excl. baggage upgrades)
- First-Aid Medical kit.
- Refreshment during rides like Packed Juice, Fresh Fruits, Biscuits, Tea, Coffee Etc.
- One Time Monument / Monastery / Temple Entrances.
- The services of an English speaking guide on sightseeing days.
- All Inner Line Permits (Restricted Area & Wild Life Area Permits).
- All required Video / Camera fees.
- Farewell Dinner with Unlimited Beer.
- Assistance by friendly, knowledgeable English speaking ground representatives from the moment you arrive in India until the time you leave.
- All Currently Applicable Taxes.
International Flights, Lunch, personal medical insurance (compulsory), Bike damage, extra drinks, visa fees and items of personal nature such as tips, laundry, liquor, extra drinks etc & anything which is not mentioned in included section.