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Leh Ladakh Bike Trip 2022

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Ladakh Bike Trip 2022

A bike trip to Leh Ladakh tops the bucket list of every adventure enthusiast. No doubt, Ladakh which is flanked by the Himalayas on all sides, offers memorable experiences to all the travellers visiting from across the world. Even though the destination is accessible by all modes of transportation, exploring it by bike has a unique charm. Prepare yourself for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip to make your way through the barren mountain slopes, treacherous roads, rugged terrains, and ancient monasteries, alongside gurgling rivers. You can’t resist taking a picture of the unparalleled views offered on every turn.

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Things to Consider Before Planning a Bike Trip to Leh Ladakh

Now that you are all set to embark on the adventure-filled journey, there are a few things you need to consider before starting off with your Leh Ladakh bike trip. Let’s quickly take a look at them:

  • Check the best time to visit Ladakh for a bike trip. The road to Ladakh opens for tourists from May to October, the weather is pleasant and the temperature is favourable for a smooth bike ride experience and sightseeing tour.
  • Carrying your driving licence along with other government-issued ID proofs like aadhaar card, voter card, and passport along with their photocopies.
  • As Ladakh has rugged terrains, vehicle breakdowns are very common. It is important that you have knowledge of bike self-repairing for common problems. You won’t find mechanic shops in the remotest areas of Ladakh and this is when these self-repairing tips will come to the rescue at the time of any contingency.

Things to Carry on Trip to Ladakh on Bike

Packing is the second step once you have booked your Leh Ladakh bike trip package. Other than your basics, it is important to carry a few things to get a safe and comfortable experience which includes the following:

Clothes and Footwear:

No matter what season you are travelling, make sure to carry light woollen and waterproof jackets, trousers, gloves, windcheaters and more. Ladakh’s weather is unpredictable which means the temperature can drop down to the lowest at night even during the summer season. Also, carry waterproof hiking shoes, slippers, and sports shoes.

First-Aid Box:

Don’t forget to keep a first-aid box with all the basic medicines for common health problems including stomach issues, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, joint pain, etc.

Miscellaneous Items:

Carry a good Sunscreen with SPF 50, sunglasses, a hat, lip balm, moisturiser, torch with chargeable cells, swiss knife, water bottle, etc.

Food:

Make sure to pack quick bites that will provide instant energy like glucose, dry fruits, protein chocolate bars, etc. Remember, bike trips are long ones and it is important to take halts during these breaks. These quick bites will keep you going for the journey ahead.

Popular Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Routes

The enthralling Ladakh bike trip can be done via two routes- Manali-Leh Highway and Srinagar-Leh Highway.

1. Manali-Leh Highway

This route offers the best views that you can only imagine in your dreams. Of the two routes, the Manali-Leh highway is the most preferred by the bikers as it has a number of stunning mountain passes and gushing rivers along the way. The distance and duration of Manali to Leh is 427 km and 11 hr 20 mins. On this route, you get to make your way through the iconic Rohtang pass that connects Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti. Sarchu would be the midpoint in this route. However, Keylong is the most preferred point for an overnight stay. This route is open for travellers from May, but you may find road blockages due to heavy snowfall at Rohtang and Baralacha till early June. There is also a possibility of roadblocks due to landslides in the monsoon season. So, always check with the tour operator before embarking on the road trip.

Manali > Rohtang > Keylong > Jispa > Darcha > Zingzing Bar > Sarchu > Tanglang La > Upshi Leh

Best Time to Travel on Manali-Leh Highway

The Manali-Leh highway opens from May to September for tourists, with June to July being the preferred time for planning a road trip. The roads are in better condition for a drive and hotels are operational. Travellers planning to visit Ladakh in May or early June, usually opt to fly to Leh. For a road trip, September is also apt as the road conditions are improved and the crowds and the number of vehicles are considerably lesser.

Places to Stay on Manali-Leh Highway

You will find a plethora of hotels and guesthouses on the Manali-Leh route. However, as you cross Jispa and head towards Leh, the number of accommodations reduces drastically. Other than this there are campsites located on this highway route that offers all the basic facilities and is comfortable for an overnight stay.

Fuel Availability on Manali-Leh Highway

This is one of the major concerns of all the bikers on their Leh Ladakh road trip. Tandi is the last petrol pump which is approx 110 km from Manali towards Leh. It is advised to carry extra fuel.

Srinagar-Leh Highway

Even though the Srinagar-Leh highway is less preferred, it is equally beautiful. The distance and duration covered on the Srinagar-Leh route are 418 km and 10 hrs. This route offers a number of stay options and petrol refuelling when compared to the Manali-Leh route. A few major attractions of the route include Sonmarg, Zojila pass, Kargil, and a few monasteries.

Srinagar > Sonamarg > Drass > Kargil > Leh

Best Time to Travel on Srinagar-Leh Highway

The highway opens from May to October. However, the best time is between June to early July as the road conditions are favourable for a road trip. September is also considered to be the best month for a Bike trip to Ladakh from Srinagar; you will hardly find any streams on the route and the chances of encountering landslides are also less.

Places to Stay on Highway of Srinagar-Leh

There is no dearth of accommodation options on the Srinagar-Leh route. From budget-friendly to luxurious, you can choose to stay at any of the hotels that ensure you a safe and comfortable stay. Before embarking on the bike trip, you can even experience a houseboat stay.

Fuel Availability on Srinagar-Leh Highway

There are more petrol pumps on this route when compared to the Manali-Leh highway. However, there are chances you might get some of them being non-functional. It is advised to refill the tank at the closest petrol pump before entering Leh.

Best Bike for Ladakh Bike Trip in 2022

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Leh Ladakh trip is Royal Enfield. Apart from this, there are so many other best bikes that leave the riders spoilt for choice. However, what bike you choose also depends on various aspects like the number of days and distance you intend to ride on your Ladakh motorbike trip, the weight of your luggage, and also, if you have a companion with you. No matter which bike you choose, you must be used to long-distance rides. Let's look at some of the best bikes that can make your ride smooth and comfortable:

Royal Enfield Himalayan

This versatile motorcycle can take the riders almost anywhere they would want to go. The masterpiece has dual-purpose tyres that make riding on all terrains smooth. Royal Enfield Himalayan is equipped with comfortable seats, a 15-litre fuel tank, a magnetic compass and upright handles that ensure comfort on a long journey. The motorcycle has a pillion comfort as well.

Bajaj Pulsar

Yet another best bike for a Ladakh trip, Bajaj Pulsar F250 and N250 are the ones you can rely on for a long journey and you won’t encounter any single problem during the ride. Both F250 and N250 don't have a kick option to start the bike. The ignition of the engine depends wholly on the self-start system. Don’t worry about this part, the bike won’t disappoint you on your entire Ladakh trip.

Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220

A modern cruiser bike that is designed traditionally, Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 promises to make your ride a memorable one. Every feature of the bike speaks of comfort. It comes with a talk windshield, low seat height, extra wide handles, and forward-set footpegs which makes it perfect for road trips. It has a 220cc engine and a 5-speed gearbox that undoubtedly helps the bike to fit in all kinds of routes and weather conditions.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

It is the simple classic design of the bike that makes it one of the most popular bikes among bike lovers. The motorcycle has a parallel twin 649cc, 52Nm of torque, air/oil-cooled smooth engine generating 47bhp and a 6-speed gearbox. As Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has a powerful performance, it is apt for mountain riding.

Kawasaki Versys 650

Last but not least, Kawasaki Versys 650 is also the answer to your best bikes for a Leh Ladakh trip. Adjustable suspensions, adjustable windscreen, wide elongated seats, 21-litre fuel tank, and a modern 649cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine are some of the features of Kawasaki Versys 650 that make it perfect for long miles. Even though it is a street bike, it works best in all weather conditions and terrains of India.

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Safety Guidelines

No doubt, the Leh Ladakh bike trip is challenging and we make sure that all our guests are safe throughout the trip. But there are certain circumstances that are beyond our or your control and to overcome such situations, it is important to follow certain safety guidelines that ensure a fun-filled and safe trip.

  • Don’t be in a hurry to reach the final destination. You will be travelling to a high altitude region which means getting hit by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common. Ascend gradually, take a day’s rest in Leh that will help you acclimatise. Also, take Diamox 24 hours before entering the high altitude region. Drink at least 3-4 litres of water to stay hydrated.
  • Do not go overboard with planning distances. Ladakh is a high altitude region which means you will find rough patches and bad roads. Do not plan to cover more than 250-300 km here in one go.
  • It is advisable not to consume alcohol and smoke as it can adversely affect your breathing ability which may make you suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness.
  • Don’t rush on your Ladakh trip by bike. Take breaks, overnight halts, and reserve days. Do not go under planned.

Top Places to Visit in Leh Ladakh for an Adventurous Trip

1. Thiksey Monastery

Home to over 500 disciples, Thiksey Monastery is one of the best places to visit on your Ladakh bike trip. The monastery is a magnificent 12-storey Buddhist religious site and is one of the prominent monasteries in Ladakh. If you are inquisitive about the Buddhist culture, beliefs, and scriptures of the bygone era, you will definitely fall in love with this place.

2. Khardung La Pass

Gateway to the beautiful Nubra and Shyok Valleys, Khardung La is one of the highest motorable passes in the world that offers an amazing riding experience. It is the prime spot for the bikers as they get to make their way through the high-altitude terrains. This place makes it to our itinerary of the best Leh Ladakh bike trip packages.

3. Nubra Valley

Home to the Bactrian double-humped camels and the famous Maitreya Buddha statue, Nubra Valley is no less than magic in itself. Come here to lose yourself amidst the wonders of nature. Head to Hunder village for enjoying a safari on the double-humped camel and to Diskit village to explore the popular Diskit monastery under which sits the famous 108 ft. tall statue of Buddha.

4. Tso Moriri

The largest high-altitude lake, Tso Moriri offers an unparalleled view of different shades of blue. If you take the Manali-Leh route, Tso Moriri is close to Sarchu at a distance of 220 km, which means it would be a great idea to head to Tso Moriri, and then proceed to Leh from there. Also, the Tso Kar Lake is located at a distance of 80 km from Tso Moriri, so you can even visit Tso Kar on your way to Sarchu.

5. Hanle

Home to the Indian Astronomical Observatory which is one of the highest sites of astronomical observation in the world, Hanle is the most enchanting and calm village in the Changthang region of Ladakh. Apart from visiting the observatory, head to the Hanle monastery. You can stay at the guest houses or homestays to get the local taste of Ladakh.

6. Panamik Village

Nestled at a distance of approx 150 km from Leh, Panamik village is a quaint hamlet where you can enjoy a bath in the hot spring. Hot spring water possesses medicinal properties as it contains high amounts of sulphur that can cure skin-related issues. Apart from this, you can reach the 250-year-old Ensa Monastery.

7. Turtuk Village

Enclosed by Nubra on one side and Baltistan on the other, Tuturk village is one of the offbeat places where you can indulge in trekking, and explore two beautiful monasteries and the Royal House. The main charm of the village lies in the locals and their culture. Don’t forget to try Balti cuisine and the delicious apricots that are locally grown here in abundance.

8. Pangong Tso

This place needs no introduction as it is the much-celebrated tourist spot of Ladakh. The blue waters of the lake in sync with the stunning deserted mountains appear truly magical. It is believed and has been witnessed by many that the lake water changes its colour at different times of the day. The sunrise and sunset views here look so mesmerising that will remain etched in your heart forever.

9. Zanskar Valley

A hub for adventure enthusiasts, Zanskar Valley is the home to the famous Chadar or Frozen River trek which can be done only during the winter months of December to February. Other summer treks are Lugnak Trail, Padum to Darcha, Padum to Pidmo, Zanskar to Sham, and more. Other than trekking, you can indulge in camping or river rafting activities.

10. Lamayuru

The village will surely have your heart. Because of the moon-like landscape, Lamayuru has rightly been called ‘Moonscape for tourists.’ You can spend time in peace exploring the beauty of the village or make the most of the trip by taking a stroll at night and enjoying stargazing. Don’t miss out on visiting Lamayuru Monastery. The village is located at a distance of 114 km.

Why Leh Ladakh Tour by Bike?

Even though the most convenient way to reach Ladakh from any part of the world is by air, there is something about the road trips to this beautiful deserted region. Owing to the varied landscape consisting of snow-clad mountains, pristine lakes, gushing rivers, and ancient monasteries, Ladakh is the most preferred destination in India for a bike trip. The winding roads of Ladakh are a true test for the daredevils. A bike trip to Leh Ladakh is the best way to explore the region’s beauty in the best possible way. Coming to the flora and fauna, in Ladakh, you get to catch a glimpse of something that you cannot find in any other part of the country. You can stop by and interact with the locals which give you an insight into their lifestyle and culture.

Best Offers for a Leh Ladakh Bike Trip in 2022

Here are a few offers from Go2Ladakh for bike rides in Leh:

1. Manali – Ladakh – Srinagar Bike Trip

This Ladakh tour package takes you on a 10-day journey from Manali to Srinagar. It costs 32,500/- per head. The itinerary is for 9 days and 10 nights. The route followed is: Manali – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake (via Shyok River route) – Leh (via Chang la) – Kargil (via Alchi, Lamayuru, Hall of fame, Zanskar river) – Srinagar (via Kargil, Zojila, Kargil war memorial, Srinagar) – Return

2. Srinagar – Ladakh – Manali Bike Trip

This Leh-Ladakh tour package includes 9 days and 10 nights of riding from Srinagar to Leh. The cost per head is 33,500/-. The route followed is: Srinagar – Kargil – Leh (Via Lamayuru, Alchi, Likir, Hall of fame) – Nubra valley (via Khardungla) – Pangong (via Shyok river) – Leh (via Changla) – Local tour – Sarchu (via Tanglang la) – Manali – Return

3. Manali – Ladakh – Manali Bike Trip

This is an 11 days/10 nights bike ride from Manali to Leh and back. The cost for this Ladakh tour package is 32,800/- per head. The route followed is: Manali – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – Local tour – Nubra valley (via Khardungla) – Pangong lake – Leh – Sarchu – Manali – Return

All the above mentioned Leh Ladakh bike tour packages include meals, accommodation, sightseeing, transport, bikes and fuel, and a tour guide. Why should you not ride solo if you don’t do regular bike rides: There are a number of reasons why it is not recommended to do a Ladakh bike trip on your own, especially if you don’t do regular bike rides. However, if you have experienced riders with you, they will be able to guide you better.

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Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Challenges

A bike trip to Ladakh comes with a lot of challenges. What are these, let’s quickly check:

Leh Ladakh Weather Condition

The weather in Ladakh is unpredictable and mostly harsh. As the place is at a high altitude region, breathing becomes difficult at times and travellers get hit by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). So, it is important to first acclimatise in Leh for a day or two and take Diamox 24 hours before leaving for the far-flung high altitude regions.

Leh Ladakh Road Condition

The roads in Ladakh are bumpy with a lot of patches. You may encounter water-crossings in a few places that become difficult to cross if you are not provided with a helping hand.

Leh Ladakh Bike Maintenance

Breakdowns are very common in Ladakh because of the rugged terrains. And it is during this time that your knowledge of basic maintenance and bike repairs comes to the rescue. There are chances you could be stranded in the remotest area without any help. So, learn the basics of bike self-repair.

Because of such challenges, you should always opt for booking your group Leh Ladakh bike trip packages from a trusted tour operator who assists in providing the best services like offering fuel, guides, mechanics and more.

Why You Should Book Ladakh Bike Trip Packages With Us

15 Years of Experience

We are local tour operators with 15 years of experience. We aim to make your bike trip experience a lifetime memory. The packages curated by our experts are based on the feedback from our professional tour consultants. With us, you get the local flavour and witness the raw beauty of Ladakh. You can either choose from our group tour packages or get it customised as per your preference. We prefer deluxe accommodation as they are safe in terms of hygiene when compared to any guesthouses.

Complete Travel Booking Services

We take care of every single thing on your tour including flights, and bikes on rent. With us, you can rest assured about the facilities and services that will be provided to you throughout the bike trip.

Responsible Travel Company

Ladakh is no less than heaven and we at Go2Ladakh strive hard to keep it the way it is. All our tours are environment friendly. Don’t worry about enjoying your journey, you will do it to the fullest.

Ladakh Tour Expert

We have a team of tour experts who are skilled at designing a travel plan that suits your needs and preference with the best places to visit, activities to do, and accommodations that will make you fall in love and visit Ladakh time and again. We have set our standards and this has helped us earn the trust of thousands of satisfied clients. Whatever we do, we do it to the best of our capabilities to make this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for you.

Our consultants are Ladakh locals who can come up with recommendations about the best places to visit to suit your requirements. We have our own lodges and organise various activities- this makes us unique and independent of any external touring contacts.

Tips for a Ladakh Bike Tour in 2022

  • Always choose a comfortable bike that is smooth on the treacherous roads of Ladakh
  • Learn the basics of bike self-repairing tips
  • Know your routes in advance. If possible carry a physical route map
  • Don’t depend wholly on the GPS as a poor internet connection can make you lose track of the routes
  • Ascend gradually and take a day’s rest in Leh to acclimatisation
  • Know the best season to plan a bike trip to Ladakh and book your package accordingly
  • Don’t be in a hurry. Take proper breaks at regular intervals of time that will keep you going on the trip without feeling exhausted
  • Carry extra fuel and cash as petrol pumps and ATMs are limited in Ladakh
  • Drink at least 3-4 litres of water to stay hydrated
  • Carry mandatory documents like driving licence, aadhaar card, voter card, passport,
  • medical insurance (if any) along with their photocopies
  • Carry passport-sized photographs

COVID 19 Terms and Conditions for Bike Trip to Leh Ladakh

  • Register yourself on the official website
  • Carry your COVID-19 RT PCR negative report done 72 hours before the travelling date
  • Keep your Covid-19 vaccination certificates
  • Download Arogya Setu on your mobile phone

Frequently Asked Questions About Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Q 1. What are the best bikes to visit Leh Ladakh on a bike trip?

Ans. Any bike that is comfortable for a long journey is best. However, we prefer and provide premium Himalayan Bikes only. Other best bikes include BMW G310GS, Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, and Kawasaki Versys 650.

Q.2 What are the criteria for joining the Ladakh bike tour?

Ans. You should be above 25 years of age and have prior long bike tour experience. You should also have a driving licence.

Q 3. Can I travel on a solo bike tour?

Ans. Yes, we customise tours as per your requirements. But we recommend you to join group tours as the journey will be a long one with little to no facilities at some of the places like no mechanics, no petrol pumps, no ATMs. Group tours are fun and you get to meet new people.

Q 4.How many riders should be there in a motorbike group tour to Ladakh?

Ans. There should be at least 6 people and a maximum of 15 in a group for a motorbike group tour to Ladakh.

Q 5. How difficult is a road trip to Ladakh?

Ans. The terrains of Ladakh are very challenging but you will be assisted by the tour guides who are well-versed with it. The only problem you might have to deal with is acclimatisation. But even that would be easy if you take one or two days’ rest in Leh before proceeding to higher altitude regions.

Q 6. Are fuel costs and driver’s allowances covered in Ladakh bike trip packages?

Ans. Yes, if you join group tours you will be provided with fuel and driver’s allowances. But if you take a customised solo bike trip package, the fuel cost and driver’s allowances won’t be included in it. We can arrange for these but there will be an additional cost to it.

Q 7. How is the mobile network connectivity in Ladakh?

Ans. The postpaid network of BSNL, Airtel and Jio work best in Ladakh. Get a BSNL SIM card as it has maximum network coverage in Ladakh. Airtel and Jio work best in Leh.

Q 8. Is Ladakh safe for female solo bike trips?

Ans. Yes, Ladakh is completely safe for female solo bike trips. Make sure you get assistance from your tour guides and operators throughout the journey.

Q 9. What are the important documents to carry for a Leh Ladakh motorcycle tour?

Ans. Carry a valid driving licence, aadhaar card, voter card, passport, and medical insurance (if any) along with their photocopies. Carry passport size photographs, Covid-19 RT PCR negative report and Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

Q 10. Do we require special permits? Would you be taking care of the permits?

Ans. Indian nationals require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) o visit some of the protected areas in Ladakh. It is only required for some areas like Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Dah, Hanu Villages, Man, Merak, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Chusul, Hanle, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only). Tourists from China, Pakistan, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong require a special permit from the Home Ministry to visit the region. All foreign nationals require a speci

Q 11. What telecom operator provides good connectivity in Ladakh?

Ans. all the postpaid network as BSNL,Airtel and Jio are the best telecom network operators in Ladakh. Though other networks work as well, we recommend to carry th BSNL SIM FOR Maximum network range in ladakh region and airtel and jio only work city area , Nubra valley some area.

Q 12. Is it safe for solo female travellers to go on a Leh Ladakh bike trip?

Ans. Yes, it is completely safe. Your tour guides and drivers are very trustworthy and they will provide you with any assistance that you might require.

Q 13. What is the cost of a Leh Ladakh bike tour package?

Ans. The cost of the Leh Ladakh bike tour package depends on the category of package you choose, accommodations, trans[ortaions, meals. Also, whether you opt for a group bike tour or get it customised.
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