Motorcycle tour in LadakhEnquire
What is even better is that the road network of Ladakh having recently developed, there are many routes that will allow you to explore places that were, until now, only accessible to hikers.
All motorcycle trips in Ladakh are done on Royal Enfield Bullet or RE Himalayan. These legendary bikes have proven themselves on the most difficult tracks. We suggest you ride a Royal Enfield Himalayan which has been specially designed for this kind of experience. If you prefer, we will provide you with a classic Royal Enfield designed at the turn of the last century.
For those who really want to ride a modern bike, we can also provide the BMW GS 850 or 1250 models.
Himalayan Ecotourism has almost ten years of experience in organizing motorcycle tours in Ladakh. You can fully trust us with our knowledgable local team which is well equipped to provide you the best best experience
Ladakh Motorcycle Tour Itineraries
We encourage you to start your motorcycle tour from Manali, Keylong or Jispa. This for two reasons. First of all, Ladakh being located at very high altitude, it is advisable to start at lower altitude to allow you to acclimatize. In addition, the road between Manali and Leh is breathtakingly beautiful!
It would be a shame to miss this spectacular route which allows you to arrive in Ladakh gradually. We will therefore start the journey in Delhi. We will take you to the Himalayas by road in a suitable vehicle.
As soon as you arrive in Leh, the possibilities of routes are numerous. You can spend a few days in the Indus Valley to visit Buddhist monasteries accessible by road. You can also travel by motorbike to high altitude lakes like Tso Moriri or Pangong Tso. The Nubra Valley is also a must-see destination. You can easily associate Nubra Valley with Pangong Tso Lake. But above all, you should not miss the great crossing of Zanskar which could only be done on foot before the construction of the new road which connects Lamayuru to Padum and Darcha.
Be aware that some accommodations, especially in Zanskar, are homestays. The houses are sometimes very rustic! Here is an itinerary that we suggest, but which can of course be modified at your request.
Ladakh Motorbike Route
Although many roads are very good, there are still quite a few sections that are rough and tricky.
This itinerary is given for information purpose only, we can customize it as per your needs.
|Day 1||Arrival in Delhi
You arrive by plane at Delhi airport. Your guide welcomes you and takes you to your hotel for your first night in India.
|Day 2||From Delhi to Manali.
To start the trip, nothing like an experience of the Indian railway! We depart early in the morning, have breakfast on the train and on arrival in Chandigarh we continue in a vehicle to Manali, at the foot of the first real Himalayan mountains.
|Day 3||From Manali to Jispa.
We continue by private vehicle to Jispa. If it is raining in Manali, a good weather will be awaiting us behind this line of mountains exceeding 5000 meters. We will take a short motorcycle ride to get our hands on the RE
|Day 4||From Jispa to Lato.
True happiness today. We start with the ascent of the Baralacha pass. Descent to Sarchu which is located in the eastern end of the Zanskar chain. An incredible mineral universe. We arrive in Ladakh and climb the Gata loops, a series of more than twenty magnificent bends. We then arrive at the plains of Moore which give you the impression of driving on the Tibetan plateau. We pass the highest pass at 5328m and descend to Lato in the Hemis National Park. We don't continue to Leh today, it's too beautiful here! We sleep in a guesthouse.
|Day 5||From Lato to Leh.
Let's take the time to enjoy the scenery this morning. Then, we take the bikes back and set off for Leh. We will explore the Indus Valley. Let's stop at Thiksey Monastery, the largest in Ladakh. After the visit, we go to our hotel in Leh.
|Day 6||Monastery visits and free time in Leh
Let's rest a bit today and explore Leh by foot. We can visit the city, markets, Leh palace, the Shanti Stupa, and return to the hotel.
|Day 7||From Leh to Hunder (Nubra).
We take the bikes again today to climb one of the highest passes in Ladakh, Khardung La. From the pass, we descend to the Nubra Valley. Visit Diskit on the way, and experience camel ride in the sand dunes of Hunder for those who wish to.
|Day 8||The Nubra Valley
We will spend the day exploring this magnificent valley which descends from the Karakoram range. Optionally, we visit the western part to the village of Turtuk, or we go north towards Panamik and Warshi.
|Day 9||From Nubra to Pangong Tso.
We go up a valley which takes us to the lake of Pangong Tso at 4250m altitude. This magnificent lake will enchant you with its deep blue color surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Nights in tents near the lake.
|Day 10||From Pangong Tso to Sakti.
This morning, let's enjoy the colors of Pangong Lake at sunrise. Then we leave towards another pass (Changla). We go down further to a small peaceful village (Sakti) where we will be staying. Possible visit to the monastery of Thaktok.
|Day 11||From Sakti to Leh via Hemis.
We are back in the Indus Valley. We make a short detour to the monastery of Hemis, built in an absolutely fantastic environment. A stop at Stakna Monastery is also possible. Overnight in Leh.
|Day 12||From Leh to Lamayuru via Likir.
Today we will visit the western side of the Indus Valley. We visit the monastery of Likir perched on its huge rock block and which sports a magnificent statue of Buddha. We then continue to Lamayuru in the mountainous environment reminiscent of a lunar landscape.
|Day 13||From Lamayuru to Photoksar.
Today, we begin our journey of the great crossing of Zanskar. Himalayan Ecotourism works there for the sustainable development of villages through tourism. Prepare your eyes for the big show and your motorcycles for the track! We will stop at Photoksar to stay with the locals.
|Day 14||From Photoksar to Padum.
Second section of the crossing of Zanskar. We will pass by the Singe La pass and the famous village of Lingshed. We then descend into the Zanskar valley to go up to Padum; capital of Zanskar.
|Day 15||From Padum to Keylong.
A longer stretch today for the last part in Zanskar. The road is not always easy, especially the crossing of Shingo La where we often come across small currents of melting snow. We slowly descend to Keylong where we have already passed at the beginning of the trip. We leave our bikes here.
|Day 16||From Keylong to Manali.
Quiet day for this Himalayan stage. Passage of the Attal tunnel to arrive at Manali. Night in a nice hotel.
|Day 17||From Manali to Delhi
We are leaving the Himalayas today, crossing the plains of Punjab and Haryana till Delhi where you are dropped at the airport to catch your flight back to home. End of our services.
Ladakh by motorbike - Royal Enfield
The classic 500cc single cylinder, nicknamed the "Bullet" because of its characteristic exhaust note
All of our motorcycle trips in Ladakh are done with Royal Enfields bikes
These motorcycles have proven themselves on the Himalayan roads since the days of the Hippies who traveled from Europe to Kathmandu in Nepal in the 1960s.
The Royal Enfield consumes little fuel and its single-cylinder engine is well suited to very high altitudes. Keep in mind that some passes exceed 5300m in altitude!
We offer you the Royal Enfield Himalayan, a displacement of 410cc perfectly adapted to the terrain of the Himalayas thanks to its more pleasant suspension. For those who prefer to ride a legendary motorcycle, we can also offer you the classic 500cc Royal Enfield, the "Bullet".
Wanna try something else than the legend ? We can also provide the BMW GS 850 or 1250 models.
Contact-us so that we can organize this!
Ladakh Motorcycle Tour packages
If a trip to Ladakh by motorbike tempts you, do not hesitate to get in touch with Himalayan Ecotourism. Our experience of the Himalayas, our way of working with the locals, our expertise in motorcycling and our responsible way of organizing trips in India makes us your ideal travel partner.
Pick and drop destinations can be modified as per your arrival and departure preferences. We also take care of all hotel reservations and transport (road or train) when necessary. You will be supervised by our local specialists who will ensure your safety throughout the trip.
When you ride a motorcycle, you will be followed by a backup jeep with your guide, a mechanic and all the spare parts to deal with the unexpected circumstances.
Contact-us so that we can curate an itinerary that best suits your travel expectations
Real Camping Experience
At your request, you can be accompanied by our "camping" team who can arrange tent setup wherever you want.
English/Hindi speaking guide for your trip to Ladakh
A precious help
Our guides are not just translators, they are with you in the most difficult times.
All our guides are Indian and are used to leading biker groups. They will be a significant plus during more cultural visits such as visits to monasteries.
They will also facilitate communication when you are staying with the locals.
Interested? Tell us !.
Best time to go for a motorcycle trip in Ladakh
Ladakh cannot be considered a round-the-year tourist destination. Because of the snow cover, the highest passes are closed for a good part of the year.
In addition, outside the good season, the temperatures in Ladakh can drop to minus 30 degrees.
The ideal period is therefore from June to September. June is a very good season, because the monsoon has not yet reached the Himalayas and the sky is clear blue without clouds. Same for the second half of September.
Do not worry, July and August are also good months because the monsoon does not reach Ladakh, but the sky can occasionally be a bit cloudy. Some rain is also possible on the highest sections of the trip.
Ask us, we will do it together!
Choose the right time
Ladakh by motorbike is ideal between June and September. Other times are also possible. Contact us.
Recognition of Himalayan Ecotourism
Himalayan Ecotourism is the winner of the To Do award 2022 in the field of "Socially Responsible Tourism".
We are also the Overall Winner of the Indian Responsible Tourism Award 2019 and the Gold winner in the Best Adventure Operator category.
We have been declared winner of the Sustainable Tourism Award 2019 by Skal International and Biosphere.
Our cooperative-based model of social enterprise and our efforts to conserve the Himalayas are the main reasons for winning these awards.
Thank you to all our cooperative members, our customers, our friends and well-wishers !