Arrival Manali, Bike Check up & Manali Sightseeing
We board the awaiting Volvo coaches and take an over night ride to Manali. Upon arrival, a traditional welcome followed by introduction with the Tour leader, followed by allotment of rooms. Time to fresh and change .
Post Breakfast, safety & rescue session by a professional.
Evening welcomes you to a campfire, followed by a tour briefing
Manali to Jispa via Rohtang pass (140 kms / 07 Hours)
Early wake up call .We start epic ride from Manali to Jispa a distance of about 140 Kms. En-route we cross our 1st pass of the journey – Rohtang Pass (3978 mts) and later drive through keylong to Jispa .
During our ride, we stopover at Tandi, to Fuel up for the rest of the journey since tandi is the LAST petrol pump on manali leh highway and there is no fuel station for next 350 kms .
The evening is at leisure to explore the river bhaga .Rest at the Jispa tents .
Jispa to Sarchu via Barchala Pass pass (115Kms/ 7 Hours).
After breakfast we leave for Sarchu on the border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Here you can see the nomadic Gaddi people and an army outpost. On our way we stop at Barchala Pass (4891 m). At Barchala, which means ” a pass with cross roads,” the roads from Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti intersect here. Stay at sarchu camps .
Sarchu to Leh (263 Kms/ 10 Hours).
This day, we start for our best and the longest ride of the tour. We start our day with an early ride to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. En-route, we cross the famous Gata Loops – a succession of 21-hair pin bends lifting you 1,500 feet higher. And soon after, the Lachlung-La and Naki-la passes follow before one reaches Pang.
The road after Pang rises onto the More Plains, 42 kms of well-tarred road, which is a welcome relief. After More Plains we climb for Tanglang-La, the second highest motor able pass at 17,582 feet starts.
This is also the last pass on Manali-Leh highway. After the Tanglang -La descent, welcomes us to small villages, green fields and “JULLEY!” – a greeting in the Ladakhi language will add life to the relative straight road to Leh.
We arrive late this evening, to a merry campfire, followed by over night rest at the hotel.
Leh Acclimatization, Local Sightseeing.
Today, you are on our own. It’s time for us to get acclimatized to the thin air, followed by an entire day at leisure in the capital city of Leh. One can either visit the famous City Palace or take a stroll through the old town or can visit the famous Monasteries, the Shanti Stupa or the War Museum.
Leh to Khardungla Pass (40 kms / 2 hours ).
An early morning wake up, followed by checking our bikes and gear, we start our drive towards the world’s highest motorbale road- Khardungla Pass.For those out of breath, there is a café at the summit, where one can have a much-needed cup of tea/coffee .
Leh to Pangong Lake via Changla Pass ( 140 kms / 7 hours ).
The 140-km trip to Pangong Lake from Leh is an experience of its own. The first stop on the way is Thiksey village famous for its huge monasteries, which cover an entire mountain ridge. Beyond this remote village, there is nothing but the extreme mountain ranges for company. The second stop is the Changla Pass (17,350 ft.), which could test ones lungs, for the lack of oxygen. Upon arrival, we settle in our camps, followed to a visit to the lake.
Evenings are at leisure, followed by a Bar-be-Que and campfire at Pangong.
Pagong to leh ( 140 kms / 5 hours ).
Return to leh via chang-la. There is nothing but the extreme mountain ranges for company. The second stop from Pangong is the Changla Pass (17,350 ft.), which could test ones lungs, for the lack of oxygen. Reaching leh by evening .Enjoy theme based dinner and campfire .
Leh – Sarchu ( 263 kms/ 9 hours ).
Leh to sarchu return will be epic .as we go down from tanglanga la , nakee-la and Gata loops ( 21 hair pin bends ) . One has to be patient while going down from the gata loops as 21 hair pin bends can test your corner skills .
Sarchu – keylong ( 130 kms / 7 hours ).
Sarchu to keylong will again be a test for riders as we cross the most dangerous crossings after Baralach-la . The riders will get to experience the toughest water crossing .water level will be depending upon weather conditions .Overall a tough day for riding .evening at keylong hotel followed by dinner .
Keylong – Manali ( 130 Kms / 6 hours ).
This is the final leg of our road trip. We start our day early and we ride from keylong to manali via Rohtang pass .evening at manali with a success party of our epic journey to the Lands of LAMA .
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