Manali Bike trip 2017 Overview
Manali - Leh overland drive by bike is one of the most popular and spectacular program for adventure lovers. Approx 500 Kms drive from Manali to Leh will take you to the land of monasteries / roof top of the world. High altitude passes – 22 Gata loops – Morai Plains – First - second and third highest motorable passes, most beautiful lake called Pangong Tos are some of the highlight on this route. Roads are very much maintained though you must expect that at high passes roads will be rough due to heavy snow in winter season. Our tour leaders / guides will assist you enroute and make your journey perfect and smooth. Test your motor machine and enjoy the safe ride.
- Explore bike rides on the tricky roads of Leh Ladakh
- Enjoy delicious Ladakhi cuisines
- Visit Baralacha Pass, Rohtang Pass, Chang la and Tanglang La
- Visit Shey, Thiksey and other Leh monasteries
- Explore Jispa, Sarchu and Pang villages
- Local sightseeing in Leh Ladakh
- View beauty of the Pangong Lake
Day 01 : Arrive Manali
You have you own arrangements to arrive Manali either by flight / Road form Delhi – Chandigarh or other destinations. Check in at your pre booked hotel..
You will be met on arrival in Manali by our representative and next day scheduled departure for overland bike safari to Ladakh. You will be briefed by our person and get introduced with all fellow traveler for the beautiful drive. Check your bikes and other required gears.
Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Manali
Day 02 : Manali - Jispa
Drive Manali - Rohtang Pass - Koksar - Keylong – Jispa (150kms/ 8 hours drive approx)
Depart Manali early in the morning our first halt is Marhi A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto MARHI below ROHTANG with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce. Once we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing Khoksar is the first village and gate way to Lahaul. Follow the Chandra river right bank to reach at the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga river and arrive at Keylong which is the district headquarter of this region. Further drive will take you Jispa which is an ideal place to stay at lower altitude and better acclimatization. Night stay in hotel at Jispa
Day 03 : Jispa - Sarchu
Drive Jispa - Darcha - Sarchu ( 80 Kms/ 4 hours drive )
Get prepared for the most interesting overland high altitude drive up to Leh. May take approx 10 hours. You will arrive at Darcha ( 3500 Meter) is situated at the junction of Yotche Nullah and the Zangskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. This is the main point for the trek lovers wish to enter in Zanskar valley or up to Leh. Your drive from this place will take to BaraLacha Pass ( 1620 Ft) and further drive to Sarchu which is nearly the mid point of Manali Leh route.
Day 04 : Sarchu - Leh
After breakfast you have an exciting and long day to drive by crossing 22 Gata loops and by crossing two passes called Nakila and Namkila passes. Arrive at Pang where you may have your lunch – a temporary / seasonal restaurants. A short drive will take you to Morai plains a wide and flat surface with beautiful road condition up to the base of Tanglangla pass. Uphill drive will take you to Tanglangla Pass (5400 M) and enter in Leh Valley. Your further drive will take you to Upsi by crossing river Indus and follow the highway up to Leh. Check in at your hotel and overnight stay at Leh City.
Day 05 : Leh - Khardungla Pass
Excursion to Khardungla pass (80Kms / 5 hours)
Morning get prepared to see Khardong-La (40 kms / alt: 18,380 ft.), highest motorable pass in the world and recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records . Offers an incredible view of Leh valley and Stok kangri group of Peaks ( 6150 M) at the back drop of Leh valley. Differs Leh Valley and Nubra Valley which used to be the Silk Route to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Enjoy at the roof top of the world and drive back to Leh for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06 : Leh - Pangong Tso Lake
Excursion to Pangong Tso Lake (150 kms one way)
Early departure for Pangong Lake (approx. 150 kms, located on the Indo China Border), via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft). Enjoy the beautiful panorama around the lake and its beautiful mixed color. One of the biggest and longest high altitude in India. Enjoy your beautiful evening and overnight at the hotel / Camp in Pangong Tso Lake.
Day 07 : Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
After leisurely breakfast drive back to Leh. You have much time to explore thikse monastery and shy palace enroute. Shanti Stupa / Leh Palace and beautiful colorful bazaar in Leh town. Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Leh.
Day 08 : Leh - Sarchu
Begin the spectacular drive on the Leh-Manali Highway. This high altitude road beyond the Great Himalayan range, on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, connects the densely fertile Kulu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh, once accessible only from Kashmir. The journey is through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery ever witnessed by road travellers. As one traverses the main ranges of the Himalayas, the stark contrast in the topography becomes apparent. Ladakh and later Lahoul reveal barren landscapes that assume fantastic and bizarre shapes. Surrealistic colours splash off rocks ranging in colour from various shades of brown to rust, gold, pink, and yellow.
The road follows the Indus river, going past relatively fertile and prosperous villages and monasteries. The first pass to be crossed is the Tanglang la (17,475 ft/5,328 m), the highest point on the journey. At the top is a tiny temple with a few prayer flags rustling in the breeze. The road goes past Debring, and on to the Kyangsu Plains - one of the largest in Ladakh - a level stretch of over 40 km named after the kyang or wild ass, which roams these plains and is often seen in herds of over 50 animals at a time. The road then ascends to the Lachlung la (16,615 ft/5,065 m). After crossing the pass, the road winds down to the Tsarap Chu Valley. Cross the river and continue on to Sarchu for your overnight stay.
Day 09 : Sarchu - Manali
From here, a very gradual climb leads to the Baralacha la (16,020 ft/4,883 m). The ascent is so gradual that one hardly realises it - in fact the pass itself is a level stretch of 8 km, with a small lake at the top. This is the source of the Bhaga river. The pass is also the source of the Chandra river, which flows in the opposite direction to the Bhaga and later joins to form one river. The snow covered peaks of the Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila ranges, towering well above 6,000 m, are visible. Follow the Bhaga river downstream, which later joins the Chandra river to form the Chenab, one of the biggest tributaries of the Indus. Pass Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahoul. Cross the last of the high passes - Rohtang Pass (13,047 ft/3,989 m). The barren hillsides of the Lahoul Valley are gradually replaced by the lush greenery of the Kulu Valley. From here the road slowly winds its way down to end the journey at Manali.
Day 10 : Departure Manali
After breakfast you will get transferred to bus stand in time to board your bus / VOLVO / Car for further destination