Kashmir to Ladakh on a Motorcycle - A Stairway to Heaven

Chandigarh - Jammu - Srinagar - Kargil - Leh - Khardung La - Nubra - Pangong - Manali - Chandigarh

Short Itinerary

Fasten your backpack, step on the gas and let your motorcycle be your most trusted companion on your Ladakh bike trip. This adventurous journey passes through some of the most breath-taking, challenging and awe-inspiring landscapes found on Earth.


Day 1: 

Chandigarh - Jammu


Day 2:

Jammu - Srinagar 


Day 3:

Srinagar


Day 4:

Srinagar - Kargil 


Day 5: 

Kargil - Leh 


Day 6: 

Leh 


Day 7:

Leh - Diskit 


Day 8:

Diskit - Pangong 


Day 9: 

Pangong


Day 10: 

Pangong - Leh 


Day 11: 

Leh - Sarchu 


Day 12: 

Sarchu - Manali 


Day 13: 

Manali - Chandigarh

Day 1 - Chandigarh to Jammu


Get an early start from Delhi. Today's distance travelled will be about 370 kilometres with a travel time of 7 hours. Roads are mostly good with a few bad patches between Pathankot and Jammu. 


Overnight stay at Jammu

Day 2 - Jammu to Srinagar


Traffic delays and jams are common on this route, so we start early again. Distance travelled will be about 270 kilometres with a travel time of 11 to 12 hours.


Overnight stay at Srinagar


Day 3 - Srinagar Local Visit


We take a local tour of Srinagar, with shikara rides on the Dal Lake and a visit to local monuments in Srinagar.


Today is also used as a buffer day.


Overnight stay at Srinagar


Day 4 - Srinagar to Kargil


The scenery will transform slowly from lush green of Kashmir to barren brown of Ladakh. We cross the famed Zojila Pass today, the physical frontier between the lush Kashmir Valley and the barren Ladakh.


Distance travelled will be about 200 kilometres with a travel time of 8 to 9 hours. We visit the Kargil War Memorial in Dras.

 
Overnight stay at Kargil


Day 5 - Kargil to Leh


Distance travelled will be about 220 Kilometers with a travel Time of 7 to 8 hours.
There are a lot of places to see on this stretch including Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Mulbekh Maitreya, Indus Zanskar Confluence etc.


Overnight stay in Leh

Day 6 - Leh


We spend the day in Leh City visiting local attractions in Leh city like Leh palace, local market, Shanti Stupa etc.

Overnight stay in Leh


Day 7 - Leh to Diskit


The crowing stone of the entire ride, we cross the highest motorable road in the world - Khardung La today.  We start early from Leh to ride to Nubra Valley, at the foot of the Siachen Glacier, crossing the Khardung La.


Total Distance of 120 kilometres with a total travel time of 6 to 7 hours.


We visit the Diskit Monastery, and the Hunder Sand Dunes today.


Overnight stay in Diskit



Day 8  - Diskit to Pangong via Shyok


Almost everyone rides to Pangong from Nubra Valley via Khardung La again, but this leaves the Shyok river road untouched by the masses and that is what we will be taking today.

The road curves along the Shyok valley, surrounded on all sides by towering rock faces ready to gobble you up at the slightest distractions.


After a mersmerising ride through the Shyok Valley, the first glimpse of Pangong Lake is bound to bring joy to anyone.


Total 190 kilometres to be covered with a travel time of 6 to 7 hours.


Overnight at Pangong Lake


Day 9 - Buffer day at Pangong Lake


Today is a buffer day at Pangong Lake to rest our tired muscles and relieve saddle sores, and also to catch up on lost times and missed schedules if any.


Day 10 - Pangong to Leh


We cross the second highest pass on our journey - the Chang La, while riding from Pangong towards Leh. We pass by the highest military installations along the road in a heavily militarised area.


The road is mostly good with a really bad patch around Chang La top.


Distance travelled will be about 160 kilometres
Travel time of 8 to 9 hours


Overnight stay in Leh

Day 11 - Leh to Sarchu


With almost 2/3rds of the ride completed, we start our descent out of the Himalayas by taking the Manali road to Chandigarh.


We cross the high altitude pass of Tanglang La and drive across More Plains today.


Distance travelled will be about 250 Kilometers
Travel time of 7 to 8 hours


Overnight stay at Sarchu


Day 12 - Sarchu to Manali


A day of passes, we reach Manali while crossing the 4 high altitude passes of Nakee La, Lachulung La, Baralacha La and Rohtang La.


A total distance of 220 kilometres from Sarchu
Travel time of 9 to 10 hours


Overnight in Manali


Day 13 - Manali to Chandigarh


A total distance of 300 kilometres with a travel time of 9 hours, we reach Chandigarh to finish off the ride, and top it up with a party in style in Chandigarh.

Detailed Itinerary

PRICE

₹49000

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Inclusions

  1. Motorcycle Rental (Royal Enfield 350 cc) (on a 2 bike - 3 pax sharing basis) / Solo Riding will be charged extra ₹7000

  2. All Accommodation

  3. Organiser Charges

  4. All govt. charges & taxes

Exclusions

  1. Transport to and from Chandigarh

  2. All food costs (generally will cost around ₹500 per day)

  3. All fuel costs (generally will cost ₹6000 for the whole trip at mileage calculated at 35kmpl and petrol price at ₹85/litre for the total trip distance of 2700 km)

  4. Covid -19 Test - Mandatory to enter Ladakh as of the last update (generally costs ₹1500 for a nasal swab test)

  5. Any extra charges borne in case of plan deviations (as decided by Travel Lead)

  6. Payment Gateway Charges of 2.5% per transaction (contact your host to avoid this charge)

  7. Anything not included in Inclusions

What to Carry?

Mandatory Carry

  1. A full-face helmet (flip or non-flip model) (for both rider and pillion) / A helmet will be provided with bike rental but expect it to not fit and carry your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes

  2. Backpack / Saddle Bag (DO NOT BRING SUITCASES) as all luggage will be bike borne and needs to be tied to the bike - aound 60litre capacity

  3. Head scarf / bandana / do-tag

  4. Sunglasses

  5. Mask to protect the face while riding

  6. Moisturiser 

  7. Water Bottles - 2 to 3 litre capacity

  8. Waste Bag (you can bring anything that you can use to carry your waste)

  9. High ankle boots for riding

  10. Flip-flops / slippers / sandals for the nights

  11. Heavy Woollens for the cold

  12. 8 Tee shirts

  13. 8 Sports Tracks

  14. 3 Riding Pants / Jeans

  15. 15 pairs of socks

  16. Full Riding Gloves

  17. Ziplock bags to protect electronics 

  18. Any personal first aid kits / prescribed medicines

  19. All documents for self

  20. Negative COVID-19 Certificate 

  21. Any such document that the local authorities may prescribe at a future date after booking has been made.

Optional Carry

  1. Snacks / Snackbars

  2. Chocolate (for instant energy)

  3. Torch (flashlight)

Type

Motorcycle Rides

Challenging

Difficulty

Chandigarh

Base

Best Time

May - Oct

Duration

More than a Week

Max. Altitude

5359 m / 17580 ft

Min. Age

18

Location

Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh

Price Starts from

₹49000