Manali - Leh Motorbike Tour


This motorbike tour guarantees unlimited fun and challenge on bikes crossing World’s Top two highest mountain passes. The bike safari involves crossing over high mountain passes providing spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain and traveling through one of the most spectacular and picturesque landscapes in The World. Every year sees more and more bikers attempting this high altitude motorbike ride which must rate as one of the most spectacular in the World.

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive Manali (2050m)

Day 2: Manali to Jispa (3200m), 139km

Day 3: Jispa to Tsokar (4530m), 225.5km

Day 4: Tsokar to Leh (3500m) via Taglang La (5328m), 153km

Day 5: In Leh

Day 6: Leh to Pangong (4250m), 222km

Day 7: Pangong to Leh and Khardung La (5359m), 301km

Day 8: Leh to Sarchu (4290m), 260km

Day 9: Sarchu to Manali, 230km

  • The world’s highest motorable Passes
  • Ride through some stunning lunar like landscapes
  • Visit ancient monasteries in Leh
  • Camping by high altitude lakes
  • Day 1
    Arrive Manali (2050m)

    Arrive in Manali in the Morning. After breakfast, each individual will be provided with a motorbike, for you to explore Manali and its surrounding with a local guide. You will also visit Naggar Castle, Roerich Art Gallery, Hindu Temples and the hot springs in Vashisht.

  • Day 2
    Manali to Jispa (3200m), 139km

    You will drive along the Beas River upstream along the left bank through several villages, until you reach the Rohtang Pass. You will then drive down to reach Gramphu and then the passport check point at Koksar. Afterwards, you will carry on, reaching Keylong, the district headquarter of Lahoul. A further 35kms will bring us to the campsite at Jispa.

  • Day 3
    Jispa to Tsokar (4530m), 225.5km

    After breakfast we leave for Sarchu, riding on zigzag uphill roads in the shadow of hanging glaciers to the scenic Baralacha pass (4890m). After the pass we arrive at Bharatpur, here we will stop for a breather and some hot Chai before continuing on for Sarchu.
    After crossing the border between Himachal and Jammu & Kashmir at Sarchu, we drive straight to the foot of Nakeela Pass (4740m) then drive up hill on gata loops up to Nakeela. En- route we get superb view of the surrounding coloured mountains. After crossing the pass we go downhill for a while and once again begin the climb for another pass The Lachulung La (5000m). Then a short halt at Pang for tea and some refreshments, then we proceed to Tsokar.
    Tsokar Lake is approximately 95km northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake at the height of 4490m. It is also called “White Lake” because of the salt deposited around it- this is because there is no outlet from the lake which makes the water brackish. In ancient times, the salt from the lake used to be taken out and sold all over Ladakh and Kashmir by the local nomads known as the Changpas. Tsokar Lake is also the breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar- headed goose, the great crested grebe, the Brahmin duck and the brown headed gull.

  • Day 4
    Tsokar to Leh (3500m) via Taglang La (5328m), 153km

    After breakfast we will retrace out route back to Pang, from there we will drive to Leh. Enroute we will cross the Taglang la 5630m- the World’s Second Highest Motor able Pass. Stop at Upshi for document checks and some hot tea. Here onwards the road is smooth and the ride is amazing all the way to Leh. On the way we get to see some beautiful little villages.

  • Day 5
    In Leh

    After the long ride to Leh, today is at leisure. You can have a relaxing morning and then explore Leh city later in the day.

  • Day 6
    Leh to Pangong (4250m), 222km

    Ride to Pangong Lake (located on the Indo-China Border), enroute crossing the Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft.). The route is scenic and the ride is not so tough. Spend the night by the beautiful lake shore.

  • Day 7
    Pangong to Leh and Khardung La (5359m), 301km

    Retrace your route back to Leh. Once in Leh ride uphill until the Khardung La. Once we reach the Top, we can enjoy the magnificent views of Himalaya and its valleys. We will then head back to Leh, and then everyone is free to discover Leh on their own.

  • Day 8
    Leh to Sarchu (4290m), 260km

    Once again be retracing our route back to Sarchu via Taglang La.

  • Day 9
    Sarchu to Manali

    Retrace the road back to Manali.

  • Manali - Leh Motorbike Tour

    This motorbike tour guarantees unlimited fun and challenge on bikes crossing World’s Top two highest mountain passes. The bike safari involves crossing over high mountain passes providing spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain and traveling through one of the most spectacular and picturesque landscapes in The World. Every year sees more and more bikers attempting this high altitude motorbike ride which must rate as one of the most spectacular in the World. The tour starts from Manali and ends in Leh with a visit high mountain passes, lakes and Monasteries. Come prepared for every type of weather imaginable from scorching sunshine to freezing blizzards, even in mid-summers.

    June to October

    Duration: 9 days

    Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • Included:

    • 350cc/500cc Royal Enfield
    • Basic Spare parts for the Bikes
    • Mechanic
    • Tour Guide
    • Support Vehicle
    • First Aid Equipment
    • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner as mentioned in Itinerary
    • Accommodation as mentioned in Itinerary
    • Oxygen in the unlikely event of serious altitude sickness
    • Inner line permits for military controlled areas around Ladakh.


    • Flights- International or Domestic, taxes, surcharges and handling fees
    • Travel and Cancellation insurances
    • Meals that are not mentioned in the program
    • Personal Expenses
    • Fuel
    • Cost of Major bike repairs in case of any damage.
    Trip Details:

    All riders must have a motorbike license and some experience.


    In fact we only expect you to bring

    • Good crash helmet
    • Goggles
    • Sunglasses
    • High Factor sun cream 30+ minimum
    • Lip Balm
    • Waterproof bike boots, shin and ankle protection
    • Protective trousers
    • Protective Jackets
    • Protective gloves
    • Wind proof and water proof trousers and jackets
    • Scarf or bandana to keep dust out of your nose and mouth
    • Warm Fleece
    • 10’c sleeping bag
    • Lots of thin layers
    • Warm hat
    • 6 pass port size photos

    In the Himalayas the weather can change at any time. During the daylight the temperature can be as high 30’c. But at night it can dip down to -5’c although it will most likely be around 0’c. It is important to bring layers rather than one big warm fleece.


    Himalayan Challenges (HC) is an operator of all Adventure Travel and sports shown on our website. HC is registered with the Department of Tourism and Civil aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh, India.
    In respect of these Booking Conditions, “We/ Himalayan Challenges” and “You/ Participant(s)”- will be the person(s) whose name and details appear on the online booking form.

    1) Insurance:

    Before joining the tour we recommend that you take out travel insurance. This should include adequate cover for baggage, medical expenses, cancellation, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. You must supply documentary proof of it to us before starting the trip. If you do not have travel insurance you must have a credit card with at least a US $5000 limit.

    2) Booking Confirmation:

    Your booking will be confirmed by email once we have received a deposit of 50% and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 month prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

    3) Terms of Cancellation:

    (a)All cancellations must be made in writing and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be taken into account by the agency upon receipt of that letter.

    If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:

    2 months before departure Loss of deposit
    29 days to 2 months before departure departure 30% of total trip cost
    10 to 28 days before departure 60% of total trip cost
    Less than 10 days before departure 100% of total trip cost

    (b)If you do not show up at the meeting point specified on the agreed date, we will assume you have been delayed and will wait for you to contact us with your new expected arrival date. If you do not contact us within 48 hours we will assume you have cancelled the tour. There is no refund of any money paid.

    (c) The tour will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so because of unusual or unforeseen circumstances, such as a major natural disaster, major political unrest or war. If we cancel the tour we will promptly refund all payments made to us including the deposit (less the unrecoverable costs such as air tickets cancellations). We shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as insurance, visas, vaccinations and other incidental costs).

    4) Refunds:

    (a)In case the journey is broken off early upon the client’s own wish or causes, Himalayan Challenges shall not be liable to any refund of the days not utilized. Clients will have to pay for hotel or any extra costs incurred after leaving the itinerary.

    (b)The trek information sheets and the dossier give information and conditions relating to the tour and are deemed to be part of the contract and so you should be fully aware of their contents. However, the itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but is not a contractual obligation- changes may be made because of exceptional weather, flight cancellations, sickness or other unforeseen circumstances. No refund will be given for unused services or unrealized dreams.

    (c)Himalayan Challenges shall not be liable to refund of any Bank charges deducted while making the bank transaction.

    5) Your Responsibility

    (5.1)Acknowledgement of Risk:

    It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, Strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties. In such cases, Wild Himalayan Challenges shall be responsible for suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Wild Himalayan Challenges shall be responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.

    (5.2)Physical Fitness:

    You confirm that you are in proper physical and mental condition before going on a Challenge/trek/tour with Himalayan Challenges. You confirm that it is your own responsibility to determine the ability to participate. If you are going on an Expedition a Doctors Certificate would be required stating that you are fit for such a tough and demanding experience. You also confirm that you will notify us about any medical condition or the use of prescribed medication that we should know about. It is your duty to notify us beforehand and is your responsibility to obtain medical advice as regards to vaccinations required for the trip.

    (5.3)Documents (just a guide)

    All participants must bring with them the following paperwork without which Himalayan Challenges may refuse them from joining their expedition:

    • Passport with at least six months validity.
    • Full driving license for your country of residence (if participating in Motorcycle Tour)
    • International Driving License (if participating in Motorcycle Tour)
    • Personal Travel Insurance (Copy should be brought on travel).

    Himalayan Challenges will take no responsibility if you are not allowed to fly due to inappropriate paperwork.

    In alliance with your expedition booking with Himalayan Challenges you agree to give authority to your expedition leader during your travels, where decisions may be needed for the benefit and safety of everyone.


    (a)You agree to abide by the authority of the leader. Signing the booking form implies your acceptance of the tour leader’s decisions which could affect the group or individuals. The tour leader will give you a complete briefing at your arrival about your journey with Himalayan Challenges. The guide or group leader designated by the agency reserves the right to expel at any time a group of person or an individual whose conduct may be regarded as affecting or endangering the safety or well-being of the group. No compensation or refund will be due to such individuals.

    (b)The client agrees to behave responsibly in environmental and cultural matters and agrees to follow proper hiking and camping etiquette while in the mountains and to act respectfully towards the people and customs of the region.

    6) Accommodation

    Room allocations are as per same sex twin-room sharing- double room for couples. Where a single room has been requested, a single room supplement will apply.

    7) Our Responsibility:

    (7.1)It is our duty to ensure to we deliver the trip you have booked with us to the best of our ability and the it precedes in accordance with the itinerary as stated on our website/ tailor made to your requirement, thereafter making sure as reasonable as possible your journey is unhindered en-route. Our itineraries have been designed with consideration to the environments in which we travel its people and its cultures. Participants’ should therefore realize that hygiene and safety standards in countries which you journey are far different to the standards of your own. However, Himalayan Challenges take care when booking locations, should offer the best of the area in which you stay and dine.

    (7.2)Any Participant(s) portraying acts of negligence on the expedition will not only risk their own life, but also that of their fellow participant(s) and will be cautioned. Repeated actions of the Participant(s) in question will have their trip terminated immediately and no refunds will be given. No refunds will be given to participant(s) who leave an expedition en-route. Himalayan Challenges will not be responsible for any traffic accidents caused through carelessness.

    (7.3)Due to the nature of our adventures and their locations- Himalayan Challenges reserve the right if deemed necessary, to divert the course of an already commenced expedition away from events (deemed harmful) to the safety of an alternative route.

    (7.4)Force Majeure- if for any unforeseen reason interruptions cause delay(s) en-route, preventing Himalayan Challenges from fulfilling their expedition obligations. Any additional expenditure incurred during the interruptions will have to be borne by the participant(s). However, we will do our utmost to rectify the situation into continuing on with the adventure.

    8) Complaints:

    Himalayan Challenges endeavors to supply you the best possible service on your journey, ensuring you have a great time. However, if you have a complaint during your expedition, please notify your expedition leader immediately in order to rectify the situation. If your complaint was unresolved, then a written letter should be sent within 25 days from the expedition completion date to: Himalayan Challenges, Hillco Building, Vill. Shuru, P.O. Prini, Manali, Distt. Kullu, H.P.

    9) Law and Jurisdiction:

    The Contract shall be construed in accordance with the Indian Law and the parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Indian Court; Manali, District Kullu, H.P. to settle any disputes, which may arise out of or in connection with this Contract.

    10) Currency conversion:

    All our prices are coated in US dollars. For Client comfort, we forward quotes in their local currency on request. This also depends on the Current Exchange Rate. We will Quote the Exchange rate on the Bill.

    11)When making your booking it is implied and accepted that you have read and understood all these booking conditions and agree to abide by them.

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