Day 1 - Arrival in Delhi and bus transfer to Nagar, Kullu Valley
A privately chartered AC super deluxe bus will be waiting for us at the airport for the 12 to 14-hour drive to the hill station 600 km north of Delhi. We've reserved two seats for each member of the group.
Day 2 - Relaxation and a short hike, hotel in Manali (1,760 m)
We'll arrive in Kullu Valley in the afternoon. Our hotel is beautifully situated on a slope next to Nagar Castle, with a view of the lush vegetation of the valley and gleaming snow-capped peaks. Next, we'll get to know the crew and the immediate vicinity. Group dinner
Day 3 - Warm-up tour, 80 km, hotel in Manali (1,760 m)
Today we'll get acquainted with our Bullet motorcycles. We're confident that it will be the start of a great friendship. To warm up, we're going to explore winding mountain roads along the picturesque Beas river valley.
Day 4 - Manali (2,000 m) and Solang Valley, 60 km
Idyllically set among forested hills, Manali is a perfect setting for shopping in the bazaar, visiting the Buddhist temple, or snacking on the veranda of one of the many small cafes overlooking the old town. Overnight in the stylish, comfortable Banon Resort overlooking the bustling town
Day 5 - Rohtang Pass (3,890 m), hotel in Keylong (3,350 m), 100 km
In Tibetan, "Rohtang" means "a pile of corpses", and the pass once marked the end of the inhabitable world in the imagination of many Indians. Even today, crossing the pass on our bikes can be an adventure, with convoys of trucks and a track muddy with meltwater providing our first proper challenge. From here on out, the road is our destination, especially for the next four days. On the ninth day of our journey, we'll reach Leh, an exotic green oasis in the otherwise arid Greater Himalayas - at the point where our highway meets the old Silk Road from China to Persia. Near Keylong, the main town of the Lahaul region, we'll be spending the night in a hotel near the confluence of the Bagha and Chandra rivers (3,350 m)
Day 6 - Baralacha Pass (4,890 m), camp near Sarchu (4,350 m), 100 km
The vegetation is getting sparse at this point and the rugged mountain ranges are becoming ever loftier. We'll be setting up camp at Brandy Nalla, after crossing the pass but before reaching the Sarchu Valley checkpost.
Day 7 - Lachalang Pass (5,065 m), Taglang La pass (5,360 m), camp near Rumtse (4,200 m), 180 km
Today will be a tough day in the saddle. We'll ride on our bikes from Sarchu over Lachalang La pass (5,065 m) to the vast lunar landscape of the Moore Plains at 4,300 meters. From there, we'll begin our ascent of the Taglang La pass (5,360 m). After a stop at the crest for a quick toast and summit photo op, we'll be descending to 4,400 meters, setting up camp near the first Ladakhi village.
Day 8 - Indus Valley - Tikse Monastery - Leh, hotel (3,550 m), 100 km
At Uphsi we'll enter the Indus Valley, rolling on to the Tikse monastery. We'll be spending the night in Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At 3,550 meters, the air is noticeably thicker.
Day 9 - Leh, sightseeing and rest, hotel in Leh
Leisurely breakfast and free time for sightseeing. We recommend a stroll through town to the royal palace, shopping in the bazaars of the old city, or a hike up to the stupa overlooking Leh. We'll be having dinner in a restaurant with a beer garden.
Day 10 - The Khardung La pass - at an altitude of no less than 5,606 meters! From there we'll continue into the wild Nubra Valley; guest house in Diskit (3,600 m), 160 km
50 km on the road and 2,000 meters ascent to Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world. After a brief stop in the thin mountain air for a photo, we'll descend quickly into the arid Nubra Valley, which until recently was a restricted military zone due to the nearby Pakistani and Chinese borders. It's now a new high point of our Ladakh tours, with breathtaking views, remote oasis villages and rugged river landscapes
Day 11 - From Nubra Valley to Zanskar Valley, camp in Chilling ( 3,200 m) 140 km
After visiting the Diskit monastery, we leave the Nubra Valley and return to Khardung La, once again crossing the highest pass. After riding through Leh, we'll follow the Indus downstream until we reach the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers. A narrow road leading high up into the Zanskar Valley begins there. A stretch of about 40 km is motorable, which will bring us to the village of Chilling and an unusually beautiful camp ground. The only way further up is to hike across the often-treacherous ice of the frozen river in winter. Our "1,000-star hotel" is on the banks of a clear mountain stream only a short stroll away from the village. It's not often that outsiders find their way to this peaceful setting. Time now to enjoy the first-class service of our camp crew.
Day 12 - Westwards to Alchi ( 3,200 m), deluxe camp or guest house, 100 km
Back down at the Indus, we'll continue to Basgo, the ancient capital of western Ladakh, with its impressive temple and palace ruins. We'll cross the Indus on the way to the oasis of Alchi. Alchi's monastery contains impressive murals dating back to the 10th century - the greatest artistic treasures of Ladakh. We'll spend the night in a basic but picturesque guest house. Our crew will set up its kitchen tent in the garden and serve us a delicious meal
Day 13 - Fatu La pass and Lamayuru, deluxe camp or guest house rooms, 180 km
After a morning visit to the monastery, we'll be heading out to the westernmost point of our tour, into little-known regions of the Indus Valley. We'll be crossing Fatu La pass (3,990 m) to the panorama road overlooking Moon Valley. Our destination for the day is the Lamayuru monastery, situated in an amazing craggy landscape at an altitude of over 4,000 meters. We'll be returning to Alchi for the night
Day 14 - To Hemis in eastern Ladakh, camp near the monastery (3,890 m), 160 km
We'll once again pass through Leh, first visiting the peaceful Matho monastery, then traveling on a side road to Hemis, the wealthiest and most ornate monastery in Ladakh. We'll be setting up our camp one last time on a green meadow with a breathtaking view of the Indus Valley
Day 15 - Last night in Ladakh, hotel in Leh, 100 km
The beautiful grounds of the monastery and the bejeweled Buddha statue inside will be our last contact to the living Buddhism of the red-robed monks of Ladakh. We'll spend the last afternoon and night in Leh.
Flight to Delhi, sightseeing and shopping
Tropical paradise two
- Twin sharing accommodation (Double room) at all places in Hotels / Camps as applicable to the itinerary.
- Meals as per the package. (lunch on long day tours will be either box packed or in local restaurants enroute) Welcome drink on arrival with cookies and biscuits
- Airport transfer in Leh. Exclusive sightseeing & excursions by one non ac Toyota Qualis / Scorpio / Tavera / Mahindra Xylo vehicles, the same car shall do the complete itinerary. (maximum 6 persons are possible in one vehicle, for more than 6 please ask for separate rates) Wildlife fee for Tso-Moriri Lake, Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley areas which are protected wildlife sanctuaries in Ladakh.
- Inner line permit for restricted areas of Nubra, Pangong and Tsomoriri areas (Guest are required to bring one a photocopy of their photo identity proof along with them ) All applicable taxes
Tropical paradise three
- Medical & Travel insurance Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh Environment fee (Students should bring their school ID) Domestic airfare
- Tour guide.
- Monastery entrances fee.
- Camel riding fee.
- Personal items like mineral water, phone calls, laundry etc.
- Extra meals / room services / bottled beverages consumed at the hotel. Additional costs for Hotel accommodation, transport services due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc.
- Porterage & tips at the airport, Hotel/Camp staff & drivers.