MOTOR BIKE EXPEDITION TO LEH LADAKH (2018)

 

Choose between the comfort of a SUV Or the thrill of a Motorbike ride

 

Our Signature motorbike tour is specially designed for people who want to see the beauty of Leh – Ladakh at a relaxed pace over a period of two (2) weeks.

 

Like all our other tours, we start and end in Delhi on Day one (1). For people who are coming from outside Delhi/ India, you are required to be in Delhi, one (1) day prior to the departure of your tour.

 

You may choose to go on either one of our fixed departure dates starting 1st week June every summer if you are an individual. However, if you are group of eight (8) or more friends than we can do a custom tailor made tour for you as well, the dates for which can be at your convenience.

 

This is the most well researched itinerary that we have chosen through our several trips to Ladakh over the last 9+ years, but we don’t mind changing or tweaking it a bit at your convenience if needed.

 

To save 2 full days, you have the option of flying out (at your own cost) of Srinagar to either Delhi or your home city. Alternatively, you may take a train out of Jammu (at your own cost) to your home city as well.

 

We can help you in arranging a reliable logistics services company (GATI KWE) to pick up your motorbike from anywhere in India and delivering it to your doorstep safely.

 

If you want a motorbike on rent from Delhi then please inform us separately, we will help you in arranging a good quality reliable motorbike from one of our trusted vendors.

 

If you have your own motorbike then it’s recommended to courier it to Delhi using the logistics services company (GATI KWE), they take about 8 - 10 days to ship to Delhi from almost anywhere in India.

 

You can either ride single or have your partner as pillion. She also has a choice to hop on/ off between your motorbike and the SUV for added comfort. We mostly run mixed tours – SUV’s and motor-bikers go together.

 

ITINERARY:-

 

Day 00 Reporting at New Delhi & Orientation

We get together in the capital city & meet our fellow travellers. Trust us when we tell you, you will shake hands with strangers today but on the last day of the journey, you will be hugging these same people!!! A getting to know each other & safety briefing session in evening over some masala chai & samosas :)

 

Day 01 New Delhi to Naggar (520 km), Stay at Naggar in hotel

Take the roadway from Delhi to CHD riding through the NH1, treating the eyes with soothing scenic pastures on either side of the highway. From CHD, make way to Naggar, enjoying a smooth ride throughout.

 

Day 02 Rest day at Naggar/ Manali (check bikes/ gear up)

In Naggar/ Manali, get ready for local sightseeing and visit Hadimba temple, Manu temple and then the hot springs, where you may take dips at the Vashisht. Next, check the bikes and

supplies, wrap up any last minute shopping and gear up for an adventurous ride through the Rohtang La, the next day.

 

Day 03 Naggar to Sarchu (235 km), stay at Sarchu in tents

Hit the road from Naggar to Sarchu riding through the green Manali - the white Rohtang – the green/ brown Keylong, treating the eyes with some scenic multi coloured landscapes on the road that’s called the ‘National Highway’.

 

Day 04 Sarchu to Leh (230 km), stay at Leh in hotel

Today, ride up a bumpy road to the mighty Tanglang La (17582 ft) – the 2nd highest motorable pass in the world. Often called by many as the “highway to hell” owing to its super smooth roadway and thus, riding on this road can be tricky demanding high alertness, cautioning the bikers at every turn.

 

Day 05 Rest day at Leh (check bikes/ gear up)

After a hearty breakfast, set out for local sightseeing, exploring Leh and the neighbouring attractions, visiting Shanti Stupa, Jama Masjid, Leh Palace, Polo Grounds, and the War Museum to name a few. In the later part of the day, check and gear up the bikes as necessary and get ready for the adventure that is to follow the next day.

 

Day 06 Leh – Pangong Tso (164 km), stay at Pangong Lake in tents

Gear up and speed off on the smooth tarmac to meet the Pangong Lake, traversing the Chang La (17586 ft) - the 3rd highest motorable pass in the world, left behind by Khardung La and Tanglang La. En route, pause for paying visits to the beautiful and peaceful monasteries around Leh – Hemis, Shey, Thiksey etc. Also, take some breaks in between to pose for snaps with the cascading waterfalls in the backdrop.  On nearing the destination, walk the bikes to reach the tranquil lake, which was made famous after the filming of the iconic Bollywood film - 3 Idiots, at this very location.

 

Day 07 Pangong Tso – Leh (164 km), stay at Leh in hotel/ tents

Ride back to Leh, en-route, see the famous school of Phunsuk Wangdu of 3 Idiots fame.

 

Day 08 Leh – Nubra Valley (across Khardung La) (125 km), stay at NV in tents

Ride up the majestic Khardung La (18380 ft) – the highest motorable pass in the world, the most challenging yet the most fascinating of all passes, and then, reach the picturesque Nubra Valley.

 

Day 09 Nubra Valley – Leh, stay at Leh in hotel

In the morning, set out for a double hump camel ride, exploring the villages of Hunder and Diskit and then, the Panamik hot water springs, where you may take a few dips to give yourself a therapeutic sulphur water treatment. Scoot back to Leh via Khardung La again.

 

Day 10 Leh – Kargil (231 km), stay at Kargil in tents

The road from Leh to Kargil, which resembles a runway, constitutes the first part of the day’s journey. En route the journey, visit the Lamayuru monastary, which is the highest monastery in

Ladakh and then, cross the Fotu La, which is the highest pass on the Leh – Srinagar road, and descend down to stop at Kargil. The entire population in Ladakh is Buddhist while the entire

population in Kargil is Islamic, and thus, the journey from Ladakh to Kargil is symbolic in its own way, signifying a transformation, as you traverse from one world to another, regionally as well as “religionally.”

 

Day 11 Kargil – Drass – Srinagar - (203 km), stay at Srinagar in hotel

Begin riding and cross Drass – the second coldest inhabited place on earth after Siberia (Russia) and visit the Drass war museum to pay respects and pray for the peace of the brave souls of the valiant jawans who fought and sacrificed their lives during the Kargil war of 1999. Pave way to reach the majestic Tiger hill and salute the brave Indian Army and the national flag – ‘Tiranga’ and yet again, feel the pride of being an Indian. Rid to cross Zoji La and descend down to Sonamarg while leaving behind the arid, dry and vegetation - less yet picturesque Ladakh to be greeted by the starkly contrasting greenery of Sonamarg, one of the most beautiful parts of the “Heaven on Earth – Kashmir”.  Visit the Dal Lake for a shikara ride, the Mughal Gardens, the Shankracharya Temple and other tourist attractions on reaching Srinagar.

 

Day 12 Rest Day/ Local sightseeing at Srinagar

 

Day 13 Srinagar to Pathankot (375 km), stay at Pathankot in hotel

Cross the gateway to Kashmir which is heavily guarded by the Indian army, and then, pass through the historical Jawahar Tunnel to enter the warm and sunny Udhampur/ Jammu region. Finally, be grateful to God for having successfully completed one of the toughest drives in the world not only safely but also while immersing in every moment of its awe inspiring beauty at the same time.

 

Day 14 Pathankot to New Delhi (480 km)

 

Tour Concludes……….

 

What we provide:-

• All accommodation for 13 nights {from DAY 01 at Naggar till DAY 13 at Pathankot} (twin/ triple sharing basis) in comfortable hotels/ guest houses or camps in scenic & off  beat destinations

• Breakfast & Dinner at gourmet eating joints on the way

• Chai/ Coffee & cookies twice a day (11am & 5pm)

• Inner Line Permits and Wildlife fees for restricted areas for Indian Nationals

• Basic First Aid Kit & medicines

• Services of certified & experienced guides/ instructors for high altitude trekking/ biking/ jeep safaris in the Himalayas

• Services of Wilderness Medicine Institute Certified guides/ instructors from NOLS,USA http://www.nols.edu/wmi

• Services of a Royal Enfield trained specialist mechanic for the full duration of the trip

 

Itinerary options and pricing:-

Exclusions:-

• Any Air/ bus/ taxi/ jeep fare

• GST @ 5%

• Lunch; we eat at dhabas along the road & pay directly there & then

• Expenses of personal nature like laundry, internet, wifi, telephone/ fax calls, bed tea, mineral water, aerated/ alcoholic beverages, juices, entrance and camera fee at monuments/

museums, medical expenses, gratuities etc.

• Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.

• Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions & itinerary above

• Cost of petrol & spare parts of any kind

• Traffic fines, vehicle servicing & or maintenance etc.

• The cost of motorbike rental (if applicable)

• Any entry fees, any tips, porter/ pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the participants during the sightseeing, rafting, paragliding trips, other than as clearly mentioned

within the inclusions and itinerary

• Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond our control

• Additional accommodation & or food charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey

 

Terms & Conditions:-

• 100% Payment in advance

 

• The program schedule / route/ mode of transport might be changed due to unforeseen circumstances or for the safety of the group; the decision of the Program Director and/ or the

Field director will be final & binding in this regard

 

• In case any participant falls sick during the tour, the expenses for medical treatment, travel & porter charges etc. will be borne by the concerned individual

 

• During the tour, the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final and binding

 

• I AM ADVENTURE shall not be held responsible for any accident, illness and loss of valuables or such other unforeseen events during the tour

 

Cancellation Policy:-

• Upto Sixty (60) days or more before the tour departure; 100% of the tour amount is refunded

• Between Forty-five (45) days to Fifty-nine (59) days before the tour departure; 75% of the tour amount is refunded

• Between Thirty (30) days to Forty-four (44) days before the tour departure; 50% of the tour amount is refunded

• Twenty-nine (29) days or less before the tour departure; No refunds

• The above are subject to a deduction of Rs.2,100.00 towards administration charges