High Altitude Lakes, Passes and deserts of Ladakh
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Ladakh is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan Mountains in the north part of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. "Ladakh" means "The place of Passes". The valley is one of the least populated regions in India and is the gateway to the northernmost reaches of the nation.
Ladakh attracts many bikers because of its undisturbed beauty and less crowded roads. The roads are rugged yet too scenic to be tired! The nature is truly in its best form and amazes us every single time. It is one of the toughest terrains in
India but trust us, it is totally worth it! So pack your bags, set your riding gear and get ready to be mesmerized by the serenity of Ladakh India!
As a traveler we are visiting & experiencing three lakes (Pangong Tso, Tsomoriri & Tso Kar. Worlds three highest passes Khardung-La, Tanglang-La & Chang-La. World high Altitude Coldest desert with sand dunes at Hunder & Sumur sand
dunes. Oldest Monasteries, Border village & experiencing wild life.
As a rider we will be experiencing riding on smooth tarmac to broken rods. Riding through bone chilling water streams to slush. Riding through sands to snow covered off roads. Riding along Indus river & Shyok River. Few patches we will be
riding likes nomads. So basically this ride would be a real riding experience along with memorable journey.
We will meet, greet, assist and transfer you to Hotel in Leh. Rest of the day free to acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. In the evening we will take a short visit to Shanti Stupa. Relax for a while at Stupa & sip a cup of coffee overlooking Leh city. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Start your day early, the terrain of Himalayas is going to surprise you by its beauty. We will be heading towards Lamayuru Monastery. Also on our way we will try to experience Magnetic Hill effect.
On the way back from Lamayuru visit to confluence of Sindhu (Indus) and Zanskar river at Nimu, Visit to Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery , Basgo Village, Pathar Sahab Gurudwara and Hall of Fame. Overnight Stay in Leh.
Get ready to Hit the road towards the World Highest Motorable road, Khardung La ( 18380 Feet). An early morning breakfast and we’ll leave for Nubra valley over the Khardung-la The world's highest motorable road. The view from top of the pass is amazing. One can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks. After spending some time at the pass, we’ll head towards Hunder crossing the most beautiful village of the region Diskit.
Hunder is the place where you’ll find the rolling white sand-dunes and the famous double humped camels. If you wish to take a ride, you are most welcome. Overnight stay in campsite of Hunder village.
Roads parallel to Shyok River towards world famous lake Pangong-Tso. The route is completely mesmerizing with added adventure of off-road. The sand patches in Himalayas is going to surprise you and test your riding skills. The views are breathtaking. In evening we will witness sunset behind the golden mountains of Pangong.
This journey of 25kms is going to be memorable throughout the life. This stretch is very scenic and a relaxed ride for photography lovers. Also a place to click your profile pictures with rugged terrain & lake in background. Observe the shades of lake throughout the day. Pangong Tso is one of most beautiful lakes in the world. Defiantly this deserves a relaxed day to experience the changing colors of lake. overnight stay at Homestay/ Guesthouse. Also experience local fool along with local culture around the bonfire.
Get ready to hit the unexplored roads towards Hanle.The ride will continue along the Pangong Lake. Complete length of Pangong Tso will be covering during this journey. The sudden change in terrain will excite everyone. The shades of mountains in this region stand different.
A leisure day for experiencing wildlife, observatory, barren terrain, migratory birds and local cuisine. More brief about secret routes will be provided during the tour only.
The roads parallel to Indus river are an amazing site to watch. Observe the different colors of mountains, wild horses & scenery like wall paintings at home.. The beauty of the place changes once we take left turn from Mahe Bridge. The last 25kms of ride is boon for off-road lovers. This route is very scenic & good place experience plateaus in Himalayas. Tsomoriri is not big as Pangong Tso but it has its own charm & beauty to experience it. It's a sweet water lake.
On the way to Tso Kar witness huge Phosphorus Mountains. The roads are very lonely yet scenic enough to sooth your eyes. It is hard to believe that Tso Kar is salt lake in the Himalayas as Pangong Tso. Visit Tsokar, here you will spot lots of wild animals like Tibetan wild ass, rare black-necked crane, Mormot etc .
We will continue our journey from the famous Moore Plains. Situated in a plateau, it is a relatively flat piece of land located at the altitude of 15,400ft. This is one of the amazing sight to watch. We will make a stop to click photographs of these plains.
Roads to Tanglangla is icing on cake. This is one of the most comfortable journey towards worlds second highest pass Tanglang-La.
Overnight stay in Leh.
Check out from the Hotel. Big adieu to all the group members.
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Looking for a lifetime adventure? then this is just the right place for you. Motorcycle tours have been our way of exploring India. Come, experience unusual, scenic and rugged India with us! We specialise in bike rides to Ladakh, Spiti, Zanskar, North East of India, Western Ghats & Coastal trails. Our itineraries are different from regular tourist agents or travel companies. We want you to explore and experience and not just visit the places. Each itinerary is curated as per the region and includes all the things one should experience when on the ride. Some of the itineraries are extreme for motorcyclists who want to ride in the unexplored terrain.
When not riding in the mountains, we host weekend campings at Tourbugs Nest. We are the pioneers of camping and have been hosting guests for more than 6 years in Sahyadris Westernghats.
We are one of the biggest camping experience providers in Maharashtra. We host groups from of 5 to 300 people. Our Camping season starts from September & ends in May. We host on all the weekends and for a group of 8 or more on weekdays too.
Some of our signature camping events include New Year camping, Full Moon, No moon camping. These are the year’s largest camping events and we are overbooked for these.
Our guests are from different domains and walks of lives. We host motorcyclists, corporates, trekkers, photographers, kids, families and many more. Oh, and we love having pets around! The campsite is pet friendly and gives a different experience to them as well. We absolutely adore pets who camp. <3
We also specialize in camping events for motorcycle manufacturing companies. We host camping events for them at Tourbugs Nest as well as other locations selected by them. Another characteristic about us is that our love for food is undying. We love feeding people good food and believe that food is one of the main aspects of experience that we are providing. We are known for simple, wood fire cooked, village food that will leave you wanting some more. Our BBQ is a must have while camping. Everything is unlimited and of great quality. The food will never disappoint you.
1. Motorcycle available for you to choose from below options. Options needs to conveyed to us in advance.
- Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet 500/ Classic 500
-Royal Enfield 350cc Classic 350
- Bajaj Avenger 220cc
- Himalayan 410cc for the tour with extra charge of INR 600/- per day.
2. SUV/MUV with an experienced driver for the complete tour as a backup vehicle & supplies
3. Meals throughout the journey (Breakfast & Dinner).
4. Packaged mineral water throughout the tour
5. Entry Charges to all monuments ( monastery & wildlife etc)
6. All sightseeing, tolls, permits, etc on the tour
7. Highly experienced Tour Leader cum rider for the entire tour English, Hindi & Marathi Speaking
8. All inner line permits required for foreign & domestic traveler
9. First aid with required medicines for High Altitude
10. We have a varied choice of food in most places.
11. Accommodation in good listed hotels and luxury camps on double occupancy basis
12. A highly experienced local Ladakhi speaking guide from the region accompanies us wherever required
13. A kit with essentials like maps, basic tools, etc to keep with you at all times
14. Tour Captain - Our highly experienced guide accompanies you on the tour (English and Hindi speaking)
Basically you just need to enjoy the tour while we have everything in order for you. We are making sure that you don't have to
spend money on anything apart from your own personal shopping.
1. Any expenses incurred due to Force Majeure.
2. Fuel/ Petrol for motorcycles
4. Personal expenses like telephone, laundry, tips, drinks etc
5. Any other items not mentioned in the inclusions.
6. Flight Tickets
THINGS TO CARRY
1. Phone, camera, video camera, spare memory cards and chargers. 2. Spare spectacles if you wear powered lenses. 3. Flash light. 4. Energy bars / Dry fruits / Electrolytes to carry on you at all times. 5. Anything else that you feel you need to have.