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Unplug from the hustle and plug into nature's most beautiful and adventurous Leh Ladakh bike trip from Manali. To express it in most straightforward language, the Leh Ladakh bike trip from Manali, which is approximately 476 km in length, is every rider's dream for its most adventurous roads, scenic valleys, barren to snowy mountains, vast flatlands to hairpin turns. All of this is combined with gushes of heavy cold wind, pushing you back from time to time, making this journey even more adventurous and exciting.
Gliding on this road means weaving into the poetic rhythms, talking to self, and plugging into nature with various desolate places, offbeat trails, monasteries, high-altitude lakes, and highest passes.
To gain enough confidence about the trails, it is in our favor. BRO (Border Road Organization) takes care of the highway. Further, the whole project is divided into Project Himank and Project Deepak. Project Deepak handles the part of the highway from Manali to Sarchu (222 km); Project Himank takes care of the highway from Sarchu to Leh (254 km).
Handling AMS on this road trip will be our utmost priority because you will be above an altitude of 14000 ft for more than 300 km. Our leaders will be taking time-to-time surveys of your health. Let them know if you feel anything out of the world
With that confirmed, Plan the Unplanned team invites you on a 12-day off-the-track Leh Ladakh bike trip from Manali. You will be doing many things along with getting high doses of adrenaline. Check out the itinerary and book your next slot.
Day 1 : Arrival at Leh Airport | Acclimatization Day
Day 2 : Leh Sightseeing Day
Day 3 : Leh to Nubra Valley (160 Kilometers, 7 Hours)
Day 4 : Nubra to Pangong (280 Kilometers, 7 Hours)
Day 5 : Pangong to Leh (230 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
Day 6 : Departure to Leh Airport | Tour Ends
Leh Altitude: 3500
We will arrive at the Leh airport, and a small briefing session will be done by the team leader along with an icebreaking session. This day is a chill day as you will be accommodated at the hotel/homestay where you’ll stay overnight at Leh.
After a hearty breakfast, we'll set out on a day of exploring Leh's local attractions, including a stop at the Sangam area, where the Zanskar and Indus rivers converge to form a picturesque confluence. Because the Zanskar River frequently freezes over, it has earned the nickname "Frozen River." We'll also check out the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, an anti-gravity hill called Magnetic Hill, and the Hall of Fam, a war memorial maintained by the Indian Army.
Finally, we'll stop by the stunning Shanti Stupa, renowned for its white dome, statues, and ornate carvings.
Dinner awaits us at our hotel in Leh, where we'll call it a day.
Altitude at Leh: 3500 Metre
Altitude at Nubra Valley: 10000 ft
We'll leave for Nubra Valley after breakfast. We're stopping for a snack at Khardung La, one of the world's highest motorable roads. When we arrive in Nubra Valley, we will set up camp. We will have dinner after checking in, followed by an overnight stay at Nubra Valley.
In the evening, you can experience a Double Hump Bactrian Camel safari, ATV rides, and other activities. This is all at your expense.
Proceed to Pangong. So, after breakfast
Pangong Tso Lake has grown in popularity since it was featured in the Bollywood film Three Idiots. It's a beautiful turquoise lake.
On the way to Pangong Tso, we'll stop at Diskit Monastery, which houses a 100-foot-tall colourful Buddha statue. We will resume our journey to Pangong after seeking Lord Buddha's blessings, where we will check in to our campsite, followed by dinner and an overnight stay. We'll also spend the night by Pangong Lake under the stars.
After breakfast, we will travel to Leh via Chang La Pass, one of the world's highest passes.
We'll stop along the way at the Shey Palace, which is known for its 12-meter-tall gold-gilded Buddha statue. We will also visit Thiksey Monastery, the largest in Central Ladakh. It takes time to visit them.
We will spend the night in Leh after checking into a hotel.
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Stay Not Applicable
This is the final day of the trip, and after breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and head to Leh airport, where we will all disperse to our respective cities. Exploring the Sangam, Magnetic Hill, Shanti Stupa, The Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, Pangong Tso, Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Chang La Pass, and Khardung La concludes the trip on a high note.
Then give us a chance to say our goodbyes. We are confident that these six days will provide you with unforgettable memories. The team at Plan the Unplanned is always happy to see you again; check out our other itineraries and give us a call soon. We'll be waiting for your message. Take care and rejoice until then.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- Pickup & Drop according to fixed timing
- Transportation: In Tempo Traveler from Leh to Leh
- Bike Rent & Fuel from Leh to Leh
- Riding Gears: Knee guard, Elbow guard, Helmet
*Note: Due to comfort and safety reasons, we recommend you all to carry your own helmets for the ride. The helmets which we provide are of standard size so there can be some discrepancies regarding the sizes
- Accommodations: On a triple sharing basis as per the itinerary
- Meal Plan: 10 Meals (Breakfast+ Dinner, Starting from Day 1 Dinner till Day 6 Breakfast
- Outdoor Leader
- Driver Allowances & Night Charge
- Backup Vehicle
- Mechanical Support
- Inner Line Permits
- Early check-in at the hotel
- Any additional personal expenses
- Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in the Package Inclusions
- Any type of transportation from Manali or Srinagar other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions”
- Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing
- Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities
- Any other services not specified in inclusions
- Vehicle servicing or maintenance cost and security deposit per motorbike of Rs. 10,000/-. As per the deposit policy (This is refundable at the end of the trip if there is no damage or spare parts used.
- Cost of any spare part which will be used due to the accidental damage incurred when the motorbike is in the rider’s possession
- The cost incurred to transfer or tow the motorbike in case it is dropped on the way
- Vehicle Servicing Or Maintenance Cost.
THINGS TO CARRY
- Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you are on a local sightseeing tour, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one at your designated stay.
- 3 Pair of Cotton Socks: Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.
- 1 Pair of Woolen Socks: A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.
- Mobile charger / Power bank: Although you'll get electricity at most places, it is always advisable to carry a charged power bank in case of emergencies.
- Documents: Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, and driver's License.
- 1 Poncho: A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from the rain.
- Quick-dry towel: A quick-dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.
- Floaters or Sandals: When you are spending your day at leisure, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.
- 1 Down Jacket / Main Jacket: It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry an insulated jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.
- 1 Pair of Thermal: Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when traveling to cold regions.
- Outdoor Shoes: A comfortable shoe is required when traveling outdoors, especially in the mountains. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.
- 3 Quick Dry Tees: You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.
- Gloves: Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands.
- Sanitizer: Prevent the risk of infections and maintain proper hand hygiene by making sure you carry a hand sanitizer.
- Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.
- Lip Balm: Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+): To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.
- Water Bottle 1 Lt.: Hydration is extremely important when it comes to traveling To carry a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.
- Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.
- Personal Basic Medical Kit: Carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, and medication for headaches, nausea, etc is necessary.
- Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.
- Travel Laundry Bag: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in the bag and keep them separate from your dry clothes.
- Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trip. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.
Policy and Terms
No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 59 days to 45 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
Q: How fit should I be for a Ladakh trip?
A: As you will be riding at a very high altitude you should be aware of the weather condition and also take care of your health. You should keep in mind that for a few days, cardio exercises are your lifesaver. The air is very thin at high altitudes like Baralach La and Khardung la. By doing Cardio exercises, you can keep yourself fit and you can have an amazing experience on the trip.
Q: Will I get a mobile network in Leh?
A: Some of the leading network carriers are based there. While travelling by road, you will be able to utilize BSNL and Airtel postpaid services. However, there are certain spots in Leh where you would be unable to use any cell network at all.
Q: Are the roads leading to Leh safe to travel?
A: When you approach the Union Territory of Ladakh, the roads become a little rougher. During your road trip to Leh, you must put your driving talents to the test. Driving on a regular road is not the same as driving in mountainous terrain. Winding roads and traffic bottlenecks around the mountain pass may put your driving abilities to the test. You only need to be confident and focused when driving.
Q: Best time to visit Leh-Ladakh?
A: If you love winter and would love to see high snow-clad mountains, then visiting during May-June is the time for you. The best time would be between June-September as the temperature is warm and the days are long.
Q: Are Leh and Ladakh the same?
A: Ladakh is presently a Union Territory divided into two sections: Leh and Kargil. It was once a part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is bordered by Pakistan and China. Leh is primarily a tourism destination in Ladakh. So, technically, Leh and Ladakh are not the same things. Ladakh encompasses the whole northeastern region of Jammu & Kashmir, whereas Leh is a city and district inside Ladakh.
Q: How to Depart from Leh?
A: There are no direct flights to Leh airport. You can reach Delhi, which has various connecting paths in North India. Please note that you will have to bear all expenses related to your travel to Leh airport from your place. By Air The recommended way to reach from New Delhi to Leh is a flight to Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport which takes 1h 15m. By Rail There is no train station in Leh, thus you can’t get there by train. Jammu Tawi (700 kilometres from Ladakh) is the closest railway station, having connections to Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai. To go to Ladakh from Jammu, you can rent a cab or take a JKSRTC bus. By Road By road, Leh can be reached from major cities like Delhi (966 km), Chandigarh (733 km), and Jammu (695 km). To go to Ladakh from Jammu, you can rent a cab or take a JKSRTC bus.