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INTO THE CLOUDS

Explore by motorcycle the more remote regions of the Himalayas. Start in the foothills of Shimla and travel over the Himalayan plateau, through the secluded Zanskar region. Finish your Himalayan bike trip by riding the highest road in the world on your Royal Enfield

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Welcome to the Himalayas - We pick you up for your transfer from Chandigarh airport, or meet at the hotel in Shimla. Welcome dinner to meet the rest of your tour.

 

Day 2 - Shimla to Sojha - Travelling Distance: 150 km

You head out today on your Royal Enfield motorcycle, winding up through the dense conifer forests, to the stunning hamlet of Sojha. Off the beaten track, relax away from the crowds of the bigger Indian cities.

Day 3 – Sojha to Manali - Travelling Distance: 110 km 
Leaving the Banjar Valley, we come down through the town of Kullu to the tourist retreat of Manali. A beautiful town in the lap of the Himalayas (this area is commonly called the Valley of the Gods), it is wrapped on all sides by snow-capped mountains, and with the river Beas as its centre. 

Day 4 – Manali to Jispa - Travelling Distance: 95 km
This morning we start out on the first leg of the classic Manali-Leh Highway motorcycle trip. We travel through the Atal Tunnel, coming out at Sissu, and then some easy riding through the small villages and apple orchards. We pass through Keylong and head up to the tiny village of Jispa.

Day 5 – Jispa to Padum - Travelling Distance: 170 km 
We moto tour off the beaten track a little today, to an area that is not often visited. The Zanskar Valley is a beautiful motorcycle ride through the Himalayas to Padum, one of the more remote places in the world. It was founded in the 8th century by a Tibetan Buddhist master and has the feeling of stepping back in time.

Day 6 – Padum To Kargil - Travelling Distance: 230 km
Continuing on the Royal Enfields, we go up in altitude today over Pensi La. Still travelling in these secluded regions, there is a lot of amazing scenery to take in and some great off-road riding. We pass two high-altitude lakes, with the massive Drang Drung glacier in the background. Finally, we come down into the Suru Valley and finish the day in Kargil.

Day 7 – Kargil to Alchi - Travelling Distance: 160 km

Today's riding takes us through the Sham Valley, orchards of apricot trees and small villages. We visit either today or tomorrow, one of the oldest, more unique Buddhist enclaves here, Alchi Monastery. Tonight is in the peaceful little village of Alchi, nestled in the Valley of the Indus River.

Day 8 – Alchi to Leh - Travelling Distance: 70 km
An easy day's moto touring today as we head back into the larger town of Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Along the way, we visit Magnetic Hill,  where depending on what you believe, your bike can be drawn upwards due to a magnetic lodestone or an optical illusion. A free afternoon in Leh to shop, visit the palace and fort, or just relax in the square and watch the world go by.

Day 9 – Leh to Pangong Lake - Travelling Distance: 170 km
Leaving Leh, we travel up into the Himalayas again,  over Chang La (the third-highest pass in the world), to the stunning, crystal-clear Pangong Tso. This is the highest saltwater lake in the world, bordered on one side by India, and the other by Tibet.  We stay in camp on the lake tonight, under the huge night skies.

Day 10 - Pangong Lake to Nubra Valley - Travelling Distance 190 km

Breakfast, and then an optional swim in the lake. Some bikers have been known to take an early morning, very quick, dip in the freezing lake. Today, we travel into the Valley of the Flowers, Nubra Valley.  Here we can ride the famous two-humped camel, the Bactrian Camel, through the white sand dunes, and visit the Dskit Monastery (both are optional). Tonight is glamping.

Day 11 - Nubra Valley to Leh - Travelling Distance: 130 km

The final day of moto touring in the Himalayas on your Royal Enfield. Leaving Nubra, we ride over Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world. Get your photo in front of the famous sign, and celebrate the end of your Himalayan motorcycle trip. We come down to Leh for a final farewell dinner. 

Day 12 - Leh to Airport

Today we say goodbye from Ladakh. If you have booked flights, we drop you at Leh airport for your trip home. The flight out of Leh is spectacular, and you get to see the mighty Himalayas, that you have just ridden across on a Royal Enfield, from the air.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meet in the hilltop town of Shimla, relax in the palatial atmosphere and meet your Royal Enfield which you will be riding for the trip.

  • Head up through the twisty roads of Banjar Valley, and stay in the scenic hamlet of Sojha

  • Travel to the tourist town of Manali, nestled in the lap of the Himalayas on the Beas River, which is fed by the surrounding melting snowy mountains

  • Ride through the Atal tunnel to Sissu, through the apple orchards, and up into the mist-covered mountains to the tiny village time forgot, Jispa.

  • Head out to one of the most remote regions in the world, the Zanskar Valley, away from tourists and busy town life. 

  • Adventure ride from Padum through to Kargil, passing two high-altitude lakes backed by massive glaciers.

  • Visit the Buddhist Alchi Monastery and Magnetic Hill. Test to see if your Royal Enfield is pulled higher by the magnetic lodestone

  • Continue your Himalayan motorcycle trip to the town of Leh. Relax or sightsee at the fort, palace, and monastery

  • Glamp along the banks of Pangong Tso, the highest saltwater lake in the world, on the border of India and Tibet. Take an early morning dip in the freezing waters if you are keen

  • Finish your moto tour by riding the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La.

DURATION : 12 awesome days

DIFFICULTY : On-road plus adventure riding in Spiti Valley and the Zanskar region, including sand, rock, water crossings and everything in between. Our guides will be there to help if you need them.

GUIDE : English and Hindi-speaking guide

BACK UP : Vehicle, expert Royal Enfield mechanics

WHEN : Tours run from June until October

ACCOMMODATION : Luxury hotel to glamping tents

AWESOME STORIES : Unlimited

RATE : 

Twin Share Accommodation: $3,080 USD per person

Single Accommodation: $3,750 USD per person

Pillion (Twin Share): $2,560 USD per person

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Transfer from the airport at Chandigarh to your hotel in Shimla, and transfers at the end of your tour from your hotel to Leh airport

  • A Royal Enfield motorbike for the length of your trip, 

  • Experienced, English-speaking guides to help you along the way, and expert Royal Enfield mechanics

  • Support vehicles that are carrying the Enfield parts backup gas and tools, mineral water, and snacks. Enjoy a Bollywood music fest if you decide to ride in the van at any stage.

  • Accommodation (best in-area hotels and glamping)

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, mineral water, and juices on the way)

  • Gas (for the bikes and support vehicles for the trip)

  • First-aid kit with all necessary medicines in the mountain region

  • All line permits for the controlled area for Kinnaur Valley and around Ladakh

  • Unforgettable memories and cool moto touring stories to take home

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • All flights (international and domestic)

  • Travel insurance - you need to organize this before you leave home. Make sure it covers you for moto touring on the size bike you will riding and covers medical evacuation, medical bills, repatriation

  • International motorcycle license - you may need this for your insurance to be valid, a good idea to check the fine print

  • Motorcycle damage - you are liable for all damage to your bike on the trip. 

  • Alcohol and any extra drinks ordered. We ask that you settle your drinks bill before you head off each day.

  • Tips

  • Riding gear including helmet, boots, gloves, etc. Bring all these with you as there aren't any motorcycle shops in most of the areas we visit.

  • Accommodation, meals, and any attractions not included in the tour (including any extra nights you may wish to book in Shimla and Leh)

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