This Royal Enfield Himalayan tour has it all. Endless hairpins, Spiti Valley adventure riding, iconic Manali to Leh highway, then ride the high passes to Leh
Start in the hilltop town of Shimla, at the foothills of the Himalayas, in the mist-covered mountains
Travel through the pine forests, up into the higher altitudes of Sarahan, and visit the famous Bhimakali Temple
Moto tour near the old Indu Tibetan road to the remote village of Kalpa
Ride along roads cut into the sides of cliffs to Nako on the Tibet border. Wander through the village streets that time forgot.
Visit the Tabo monastery, the oldest continuous monastery in India (and maybe the Himalayas)
Travel to the highest post office in the world at Hikkim and send postcards to your family and friends back home
Tackle the challenging road from Kaza to Chandratal, with adventurous water crossings, rock, and gravel riding along the way. Our guides will be there to help you through if needed.
Visit the stunning deep-emerald Chandratal Lake
Journey to the village of Keylong, and then across the highest pass in the Zanskar region, Baralacha La.
Stay in glamping tents at Sarchu, and tell stories around the fire
Ride your Royal Enfield up the infamous Gata Loops, roar across the big open More Plains, and then drop down on the twisty road to Leh
Spend time in Leh visiting the fort and palace, or relax with a day shopping and watching the Himalayan world go by
DURATION : 12 days
DIFFICULTY : Beautiful riding, a mix of on road and off-road, water crossings, gravel, rock and sand in stunning scenery. Guides to help along the way if needed.
GUIDE : English and Hindi-speaking guides
BACK UP : Excellent mechanics who specialise in Royal Enfields, van with snacks and drinks
WHEN : Tours run from June until October
ACCOMMODATION : Luxury hotel to glamping tents
COOL PHOTOS : Unlimited
Twin Share Accommodation: 190,000 Rupee (approx $2350 USD) pp
Single Accommodation: 250,000 Rupees (approx $3050 USD)
Pillion (Twin Share): 142,000 Rupees (approx $1750 USD)
Day 1 - Welcome to the Himalayas - We meet you at Chandigarh airport for your transfer, or meet us at the hotel in Shimla. Welcome dinner to meet everyone.
Day 2- Shimla to Sarahan - Travelling Distance: 155 km
First day on your Royal Enfield! An easy ride out of the Shimla traffic and up into the mist-wrapped pine forests. Twisty roads lead through small villages and apple orchards. Finish at Sarahan, near the old Indo-Tibetan road. Visit the 800-year-old Bhimakali Temple, a mix of Hindu and Buddhist styles.
Day 3 – Sarahan to Kalpa- Travelling Distance: 80 km
Riding along roads carved into the side of cliffs, dense forests, and snow-peaked mountains, today lives up to this area being known as the land between earth and paradise. End the day in the small village of Kalpa.
Day 4 – Kalpa to Nako - Travelling Distance: 100 km
Travelling to one of our favourite places, the road is diverse as you climb up higher towards the Tibetan border. Ride the Kah Loops, cross the clanking metal bridges and make your way through the gorges and cliffs of rock. Tonight is glamping in one of the most serene places on this planet.
Day 5 – Nako to Kaza - Travelling Distance: 115 km
Gorgeous day riding, down through the rock, and trying not to be distracted by the stunning views. Stop at Tabo Monastery for lunch, the oldest continuously operating monastery in India (and possibly the Himalayas). Finish the day touring along the Spiti River to Kaza.
Day 5 – Kaza
Rest day in Kaza. Wander around town, or ride to Hikkim and the highest post office in the world. Well worth the short trip to post some cards home, and then head on to the highest village in the world. Second night in Kaza.
Day 7 – Kaza to Chandratal Lake - Travelling Distance: 100 km
Great days riding with everything in it. Rock, water crossings, gravel, narrow roads. Everything about today is big - vast scenery and adventurous riding. This road is only open from May to around October, otherwise, it is blanketed in snow and impassable. Visit possibly the most beautiful lake in the region, Chandratal Lake
Day 8 – Chandratal to Keylong - Travelling Distance: 115 km
Another great day riding, dipping down the green mountains, and awesome water crossings (our support staff will give you a hand if you need one). Onto the famous Manali-Leh highway into the village of Keylong.Ano
Day 9 – Keylong to Sarchu - Travelling Distance: 100 km
Heading out of the tranquil valley, up to Baralacha Pass, the highest pass in the Zanskar region. We stop at dhabas along the way for chai and lunch and end up at the high plains of Sarchu camp. Dinner, campfire and stories from the day.
Day 10 - Sarchu to Leh - Travelling Distance: 260 km
Another favourite day's riding. Heading out in the morning, today is a showcase of the best Himalayan motorcycle travel. From riding the Gata Loop hairpins to blasting across the More Plains and going over the second-highest motorable pass in the world (Tangla La). You then dip down the twisty roads into Leh, past the Buddhist monastery and prayer flags, to finish in this Ladakh township.
Day 11 - Leh Sight Seeing
Day off, sightseeing in mountain-framed Leh. Visit the market for souvenir shopping, lunch overlooking the square, or head out to the 16th-century Tsemo Fort and Leh Palace. Ask your guide for suggestions.
Day 12 - Leh to Airport
Goodbye from the Himalayas. We drop you at the airport for your transfer if you are flying out. The flight out of Leh will take you over the majestic Himalayas that you have just toured on a Royal Enfield, taking home some awesome stories.
Transfer from Chandigarh airport to Shimla at the beginning of your trip, and transfer to Leh airport at the conclusion.
A Royal Enfield motorbike for the duration of your trip
Experienced, English-speaking mechanics and guides
Support vehicles that are carrying spare bike/parts /gas/tools, mineral water, snacks
Accommodation (best in-area hotels and glamping)
All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, mineral water, and juices on the way)
Petrol (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
All flights (international and domestic)
Travel insurance - you must 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 -some travel insurance requires you to have one of these for your insurance to be valid, a good idea to check.
Motorcycle damage - you are liable for all damage to your bike on the trip.
All alcohol and any extra drinks you may order. We ask that you settle your extra drinks and alcohol bill each day before you leave, directly with the accommodation.
Tips and gratuities
Riding gear including helmet, boots, gloves, etc (please bring all these with you, it is difficult to purchase in this region)
Accommodation, meals, and any attractions not included in the tour (includes any pre and post-tour extra accommodation, travel to and from the starting points)