ROOF OF THE WORLD
The legendary Indian motorcycle tour.
Start in the foothills of Manali and travel by Royal Enfield motorcycle over the Himalayan plateau, finishing with the highest road in the world
Explore the Himalayan township of Manali, get acclimatized, and meet your Royal Enfield. Visit ancient Naggar Castle and hot springs at Vashisht Temple.
Ride through the emerald valleys, dotted with apple orchards, to the mountain village of Keylong
Moto tour on the legendary Manali-Leh Highway, famous among bikers around the world, crossing the five high mountain passes
Ride the Gata Loops, 21 delicious hairpin bends that take you to the top of the third-highest pass
Glamp at Sarchu, swap stories around the fire
Blast across the More Plain under big skies wrapped by the Himalayas
- Zig-zag into Leh along cliff roads and enjoy a day in town. Visit the majestic Leh Palace or an ancient Buddhist monastery
- Ride to Pangong Tso, the highest saltwater lake in the world, nestled on the border of India and Tibet
- Head over to Nubra Valley, and stay in luxury glamping. Option to ride the famous two-humped Bactrian camel, or visit Diskit Monastery.
- Then the grand finale of riding the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La. Get your iconic photo at the top,
- Fly home over the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas you have just ridden
DURATION : 10 days
DIFFICULTY : Easy riding, mostly on-road
GUIDE : English and Hindi-speaking guides and mechanics for help along the way
BACK UP : Van with snacks and drinks, expert mechanics
WHEN : Tours run from June until October
ACCOMMODATION : Luxury hotel to glamping tents (all camps have beds and thick Himalayan blankets)
FUN : Unlimited
Twin Share Accommodation: 160,000 Rupee (approx $2000 USD) pp
Single Accommodation: 210,000 Rupees (approx $2600 USD)
Pillion (Twin Share): 130,000 Rupees (approx $1600 USD)
2023 Fixed Date - 1st July to 11th July 2023
Day 1 - Welcome to the Himalayas - pick up from Kullu airport or we will meet you at the hotel in Manali. Welcome dinner, and meet the rest of the riders on your tour.
Day 2 - Manali - After breakfast, you will get your first chance to ride your Royal Enfield motorbike, Start your Indian motorcycle tour by exploring Manali and its surroundings with a local guide. You can also visit Naggar Castle, Roerich Art Gallery, Hindu Temples and the hot springs in Vashisht.
Day 3 – Manali to Keylong - Travelling Distance: 70 km
An easy day riding, from the village along the crystal blue Beas River. Heading through the Atal Tunnel, you come out at the sun-kissed beauty of Sissu. Following the winding road through tiny villages, you come to our accommodation for the evening at Keylong.
Day 4 – Keylong to Sarchu - Travelling Distance: 115 km
Today, you will leave to ride to the higher regions, following zigzag uphill roads in the shadow of hanging glaciers, to the scenic Baralacha La (4800 m / 15,748 ft.). Then we descend to the Sarchu plateau. Overnight stay in Sarchu campsite.
Day 5 – Sarchu to Leh - Travelling Distance: 260 km
Leaving the vast Sarchu plateau, we head up a twisty road until you reach Namik La (4950 m / 16,240 ft.), where you can experience the spectacular views of rugged rocks and their unique geological formation. Then you go over Lachu Lang La (5090 m / 16,699 ft.). before riding through the rocky gorges to Pang. Overnight stay in Leh hotel.
Day 6 – Leh - Rest Day
Rest day, shopping and local sightseeing in Leh. You can visit an ancient monastery, the Leh Palace, or just watch the world go by in the Leh market.
Day 7 – Leh - Pangong Lake - Travelling Distance: 170 km
After breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. Arrive at Pangong Lake, which is the highest saltwater lake in the world, shared by two countries India and Tibet. Enjoy the beauty of the lake. Overnight in camp by the lake's edge.
Day 8 – Pangong Lake – Nubra Valley - Travelling Distance: 190 km
After breakfast, we will ride to Nubra Valley where we will stay in glamping tents. Optional ride on a Bactrian camel, the famous two-humped camel brought to this region during the Silk Road era. Also, it's possible to visit the Diskit monastery if you would like.
Day 9 – Nubra Valley - Khardung La - Leh - Travelling Distance: 130 km
The grand finale of your Indian motorcycle trip, riding the highest motorable road in the world. Beautiful riding to the top, take a photo in front of the iconic sign and enjoy the view of the majestic Himalayas and mist-filled valleys. Head back to Leh for a free afternoon.
Day 10 - Leh - Airport Drop
If you are flying out, we say goodbye and take to you to Leh airport. The flight out of Leh gives you a spectacular view over the Himalayas you have just ridden.
Transfer from Kullu airport to the town of Manali, (or meet at your hotel in Manali), and transfer to the airport at Leh at the end of your tour
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)
Gas (for the bikes and support vehicles for the trip)
First-aid kit with all necessary medicines for the Himalayan 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 - you may like to check if your travel insurance requires this
Motorcycle damage - you are liable for all damage to your motorcycle on the trip.
Alcohol and any extra drinks ordered (please settle your drinks bill each day, directly with the accommodation, before you leave)
Riding gear including helmet, boots, gloves, etc (it's difficult to buy these on the way so please bring them with you)
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).