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Leh Ladakh Bike Trip from Manali

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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 favour. 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. 

Trip Highlights

  1. Firstly, you will cover nine places ranging in 2 states and one union territory;
  2. Secondly, we will go to two high-altitude alpine lakes: Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. 
  3. Thirdly, biking and going adventurous in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. 
  4. Fourthly, crossing highest passes including Zojila, BaraLacha La, Khardung La, Chang La. 
  5. Photography amidst natural settings.
  6. Cuddling in the scenic splendour of Ladakh is a Tso Moriri lake that we will visit. It is a high altitude, religious lake in Changthang plateau at an altitude of 4522 m.
  7. Going to Monasteries including Thiksey, Diskit. 
  8. Witnessing the magical confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river.
  9. Visit Kargil, where the historical war was fought between India and Pakistan.
  10. Have the experience of eating in a Langar in Pathar Sahib gurudwara.
  11. Apart from these, go for uncountable sightseeing place including Hall of Fame, Magnetic Hills to load your soul with memories. 


Trip Details

  • Start & End PointStart Point: Delhi, End Point: Delhi
  • Duration10 Nights/11 Days

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip - Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Delhi to Manali 

Day 2 : Manali Arrival

Day 3 : Manali to Sarchu

Day 4 : Sarchu to Leh

Day 5 : Leh Sightseeing Day

Day 6 : Leh to Nubra 

Day 7 : Nubra to Pangong

Day 8 : Pangong to Tso Moriri

Day 9 : Tso Moriri to Leh

Day 10 : Leh to Kargil

Day 11 : Kargil to Srinagar

Day 12 : Departure from Srinagar

Price Inclusions

  • Manali to Srinagar Transporation in Tempo Traveller.
  • Bike Rent inclusive of Fuel from Manali to Srinagar
  • 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 – Triple sharing basis as per itinerary.
  • Meal Plan:  Breakfast +Dinner; Starting from Dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 11
  • Outdoor Leader will be present at all times during the tour.
  • Bus Tickets – Delhi to Manali
  • Backup Support Vehicle
  • Mechanical Support
  • Inner Line Permits
  • First Aid Kits
  • Experience that you gain.

Price Exclusions

  • Early check-in at the hotel.
  • Any additional personal expenses.
  • Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to delay travel, if any.
  • 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.

Group Size

  • Max number of People 10
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 4 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, a full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (60 Liters+)
  • Daypack
  • Backpack Rain Cover
  • Suncap
  • Woolen Cap
  • UV Protected Sunglasses
  • Inner Thermals (2 pairs)
  • Comfortable Pants (Prefer Cargo/Trek Pants )
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Warm Jacket
  • Down Jacket /Main Jacket
  • Raincoat/Poncho
  • Gloves
  • Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)
  • Undergarments
  • Slippers
  • Sturdy Comfortable Shoes
  • Towels
  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Medication
  • Torch
  • Water Bottle
  • Power Bank
  • Mobile Charger/Travel Charger
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toiletries
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 40+)
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip - Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi to Manali Overnight Journey

  • Delhi Altitude – 216 m
  • Manali Altitude: 1950 m
  • Distance: 538 km 
  • Time taken: 12 hours

We will meet in Delhi for an overnight journey to Manali. All the details regarding the time and meeting point will be shared with you in a mail. We will make sufficient pit stops for food, washroom breaks, etc. Meanwhile, when all of us feel settled, we will play games, introduce ourselves, and trek leaders will give a brief about the trip.


Day 2: Acclimatization in Manali

The altitude of Manali: 1950 m

We will meet fellow riders from other places upon reaching Manali early in the morning. Post-check in, you can utilise the rest of the day sightseeing and cafe hopping in Manali for the rest of the day. 

Places to Visit in Manali:

  • Hidimba Devi Temple
  • Mall Road
  • Old Manali
  • Vashisht Temple
  • Ropeway ride at Solang Valley
  • Tibetan monasteries

Return to the stay in the evening. We will have some sizzling games on the pot, some buttery gossip and laid-back night. Dinner will be served, after which we will go into our holes to rest.

Day 3:   Manali  – Sarchu

  • Altitude of Sarchu: 4290 m
  • Distance: 230 km
  • Time taken: 6 hours

Our infantry will be marching towards Sarchu after breakfast. We will move from the iconic Atal Tunnel. To reach Sarchu, we will be crossing two passes: Baralacha-la (16500 ft) and Rohtang (13060 ft). 

In Sarchu, you will be handed over bikes which you can test at the beginning for any glitches. We will be staying at Sarchu for the day and have dinner and fun at the same place.

Day 4: Sarchu to Leh

  • Distance: 230 km
  • Time taken: 7 hours

Post breakfast, you move forward t0 witness the scenic views of Tanglang la, Moore Planes & Upshi making this long stretch of road aesthetically pleasing.

As you will be tired after the day’s adventure, you will be served dinner, followed by a peaceful stay at Leh.

Day 5: Leh Sightseeing

After a power-packed breakfast, we will go local sightseeing in Leh. This will include Shey Palace, known for the gold-plated statue of Buddha, which is also the tallest statue of Buddha in Ladakh.

Then we will go to Thiksey monastery. It is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. 

We will also cover Shanti Stupa – A Buddhist white-dome Chorten (stupa) on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh, at 11,841 ft. This is known for its intricate carvings.

Day 6: Leh to Nubra

  • Altitude of Nubra: 3000 m
  • Distance:  160 km
  • Time taken:  6 hours

Waking up in the serene natural setting, we will pack for Nubra. The road is the most popular, accessible, and quickest to reach Nubra. We will be taking the route from Leh towards KhardungLa (5359 m). We will also take a pitstop here for refreshment. 

Then we will continue towards Nubra. 

Nubra Valley is nestled on the northern edge of Jammu and Kashmir. It is known as the ‘Orchard of Kashmir’ for its fulfilling orchards. The journey is worth your time. 

Nubra will steal a piece of your heart. After settling in, we will go for ATV, Double Hump Bactrian Camel Ride and more (self-sponsored).


Later, we will come back, have dinner and retard in our holes in Hundar in Nubra Valley.

Day 7: Nubra to Pangong

  • Altitude of Pangong: 4520 m
  • Distance:  200 km
  • Time taken: 7 hours

After breakfast, we will go to Diskit Monastery. Later, while going to Pangong, we will cover Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso is an endorheic lake spanning from eastern Ladakh to west Tibet. It is 134 km long and is further divided into 5 sub lakes: Pangong Tso, Tso Nyak, Rum Tso (twin lakes), Nyak Tso. 40% of this lake is in India, while the other part is disputed between India and China. After spending good time at the lake, we will head to Pangong.


Upon reaching Pangong, we will have dinner, after which we will rest for the day.

Day 8: Pangong to Tso Moriri

  • Distance: 300 km
  • Time taken: 9 hours

After breakfast, we will head towards Tso- Moriri. En route, we will visit Tso- Moriri lake

With dinner and an overnight stay in Tso- Moriri, the day will be called complete.

Day 9: Tso Moriri to Leh

  • Altitude of Leh:  3524 m
  • Distance: 250 km
  • Time taken: 6 hours

After breakfast, we will start day 9 in the cold desert to reach Leh. 

The drive is hectic, and you will be tired. Dinner will be served upon reaching Leh; you can then spend your time at leisure.

Day 10: Leh to Kargil

  • Altitude of Kargil: 2676 m
  • Distance: 216 km
  • Time taken: 7 hours

On day 10 of the Leh Ladakh bike trip from Manali, we will head to Kargil

Kargil is an excellent destination for trekking, camping, mountaineering, river rafting etc. The place is famous for the Kargil war between India and Pakistan.

En-route, we will visit Pathar Sahib Gurudwara (lunch to be done in Langar), Hall of Fame, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar river and Magnetic Hill. 

Post-check-in, we will dine at Kargil and rest for the day.

Day 11: Kargil to Srinagar

  • Altitude of Srinagar: 1585 m
  • Distance: 210 km
  • Time taken: 7 hours

Congratulations! You have successfully landed on day 11 of the Leh Ladakh bike trip from Manali. After breakfast, we will move towards Srinagar. We will reach Srinagar by afternoon. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure.

Now, count this as an opportunity to taste the yummiest Wazwan, drink Kahwah tea made by the sweetest people and shop for winters. Go to Dal Lake or take a stroll on the lanes. All of this is self-sponsored. 

Come back to the stay for a tasty dinner. An overnight stay will follow this in Srinagar.

Day 12: Departure from Srinagar

Welcome to Day 12. This is also the last day of the Leh Ladakh bike trip from Manali. Indeed it is heartbreaking to let you go. Still, after these 12 wonderfully magnanimous days filled with surprises, culture, and learnings about local life, we will let you go to rest for some days. 

Cheer up! You have closely experienced much from the head of India in 2 states and 1 Union territory: Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Ladakh. 

With that, the trip comes to an end. We will depart with hundreds of memories and views of the most beautiful places of India. Here, at Plan the Unplanned, we focus on two aspects of travel: exploring nature and making meaningful connections. You will start as strangers, but you will leave with dewy eyes by the end. We would love to see you againCheck out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure to see you again. Till then, take care and love life.


I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

I don’t know how to ride a bike. Is taking a bike mandatory?

No, taking a bike is not mandatory. The choice of vehicle is on you: You can hire a bike or opt for a bus service.

How to Depart from Srinagar?

Srinagar is the summer capital between the months’ May and October. It is connected to different parts of India via rail, road and air. Please note that you will have to bear all expenses related to your travel from Srinagar to your home. 


By Air

Sheikh ul Alam Airport or Srinagar Airport is an international airport. It is well connected, and airlines offer regular flights from Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh. The airport is just 15 km away from the centre of the city.

By Rail

To depart from Srinagar by train, one must go to Jammu Tawi or Udhampur railway station. The stations are well connected with different parts of India. 

By Road

By road, you can depart from Srinagar to major cities like Delhi (876 km), Chandigarh (646 km), Leh (424 km) and Jammu (258 km). There is good bus service and cab service available.


What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

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