The ultimate adventure that’s must be a dream of every traveler in India is a trip to Leh & Ladakh. Known as the ‘Land of High Passes’ this journey is beyond words to explain. And a Leh Ladakh Bike Trip is just too good for anyone. Barren lands, crystal clear water, pristine beauty, snow-clad peaks, ancient monasteries, and palaces will lure your hearts. The challenging journey of Leh Ladakh is one of the things that you would love to overcome.
If riding is your love and bike is your partner of life, then you must take your bike out amidst the surreal beauty of mountains, lush greenery, and barren land with some of the exciting places to be around.
Considered as the most difficult route amongst the bikers to attempt is Manali – Leh Ladakh route. Challenging yet most satisfying route is a dream of every biker to achieve. Some bikers prefer to start their journey from Delhi to Leh Ladakh Road Trip. But Delhi to Ladakh Bike trip would take all the energy away as you would not get enough time to be in Leh Ladakh in 7 days. The distance from Delhi to Leh & Ladakh is 945 Kms. which is just very hectic for those who are doing the bike trip for the very first time. That’s the reason why this trip is considered one of the most challenging trips in the world.
Best time to visit Leh Ladakh by bike
The best time to visit ladakh by bike is in summer May to June and in monsoon July to September. This is the only time to visit Leh Ladakh by bike as the area covered in snow most of the year.
Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Cost
The bike trip cost depends upon the number of days you would choose to spend during your Leh Ladakh road trip. An ideal package from a travel company of 7 days from Delhi to Leh Ladakh on the bike starts from 25,000 if you are going to use your own bike and if you are taking any Leh Ladakh bike all-inclusive tour packages then the cost would start from 60,000.
And if you start your bike trip from Manali then it would cost around 15,000 on your own bike and the all-inclusive package would start from 35,000.
Best Routes for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip
Route 1: Manali to Leh & Back
Route Map: Delhi → Manali → Sarchu → Leh → Khardung La → Nubra Valley → Kargil → Srinagar → Delhi
Distance Covered: Approximately 2,569 kilometers
Route 2: Srinagar to Leh & Back
Route Map: Delhi → Jalandhar → Jammu → Srinagar → Kargil → Leh → Karu → Sarchu → Manali → Delhi
Distance Covered: Approximately 2,295 kilometers
Route 3: Delhi to Leh & Back
Delhi – Leh (Ladakh) → Khardung La → Nubra Valley → Chang La → Tso Pangong → Tso Moriri → Tso Kar → Tanglang La → Leh → Delhi
There are many different ways to conquer this amazing journey on the bike but these are some of the best ways to get the most of your time.
Best Bikes for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip
If you want to get the best experience out of this journey then definitely you need the best bike. The bike you choose must have the stamina to deal with the cold, harsh weather of the region, steep gradient and high altitude.
A bullet is the most dreamt bike of everyone but there are many other good options. Always try to choose something that you have driven before, you feel comfortable to drive, and that you can service easily.
Itinerary for the ultimate trip
The itinerary is the main element of any journey as it is the spine because without a good itinerary the journey will be going to be messy and it would create a commotion. So, to make the best of your bike trip to Leh Ladakh you must need plan your journey. However, the starting and endpoint depend on you but we would suggest taking a flight from Delhi to Leh and Leh to Delhi so that you can enjoy it to the fullest. If you try to squeeze these 07 days in riding from Delhi then you will miss the most spectacular places of Leh Ladakh. There is number of itineraries, routes on Google but we came up with the best one in this blog. It covers the maximum number of areas; including both the known tourist destinations and remote ones as well.
Day 1- Arrive in Leh
Arrive in Leh by taking flights from Delhi, take some rest. Go around the areas to get comfortable with your bike and to prepare yourself for a long journey. Your most important task to do is to arrange permits for visiting some of the areas of Leh. One can obtain these through online and offline mode by visiting the DM office.
Day 2- Leh to Alchi
On the second day, your actual adventure begins. Take your bike and head towards Alchi and you will pass through Sham Valley. Visit the Alchi Monastery and Likir Monastery. After visiting these monasteries head towards Leh Kargil Highway to witness the magnetic hill of Ladakh. The next stop is the military Hall of Fame Museum which is dedicated to the soldiers of the Indian Army who laid down their lives in this hilly battlefront.
In the evening return to your hotel in Leh for an overnight stay.
Day 3- Leh to Nubra Valley
Visit Nubra Valley where the forgotten cities of Shangri- La lies (according to locals). On the way, you will cross Khar dung La pass which is situated at an altitude of 18,379 feet above sea level. It is one of the highest passes of India.
Stop at Diksit village across the river to take some rest. Don’t forget to make time to visit the monastery of Samsten ling Gompa. Indulge with the lamas and monks, experience their culture.
Day 4- Nubra Valley to Leh
Start your day with Diksit Monastery located in Diksit Village which is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. Maitreya Buddha is the center of attraction in the monastery as it is a magnetic 106 feet tall statue of Buddha.
Visit Hunder Sand Dunes which is located at an altitude of 5000 meters above.
Drive back to Leh for an overnight stay.
Day 5- Leh to Pangong Tso Lake
Situated at an altitude of 4350 meters above sea level, Pangong Lake holds the title of being the highest saltwater lake in the world.
On the drive back to Pangong Lake stop by Chang La pass. Have some snacks and witness the beauty of the valley and as you are on the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world.
Stargaze at night by the side of the lake during camping.
Day 6- Pangong Tso Lake to Leh
On the journey back to Leh, drive through the town of Karu village. This town is flanked by the snowcapped mountains on both sides. Capture the most scenic beauties of Ladakh here in your camera.
Explore Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and you can want to collect some souvenirs for your loved ones. Indulge yourself with the locals and hear the stories from their personal experiences. Overnight stay in Leh and don’t forget to pack your bags.
Day 7- Back to Delhi
End of the journey. Drive back to Leh Airport as you cannot miss your flight to Delhi.
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