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Manali to Leh Ladakh Bike Trip: Complete Guide

Overview

Manali, the trip’s beginning point, is a small Himachal Pradesh town nestled along the banks of the Beas River. It is located in Himachal Pradesh’s northern area. It is a popular tourist site for many types of visitors, including backpackers, trekkers, photographers, bloggers, vloggers, and honeymooners. This location is also ideal for family vacations. The village is completely encircled by beautiful green trees and towering snow-capped mountains.

In the Pir Panjal Himalayas, the Rohtang is one of the high mountain passes. It connects the Lahaul-Spiti Valley to the Kullu Valley. Rohtang stands at a height of 3,978 meters. The little towns of Jispa and Sarchu on the Manali to Leh route are also known as Rohtang La. Jispa is 10,500 feet above sea level, while Sarchu is 14,500 feet.

The trip

The Indian government proclaimed Ladakh as a union territory in 2019. It is a Himalayan monarchy with an average elevation of 11000 to 18000 feet above sea level. You can observe a distinct side of nature here. It’s a frigid desert land at a high elevation. The vistas and lofty snow-capped desolate mountains here astonish visitors. Several tourist attractions will be visited by some of them. The Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Leh and its environs, Khardungla Pass, and other attractions in Ladakh are among the most popular. There are around 30 monasteries in Ladakh alone, all of which are breathtaking.

Biking is the main activity on this vacation, but there will also be sightseeing and camping. On each curve when riding a bike, you will feel the thrill and adventure. The views are spectacular and attractive throughout the walk. This ride will take you to the next level of excitement, as you will be riding on high altitude roads or motorable passes that you have never experienced before. You will camp near five magnificent spots during the trip: Manali, Jispa, Sarchu, Nubra, and Pangong Tso.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving in Kullu Manali

You will arrive in Manali on the first day of the Manali Leh bike trip and settle into your hotel. Rest and enjoy the natural beauty while getting ready for the orientation process and tour briefing. This will be a relaxed and acclimatization day on the tour. Visit the Hadimba temple, which is devoted to Hadimba Devi, and other adjacent attractions. The Manu temple is near Beas, a beautiful region. Following your exploration of the locations, you will be given your bikes and assigned to a trial in the evening. At the campsites, you can enjoy your dinner. The hotel in Kullu will be our home for the night.

Day 2: Manali – Rohtang Pass

Prepare for the bike journey with breakfast at Kullu Campsites. The day has finally arrived, and the trek to Ladakh will begin. Prepare your belongings and get ready for an exciting journey.

You’ll pass via Atal Tunnel, Tandi (the last petrol station before Upshi), and Keylong along the way. After arriving in Jispa, you will spend the night in campers, followed by meals. In Jispa/Billing, stay in Swiss Camps.

Day 3: Jispa/Billing to Padum via Shango La Pass 

Breakfast is served at the Jispa campground. We’ll begin our journey towards Zanskar on the recently completed road. It’s a little difficult, but it has the nicest scenery. Crossing Shingo la pass and taking images of the magnificent mountain Gumbo Ranjan, as well as river crossings, require time. You ride to Padum, which is just about 50 kilometers away, after lunch at the campsite.

Day 4: Padum to Kargil 

Breakfast is served at the Padum campground. This has been a difficult day. This route, which was just opened in August 2020, is an exciting 4×4 road that connects you to the Leh-Srinagar highway via an off-road shortcut. The journey will be about 240 kilometers long and will be completed in daylight.

Day 5: Kargil – Leh

Breakfast is served in Kargil. You Will Pass Through Mulbek — Giant Living Buddha Sculpture On Rock Mountain, Lamayuru. Before Leaving Kargil. 

Day 6: Leh to Nubra Valley

Breakfast in a hotel in Leh. Wake up to a beautiful morning, get ready, and travel to Nubra Valley, a freezing desert with enthralling mountain ranges. Take in the scenery and live in the present. Nubra Valley offers camel and jeep rides (Additional Cost) Visit Khardung La if you’re looking for some excitement and adventure. The world’s highest motorable passes. Nubra Valley is a great place to eat dinner.

Day 7: Pangong Lake to Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley breakfast. With the off-roading adventure as you traverse over untamed paths in the high mountains, this day will be risky and entertaining. You’ll pass through Shyok Village along the way, which has recently opened to tourists. With the shifting hue of the water to a gorgeous backdrop, the beauty of Pangong Lake is amazing. Leave after photographing the grandeur of the lake for an overnight stay in Tangste. Dinner at the Pangong Tso Campsite.

Day 8: Pangong Tso 

Leh We will depart for Leh after breakfast. Today we will cross Chang La, the world’s second highest pass (17,590 ft). This is one of the most difficult passes in the world. Before ascending the Mighty Pass, we will pass by Tsoltak, a little lake. We will descend to Shakti after crossing the pass and continue on the Manali-Leh Highway for the remainder of our journey. Dinner in a Leh hotel. In Leh, you will be accommodated for the night.

Day 9: Leh – Sarchu

In Leh, breakfast is served. Sarchu is the next stop on your tour. Tanglang La, the third highest pass, will be your destination (17,480 ft). Then you’ll drive through Morey-Plains, a plateau with a staggering elevation of 15,500 feet and a 45-kilometer stretch of flat road. Before reaching the famous Gata Loops, you will cross the twin passes of Lachung La (16,616 ft) and Nakee La (15,547 ft) (21 Hairpin Bends).

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