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BIKE SAFARI

PACKAGE CODE : L012
DURATION : 13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS
AREA : MANALI – LAHAUL – TSOMORIRI - LEH
BEST TIME : JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
ACCOMMODATION : 08NIGHTS AT HOTEL, 05 NIGHTS IN TENTS
MINIMUM PEOPLE REQUIRED : FOUR
LEVEL OF ENDURANCE : MODERATE moderate



Introduction:

BIKE SAFARI

The steady hum of a 500cc motorcycle gradually rises, mingles and becomes one with the scenic landscapes; the magnificent snow covered peaks, the remoteness, the alpine green valleys and the high altitude passes. This is a Nomadier in his/her true element, with the hustle bustle left far behind and in complete unison with the elements of the nature all around.

 

This motorbike safari is one of the best ways to spend holidays made up of pure unadulterated pleasure. Navigate the narrow roads; conquer the unending passes. It’s you, your motorcycle and the great oblivion of the High Himalayas. Go for it.

 

This motorbike safari would initiate in the alpine valleys of Manali and ascend to the high mountain passes in the Zanskar & Ladakh ranges. The safari involves cross-country ride of Changthang, burning out energies at Pangong Lake, the highest in the region as you pass the Bactrian camels on the ancient silk route of Nubra Valley at the foothills of the world's highest battlefield. You will be crossing high altitude passes - Rohtang Jot (3980 mts.), Baralacha La Pass (4830 mts.), Lachulung La (5060 mts.) and Suraj Tal Lake, Tanglang La (5360 mts.), Chang La (5262 mts.) and finally reach Khardung La (5602 mts.)


Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive ManaliManali
Arrive at Kullu airport / Manali bus station and transfer to hotel in Manali. On arrival you would be checked into the Hotel for rest and an overnight stay.

 

Day 02: In & Around Manali - 80 kms.
Wake up in the lap of leisure and commence the enjoyment of the holiday mood with a sightseeing ride around Manali. Make the most of this day because there is some very tough biking ahead!

 

Day 03: Manali - Tandi - Approx. 115 kms.
After breakfast you begin your ride to Tandi (115 km / 4 - 5 hrs approx) via Rohtang pass (3980 mts.) for acclimatization purpose. Overnight stay at a hotel in Tandi.

 

Tandi is situated at the altitude of 2573 mts. at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers; Tandi is just 8 km short of Keylong. The village has a population of about 500. It is believed that this place was founded by Raja (King) Rana Chand under the name of Chandi, which over the years, got corrupted and came to be called as Tandi. According to the mythology, Chandra and Bhaga Rivers were son and daughter of the Moon and Sun God respectively. They were in love with each other and decided to meet here to enter the wedlock.  People respect this place as most sacred place in Lahaul valley.

 

Day 04: Tandi - Sarchu - 107 kms.

As the ride on the Leh route begins, you are bound to be gripped by a sense of elation and freedom as you navigate the winding roads through extensive fields and along the banks of the long river of Bhaga. You would then take a brief pit stop at Darcha, which is the base point for many different trekking routes, for your Passport check. You would then continue the ride to Baralachla Pass (4883 mts.).  You would then stop at Suraj Tal, a picturesque lake. Finally you would reach Sarchu, which runs across Himachal and Jammu & Kashmir. This night would be one that you would remember for a very long time. This would be the coldest night during the entire tour as you camp at an altitude of 4253 mts. Cuddle up in your Swiss cottage tents after dinner. Rest as much as you can, this is the last point of Himachal, and if you thought that the ride so far was demanding, tomorrow will demand even more.

 

Day 05: Sarchu - Tsokar - 200 kms.

Today is when your skills with the bike and your nerves get tested. After crossing the Brandy Nallah, 21 hair pin bends of the Gata loops shall bring you to the Double Humped Pass Lachulung La (5060 mts.) and then Pang (4630 mts.).  After Pang start zipping along More Plains - a flat stretch of 48 Kms, at an average height of 4200 mts.  At Debring Mor you will steer in the NE direction to reach Tsokar (Salt Lake). You will drive through the harsh unpaved terrain of Rupshu region, ahead of which lies the salt lined Tso Kar, shimmering with heat. You continue driving through the bank, till you reach the spring recommended by the Changpas (the nomads). This where you are most likely to see a Kiang (Tibetan Wild Ass) galloping across the plains. This place is a paradise for birdwatchers due to the presence of abundant bird life. You also get a glimpse of the varied cultures as nomads pass you by. You camp overnight in tents near the lake.

 

Day 06: Tsokar - Tsomoriri (76 kms / 3-4 Hours)

Today begins with a ride through the mountainous terrain to reach the pass at Namshang La. You then descend to reach the Tso Kiager Lake, another small, sandy and picturesque lake en-route. You shall then continue your drive to reach the village of Korzok on the banks of Tsomoriri.  Overnight camping at Tsomoriri.

Tsomoriri Lake with Korzok village is the most beautiful place of the Rupshu region. Tsomoriri, at a height of 4485 mts., is a lake of fantastic beauty, lying between two mountain ranges of an average height of about 6000 mts., on the east and west. With a depth of 76 mts., the lake is about 27 km long and 5-8 km wide. It is on the banks of this lake that the Black necked Cranes, Bar-headed Goose, ducks and several other water birds breed. The Bar-headed Goose, one of the most endangered species of birds in India, comes to the shore of this lake to hatch their eggs between June to mid-August. The environment at Tsomoriri is clean, pure with its unspoilt natural beauty and is sure to relax your senses.

 

Korzok village is one of the three permanent settlements of the nomads in Rupshu and the only one in the Tsomoriri Valley. It is situated on the northwestern shore of the lake. The village has around 100 houses. Korzok monastery built in around 1850 is said to be built at the place of an ancient 9th century temple.

 

Day 07: Tsomoriri - Leh (3650 mts.) (Drive 240 kms. / 7-8 Hours)

You take the same road back till Sumdo and then a brief halt at Mahe Bridge, to complete the formalities with local police. You then continue riding through Chumatang, another hot sulphur spring and pass through the Monasteries of Chemrey, Shey and Thiksey. This is where you would also visit Hemis Monastery. Continue riding to reach Leh and stay overnight in a hotel.

 

Hemis Monastery is situated at the South of Leh, at a distance of 43 Km, on the south bank of the Indus River. Hemis Monastery is famous for its annual festival in the month of June/ July. The tenth day (Tse-Chu), of the Tibetan lunar month is celebrated as the birthday of the Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The Hemis monastery celebrates this event in the form of a 2-day festival. Its resident Lamas perform the sacred masked dances leading to the destruction of the evil forces with sacrificial offerings.

 

Day 08: At Leisure in Leh TownLeh Town

Today is a well deserved rest day for the man and the machine. It is essential at this altitude to acclimatize.

 

Day 09: Leh - Pangong Tso - 160 kms.

Today you head towards Pangong. Ascend the height of the world's third highest motorable pass Chang La over landslide prone area and wayward mountain streams that decide to change their course at will. The campsite would be set in the general area around Pangong.

 

One of the toughest water crossings on this route is near the Lake. But once you get to the lake you are guaranteed to forget the tough ride, the exertions, the maniacal streams and the cold. You would find yourself agreeing to the fact that to find such a vast expanse of calm blue waters at that altitude was definitely worth the ride.

 

The Pangong Lake (Lake of Great Hollowness) is almost 130 km long and 6-7 km wide, extending east to west at a height of 14000 ft.

 

Day 10: Pangong - Leh - 160 kms.

You make an early start and head back the same way to Leh. You should try and reach Leh by afternoon in order to get a well deserved rest and an early night. Overnight stay would be in a hotel.

 

Day 11: Leh - Khardung La (5602 mts.) - Nubra Valley - 140 kms.Leh - Khardung La (5602 mts.) - Nubra Valley - 140 kms.
Today is the day for which you came all the way on this ride. This is your day of being on Top of the World. This is when you conquer the Khardung La (5602 mts.)

 

Be prepared for the initial smooth ride to get tougher as you ascend. The track is full of boulders and stones, a true joy for any rider worth his salt. After a short break you move on to reach the Nubra Valley. It’s a fantastic ride over fairly paved roads, for most of the time at least.

 

Day 12: Nubra Valley - Leh - 170 kms.Nubra Valley - Leh

After an early breakfast you will head out to explore the beautiful Nubra Valley and after some great riding experience in this remote area you will head back for Leh over Khardung La.

 

Day 13: Leh - Alchi - 100 kms. / 3150 mts.Leh - Alchi

After a day’s rest in Leh town, you shall proceed for some leisurely riding to see some interesting monasteries west of Leh - the Spituk monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat Sect) and Alchi Monastery. Crossing the bridge over the river you shall return the same way, viewing some amazing scenery enroute. This is your last night in the Ladakhi capital.

 

Day 14: Departure to Airport

Nomadier provides assistance in your transfer to the Airport and wishes you goodbye.