Jammin thru India | Ladakh

Ride in the Indian Himalayas of Ladakh and ascend into the sky on the world’s highest motorable roads. The landscape is epic, the altitudes are extreme and the wilderness is calling. You might even spot a Ladakhi Wild Ass…

Where: Delhi to Leh and around Ladakh

When: July

How much: $3,860

Riding: Royal Enfield Bullet 500

How far: 820 km (512 miles) over 8 days

Difficulty: 3/5

Tour Route Map

Highlights

  • Summit the highest motorable pass in the world! Khardung La at 17,663 ft
  • Experience India from the seat of a Royal Enfield Bullet
  • Ride through one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world
  • Summit five extreme Himalayan passes
  • Stretch your arms and skim the snow banks
  • See the day time sky like you’ve never seen it before
  • Spot Wild Asses and Bactrian Camels
  • Tie a prayer flag at one of the passes
  • Soak in Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Imbibe some yak butter tea

What’s Included

  • Jay as your expedition lead
  • Royal Enfield Bullet 500 cc motorcycle rental and fuel
  • Mechanic in support vehicle
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage, fuel and spares
  • Accommodation for 11 nights based on twin sharing (single supplement extra)
  • All meals and drinks (besides alcohol)
  • All airport pickups and dropoffs
  • Domestic flight from Delhi to Leh and back
  • All fees for permits
  • Click here for what’s excluded.

Jammin thru India | Ladakh Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi | 300 ft
Arrive in New Delhi and get picked up from the airport. If you arrive early enough in the day, we can take in a few of the sights of this historical city.

Day 2: Fly from Delhi to Leh | 11,675 ft
We take the early morning flight from Delhi to Leh flying over the Himalayas. Get a window seat as the view is spectacular! Once in Leh, we’ll take it easy for the day, allowing our bodies to acclimatize to the high altitude. Walk around town and soak in some Ladakhi culture. You’ll be introduced to your Royal Enfield Bullet and we’ll take her for a short spin to get used to riding in India and learning how the Bullet moves.

Day 3: Leh to Lamayuru | 130 km | 10,500 ft
We depart Leh in the morning and follow the Indus River through canyons and plateaus before arriving at Lamayuru, a small hamlet surrounding the majestic Buddhist monastery of Lamayuru. You’re in luck as we’ll be witness to a monastic festival with the colors and sounds of Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 4: Lamayuru to Temisgam | 70 km | 11,200 ft
We take the backroad out of Lamayuru and ride high up where we can see the famous moon land. It’s a series of rocks that look very alien and as their names says, moon-like. The road is twisty and a bit sandy and great practice for the tough riding coming up.

Day 5: Temisgam to Leh | 90 km | 11,675 ft
After a pleasant evening camping out in Temisgam, we ride away from the main highway along remote roads taking in small towns and the open land. Back on the main highway, we turn towards Leh.

Day 6: Leh to Khardung La and back | 90 km | 11,675 ft (pass at 17,663 ft)
An exciting day as ride up to the world’s highest motorable pass, Khardung La at 17,663 ft. The initial smooth tarmac out of Leh gives way to boulders and stones as we ascend to extreme altitudes. Enjoy being at the top of the world, then it’s another hair-raising ride back into Leh.

Day 7: Leh to Pangong Tso over Chang La | 120 km | 13,940 ft (pass at 17,581 ft)
We ride off from Leh for some fantastic riding over Chang La at 17,581 ft to the spectacular Pangong Tso, which in Tibetan means long, narrow and enchanted lake. It stretches into China and feels so far removed from the rest of the world. We’ll ride into camp and get the BBQ fired up and have a great evening under a star-filled sky.

Day 8: Pangong Tso to Chimray | 100 km | 11,800 ft (pass at 17,581 ft)
Enjoy the scenery once again as we make our way back over Chang La on the same route we took coming in but somehow it’ll look different this time.

Day 9: Chimray to Tso Kar | 100 km | 14,760 ft (pass at 17,564 ft)
From Chimray, we turn south and head for the grand Taglang La, mistakenly labeled as the second highest motorable road in the world. It’s actually the third or maybe the fourth. It doesn’t matter as the scenery is mind-blowing! On the other side of the pass, we head towards the sublime saline lake of Tso Kar. Luxury camping under a starry night sky makes for a fitting end of the trip.

Day 10: Tso Kar to Leh | 120 km | 11,675 ft (pass at 17,564 ft)
We head back over Taglang La and follow the Indus River back into Leh. The ride comes to an end and we celebrate with a feast!

Day 11: Leh to Delhi by plane
Travel by plane in the morning back to Delhi and transfer to the hotel in Delhi. Get out and explore this culturally-rich city or gnaw on some delicious Indian street food.

Day 12: International Flight Home
Catch your international flight out of New Delhi. The extra day at the end is because the Leh to Delhi flight has a high probability of being canceled on short notice due to weather and if you book your international flight on the same day, there’s a chance you could miss it. So, best to take it easy and use the time to either explore the city a bit more or catch up on emails!

Please note: itinerary subject to change depending on weather conditions and other factors.

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