Day 01 Delhi – Leh
Arrive at Delhi Airport and connecting flight to Leh, a breathtaking one-hour early-morning flight across the Greater Himalayas. Welcome lunch and an easy day with short walks around Leh. Introduction and brief about the tour at dinner time.
Day 02 Leh
Warming up day trip to get familiar with the handling of the Enfield Bullets. We’ll ride for about 100 km to visit the Stok Palace and further via the famous Hemis and Tiksey monasteries before returning to our hotel.
Day 03 Lamayuru
Today, we start for the lower Indus Valley – the perfect direction to adjust and acclimatize to this amazing high altitude moon landscape with a rewarding visit to the Lamayuru Monestary, one of the oldest and most prestigious monasteries in Ladakh. We spend the night in a modest but comfortable monastery guest house. (130km)
Day 04 Alchi via Likir
Today, we head for the beautiful village of Alchi, which differentiates itself from other villages of Ladakh by being so lush green, abundant with apricot trees. Alchi also used to be on the main trade route of central Asia. The main centre of attraction in the Alchi village is the Alchi Monastery. It is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist centres in Ladakh and also referred to the “monastic jewel of Ladakh”. Likir Monestary, founded in 1065, houses a Snake Buddha Statue as the main attraction. (100km)
Day 05 Alchi to Leh via Sham valley and Basgo
In order to further explore the valley, we’ll crisscross the narrow mountain roads with a stopover for pictures in a few remote villages. At the end of the road lies the village of Hemis Shukphan which attracts many hikers as it is also a trekking base. On our way, we will visit the famous ruins of the Basgo Palace. The palace is situated on a clay hill. The main image is that of the “Golden Maitreya” a sacred copper-gilt image of the Maitreya Buddha, one story in height. The palace dates back to 1445-1650 AD. (100km)
Day 06 Kardung La Pass
Top of the bill today and every biker’s dream; we are crossing the world’s highest motor able road; the famous Kardung La Pass and descend into the Nubra Valley (120 km).
It’s a challenging but rewarding 39 km ride to the top of Khardung La. Sheltered on the other side is the beautiful and fertile Nubra valley with the Saser Range of mountains ahead. We ride to Hunder, a quaint village on the banks of the Shyok River, for a well-deserved dinner and overnight. On the way, we will visit Diskit Monastery. It is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery of Nubra Valley that belongs to the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 07 Nubra Valley
After breakfast we’ll ride from Hunder up to Panamik (the last halt on the Silk Route before the caravaneers crossed the high Karakoram passes) via the Sumur Tegar village with its Samstangling Gompa, Nubra’s largest monestary. We come across the hot springs where the central Asian trade men took their last bath as they prepared for the treacherous and gruelling journey across the Saser Muztagh Range.
We return to Hunder for lunch where we can enjoy a free afternoon and for those amongst us looking for more adventure, a short ride on the two-humped camels over the sand dunes of the river is just the thing to do. (140km)
Day 08 Pangong Tso Lake
Our first challenge of the day takes us over the Wari La Pass (5,305 m), a demanding ascend but ever so worthy upon reaching the top. This road has only recently opened for traffic and will bring us further over the Chan La Pass. Both the climbs are very steep and require careful riding. The area is a must go for nature lovers. The reward of the day truly lies in reaching the shores of Pangong Tso Lake where we’ll spend the night in a deluxe lake side camp. Pangong Tso is situated at a height of 4,350 meter. The blue turquoise pearl is 134 km long and extends from India into Tibet. (165km)
Day 09 Leh
We enjoy today’s breakfast by the lake and will take our time to “saddle up” before returning to our comfortable base in Leh (150 km).
Day 10 TsoKar Lake
Today we depart for lake TsoKar. In Upshi, we leave the Indus River and head south on a narrow road, winding through an impressive gorge. We cross the picturesque oasis of Rumtse village. The ride offers wonderful landscape, especially the colourful mountains around Gya Village. We then head through the endless hairpins bends towards Tanglang La.
Tsokar Lake (4.500 m) is a picturesque sight with the reflections of the distant mountains. This is a salt lake from where nearly all of Ladakh’s salt supply used to come from. It offers excellent opportunities for sighting the wild ass, the “Kiangs”. We camp by the salt water lake. (5.328 m, 180 km)
Day 11 Tsokar to Tsomoriri
After breakfast, we ride around Tsokar Lake to the top of the Polo Gonka Pass and descend towards the hot water springs of Puga. Following a rocky and sometimes sandy track, we enter the heart of the Rupshu Valley, the most isolated region of Ladakh. Tsomoriri Lake has crystal clear turquoise water.
On the way, we’ll meet the Changpas (nomads) who camp around in their yak skin tents and graze their yaks and Pashmina goats in the rich pastures adjoining Tsokar Lake. In the short summer that the area experiences these pastures are carpeted with wild flowers. We spend the night in a deluxe camp near Tsomoriri Lake or spend the night in a Homestay. (4.522m, 100 km)
Day 12 Tsomorori Lake
We’ll enjoy a free day and a day for the bikes to rest. A walk around the lake leaves us spell bound as we’ll be spotting some of the wildlife. The lake lies in the Wetland Conservation Reserve and is home to thirty-four species of birds included 14 species of water birds of which the Black-necked cranes are an endangered species and the Bar-headed geese having their breeding ground only in India.
Day 13 Tsomoriri to Leh
Last day in the Enfield’s saddle so we’d better make the most of it; we leave Tsomoriri early after breakfast for an 8 to 9 hour ride to Leh via Mahe where we meet the Indus River continuing down the valley to reach Leh (3,500m) in the evening. This stretch is everything a biker can wish for as the road meanders along the river and through the gorges. (3500m, 210 km)
Day 14 Leh
A free day in Leh to let the impressions and memories of this truly unforgettable trip sink in. Farewell dinner.
Day 15 Delhi
Flight to Delhi and onwards home with lots of memories.