Ride a series of high passes on incredibly precarious Himalayan roads along the Spiti River Valley and farther north in the Indian province of Himachel Pradesh. Touch Tibet on this spectacular motorcycle adventure.
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Challenging riding encompassing paved roads to dirt roads. The mountainous roads of India are like nothing other. Stream crossings and steep cliff faces are the order of the day. Off road experience is a must for riders wanting to join this trip.
Luxurious hotels to camping. Camping is comfortable and the camp spots are pre set up, scenic and remote. All food is included on this trip: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Highlights for this motorcycle tour
- Touch Tibet on this phenomenal journey
- Ride unimaginalbly precarious mountain roads
- Ride the gorgeous Spiti River Valley
- Top Lachalung Pass at 5,065 meters
- Experience a land that is virtually Tibet with it’s prayer flags and Bhoti Culture
- Go back in time in a country that is timeless
- Explore the outdoor recreation capital of Manali
- Experience India's Himalayan Province of Himachel Pradesh
- Ride the highest motorable pass in the world at Khardung La
- Ride a Royal Enfield motorcycle
India Touch the Sky Adventure Itinerary
* All Meals and Gas included in Tour Price.
Saturday, August 22nd:
Arrive in Kullu, transport to Manali
Airport transport from the Kullu Airport to the outdoor recreation capital of India. Take a rest, walk the streets and get aquainted with this colorful city. Welcome Dinner this Evening.
Free Day in Manali
This is the day to meet the motorcycles, do paperwork, catch up on jet lag, explore Manali and relax.
Stay in Manali
Rohtang Pass Accent
Ride to the top of Rohtang Pass and back. This is a 13,000 foot pass with epic vistas and a great opportunity for your body to acclimatize to the high altitude you will be experiencing for the rest of the trip.
Stay in Manali
Manali to Shoja - 110 km
Ride south out of Manali, before veering onto a country road. No one can prepare you for the exhilaration of the traffic in India, nor the spectacular forest scenery! Clear flowing mountains streams cascade through lush pine forests.
Stay in Shoja
Shoja to Sarahan - 130 km
Climb to nearly 10,000 feet over scenic Jalori Pass (3,220m) before riding on to Sarahan. Stunning mountains scenery abounds. Check out the historic temple at Bhimakali, from the 12th Century.
Stay in Sarahan
Sarahan to Recong Peo - 110 km
Ride the amazing mountain road as it winds its way along steep cliffs under the shadow of glacial peaks. Impossible to describe!
Stay in Recong Peo
Recong Peo to Nako - 120 km
Apply for an Inner Line Permit in the morning, and ride an incredible mountain road the rest of the day. Steep canyon walls surround you as you make your way to the small pastoral town of Nako. Watch the locals continue their age-old herding lifestyle. Marvel at the mountain scenery in this quaint Bhoti village.
Nako to Kaza - 130 km
Ride through spectacular mountain scenery all day long!! Traffic will be seldom, and the breathtaking scenery will overwhelm you. Stay at Kaza, home to the worlds' highest gas station!
Kaza to Chattru (Camp) - 140 km
Ride over stunning Kunzum Pass (4,551m). Venture into the remote world of the Himalayas this day! Cathedral-like mountain scenery all around...
Camp at Chattru
Chattru to Keylong (3350mtrs) - 115 km
Following the Beas river up the valley we head over Rohtang Jot (3,978mtrs) which is an exhilarating ride enabling you to become familiar with bike and the Indian roads.
Keylong to Sarchu (4,000 meters) - 116 km
Today we pass over the Bara Lacha La Pass (4830mtrs), (73 km from Keylong)-the originating point of Chandra, Bhaga and Yunan Rivers. Arrive at Sarchu for a night of camping under the stars. Camp fire and a cathedral of mountain tops.
Sarchu to Leh (3,500mtrs) - 262 km
Today takes you over three passes-Nakee La Pass (4,740 meters) , Lachulang La Pass (5,066 meters) and Tanglang La (5,359 meters). It is the second highest motorable mountain pass in India after Khardung La. Today will be a long ride. Hotel Stay in Leh this evening.
Leh-sightseeing day (Alchi)
Today we will fix our inner line pirmit for the Nubra Valley. There is plenty to see in Leh and this one day gives you the chance to do a bit of sightseeing and have a little respite whiles taking in the surroundings. Early morning we aim to Alchi Monastry (oldest monastery in Ladakh).
Leh-Khardung La Pass (5,540 meters)-Nubra valley
Take a day to ride over the highest motorable pass in the world-Khardung La Pass (5,540 meters) into Nubra Valley. On the way to Nubra Valley on the right side you have a chance to enjoy an epic view of Saser Kangri Mountain (7,672 meters). Camp in Nunder.
Free Day, Nunder
Take the day to explore around on your motorcycle, and take part in an organized camel safari to Panamik Hot Springs.
Camp in Nunder
Cross back over the highest motorable pass in the world as you head back to Leh.
Last evening enjoy market streets in Leh, shopping, Farewell Dinner.
Hotel Stay in Leh
Monday, September 7th:
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This is the toughest, most demanding tour we offer. Prudhoe Bay is a cakewalk, compared to this. Do not ride the Indian Himalayas without understanding the nature of what you are signing up for. This tour is difficult, and not for everybody.
To Book This Tour:
To secure a spot on our Himalaya Adventure, please register and pay $1,000 deposit.
Royal Enfield Machismo 500cc (left shifting)
You may also reach our travel agent Sally at: Sally@alaskatravelsource.com, or (907) 562- 2213
Just tell her you are part of a MotoQuest Tour!
We highly recommend that you spend at least one more day in Manali before the tour starts. We will be happy to arrange any extra hotel accommodations for you! Manali is a wonderful town with much to do. We are sure you would like to spend an extra day exploring this area.
All meals and gas are included in the tour price! Allow enough money to pay for alcohol, snacks and gifts. You should be fine with $500, unless you want to do some shopping.
ATMs: available in Manali and Rampur only. Have enough rupees to cover the entire tour by the time you leave Manali. Visa Plus System ATM Cards work. You may also change US$ in Manali.
*If bringing US Cash, please have clean bills with no marks or tears in them.
Visas are obligatory for citizens of the United States and Canada. Please check for you own country.
Always bring at least two passport photos with you when you travel internationally.
Most of the traffic in India seems random and chaotic. There is a rhythm to it, but be prepared for the unexpected. India is not place you go to take a Sunday cruise. It more about staying aware and being able to ride you bike competently in adverse conditions.
Scenery: Stop before you try to take in the grandness of the Himalayas!
- Left Side Traffic.
- Use Horn when passing!!
- Mind the horn behind you..someone is about the pass!
- Lane splitting OK.
- Watch for cows!
- Treat every corner as if a dump truck is coming around!
- Trucks will signal you to pass them with a wave.
- 100 Himalayan Kilometers = 100 Miles of Rocky Road
- Little or no warning for road construction.
- No guard rails with over 1,000 ft drops.
Much of the itinerary is at high altitude. Some nights will be spent above 10,000 feet. If you feel this will affect your trip to India, see a doctor and take a physical. You want to be in the best physical shape possible when on this trip. Please consult your physician regarding altitude before you take this trip.
We will have organized camping for 5 of the nights. All camping equipment such as tents and sleeping pads will be provided. Food, toilet and water will be available at these camp sites.
Should I Ride India?
How do I know I am a competent enough rider?
Answer Yes to some of these:
Have you ridden on one of our dual-sport tours in Alaska?
Have you ridden dirt bikes competitively?
Do you ride dirt often?
Did you grow up riding dirt bikes?
Have you taken an accredited off-road motorcycle course?
Yes to two or more of these? You qualify! Please call us if you are not sure:
1-800-756-1990, 1(907) 272-2777
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Send us your travel information so we know when and where to meet you. Please be prepared to show your current motorcycle drivers license.
Bring riding gear that is warm and waterproof (a riding suit with pads is best).
Riding suit, top and bottom, with pads. Have something that is waterproof, or bring an outer waterproof layer for rainy days.
For Women we recommend:
Recommended Rain Gear: Olympia Horizon Rain Gear
Stout water-proof boots, rain gear, a warm hat, rain-proof gloves (2 pair), hiking shoes, bug spray, lots of underwear, fleece layers, full-faced helmet, swim suit, and a good camera are the things you need on the trail.Back to Top
The trip to India is incredible, in a two week journey you will
experience just about everything that you always wanted to do on a
motorbike, and more!