INDIA TOUCH THE SKY ADVENTURE
This very challenging India motorcycle tour features a series of high passes on precarious Himalayan roads along the Spiti River Valley and farther north in the Indian province of Himachel Pradesh. Prepare to spend several nights above 10,000 feet with one camp up at 14,000 feet. You will cross the three highest motor able passes in the world: Lachulang La Pass (5,066 meters), Tanglang La Pass (5,359 meters) and, the world’s highest, Khardung La Pass (5,540 meters). Touch Tibet on this spectacular motorcycle adventure of a lifetime.
Road Conditions: This motorcycle adventure features challenging riding encompassing paved roads to dirt roads mixed with extreme altitude. The mountainous roads of India are a mixture of stream crossings, rocks, gravel, goat herds, high cliffs and narrow passages. Off road experience is a must for riders wanting to join this trip.
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*Double Occupancy - Base Bike with a Shared Room
*Single Occupancy - Base Bike with Your Own Room
*Couples Package - Two Participants on One Base Bike in One Private Room
The motorcycle that comes with the package is the Royal Enfield Himalaya.
DAY 1 - Arrival in Kullu: Your adventure starts with your arrival in at the Kullu Airport. You will be met there and transported to the outdoor recreation capital of India, Manali. Hotel check in and unwind. Meet the other touring members this evening at the Welcome Dinner.
DAY 2 - 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. "
DAY 3 - Manali Day Ride - 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
DAY 4 - Manali to Shoja: Ride south out of Manali, before veering onto a country road that climbs towards the sky. No one can prepare you for the exhilaration of the traffic in India, nor the spectacular forest scenery! Stay at 8,000 feet, high in the mountains at Shoja.
DAY 5 - Shoja to Sarahan: 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
DAY 6 - Sarahan to Kalpa: Ride the amazing mountain road as it winds its way along steep cliffs under the shadow of glacial peaks. The road turns ruff and the canyon walls get steeper. Your lodge is located in a grove of apple trees with views of 20,000 foot Himalaya peaks. Stay in Kalpa
DAY 7 - Kalpa to Nako: Apply for an Inner Line Permit in the morning (for travel near the Tibetan border). Ride the "world's most treacherous road" up the Spiti River Valley. Camp at 11,000 feet in the herding village of Nako and marvel at the mountain scenery in this quaint Bhoti village.
DAY 8 - Nako to Kaza: Ride through spectacular mountain scenery all day long! Traffic will be seldom, and the breathtaking scenery will overwhelm you. The road along the Spiti River was featured in "Ice Road Truckers" for this reason. Stay at Kaza, home to the world's highest gas station
DAY 9 - Kaza to Chandra Tal: Ride your Royal Enfield over stunning Kunzum Pass (4,551m). Venture into the remote world of the Himalayas this day, where only the sheep herders roam. Tonight features rustic camping to a cathedral of mountains all around. Camp at Chandra Tal.
DAY 10 - Chandra Tal to Keylong: The adventure continues as you follow the Beas River up the valley we head over Rohtang Jot (3,978mtrs) which is exhilarating by bike. This will be our most challenging riding of the trip. You will be staying in a hotel at 10,000 feet tonight in a town so remote, it is locked in by snow during the long winter. Stay in Keylong.
DAY 11 - Keylong to Sarchu: 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 await you. This will be our highest elevation tent stay (14,523 ft) Stay at Sarchu.
DAY 12 - Sarchu to Leh: Your motorcycle adventure takes you over three passes - Nakee La Pass (4,740 meters) , Lachulang La Pass (5,066 meters) and Tanglang La (5,359 meters). Tanglang La It is the second highest motor able mountain pass in India after Khardung La. Hotel Stay in Leh this evening.
DAY 13- Free day in Leh: Today MotoQuest will arrange your inner line permits for the Nubra Valley while you explore the area. Check out the Alchi Monastry (oldest monastery in Ladakh) or stroll around town. Stay in Manali.
DAY 14 - Leh - Khardung La Pass - Nubra valley: Take a day to ride over one of the highest motorable passes 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.
DAY 15 - Free Day, Nunder: You are at the crossroads of the Silk Road and Religion, where Pakistan, China and India meet. Take the day to explore around on your motorcycle, and take part in an organized camel safari or visit an the old Gyal Khatoon Mane
Buddhist Temple. Camp in Nunder
DAY 16 - Nubra valley to Leh: Cross back over the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La, as you head back to Leh.
Unwind and explore the market streets in Leh. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner and recant the incredible journey you just shared with your fellow travel companions. Hotel Stay in Leh
DAY 17 - Fly Home or keep the dream alive. The next motorcycle adventure vacation awaits!
THE GEAR TO BRING
MotoQuest guides wear KLIM helmets, jackets, pants and gloves, and we outfit our motorcycles with luggage and accessories from Twisted Throttle. You can view and download our complete MotoQuest packing list here.
MotoQuest Staff on Tour
Included With the Tour
- Hotel Accommodations
- Premiere Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Professional MotoQuest Guide(s)
- Support Vehicle
- Support Vehicle Driver
- Staff Trained in First Aid with Satellite Phone
- MotoQuest Swag Bag
- Photos Taken on the Trip
- Automatic Enrollment in Global Rescue
- Meals on the Road
- Alternative Tours
- Travel Insurance
- National Park Entrance Fees
5 nights will be spent "Glamping" or, "Glamorous Camping".