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Since 7 years our most popular,  the "Classic Bike Adventure" exclusive "Little Tibet" experience

The 3 Lakes and 7 Passes of Ladakh & Nubra Valley Himalayan Motorcycle Tour .....plus a visit at the Taj Mahal at the end....

 

Tsomori Lake

 

In summer 2010 we have added an exciting new Ladakh tour to our range of Himalayan bike adventures. This tour is geared toward those of you who have already experienced our Ladakh Overland or Zanskar & Ladakh motorcycle tours, and who wants now to spend full 11 days in Ladakh on exotic new tracks. Other experienced riders are also very welcome, of course ! More than 250 bikers have experienced this adventure tour over the highest passes of the world which includes the Khardung La pass at an altitude of 5,615 metres, and we are offering 3 - 4 tours of every summer, definitely the best way to enjoy and explore the "Little Tibet" in the Indian Himalayas..

Dustroad Biking at the Tsomori Lake


 

New: a nice video about our last tour - klick to start

40 minutes video-show - also available on our video-site  


Ladakh-3Seen-Karte_small     We tested the route in a pilot motorcycle tour with 10 good friends in the summer of 2009, and we all had a blast.
     Here is the Road-Map.








 


 

The photos here will give you a few impressions of what you can look forward to.

 

Pangong Lake

Our 3 Lakes of Ladakh Bike Tour is founded on our 17 years of experience with motorcycle expeditions in Ladakh. You can expect new tracks, passes and highlights never before offered on an organized motorcycle tour.

This is the first Himalayan Motorcycle tour to take on seven extremely high Himalayan passes including the Khardung La pass as we move along the tour route from Leh to Ladakh - we'll be hitting altitudes of over 5,000 meters five times and tackling the three highest passes in the world!

Our tents camp at Tsomori Lake below the Korzok monastery

The Ladakh 3 Lakes motorcycle tour route covers all of the highlights of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh, as well as the three most beautiful Himalayan lakes in the border region to Tibet - all at altitudes of more than 4,500 meters.

We'll spend 11 days on the road in Ladakh and round out the tour by visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra. In the first year, the entire 14-day tour will cost only USD 3,490.00 per rider, including rental of a new electric-start Bullet bike with gearchange on the left, accommodations in double rooms or two-person tents, and domestic flights from Delhi to Leh and back.

Tsomori Lake

This Leh To Ladakh Bike Trip no longer involves long, tiresome bus or train trips.

The dates for 2016 and 2017 are set and we've already received our first bookings.


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Highlights of the Ladakh 3 Lakes Motorcycle Tour :

  • Two nights in the Alchi oasis - day trip to Fatu La Pass and Lamayuru Monastery

  • Two nights in Nubra Valley at the Hunda oasis (camel ride in the sand dunes - Diskit Monastery - Panamik hot springs)

  • Two nights at Tsomori Lake at the monastery and with the Tibetan nomads

  • One night each at Pangong Lake and Tsoka Lake

  • One night in Agra for a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise

  • We'll be crossing seven road passes on this motorcycle tour:

    5.615 m | Khardung La - Pass - the highest pass on Earth!

    5.390 m | Tanglang La - Pass- the second-highest

    5.360 m | Chan La - Pass - the third-highest

    5.300 m | Wari La - Pass

    5.050 m | Namshang La - Pass

    4.900 m | Konka La - Pass

    4.005 m | Fatu La - Pass - as high as the rest, but one of the most spectacular road passes in the world!


 

near Yangtang Village Nomad tents near Tsomori Lake On 5,615 metres high  Khardung La  Pass Looking down at Korzok on Tsomori Lake

 



Motorcycle Tour to Khardung La Pass in the Indian Himalayas

The tour to Khardung La Pass is one of the highlights of this Himalayan Motorcycle tour.
Situated at an elevation of 5615 meters in the Ladakh region, of the Indian state Of Jammu and Kashmir, Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world. Khardung La is situated 39 km by road from Leh, the capital of Ladakh. The concept of conquering the world's highest motorable road seems to be on many people’s mind while crossing this pass.

Khardung La pass has an Indian Army post and a temple. Tourists specially bikers usually stop to have their photo taken along with the signboard that proclaims Khardung la Pass to be the highest motorable pass in the world. This pass cuts through the mountain peak and hence it offers amazing view of Leh and mountains surrounding the Nubra valley.


Biking in Nubra Valley Diskit Monastery in the backround

Desert riding near Tsokar Lake

Our Tent Camp at Tsomori Lake


LADAKH 3 LAKES MOTORCYCLE TOUR PROFILE

 

Challenging.

Solid riding skills, a sense of adventure and flexibility are a must when taking part in our Himalayan motorcycle expedition, which covers around 1,200 km and considerable altitude differences. The road conditions along the Leh to Ladakh route vary from freshly-paved to rough tracks.

 

While we never actually leave the road, off-road skills can come in handy on some of the tracks that we will ride on. It's also important to note that it's virtually impossible to predict the weather and road conditions in the Himalayas during the months in which the rest of India is experiencing the monsoon.

 

Landslides and abrupt weather changes can force us to change our bike tour program on very short notice. You can certainly look forward to great biking adventure.

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Adjusting to the altitude:

Our bike trip of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas starts in Leh at 3,500 meters, so it will be essential to take a couple of days to adjust to the altitude. After two nights in Leh, we'll move on to two nights in Alchi on the western Indus at around 3,000 meters. In our experience, everyone will have recovered from any mild altitude-related symptoms - headaches, dizziness or sleeplessness - by then. In the past five years, we haven't had any cases of true altitude sickness among any of the participants of the similar Zanskar & Ladakh bike trip.

 

LADAKH 3 LAKES BIKE TOUR - SERVICES PROVIDED:

  • domestic flights from Delhi to Leh and back

  • all airport transfers

  • accommodations in double rooms, generally with showers and WC en suite

  • roomy 2-person tents with awnings (proper beds or comfortable thermal mats will be provided) , some even with private toilet and wash basin, limited hot water..)

  • large dining tent for group breakfasts and dinners, separate latrine tent

  • breakfast and evening meals (tea, coffee are included, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks, mineral water are not)

  • snacks and bottled water in the support vehicle during the tour

  • all road and bridge tolls and admission fees for the entire program

  • Enfield Bullet 500cc rental motorcycle with comprehensive insurance (EUR 500.00 deductible) and touring gear; all bikes are 2013-2014 models with electric start and gearchange on the left

  • fuel, oil and replacement parts for the bikes during the trip

  • English-speaking guide for the entire duration of the Ladakh 3 Lakes motorcycle tour

  • support jeep for luggage, spares, mechanic

  • two experienced Enfied Bullet motorcycle mechanics, one in the jeep as spare rider, on a bike with the group

  • reserved seat in support jeep for all pillion passengers

  • excursion in a private AC minibus from Delhi to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal with accommodation in a 4 or 5-star hotel at the end of the tour

 

Yangs from Bhutan, the best local guide in the Himalayas

Snake Bhudda at Likir

Relaxing after a tough climb

Sand storm at Tsomori Lake


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3 Lakes and 7 Passes of Ladakh & Nubra Valley Himalayan Motorcycle Tour - The route in detail

Roof Terracce Dinner at leh

Day 1: Arrival at New Delhi International Airport during the night, transfer to the domestic terminal of Indira Gandhi Airport with the free shuttle bus. Check-in will be followed by a breathtaking one-hour early-morning flight in an Airbus or Boeing across the Greater Himalayas to Leh and a transfer to our basic but attractive garden hotel in Leh's old town. Time to acclimatize and take an afternoon walk to Shanti Stupa, followed by our welcome dinner in a local beer garden.

Leh, no riding today (3,550 m) Hotel Bijou in Leh - Hotel Bijou in Leh

Young monks at Korzok Monasery

Day 2: After an introductory meeting, our warm-up ride will take us to the most famous monasteries in Ladakh - Hemis and Tikse - in the upper Indus Valley. Dinner will be served on the panoramic terrace of a local restaurant.

Leh , 90 km Hotel Bijou in Leh

Tent Camp on route

Day 3: The Ladakh 3 Lakes motorcycle tour starts with a relaxed ride down through the western Indus Valley, stopping off at the ruins and temples of the old royal palace of Basgo and the mighty Snake Buddha statue at Likir Monastery. Our day's destination is the oasis of Alchi. We'll spend the night in a charming guest house in an apricot orchard near the oldest monastery in Ladakh, now a museum of cultural history with outstanding temple murals that have been restored by students of the Technical University of Aachen/Germany. Dinner in the garden restaurant.

Alchi, 80 km ( 3.100m) Zimshkang Guest House

Bikers talking about the roads

Day 4: Today's day tour takes us down the Indus Valley and up the endless hairpins of the Fatu La Pass that winds its way up to 4,000 meters. On the way back, we'll be stopping off at the imposing Lamayuru Monastery, a symbol of Ladakh. Once again, we'll spend the night in Alchi.

Alchi, 130 km Zimshkang Guest House

Biking in Ladakh

Day 5: Today we'll be taking our Bullets up narrow mountain tracks to the remote Yang Tang village and across a nameless mountain pass to Hemis Supachen, an ancient, holy juniper forest. It's back to Leh in the afternoon - time to relax in the garden of our Bijou Hotel or shop in Ladakh's only town and bazaar. Dinner's in the beer garden!

Leh, 90 km Hotel Bijou in Leh

Break to relax on top of a high Himalayan pass

Day 6: Khardung La Pass
The summit! It's time for the world's highest motorable road, the Khardung La Pass (5,604 m)! this is one of the highlights of the Ladakh 3 Lakes Motorcycle Tour.it's a wild ride down on our bikes into the vast, arid expanse of Nubra Valley, where we'll visit the ancient, remote Diskit Monastery. Today's destination is Hunder, an oasis where we will have dinner and spend the night in the Snow Leopard Guest House with its cozy garden.

Nubra Valley, 110 km Snow Leppard Guest House in Hunder

Highway ride in Ladakh

Day 7:

We have a half-day ride through the broad valley to the hot springs of Panamik, followed by an afternoon riding camels through the sand dunes of Hunder. Dinner is once again in the peaceful garden of the guest house.

Nubra Valley, 150 km (3,000 m) Snow Leopard Guest House in Hunder

 

Korzok Monastery

Day 8:

Time for some double-pass action! From Nubra  we have a steep climb - the recently-opened road leading up to Wari La Pass at 5,300 will demand our undivided attention. Cresting the pass, it's time to cross the truly breathtaking 5,360-meter Chan La Pass and follow a rough mountain road to the luminous blue-green magic of Pangong Lake. We'll spend the night in a basic resort with a sweeping view across the lake to the Tibetan shore.

Pangong Lake, 160 km (4,300 m) Deluxe Tent at the shores of Pagong Lake

Dustroad Biking at the Tsomori Lake

Day 9: 

Later, we'll return to our "headquarters", the Hotel Bijou in Leh. The afternoon is free to relax or shop, or visit the Shanti Stupa at sunset. Dinner at the only Italian, or the best Tibetan place - the choice is yours.

Leh, 160 km Hotel Bijou Leh

Tsomori Lake view

Day 10:

Today we'll ride out into the eastern Indus Valley to Mahe Bridge. After passing the Inner Border Line checkpost, our route once again starts ascending. After cresting Namshang Pass (5,050 m) we'll reach the land of the Tibetan nomads, with Tsomori Lake shimmering turquoise in the distance. Our comfortable tent resort is near the Korzok village and monastery. Time to enjoy the lake and the view to Tibet on the other bank. A hearty Ladakhi dinner will be served in the resort's restaurant tent.

Tsomori Lake, 230 km (4,500 m) Nomadic life - deluxe tent camp

 

Going for a swim at Tsomori Lake

Day 11:

No riding today. We'll explore the old monastery and hike to the tents of the nomads in the rugged valley just behind Korzok. If you're up to it, take a cool dip in Tsomori Lake. We'll have plenty of time to take in the gorgeous landscape and atmosphere in our comfortable lakeside camp.

Tsomori Lake, 0 km (4,500 m) Nomadic life - deluxe tent camp

 

Lunch break on a pass road


Day 12:

On bone-dry trails through desert valleys - it's time to eat some dust! Our bike tour route takes us past sulfur springs and over the windswept, 4,900-meter Pologonka Pass. Our day's destination is Tsokar Salt Lake, a nature reserve and home of the shy wild mongoose and rare birds. Our camp is roughly 2 km from the lake, near the only fresh-water spring. Tonight is our last night in a basic tent resort - sleeping in a "thousand-star hotel" at 4,600 meters - an unforgettable experience.

Tsokar Lake , 90 km (4,600m)  Deluxe tent camp

 

On the way to Yangtang


Day 13:

Today we'll be tackling the world's second-highest road pass, the Taglang La (5,390 m). The leisurely ascent is followed by a spectacular motorcycle ride through a rugged gorge, descending nearly 2,000 meters to the Indus river. We'll return to Leh in the early afternoon, bringing us to the end of the Himalayan Bike Adventure tour. Last chance for a stroll through the bazaar, and in the evening it's time for a farewell dinner in your favorite place.

Leh , 120 km Hotel Bijou

On top of 5.300m high Chang La Pass

Day 14:

We'll catch a plane to Delhi in the early morning and take an AC deluxe coach from the airport directly to Agra (200 km, 5 hours). In Agra, we'll check into a 4 or 5-star hotel near the Taj Mahal and take it easy for the rest of the day. A buffet dinner is available in the hotel.

Agra 5-star hotel ITC Mughal next to the Taj Mahal - http://www.itchotels.in/hotels/itcmughal.aspx

 

 

The camp near Tsoka Lake

Day 15:

We're out before breakfast to see the world's most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal, at sunrise. After breakfast and a stop at Agra's monumental Red Fort, we'll take our AC bus back to New Delhi, where we will visit the Royal Enfield Flagship Store at the Khan Market, and later you will enjoy our "farewell dinner"  at a cozy Resto Pup in New Delhi´s Khan Market before we take you to the airport to fly home...

In case you need a overnight stay on the way out, we will book a room and the airport transfer at the Hotel Ibis / Aerocity near the international flight "Terminal 3" of the Indira Ghandi Airport for you - free of charge.

http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-7484-ibis-delhi-airport/index.shtml

The transfer service to the airport is available from the hotel any time during the night and next day.

 

Restrooms at Tsoka Lake

Day 16: Independent travel to your home or next destination. no hotel

 


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... and now some more pictures from the pilot bike trip:

Also the monks rides the bullets

Mani Stones with mandala

Morning toilet at the Tent Camp

Prayer wheel at Diskit Monastery

Camel Ride at Hunder

Deluxe Tents at the Tsomori Lake

Donating for the Alchi school project

Hill climbing at Tsoka Lake

The very shy Moongose

Wild black crane

The garden of Snow Leppard Guest House in Nubra Valley

the bikes and the crew vehicles

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The cosy tents at Tsomori Lake

The school project that we support in Alchi

The Camels at Hunder

View Point at Pangong Lake

Climbing apeak near Tsomosri Lake

Kurzok at Tsomori Lake

Overtaking a coach

Pagong Lake view

riding camels instaed of Bullets

Our tent camp at Tsomori Lake

Our fridge at the campground

on the roads

View Point at Pangong Lake

Riding in our Backup Truck as a taxi

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