Over the past decade people travelling to Ladakh have increased comparatively, travellers love to go on a bike ride to Ladakh. Travelling to Ladakh by road has been the most sought after  trip. Though Leh the biggest city of Ladakh has an airport, travellers love travelling by road. Infact Manali to Leh bike trip has a whole new definition of biking in India. 


Adventure lovers from all over the world visit the place around June to September. The bike trip starts from Manali, riders coming from Delhi can take a bus to Manali and spend a day getting used to the altitudes. Though the distance from Manali to Leh is 472kms it takes 3 days to reach as you have to take a coupleof halts at places like Jaspu and Sarchu. The motorcycle ride promises to offer you a ton of experience and adventure, such as crossing the highest motorable roads to campaign in remote areas. 


Detailed Itinerary 


You have to first arrive at Delhi and then take a bus to Manali, from where our bike trip will be starting. 




You will arrive at Manali and check in a pre-booked hotel and rest for some time and later attend an orientation session, it somehow is compulsory as you get to know everything that is necessary about the trip. Later in the afternoon you can take your bikes and then visit some places in Manali,like Hadimba Temple, Mall road, Old Manali lane etc. Later you can have dinner and stay overnight. 




Manali to Jispa is around 140 kms and it takes 8 hours to cover the journey. You will have to leave early, it somehow becomes mandat as you have to cross mighty Rohtang pass early  before it becomes too crowded. After crossing Rohtang the Landscape changes drastically as you enter Lahaul and Spiti district. Continue to ride to Jispa crossing the quaint town of Sissu and Kelong. You’ll arrive at the hotel in the early evening and rest for the day. 




The distance from Jispa to Sarchu is 90 kms and it takes around 6 hours to cover the distance. For this particular trip you have to keep yourself completely hydrated as we will be spending the night above 4000mt altitude. After you’ve crossed Darcha, you will have to keep riding on the Manali-Leh highway towards Deepak Tal. The road from here starts to steep towards the Baralacha Pass, negotiating the Zing Zing bar and crossing the emerald lake known as Suraj Tal. After crossing Baralacha halt somewhere near and have a well-deserved lunch. Continue your ride to Sarachu on the same road, Tsarap river is visible on the left side raging through the mountains. Arrive at Sarachu later in the evening and rest your day out. 




The distance from Sarachu to Leh is around 250km, and it takes around 8hours to complete the trip. You can leave after an early breakfast as this is going to be the most tiring yet adventurous day. Just after leaving Sarchu you start to ascend towards Nakee La, crossing the zig-zag Gata Loops. The descent from Nakee La is not yet over and the ascent towards Lachung La begins. The descent from Lachung La brings us to Pang, where we can halt for Lunch. Closer to the end of the plains we start to climb Tanglang la, the highest motorable pass at Manali-Leh highway. After this continue riding towards Leh along the mighty Indus river. Reach Leh in the evening and relax back in the hotel. 




Start your day with an early and amazing breakfast, in the first half of the day you can get a quick bike check up and servicing if needed and in the next half you can visit a few places for sightseeing. You may choose to visit some local markets and try authentic Ladakhi cuisines, you can also visit Leh palace, Shanti Stupa etc. and then rest back in the hotel. 


After this the next morning you can ride further to Nubra and Pangong, which have experiences of their own. This trip will leave you overwhelmed at the end as the adventures that you go through have an experience of their own 


If you by any chance are an adventure fanatic, this trip waits for you and welcomes you with all it,s arms open. 


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Roberta Schira