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Monasteries Of Zanskar – Motorcycle Expedition

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Motorcyle Tour Details

Bike Tour Details

Whom is this for

If You are addicted to Adventure and looking for a new high, then this ride will deliver it in truck loads. The Zanskar Motorcycle Expedition is for the experienced adventure rider who is not afraid of riding on rough dirt roads and heights.

What do you “Take-Away” from this ride

For thousands of years, the Zanskar Valley was accessible only to hardened trekkers. It has just about become possible to ride an adventure motorcycle through the valley. So you will be one of the few bikers who have truly explored this valley.

Riding through Zanskar is like travelling back in time. Enduring rough dirt roads, river crossings, high altitudes (avg of 12000 ft above MSL) and unforgiving bone chilling cold will make you redefine your personal limits. Even these are just some of the take away of this ride.

What else

The breath-taking scenery, scale of mountains that dwarf all human endeavors, warm locals with a culture that has largely remained in isolation for many thousands of years, their ancient Monasteries and a subsistence way of life will make every moment in this ride memorable.

Highlights of the ride

The route highlights are Drang Drung Glasier, remote high altitude passes Singe La and Sirsir La (La in Ladaki means Mountain Pass) and view the tallest mountain peaks in Ladakh. We will pass thru hamlets like Rangdum and Purne. We will also get to visit Buddhist Monasteries that are over a thousand years old.

This ride is designed to be a combination of extreme riding and witnessing a culture that has kept the locals happy in this remoteness.

Why NOW and not some other time

Now is the time to experience this really wild side of the Northern Himalayas. In the next two years, good roads, electricity and telephone connectivity will change everything. The old world novelty of Zanskar will be permanently lost to modern development.

Why ride with Red Panda Adventures

We have deep local knowledge of this terrain, culture and riding at high altitude. We also understand, riders need a good mix of hard riding thru the day and comfort at the end of it.

Bike Tour Departure & Return Location

Departure & Return Location

New Delhi
Motorcyle Tour Pricing

Price Includes

  • Flight New Delhi - Leh - New Delhi
  • Airport pick up & drop
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Experienced tour guide & Sweep
  • Royal Enfield Himalaya rental fee
  • Fuel
  • Back up 4x4 SUV
  • Local Permits
  • All local transportation
Motorcyle Tour Pricing

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Personal Insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Additional meals, tips etc.
  • Indian Visa fees
  • Accidental expenditure
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Motorcyle Tour Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day

1
New Delhi to Leh
All our local and international guest riders will arrive at New Delhi International Airport (DEL). We will meet all the riders at the airport and arrange for a group flight from Delhi to Leh. Guest riders will be received at the Leh Airport and taken to the hotel. Group meet for dinner around 19:00hrs. Ride briefing and welcome kit distribution.
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Leh Local
Leh 3500m | 50km | This day is to be exploring Leh town. Walk as much as possible this will help with acclimatization. Get familiar with the motorcycles and make adjustments as required.
3
Leh - Kargil
Kargil Alt 2676m | 270km | 6 hrs: Roll out at 7:00 am. Ride over the highest point on the Leh- Srinagar Highway, Fotu La (4,108m). Travel thru remote the Aryan Village. Cross Hambutling La (4.60m) and descend in to Kargil. Check in to a lovely Resort by later afternoon.
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Kargil - Rangdum
Rangdum Alt 3657m | 131km | 8 hrs: Roll out at 7:00 am. We will be riding along the Suru River. Tarmac roads will end at about 70km from Kargil. There on, we will be riding on dirt roads flanked by tall mountains and glaciers.
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Rangdum - Padum
Padum Alt 3657m | 104km | 6 hrs: Roll out at 9:00 am. We will stop at the 500yrs old Rangdum Gompa to soak in the views of the Suru Valley. In about 25km from there, we will go over Pensi La (4400m). and enter the Zanskar Valley. Just past Pensi La, we will also get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Drang Drung Glacier (23km long). Pensi La is the watershed divide for the Suru River and Stod River (a tributary of Zanskar River). If time permits, we can take a short detour to visit the mystical Dzonkul Gompa
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Padum - Gumbok Rangjan - Purne
Purne Atl 3850m | 108km | 8hrs: Roll out at 8:00am. We will ride up to the spectacular holy mountain Gombuk Rangjan, turn around and get to Purne. The entire route is on rough dirt roads. This part of the ride will redefine the meaning of “remote” for you. Purne is a very small village sitting on the confluence of the Kurgiak river and the Tsrap River (both tributaries of Zanskar River).
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Purne - Fugtal Gompa - Purne
Phugtal Gompa Alt 4000m | 7km | 8hrs: This is a 3.5km trek along the Trap River in the Lungnak valley to reach one of the most elusive Buddhist Monasteries in the world. Getting to this 2000 yrs old Cave monastery has been the main attraction of trekkers from around the world. While we highly recommend this trek, guests may also choose to stay back rest at the home stay.
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Purne - Padum
Padum Alt 3657m | 54km | 4 hrs: Roll out at 9:00 am. Ride back to Padum and visit Zanskar’s largest Gompa. The Karsha Gompa is also a superb vantage point to view the entire Padum Valley and the snow-capped mountains beyond it.
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Padum - Lingshed - Lamayuru
Lamayuru Alt 3510m | 150km | 10hrs: Roll out at 8:00am. This ride will be along the Zanskar River. We will stop over at another ancient Gompa in Lingshed, then cross Singe La, Sirsir La, Photoskar eventually getting back on tarmac roads at Lamayuru. This is a long slow ride and will test both skill and endurance of all riders.
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Lamayuru - Leh
Leh Alt: 3500m | 120km | 4 hrs: This is the last day of our adventure ride. It will be on fantastic tarmac. So the group can choose to either to explore Lamayuru first, then leave for Leh or get to Leh early and explore Leh.

Tour Review

Miriam Chelliah

One of the best experiences we've had. Bala is experienced and patient. For a rookie, finishing the Menchuka ride was a big deal. Came back with some love motorcycle skills. Loved every day of it.

Nash Narasimhan Tupil

On my bucket list, was an himalayan motorbike tour. My wish was fulfilled through Red Panda - and I had an adventure of a life time. Very experienced lead and sweep drivers, with back up 4 wheeled vehicle for any emergency. Curated stays in relatively unknown, spartan but hygienic and comfortable places. Loved staying inside a plastic tent and also Bamboo house. Very well done by our Captain Balaji!! Thank you.

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Loknath Rath

A leap of faith was what it was.. I had not ridden a bike for last 25 years and this hum drum of a covid lockdown was wearing me down. So when Bala sent an WA invitation to ride with him for 8 days of #khukriride, it ignited a spark (pun intended).Those 8 days in Jan 2021 spent riding with Bala & Jojo across NE himalayas were full of thrill, splendor, captivating & enervating. Meticulous planning right from bike selection to route planning, excellent homestays interspersed with local knowledge and intel made this ride a memorable one. I would strongly recommend this ride to anyone who has some interest in riding and adventure. Am sure if I can do it at my age..anyone can. My best wishes to Bala & his team at #redpandaadventures. You are helping many arm chair enthusiasts like me realise a new meaning of life.

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arvind kittur

Red Panda Adventures, Thank you very much for giving me an experience of a life time. The entire expedition as I would like to call it was well managed with a lot of passion, enthusiasm and most importantly servicing the smallest need of every participant. Bala ji is a very knowledgeable, kind hearted and a humble person and an excellent host and a great sport, am sure he misses the “Tawang special” we gave him. Big thank you to Hrushikesh for having my back and making sure I completed every obstacle on my way, and not to forget Lama ji a wonderful person with such positive energy. A big shout out to all the people who took care of us in a very special way at all the Home stays. Highly highly recommend Red Panda Adventures

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Jobo Kuruvilla

Friendly and experienced riders. If your’re looking for a premium motorcycle tour/experience and an adventure on two-wheels — hit up Red Panda Adventures. Their rides will help you “escape the ordinary”, and it is worth every penny!

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