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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riding in the Himalayas is a lot of fun and promises adventure around every bend. Formed over millions of years, the Himalayas command and deserve respect. We try our best to inform our clients of all the possible challenges they might face and also of all the key highlights and attractions along the way. However, the ultimate responsibility of safety lies with the riders. We have had the pleasure of riding with over 150 riders in the last eight years and we hope to continue building these relations with like-minded individuals across the world.
This Monasteries of Zanskar motorcycle trip is not suited for someone who has just started riding and/or has fear of heights. The terrain and the altitude can get overwhelming. We do not believe in rushing through this and we have a time table which allows for many stops along the way, for photographs and chit chat. There are a multitude of ‘chai’ stops along the way but we aim to start and finish the ride each day while the sun is up. The accommodation and food we provide is considered to be top of the line for this part of the world but we do expect our clients to set their expectations accordingly. Luxury in this part of the world is relative to the terrain and needs a bit of adjusting. As a result of our extensive experience of operating in this region, we take full precautions for health and safety before and during our trips. We have a well-equipped support vehicle that is part of each our trips. We carry spares for all kinds of small and big breakdowns and a mechanic is always part of the crew. The team is trained in first aid and we carry a well-stocked first aid kit along with medicines to tackle altitude sickness, stomach bugs, nausea, fever and headaches. We have a list of all police stations, hospitals, military posts and emergency services for all our routes to handle all eventualities.
Zanskar monasteries ride was a ride that is now permanently itched in memory, a very well curated route with some amazing sights, experiences and connect with the history that is untouched by modern tourism.. highly recommend Red Panda for curated riding experiences .. thank you Balaji :)
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.
Had a life Changing experience in the monasteries of zanskar ride With red panda. One of a kind extreme travel company this is
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.Read More
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.Read More