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Mystical Spiti & Mighty Ladakh Adventure

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Motorcyle Tour Details

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Ride to the roof of the world with Red Panda Adventures. Let us take you on a motorcycling pilgrimage, known among riders as one of the best motorcycle rides you can ever do in your lifetime. This Spiti Valley bike trip is one of the best and one the most challenging rides we offer and the rewards are yours to reap. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape, challenging terrain and immerse yourself in the local culture on our ride to the roof of the world.

We have been organizing guided rides on this route for over eight years and even now, every ride feels like the first time. We have deep local knowledge of this terrain and we understand, riders need a good mix of hard riding and comfort. This Khardung La Bike Tour offers a mix of everything, long sweeping tarmac highways, rough broken terrain, riding endlessly through valleys and high-altitude climbs.

This Spiti Valley bike trip starts in Chandigarh at 1,050ft (350mts) above sea level and in about 1300kms, climbs all the way to a whopping 18,379ft (5,602mts) above sea level at mighty Khardung-La. This is the highest motorable road in the world, open to civilians.

Pricing is based on twin sharing basis (2 riders, 1 room). For single occupancy (1 rider, 1 room), please email us on trips@redpandaadventures.com

Bike Tour Departure & Return Location

Departure & Return Location

New Delhi
Motorcyle Tour Pricing

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup & Drop
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Royal Enfield Rental Fee
  • All local transportation
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Fuel
  • Local Permits
  • Motorcycle Insurance*
Motorcyle Tour Pricing

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Personal Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Additional Meals
  • Visa Fees
Mystical Spiti & Mighty Ladakh Adventure
Price Tag From Rs. 234,000
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Motorcyle Tour Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day

1
Arrive in New Delhi - Express First Class Train to Chandigarh
All our local and international riders will arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and we will arrange for an airport meet and greet (inclusive). We will depart from New Delhi to Chandigarh in the evening around 5pm on the New Delhi – Chandigarh Shatabdi Express Train (inclusive). All the riders will check-in into their rooms around 2100hrs on Day 1 and meet for dinner around 2130hrs for a meet and greet as well as a briefing and welcome kit distribution. The ride will begin on Day 2 at 0700. (We can arrange for accommodation around the airport at a cost, for those who reach New Delhi early in the day)
2
Chandigarh to Narkanda via Shimla
Chandigarh to Narkanda (2,710m, 8,891ft) is roughly around 180kms from Chandigarh and will take approx. 8hrs to cover. We start our gradual ascend into the Himalayas via NH 5 and head towards Shimla, which we will bypass en-route to Narkanda. We will cross the Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary and the breath-taking Himalayan views start right from your first day on the road. By the time we get to Narkanda, you would have realised what this ride is all about. We will end the day with a hot meal and some good stories from the day’s ride.
3
Narkanda to Kalpa
From Narkanda, we start heading down towards Rampur. Onwards to Kalpa (2,960m, 9,711ft). As you push higher in to the Himalayas, human population thins out and you will start experiencing the remote wilderness. Riding along the roaring Sutlej River on your left is a constant reminder of the colossal magnitude of nature’s powers. The views are spectacularly breath-taking. On this day, you will ride on roads carved out on sheer granite cliffs. There will be tunnels and canopies that are blasted through solid rock. Keep your cameras ready. The ride ends with a superb 10kms climb from the village of Recong Pio to Kalpa through switchbacks cut across a pine forest.
4
Kalpa to Kaza
From Kalpa, we head towards Kaza (3,800m, 12,467ft) which is the capital of Spiti Valley, one of the most beautiful places on earth. The ride begins with a steep descend from Kalpa and onto NH 5. As we keep riding, the surroundings start becoming barren and the remoteness of the whole region begins to set in. This leg of the trip is our personal favourite and one of the most picturesque. We will stop on the way at Nako and Tabo monasteries before entering Spiti Valley. Kaza also happens to boast of having the "World’s Highest Fuel Station”.
5
Rest Day - Kaza to Komic (Asia's Highest Village) Ride
This is a rest day for the whole group to explore Kaza and the nearby areas at a leasurly pace. Enjoy the views, soak in the crisp mountain air and let the barren mountains reveal a 50 million year old story. At the foot of steep ridges, on the left bank of the Spiti river is the Ki (Key) Monastery. This is the largest monastery in Spiti and is over 1000 years old. Hundreds of Lamas receive their spiritual training in this monastery. It is famous for its Murals and ancient books. For those who want to ride, we will organize a 4 hours ride up to Komic, which is claimed to be the world's/Asia's highest village located at 4,520m (14,829ft) above sea level. Komic is home to clutch of robust indigenous people, who live here throughout the year.
6
Kaza to Keylong
The route from Kaza to Keylong continues to emphasize on the remoteness of this region. This is where we usually see most of our guest bikers connect with nature and truly relish the essence of motorcycling. The ride is relaxed for the first few hours and the morning sun, chill and views are one of a kind. We will cross our first high altitude pass of this trip on this day. Kunzum La at an altitude of 4,590m (15,060ft). This route will take us thru dirt tracks, some interesting water-crossings and views of a hundred water falls before we eventually join the Manali – Leh. Our night halt will be at basic hotel with spectacular views of rugged mountains.
7
Keylong to Sarchu
We start from Keylong at 0800 and head towards Sarchu. Pretty soon we will to climb up Baralacha La (Altitude 4890m/16040ft) and slowly make our way to Sarchu. Sarchu is a wind swept, bitterly cold, high altidute (4290m/14070ft) platue. This will probably be your life's highest overnight camp, ever. Stories of this night will be narrated over and over for many years.
8
Sarchu to Leh
Its best to start early from Sarchu. You will experiance phenomanal altitude changes or the ride to Leh. The first spectacle is a steep accent over 21 switchbacks carved on the mountain called Gata Loops. We will cross three high altitude passes on this day. Naki La 4,740m (15,547ft), Lachlung la 5,019m (16,616ft) are the first two before the landscape flattens out at More Plains, a true wonder of mother nature. This stretch of flat 40kms long road across the More (pronounced: more-eh) plains is flanked by mountain ranges on both sides. Then climb up and over Tanglang La, the second highest motorable road in the world at at altitude of 5,328m (17,480 ft) before descending into Tsokar and then ultimately Leh, via the highway that runs into the Indus Valley.
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Rest Day - Leh
Leh is a charming little town with history going back to over 1000 years. This is a good day to pack in to cars and visit old monastries and other local attractions. Interact with locals, try out local cuisine and unique fruit juices. Sit with a cup of coffee in the local bazaar and watch the world go by.
10
Leh Khardung La
We begin our ride at 1000. We gather around for a team breakfast and relax a little before commencing the ride towards Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world (open to civilians). Khardung La was one of the most important passes of the silk route connecting Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia. Over 10,000 pack animals used to cross over every year. Depending on what time of the year you are riding, the weather could be pleasant or extremely cold. Riding up to 5,359m (17,582 ft) will be one of the most surreal and rewarding experience you will ever have on a motorcycle. It is an achievement in its own right, and we will have a celebratory ‘chai’ and a group photo before heading back down to Leh.
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Leh - New Delhi (Flight)
Fly out from Leh to New Delhi and then to your respective destinations. Flight will be a morning flight between 6am to 7:30am. Leh being an air force station, check-in times are longer and there are double security checks. It will be an early start. It is advisable to book any outgoing flights from New Delhi to Dubai after noon to factor in any delays.

Tour Review

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!

Hetal Trivedi

I totally got more than I had expected on their Enchanting Tawang ride in Feb 2019. With the help of their knowledge of the area, they had selected some of the most exciting routes which resulted in an intoxicating mix of Fun, Pleasure, Thrills on each day of the ride! All that you want out of something that is labelled as an Adventure Ride. The choice of the RE Himalayan as the motorcycles could not have been better either, it just did everything that you expect! Do I recommend Red Panda rides to other riders? - Whole heartedly. Will I take another ride with Red Panda Adventures myself? - Sure. I certainly hope that Red Panda cooks up some more equally exciting rides in that fabulous part of the world, called the Seven Sister states of India (NorthEast India).

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karan singh Sood

What a great experience it's been renting a motorcycle from Red Panda. Inspite of the fact that I'd only signed up for renting a motorcycle, these guys went all out helping me plan the entire ride. Not just that, they were only a call away throughout the 20 days of my trip, helping me sort the minor troubles I faced with the motorcycle while on the road. For anyone who's planning to travel the northeast region of India, I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend renting a motorcycle/signing up for an organised motorcycle tour with these guys. Thank you so much Bala & team for helping me plan a ride I'm gonna cherish for the rest of my life. Cheers

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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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Birthe Houdelet

I had a great time travelling the north-east Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya in December 2017 with Red Panda Adventures. The motorbike tour was well organized and the whole trip was a great experience. The landscape is fascinating and offers lots of variety. Visits to national parks, offroad biking, elephant riding, relaxing days, bond fire and BBQ, authentic cuisine, visits to villages and meeting the locals, waterfalls, breathtaking views into the canyons, hiking in the rain forest.. all of this is included in the trip! An adventurous trip to this still mainly undiscovered part of India.

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