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Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It's also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.
Jispa is a village in Lahaul, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Jispa is located 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha, along the Manali-Leh Highway and the Bhaga river. There are approximately 20 villages between Jispa and Keylong.
Sarchu is a major halt point with tented accommodation in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway, on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in India. It is situated between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m.
Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Originally a stop for trading caravans, Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas. Massive 17th-century Leh Palace, modeled on the Dalai Lama’s former home (Tibet’s Potala Palace), overlooks the old town’s bazaar and mazelike lanes.
Pangong Tso, Tibetan for "high grassland lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China.
On arrival in Manali, check-in to the hotel and relax till afternoon. Grab a quick lunch, post which you test your motorbike and get used to the roads. Go riding on the Himalayan riding premier through the challenging roads along the Kullu Valley. The tricky bends and stretches on the road will help you test the characteristics of the bike and acquaint yourself to handle the motor beast for your entire tour. Enjoy a fun ride to the beautiful Kullu Valley. Later, come back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Wake up early this morning and begin your adventure. Start your ride to Rohtang Pass (3978 meters). The beautiful mountain pass is the gateway of your bike tour. This first leg of your journey is your first challenge as the roads are really bad and the weather conditions are also uncertain. Overcome your first test, after which you will pass through the Lahaul Valley. Lahaul introduces you to the mountains capped with snow all around. Proceed to Jispa, which is your halt for the day. Enjoy a delicious dinner of the mountains. Steamed momos and thukpa are famous traditional Himalayan items for dinner. Fill your stomachs and be off to your well-deserved rest.
Today you drive to Sarchu. As you leave Jispa behind, enter the Greater Himalayan landscape. This highway route, takes you into the heart of the mountains. Enjoy the splendid view as you pass through the Baralachha Pass (5000 meters above sea level). Keep driving towards Sarchu which is the border line between Kashmir and Himachal. From there, get to the Sarchu camp. Relax for the rest of day and keep a high intake on fluids to keep away AMS (acute mountain sickness).
The day starts with a lot of challenges. Today you will have to ride your motorbike through flatlands and get into the mountain horizon. Drive through the Tanglang-La Pass which is the second-highest motorable mountain pass in the world at the height of 5300 meters. After crossing this pass, you will ride through well-maintained roads all the way to Leh. En-route, get to see the monasteries of Thiksey and Shey. These ancient monasteries are set on the top of a hill and are attractions of your tour. Check-in at the hotel in the borders of Changspa in Leh. Spned your time exploring the local places. Rest for the night.
Today your day covers a visit to Khardungla Pass at 18360 ft, one of the world's highest motorable pass. In the afternoon, leave for a local city tour of Leh. Explore the attractions of Leh city. The Old Fort which overlooks the city is quite a breathtaking beauty. There are many eating joints at the central street which serve a wide variety of cuisines. Spend the evening at any of the garden restaurants which are popular in this place. Return to your hotel for the night.
The sixth day of your tour covers a visit to the Pangong Lake. The largest brackish water lake in Asia is one of the best attraction of Ladakh. 2/3rd portion of the lake lies in China. The waters are crystal clear blessed with so many intriguing shades of blue. After a halt at the lake, proceed towards Chang La (5500 meters above sea level) and go forward to the army checkpoint at Tangse. Check-in at the resort and have a comfortable stay for the night.
Have your breakfast early in the morning and get ready to head towards Leh. Explore Leh the whole day. Shop at bazaars and visit the Shanti Stupa, the Buddhist white-dome huge structure which overlooks Changspa. Enjoy a great view of the Indus Valley and the Zanskar range. Enjoy the comforts of your hotel.
Good By to Leh and begin your ride. En-route, you will see Pang, a scenic spot in Ladakh's landscape. Halt at Srachu. Sarchu lies in the middle of the two beautiful destinations, Manali and Leh. Have a comfortable stay in the camp.
In the morning, begin your drive through the Sarchu plain and reach the Baralaccha plain till noon. Enjoy the beauty crossing through Lahaul ranges and reach Rohtang pass. Rohtang pass will challenge you with mini-rivers of mud. Ride through the obstacles to reach Manali. Have a comfortable stay at the hotel in Manali.
This is the last day of the adventurous bike tour. We bid you adieu with fond memories of your adventure in Ladakh.