Himalayan Adventure Ride
from $3,480 (USD)per person
Travel with Mid Life Adventures to the hustle and bustle of vibrant Delhi where after an exciting two day tour including a rickshaw race through the spice markets, we travel through the lush plains of India on local train to the summer capital of Shimla where your journey begins.
Fourteen days on Royal Enfield ‘Himalayan’ motorcycles through the astounding Himalayas staying in local accommodation, visiting 1000 year old temples and Tibetan monasteries. After reaching the peak of the highest motorable road in the world, we stay in magnificent royal houseboats in the ancient city of Srinagar before departing by air to Delhi for our final night together in the magnificent Leela Palace.
An Unforgettable yet Challenging High-Altitude Motorcycle Adventure
Royal Enfield tour, Himachal Pradesh, a peaceful state in the lap of Himalaya where God lives where each village has their own deity; its magical nature is a paradise for visitors. Your real motorcycle expedition starts from Shimla (State Capital), a tourist paradise in a lush green valley. A narrow, curvy but charming road leads from remote villages to the rocky and sandy terrain of semi desert Kinnaur and to arid Spiti located on the Indo-Tibetan border. Further mountainous roads leads through Chandra valley dominated by snow caped mountains to the tribal region of Lahoul, Leh & Ladakh. During your adventure tour, you will visit ancients Hindu temples where often devotees can be seen paying homage and monasteries where monks chant and study.
Apart from the natural beauty, you will meet the welcoming and cheerful people of the Himalayas. All this diversified culture and landscape remains a life time memory.
Your trip will be escorted by experienced crew members that include guide and mechanic with spare parts and back up vehicle for baggage. The backup vehicle can also accommodate the co-pilot (potential passenger) by advance notice if from time to time they wish to travel comfortably. You will ride into entirely isolated and remote valleys of Himachal Pradesh, Leh & Ladakh and tranquil landscapes, soothing for eyes and soul, visit century old Hindu traditional temples and Tibetan monasteries and meet the cheerful people whilst riding the Himalayan roads that very few riders dare to ride.
Tour at a Glance
July - October
18 Days 17 Nights
Hotel – Camps
Royal Enfield ‘Bullet’ 500cc/ RE Himalayan
Level of Difficulty
Moderate to Tough
Max. Altitude Reached
5,602m / 18,379ft
Max. Sleeping Altitude
3,500m / 11,483ft
Average Daily Distance
165 kms / 105 mtr
1,700km / 620mt
from $3,480 (USD) Airfare not included
Yes, you need a Licence to go on this adventure. Also you need a valid License to obtain travel insurance.
Departure TimeJuly - October
Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Motorcycle Expeditions representative will meet and greet you at the airport will accompany you to your overnight accommodation in New Delhi.
Overnight at Florence Inn Hotel in Delhi.
Check in/out time 12 noon.
(If you are arriving before check in time you have to wait in Hotel lobby or have to pay extra for early check in as per availability of room).
Day 02 Delhi
Morning after breakfast we will visit Old Delhi tour which includes sightseeing of Chandni chowk, a rikha ride, Red fort Jama masjid (mosque) & free for shopping or leisure in the market.
Overnight at Florence Inn Hotel in Delhi. (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)
Day 03 Delhi
Morning after breakfast you will visit India Gate, lotus temple, Gurudwara, Kutubminar & Jantermanter.
Overnight at Florence Inn Hotel or similar in Delhi. (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)
Day 04 Delhi to Shimla, 2000 Mtrs, 350 kms, 8/9 hours by comfortable train.
Check out early morning at 5 am; depart to impressive railways station of New Delhi. You will have breakfast in the train, afternoon lunch in the train, one can just come out of the train and pick the Indian spicy and hot fast food, on the way; it’s a long drive in the plain of Punjab toward the foothill of Pir-panjal Himalayan hills. By evening reach Shimla, night at hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Shimla.
Day 05: Shimla to Sarahan 2500mtrs, 190kms, 6/7 hours ride, Safari 01
After breakfast your motor bike will be provided and a briefing on motorcycle and roads will be given by your guide. We don’t ride in India the way you ride back in Australia or Europe. You will explore as the shady scenic road goes up to Narkand (2500 mtrs) through the pine forest. A gentle descend through outer side of villages to join the main road from Shimla leads to Kinnaur –Spiti. Continue to Sarahan the summer capital of the Rampur Busheher, visit 1500 years old temple of goddess Bhimakali and get a magnificent view of the Shir Khand peaks. Night at guest house.
Overnight at Hotel in Sarahan.
Day 06: Sarahan to Kalpa (3450m) 140 kms, Safari 02
Morning after breakfast it’s time to ride for Kalpa. One of the prime attractions of Kalpa is the Kinnaur Kailash Mountain also known as the Kinner Kailsh Mountain in the local language. It is considered to be sacred by the locals of the region. A Shiva Lingam measuring 70 m in height sits on top of the peak which attracts a large number of devotees and tourists all year round. The Sangla Valley situated on the banks of the Baspa River is another prominent attraction, which rests at an altitude of 8900 ft above sea level.
After that the Kamru Fort, the Naga Temple, and Sapni, which are renowned for their architectural excellence. The city of Recong Peo which offers a panoramic view of the Kinner Kailash Mountain.
Today we will reach Reckong-Peo in the afternoon. You will be transferred to the District Magistrate’s office for one photograph and signature. This is mandatory for each individual foreigner client who is going to cross this restricted area. After this formality you will get inner line permit for further check post.
District Magistrate office will be closed on Sunday and any Govt. Holiday.
Overnight at Hotel in Kalpa.
Day 07: Kalpa to Tabo. (3050-180km) 7-8h, Safari 03
Leave to Recongpeo the district headquarter. Today we are entering in restricted area where inner line permits and passports will be checked at check post at Jhangi.. Gorgeous route leads via Khab where Sutlej river entre in India and merge in to Spiti river. Uphill and cliffy road high over Spiti River till Nako, the most charming village offers a magnificent view around. To the north of the village is the monastic complex belonging to the Drugpa order.
After cliffy road, we ride through several villages reaching Tabo late afternoon. Tabo, Monastery was founded in 996 A.D. and is often called the Ajanta of Himalayas. In Trans Himalayas Buddhism, Tabo sanctity is next only to Tibet’s Tholing gompa. Explore the village by foot and in the evening join the ceremony (Puja) in monastery complex.
Overnight at hotel in Tabo.
Day 08: Tabo to Kaza (3600 m.) 58kms.via Dhankar Lalung and Pin valley, Safari 04
Dhankar the ancient capital of Spiti king, the most incredibly situated gompa, perched high on the barren rocky mountain slopes. Lalung is the second most interesting monastery of Spiti reached in the afternoon passing Pin valley known for its national park (house of the snow leopards, and ibex)and Kungri gompa which is the main centre of Nyingmapa sect in Spiti. Night in Kaza the sub divisional headquarter of Spiti.
Dinner & overnight at Hotel in Kaza.
Day 09: Kaza to Jispa (2000m), 220 kms, Safari 05
The road leads through several villages of the Spiti valley. The last village of the valley is Lossar. Short uphill drive till Kunzum pass (4700 m.) offers extensive views of the snow caped mountains as we continue through Chandra valley. The terrain from Losar village to Gramphu over Kunzumla is an off-road boon for motorcyclists as we continue to Keylong the tribal district headquarter of Lahul valley.
Dinner & overnight at hotel in Jispa.
Day 10: Jispa to Tsokar: 240 kms, 4,200meters, Safari 06
Stop at the police check post & then we follow winding road until Baralacha. We cross one of the toughest passes of the journey: the Baralacha pass which rises to 4,890 metres and offers stunning views. Then we descend to "Bharatpur" for a well-deserved chai break and hot lunch.
The most awesome part of the trip on the Manali-Leh highway begins right after Sarchu, in the Jammu and Kashmir state. The Gata Loops - a succession of 21 hair pin bends - will lift you 1,500 feet higher and thereafter; the Lachlung-la (16,616 feet) and Nakee-la (15,547 feet) passes will lead you to More Plains, a 26 mile (42 km) extension of the Changthang plateau. You cut across a sandy track on your right leading you to Tso Kar Lake. The Tso Kar basin has a long mix of meadows and marshy land. It has fresh water and a brackish lake, several natural springs and streams. Migratory birds also use the lake as their breeding ground. Apart from its sheer beauty, Tso Kar is known for the Indian and Tibetan nomads who live here in the winter months.
Dinner & overnight at Camp in Tsokar.
Day 11: Tsokar to Tsomoriri 90kms : 4000meters, Safari 07
Tsokar to Tsomoriri is 80 km ride that will test your idea of space and time, and leave you completely out of words to describe what you will see. Not one or two but three pristine lakes, two high altitude passes, Namshang-la (16,500 feet) and Pologonka-la (16,300 feet) combined with sand and stone tracks force you to stop every once in a while to either pictures or just to enjoy and admire the beauty.
Dinner & overnight at Camp in Tsomoriri.
Day 12: Tsomoriri – Leh, 210kms: 3,500meters, Safari 08
On the banks of Tsomoriri Lake, is home to the largest clan of nomadic Buddhist tribes in the Ladakh region. The Changpa nomads live in Yak-wool tents and make a living out of rearing sheep and goat. Their yak-milk tea is worth tasting and you should definitely visit one of the Changpa camp sites to get a first-hand experience on how these amazing human beings have been living in perfect harmony with nature for centuries. After spending time at the nomadic camp site, you can ride alongside the majestic Indus River to Leh.
Dinner & overnight at hotel in Leh.
Day 13: Leh – Khardungla – Leh (80 km / 5 - 6 hrs.): 5602meters, Safari 09
After breakfast it’s time to kick-off your motorcycle bike. Today’s ride will take you to Khardung La (5359 M). “La” means “Pass” in Tibetan, (which holds the title of the 'World's Highest Motor able Road') afternoon return back to Leh and rest of the day will be at leisure.
Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Day 14: Leh to Kargil 7/8 hours ride, 210 kms, 2600meters, over Fotu la 4,200meters, Safari 10
We leave scenic sights of Leh by early morning after breakfast, and ride zigzagging hairpins up to Photu la pass, and we will stop by Mulbek to visit the small but impressive Buddhist monastery. Tonight we will stay in an Islamic small town call Kargil, evening a free stroll in the town.
Overnight and dinner will be in the Hotel in Kargil.
Day 15: Kargil to Srinagar, 202 Kms/ 8 to9hours: 1800 meters- over Zozila-la Pass-4200meters, Safari 11
We start early today heading to Srinagar where we pass through Drass, the second coldest inhabited place on earth where you have spectacular views of Kargil War famous Peaks Tiger Hill and Tololing Peak. We cross Zozi La (3033 M) to enter in Srinagar Valley, which is a different experience.
Arrive Srinagar in the evening through a beautiful place Sonmarg and board a longboat for the overnight stay on Srinagars famous houseboats.
Day 16: Srinagar
After relaxed breakfast, today you will have full day sightseeing of Srinagar in which you will visit famous Mughal Gardens. Lunch in Mughal durbar/similar restaurant and walk through 1000 year old streets.
By evening back to house boat for a sumptuous dinner.
Day 17: Srinagar – Delhi
As per the flight timing transfer to Srinagar airport to board flight to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi transfer to your hotel of choice (additional cost).
Day of leisure to unwind and enjoy the magnificent Leela Palace or similar.
Day 18: Departure
Today you will be transferred to international airport for your onward destination.
At the end of the tour, you will have had an enchanting experience and have met many new friends along the way. Adventures in Himalayas are to cultivate and connect with ‘friends forever!’ We have many age old connections with other motorbike tour operators worldwide. Let’s dream together for another great and exciting adventure!
We believe in creating memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life!
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