The Pristine untouched beauty of Himalayas has always fascinated the nomads. It lies far and beyond what the eyes can behold. A paradise in itself- Leh unlocks the gates to one’s inner soul, and changes the person forever. A new is reborn. A road trip to Leh has always been a dream that needs to be fulfilled. It is a journey that makes you ride right into the heart of the Himalayas- leaving behind the chaotic city life.
The road to Leh from Delhi is one of the most fascinating trips in the world. A bike ride from Delhi to Leh isn’t the easiest of the rides but it is that one expedition that will always remain close to your heart. Its time You Ride!!!
Here we have listed an itinerary for Delhi to Leh Bike Ride to ensure your first trip into this “lap of nature” leaves you with beautiful memories for a lifetime.
Important things to keep note of:
- June to October is considered as an ideal time to ride to Leh. If you are riding on June, keep in mind you will be witnessing a lot water crossings on the way that makes driving, challenging!
- The route from Srinagar might be suitable in terms of acclimatization; the adventure seekers usually take Manali route always.
- Make sure the bike is serviced properly and is in perfect condition. Keep in mind to carry all necessary spares and tools.
If you are eager to find that thrill in your life, we suggest you take Manali route.
Day 1: Bid Goodbye to Delhi (Delhi to Leh via Manali)
Most of the time people board flight to Kullu, and then head towards Manali. You can also take a bus or taxi to Manali overnight, and then hire a Bike for Leh. But for Bikers, the real adventure is riding all the way from Delhi to Leh via Manali. It is advisable to leave Delhi on Bike early in the morning (say 4am-5am) as you ride your way through NH44 crossing Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ambala, Chandigarh, Roopnagar, Mandi and Kullu. It generally takes 10-11 hours. After riding for such long hours, it is recommended to give a night halt at Manali to relax your body and start afresh next morning.
Note to self: Remember to check that the bike is in perfect condition, get it repaired if needed, and fill the tank and check air pressure.
Day 2: Accelerate towards Jispa (138 Kms)
Well begun, they say is half done! And of course this will turn out to be one life changing experience as you leave Manali on your bike to start a breathtaking 52 km ride to Rohtang Paas. With an altitude of 13501 Kms, it does feel like top of the world here. The route descends to Chandra Valley via Khoksar and then onto Tandi.
Note: Make sure to check on the fuel tank as Tandi is the only place with petrol pump before you halt at Jispa. After 35 Kms from Tandi, stop at Jispa for night. The location at Jispa is eye- catching with lush greenery, picturesque valleys, streams and scenic peaks. Sleep tight as you have a long journey ahead the next morning. Recheck the Bike condition and get repaired if needed.
Day 3: A ride to Sarchu (113 Kms)
Well! This ride to Sarchu from Jispa is challenging and will put all your riding skills into test. With bad roads and water crossings, you will come to know how easy it is to ride the bike in Delhi’s traffic. If challenge is there then spectacular views too catch your eyes.
The most challenging part of this route is crossing the Baralacha La, which is at the imposing height of 16500 feet. After descending from Baralacha La, the plains of Sarchu are the rest point. Experience what it feels to live in a tent and camp under the stars.
Day 4: Gear Up for some adventure riding through Sarchu to Tso Kar Lake (140 Kms)
One trip which will be hard to forget- You will be riding through some of the most amazing and picturesque views ever seen when you first approach the Gata Loops- which is a succession of 21 hair pin bends. Trust us- this place has rumored about ghosts wandering around- so most of the riders don’t stop here unnecessarily. You will pass through the Lachlung-La and Nakee- La passes. And other scenic spectacles that you will be taking are Moore Plains, which is a 42 Kms extension of the Changthang Plateau.
The plain lead the bikers to Tso Kar, which has both fresh water and a brackish lake along with wild life at Tso Kar- Kiangs, Wild Horses and Marmots. Make sure to camp under the stars and ride the next morning for another magnificent destination.
Day 5: A ride from Tso Kar to Tso Moriri Lake (87 km)
This stretch is every biker’s dream route as they cross the stunningly beautiful 3 pristine lakes and 2 high altitude passes- Namshang La at 16500 feet and Pologonka La at 16300 feet to give a halt at Tso Moriri, which is a wetland sanctuary and a protected zone.
Treat your eyes with the lush green fields, snow capped peaks and the deep blue water stretching to the horizon. Pitch your tent before Korzok village or find a hotel in Korzok village for a night stay.
Day 6: Tso Moriri to Leh (240 Kms)
Start early in the morning along the majestic Indus River and head towards Leh.
Make sure to halt at Korzok Village to get a taste of Changpa Nomad’s delicious yak milk.
Day 7: Finally!! It’s Leh
After 4.5 hours and 220 Kms of bike ride, finally you rest your foot on Leh. There is no dearth of things to do or see in Leh. From Nubra Valley to the Thiksey Monastery, Leh is known for all things majestic and spiritually inclined.
Start with Shanti Stupa and the Leh Palace, and shop in local market and eat street food after when you have checked in the hotel.