India/Ladakh - Little Tibet

Pavement - Guided

13 days - 12 nights - 10 stages / 1 700 km

India - Pavement

price from 2870 €
passenger price 1960 €

An extraordinary trip that will capture the gaze of the most seasoned explorers!
Let us cast off and star our adventure in the High Valleys!
In the nearby monasteries, harmonious chanting fills the atmosphere with a very positive and soothing vibe and the constant jingling of the huge prayer mills and humming engines of the Royal Enfields seem lull the traveler into a relaxed mood!  Amidst the snow-capped peaks, the landscapes are breathtaking. The air is as crisp as the water is clear; the nights so starry you can see without the help of a lamp. The Royal Enfields move forward with ease and take the many mountain passes in their stride, including the famous Kardung-La, at 5 603 m. Deep turquoise lakes are scattered across the lunar landscape of the Himalayan deserts, the Chang-Tang. Like a ribbon, our road seems to swirl around the plateau at a height of 4 000 m. This unique adventure will take you to some of the highest mountain passes on Earth and is guaranteed to make you feel a range of emotions like never before!

The difficulty of this trip lies in the altitude where oxygen is scarce. It is important that you get your General Practitioner to confirm that there are no apparent medical objections to you taking part in this adventure.  Furthermore, a specialized doctor will give you the information you need to take into consideration, after running some tests.
Your day by day program
Day 1 / Arrival in Manali

In order to avoir a 15 hour bus ride from New Dehli, our trip starts in Manali.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2 / Manali (alt. 2 000 m)

A day to get used to the altitude and get familiar with your Royal Enfield by making a short loop around Manali.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3 / Stage 1 - Manali - Jispa (alt. 3 400 m): 140 km

Take a deep breath and take off! From the very start, the road soars towards the clouds and reaches the Rotang-pass at 3 955 m. The slope is pretty steep but the curves seem to follow each other harmoniously. The bikes continue to purr. At the pass, the views and impressions are simply breath-taking, after a 2 000 m climb.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4 / Stage 2 - Jispa - Tso-Khar (alt. 4 600 m): 170 km

The road is dangerous and unforeseen events are always a possibility. Staying focused at all times is of vital importance! But the surrounding views are astounding! Sarchou marks the border between the Pradesh Himachal and the Jammu Cachemire (which includes both the Cachemire and Ladakh regions). Here again, you will have to show your passports! After a rickety ride on a weather beaten road, the bikes are put to test by the altitude as you reach the Nakela pass (4 500 m) and the Lachalung-La peak (5 065 m). Today’s ride ends at the shores of lake Tso-Khar, a quiet and remote spot on the deserted plateau of Chang tang.
Overnight stay in a hamlet of permanent tents.

Day 5 / Stage 3 - Tso-Khar - Leh (alt. 3 524 m): 150 km

The itinerary continues across the dry and almost lunar Chang tang. This is the realm of the yak. The road continues its climb, winding relentlessly towards the sky, as if aiming towards the summit of the Tanglang-la peak, at 5 328 m. The road leads to Leh, capital of the Ladakh region.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 6 / Stage 4 - Leh - Alchi (alt. 3100 m ) - Leh: 120 km

Today’s ride takes the road to Kashmir and allows the traveler to observe from a privileged height the stunning river Indus. The pavement here is in perfect conditions enabling the rider to relax slightly before continuing towards the Alchi monastery which seems to emerge suddenly just behind a canyon. A visit to this monastery is almost compulsory. Among other interests, it houses the oldest Buddhist mural paintings in Ladakh!
Ride back to Leh in the afternoon, to visit the local bazars.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 7 / Stage 5 - Leh - Vallée de la Nubra (alt. 3000 m ): 110 km

Off you go, to tackle the famous climb of the Kardong-la peak (5 603 m). Your Royal Enfield continues its relentless climb as it takes each one of the bends that make up this colossal helix! However, as we all know, “what goes up must come down” and soon you will start your descent towards the Nubra Valley. This is the northernmost point of India. It is nicknamed the “forbidden valley” since its access was forbidden by the army until 1995.
Overnight stay in a hamlet of permanent tents.

Day 8 / Stage 6 - Vallée de la Nubra - Panggong-Tso Lake (alt. 4298 m): 210 km

The surrounding panoramic views are astounding. The immensity of the Himalayan mountain range serves the purpose of putting one’s life in perspective! Lake Panggong tso (4 298 m) is the largest salted lake in Asia. At its narrowest it is 2 km wide, and 10 km at its widest and it is 130 km long. It marks the border between Ladahk and Tibet. In fact, most of the lake lies in Chinese territory and is therefore out of reach for travelers. Its turquoise blue waters are a remnant of the sea of Thetys that once covered the whole of the Tibetan plateau before the Indian tectonic plate applied its pressure to these lands giving birth to the Himalayan mountain range.
Overnight stay in a hamlet of permanent tents.

Day 9 / Stage 7 - Panggong-Tso Lake - Leh (alt. 3 524 m): 140 km

Our itinerary today takes us back to Leh. The river snakes through the valley attracting many a creature of the local fauna: geese, black headed cranes, groundhogs, and enormous yaks, of course! Crossing of the Chang La pass at 5 200 m. Visit of the Thiksey monastery, renowned for its resemblance with the Potala palace in Lhassa, Tibet.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 10 / Stage 8 - Leh – Tso-Moriri Lake (alt. 4 500 m): 230 km

This stretch is pretty long and the road quite rickety. However, the views are so stunning you won’t regret it! When the landscape in Ladakh imitates that of Mongolia, the traveler cannot help but feel the immensity. Our track seems to wind its way towards the horizon on a never ending journey. Our bikes hum along the track and through the grand void. There is no one about, no vehicles to be seen! And as you take yet another curve, a lake of the bluest darkest water appears ahead of you: Lake Tsomoriri, surrounded by a crown of Himalayan peaks. The feeling of space and solitude is overwhelming!
Overnight stay in a hamlet of permanent tents.

Day 11 / Stage 9 - Tso-Moriri Lake - Sarchou ( alt 4200 m): 200 km

As you drive along the same road you took before, you will be astonished to observe that the landscape somehow seems different. The paved road plunges towards Sarchou and through a narrow canyon. Your brakes might overheat as you whiz down enjoying the declivity.
Overnight stay in a hamlet of permanent tents.

Day 12 / Stage 10 - Sarchou - Manali (alt. 2 000 m): 230 km

These last kilometers will be covered rapidly especially given the fact that the weather can get quite temperamental at the Barlacha-La pass (4 682 m). After the last pass, the famous Rothang pass, and as you start your drive down towards Manali, green vegetation makes its appearance again. Though you might be reluctant to do so, it is now time to give back the old-fashioned but very reliable Royal Enfields!
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 13 / Take off from Manali

Trip back to your home country.

Or Transfer to Manali - Delhi if you have chosen to extend your trip with us.


Trip to Agra, 200 km south of Delhi (5 hour drive).
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 15 / Agra - Dehli

Visit of the Taj Mahal. Trip back to Delhi in the afternoon.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 16 / Décollage de Delhi

Trip back to your home country.


Departures for groups formed on request

Technical information
Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Manali (State of Himachal Pradesh)
  • Manali (State of Himachal Pradesh)
Level of difficulty
  • Our itinerary often unfolds at very high altitudes (around 4 000 m) and the roads taken are not always smooth given the harsh weather conditions they have to endure. However, the difficulty is to be found mainly in the extreme altitude and unreliable weather. Once again, you will be embarking on a true adventure! Don’t let yourself think otherwise! More than ever and as with any motorbike trip, a good physical of all the participants is required. Also bear in mind it is vital to stay focused at all times especially given what we can only call “exotic” driving habits.  Biking experience is highly recommended!
    TWO UP? It is perfectly feasable provided that both rider and passenger are fit and have the adequate experience. This trip has been set up with this possibility in mind.
Guide and luggage
  • You will be accompanied by a Trail Rando team member, riding his own bike. A chase vehicle will also follow the group with the luggage, a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and is always able to lend a hand if required. In case of motorbike breakdown or pilot fatigue, the bike or driver can be picked up by the chase vehicle, too.  
    There's a definite feeling of freedom about this trip. And to preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control. For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide the traveler with an uploadable detailed GPS itinerary for the entire trip.
    This technology allows you to be totally independent.
    With the wonderful tool that is GPS, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations, or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the Trail Rando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
    What a pleasure it is to follow your own course!
    “Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a Trail Rando trip.
    The route is safely stored stage by stage on the GPS...
    At the start of the trip, Trail Rando provides everyone with the detailed uploadable GPS itinerary. The entire route and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
    If you do not own a GPS device, Trail Rando can rent you one.
  • Single room supplement : 560€
  • GPS rental (including handlebar support and complete uploaded itinerary) : 60€
  • Supplement for the rental of a Himalayan : 180€
  • Extending he tour to include the Taj Mahal (2 people min) : 340€
  • Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms,
         o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
    Food :
         o Breakfast, lunch, dinner
         o from the morning of the first stage to midday of the last stage,
    The complete uploadable version of the GPS itinerary.
    Tour leaders:
         o A tour leader on his motorcycle,
         o Support vehicle for luggage transport
    Motorbike rental
    Petrol for the motorcycles,
Not included
  • Trasportation
         o Passenger transportation to and from tour start:
              - Air fares to and from tour start ,
              - transfers from the airport to the hotel and back,
    Traveling Visa
  • Rental Bikes
    Royal Enfield Bullet 500 cm3: the typical motorbike used by the locals! These magnificent bikes are perfectly suited to our itinerary and to the spirit of this adventure.
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