Motorcycle touring through the Himalayan mountains provides breathtaking views around every corner, unique cultural experiences with the amazingly friendly locals and motorcycle riding to dream of.
Arrive in Chandigarh.
Chandigarh to Manali (300 kms - 10 hours)
Manali to Jispa (150 kms - 7 hours)
Jispa to Lato (260 kms - 12 hours)
Lato to Nubra Valley via Khardung La (230 kms - 10 hours)
Nubra to Leh (150 kms - 5 hours)
Leh to Sarchu (250 kms - 10 hours)
Sarchu to Manali (230 kms - 10 hours)
Manali to Chandigarh (300 kms - 10 hours)
Trek Arvatal to Ghastali (3790mtr), Distance 15 km, 6 to 7 hr.
- Motorcycles up to 500cc (Royal Enfield Himalayan available at extra cost of USD300.00 for the entire trip)
- All accommodation in good listed hotels, camps or homestays on double/twin occupancy.
- Backup vehicle with mechanic.
- Highly experienced English and Hindi speaking tour guides
- Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as specified in program
- Tea and snacks enroute.
- Bottled water (2L per person per day)
- International airfare and visa.
- Travel & personal Insurance
- Personal riding gear
- Items of personal nature
- Spare parts
- Good certified helmets, preferably full face. You may wear the full face helmet you use while riding in your country since comfort on these bumpy roads is important.
- Jacket and riding trousers with protection. Alternatively a good set of knee and elbow guards.
- Riding boots with protection. Alternatively, you may wear a good pair of high ankle boots with steel / composite toe protection.
- Riding gloves with protection.
- Good tint or clear glasses to wear in the helmet for protection against sun and dust.
All the above riding gear should preferably be waterproof in case the weather goes bad. It gets really cold when it rains or snows.
You may carry hydration packs, tank bags, GPS systems, etc as per your convenience.
Carry only essentials that you need for your use since the flight allowance from Leh to Delhi is only 15kg check in and 5kg hand luggage. Avoid paying excess baggage.
Essentials you should have
- Just enough clothes to last you for the trip since you will get laundry services in Leh directly.
- Warm wear – Pull overs, sweaters, thermal inners or anything else you feel is required by you in low temperatures.
- One pair of sandals, flip-flops or sneakers that you are comfortable with.
- Hiking pants / shorts or any other basic hiking gear you might want to carry.
- Enough underclothes and socks.
- Medicines if you are on a certain routine medication and any other medication you think you might need.
- Free luggage space if you intend to shop for memorabilia / souvenirs from the trip.
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness usually affects us at altitudes higher than 2500 m (8000 ft) above mean sea level. The first feel of reduced oxygen in the air is by getting breathless during activities that would be commonplace to us at home. It is quite similar to a hangover – it causes headache, nausea, and fatigue. This is very common: some people are only slightly affected, others feel awful.
What causes altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness happens because there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes. It can happen to anyone. Even physically fit individuals are not protected Olympic athletes get altitude sickness too. Part of the mystery of acute mountain sickness is that it is difficult to predict who will be affected. There are many stories of fit and healthy people being badly limited by symptoms of acute mountain sickness, while their older companions have felt fine.
Altitude sickness prevention
Go up slowly, take it easy, and give your body time to get used to the altitude. The body has an amazing ability to acclimatize to altitude. Drink lots of water and eat light food.
Can I take drugs to prevent altitude sickness?
As with everything, many treatments and untested herbal remedies are claimed to prevent mountain sickness. These treatments can make AMS worse or have other dangerous side effects. Only one drug is currently known to prevent AMS and to be safe for this purpose: acetazolamide (diamox). It causes some minor side effects, such as tingling fingers and a funny taste in the mouth.