Ladakh Road Trip 12D/11N


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Enveloped by the barren mountains with an icing of crystal clear snow, lies the white sand beneath our feet, rivers chiseling out the valleys, colourful prayer flags soaring to reach the dizzying heights, small flat white houses and prismatic monasteries. As we unwrap Leh-Ladakh, the boundless sheet of blue sky, translucent white water, crimson robed monks, patches of green vegetation and paleness of the deserted land aptly symbolises each colour of the Tibetan flags mantra: “Om Ma Ni Padme Hum”. 

Who wouldn’t relate to the widely acclaimed movie: 3 idiots? Cruising through valleys and mountains, there at the lake, ‘Silencer; a.k.a Chatur’ bowed to acknowledge Aamir Khan. If only that ‘taufa’ was not for Aamir but the stunning beauty of the place holding the highest salt water lake, highest motor able roads, plentiful monasteries, diverse culture and unmatched challenges and fun it offers. 

The exquisiteness of Leh-Ladakh pulls not only filmmakers but many riders to jaunt through the rugged and dirt trails to soak in the picturesque poster painted by the nature itself. With a touch of spirituality and unmatched beauty, Leh-Ladakh is no less than a magical land too. With a place called Magnetic Hill which defies the gravitational force holds for a remarkable experience when we see car climbing up instead of rolling down. With extreme climatic conditions and living away from urbanisation, Leh-Ladakh was and continues to be favoured by traders marking the legacy of The Silk Route. 

Not only merchants, Leh holds brilliant minds too. Don’t we all remember kids shaving off the sheep and grinding wheat to flour by paddling of cycle in Phunsuk Wangdu School of 3-idiot? That is a school run by Sonam Wangchuk, the real life Wangdu in Leh. Who wouldn’t want to live the amalgamation of scenery, science, business, magic and unearthliness? So prepare the gears, don the leather jacket, a handy camera and a bullet to ride on; here we hit the road from Delhi to explore the forbidden cold desert: Leh-Ladakh. Let’s soak in mother earth and various shades of it!

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Day 1: Depart from Delhi

- Evening board the Volvo for Manali from New Delhi.

- This is a 12-14 hrs journey enroute crossing through some of the famous towns like Chandigarh, Mandi, Kullu.

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Day 2: Arrive Manali. Rest day at Manali

- Arrive Manali by the morning and check-in to the Hotel.

- The complete day is at Leisure to explore the beautiful Hill Station of Manali. Explore some of the famous tourist destinations like Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple, Old Manali, Mall Road. 

- Overnight at hotel in Manali. 

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Day 3: Manali to Sarchu via Rohtang & Baralachala

- Early Morning after breakfast, we start our journey towards Ladakh enroute crossing the first High Altitude Mountain Pass Rohatang La (13,050 ft). After crossing the Rohtang Pass, you will enter the Lahul Valley.

- Drive across the picture perfect vallies of Lahul, enroute crossing the serene towns of Keylong and Jispa.

- The real himalayan adventure awaits you as you cross the checkpost at Darcha. The altitude starts to gain and water and stones on the road welcome you as you drive towards the 2nd mountain pass of the day The Baralacha La (16,043 ft) 

- By evening reach Sarchu and relax at our Campsite.

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Day 4: Sarchu to Leh

- After catching up on some good sleep which is very important at this altitude we head towards Leh. This day you will enter the Ladakh Region. With barren mountains and smooth roads running from infinity to infinity we cross through Gata loop. The 21 hairpin bends are twisted roads no less than a roller coaster ride.

- After crossing 2 mountain passes Nakee La and Lachung La, we arrive to PANG (The highest Military Transit Camp in the World). Today you get the chance to drive over the famous "More Plains", the beautifully layed Tarmac Road at over 16,000 ft surrounded by high mountains.

- This Day you drive over the Third Highest Motorable of the World, Taglang La (17,480 ft).

- By the evening, reach Leh and check-in to the hotel. You can explore the market and try out some mouth watering international cusienes

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Day 5: Leh Local Sightseeing + Rest Day

- The complete day is for the Local Sight Seeing. Leh has some famous tourist attractions like Hall of Fame, Magnetic Hill, Confluence of INdus and Zanskar rivers, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib.

-  The evening is at Leisure to explore the town and markets of Leh.

- Overnight dinner and sdtay at the hotel

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Day 6: Leh to Nubra via Khardungla

- The day arrives, when you drive over the Highest Motorable road in the world Khardung La (18,380 ft).

- After breakfast, we start our adventure drive towards Nubra Valley crossing the Khardung La Pass before entering the Nubra Valley.

- Enroute Hunder, Visit the famous Diskit Monastery. Arrive Hunder by the evening and enjoy the Double Humped Camel ride.

- Relax in the evening at our camp site.

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Day 7: Nubra to Pangong

- Early morning we start our drive towards the Pangong Tso lake. You will be driving along the Shyok river across the Shyok valley. Since the time anyone has seen the Pangong Lake either in movies or through pictures, its aura has pulled people towards it from far - far off places.

- By the evening you arrive at the famous Pangong Tso and witness the charisma of this pristine lake. The Moonrise over the Pangong Tso is one of it's kind.

- Spend the night in the Lake facing Camps and bonfire.  

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Day 8: Pangong to Leh via Chang La

- Early morning wake up and take a walk beside the shores of the lake. You can also see how the lake changes it's color based on the sunshine. Visit the famous 3 Idiots shooting spot before driving towards Leh.

- Enroute Leh, you will drive across the magnificient Changthang Valley with smooth roads and the best views. Changthang valley on the route will leave you spell bound. It’s not only rich with great lakes (Pangong being one of them) and vast highlands but hides in them rare wildlife species. Black necked cranes, seagulls, blue sheep and Kyangs being few of them makes this valley a wildlife sanctuary. Today you will cross the Second Highest Motorable of the world, The Mighty Chang La (17,590 ft)

- By evening reach Leh and relax at the hotel. Explore the markets and other placeds as this is going to be your last evening in the town of Leh.

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Day 9: Leh to Sarchu

- This day we start our journey back to Manali. Once again feeling nostalgia of driving across the route you came from.

- The night halt will be at Jispa/Sarchu in Swiss Tents. By now you are completly acclamatised of the hight altitude.

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Day 10: Sarchu to Manali

- As we descend we get a little closer to the chaotic civilization which Leh-Ladakh was free off. Not to mention the further we go away from Leh & Ladakh, it calls us from behind for one more visit or just one glimpse of it.

-Keeping all the memories in mind we pass through Baralacha La in Lahaul valley which marks the end of deserted yet loving Leh-Ladakh.

- You drive through Rohtang Pass to see gliders in the sky and witnessing life in hustle-bustle again. By evening you reach Manali.

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Day 11: Depart from Manali

- Bidding good bye to our travel mates throughout the tour is no less pain than leaving the cold desert behind.

- Photographs and Videos en route will definitely ease the pain. We head back to Delhi with all the amusement, fun, enjoyment and excitement you started your journey with.

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Day 12: Arrive Delhi

We reach Delhi and proceed for our onward journey from here. Though the trip ends, the memory of it lives with us forever. Looking forward to another trip in coming future we bid farewell.

• Accommodation for 09 Nights on Double Sharing 

• 09 Breakfast and 09 Dinners + Morning Tea (Veg Meals) 

• Royal Enfield 350/500CC with Helmet for RIder and Pillion

• Fuel Expenses 

• Petrol Jerrycans

• Back-Up vehicle with Mehanic and Spare Parts 

• Inner Line Permits for Nubra and Pangong Tso 

• Road Captains 

• Free Photography 

• First-Aid medical kits 

• Free TanTra T-shirt 

• Go-Pro video of the ride 

• Lunch on All Days

• Any Monument entry Fee

• Riding Gears for the Riders

• Personal Expenses (Snacks/Water Bottles/Energy Drinks)

• Cost Escalation due to natural reason/strike/taxi-Bike Union Issues/Anti social unrest (Riders need to bear their expenses of the day in such cases)

• Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions

Apparels: 

1/2 Thermal Upper - 1/2 Thermal  Lower - Briefs as per requirement - 2 Comfy Boxers - 1 Lower - 3 Denims - 5 Tees - 1 Jacket - 8 Pairs of Woolen- Socks-  1 Gloves - Caterpillar Boots - 1 Slipper - 1 Quick Dry Towel 

Personal Care:

Face wash - Deo Vaseline - Toothpaste - Toothbrush - 2 soaps - Shampoo - Toilet Paper - Sunscreen

Gadgets:

Camera + Charger  - Phone + Charger - Multiplug Power Bank 

Riding Gears:

Riding Jacket - Knee Guards - Elbow Guards - Gloves Rain - Liner Thermal - Liner Rain Coat - Riding Boots - Backpack - 5 Bungee Cords - Balaclava - Helmet

Documentation:

RC(self biker)  + DL Insurance (self bike) + Photo Id PP Size Photos + Xerox of DL/RC + Xerox of Photo Id + Petrol Jerry Cans + Spare Keys (self bikes)

Medicines (Optional):

Personal medication (if any) - Combyflam - Dolo650 - Dettol - Cotton Gauge - Band Aids - Volini Spray - Diamox - Crep Bandage - Knee Cap etc

Misc:

Chocolates - Polybags - Rubber bands - FlashLight - Scissors - Lighter/Matchbox - Swiss knife -  Handkerchief - Diary - Pen - Volet - Debit/Credit cards etc

All essentials should only be consider as advice, essentials may change as per the conditions and situations

I am the individual registering for this programme and hereby agree to the following:

 

  1. I understand that if a change in my health or physical condition does occur which might affect my ability to participate in the Program or otherwise exercise safely, that I will immediately notify Tantra AdventureZ.
  2. I agree that Tantra AdventureZ shall not be liable or responsible for any injuries to me resulting from my participation in the event and I expressly release and discharge Tantra AdventureZ, its owners, employees, agents and/or assigns, from all claims, actions, judgments and the like which I or my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns may have or claim to have as a result of any injury or other damage which may occur in connection with my participation in the event.
  3. I understand that whenever I will feel light headed, faint, dizzy, nauseated or experience pain/discomfort during the camp, I will stop the activity and inform the  Event Leader of  Tantra AdventureZ.
  4. I understand that I am not obligated to perform nor participate in any activity that I do not wish to do, and that is my right to refuse such participation at any time.
  5. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not allow & entertain the consumption of Drugs & Alcohol during the complete activity. If I am found indulging in any such activity, then Tantra AdventureZ has the right to disqualify my participation from the Adventure Activity with immediate effect.
  6. I acknowledge that trainers of Tantra AdventureZ. are not physicians and are not trained in any way to provide medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or any other type of medical advice. Furthermore I am aware that it is always advisable to consult a physician before embarking on any new adventure activity.
  7. In the event of my suffering any medical or health difficulty whilst performing any physical activity, and particularly where I may lose consciousness or be unable to deal with matters myself, I hereby authorize Tantra AdventureZ to contact a physician and to take me to such physician and/or any appropriate medical clinic or other hospital and to use the services of an ambulance where appropriate and I undertake liability for all costs thereby incurred. I am aware of all inherent dangers during the trip. I acknowledge and understand I will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability or death and severe social and economic losses which might result not only from my own action, inaction or negligence, but action, inaction or negligence of others, or the condition of the premises on or off site or of any equipment used and further, that there may be other unknown risks not reasonably foreseeable at this time. I assume all these risks and expressly waive, release, discharge and agree not to sue Tantra AdventureZ for any loss, damage, death, disability, injury, or action of any kind for participating in this camp or any other activities organized by Tantra AdventureZ and I hereby indemnify and hold Tantra AdventureZ. Harm less against any claims by my dependents or other third parties whatsoever arising by reason of my death, disability or injury whilst participating in Adventure Activity.
  8. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not accept responsibility for any loss, theft and/or damage to vehicles and/or personal property left in vehicles or any other area at the location I am camping.
  9. I understand and accept that no refunds, whether in whole or in part, will be granted if I cannot complete the activity
  10. It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day to day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or similar.
  11.  Participants need to bear their own expenses of the day (accommodation + meals, apart from the package cost) in case of change in itinerary due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or any other reason which is not under control of Tantra Adventurez
  12. In case any Rider wants to drop the bike on the way other that the starting point of the Ride ie MANALI then Rider have to bear the transportation charges of the bike, which is Rs 10,000/- per bike.
  13. The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds in case any part of the Package is not availed
  14. We would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc
  15. Your participation in a trip is entirely at your own risk. We are NOT responsible or liable for any injuries you may suffer, fatal or otherwise. Also, we are NOT responsible for any loss or damage to your property, including your motorcycle, irrespective of how any damage may have been caused.
  16. I notify that I do not have any Criminal Cases/Police Cases running against me.
  17. I agree that this constitutes the entire agreement between me and Tantra AdventureZ and I acknowledge that I conclude this Agreement of my own free will without force or coercion and not having been induced to do so by reason of any representations on the part of Tantra AdventureZ. and any agreement to terminate this Agreement or to amend or vary it in any way, shall not be of any force or effect unless and until reduced to writing and signed by the relevant parties.
  18. I have read, understand and accept the terms and conditions above.

 

I have read this Release and Terms of Agreement and understand all of its terms. I sign it voluntarily and with knowledge of its significance.

Participant Name:                                                                     Signature & Date:

1. What is the fitness requirement for Ladakh Bike RIde ?

As you are aware, Ladakh is the High Altitude cold desert with very little vegitation and during the ride we will be crossing many High Altitude Passes like Baralacha, Taglang La, Khardung La and Chang La where the air is very thin. So starting with some cardio exercises 1 month prior to the ride is the best way to prepare your health for this ride.

2. From where the Bike ride will start ?

- Bike ride will start from Manali, however package will start from Delhi only. Travel from Delhi to Manali and Manali to Delhi will be by AC Volvo.

3. What will be the riding distance on each day ?

- The riding distance on each day differs, however on an average we will be riding around 160 KM on daily basis.

4. Do i need to carry my own riding gears ?

- Yes, we provide Helmet and Riding Gears to the riders as well as the pillions.

5. Will we be staying in Camps or Hotels during the ride ?

- Your accomodation will be in Hotels as well as in the Camps during the ride. We will provide accomodation in Deluxe Hotels in Manali and Leh, and the accomodation will be in Luxury Swiss Tents in Sarchu, Nubra and Pangong Tso.

6. What kind of clothing is required for this trip ?

- You can find all the necessary details about clothing in the essentials section. 

7. Are there any chances of getting Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh ? If yes, then how to prevent it ?

- As you know Ladakh is at very High Altitude and we will be crossing some of the highest motorable roads of the world, so there are chances of getting Acute Mountain Sickness. However, it can be prevented if you keep your body hydrated by drinking lot of water throughout the day. Secondly, you should not over exert yourself in the High Altitude Mountain Passes by running and doing more physical activities. It is advisable that you do not spend more than 15 minutes in the Mountain Passes.

8. Will there be oxygen cyclinder as a backup ?

- Yes, we carry oxygen cylinder as a backup.

9. What are the Sanitation Facilities in the Camps ?

- All your camping stays will be in Luxury Swiss Tents with attached western style Washrooms.

10. If i am riding with a pillion, where will i keep my luggage ?

We have a dedicated backup vehicle which goes along with the riding group. All the central equipments along with the luggage of the riders will be carried in the Back Up vehicle. You only have to tie your day pack in the bike.

11. Do we need to carry the fuel as there are no petrol bunks on the Manali - Leh Highway ?

- Fuel will be carried in the Backup vehicle. Yo do not need to carry the fuel on your bikes.

12. What will happen if there is any breakdown ?

- All our bikes are in best conditions so the breakdown are a far distant thing to happen. But, in case of a breakdown, there is a Mechanic who accompany the whole group throughout the ride with spare parts.

13. Are there any permits required for visiting Ladakh ?

- Yes, Inner Line Permits are required to visit Nubra and Pangong. All the Permits will be provided by Tantra Adventurez.

14. Do i need to carry any Identity Proof with me for this ride ?

- Yes, you need to carry your valid Driving License, ID proof and Address proof. Your ID Proof and Address proof will be required to get the Inner Line Permits.

15. Will there be any photography and Videography in the Ride ?

- Yes, our road captains carry a Gopro Camera and the complete ride is recorded. Raw footages of the ride are hared with the complete riding group.

16. Which mobile networks are available in Leh/Ladakh ?

- BSNL and Airtel postpaid network services are available in Ladakh. However Airtel postpaid will only work in Leh city.

17. How to Book for this ride ?

- You can book directly from the website/NEFT/IMPS.

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