Top of the world Himalaya Tour
Welcome to an amazing 15-day tour in the majestic Himalayas. On this spectacular tour you will discover the proud Himalayas, ride across the highest drivable passes in the world (Khardung La), and explore beautiful Buddhist Monasteries on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle. The Himalayas hide within their folds of the mesmerizing lands of Ladakh and Zanskar, thus the best way to explore this beautiful region is probably on a motorcycle. Although the terrain can be treacherous, with safety measures of the highest standard in place, a pleasant tour experience is waiting for you.
Meet the charming locals and the always smiling and pleasant Tibetan Buddhists. The beautiful monasteries and temples found in this region are lifetime memories. Driving through these beautiful and deep valleys, snow-capped mountain ranges, lush forest and beautiful lakes, breathing in the fresh mountain air, exploring the flora and fauna is a truly spectacular experience.
Please note: this tour rides in high altitude and some outskirt areas, where we will stay in local tented camps. Please bring clothing and equipment for both warm & cold temperatures.
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“At JoyRides Tours we believe that good experiences and camaraderie are at least as important as the tour. Our goal is to fill your tour bag with as many positive memories as possible, so you go home with a big smile on your face. And with friends, you didn’t have before you started your adventure tour.”
Day 1: Departure - Arrival Delhi, India
Welcome to India!
(Bus transfer: 560 km/350 miles)
After arriving at the Dehli airport and picking up your luggage (Baggage claim), please exit the arrival hall and look for our local representative, which will give you a warm welcome. When everyone has arrived, we transfer to the Hotel for a small rest. In the late evening hours, we depart for Manali by night bus, which arrives there early the next morning.
Day 2: Manali
(Explorer & fun day)
Soak in the great views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Ranges, a year-round magnet for tourists.We start this explorer day with an introduction to the Motorbikes and the local Tour Leader team. Thereafter, we explore the main street and the mall road, which is part of the highway that runs to downtown. We recommend exploring Old Manali to enjoy shopping and food.
Day 3: Manali
(Driving day 1: Optional km/miles)
After a local breakfast, we test ride our Royal Enfields and start to feel the real passion for driving in this beautiful landscape. Feel free to ride around the city & surrounding areas, and to explore the local markets. We meet for dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Manali - Jispa
(Driving day 2: 140 km/88 miles)
We start our riding adventure and head towards Jispa, a small mountain village in the middle of rivers and spectacular peaks. We ride the famous Leh Manali Hwy, which has views & curves which your biker heart will remember forever. This will also be your first exposure to the ex-Buddhist kingdom, which has unparalleled beauty and loads to explore.
Day 5: Jispa - Sarchu
(Driving day 3: 90 km/56 miles)
Day 6: Sarchu - Leh
(Driving day 4: 248 km/155 miles)
Welcome to a day for the history books! Today we will ride two of the highest mountain passes worldwide, which might take your breath away, both by their sheer beauty and magnificence. When we cross the Lachulung La pass (4920 meters), you will see the clouds over your head and mountains disappearing in the clouds. The other pass, the Tanglang La pass (5350 above sea level), is accessible only for 4 months in a year, otherwise, it is covered with snow. Having crossed both majestic passes we enter the beautiful city Leh, where we spend the afternoon exploring it further.
Day 7: Leh
(Explorer & fun day)
We spend the day exploring the monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey, Shey and the Shanti Stupa. Afterward, we return to Leh, where the evening is free to explore the local markets.
Day 8: Leh - Nubra Valley
(Driving day 5: 274 km/172 miles)
Another day for the history books! On our way to Nubra Valley, we ride across the highest drivable pass that in the world; the Khardung La (5680 meters). Our Bikes will be thumping away in rhythm to explore the beauty of this terrain and spectacular views. At some crossroads, the roads will seem to be colliding with the mountains. When reaching the highest point of the pass, you might feel like a king, standing on top of the world. Thereafter, we set a route to the Buddhist Temple of Hundar. We continue our tour through this majestic landscape with scenic beauty ensconcing the colors of rivers, mountains, mud, and snow. We spend a cozy evening together in the local tented camp.
Day 9: Nubra Valley - Leh
(Driving day 6: 274 km/172 miles)
We return to Leh on the same route and crossing the same landscapes, albeit in a different light of the day. Again, we stop at the top of the Khardung La pass, taking some photographs and lifetime memories.
Day 10: Leh - Lake Tsokar
(Driving day 7: 160 km/100 miles)
We drive to Lake Tsokar. The serene lake will mesmerize you so you would surely want to come back.
Day 11: Lake Tsokar - Jispa
(Driving day 8: 255 km/141 miles)
We head back to Jispa, riding across spectacular landscapes and mountains, rivers and valleys. Once again we stop to absorb the natural beauty of the Lachalung La pass.
Day 12: Jispa - Manali
(Driving day 9: 140 km/88 miles)
The end of our adventure tour in the breathtaking Himalayas is fastly approaching, as this is our last driving day. We enjoy our ride the fun curvy roads on the Leh Manali Highway, before reaching Manali by afternoon. We return our motorcycles, and head to the hotel, and have a farewell dinner together.
Day 13: Manali - Delhi
(Explorer & fun day + bus transfer: 560 km/350 miles)
We spend the day exploring the old town of Manali. In the evening we return to Delhi by (night) bus.
Day 14: Departure Delhi - Home travel
The day is free to explore Delhi and relax after your Top of the World Himalayan Trip. We meet for a farewell dinner in the evening.
Note: This program is a guideline for activities and experiences on the tour. Deviations may occur, but we guarantee that our positive tour leaders will do their utmost to execute the program as described – as far as it is feasible and circumstances allow. We are continually working to improve the program, thus you may experience positive surprises.
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