Dummies guide to Motorcycle Ride to Leh-Ladakh

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  • May 1, 2013 1:55 pm
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Planning the itinerary 

Three places you can’t miss on your trip to Lehviz, Khardung-La, Pangong-Tso and Nubra Valley. There are a lot of other places as well like Marsimik-La, Hunder, Diksit, etc. The former three shouldbe a mustvisit on your itinerary and your itinerary should be built around these points. Technically, you will need at least 6 Nights and 7 Days to explore Leh to its fullest including visits to places mentioned above. If you start riding motorcycle from Delhi you will take 3 Nights & 4 Days to reach Leh via the Manali route (There’s another route via Srinagar, but more on that later). For those who are riding all the way you can consider riding 400 kms tops per day and calculate total days required to reach Delhi

Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali – Leh (3 Nights 4 Days)

So in a nutshell, you should have a minimum of, Destination to Delhi + 9N 10 days + Arriving to Destination + 2N in Buffer, number of days at your disposal. Let’s take a case where you decide to arrive at Delhi by air:

-Arrive at Delhi by Air (1 Day)

-Wait for the Motorcycle to arrive (1 Day)

-Delhi to Leh (3 Days)

-Leh (7 Days)

-Return to Delhi (3 Days)

-Arrive Home (1 Day)

-Buffer (2 Days)

Total: 18 Days

There are still ways to optimize the schedule by minimizing break down points and running neck to neck but that will only leave you exhausted. If you are keen on riding all the way, we recommend you ride all the way while reaching Leh and on the way back ship your motorcycle through some private road transport and fly back from Leh airport. Though expensive option but will satisfy your needs. There are lots of road transport operators available in Leh on the Airport Road. Just ask a local guy for it.

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  1. Deepak Kulkarni says:
    Posted May 4, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    excellent compilation of basic facts required.
    Helps in deciding and fine tuning the plan.

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