Duration:12 Days Best Time To Visit: June To September

A bike trip to Leh Ladakh is a dream for many adventure enthusiasts and it remains on the top of the bucket list of most people. The reason is that Ladakh is in all literal sense, the land of high passes with jagged terrains and wicked roads that are perfect for offroading. Thrill-seekers from different corners of the world come to Ladakh to get a taste of the adrenaline high that driving on these high altitude passes gives them.

Naturally, a bike trip to Leh Ladakh from Srinagar is something that a lot of bike riders wish to join because they get to experience the thrill of driving on the highways of Ladakh and get to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives in Srinagar. This Ladakh bike trip itinerary is a perfect blend of both adventure and peace.

There are two ways to reach Ladakh by road, One of them being the Srinagar- Leh Highway and the other one being the Manali route.

The Srinagar – Leh Highway is an ideal choice, not only because it runs alongside the Indus river providing a beautiful landscape throughout your long drive but also because the gradual ascend helps in making you acclimated to the region and weather conditions. When you drive to Leh from Srinagar, you are also traversing through the Kargil region, in close proximity to the LOC which makes the trip all the more interesting.

In this Leh Ladakh bike trip starting from Srinagar, we first traverse through the iconic Zojila Pass to reach Kargil. Located at an altitude of 11,575 ft, the pass offers a stunning view of the great Himalayas and connects Ladakh with Kashmir Valley.

Situated on the banks of the Suru River (Indus), Kargil is the second-largest city in Ladakh, holding extreme historical significance as it was the site of the Kargil war back in 1999. After spending a night in Kargil, we will head towards Leh.

En- route to Leh, we will be traversing through Namika La. At an altitude of 12,139 ft, it is one of the two high passes in the Zanskar range of the Himalayas that connects Leh with Kargil. Riding on this pass with the rugged landscape of mountains in the backdrop will make the drive not only memorable but also thrilling. We will also be traversing through the Lamayuru Monastery, one of the oldest and largest gompas in Ladakh housing 140 monks at present. It’s also prominent because the annual dance festivals are hosted in the monastery where all the monks come together to pray.

On our way to Leh from Kargil, we will also be passing through the highest point of Leh Srinagar, at an altitude of 13,478ft is the Fotu La Pass as well as the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers. The fascinating part about Sangam is that both of these rivers reflect different colors whereas Zanskar is more of muddy brown color and Indus is the perfect pristine hue of blue.

The route to Leh from Srinagar also encompasses some of the best attractions of Ladakh like Gurudwara Patthar Ganj Sahib which is a place where Sikhs, as well as Buddhists, come together to pay their respects. The gurdwara is dedicated to Guru Nanak Sahib and has an age-old legend associated with it, making it both spiritually and religiously significant. The Gurudwara is under the care of the Indian Army and people who come here to visit have to follow certain rules, one of them being that photography is prohibited inside the Gurudwara and hence, you have to witness the place of worship in person to understand its importance.

Another must-visit place in Ladakh that you get to visit when you’re traversing through the Srinagar – Leh route is the iconic Magnetic Hill. It is believed that the hill is one of the rare places that defy gravity. When driving in one of the spots where the force is supposedly the strongest, your vehicle travels uphill even if you’re driving in the opposite direction. Although it has been said that the uphill driving part is nothing short of a brilliant optical illusion, people do feel some sort of turbulence when driving which makes the magnetic hill one of the most fascinating and mysterious places in Ladakh.

Last but not the least is The Hall of Fame, a museum dedicated to all the martyrs who lost their lives during the many battles that occurred after the partition along with the Kargil war that happened in 1999 is a reminder of the many sacrifices that the land of Ladakh has witnessed in the past. The museum has a wall named “The Last Post” which has all the handwritten letters written by soldiers in their last few days before they lost their lives in the battle. It is one of the few places that would simultaneously leave your chest feeling hollow as well as make it brimming with pride.

Finally, after traversing through all these iconic landmarks that make the road trip to Leh as fascinating as it is known to be, you’ll reach the heart of Ladakh where the local markets with their vibrant culture that is prominent in Leh will welcome you with open arms.

Leh remains one of the most important places to visit in Ladakh, not just from a tourist perspective but also because it manages to offer you a glimpse at what your time in Ladakh would look like while also giving you the time to prepare for all that you’ll miss in other parts of Ladakh. Although the network is scarce in Ladakh, the last few traces of mobile networks that you get are limited to Leh and so are other things like shops where you can buy souvenirs from.

A local sightseeing tour of Leh is one of the highlights of this Ladakh road trip and covers many historical as well as culturally significant places. The first one is Shey Palace or Shey Gompa which consists of the second largest Buddha statue of Ladakh in its embrace.  The gigantic copper statue is gilded with gold and is 12 meters tall covering three floors of the monastery. Apart from the noted statue, the monastery also has many paintings adorning its walls as well as manuscripts that have been preserved for centuries now.

The next halt is Thiksey Monastery which is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. Nestled at an altitude of 11, 800 ft in the Indus Valley, the monastery has the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha covering the same height as that of a two-storey building. Apart from the statue and the fact that the Dalai Lama himself visited and commemorated the temple in 1970, it also holds many other stupas, statues, and thangka paintings that are of extreme importance.

Last but not least stop in the Leh sightseeing tour would be the Shanti Stupa, a white dome structure enshrined by the Dalai Lama himself. The structure has become a significant part of Ladakh and its heritage. It holds ancient relics of Buddha himself in its abode. Due to being located at such a high altitude of 11,841 feet, it also offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding landscape making it a delight to visit for tourists.

Although Leh is the heart of Ladakh, the land of high passes has many more beautiful gems that remain unexplored. One of them is Nubra Valley with the kind of beauty that leaves you awestruck. The best part about this mini road trip from Leh to Nubra is that you’ll be traversing through  Khardung La pass which is one of the highest motorable passes in the world, with a staggering height of 18,379 ft. The pass is a gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.

Adventure enthusiasts from across the world come on this pass to experience the thrill of riding their bikes at high altitudes. Nubra also offers you the chance to indulge in adventure activities like Double Hump Bactrian Camel safari, ATV rides, and more.

This Ladakh trip from Srinagar also allows us to explore some of the truly underrated and hidden gems of Ladakh. As the land stands witness to some of the major battlefields, it also forms a bridge for people to walk through the lanes of history. One of the many places that people are unaware of is the tiny village of Turtuk, the last village in India- the Pak border is only a few kilometers away from the LOC. The village was under the control of Pakistan until the war of 1971. Now it remains the last village in the Ladakh outpost. Apart from its historical and political significance, Turtuk is known for its variety of fruits and is especially renowned for its apricots.

Turtuk is also approximately only 71kms away from Siachen which is the world’s highest and coldest battlefield along with being the site of the Siachen conflict between India and China.

The next stop in this Ladakh bike trip from Srinagar is the pristine Pangong Tso, the saltwater lake freezes completely despite it’s saline nature and changes color according to the position of the sun is one of the most fascinating attractions of Ladakh. The lake was hugely popularized after being featured in the Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots. The beauty of this lake cannot be summarized by words and camping by its side, enjoying the view of the starry night skies remains a dream of many travelers, and this road trip gives you the opportunity to live that dream.

The best part about this itinerary is that when you’re coming back from Pangong to Leh, you get to traverse another iconic pass which is the Chang La Pass and one that is located at an elevation of 17,688ft.

As you head back from Leh to Sarchu on your return journey, you’d get to witness Moore plains which is a large stretch of barren land and are probably the only part of this entire trip where you get to drive straight on a tar road until you come across Gata Loops which is another highlight of this road trip and encompasses of more than 21 hairpin bends or loops that you’ve to traverse through to finally reach Sarchu. En route, you’ll be riding through Nakeela which is yet another popular mountain pass in Ladakh.

The reason this bike trip from Srinagar to Ladakh is one of the most beautiful journeys you’ll come across is because of the ever-changing terrain that you ride through. From the beautiful valleys of Kashmir to the barren stretch of Ladakh to the lush green meadows that come into view once you’ve passed through Baralacha La and are heading to Manali.

The best time for any traveler to do this bike trip is from the months of June to September as the many passes that you get to traverse through only open up by then. You will get to have the ultimate off-roading experience on this bike trip from the months of June onwards.

In a nutshell, this bike trip encompasses everything that a biker, as well as traveler, thinks of when they dream about a Leh Ladakh bike trip.

Transporation in Tempo Traveller from Srinagar to Manali.
Bike Rent with Fuel from Srinagar to Manali 
Riding Gears (Knee guard, Elbow guard, Helmet).
*Note: Due to comfort and safety reasons, we recommend you all to carry your own helmets for the ride. The helmets which we provide are of standard size so there can be some discrepancies regarding the sizes.
Accommodations on Triple sharing basis as per itinerary.
Meal Plan: 20 Meals (Brekfast+Dinner; Starting from Dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 11)
Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.
Manali to Delhi Bus Tickets
Backup Vehicle
Mechanical Vehicle
Inner Line Permits
First Aid Kits
Oxygen Cylinders
Infrared Thermometer
5% GST
Early check-in at the hotel.
Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.
Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay in travel.
Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.
Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
Any other services not specified above in inclusions.

Additional information

Travel Mode350cc – Solo Rider – with Fuel, 500cc – Dual Rider – with Fuel, 500cc – Solo Rider – with Fuel, Himalayan – Dual Rider – with Fuel, Himalayan – Solo Rider – with Fuel, Own Bike – Dual Rider, Own Bike – Solo Rider, Tempo Traveler

Day 1 : Srinagar Arrival | Group Briefing | Bike Introduction

  • The group will assemble at Srinagar. We’ll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing session will be conducted.
  • We will check in at our designated hotels. The rest of the day is at leisure but travelers are advised to explore the premises as much as they like.
  • Dinner will be served in the evening, followed by an overnight stay in Srinagar.

        *Note: Those who have opted for bikes provided by JustWravel will  be given early access to their respective motorcycles for a test drive, so they can get used to the feel of their two-wheeled vehicle.


Day 2 : Srinagar to Kargil (210 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)

  • After early morning breakfast, we will head towards Kargil. 
  • En-route, we will make a brief stop at  Zojila Pass. The world’s second coldest road, this mountain pass in the Himalayas is the link between Srinagar and Ladakh.
  • We will reach Kargil in the afternoon. The second largest city in Ladakh, it was the site of the Kargil war back in 1999.
  • After checking in at our hotel rooms, we will relax before heading out for a local tour.
  • In the evening, after dinner, we will spend a night in Kargil.

Day 3 : Kargil to Leh (216 Kilometers, 6 Hours Drive)

  • Post breakfast, we will begin our journey from Kargil to Leh.
  • En route, we will be traversing through Namika La which is one of the highest passes between Kargil and Leh,  Lamayuru-Hills/ Monastery which is one of the oldest and largest Gompas in Ladakh as well as  Fotulla pass, and Sangam: the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River.
  • We will also visit other tourist attractions such as Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic hill which is an anti-gravity hill as well as The Hall of Fame which is a war memorial maintained by the Indian Army.
  • Upon reaching Leh, we will check into our designated stays and freshen up. In the evening, we will head towards Shanti Stupa which is known for its beautiful white dome shape, statues, and intricate carvings.
  • Travelers can spend the rest of the day at leisure or explore the Leh Market before returning to the hotel where dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Leh.

Day 4 : Leh to Nubra Valley (162 Kilometers, 6 Hours Drive)

  • Post breakfast, we’ll head out for Nubra Valley.
  • En-route we will make a pit stop for getting snacks at one of the Highest Motorable Road in the World, Khardung La. 
  • Upon reaching Nubra Valley, we’ll check into our campsite.
  • In the evening, travelers can enjoy indulge in a Double Hump Bactrian Camel safari, ATV rides and more. (on personal expense)
  • Post-check-in, Dinner will be served followed by overnight stay in Nubra Valley.

Day 5 : Nubra to Turtuk/Siachen Base Camp (170 Kilometers, 6 Hours Drive)

  • After breakfast, We’ll be heading out to Turtuk/Siachen Base Camp.
  • En-route, we’ll be traversing through the Indo-Pak border (LOC). 
  • We’ll return to Nubra by the evening where we’ll have dinner followed by an overnight stay.

Day 6 : Nubra Valley to Pangong (200 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)

  • Post-breakfast, we’ll check out from our hotel/campsite and head towards Pangong Lake. 
  • En-route, we will visit the Diskit Monastery, popular for the the 100ft tall colorful statue of Buddha.
  • After paying our reverence at the monastery, we will resume our journey towards Pangong, the iconic lake that has gained popularity ever since featuring in the Bollywood blockbuster movie 3 Idiots.
  • Upon reaching Pangong, we will check-in to out campsite where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay.

Day 7 : Pangong to Leh (210 Kilometers, 7 hours)

  • After early morning breakfast, we’ll head back to Leh.
  • Traversing through Chang La Pass, which is one of the highest passes in the world, we will head back to Leh. 
  • En route, We will visit Shey Palace known for its gold-gilded statue of Buddha which is the second tallest statue of Buddha in Ladakh. We will also visit the Thiksey Monastery which is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.
  • Upon reaching Leh, we will check into our designated hotel where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 8 : Leh to Sarchu (250 Kilometers, 10 Hours Drive)

  • After breakfast, we will start our long drive to Sarchu. Surrounded by the great Himalayas, Sarchu is a major halt point on the Leh-Manali highway.
  • En route, we will cover More PlainsGata loops (21 Hairpins), and Nakee La pass.
  • We will check into our camps. The rest of the day is at leisure.
  • Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Sarchu.

Day 9 : Sarchu to Jispa (90 Kilometers, 3.5 Hours Drive)

  • We will check out of our campsite after breakfast.
  • We will be heading towards Jispa while traversing through scenic landscapes consisting of majestic mountains, lush valleys and many mountain passes like the iconic Baralacha-La Pass and the third highest lake in India, Suraj Tal. 
  • Upon reaching Jispa, we will check in to our designated campsites where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 10 : Jispa to Manali (100 Kilometers, 3.5 Hours Drive)

  • Post breakfast, we will head towards Manali. En route, we will be traversing through the iconic Atal Tunnel. 
  • We’ll make a quick pit stop at Sissu where we’ll indulge in a bit of sightseeing.
  • Upon reaching Manali, Dinner will be provided followed by an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 11 : Manali Local sightseeing

  • Post breakfast, we will be enjoying a Leisure Day at Manali. The participants are advised to go for cafe hopping, shopping, local sightseeing, and more.
  • After that, we will take an overnight Bus from Manali to Delhi for our return journey.

Day 12 : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

  • We will reach Delhi early in the morning. The group will part part ways with fond memories.
  • End of Tour.

Can I Go to Ladakh by Myself Bike Trip?

Yes! You can go anywhere if you plan well but as stated that Ladakh is a zone where you’re all on your own, so being prepared is the only thing that you can rely on. Which is why we say that if you’re comfortable in your skills then you can otherwise either be prepared or go along with a group of people who are expert in the terrain.

How to Rent a Bike for Ladakh Trip?

You can easily rent bikes from Manali, Srinagar, and Leh. All you have to do is submit some required documents, security money and certify that you’re having a having a valid driver’s licence. Additionally, if you damage the bike during the course of the trip, you will have to pay the amount to the shop owner according to the damage incurred.

How Difficult Is Ladakh Bike Trip?

The roads are heavily made for offroading and it would be quite hard even for an expert biker to manage smoothly on the same terrain. Additionally, it also depends on the kind of vehicle that you’re using, if you’re going on a 100CC bike then it will be very much difficult and you might break your bike for sure that you’re at least having a 500CC machine.

What Type of Food Is Served During the Trip?

We provide nutritious, hygienic, and healthy food during the trip. But in case, you have some preferred food type such as Jain Foods, Only Vegetarian or any other type then we can make arrangements beforehand. But make sure to inform the same to your handler at the time of booking.

Is Ladakh Bike Trip More Expensive Than Organised Trip?

Yes! If you’re organising the trip on your own accord then it’ll be much more expensive as you’ll have to manage accommodation, transport, meals, permits, guides, breakdown cost and more on your own. In the moment of heat, you’re most probably to be given a surge price instead of a better deal, which you get when you pre-booked with any operator.

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