HIMALAYAN MOTO-RAFTING OR THE BEST OF LADAKH AND ZANSKAR

Ladakh is spectacular and enjoyable. The views are unforgettable, but certainly we will not be alone here. However, we will go to Zanskar, where the views at least as breathtaking, but it is about the wilder valley, where not too many people reach. And there are even fewer of them on bikes. We guarantee the most beautiful views and adventure written by capital ‘A’: to the Royal Enfield bikes offroad we add two days of rafting on the Zanskar River! Such a combination of attractions you will not find anywhere. This expedition combines the most classical and bike-wise easy road of Ladakh with Zanskar and large dose of adrenaline during two-day rafting, will be our way back to the base at Leh. The motorcycles will not float with us… We will go through several passes above 5 thousand metres, including the world’s highest one approved for traffic. We will visit a few Buddhist monasteries, and those in Zanskar they are particularly noteworthy. We will ensure unforgettable views. spectacular highways, proven motorcycles and inflatable rafts, mechanical maintenance and medical care, and above all – good company.

Wyjazd ma charakter asfaltowo – szutrowy, z elementami adventure.

wyprawy motocyklowe himalaje
  • Start/finish: Leh
  • Nearest airport: Leh
  • Date of start: 16.07.2017
  • Date of finish: 27.07.2017
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Difficulty level: 6/10
  • Attractions: nature, passes (including Khardung La), Himalayas, Pangong Tso lake, Buddhist abbeys in the Valley of Indus and Zanskar, Zanskar River rafting
  • Day one: – Arrival. Getting acquainted with the Royal Enfields. Sightseeing, Acclimatisation
    Hotel in Leh
  • Day Two: – Leh – Sakti. Highway along the Valley of Indus will lead us to Sakti. Along the way, we will see the palace – the seat of the first rulers of Ladakh – Shey and the most impressive Buddhist monastery in the entire region – Thiksey. In 2016 it hosted the Dalai Lama himself. In the afternoon, we bid farewell to the main trail and turn into the valley towards Pangong Tso Lake.
    Accommodation in a guesthouse.
  • Day Three: – Sakti – Pangong Tso. The third highest, approved for traffic pass in the world – Chang La (5,360 m) is awaiting us. From the pass we go down the winding mountain road above one of the most beautiful lakes in the world: Pangong Tso. It is a lake bordering China and 60% of its surface belongs to China. Today we will partly drive on gravels.
    Accommodation in a camp, in specially prepared tents.
  • Day Four: – Pangong Tso – Nubra Valley (Hunder) through Shyok River – Today, not an easy route, but an unforgettable one: entirely along the Shyok River. We do not plan any passes, but it will sometimes be “curvy” and on gravel. Certainly we are going to take a rest a break from altitudes, but… it will be much warmer – it may even be boiling hot. If due to weather conditions (eg. landslides) the road should be closed, we will go through the Pass Wari La Pass.
  • Day Five: – Nubra Valley – Leh – We will already be enough accustomed to high altitudes. This the perfect moment to take on the highest pass approved for traffic in the world – Khardung La (5,602 m). But before we get to it, we will visit the world’s highest altitude desert. Volunteers can try their hand at sand dunes. Partly gravel road.
    Accommodation in a hotel.
  • Day Six: – Leh – Lamayuru – We will drive to the famous Lamayuru Abbey. Ahead of us a beautiful route, full of views, mostly onto new asphalt.
    Guesthouse at Lamayuru
  • Day Seven: – Lamayuru – Kargil via Dha – Today we will have the opportunity to cross the rarely visited Ladakh area: Dah Valley and Hannu. The people in this valley look quite different than the other inhabitants of Ladakh; they are of more Indo-European than Tibetan type. The area is also warmer and greener. Kargil, in turn, is a Muslim city – for a while we move to another world.
    Kargil guesthouse.
  • Day Eight: – Kargil – Rangdum – Today, we leave the asphalt behind and we enter a wild Suru Valley. Down the end of the valley will drive only onto the gravel. It is going to be wild and beautiful. There will also be something for the spirit: a highly developed Buddhism, in  Zanskar in its purest form.
    Night in a guesthouse.
  • Day Nine: – Rangdum – Padum – The day will begin with a visit to a small mountain Buddhist monastery and then… tens of kilometers of fantastic, winding gravels await us, which will lead us to the Penzi La pass. At the entrance to Zanskar valley we can stop right next to the glacier. In the afternoon we get to the heart of the Valley of Zanskar – town of Padum.
    Accommodation in a hotel.
  • Day Ten: -Valley of Zanskar and Padum sightseeing.
    It is going to be a relaxing day. For volunteers – sightseeing of the area and a visit to the Busshist Karsha monastery
  • Day Eleven: – Zanskar river rafting – Today we begin our two-day rafting, which is also our journey back to Leh. Lots of emotions await us. Let us not forget that it was thanks to this river that during the cold winters, the people of Zanskar could get to the only civilized place in this part of Ladakh – that is the capital city of Leh. Thy travelled on the frozen river and this required great fortitude. Another way simply have not been existing – Zanskar in winter is completely isolated from the rest of the world.
    Accommodation in tents.
  • Day Tvelve: – Zanskar River rafting. Arrival to Leh.
Price – 3200 USD – includes:

  • care of a guide and good company
  • – care of a guide and good company
  • all accommodations, meals and beverages like water and tea, except lunches at Leh
  • rent and daily maintenance of the Royal Enfield 500 ccm
  • support car in which tools, additional fuel and your luggage will be carried
  • organization, accommodations and meals during rafting
  • border passes
  • access tickets to all sights en route
  • oxygen bottles and basic medication
  • motorbike insurance
  • motorbikes transportation by a lorry from Padum to Leh

Price does not cover:

  • flight to and from Leh (we suggest a connection via Delhi)
  • costs of fuel
  • travel insurance
  • costs of bike repairs in case a driver is to be blamed.

According to one of the previous participants:
    ‘The motorcycle expedition was a great idea and unforgettable experience. One could have assumed to expect amazing mountain trails and magnificent views, but what each day brought exceeded my expectations. Wild and often inaccessible to the average tourists regions of the Himalayas made us slack-jawed. Reaching the mountain passes on a bike gives you the feeling of being free like a bird.
    Encompassing space, fresh mountain air, colourful and cheerful people and amazing Indian food. And what was more unique was the experience of driving the classic Royal Enfield on virtually all types of mountain roads. The journey could be arranged on your own… but now I can appreciate how clearly and comfortably easily I could soak up every moment and enjoy the day, having a super team behind me and a professionally prepared expedition. A perfectly planned route took us to the most interesting, not necessarily the best known places in the Himalayas. Comfortable conditions of accommodation even in a camp at 4,600 m surprised us all. Daily maintenance of the motorcycles and the presence of a mechanic gave us tremendous confidence in a case of emergency or unforeseen collisions.
    Most importantly, however, was a sense that all of us, including Ola, who was the organizer, were a joint team, and that this was OUR journey, which we spontaneously created every day!’

Ania Urzedowska (Urzad)



 

 

 


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