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Gravel Heroes

HIMALAYAS 13 – 23.08.2023

MYSTERIOUS ZANSKAR VALLEY AND THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN PASSES
BASIC INFORMATION
DETAILS OF THE TOUR
PRICE INCLUDES / NOT INCLUDES
HIMALAYAS 13 – 23.08.2023
PRICE: 3150 €  
BOOKING FEE: 600 €
PILLION PRICE: 2150 €
CAR PASSENGER PRICE: 2950 €

MOTORCYCLE:


Royal Enfield Himalayan. Motorcycle rental is included in the tour price.

TOUR DESCRIPTION:


This is best described as a roller coaster motorbike ride: from the Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh, through the mysterious Zanskar Valley and desertic high-altitude landscapes, we will head straight up to the highest pass in the world – Umling La (5848 m). The Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes are also on our way – followed by several more passes over 5,000m.

In the last years a lot of new roads have been built in the Himalayas and quite a few new passes have been made passable to vehicles. It opens for us, bikers, some areas which earlier could only be reached after days of trekking in the mountains. On this tour you can expect new tracks, passes and highlights never offered before on any organized tour. We will be reaching altitudes exceeding 5,000 meters multiple times, and riding over the highest passes in the world. The route covers all of the highlights of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh, as well as the most beautiful Himalayan lakes in the border region with Tibet.

Riding to the top of the world – with the mythical Royal Enfield will give you memories to last a lifetime!

START:

13 August 2023 / LEH, INDIE

END:

23 August 2023 / LEH, INDIE

NUMBER OF DAYS AND NIGHTS:

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

NUMBER OF RIDING DAYS:

9 DAYS

TOUR TYPE:

Gravel Heroes

TYPE OF ROADS:

40% paved / 60% gravel

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:

8 / 10

MIN./ MAX. NUMBER OF BIKES:

Min. 6 / Max .12

11 in stock

FULL PRICE: 3150 €
 
PILLION PRICE: 2150 €
CAR PASSENGER PRICE: 2950 €

Choose your options:


DETAILS OF THE TOUR


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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • New road connecting Zanskar Valley and Manali.
  • Ride through Mount Gombo.
  • Most famous Ladakh Buddhist Monasteries.
  • Zanskar Valley.
  • Nubra Valley.
  • Gata Loops.
  • Hanle Observatory.
  • Leh.

Passes:

  • Khardung La (5,359 m)
  • Shingu La (5,091 m)
  • Zang La (3,981 m)
  • Singe La (4,200 m)
  • Sir Sir La Pass (4,808 m)
  • Chang La (5,360 m)
  • Tsaga La (4,635 m)
  • Polokong La (4,800 m)
  • Lachung La (5,019 m)
  • Naki La (4,740 m)
  • Kanglajal La (4,908 m)
  • Baralacha La (4,890 m)
  • Umling La (5,848 m)

Lakes:

  • Pangong Tso (4,350 m)
  • Kiagar lake (4,522m)
  • Tso Moriri (4,595 m)
  • Tso Kar (4,620 m)
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WEATHER:

If you don’t like the weather in the Himalayas just wait for a few hours… The Himalayas are so high that they create microclimates in each valley, and the weather conditions may change very fast. It can be bright and sunny, and a few hours later it could get cloudy and cold. Our tour is taking place during the most favorable time of the year in terms of weather conditions. However, it is very difficult to predict the temperatures. You have to be prepared for all kinds of conditions: days with bright sun shining, sudden gusts of strong cold winds, cold nights.

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MOTORCYCLE GEAR:

Wearing adequate riding gear is an individual responsibility. We strongly recommend “adventure” or hard-shell type boots for this ride. Bring your own gear.

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LUGGAGE:

We will be traveling light. Try not to take more than one 20kg luggage piece. It should be dust & water proof. For riding days take with you a small backpack or waterproof bag, with straps, to enable you to attach it to your motorbike.

IMPORTANT, REMEMBER:

Each participant is required to arrange a tourist entry visa to India for himself.
We will be traveling at very high altitudes, be sure you have sunscreen and sunglasses. The tour is rated 8/10 because of the altitude, not because of the riding difficulties.
During your trip, especially when crossing the highest mountain passes, you may feel symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS). Remember that you must drink a lot of water to minimize this risk. In case you feel sick, we will have an oxygen cylinder with us.

MAXIMUM ALTITUDE:

5848 (Umling La)

meters above seal level

DAY BY DAY TOUR PROGRAM

DAY 1 (0 km)
Arrival to Leh.

DAY 2 (115 km)
Leh – Lamayuru

DAY 3 (210 km)
Lamayuru – Padum

DAY 4 (183 km)
Padum – Jispa

DAY 5 (215 km)
Jispa – Tso Kar

DAY 6 (165 km)
Tso Kar – Tso Moriri – Nyoma

DAY 7
Nyoma – Umling La – Hanle

DAY 8 (145 km)
Hanle – Pangong Tso Lake

DZIEŃ 9 (135 km)
Pangong Tso Lake – Nubra Valley

DAY 10 (160 km)
Nubra Valley – Leh

DAY 11 (0 km)
Leh – departure.

THE ROUTE MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO POLITICAL, SOCIAL OR WEATHER FACTORS.

PRICE INCLUDES:

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MOTORCYCLE

Royal Enfield Himalayan. Motorcycle rental is included in the tour price.
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4X4 CAR

Local driver option for participants traveling in the 4x4 car.
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GUIDE

Assistance of a MotoBirds guide on a motorbike. All support staff will be equipped with 2-way radios.
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SUPPORT CAR

A support car will assist us during the tour. Our luggage will be loaded in the car. The price includes fuel for the support car and driver expenses.
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MOTORBIKE MAINTENANCE

Daily maintenance and periodic service are included in the tour price.
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ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

Accommodation in hotels, guesthouses or camps, in twin or triple rooms. One night in the local family homestay. Breakfast, lunches and dinners are included in the price, except the dinners in Leh. Upon request, subject to availability, it is possible to organize a single room - against an additional fee of EUR 70 / night. Remember that a big part of our route leads through off the beaten track areas. Accommodation in such areas can be basic. It is always neat & clean, but do not expect urban luxuries, hot showers, central heating / cooling, lavish buffets. What these places lack in amenities they make up for with their authentic local experience, closeness to nature, locally sourced organic food, sustainable way of work and heart warming hospitality. The best hotel we will have in Leh. It is comparable to a good 3* hotel.
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TRANSPORT TO/FROM THE HOTEL

Group airport transfers are included in the tour price, provided your arrival date is on the tour program dates. Individual transfer can be organized on different dates, but is not included in the tour price (30 EUR).
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INSURANCE

Basic travel insurance. Upon request and with additional fee, we can offer additional insurance, covering for example the costs related to no – show on the tour due to Covid -19. Tourist Guarantee Fund fee. Tourist Support Fund fee. Third-party liability insurance for the motorbikes.
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PICTURES & GPX TRACKS FROM THE TOUR

After the tour participants will receive photos of the tour, GPX tracks of the route and a commemorative poster.
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WELCOME PACK

Each Participant will receive a welcome pack, which includes, among other items: MotoBirds stickers, tour stickers, a detailed program, the list of hotels and a tour souvenir.

PRICE NOT INCLUDES:

  • Motorcycle fuel.
  • Airline tickets (tickets should not be bought until the organizer confirms the completion of the minimum group size).
  • Tourist entry visa, if required.
  • Covid tests and / or vaccinations, if required.
  • Medical expenses not covered by MotoBirds insurance.
  • Drinks other than water.
  • Costs related to the transport of a participant to the nearest medical center, in case of injury or illness or inability to continue the tour.
  • Costs related to the transport of the participant’s motorcycle to the finish point of the tour, in case the motorcycle or the participant cannot continue the tour.
  • Lunches and dinners in Leh.
  • Entry tickets to the optional tourist attractions, i.e. buddhist monasteries.
  • Motorcycle refundable security deposit of 500 USD, payable in cash on the first day after arrival.
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