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Best time to Visit Ladakh on Bike

Best time to visit Leh Ladakh on bike can be said to extend over the entire year, but the most suitable months have to be between the end of May to the mid of September. Ladakh is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, and that is what attracts a lot of adventurers to the Himalayas. Driving amidst the silent yet beautiful hills on the two wheels and a powerful engine, the experience is enthralling, to say the least.

With the best time to visit Ladakh on Bike approaching, the excitement mounts and the adventure begin. The pictures of great attractions like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, the Confluence and many other starts pouring out, creating a buzz in everyone’s feed. And that calls out to all the travelers, for coming and exploring, and for falling in love with the Land of High Passes, Ladakh.

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Best Time for Leh Bike Trip

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With the seasons playing out extreme odds in Ladakh, there is a lot of confusion about what is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh on bike. This is mostly owed to the entry points of getting into Ladakh, Zoji La and Rohtang Pass that stay closed in the season of winter. Also, these entry points get a little tricky to get through at the time of monsoon due to frequent landslides. This leaves a little window of time through the year where you can gain access to the moonscapes of Ladakh.

The months of June to September are considered to be the best time for a visit to Ladakh. Apart from these months, you can also do a bike trip in the months of winter, but the temperatures make it very difficult and tricky to ride during your trip to Leh-Ladakh.

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Leh Bike Trip in Summer

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Bike Trip Cost

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Owing to the fact that you can bring your own, as well as hire bikes to ride till Ladakh, there is a slight variation in the cost of a bike for Ladakh trip. Taking into consideration the costs arising out of maintenance, fuel, stay, food, gear, and permits, the cost of a trip on your own bike will cost you around INR 17,000- 20,000, while on hiring a bike can cost about INR 25,000-28,000. This cost makes the summers the best time to visit Leh Ladakh on Bike.

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Distance And Duration

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Depending on where you start the trip will create variations in the total distance. But assuming that you start your trip from either Srinagar or Manali, the duration of the trip will be somewhere around 7 to 9 days, in which you will not only cover the major attractions of Ladakh but will also cover the starting and ending points of the journey.

Apart from that, the total distance is also something that is subjective to places. But for the major part, the distance covered will be somewhere around 1200-1500 km.

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Insights

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Ladakh as a whole is still a mysterious location, and there are still some details that you must know before the beginning of this trip, so make the best of summers, the best time to visit Leh Ladakh on Bike.

-There is going to be a lot of paperwork. If you are an Indian citizen residing in India, you will require an Inner Line Permit to access certain locations like Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, etc. For Indians residing outside of India and for foreigners, a Protected Area Permit is a must to access these place.

-That is why upon your arrival, you will be visiting the Leh DC office to get your paperwork stamped. Leh is the center point for you to visit any of these locations and without the paperwork, you cannot visit these places.

-Apart from that, if you are visiting Ladakh on your own bike, you have to keep all the papers ready for the same. The bike needs to be fit for pollution check, needs to be in your name (you cannot bring your relative’s without them being with you), and cannot be an average bike because the terrains are really rough.

-You have to remember that if you are bringing your own bike, you have to maintain a standard of health in it. This is because you may or may not find proper mechanic shops on your way to Ladakh, and this may be a cause to worry.

-Manali Leh highway is prone to landslides during the months of Monsoons. The road should be avoided in these times. Ladakh lies on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, and so you may think that because everything on this side is pleasant, it may be the same nearby.

Be prepared for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), because it is always a looming possibility at such heights. Always keep yourself hydrated as dehydration is not only a symptom of AMS but also a cause of it.

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Places You Can See

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During the best time to visit Leh Ladakh on bike, there are plethora of places that you can see, and find all of them on their best. To name these places:

-Nubra Valley and Khardung La Pass

-Diskit Monastery

-Hunder Sand Dunes

-Panamik

-Turtuk

-Pangong Tso

-Shyok Village and Valley

-Sham Valley (Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahab Gurudwara, Confluence of Indus with Zanskar)

-Upshi

-Kargil

-Lamayuru

-Zoji La Pass

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Leh Bike trip in Winters

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Bike Trip Cost

Because the time of the year is when the climate is unexpected, the roads are tough and covered in snow, the prices may rise. There are certain factors for this, like lessened road connectivity, a decrease in the incoming of imported goods, and the extreme conditions of weather. This may mean that to take a Ladakh Bike Trip in winters will cost you more than the summers, say somewhere around INR 35,000.

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Distance and Duration

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Now because there are certain places that are off limits in winters in Ladakh, the total duration and covered distance may be reduced, but you can rest assure that the excitement may not. So you may experience the total trip of about 5 to 6 days and will be covering about 700-800 km.
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During the snowy months. There is always a pinch of fun left to have in the winters, but there are also always more precautions to take care of. Apart from tips and guidelines that need to be followed in the summers, here are a few more things to take care of.

-It will be really, really cold. So it is for the better of you that you go prepared for the same. Be it clothing or prevention methods for AMS, you need to be prepared.

-Because cold months mean difficulty in sleeping. In Ladakh, you will need way better sleeping gear than normal to enjoy a good night’s sleep. So make sure you carry the same with you.

-Plan your trip on the basis of budget thoroughly. There is a chance that you may not always find the best of places to stay and eat, the ones which stand true to your expectations. So always carry enough cash with you.

-Plan your trip with at least a couple of buffer days in hand avoid hassles caused by an abrupt snowfall.

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Places You Visit And Can't Visit During Winter

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All of the places in the Leh region will be available for a visit but may become inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. Depending on that, here are a few places that you can still visit in winters.

-Frozen Pangong Tso (may be inaccessible due to heavy snowing

-Nubra Valley and Hunder Sand Dunes

-Khardung La Pass (It can be dangerous to ride, but exciting as well)

-The confluence of Indus and Zanskar

-Chilling (starting point of Chadar Trek)

-Ulley (Home of the snow leopards and one of the highest settlements in the world)

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"the experience was awesome. The whole thing organized by Thrillophilia was great. Our tour operator Jigmet sir and the whole crew were 1 no. SHAMAAASS. Julley.
11 July 2019
Excellent
We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there, we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi about whom I have read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there for which I thought the best way would be to write at thrillophilia reviews.
We had a wonderful experience with Thrillophilia Out tour was Leh-Ladakh 6N7D, which includes Leh Sightseen, Nubra Valley Overnight Stay, Pangong Overnight Night. 1. First of all you should know that Thrillophilia doesn't have its own Travel Team. Thrillophilia actually linked up with several local Travel Agency. Once your Tour is booked Thrillophilia tagged one local Travel Agency for your Tour and that particular travel agency will take care of your entire tour. Our travel manager is Lobzang Tseldon. She is very helpful and you will not face any problem in your entire tour. 1. Hotel provided in Leh: Ladakh Heights. The hotel was very good,neat and clean.It is a new hotel so you don't found any pics in the internet. But lobzang will send you the pics of the Hotel. There is a canteen within the hotel where you will be having complimentary breakfast and dinner. Non Vegetarian please let Lobzang know that you want non-veg items as well.they generally prepare veg items only.but on request they will provide you omlette in breakfast and chicken/mutton in dinner. So if anyone wants to book Thrillophilia please ask Thrillophilia to tag you to the travel agency that offers non veg items too. The Hotel Ladakh Heights is a bit far from the main city but don't worry Lobzang will provide you car for visit to Leh market whenever required and she will not charge you for that. You will get a beautiful view from this hotel but if you want to stay near the main city you will not get any view from the hotel. 2. The stay at Nubra Valley was awesome. They have Royal Camp in Nubhra and it's is a nature-friendly camp. You will love it, I can guarantee you. 3. They stay at Pangong was okay. You can understand that at that altitude you will not get luxury.so the camp provided at Pangong was good for 1 night stay. Overall my experience with Thrillophilia was very good. We enjoyed a lot. Thanks a lot to Lobzang Tseldon for the wonderful arrangements of our tour.
"Trip was really awesome. I feel everyone should consider this trip at least once in their lifetime. My eyes were never tired of looking around at such beautiful and scenic views. I would like to extend my special thanks to Tour leader Mr. Jigmet Tandar. He is highly trained professional. The way he lead the tour made us have more fun. Thanks to the whole crew Jigmet, Stanzin, Wangyal, Kaushal, Tundoop. Made a lot of new friends. One suggestion to Thrillophilia team: Since this is not just any casual trip that anyone can go through please consider keeping a screening process for people who opt for it. This is one of the most extreme adventures where your body and mind will go through a lot of challenges, one can successfully complete this trip only if they are determined and well prepared."
03 June 2019
Excellent
An exhilarating life-changing experience. If you are able bodied, a biking lover, a landscape / scenery admirer and a crazy adventure seeker, this is a must try for life. Our group of bikers were fun-loving yet very responsible riders. We became friends on the very first day and all of us enjoyed every moment, giving mutual respect at every instance, having each other's backs at every dangerous turn. Even elderly couples in the group made amazing memories with all the young folks! The Ladakhi food, the heritage site visits, the campfire dancing, the photos, the market shopping, the music, the hikes, the snow, even the adorable mountain dogs, furry yaks and double-hump camels, every-bit was amazing. The road team was extraordinary, specially Tani (captain) and Shashi (bike repairman). They were very friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and also helpful at every step. We had a truck carrying our luggage all along, running behind us all through the roads, making sure no one is left behind. Jigmet has a lot of local connections, so you will be well taken care of at camps and hotels (even Jain food, on request).
24 October 2020
Excellent
I had a wonderful trip with Thrillophilia. Hotel provided in Leh was clean and good. All sightseeing places covered as per itinerary. The camping stay at Nubra Valley and near Pangong lake was awesome. We enjoyed a lot and overall experience was great.
The Sham Valley Trek was one of the most enjoyable treks I have undertaken in the last few years, and all the credit goes to Thrillophilia. The booking experience was extremely smooth and I would highly recommend this company for all your travels in the valley.
17 November 2019
Superb
It was an awesome experience. Completed the tour in July 2019. We had booked for 8 persons on Thrillophilia. The facilities were good, Tani-the tour guide, was superb. Amazing tour, to say the least. I have penned down my entire experience of Ladakh bike tour on my blog. Sharing the link here.
17 November 2019
Excellent
When we made the booking for 6-days trip to Ladakh via Thrillophilia, we had a lot of questions in our mind on how it's going to turn out, especially on whether it's a suitable honeymoon destination even for those who love a bit of adventure. That is primarily because the reviews of Ladakh were a bit scary. Almost all of the people who wrote reviews had a lot of things to warn you about- the extreme climate, sudden decrease in Oxygen levels, deserted/uninhabited places where it's difficult to get some help from anyone in case of any issues and so on. And there were some people who wrote bad reviews about Thrillophilia for some negative experiences they had to endure from the operators. But it was reassuring to see how Thrillophilia answered all the reviews, even the negative ones. They clarified how they assign tour operators based on customer reviews and in case of any negative experiences from the operators, there is not much Thrillophilia can help with apart from not assigning those operators anymore. As we were getting immediate response from Amit on all our queries on a timely basis, we decided to book the package. Cutting to the chase, we were contacted by the operator(Thupstan) the day before our arrival and he ensured that there was a taxi to pick us up on time. The tour guides and the driver of the backup vehicle he assigned for our group were so experienced that all we had to do was to keep riding until they ask us to stop. The halts were all well planned that we didn't have to worry about anything. And they were so approachable in case of any issues. And whenever we rode for a long time, they would come and inspect each bike and fixed any issues immediately. They were always willing to go the extra mile to make us comfortable. Let me quote an instance here - The driver of the backup vehicle had an issue with Blood Oxygen level when we reached Pangong. We had enough stock of Oxygen cylinders in the backup vehicle. But he didn't consider using it and hence took one of the bikes and rode to where he could find a pharmacy to get an Oxygen cylinder for himself. When one of us asked him on why he didn't use one of the cylinders that we had carried, he told us that the cylinders are just for our use and himself or any of the guides won't use that. Such was the concern they had for everyone in the group. In case anyone reading this still has a question regarding whether it's a suitable place for couples, the answer is YES. The accommodation they provide is suitable for couples as well. Even the tents are nice and safe. I could go on like this and I never thought this review is going to be this long when I started writing it. As others have mentioned in the reviews, it's such a beautiful destination and the experience is awesome. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Ladakh, go ahead and embark on this beautiful journey with Thrillophilia. I'm sure that you won't regret it.
"it was a very well organized trip,the hotel was very good,the tent in nubra was lovely and the food was good too..overall a good experience "

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People Also Ask About Ladakh

  1. How much does a Ladakh bike trip cost?

    The cost of Ladakh bike trip wholly depends on the type of bike you are using, the time duration for which you will be staying there, the stops you will be staying at and many other factors. A basic 10 days trip in which you take your own vehicle can cost you upto INR 35,000 including food and stay.

    However, planning a trip yourself can be a bit difficult and loaded with numerous hidden charges. In such cases, customizable packages come to rescue and provide you a hassle free trip. You can book various different packages depending on your preferences. Also, it is advised to enjoy the trip after the month of may as the timeframe of May to October is considered to be the best time to visit Leh Ladakh on bike.

  2. What is the best time for Manali to Leh bike trip?

    Riding a bike from Manali to Leh is a dream come true for various backpackers and nature lovers. Not only do you enjoy the thrill of riding and tasting the speed but you also get to enjoy the eye catching scenery around you.

    The best time to visit Ladakh on bike is between the months of May to October. Around this time, the snow begins to melt and the roads appear much more cleaner. Also, the summers in ladakh bring the season of festivals with time. Around these months the town experiences carnival like vibes which further attracts flocks of tourists.

  3. Are rented bikes allowed in Ladakh?

    No, if the rented bikes are coming from some other region then they will not be granted entry in Leh ladakh. However, one can rent a bike from Leh only for riding purposes or can bring their own two wheeler which must be registered in their own/parents name. The best time to visit Ladakh on bike is around the months of May to December, when you will be accompanied by an array of other bikers.
  4. Which bike is best for a Leh Ladakh bike trip?

    Any bike which is heavy built, has a strong engine and 350 to 400 CC engine can be taken to enjoy a road trip to Ladakh. The Royal Enfield Himalyan is considered to be the best bike to ride when going on a bike trip to Ladakh.

    The bike is specifically designed to pass the hilly terrains and cross the hurdles around the steep slopes. Having an engine of 400 CC makes it a true beast by climbing high pathways and rocky terrains. Other bikes having similar horsepower include Royal Enfield Thunderbird and Royal Enfield Electra 350. In addition to enjoying the best performance of your bike, it is advisable to visit there in the peak season. May to October is considered to be the best time to visit Ladakh on bike.

  5. How is the road condition in Ladakh?

    The road condition of Ladakh depends on the weather conditions. In Winters, the roads taking you to this cool haven gets covered with sheets of snow and travelling at that time is quite difficult. Around the months of January and February, the roads are completely blocked and transportation services are not available.
  6. When should I plan my bike trip to Ladakh?

    The best time when you can enjoy a fun-filled, scenic and thrilling bike trip to Ladakh is between the months of May to November. Planning your trip in this time frame will let you enjoy various panoramic sceneries on your way.
  7. Which is the best month to go Ladakh on a bike?

    If you are an adventure junkie who is looking for the best time to visit Leh Ladakh on bike then make sure that you plan your trip in the month of June. Around this time, the region of Ladakh experiences summers which result in clearer roads and decreased harsh winds.

    In addition to this, by the starting of june, most of the snow melts away and to enjoy cold weather, one has to drive towards high altitudes. On the way, one can enjoy various panoramic views of the surrounding snow capped mountains.

    What makes June the best time to visit Ladakh on bike is that around this time, one of the major festivals of Ladakh is also celebrated. The first full moon of june marks the beginning of “Sindhu Darshan” Festival in which river Indus is worshipped. Around the streams of Indus, one can enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere loaded with various entertainment options.

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