High Himalaya

Himalayas, India, Asia

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Leh to Manali – The World’s Highest Roads

This tour is a full-on adventure, a journey taking you to wild places of incomparable beauty. It is also a challenge; a trip to the edge of beyond that takes in several of the planet’s highest roads, including Khardung La, the World’s highest ‘motorable’ pass. We will camp beside sparkling high-altitude lakes, cross deserts and scale the high passes to take in lifetime views over the biggest mountain range there is. The Blazing Trails team has been running Himalayan motorcycle tours since 2000 and it is this experience, allied to precise organization, that allows us to guide riders to such places. As with all our trips an experienced leader and support crew are with you every mile, providing expert guidance and mechanical or medical assistance if required. But despite our enormous local knowledge, a ride through the Himalaya is never going to be without its challenges and surprises...While we do everything within reason to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as we can, there are challenges implicit to travelling in the world’s mightiest mountains that we could not remove if we wanted to – it adds to the excitement. The environment is very much in charge here, the natural forces so great that human endeavours to tame them barely register.

The Himalaya is still growing, and at the same time collapsing – occasionally overnight and across our route. For this reason no itinerary is ever set in stone. Each morning your tour leader will gather information and assess conditions ahead. If our planned route is blocked, we may have to detour, or wait until a passage can be forced. If this happens it is usually overcome, but there is the possibility routes and accommodation will have to change. This is not a normal package holiday; but if you’re looking for the ultimate biking adventure, with the best back-up and most fitting overnight accommodation, then you’ll love it…

As a participant in this tour you’ll fly to Delhi, to be met by a Blazing Trails representative and transferred to the nearby domestic terminal, where you will board for the spectacular flight up to Ladakh. In Leh you will be met by the Blazing Trails staff and be handed ‘your’ bike, a 500cc Enfield Bullet (with a front disc brake) and given instruction on its eccentricities. There will be a full briefing and a familiarisation ride before we set off into the high mountains.

When riding there will be a leader and ‘outriders’ guiding and trouble-spotting. A ‘sweeper’ rider and a support vehicle with an extensively-equipped medic will travel at the rear. Roads are often rough, so we recommend you have at least two year’s riding experience before taking on this challenge. You will also need reasonable fitness and there are certain medical conditions that preclude travelling at altitude, so check with your GP and Blazing Trails if in doubt. Weather ranges from warm in the lower valleys, to conditions similar to a UK winter’s day up high – rarely including snow.

Travelling up in Ladakh by bike brings you close to the environment and its inhabitants; close to the nature of this huge place. For most riders a trip like this will be the experience of a lifetime.

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About Ladakh

Ladakh is a sparsely-populated area of lofty mountains and high desert plains in the Indian Himalaya, part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Once a major intersection on the Silk Route, it is now bordered by Chinese-controlled Tibet to the east and Pakistan to the north. Currently all Ladakhi border crossings to these countries are closed. The indigenous population are mainly Buddhist and are culturally Tibetan. They traditionally carved out a tough existence through agriculture and trade, but now the tourist industry also provides income. Ladakh (in winter) is the coldest inhabited place on Earth, after Siberia. The entire region around Ladakh’s capital, Leh, is cut off by road from mid-October to late May by snow.

Much of Ladakh is situated above 10,000ft in altitude, being part of the Tibetan Plateau (Ladakh is known as ‘Little Tibet’ and has often been part of that Kingdom). The Great Himalaya to the east provides a rain shadow, beyond which the easterly monsoon should not pass (although very occasionally it seems to). The lack of precipitation means less snowfall than other areas of similar altitude and it is this that has allowed the building of most of the planet’s highest roads in this area. Winter temperatures fall as low as –35ºC, but in summertime the climate is mild, ranging from around 30ºC to 15ºC in the daytime and rarely dropping below freezing at night.

 

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Organised by Blazing Trails Tours

High Himalaya


Overview

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Leh to Manali – The World’s Highest Roads

This tour is a full-on adventure, a journey taking you to wild places of incomparable beauty. It is also a challenge; a trip to the edge of beyond that takes in several of the planet’s highest roads, including Khardung La, the World’s highest ‘motorable’ pass. We will camp beside sparkling high-altitude lakes, cross deserts and scale the high passes to take in lifetime views over the biggest mountain range there is. The Blazing Trails team has been running Himalayan motorcycle tours since 2000 and it is this experience, allied to precise organization, that allows us to guide riders to such places. As with all our trips an experienced leader and support crew are with you every mile, providing expert guidance and mechanical or medical assistance if required. But despite our enormous local knowledge, a ride through the Himalaya is never going to be without its challenges and surprises...While we do everything within reason to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as we can, there are challenges implicit to travelling in the world’s mightiest mountains that we could not remove if we wanted to – it adds to the excitement. The environment is very much in charge here, the natural forces so great that human endeavours to tame them barely register.

The Himalaya is still growing, and at the same time collapsing – occasionally overnight and across our route. For this reason no itinerary is ever set in stone. Each morning your tour leader will gather information and assess conditions ahead. If our planned route is blocked, we may have to detour, or wait until a passage can be forced. If this happens it is usually overcome, but there is the possibility routes and accommodation will have to change. This is not a normal package holiday; but if you’re looking for the ultimate biking adventure, with the best back-up and most fitting overnight accommodation, then you’ll love it…

As a participant in this tour you’ll fly to Delhi, to be met by a Blazing Trails representative and transferred to the nearby domestic terminal, where you will board for the spectacular flight up to Ladakh. In Leh you will be met by the Blazing Trails staff and be handed ‘your’ bike, a 500cc Enfield Bullet (with a front disc brake) and given instruction on its eccentricities. There will be a full briefing and a familiarisation ride before we set off into the high mountains.

When riding there will be a leader and ‘outriders’ guiding and trouble-spotting. A ‘sweeper’ rider and a support vehicle with an extensively-equipped medic will travel at the rear. Roads are often rough, so we recommend you have at least two year’s riding experience before taking on this challenge. You will also need reasonable fitness and there are certain medical conditions that preclude travelling at altitude, so check with your GP and Blazing Trails if in doubt. Weather ranges from warm in the lower valleys, to conditions similar to a UK winter’s day up high – rarely including snow.

Travelling up in Ladakh by bike brings you close to the environment and its inhabitants; close to the nature of this huge place. For most riders a trip like this will be the experience of a lifetime.

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About Ladakh

Ladakh is a sparsely-populated area of lofty mountains and high desert plains in the Indian Himalaya, part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Once a major intersection on the Silk Route, it is now bordered by Chinese-controlled Tibet to the east and Pakistan to the north. Currently all Ladakhi border crossings to these countries are closed. The indigenous population are mainly Buddhist and are culturally Tibetan. They traditionally carved out a tough existence through agriculture and trade, but now the tourist industry also provides income. Ladakh (in winter) is the coldest inhabited place on Earth, after Siberia. The entire region around Ladakh’s capital, Leh, is cut off by road from mid-October to late May by snow.

Much of Ladakh is situated above 10,000ft in altitude, being part of the Tibetan Plateau (Ladakh is known as ‘Little Tibet’ and has often been part of that Kingdom). The Great Himalaya to the east provides a rain shadow, beyond which the easterly monsoon should not pass (although very occasionally it seems to). The lack of precipitation means less snowfall than other areas of similar altitude and it is this that has allowed the building of most of the planet’s highest roads in this area. Winter temperatures fall as low as –35ºC, but in summertime the climate is mild, ranging from around 30ºC to 15ºC in the daytime and rarely dropping below freezing at night.

 

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  • 6-8
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