DAY WISE ITINERARY
OVERVIEW
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14

The Great Ladakh Adventure Tour will take you over some of the world’s highest passes and exotic high-altitude Himalayan lakes. With a dramatic landscape, you are sure to have the ride of a lifetime!

  • Uncharted Adventurous Routes
  • Special Pre-Tour Training
  • Led by KTM Experts
  • High Altitude Adventure Academy
  • Special motivational talks by Padma Shri Ajeet Bajaj
Chandigarh
0 km | 1,053 ft

After you arrive in Chandigarh, we will start with an introduction and briefing session conducted by the KTM Experts. An ice-breaking session, followed by a motivational talk by Padma Shri Ajeet Bajaj will set the tone before we hit the treacherous Himalayan icy terrain. We will end the day with a welcome dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Chandigarh – Bilaspur - Mandi - Manali
310 km | 6,730 ft | 8 hours

On Day 2, we will embark on the journey through NH 205 for Manali. Riding through the plains of Punjab, we will enter the ‘Land of the Gods’, Himachal Pradesh. We will pass through Bilaspur, Mandi, and the Beas River finally ending with an overnight stay in Manali.

Manali - Rohtang Pass - Sisu - Tandi- Keylong - Jispa
140 km | 10,500 ft | 5 hours

Day 3 begins gets a spiritual start with a Buddhist monk performing a 'pooja’ for the success of our Adventure Tour. We then ride up the winding road towards Rohtang pass and enjoy the stunning Chandra Bhaga Range views. We will ride through Keylong and reach Jispa for an overnight stay at Jispa guest house.

Jispa - Baralacha La - Sarchu
90 km | 14,104 ft | 5 hours

The ride to Sarchu will keep your adrenaline levels high. After crossing Darcha, we ride on the Manali-Leh Highway towards Deepak Tal and on to Patseo. We then ascend steeply towards the treacherous Baralacha Pass, Zing Zing Bar, and the Suraj Tal. We arrive at Sarchu later in the day and find comfort in our cosy tents.

Sarchu - Nakee La - Lachung La - Pang - More Plains - Tanglang La - Leh
250 km | 17,480 ft | 8 hours

Our ride to Leh will take us up the Gata Loops - a series of 21 hairpin bends. We reach the summit Nakee La and descend to Whisky Nalla, then riding our way up to Lachung La and Tanglang La. Soaking in the views at Tanglang La, we descend on the other side of the valley to reach Leh. Overnight stay at a hotel in Leh.

Leh – Khardung La - Nubra Valley - Hunder
130 km | 17,582 ft | 5 hours

Our daunting tour turns even more challenging, as we ride uphill towards Khardung La. We then embark towards Karakoram and Zanskar range, where slushy roads with loose rocks on one side pose a challenge. We head towards Nubra Valley to explore a local bazaar and a beautiful Gompa built 15 centuries ago, until we end our day at a fixed camp.

In Nubra Valley
50 km | 11,316 ft | 5 hours

Our day will begin with Adventure Academy training acquiring the skills to conquer soft sand dunes. Post lunch, we calm our nerves with a leisurely nomadic exploration of the surroundings. We will witness an amazing local cultural programme in the evening, followed by an overnight stay at a fixed tented camp in Nubra Valley.

Nubra - Siachen - Nubra
140 km | 12,000 ft | 6 hours

On Day 8, we set out to create history with a 70 km ride to Siachen Base Camp (subject to permission from Indian Army), to plant the Indian Tricolour on the Siachen glacier. We will interact with our brave Indian Army personnel, guarding the world's highest battlefield. Overnight stay at a fixed tented camp back in Nubra Valley.

Nubra Valley - Agham - Shyok - Durbuk - Tangste - Pangong Tso
175 km | 14,268 ft | 5 hours

We will ride towards the Pangong Tso to hoist the Indian Tricolour along the lakeshore. For most of our time, we will be ride along the beautiful Shyok River and through beautiful villages. Overnight stay in a fixed tented camp near Pangong Lake.

Pangong Tso - Phya - Tso Moriri
310 km | 15,075 ft | 8 hours

We ride along the most breathtaking, toughest and less explored route past sandy deserts. rocky paths and numerous streams to Tso Moriri. In the evening, we will visit Karzok monastery and walk along the shores of Tso Moriri Lake. Overnight stay in a fixed tented camp at Tso Moriri.

Tso Moriri - Tsokar - More Plains - Pang - Lachung La - Nakee La - Sarchu
230 km | 14,104 ft | 8 hours

Early morning, on our ride to Sarchu, we will have to demonstrate our long distance riding skills across the extreme terrains (80% off-road). We will halt at Pang for lunch and continue our journey towards Manali. Early in the evening, we will arrive at Sarchu and stay overnight in a fixed tented camp.

Sarchu - Baralacha La - Jispa - Keylong - Sissu Lake- Atal Tunnel - Manali
180 km | 6,730 ft | 7 hours

Early morning, we head back to Manali via the recently opened Atal Tunnel. Enroute, we will visit Sissu Lake and Palam Dhara waterfall. We will reach Manali by early evening to leisurely explore Manali Bazaar, followed by an overnight stay.

Manali - Bilaspur - Chandigarh
306 km | 1,053 ft | 8 hours

After an early breakfast, we will ride back to Chandigarh on NH 205. Lunch en-route, we will arrive at Chandigarh in the evening. Your efforts will be rewarded with KTM certificates and mementos. Later, we will be part of a grand celebration dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel in Chandigarh.

We bid adieu to our fellow riders and depart on an emotional note to finally head out to head back to meet our family and friends who must have been waiting to hear our epic Ladakh saga.

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Highlights
  • Calendar
    21 Aug – 3 Sept’21
  • Bookings Open For
    21 Aug – 3 Sept’21
  • Location
    Start Location: Chandigarh
    End Location: Chandigarh
  • Distance
    2300 km
  • Terrain
    Tarmac, Hills, Dry Riverbed, Sand dunes, Slush, Gravel, Mud, River crossing, Forest, Twisties
  • Duration
    13N-14D
  • Price
  • Highest Elevations
    Khardung La (17,582 ft), Tanglang la (17,480 ft), Lachung La (16,616 ft), Nakeel La (16,210 ft) & Bara Lacha La (16,045 ft)

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Adventure Sports Insurance cover upto 5 Lakh per person
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at the hotel in Chandigarh.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis for participants
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) starting with lunch on day 1 till breakfast on day 14
  • Gala dinner at the hotel in Chandigarh on the last night.
  • Manali Green Tax, Ladakh Environmental fee and Restricted area permit fee.
  • En-route refreshments to keep all team members well hydrated and energized.
  • Accompanying 3 experienced support team members from Snow Leopard Adventures.
  • One Utility vehicle for carrying group luggage, bike spare parts and extra fuel for bikes.
  • One Backup vehicle with carrying capacity for 2 bikes with 1 KTM mechanic
  • Back up vehicle for team
  • One ambulance with a doctor, paramedic and emergency medical equipment.
  • Comprehensive High Altitude First Aid Kit with 2 oxygen cylinders, spinal board and Gamow bag (for high altitude emergency) as back up support.
  • All logistic and co-ordination arrangements by Snow Leopard Adventures Team prior to the expedition.

Exclusions

  • GST@ 5%
  • Fuel for motorbikes and en-route tolls throughout the expedition/Fast tag
  • Bikes with personal biking gear
  • Bike Insurance, Bike spare parts & Bike mechanic.
  • Expedition souvenirs/ trophies/ certificates etc.
  • Charges for RT PCR / Rapid Antigen test conducted at interstate borders or any other point
  • Funds for charity during the expedition/ KTM business promotions, if any.
  • Transportation of Bikes to the group hotel in Chandigarh or vice versa. Transportation of bikes and rider from hometown to Chandigarh and vice versa.
  • Any services prior to arrival at the hotel in Chandigarh on day 1 and after departure from the hotel in Chandigarh on day 14.
  • Any additional personal insurance covering medical evacuation, hospitalization, air evacuation, baggage insurance, trip cancellation charges etc.
  • Any transportation on leisure days/ free days.
  • Any optional trips or meals other than specified in the program.
  • Use of mini-bar in the hotel rooms/ campsite wherever applicable.
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, telephone calls, laundry, room service and tips/ gratuities etc.
  • Items of personal nature like clothes, shoes, daypacks, biking gear, personal toiletries, medical kit etc.
  • Any force majeure / exigency expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in trip program due to circumstances beyond our normal control such
    as airlines or train delays/ cancellation, road blocks, vehicle malfunctions, weather conditions, political disturbance, war, sickness, natural disasters, riots, pandemic etc.
  • Camera charges (Still/ video) or any other item not specified above in the cost include section.
  • Medical / other expenses not covered by insurance or first aid / ambulance provided.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions is excluded.

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CHECKLIST
Rules & Guidelines

KTM Rides Rules:
  • Zero tolerance – We will not tolerate any rider who is under influence of any kind of Alcohol or any restricted substance during the ride or at the beginning of the ride. There is also no place for those riders who has Bad Attitude and Ego issues.
  • Follow all rules and regulations for the ride and the Pilot Rider. Rules and Regulations are for your own safety along with the safety of your fellow rider’s.
  • Mandatory high attitude fitness certificate from a doctor is required for Ladakh tour.
  • Safety – It is the prime most important for each one present in the ride. We recommend every rider should have basic safety gears such as Right size Helmets, Riding Jackets, Hand Gloves, Knee Guards.
  • Documents – Please maintain all the necessary documents of your bike such as Vehicle Registration Certificate {RC card}, Insurance Certificate and valid driving license.
  • Maintenance – Get your bike serviced in time and ensure your bike is as fit as you for the travel. Always maintain your bike in proper condition to avoid unwanted interruptions to you and our fellow riders.
  • Fuel – Always fill up your tank full of fuel before the ride since we don’t want to en route our ride to any of the fuel pump on the way, which waste the time of the other fellow riders as well.
  • Traffic Laws – You need to follow all the traffic laws, breaking of the any of the traffic law will not be entertained and strict action will be taken. If a rider is caught by any of the traffic cops for breaking of the traffic laws, he will only be responsible for it and he has to handle that situation by his own, the Pilot rider or any of the fellow rider will not be getting involved in it.
  • Riding formation – Always follow the riding formation laid by Road Captain, no rash driving and careless driving will be tolerated during the group rides. Each rider has to maintain strict discipline when it comes to riding formation and riding speeds are concern.
  • No Mobile usage – Riders are not allowed to go for any usage of electronic devices such a mobile phone, cameras, video cameras, while they are on the ride. This is very much offensive and dangerous, so such usage of devices will not be tolerated at any cost.
  • Communicate – Always communicate with your Pilot rider, or any of the fellow rider just in case you are facing any kind of riding problems or and kind of health issue during the ride.
  • First Aid Kit – Always carry your first aid kit along with you while coming on the ride. This is for your own safety and the pilot rider will not be knowing your medical condition and your medicines.
  • Necessity – Always carry hard cash along with you while on the ride. There may be many places where there may not be any ATM available and there may be many places where people don’t accept digital form of currencies. So always keep enough hard cash with you.
  • Acceptance – Always be ready to face all kind of weather conditions including rains while you are on ride. Climate is something which we cannot predict. So better to carry your raincoat, luggage cover, or your winter coat as well.
  • Changes – There may be last moment changes as well in the plan or in the route depending on the few unavoidable situations.
  • The expert rider will be conducting Alcohol test ever morning as per the routine. Failing to such condition, Expert rider is liable to expel that rider immediately.
  • We also do not encourage any kind of bike stunts while we are on the group rides.
  • Remember to Carry - One set of extra comfortable clothes, a water bottle, some healthy snacks and a small hand towel.
  • Enjoy - Enjoy every bit of the ride in a relaxed mind, never try to be in a hurry.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
  • In case of any changes in the proposed program / Government taxes or any fuel hikes, the cost for the expedition will be revised accordingly.
  • Snow Leopard Adventures cannot accept any liability or responsively for the riding skills of the participants or any motorcycling incidents / road accidents during the expedition.
  • All guests are strongly advised to get a comprehensive preventive health check-up done prior to the expedition including a dental check-up (dental issues at high altitudes can be very painful). Also, they should consult their physician about the use of Diamox (used to help in acclimatization).
  • All guests are required to have a medical fitness certificate for travel to high altitude, from their doctor prior to the expedition.
  • All guests are also required to fill up a Medical & Liability wavier form prior to the expedition.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
  • Expedition team members must be aware that during the course of the trip certain risks may occur, including but not limited to hazards of traveling to high altitude on a motor bike or any other adventure activities. It may also involve accident or illness in remote places without facilities and caused by the forces of nature. The participant agrees to assume all risks associated with the trip and agrees that no liability will be attached to the company or its outfitter, employees or agent, or to any member of the tour group. Snow Leopard Adventures accepts no liability in respect of illness, personal injury or death or any loss/damage to the property of participant during the course of the trip, however caused.
  • We are proud of our safety record and we ensure it remains so by strict adherence to safety rules, by using state-of-the-art equipment and by refresher courses for our operations team.
  • There are inherent risks involved in adventure sports. To make Snow Leopard Adventures trips safe yet exciting we empower our Trip Leaders and Adventure team to reserve the right to alter or cancel any trip depending upon the fitness level of participants and prevailing conditions.
  • All medical conditions and concerns need to be intimated to Snow Leopard Adventures before commencement of the expedition.
  • Alcohol / illicit drugs consumption is strictly prohibited throughout the expedition.
  • Persons suffering from weak heart conditions, epilepsy or those with any serious ailment are not permitted on this expedition.
  • Guests are advised not to carry valuables/ expensive items on the expedition, we will not be responsible for any such loss or damage.
NOTE
  • All guests are required to have a medical fitness certificate from their doctor prior to the expedition.
  • All guests are also required to fill a Medical & Liability wavier form prior to the expedition.
The New Normal of Covid-19
  • As we plan to undertake this KTM ride during these unprecedent days and in the new normal we will take all the necessary precautions necessary for undertaking these events and keep the group safe.
  • COVID-19 tests reports may be required as per local state restrictions and travel policies
  • All participants are expected to keep Sanitizers, gloves, Face mask in their riding kit enough to last the whole duration of the ride.
  • All participants are expected to always maintain social distancing.
  • All participants will have to download the Aarogya setu app for the entire duration of the ride. and the status will be checking every morning at Breakfast time.
  • Temperature checks every morning and evening right from day one.
  • All Places of stay will be chosen after seeing the covid compliances.
  • Signed declaration indemnifying agency and KTM by all participant giving their consent for both COVID and third-party liability.
  • COVID-19 tests reports may be required as per local state restrictions and travel policies

Things To Carry

Personal items
  • Personal documents: License
  • Mandatory High altitude fitness medical test report for Ladakh
  • Vehicle documents: RC/ Insurance/ PUC
  • Insulated water bottle and/or hydration pack, Sunglasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare, Spare pair of socks
  • Personal toiletries, Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
  • A small First-Aid kit and Medicines, if requiring any specific medication, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Covid Safety Kit; Face masks, gloves, sanitizers etc
  • Basic tool repair kit, Pocket knife
  • Piece of rope, spare key of your bike, 2m pipe for fuel extraction
  • High energy snacks
  • Waterproof pouches for securing electronic items.
  • Spare spectacles, Glass cleaning solution.
Clothing & Footwear
  • A pair of ankle length trekking shoes (waterproof)
  • Gum Boots/waterproof riding shoes for water crossings during the way especially for riders &pillion.
  • MULTIPLE PAIRS of socks as you will have several streams to cross.
  • Warm clothes - Jacket (like fleece, down, wool etc), T-shirt/ Sweatshirt, Sweaters, INNER Thermals, Light weight long trousers etc. (WATERPROOF BOTTOMS)
  • Warm Hat (Woolen/ Synthetic), Bandana and Light weight gloves/mittens. ALWAYS KEEP THE HEAD COVERED TO MAINTAIN BODY Temp
  • Rain Jacket with waterproof trouser or raincoat / Poncho (should fit comfortably over other layers)
  • Pair of thermals, Inner wear, thick wool and synthetic socks and a few pairs of liner socks
  • Riding gear (Helmet, ALL WEATHER RIDING JACKET, riding gloves (GAUNTLETS COMPULSORY), Balaclava, Knee Guard, Elbow Guard, Chest Guard, etc.)
Note:
  • Layers of clothing is preferable to a big thick jacket (thermals are recommended for the innermost layer). This way you can add or remove layers according to the weather, which can change rapidly.
  • Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewelry, and electronic items on the ride. You are responsible for the safety & security of your personal belongings.
LUGGAGE & BAG:
  • A daypack (knapsack) with waterproof cover to carry your water bottle, camera, and rain gear etc.
  • Lockable Duffel bag with personal gear (No suitcases).
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside duffel bag)
  • Waterproof pouches for securing electronic items.
  • TORCHLIGHT/HEAD TORCH
  • EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A LUGGAGE VAN – CARRY A SPARE (at least one) SET OF CLOTHES, SOCKS, SNACKS, ETC ON THE BIKE TO CHANGE AFTER REAACHING HOTEL. THE LUGGAGE VAN WILL TAKE HOURS TO REACH THE HOTEL AFTER THE RIDERS.
TOILETRY AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES
  • Personal light weight toiletries (Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving kit, deodorant, toilet paper, wet wipes, foot powder, hand sanitizer etc), HELMET VISOR CLEANING EQUIPMENT
  • BATTERY CHARGING PACKS
  • Personal medication as per prescription.
  • High SPF Sunscreen (UV40+), moisturizers, lip balm
  • A small First-Aid kit having medication for cough & cold, fever, headache, pain relievers (Moov / Volini spray / balm), Insect repellent, antiseptic cream, re-hydration salts (oral) - 6-8 sachets/Gatorade type electrolyte and any other medication required by the riders.
ACCESSORIES (KEEP ALL DOCUMENTS ALSO AVAILABLE ON DIGI-LOCKER/PHONE MEMORY)
  • Spare key of your bike, 2 m pipe for fuel extraction, Basic tool kit, repair kit, rope, etc
  • Sunglasses with U/V protection
  • Spare spectacles, glass cleaning solution.
  • Retainers for spectacles/ sunglasses
  • Small Wash/hand towel
  • Two water bottles, preferably with insulated cover (1 Liter each)
  • Headlamp/flashlight with spare batteries (cold weather drains batteries).
  • Camera with extra batteries/ memory card.
  • Reading & writing material
  • A pocket- knife (Swiss Knife).
  • ALLEN KEY SET

How To Prepare Your Bike

We strongly recommend you service your motorcycle at the nearest KTM service center. Ride the bike for a short weekend trip before the tour onset. Ensure that the following is being addressed at the service center with the help of the technician.
  • Inspect your suspension before the trip
  • Check the rear swing-arm bush for wear and tear and replace if necessary
  • Check your chain and rear sprocket for wear.
  • Your bike’s clutch is really crucial for this trip. So make sure that your clutch is in order and adjusted properly without trace of any drag, slip etc.
  • Check your battery and earthing connections. The demanding terrain and the riding conditions that you and the machine are likely to encounter on the route could further accentuate existing problems.
  • Check all cables and if any are frayed, replace them.
  • It is critical that you know your machine’s fuel consumption.
  • Clutch cable hardness and wear must be checked.
  • Coolant top-up must be done.
  • Oil replacement is recommended before the ride.
  • Fuel filter should be replaced.
  • Radiator fan rotation to be checked
  • Brake pad wear must be checked.
  • - Check oil Level
  • Check tyre wear and condition.
  • Check battery condition and health

Recommended Gear

Important Travel Information

WEATHER:
  • Beyond Manali, the area is a high-altitude mountain desert with very little vegetation. The area falls under the rain shadow area of the Greater Himalayas. The main source of water in the region is the winter snowfall in the mountains that melts during summers. Recently the area has been experiencing unusual rains apparently due to global warming. It is therefore advisable to carry an umbrella/ poncho/ wind cheater in your daypack.
TEMPERATURES:
  • From June-August, temperatures range between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius during the day. At nights, temperatures range between (-) 3 to 15 degrees Celsius, depending upon the altitude.
PHYSICAL FITNESS:
  • Due to very little vegetation, the oxygen level beyond Manali is very low. So, acclimatization is an important aspect for this trip. All guests who plan to do this High-Altitude Jeep / Motor biking expedition must ensure that they are physically fit. People with weak heart and lung related problems should avoid this tour.
  • All guests are requested to visit their dentist before the trip.
PHOTOGRAPHY:
  • Photography of bridges, airfields and military installations is strictly prohibited.
PRECAUTIONS AGAINST HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
  • High Altitude sickness can strike at altitudes above 2,500 m, but is most likely to set in above 3,000 m. The degree to which it can affect people depends upon factors such as age and physical fitness. There are, however, some precautions one can take, which will reduce chances of being effected by high altitude sickness.
  • Acclimatize yourself properly, always ascend slowly. If flying to Leh, take it easy for the first 24 - 48 hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids-except alcohol. It is advisable to keep away from any alcoholic beverages, tobacco, anti-depressant drugs, barbiturates; tranquilizers and sleeping pills. All these can worsen symptoms.
  • Consume plenty of carbohydrates, less oily and predominantly vegetarian.
  • Drink plenty of water, at least 3 – 4 liters daily to pass ample clear urine.
  • Do not overexert yourself. Walk or climb at your comfortable pace or speed.
  • If you start experiencing symptoms of high-altitude sickness, do not go to higher altitudes until the symptoms subside.
  • The Sonam Norbu Memorial Hospital in Leh has a team of qualified doctors familiar in dealing with high altitude sickness and other medical problems.
  • Diamox has been used to help in acclimatization, but it is advisable to consult your physician.
THREE GOLDEN RULES ABOUT HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS (HAS)
  • If you are feeling unwell at high altitude (mild headache, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness & fatigue), it is high altitude sickness!
  • Do not ascend with symptoms, rest at same altitude till you feel normal!
  • If symptoms are worsening, descend immediately to a medical center!

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