All you need to know about the Leh Bike Trip

What’s more cool than a Bike trip and that too to one of the most beautiful and serene places in India. If you are of those people who are looking for an adventurous, daring, peculiar, immensely stunning, and lifetime experience, then the Bike trip to Leh, is the perfect journey for you. The place will take you through such an experience that every turn will surprise you with its beauty and uniqueness. But there are many other things that one needs to know and consider before planning this trip, and this article has got you covered.

Weather is really challenging

Falling in the North Region of the country, The place experiences an abundance of Snowfall which makes it really troublesome to drive, Thus the winter months are not the best time to go for this trip. The warm and rainy months are the best for the bikers to visit, that is from May to September. These are the monsoon months and thus the beauty of the place is enhanced offering the most serene views, while driving and reaching the destination, the whole journey becomes strikingly beautiful. Anytime, between these months would be the best time to visit the place, regarding views, tracks and weather conditions.

Bikes must be in good condition

The Fairy of this tale is the bike and choosing the model and the brand of the same is indeed important. The most preferred and chosen bike for this trip is The Royal Enfield and the bike stands on the grounds to be Biker’s favorite choice. But with the growing competition and entering of new touring bikes, there are many other options to choose from as well. Factors like the days of the expedition, the route chosen, the amount of luggage carried, the weight of the bike itself, and the mileage are really important to consider before choosing the bike. Some of them are Royal Enfield Himalayan, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, Duke 200, Avenger Cruiser 220, etc.


The route which one chooses greatly affects the trip, in terms of the duration of the trip, Places to visit on the route, terrains, Fuel, and weather conditions. There are 3 ways a biker can choose from to reach the Ladakh region:

From Manali:

Starting right from Manali, the bikers can complete the journey in about 10 days, covering a lot of places. Including the Famous Rohtang Pass. The total distance is 473 km.

From Leh:

One can take a flight to Leh and start the bike trip from there, taking about 7-8 days for exploring the Ladakh region. As the distance here is greatly cut short, but can also save you time to delve into the beauty of the Ladakh region.

From Delhi:

Driving right from Delhi is an option, which could take about 15 – 18 days, There are two ways from Delhi, one is via Manali which is 959 km. Chandigarh and Kullu are on the way to this route till Manali and then it is the same route as mentioned above. And one is via Srinagar, which is about 1207 km, having famous cities like Ambala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Kargil on the way.

Petrol Pumps – Don’t forget, there is no petrol pumps everywhere on your way

Just as Restaurants and Dhabas are one of the important parts of your planning, Keeping the list for your Bike’s savory is also very important. Do not forget to make the list of Petrol Pumps for your partner. As you will be covering a great range of distance, it is essentially important to keep the track of petrol pumps ready. You should always begin the trip with a full tank.

If you opt for the Manali-Leh route, there will be 4 petrol pumps, including the two at Manali and Leh and two at Tandi, 110 km from Manali and next at Kru, 30 km from Leh. Make sure to carry some extra fuel with you as for 350 km there will be no petrol pump.

If you opt for the Srinagar to Leh route, then there will be plenty of petrol pumps available at Srinagar, Kangan, Sonamarg, Kargil, Mulbekh, Wakha, and Khaltsi. Still carrying some extra fuel is better for emergency purposes, as prevention is better than cure.

Places to Visit

The total distance of the trip is approx. 900 km. Starting from either Manali, Delhi, or Leh. The trip takes you through the local culture and the beautiful town of Leh, where you can see the beautiful views of the Lamayuru or the ‘moonland’ Hills. You go through The Khardungla Pass, Diskit Monastery, the beautiful Wari La- Nubra Valley, then The Pangong Tso Lake, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Chang-La pass, Sarchu, Hemis Monastery, Tso Moriri Lake and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

 Things to carry

Other than the obvious item to carry for the trip make sure to carry the following items as well:

  • Keepin the safety first, make sure to carry a Helmet.
  • GPS, compass, and physical maps
  • All the accessories like gloves, socks, boots, Napkins, watches, goggles, Raincoats
  • First aid kit, medicines Pain relief sprays
  • Power Banks, compass, torches, Battery backups, glucose, and other energy source food
  • Sleeping bags, camping tents, and other camping stuff.

Keeping this important information and requirements in mind, you are all set for this trip! Get your cameras ready to click on some of the finest and most memorable pictures!

Also read: Experience Trekking Gems In India

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