Ladakh - Roof of the World Tour

 

Dates June 23rd - July 8th 2019
June 7th - 23rd 2020

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Over the centuries men and women have been pulled towards the Himalayas to conquer their peaks and explore the intricate labyrinths of their hidden valleys. In the early 1990s the Indian government opened a unique road into the remote regions of Spiti, Lahaul and Ladakh spanning five of the highest mountain passes on Earth and crossing some of the most rugged, deserted and beautiful landscapes ever seen.

This road, where no road should rightly be, links the town of Manali with the deepest regions of Ladakh. The area is home to the ancient religion of Tibetan Buddhism which still flourishes in the impossibly located and awe inspiring monasteries that cling precariously to the sides of cliffs of this high altitude wilderness. The friendly and welcoming Tibetan monks that inhabit this stark and enchanting landscape do so in order to dissolve in the immense silence that can be found here.

To travel this region by motorcycle will take you on a tremendous journey of adventure, beauty and mystery.

Starting in the lush Himalayan foothills of the Kullu Valley you will cross the first of many passes, the Rohtang at 13000 ft (3900m) from where you will enter a different world of magnificent peaks which even during the summer months, is possessed of a wild and desolate beauty.

From the Rohtang onward you will climb more passes including the three highest motorable passes in the world. The Khardung La which is the highest at 5615m (18,380ft), the Tanglang La at 5350m and the Chang La which is the third at 5300m, as well as many others whose names mean nothing to you now but by the end of your trip will be indelibly etched in your memory.

You will be riding in areas of such pristine mountain wilderness that the landscape will totally absorb you and you will be sleeping under the stars at heights of up to 4200m in terrains that are only inhabited by nomadic tribal herders during the summer months when they can graze their animals.

The vastness of the mountains, the altitude and the gentle culture of the Tibetan people combine to give you an immediate insight into how small and insignificant we are as human beings. This is not only a magical bike ride but an epic journey into the mountains that will stay with you forever.

There will be times that the road will be steep and nasty with an ever present horrible drop nearby and oncoming trucks to deal with. The road surface itself will range from cruisey, fast, tarred stretches to almost trail bike riding on gnarly, rocky, rubbly corners with lots of gravel and the inevitable river crossings.

Make no mistake this is rough riding on the roof of the world that will challenge you at every level both physically and mentally.

That being said, if you are fit and strong and have riding experience on loose surfaces, you can do this. Many men and women have, and have returned home transformed and emboldened by what they have seen and experienced here. We don’t use this term liberally but this journey is a life changing event.

Since you have made the significant effort to ride all this way, we believe you will want to see and do all of the very best things that this incredible “land in the sky” has to offer.

You’ll ride to two of the breathtakingly gorgeous lakes that are to be found in the region during the course of your trip as well as visiting and staying overnight in the mighty Nubra valley which even in Ladakh is deemed as remote.

It seems so easy reading this from the comfort of your own home but with one click of the mouse you can be joining a small friendly group of travelling companions tackling what is undoubtedly the most exciting motorcycling adventure to be had on the planet.

As ever, we hope you’ll join us and look forward to meeting you.

The Route

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Accomodation

On this tour as ever you will be staying in the very best accommodation available.

This means characterful mid-range hotels that are full of charm and are our insider traveller’s secrets that we don’t even tell our friends about lest they get too booked up! For the remote parts of the trip you will be staying in everything from peoples mountain homes that are converted to receive guests in the summer months (homestays), to the most comfortable luxury yurt style tents (with ensuite) out in the high altitude wilderness.

Food

Food will be simple tasty and good. We have to eat what the locals eat up in the mountains because you guessed it, there isn’t anything else available! Never mind, because it is just exquisite. Local seasonal produce, fresh ingredients and home cooked family recipes tried and tested over centuries and laced with delicate spices ensure that whatever is being cooked really has never tasted so good. These dishes are not hot and spicy like in South India but deep and flavoursome in a way you would not have tasted Indian food back home. You will get some organic free range meat too in most places so whether you are a carnivore or a veggie, rev yourself up for a superb culinary experience that varies between every place you eat.

Extra Notes

Although some of the terrain is extreme, this is not an extreme biking trip; it is a holiday, albeit an adventurous one. We are not racing through it without time to drink in all the wonders you will see. As with all of our rides we want you to have the time to enjoy and take in the landscapes you are riding through, chat with the locals and just relax in some really wonderful locations. Nevertheless as you can see there is some very tough riding to be done, so by necessity some of the days will be long as there is simply nowhere to stay between some of the places you are travelling to. However, you won’t be facing any mad main highways, as on your second day, you will fly from Delhi up to the peaceful Kullu valley in the foothills of the Himalayas from where you will begin your trip. At the end you will fly back from Leh to Delhi where you will stay a couple of nights and have a full day for sightseeing and shopping before departing home.

We will always have the back up of the support team and vehicle with us so if at some points ie a river crossing you need some help, we will be there for you and in the small groups we like to travel with, a team spirit quickly emerges as everyone chips in to help each other.

This trip is less about the difficulty of the road than your ability to ride it. When the going is tough we ride at slow speeds. Riders will often split into groups on the road according to their confidence and we encourage this so that everyone is riding within their comfort zone. There are two guides with assistants so everyone is well looked after.

The weather in these regions can be unpredictable. Although we choose the best time of year to ride here the climate can intervene and force us to rapidly change the itinerary. This is all part of the adventure and in joining this trip you must take this into account. We will always do our utmost to ensure the best experience for you despite what the weather throws at us.

For those of you who would love to join us but are unsure of your ability to handle it, please do give us a call and we can discuss it with you.

Pillions with some rough road experience are welcome, don’t worry you can get in the 4 wheel drive for any river crossings if you like even though they are shallow.

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Below you'll find, at a glance, what's included in the price of the tour, and what isn't. This trip is ALL INCLUSIVE with no hidden extras. From the moment you touch down in India to the moment you leave you will be regally looked after and catered for in splendid style (where available) every step of the way.

  • All accommodation (16 nights), in your very own room unless you specify otherwise.
  • Small group size limited to 8 riders.
  • New, professionally maintained latest model Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500cc with the controls the “right” way round.
  • Our fully equipped support team including luggage vehicle, guides, outriders, tour manager, medic, and mechanic.
  • Staff to client ratio of 1:1 (or very close), giving you an exceptional level of service.
  • Two expert guides. One Indian, one English.
  • All your food, breakfasts, lunches, dinners... and snacks along the way.
  • All Drinking water/tea/coffee/juice while you are on the road.
  • An alcoholic beverage of a selection with your dinner.
  • All Internal flights. Delhi to Bhuntar (Kullu) and return Leh to Delhi. No bus rides!
  • All petrol for your bike.
  • Airport transfers in full air-conditioned executive standard vehicles.
  • All parking fees.
  • All permit fees.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Tips for waiters/porters/room staff en-route
  • As much pre-trip preparation help as you need with visas, flights and insurance etc.
  • International Flights to arrive/depart Delhi (Approx £550 from UK),
  • Indian Visa (£40),
  • Medical Insurance (Our recommended package is £50)
  • Extra alcoholic drinks
  • Team tips at end of tour, at your discretion

Roof of the World Tour

Rider
£4250 Own room
£3950 Shared room

Pillion
£3950 Own Room
£3650 Shared room

Seat in vehicle
£3950

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M.Taylor
Roof Of The World - March 2019
Highly recommend this trip, its the most amazing experience.

Roger Turner
Bhutan Tour - November 2018
Just to say thank you to you all for your fun and cheerful company on what was an amazing and unforgettable trip.

Paul Hanson: Roof Of The World - August 2018

It's been about 6 years since I did this and it's still one of the best things that I've ever done.

Tom B. Little Tibet Tour - October 2018

Certainly, the highlight of my year was our Himalayan adventure! Still working on a return to India....Leh and Nubra Valley need to be ridden! (2020?)

Ben Williamson January 2018

What a trip we had though, I miss it everyday. Was the best trip I have ever been on.

Susan J. December 2017

Big big thanks Andy & LiveIndia for another amazing wonderful experience in India.

Chris Edmunds
Goa & Beyond - December 2017

Thank you, Andy, thank you India, t’was another amazing trip. I’m truly grateful for everything - it was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new! Love to you all.

Ciaran Gannon.
Goa & Beyond - December 2017

Thanks Andy, another awesome Indian adventure.

Philip Deacon July 2017

I'm struggling to decide which was my favourite place and moment. There isn't a day that goes by without us reflecting on where we have been and what we have seen.

R. Hine
Malabar Coast Kerala - Jan 2017

Thanks for pictures...was indeed a fantastic trip and thank you for making it a great experience...Hopefully we will meet again.

Peter Daniels
Roof Of The World - March 2017

I keep getting wonderful flash back images of our trip and that unique countryside

Peter Laws 
Rajasthan - October 2016

Thanks from Will and I for a fantastic trip. I can only endorse Roger’s comments below: It really was a very special time.

Ciaran G. October 2016

You did everything you could to ensure an amazing experience, always with the safety of the group in mind. The team of people you have built there, to cover all aspects of the tour, is superb. Awesome job!

Roger T.
Rajasthan - October 2016

Most of all it was lovely to share the experience with such good company. Many thanks for all your hard work which succeeded in making it such a success.

Michelle R.
Roof Of The World - July 2016

I have been on a lot of motorcycle tours in my life but I just wanted to tell you that this was the best one I have ever been on.

Valerie F.
Goa & Beyond - January 2015

India was never on my bucket list. And now I want to go back and see it all.

Nick A.
Little Tibet - November 2014

We often talk about our Indian adventure and have nothing but fond memories of the trip.

John Fisher
Himalayas Tour - October 2014

What a great time was had by all, I hope. A great adventure. Thank you all for making my birthday special.

Dick & Ruth B.
Himalayas Tour - April 2014

We still have to pinch ourselves when we think back to what really was a trip of a life time. Would we do it again – Yes.

David Armand
Goa & Beyond - January 2014

Thanks again for encouraging me to do this and taking care of a newbie. Was brilliant!

Jon Mitchell - Himalayas Tour - April 2013

Hi Andy, can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my trip, it has help me appreciate the life and challenges of the beautiful people of India, and hope to join you for your Bhutan trip in 2014.
Again many thanks for a life altering experience, something that I will never forget, and I think you may get a few interests from Aussie, on my recommendation.

Paul Kemp
Roof Of The World - August 2012

Dear Andrew,
I can’t thank you and all the boys enough for the great adventure
and the friendships formed during the trek was magic.

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