To all the passionate riders with the ardour to explore and experience the rewards of adventure at the end of the road, The Apache Owners Group have come up with yet another thrilling ride to the ‘Land of High Passes - Leh’ to fuel your wanderlust!
Leh is fondly referred to as ‘The Bikers Paradise’, without doubt offering the best of the journey. Guarded by the snow-capped Himalayas, breathtaking views, the beauty of the valleys and pristine lakes, look beyond the rugged terrain to capture moments that will be etched in your memory forever!
Tough roads leading to beautiful destinations accompanied by a blossoming friendship, this ride is an experience of a lifetime! A passionate rider is not deterred by the tough journey, but inspired by the experience during this 15-day ride to Leh! Gear up to battle the rough terrains, conquer the finest peak and get ready to be mesmerized by the beauty of nature!
Moderate to difficult
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Chang La (17,688ft ), Khardungla (17,582ft), Zoji La (11,575ft) above sea level
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Arrival at Jammu
Jammu is the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Cited as the steaming hot place compared to the rest of the state, Jammu dubs itself as the ‘city of temples’. Few of the temples are historically significant, and for foreign tourists there's little pressing need to hang around after making transport connections to Amritsar, Srinagar or Dharamshala. With several appealing sights to visit, Jammu remains a good start for the upcoming adventure.
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Jammu to Srinagar with moderate terrain
As you cross the picturesque and enchanting Jammu, you will reach the summer capital, Srinagar. Ringed by an arc of green mountains, Srinagar's greatest drawcard is the mesmerizingly placid Dal Lake, on which a bright array of stationary houseboats and shikara add a splash of colour. With the old town bustling with fascinating Central Asian-style bazaars, a collection of soulful Sufi shrines and many historic wooden mosques, Srinagar is a place not to be missed.
We start our journey after an early breakfast. Gliding through an array of nature's canvas and skyline dotted with ancient temple spires, we will reach Srinagar at 5:00 PM and will settle for an overnight stay.
Gulmarg Day Tour with moderate terrain
Nestled in the Pir Panjal Range in a cup-shaped valley, Gulmarg has been specially touched by nature's splendid hand which is a visual treat for the eyes. Famous for its fascinating slopes for every sort of skiing and hiking, Gulmarg is dubbed as one of the best skiing destinations in India.
Encompassing a visit to the beautiful places adorned with lofty snow-capped mountains, lush greenery and experiencing Gondola Ride, Sledging, Skiing (weather dependent) at Gulmarg, we shall return to Srinagar. We have dinner and halt for an overnight stay at Srinagar.
Srinagar to Kargil with difficult terrain
Our journey from Srinagar to Kargil is through the spectacular Zoji La (11,575 ft.), a mountain road pass with stunning and breath-taking views. The name Kargil is said to be derived from the words Khar, meaning castle, and rKil meaning "centre". Kargil denotes a place between many forts, a central place where people could stay".
The day begins with a sumptuous breakfast at 8:00 AM. We will travel through the long, rugged and winding route before we will halt for a while at Drass for lunch. We will reach Kargil by evening and settle at the hotel for an overnight sojourn.
Kargil to Leh with moderate terrain
Leh - the city of dreams, the dream destination of every biker in India and even around the world. People take on an arduous journey of many hundreds of kilometers to reach here. Situated on the snow-clad fringes of the Himalayan Mountains, Leh offers its visitors the chance to experience the magical charm of the Himalayas.
After an early morning breakfast, we will embark on our ride from Kargil with a visit to the kargil war memorial, to Leh through Lamayuru, Mulbek, Namika La and Fotu La which offers a mesmerizing view of natural beauty. We settle for a leisurely evening followed by dinner and an overnight stay at the incredible mountain town, Leh.
Leh Local Sightseeing
We head out for the local sightseeing of Leh City. The mesmerizing beauty of the place shall captivate your mind. The Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara fills one’s senses with wonder. The confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers will leave the beholder awe-struck swooning in ecstasy. Leh also offers dozens of shopping options.
We shall visit some picturesque places in the charming town of Leh and around. We head back to the hotel for a leisurely evening. Later, we will go to the local market for some shopping and return to the hotel for an overnight sojourn.
Leh to Nubra Valley with difficult terrain
Nubra valley, popularly known as Ldorma, situated between Karakorum and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas, is a high-altitude desert. The view of the valley is breath-taking. Nubra is home to mountain yaks, Hanle observatory, Diskit Monastery and much more. The beauty of this valley leaves visitors spellbound.
After breakfast, we gear up for our ride to Nubra Valley. En-route we cross Khardung la, the highest motorable pass in the world and small stop at Khardung Village for lunch. We then ride to Diskit and directly head for Hunder Village to experience the Camel Ride. We head back to Diskit for an overnight stay.
Nubra to Turtuk to Nubra with difficult terrain
Wonderland of Turtuk, an unknown little hamlet, flanked by Nubra on one side and Baltistan on the other, lies along the shores of Shyok River. It is the last northernmost village. While time has not touched the exquisiteness of this place, the friendly nature of its residents is hard to miss. The calmly-flowing Shyok River is home to more than 4000 people.
We start our day with breakfast at 8:00 AM and head out to Turtuk, a tiny and serene village. We relax at Turtuk absorbing the sublime scenery. We shall witness the Siachen Glacier visible in the horizon from the top of the village. Finally, we ride back to Diskit and settle in for dining and an overnight stay.
Nubra to Pangong with difficult terrain
Pangong is perhaps the most beautiful lake in all of Asia. It is also known by the name Hollow Lake and is the highest saltwater lake in the world. The crystal-clear saltwater creates an illusion that gives effect as if the lake is changing colour, a vision seen nowhere else. With mountains in the backdrop, it's a sight that even the Gods would find enchanting. The first glance of this alluring lake is enough to leave a lasting impression on your mind.
We begin our day with an early morning breakfast post which we head straight to Pangong Tso. We visit the ancient Diskit Monastery and Pangong Lake. After a pit stop at Durbuk Village for lunch, we continue our journey. Later, we set up a bonfire at the campsite, relish dinner together and settle in for an overnight stay.
Pangong to Tso Moriri with difficult terrain
Tso Moriri Lake in the Changthang region of Ladakh is one of the most beautiful, calm and sacred (for Ladakhis) high altitude lakes in India. Picturesquely located in the breathtakingly beautiful Rupshu Valley, the lake is less than 250 kilometres southeast of Leh. While the reflection of snow-clad mountains immersed in the pristine lake calms one’s soul, the exotic flora and fauna around the majestic lake will make one fall in love with this magical place.
After breakfast, we begin our journey to Tso Moriri Lake, perched atop a whopping height of about 4000 metres above sea level. We then ride to Karzok for dinner and an overnight stay.
Tso Moriri to Sarchu with difficult Terrain
Sarchu, also known as Sir Bhum Chun is a mesmerizing abode nestled in the Desert Mountains. It is a beautiful and very raw place on the river side of Tsarap Chu River. It is known as one of the major halt points for an overnight stay for adventure enthusiasts. This is a camping site where one can spend a night under a million stars.
We start our journey on the Leh-Manali highway to reach Sarchu by evening. It’s a ride through a remarkable scenery that will remain embedded in memories till eternity. After a pit stop at Pang for lunch, we continue our journey to Sarchu, where we settle for dinner and an overnight stay.
Sarchu to Manali with difficult Terrain
Manali- The land of Manu, is a resort town nestled in Himachal Pradesh. Manali is a classic blend of peace and tranquillity which beckons to the soul of adventurers. It offers cafes, treks, riverside camping and much more. Serving as the start point of Leh - Ladakh and Spiti Valley trip, it is one of the most sought after destinations among tourists, travellers and bikers alike.
After breakfast, we gear up for the ride from Sarchu to Manali. The beauty and magnificence of the place will captivate your mind, making the 7-8 hours ride to Manali, unforgettable for a lifetime. On reaching Manali by 7:00 PM, we will enjoy the Gala Dinner and halt for an overnight stay.
It’s a day to rest, unwind and relax in the lap of nature at Manali. This quaint town is sure to get the visitors mesmerised by its allures. We get together at a cafe at Old Manali located amidst an ambience that is sure to soothe one’s mind. We shall treat the taste buds with some lip-smacking and delicious food. Also, spend some quality time and enjoy our overnight stay at the hotel.
Manali Local Sightseeing
We embark on a ride to explore some untouched places at Manali. The colourful meadows, cascading waterfalls, gurgling streams, ancient temples and monasteries give this town the allure of a fairy-tale setting. We shall visit the Hidimba Devi temple. The magnificent shrine offers picturesque views to visitors. Then, we ride to Vashisht, a small village located across the River Beas and witness the Vashisht temple. Then, we head to Jogni Falls which is breathtakingly beautiful. Later, we ride to Mall Road, renowned for its street shopping adventure that has a lot of things to draw visitor’s attention. After the heart-warming exploration with the racing machine, we shall rest in the hotel for the night.
Manali to Chandigarh
Chandigarh - The beautiful city of India, is the first completely planned city and a city whose cleanliness is unmatched anywhere in India. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. This city offers fascinating places like Rock Garden - an epitome of creativity and innovation, Sukhna Lake - a beautiful man-made waterbody and Capitol Complex - a masterpiece of monumental architecture to visit.
We head out at 9:00 AM to our last stop, Chandigarh. The unfathomable beauty of the scenic landscapes will make the ride undoubtedly worthwhile. On our way, we pit stop at Bilaspur for lunch. On reaching Chandigarh, we will go shopping at the local market. Finally, we halt at the hotel for the night.
Departure from Chandigarh
After relishing their last meal of this ride, it's time for the riders to head back. Though this mystical and memorable rides comes to end, it surely is the beginning of new friendships and more such rides that celebrates the bond between the riders and their race machines.
Adios until next time!