Ladakh, Streets between the clouds
Ladakh, the “land of high mountain passes” is frozen for eight months a year and parched for the other four. Its rarefied air is reflected in the colored prayer wheels. Today a great refuge of Mahayana Buddhism whose head of the most widespread sect is the Dalai Lama. The journey requires good physical conditions due to the high altitude of some places included in the itinerary.
Departure from Milan Malpensa or Rome Fiumicino airport with a flight operated by Emirates.
Arrival in Delhi shortly after midnight. Meeting with the local guide and transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for relaxation. Start of city tours. The first settlement in the Delhi area dates back to the 9th century with the mythical city of Indraprashtra, capital of the Pandavas, the Hindu heroes whose deeds are found in the epic poem of the Mahabharata. A period of feudalism followed with the rule of the rajaput, aristocratic Muslim warriors. Over the centuries seven cities were built which underwent several raids from the surrounding territories. Beginning in 1526 Humayun and his skilled successors extended the empire beyond the borders of Delhi giving rise to an attempt to reunify the country. The 8th city was built when Emperor Shah Jahan moved the capital from Agra to Delhi. The construction of the main monuments of the city is dated back to this period. With the arrival of the British Calcutta was chosen as the capital and in 1911 was the capital brought back to Delhi. On 9th February 1931 the English viceroy inaugurated New Delhi on a project by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The new city included government buildings, the palace housing the National Museum, two churches and most of the residences that are part of the representation area. In 1947 Delhi became the capital of Independent India. Visit to the new city; the central districts where the government buildings are located as the India Gate, arch erected in memory of the First World War, the Parliament Building, the Qutab Minar, one of the tallest stone towers in India which was started in 1199 by Qutab ud-din and completed by his successors. The old city (Shahajahanabad) built by the powerful Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was once surrounded by a red sandstone wall with fourteen access doors. Fascinating and picturesque maze of narrow streets it is divided into two parts by the Via dell'Argento, a colorful and lively succession of shops and bazaars. In the same area you can visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world built in 1650. It has a more severe structure than the civilian buildings wanted by the emperor. Along the way you pass in front of the Mahatma di Mahatma (great soul in Sanskrit) Gandhi, so called by the great poet Tagore and the Red Fort. In the late afternoon, if the weather permits, visit a Sikh temple. Dinner and overnight stay.
Welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer with the Italian speaking guide to the airport and departure for Kullu. Arrival and continuation by car to Manali town located in the northern part of the Kullu Valley from where your adventure in the clouds will begin. Lunch being transferred. Arrival in the evening and check in at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay.
After breakfast the real adventure of the TransHimalayana begins in the clouds of Ladakh leaving for Tandi (2580 meters) and passing through Rohtang Pass (3980 meters). This first stage represents a real challenge for motorcyclists; road surface conditions are in bad condition and the wet ground makes it really difficult to ride the motorcycle!!!! A path really full of emotions and fun that after crossing the pass will lead you to Tandi, a small village of about 500 inhabitants at the confluence of the Chandra and Bagha rivers, considered to be the most sacred places in the Lahaul Valley. Lunch during the excursion. Arrival, accommodation and relaxation in the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. The trip starts on roads where you can enjoy the fantastic Himalayan scenarios of the Bara Lachla Pass (4890 meters), the Indian-speaking Switzerland. The pass will take you down to the vast Sarchu plateau, a town located on the banks of the Bhaga River, which forms the border between the regions of Himachal, Jammu and Kashmire. You will spend the night at the Swiss Cottage Tents, a tented camp located at 4250 meters in altitude and it will be the coldest night of our trip. Lunch during the excursion. Check In, Dinner and overnight stay in a tented camp.
After breakfast, you will drive back to Sakti, a small village on the way to the Nubra Valley through the Lachungla Pass at 5065 meters in altitude. Lunch break at Pang. Continue through the second highest pass of our journey, the Tanglag La Pass (5350 m.). Arrival in Sakti in the late afternoon. Accommodation in a tented camp. Relax and free time. Dinner and Overnight stay.
Breakfast. Departure on motorcycle to reach the wonder Lake Pangong, the largest lake in the Himalaya mountain range located at an altitude of about 4250 meters above sea level. It extends for 134 km in length, it has a maximum width of 5 km and it is located on the border between India and China. In winter it freezes completely despite being a salt lake. Dinner and overnight stay in a tented camp
Breakfast. Departure on motorcycle to reach the Nubra Valley, once a transit route for the caravans that from China through the Karakoram Pass entered Tibetan territory and then continued towards India passing through the villages of Tanyar and Kalsar along the banks of the river Shyok. Arrival in the early afternoon and if time permits, excursion to Sumung monasteries, Panamik which for centuries without name, has perpetuated the teachings of the Buddha. Dinner and overnight stay in a tented camp.
Breakfast. You go back on motorcycle to reach the ancient city of Leh that is considered the capital of Ladakh following the highest road in the world by car going up to the Khardung La pass (5602 meters, 56 km from Leh). The view is breathtaking; in the distance you can see the summit of the Karakorum Pass, the peaks of the Karakorum that exceed 7000 meters, the Golden Throne, the snow-capped mountains, the glaciers and the barren valleys. Everything here testifies to the majesty of the Himalayas. A small stop for tea or coffee in the highest café in the world and after lunch you continue to arrive in Leh. Arrival in the afternoon. Hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast. To visit this part of Ladakh, descend down the Indus valley to Uleytopko passing through the Alchi monastery, nestled within a wonderful mountain scenery. It is one of the best preserved monasteries; the walls inside are frescoed by thousands of small images of Bhudda still in good condition today as are the wooden friezes of the temples. Continue to the Lamayuru monastery, considered among the most sacred and important places of worship in all of Ladakh. It is the oldest monastery located in a desert place and appears almost like a mirage. We then stop in Mulbek, an area with Buddhist influence to admire the nine-meter statue carved in the rock representing Maytreya, the future Buddha. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kargil, the city that marks the border between Ladakh and Kashmir.
Breakfast. Time available for relaxation. Departure with flight to Delhi with Go Airlines flight at 10:30 am. (the motorcycles will be transported separately to Manali). Arrival in Delhi at 11:40 am and accommodation in the rooms available at the Hotel Le Meridien. After lunch you will continue with visits to Delhi; the India Gate, arch erected in memory of the First World War, the Parliament Building, the Qutab Minar, one of the tallest stone towers in India, was started in 1199 by Qutab ud-din and completed by his successors. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. In good time transfer with local assistant at the airport and departure for Italy with scheduled flight operated by Oman Air via Muscat. Arrival in Italy expected in the late afternoon
Tariff per person, starting from:
|Departure||Quota passeggero mezzo supporto||Quota passeggero moto||Quota pilota moto|
|From 16 June 2020 to 27 June 2020||€ 2,820||€ 2,980||€ 3,280|
(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner
A valid passport is required for this trip with a residual validity of at least 6 months and 3 free pages.
An Indian visa required of which Go Biker is responsible at least 1 month before departure is required.
The Geneva Convention model license of 1949 is required
|Price per person, MINIMUM 5 PARTICIPANTS||In double room|
|Motorcycle rider participation fee||€ 3,280.00|
|Passenger share||€ 2,980.00|
|Passenger share on support vehicle||€ 2,820.00|
|Single supplement||€ 450.00|
|Airport taxes subject to change||€ 385.00|
|Indian individual visa||€ 90.00|
|Entry fee||€ 65.00|
Hotels and tented camps:
Delhi: Le Meridien (5 *)
Manali: Hotel Rotang Heigths (4 *)
Keylong: Hotel Deykin
Sarchu: Adventure camp
Sakti: Fana Vision Resort (3 *)
Pangong Lake: Pangong Sarai Camp
Nubra Valley: Mystic Meadow Camp (3 *) (or similar)
Leh: The Grand Dragon Leh (4 *) Sup
EK 102 16JUN MXP / DXB 1120/1920
EK 512 16JUN DXB / DEL 2200/0245 + 1
EK 511 27JUN DEL / DXB 1100/1300
EK 091 27JUN DXB / MXP 1545/2030
The tariff includes
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Duration: 12 days / 10 nights
from € 2820 - LADAKH, ROADS BETWEEN THE CLOUDS
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights