I have recently been on a biking trip to Ladakh and I thought I should share my experience.I feel that it’s not absolutely correct to call it a trip, I think calling it an expedition would be more accurate. Firstly, if you planning to go to Ladakh now is the time. June and July are the two months where you find maximum Riders going to Ladakh and that is because the weather conditions are perfect. You don’t find a lot of water in the water Crossings, you don’t find extreme rain or snowfall, off-roading isn’t impossible and Valley Drive becomes much easier during these two months.
It wasn’t easy
source: google images
Secondly, do your homework before you plan a trip to Ladakh because it’s not that easy. It is because Ladakh is not an ordinary place. It’s a cold desert where the weather changes in minutes and it’s at a high altitude and it keeps getting higher as you go further. So do your homework so you ‘don’t end up being a gama in the land of lama’(it’s from a signboard set up by BRO- border road organization who btw are super creative with their signboards).
Now coming to my trip, this was the route we were on-Manali➡️ Keylong➡️Tsokar➡️Hanle➡️ Pangong ➡️ Nubra valley ➡️turtuk and back to nubra ➡️ Leh via Khardungla(highest motor-able road in the world) ➡️ Kargil➡️ Sonmarg via Drass sector ➡️ Srinagar.
All I can say is…
For a guy who hadn’t driven for more than 10 km at a stretch, this was very difficult but an adventurous and a crazy experience because we covered all these places in a span of 10 days and the total distance traveled by bike was more than 1600 km! Every ride provided a completely different experience. It is because it was not all smooth Highways and valleys. It consisted of the best possible roads, worst possible roads Road, complete off-roading (for like around 80 km at a stretch) which was accompanied with rain or snowfall, dense fog with like zero visibility(its happened all together sometimes!)and occasionally, landslides but when you’re hungry for adventure, none of this really matters! (well, maybe to an extent) because all that is dangerous but very exciting.
Coming to the staying part we stayed in hotels, camps and home-stays, which given the area we were in, were absolutely amazing. Also, I realized that when you’re hungry and it’s biting cold outside, hot food is tasty food irrespective of how it actually tastes but honestly the food at all the places was tasty and hot as well. Also, I met a lot of new people from all over the country and some from other countries as well and since I was traveling with a group we started of as acquaintances but ended up becoming close friends.
So all I can say is that it if you like traveling, make sure that Ladakh is on your list.