Things you should know before planning a motorcycle trip to leh,ladakh



the roads till pang is messy you can only fire your machine upto 30-35 km/hr but after pang the highway is very nice where you can fire upto 80-100.

2. You must have a really really brave heart.

-because the road is off limit dangerous (that is the real deal) and if you are a person who will say okay i can’t do this. let’s go back, there’s no turning back.

3.Proper gear

gears like, good helmet, waterproof jacket and pants (beacuse it may rain or snow anytime),good quality gloves (not those gloves meant for city rides) are must to carry

4. Documents to carry

carry your id proof like driving liscence, pan card, aadhar card , passport, etc along with you. which has adress prof in it.

5. Medicines to carry

medicines for headace,body pain and altitude sicknes is must to carry while riding these roads. and add packet of glucose to your kit. and some sneakers or other protein rich food to kill hunger when there’s no shop around.

the signs for altitude sickness are–dizziness, nose bleeding, tiredness, faint,

6.waterproof riding shoes

as you are supposed to cross several streams flowing onroad on manali-leh route so put on some good waterproof high neck riding shoes.coz you wouldn’t like to get your feet wet with icecold water for the whole journey.


carry good sunglasses because the road is dusty and it will help you in your ride to leh. and the sun shines too bright there you will need those sunglasses off bike also to enjoy the heavenly view.

8.Hiring a motorcycle or riding own motorcycle

if you are hiring motorcycle. you can get it from delhi and as well as from manali. the drawback of hired motorcycles is, you will have to rent taxi or other motorcyle for sightseeing in ladakh as hired bikes from other states is prohibitted for sightseeing there.

and if you are riding in your own motorcycles you are free to ride anywhere in leh. just carry registration papers along with you and co-operate with officials

9. Tool box

carrying a toolbox is most improtant thing to do while riding through this barren land yet beautiful as heaven.your tool box must include following things–extra tube,pump,pliers,wrench of different sizes (specially for brake tightning),extra nut bolts,extra spark plugs,tool to open spark plug, etc

10. Good carrier

make sure the carrier attached to your machine is strong enough to handle your luggage and       will not break  in first jerk and add to your difficulty.

11. Motorcycle condition

make sure your motorcycle is well seviced and the brake shoes and clutch plates are new, in royal enfield its a big deal.

12. Riding experience

if you have the riding experience in hilly regions, its a perk

13.Permission for leh

to ride to leh you will have to have permission slip from SDM office in manali. situated in manali mall road.which will cost you 250 rupees per motorcycle. the ofice opens at 10 o’clock but the queue for permission seekers starts at 8 during season. hence i suggest you to generate permission a day before your ride and start your ride next day early morning @4 or 5 to beat traffic in rohtang pass.

14. Network connectivity

no prepaid sim card of other state work in ladakh. for calling you’ll have use P.C.O and for internet facilities stick to hotel and resturant’s wifi facilities.

15. Fuel stations

the only petrol pump between manali and leh is in tandi 107 km from manali and its still 360 km to leh from tandi.

i suggest you to carry jerrycans for extra petrol for your machines coz full tank won’t be enough.

16. Mechanic shop

the only mechanic shop on manali-leh highway is in keylong. so ride carefully and accordingly.

17. ATM

the only atm in manali-leh route is in keylong. so i suggest you to carry cash.

18. Stay facilities

tents for a night’s stay are available at sarchu, pang, darcha and zing zing bar.

19. Things to keep in mind

in high altitude passes like Baralacha la, nakee la, tanglang la, khardung la. it is advised to stay calm and not to make much movements because air is very thin in these heights which causes early fatugue and altitude sickness.

it is advised not to take a long halt at these places.

if you smoke dont even think of smoking at these heights.

20. motorcycle care while return

while coming back from ladakh get your machines checked by mechanic for loose nut bolts and other malfunction which may ruin your journey. hence do it before your ride back.

21. what to do if unable to ride back in motorcycle.

if you are unable to ride back your machines for some reasons you may use bike drop facilities, if ypu want your bikes dropped to manali in a van thry charge you 20,000 per bike but there are facilities in which the local boys drop your bike to manali by riding themselves  which will cost you 10,000 per motorcycle.

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