Motorbike trip in Ladakh : travel map & tips

Our tips to organise your road-trip in Ladakh

In this article, you will find all our advice to organise your motorbike trip in Ladakh: itinerary, motorbike rental, practical information, budget, etc.

  • If you are planning a trip to Ladakh, our book EXPLORE LADAKH will be of great help to you
  • If you want to rent a motorbike, you will find our recommendations in this article.
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Over the years, our passion for adventure has led us to create original travel guides sold in over 70 countries worldwide. Our mission is to spread a travel philosophy based on adventure, freedom, improvisation and exploration. Our guides inspire travelers to explore the world's forgotten paths, encountering wilderness and civilizations.
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Why riding in Ladakh, India?

Ladakh is a wild land, known for having some of the highest roads in the world. This Indian region nestled in the Himalayan range, between Tibet and Pakistan, is the ideal terrain for an unforgettable road trip.

Surrounded by vertiginous peaks (some of them, more than 8,000m of altitude), you will drive through magnificent green valleys with abundant fauna. Then, as you reach higher altitudes, landscapes get more arid and there is nothing but a few camels and Buddhist monasteries perched on the mountains. Huge lakes rise from the mountains… In short, you will get it, we fell in love with this place.  The terrain is particularly suitable for motorcycle exploration and there are many motorcycle rentals in Leh, the capital city. It is also possible to rent a 4×4 with driver. Once there, you can also add to your journey outdoor activities (horse trekking, hiking, rafting…) and cultural activities (monasteries visits).

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How to plan your motorcycle trip in Ladakh? Our travel map

There is currently no book about motorcycle travel in this region. Only the tourist offices in Leh can help you. Since we do not wish to depend on any guide, we improvised everything locally up there, using a topographic map of the region. This trip moved us to write by ourselves a collection of the most beautiful trails in the region because an article or a map could never be enough!

A brief overview of our on-site itinerary (15 days by motorbike) on the map below :

Map Ladakh india moto Royal Enfield : zanskar nubra pangong moriri

Our adventure guide book: Explore Ladakh

Designed like a roadbook, and illustrated with a multitude of maps and photos, EXPLORE LADAKH is both a tool and guide for independent travellers who wish to discover, understand, and explore Ladakh. We offer in this book a selection of 12 off-road routes to discover by motorbike, 4×4 or bicycle.

Take a look at this video to find out what’s in the book!

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EXPLORE LADAKH differs from the traditional travel guide book because it does not list the good addresses and tourist sites. You will be able to improvise your way fully independently while having knowledge of the terrain thanks to our detailed maps.

Each route is presented on a satellite map with the main sites of natural or cultural interest (monastery, lake, glacier, hot springs, etc.), the viewpoints, the camping spots and the key points (petrol station, water source, etc.).

The book also contains informations