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Highest Himalayan passes – discover Himalaya with “On Her Bike” Adventure Motorbike Legend Kinga Tanajewska

Kinga Tanajewska has been riding motorcycles since right after high-school.  In 2017, she set off on her solo Round the World trip on the back of her new R800GS BMW motorbike, named “Chillie”. While doing so, she rapidly became a true celebrity in the world of adventure riders.  To the extent that today, most adventure riders have heard of Kinga, watched some of her inspiring videos, or are following her adventures on social media! This year, and for the very first time, we are proposing the women only motorbike expedition to the Himalayas, which will be led by Kinga, “On Her Bike”!

Together we will ride through the most interesting spots of the Ladakh region. We will visit the Buddhist monasteries. We will experience the real Himalayan “roller coster”. We stop by famous Pangong Tso lake and Tso Moriri lake. Several times we will conquer the passes of more than 5000 meters hight. Last but not least we will ride up to Khardung La Pass, which is the highest motorable pass in the world! we will ride the best motorbikes for this region, the Royal Enfield Himalayans.

DETAILS

Podstawowe informacje:

  • Available places: 10

  • Minimum number of participant: 6

  • Start: 5 August 2019 Leh, India

  • Finish: 17 August 2019 Leh, India

  • Duration: 13 days

  • Nearest airport: Leh, India

Price: 2500 EUR

 

Price includes:

  • Assistance of Kinga Tanajewska “On her Bikes” as a guide.

  • Local guide on a motorcycle.

  • Motorcycle: Royal Enfield Himalayan, latest model or Royal Enfield Bullet 500, according to preferences.

  • All accommodation on 2 sharing basis at 3* hotels, guesthouses (where available) & 2 sharing basis tents on the special ten camps (when no hotels are available).

  • All meals.

  • Backup car full way to carry our luggage.  We travel light!

  • Experienced mechanic with spare parts.

  • Border entry fee with all inner line permits to restricted/protected areas.

  • Doctor for medical backup with oxygen (O2) & AMS pack.

  • Admission tickets for the Buddhist monasteries visits.

  • All trip photos / movies.

Price does not include:

  • Plane tickets.

  • Fuel for your bike.

  • Damages to the motorbikes caused by the rider.

  • Personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals, souvenirs, etc.

  • Travel Insurance.

  • Admission tickets not specified above.

ABOUT THE TRIP:

Type: 85% asphalt, 15% gravel

Level of difficulty: 5/10

Highlights: Leh, Indus Valley, the most important Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, Indus River, Nubra Valley, Tso Kar, Tso Moriri, Pangong Tso, Moor Planes, Khardung La – the highest motorable pass in the world, Chang La, Taglang La, Wari La.

 

What you should know:

The ride itself is not technically difficult.  We will be riding mostly paved roads or gravel roads in generally good conditions. The weather at this time of the year is generally dry and sunny but also subject to radical changes as it happens in the high mountains. High altitude may contribute to tiredness.

It is not a race, and we care about safety: we will be going at our own pace and make sure all participants reach the destination safely. 

Wearing suitable riding gear and is the responsibility of each rider.

Remember that we will be going to very high altitudes (over 5,000m) and having suitable clothing and sun-blocker is important.

We prefer to use the Royal Enfield motorcycles on this expedition because it is found everywhere in the region – and it work so well in those conditions.

Plan wyprawy motocyklowiej

Day 1 (5.08)

Leh Arrival and relax

Arrival at Leh airport & transfer to hotel. Check in to the hotel for a complete day of rest after a long flight.  After lunch, visit Leh Market, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupas to get familiar with our new surroundings.

Day 2 (6.08)

Leh sightseeing and visit to the main monasteries in the Indus Valley (80 km)

After breakfast we commence ourr Indus Valley Monastery tour including Shey: the ancient capital of Ladakh, Thiksey: an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village, Hemis Gompa: the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, and Stok Palace & Sindhu Ghat. This day will give us an idea about the Bhuddist religion itself and how it is practiced in the high Himalayas.

Day 3 (7.08)

Leh – Lamayuru (140 km)

We will ride through the picturesque mountains and colorful rocks formations. On the way we will have a chance to admire majestic Indus river. In the afternoon we will reach the eldest monastery in the Indus Valley. The Lamayuru monastery clings onto the mountain side. It seems as if a giant hand had placed these structures where they exist today, as building them in such extreme environments seems virtually impossible. The views from the monastery are spellbinding.

Day 4 (8.08)

Lamayuru – Kargil via Dhahanu (130 km)

We will ride through small villages of Drokpa Community, considered to be the last race of Aryans confined to the valley. Their feature is pure Indo Aryan and they have preserved their racial purity down the centuries. Their culture and religious practices are very similar to ancient pre- Buddhist religion known as Bon-Chos. There are many small villages in this land of Aryans but only two villages of Dha and Hanu are open for tourist.

Day 5 (9.08)

Kargil – Leh (200 km)

We will take the alternative road back to Leh. The scenery will be equally outstanding.

Day 6 (10.08)

Leh – Nubra Valley (170 km)

The long, over 2,000 meters ascent will take us to the Khardung La pass.  This is the highest motorable road in the world (5,389m).  We will take out time to gradually get used to the rarefied oxygen and take in the scenery.  After a brief stop in the thin mountain air for some pictures, we’ll descend to our final destination – Nubra Valley. This valley was until recently a restricted military zone due to the nearby Pakistani and Chinese borders. It’s now a new high point of the Ladakh visits, with breathtaking views, remote forgotten oasis villages and rugged glacial river landscapes. In the afternoon we will have a chance to ride on the dunes of the highest desert on Earth!

Day 7 (11.08)

Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso (210 km)

This will be one of the most astonishing but also demanding days on our trip. Depending on the weather conditions water level in the rivers, we will either go through Wari La or follow the road along the river. Both are exceptionally beautiful and very rarely frequented. These is the off the beaten track day! In the afternoon we will reach spectacular Pangong Tso lake.

Day 8 (12.08)

Pangong Tso – Shakti (100km)

We will cross Chang La Pass, the third highest motorable pass in the world. The views will leave us speechless.  In Shakti we will stay just nearby the local monastery.

Day 9 (13.08)

Shakti – Hanlei ( Highest Observatory) (120 km)

We have been riding through the highest mountains and passes – it is time to visit the highest observatory!

Day 10 (14.08)

Hanlei – Tso Moriri (140 km)

This is another day with beautiful lakes. Today our destination is the Tso Moriri lake, located in the specila bordering zone. We will ride along the Indus river. En route we will have a chance to admire Thatsangkaru Lake.

Day 11 (15.08)

Tso Moriri – Tso Kar (200 km)

A part of the todays route will follow the gravel roads. On the way we visit Chumathang Hot Springs Cross – volunteers can have hot bath! We will ride thorugh two picturesque passes Polokangla and Namchick La passes. In the afternoon we reach our camp located close to the salt lake Tso Kar. This will be our highest camp.

Day 12 (16.08)

Tso Kar – Leh (210 km)

We will start the day on the famous plateu – Moore Planes. Then on our way back to Leh we have to cross the second motorable pass in the world Taglang La. The road is almost entirely paved and fantastically winding! Be prepared for a lot f fun.

Day 13 (17.08)

Fly back to Delhi and after back home.

The Agra or Delhi sightseeing can be arranged.

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