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Manali-Leh-Manali Bike Tour

Day 1
– Reach Manali. Stay one day in Manali. Rent bikes etc and see Manali
– Naggar Castle, Roerich Art Gallery, Hindu Temples and the hot springs in Vashisht
– Stay in Manali
Day 2
– Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Koksar – Keylong – 117 kms
– Stay in Keylong
Day 3
– Keylong – Baralacha La – Sarchu – 114 kms
– Stay in Sarchu
Day 4
– Sarchu – Nakee La – Lachu Lang La – Pang – Kyang Chu-Thang – Tsokar – 140 kms
– Stay in Tsokar
Day 5
– Tsokar – Taglang La Pass – Rumtse – Upshi – Leh – 153 kms
– Stay in Leh
Day 6
– Stay in Leh. Sight Seeing etc
Day 7
– Leh – Changla Pass – Pangong Lake – Leh – 290kms
– Hemis, Shey, Thiksey Monastaries on the way
– Stay in Leh
Day 8
– Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley -150 kms
– Stay in Nubra
Day 9
– Nubra To Leh – 150 kms
– Stay at Leh
Day 10
– Leh – Sarchu – 230 kms
– Stay in Sarchu Camp
Day 11
– Sarchu – Manali – 220 kms

Total: 1426 kms

This is an exhaustive itinerary and can be customized as per your choice. Various legs can be clubbed into one to save days. Depending on on your plans and moods, you may choose to leave out some places if you wish to. However, if you have time, it would be a sin to leave out anything.

– There are many shops which rent out bikes. It is mostly Enfields. They cost approximately Rs 1200-Rs 1700 per day with a security deposit in the range of Rs 15000-Rs25000 depending on the bike.
– Some shops also have the option of sending a guide/mechanic with you. He will ride pillion if you engage that service and will charge approx Rs 1300-Rs 2000 per day.

– The route typically opens around May end and is open till September end.
– Most people do the trip in July and August.
– Up till August, there are many riders who undertake the trip. In September, the number is lesser.
– During May, June, July and some part of August, you would encounter lot of areas with slush. Even the streams are stronger as the glaciers melt in the summer. BRO does the cleaning up on the roads and repair work after the roads open.
– In September, it is just a little cold but slush is minimal. Also, by September, BRO already would have repaired the roads, so they are in the best possible condition in September, but there are fewer bikers who do the trip in this time.

Personal Items
– Camera+Charger+Memory Stick +Tripod, extra batteries etc
– Phone + Charger
– Power Bank (Optional)
– Bungee Ropes
– Elbow and Knee Guards
– Biking Gloves
– Swiss Knife or Small Sharp Knife (Good to have)
– 2 Warm Jackets
– 2 Warm Sweaters,Pullovers
– 2 pair Woolen Gloves
– 1 pair Leather/Waterproof gloves
– Woolen head gear to cover neck and ears
– Sun Cap
– 2-3 Inner Thermals (Upper and Lower)
– Waterproof Boots/Boot Covers (Preferable)
– Spare Light Shoes (For Emergency)
– Slippers (Optional)
– 3 Pairs of Water Proof Socks (Preferable/Optional)
– 3 Pairs of Woolen socks (Depends on Individual/Optional)
– UV Protection Sunglasses
– Rucksack/Haversack
– Waterproof Bag cover
– Rain coat
– Waist Straps to keep Cash, Phones etc (Optional)
– Sun Screen Lotion, Moisturizers, Moov/Iodex/Pain Relief Sprays
– 1 Torch
– Extra bag/rucksack/haversack
– 5 medium Poly Bags + 5 Large Poly Bags
– Small Air Tight container to keep medicines
– Locks for Bags
– Multiplug
– Itinerary Printout
– Map Print out
– Other General Items
– Toothbrush, Paste, Lip balm, Facewash, Soaps, Deos, Shampoo pouches, Razor, Blades, Foam/Gel, Aftershave, Handkerchiefs, Tissues, Towels
– Thermos

– Chocolates
– Dry fruits
– Biscuits

– Diamox for AMS – 4 Strips (People allergic to sulphur drugs, please consult your doctor as this is a sulphur based medicine. The 250mg tablet can be taken thrice a day for the duration of the trip. It is advisable to start taking this medicine 2-3 days before you start from Manali.
– Soframycin/ Betadine ointment for cuts and bruises
– Savlon/Dettol for cuts and bruises
– Bandaids for cuts and brusies
– Cotton and Crepe Bandage
– Norflox TZ – 2 strips for Diarrhea and Loose Motions
– Aciloc – 2 strips for Acidity
– Domstal – 2 strips for Vomiting
– Thermometer – 1
– General Meds for headaches, stomach aches – Dispirin 1 strip, Aspirin – 1 strip
– Small Scissor
– Fever medicines Like Crocin, Paracetamol, Combiflam – 1 strip each
– Medicines for cold and cough – Dcold-1 strip, Honeytus-1 Bottle, Vicks Lozenges – 20

– Passport (Advisable)
– UID (Advisable)
– Voters ID (Advisable)
– Driving License
– All Bike Documents (Insurance, Pollution and RC in Original)
– 5 Copies of each document (Not required but sometimes these are asked at check posts to be submitted so good to have as photocopy shops are not available at these places)
It is advisable to carry two different ID proofs as bike rental shops generally keep one document in original.

As of last year (2014), there was no need of obtaining permits for KhardungLa and Pangong Lake. Rules might change any time, so check again when you reach Leh. In most cases, you won’t be needing any permits If Permits have to be obtained, following is the procedure.
– Obtain inner-line permits at the District Collector (DC) office in Leh
– Inner-line permits are valid for a maximum of three days
– There is a stationary shop just behind the Leh DC office for photocopying etc.
– The office opens at 9:00 am and stays open until 3:00 pm only
– It remains closed during Sundays and National holidays.
– Reach the office as early as possible because it is tough to find people there after 12:00 noon.
– The fee required is Rs. 200 per person and environment tax plus Rs. 20 per person per day as wild life protection fee and Rs. 10 for donating to the Red Cross.
– Keep your passport, and bike documents along with their copies ready with you before going.
– If a permit is required for a place, and you obtain the permit, get the permit photocopied, at least 10 copies, as you will need to submit the photocopies at each check post.

Bike Spares
– Spare tube
– Puncture kit
– Clutch wire
– Brake wire
– Chain lock
– Engine oil
– Spark plugs
– Toolkit
– Spare Clutch and Brake Levers (Advisable)
– Spare Handle Bars (Advisable)

– Beyond Kullu, there are no showrooms for modern popular bikes, so spare parts are not available at all, except for Enfield. It is better to carry as many spares. I had a tough time after my bike fell and its handle got bent.
– Last petrol pump before Leh is at Tandi, which is 100 kms from Manali and 365 kms from Leh. Depending on your bike, you would have to carry extra petrol accordingly.
– Only postpaid mobile connections (Airtel and BSNL/MTNL) work after J&K starts. None of the outside state prepaid connections will work. After Darcha till Upshi, no mobile network coverage is available even for post paid.

Here is the link to an excel which can be used as a checklist when packing for the trip.
Click Here to Download The Checklist File


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