Zanskar Bike Ride


Haven’t we all heard about the magic Ladakh weaves around its monastic and scenic beauty? Exactly when we thought this is all a cold desert can offer, Zanskar unveils itself. There is a class and elegance in Ladakh valley which is been pulling thousands and thousands over many years. But to beat the elegance and match the crudeness, Zanskar pulls adrenaline junkies to pave way through rugged brown mountains and barely any road. If Ladakh ride gives a kick, Zanskar will give a kick, bounce and pleasure to float through one of the most barren and rocky terrain in the world.

The roads less travelled often give the best of results and that’s exactly what Zanskar valley promises for. This ride is going to be one crazy ride as we pass through not only tarmac roads but off road travelling and water crossings will be the constants. Passing through smooth roads and grey valleys up till Kargil from Leh and witnessing a sudden change to monstrous dirt trails yet welcoming valleys of Zanskar, it will definitely braid a new meaning to ‘exploration’. Experiencing different glaciers at a glance, through treacherous mountain trail is a common sight in this valley. Riding over these granular ways and reaching to a sparse population is the USP of Zanskar unlike Leh – Ladakh which is now a well developed touristic spot.

In the northernmost part of Jammu & Kashmir, lies this huge valley which is known for connectivity via just one road which we will ride through. Unlike the Ladakhi culture, people here are in almost seclusion and are living their unique culture without any blend. With very few guesthouses, it adds to more experience while living amidst the locals. Don’t we all at times crave for a life to be lived in the simplest of ways? Then Zanskar is the place to be! Away from the urban civilization, Rangdum and Padum in Zanskar valley are near to the minimalist civilization. From eating food and drinking brewed drinks, all grown and made by the locals themselves and usage of compost dry toilets will pull us all back in time.

Let us mark this journey where Leh throws the card of magical Magnetic Hill, brilliance of 3 Idiot school and unearthliness of Thiksey Monastery, while Kargil brags to be the land of warriors and ‘Aryans’. We finally reach to Padum in Zanskar valley which houses not only Buddhism but also Sunni Muslims. From silky soft roads of Leh to roughest of all terrains in Zanskar valley, we will be extracted out thoroughly for an enchanting memory for decades long.


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Day 1: Arrive Leh

What could be a better start than a place like Leh? A detailed briefing is given about the onward journey (being the mandatory ritual!) followed by distribution of bullets for the ride. Between the tall barren mountains, in the small city of Leh, we all acclimatize for the day.


Day 2: Leh Local sightseeing

We are at a place which has pulled many filmmakers to capture the extravagant charm at a dizzying height for many years now. Leh not only has its unique culture and lifestyle to offer but has various other sites like Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame Museum and the list goes on. It is a blend with the presence of brilliant heads in 3 Idiot school run by Wangchuk (a.k.a Phunsuk Wangdu), peaceful Shanti Stupa that looks over the city, a road defying gravity which lets the vehicle climb up with engine off: Magnetic Hill and a spiritually acclaimed monastery called the Thiksey Monastery. Enjoy the day exploring the city around for today as we will leave for Kargil tomorrow marking a step closer to the battlefield.


Day 3: Leh to Lamayuru

After acclimatizing well at nearly 15,000ft, we move through the valleys where Indus River chases alongside. As we ride farther from Leh, the vegetation disappears in the sterile land of Indus valley. The twisted roads and rock cut mountain is a breathless beauty on our way. To add to the chasing fun, Indus River unites with Zanskar River to catch us until our next stop. We head to a land which might give Elon Musk a run for his money. Though space tourism is yet a thing to happen, but why wait when ‘Apna Bharat Mahan’ is secretly holding a lunar territory in its lap? This place is none other than Lamayuru, famously known as the ‘Moonland’. As far as our eye can reach we see mountain ranges very similar to our natural satellite. It will definitely pay off for all the money spent until now. One can also spend time in Lamayuru monastery which is rich with not just amenities but also the number of lamas who pray here. In evening one can trek up to meditation hill and watch the city sleep.


Day 4: Lamayuru to Kargil

Today’s ride will not make you feel any less than an army personnel who marches through the land of Kargil War with various inner line permits in hand. We make our way to the only village where ‘Aryans’ reside. Dah village has tiny hamlets which are fenced with beautiful flowers adding hue to the monochromatic mountains. Gorgeous women adorned in colourful attire and flowery tiara break the monotony of seeing men in camouflage uniform. Leaving behind the soothing colours of Dah village we make our way through multiple curves to Batalik Sector which is another coaster ride. Batalik was the central battleground during the Kargil war. Even today Indian Army continues to guard this region irrespective of extreme weather conditions or avalanches which strikes here often. Uniqueness of Batalik also lies in its people who make for Drokpa tribe. They are believed to be direct successors of Alexander the Great. We move ahead, as the bullet thunders through the road the quench for a hair bend ride is fulfilled right here as we cruise up to Hamboting La at a height of 13,380ft. We ride through the pass with surreal beauty to make our way to Kargil and sign off for the day.


Day 5: Kargil to Rangdum

It’s today we embark our journey to Zanskar valley. We ride through the roads which only leaves one speechless as we see breathtaking hill on one side while encrusted Rocky Mountains the other. Suru valley very well symbolises the two opposite Yin-Yang and their co-existence. Nun and Kun mountains are other examples which beautifully showcases the funda of opposite attracts. One fully dressed in white with snow while the other is grey and barren adds a mystic value to the valley. As we ride to the vast nothings, Parkachik glaciers pays visit on our way to Rangdum. Witnessing a vast glacier land at an eye level is like an icing on the cake. The road ahead of the glacier is mere a gravel path and one would surely enjoy the bumpy ride at the start. The humpty dumpty ride ends as we reach Rangdum. The presence of cellular towers is a paradox to such a secluded place. One can visit the Rangdum Monastery and relax by the night.


Day 6: Rangdum to Padum via Pensi La

No mountain ride is complete without crossing mountain passes at vertiginous height. We pass by Penzi La, the only pass to Zanskar at a whopping height of 14,436ft where only marmots can be seen scurrying around. Moving beyond the middle of nowhere we see Drang Drung glacier which is the source to Suru River which accompanied us yesterday on our way to Rangdum. As a splash of white between the rugged Zanskar Mountains, the glacier marks for a picturesque scenery. With few more rickety kilometres we finally reach our destination: Padum. Unlike the entire way to Padum, the city holds a good amount population in so much seclusion too. Perch on bed as the Zanskar awaits tomorrow.


Day 7: Padum Rest Day

The 6 long nights end to bring us to Zanskar valley. Padum is the farthest motor able city in here. To explore beyond, trekking is the only way out and that is what makes Zanskar valley unbeatable and unique. To reach to the nearest monastery too, one has to trek up few kilometres. There are cave monasteries like Stongdey Monastery which can be easily reached out. The best way out is to soak in the beauty of nature by reclining and soothing oneself in the laps of Greater Himalayas.


Day 8: Padum to Rangdum

We gear up and ride all our way back to Rangdum. The best thing about any valley ride is we get to experience the same place twice unless we follow other circuits (and if only there is any other route!). Enjoy the ride through the crumbling gravels and Rocky Mountains. In case we miss on human companion on our way, ‘humari suru hai na!’(#bollywood reference). Suru River continues to zip-zap along us until we take a pit stop for a night at Rangdum.


Day 9: Rangdum to Kargil

This day will be our last day in the Zanskar valley as we ride towards Kargil. From sparsely vegetative land to pleasant greenery of Suru valley we make our way through crust surface to reach Kargil. Undoubtedly one can strike off ‘adventurous ride’ from their travel bucket list as riding through the valleys of Zanskar surely needs a strong will and overdose of adrenaline within. The proximity of Kargil can easily be felt as our bullets start gliding in the air through tarry roads. We sleep through the night in Kargil to move to the second coldest inhabitant i.e. Drass valley the next morning.


Day 10: Kargil to LEH via Drass

We embark our return journey to Leh. But our last stop yet remains. Year 1999 witnessed a month long war in Kargil. Drass valley was the main battleground which houses Tiger hill and Tololing ranges. Reclaiming thrones at these peak lead to an Indo-Pak war. Many soldiers lost their life and in their remembrance a War Memorial was built at the base. Letters written to families by soldiers can be found in the Memorial and spares none from being nostalgic. Though we couldn’t fight up front in the war, yet one can easily visualise the scenes by seeing Pakistani bunkers captured by Indian Army and reading tales of capturing the peak all around the Memorial field. With extreme temperature of minus 60 degrees, the tricolour yet continues to flutter high up in the air with our jawans safeguarding us round the clock every day, throughout the year. Paying tribute to them is the least we can do and hereby continue crusading to reach our end point.


Day 11: Depart from Leh

It’s time we bid adieu to our company and move ahead with our onward journey. Innumerable memories, roads, valleys and friends continue to live afresh as we sing the farewell.

• Accommodation for 10 Nights on Double Sharing 

• 10 Breakfast and 10 Dinners + Morning Tea (Veg Meals) 

• Royal Enfield 350/500CC 

• Fuel Expenses 

• Back-Up vehicle with Mechanic and Spare Parts 

• Inner Line Permits  

• Road Captains 

• Free Photography 

• First-Aid medical kits 

• Free TanTra T-shirt 

• Go-Pro video of the ride

• Lunch on All Days 

• Any Monument entry Fee 

• Personal Expenses (Snacks/Water Bottles/Energy Drinks) 

• Cost Escalation due to natural reason/strike/taxi-Bike Union Issues/Anti social unrest (Riders need to bear their expenses of the day in such cases) 

• Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions 


1/2 Thermal Upper - 1/2 Thermal  Lower - Briefs as per requirement - 2 Comfy Boxers - 1 Lower - 3 Denims/cargos - 5 Tees - 1 Jacket - 1 sweter - 8 Pairs of Socks-  1 pair Gloves - Comfortable boots for riding - 1 Slipper - 1 Quick Dry Towel

Personal Care:

Face wash - Deo Vaseline - Toothpaste - Toothbrush - soaps - Shampoo - Toilet Paper - Sunscreen


Camera + Charger  - Phone + Charger - Multiplug Power Bank 

Riding Gears:

Riding Jacket - Knee Guards - Elbow Guards - Gloves Rain - Liner Thermal - Liner Rain Coat - Riding Boots - Backpack - 5 Bungee Cords - Balaclava - Helmet


RC(self biker)  + DL Insurance (self bike) + Photo Id PP Size Photos + Xerox of DL/RC + Xerox of Photo Id + Petrol Jerry Cans + Spare Keys (self bikes)

Medicines (Optional):

Personal medication (if any) - Combyflam - Dolo650 - Dettol - Cotton Gauge - Band Aids - Volini Spray - Diamox - Crep Bandage - Knee Cap etc


Chocolates - Polybags - Rubber bands - FlashLight - Scissors - Lighter/Matchbox - Swiss knife -  Handkerchief - Diary - Pen - Volet - Debit/Credit cards etc

All essentials should only be consider as advice, essentials may change as per the conditions and situations

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  1. I understand that if a change in my health or physical condition does occur which might affect my ability to participate in the Program or otherwise exercise safely, that I will immediately notify Tantra AdventureZ.
  2. I agree that Tantra AdventureZ shall not be liable or responsible for any injuries to me resulting from my participation in the event and I expressly release and discharge Tantra AdventureZ, its owners, employees, agents and/or assigns, from all claims, actions, judgments and the like which I or my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns may have or claim to have as a result of any injury or other damage which may occur in connection with my participation in the event.
  3. I understand that whenever I will feel light headed, faint, dizzy, nauseated or experience pain/discomfort during the camp, I will stop the activity and inform the  Event Leader of  Tantra AdventureZ.
  4. I understand that I am not obligated to perform nor participate in any activity that I do not wish to do, and that is my right to refuse such participation at any time
  5. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not allow & entertain the consumption of Drugs & Alcohol during the complete activity. If I am found indulging in any such activity, then Tantra AdventureZ has the right to disqualify my participation from the Adventure Activity with immediate effect.
  6. I acknowledge that trainers of Tantra AdventureZ. are not physicians and are not trained in any way to provide medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or any other type of medical advice. Furthermore I am aware that it is always advisable to consult a physician before embarking on any new adventure activity.
  7. In the event of my suffering any medical or health difficulty whilst performing any physical activity, and particularly where I may lose consciousness or be unable to deal with matters myself, I hereby authorize Tantra AdventureZ. to contact a physician and to take me to such physician and/or any appropriate medical clinic orother hospital and to use the services of an ambulance where appropriate and I undertake liability for all costs thereby incurred. I am aware of all inherent dangers during the trip. I acknowledge and understand I will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability or death and severe social and economic losses which might result not only from my own action, inaction or negligence, but action, inaction or negligence ofothers, or the condition of the premises on or off site or of any equipment used and further, that there may be otherunknown risks not reasonably foreseeable at this time. I assume all these risks and expressly waive, release, discharge and agree not to sue Tantra AdventureZ. for any loss, damage, death, disability, injury, or action of any kind for participating in this camp or any other activities organized by Tantra AdventureZ. and I hereby indemnify and hold Tantra AdventureZ. harmless against any claims by my dependents or other third parties whatsoever arising by reason of my death, disability or injury whilst participating in Adventure Activity.
  8. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not accept responsibility for any loss, theft and/or damage to vehicles and/or personal property left in vehicles or any other area at the location I am camping.
  9. I understand and accept that no refunds, whether in whole or in part, will be granted if I cannot complete the activity
  10. It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day to day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or similar.
  11. Participants need to bear their own expenses of the day (accommodation + meals, apart from the package cost) in case of change in itinerary due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or any other reason which is not under control of Tantra Adventurez.
  12. In case any Rider wants to drop the bike on the way other that the starting point of the Ride ie LEH then Rider have to bear the transportation charges of the bike, which is Rs 10,000/- per bike.
  13. The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds
  14. We would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc.
  15. Your participation in a trip is entirely at your own risk. We are NOT responsible or liable for any injuries you may suffer, fatal or otherwise. Also, we are NOT responsible for any loss or damage to your property, including your motorcycle, irrespective of how any damage may have been caused.
  16. I notify that I do not have any Criminal Cases/Police Cases running against me.
  17. I agree that this constitutes the entire agreement between me and Tantra AdventureZ and I acknowledge that I conclude this Agreement of my own free will without force or coercion and not having been induced to do so by reason of any representations on the part of Tantra AdventureZ. and any agreement to terminate this Agreement or to amend or vary it in any way, shall not be of any force or effect unless and until reduced to writing and signed by the relevant parties.
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From where the Ride will start?

- Ride will start from LEH.

How difficult is the Ride?

- This ride is meant for experienced riders. Riders planning for this rid must have done any long ride before.

What is the level of off-roading involved?

- Off roading will be there from Lamayuru to Kargil (30-40 KM off road), Kargil to Rangdum it will be off road as well (40-50 KM) & from Rangdum to Padum is completely off road 1(25 KM)

What would be the climate like in August?

- Zanskar is accessiable only 3-4 months a year and August is the best season to travel. Clear SKY and beautiful landscapes.

Do we need to worry about the altitude we are going to?

- Though Ladakh and Zanskar comes under high altitude region as they are the barren lands with less vegitation but that's why we include first day as the acclamitization day in LEH and ride of second day will be really short (125 KM) so that people can be well acclamatized before starting the ride. Apart from that we do keep portable oxygen cylinders in case any participants need it while the trip and also advice to take medication like DIAMOX if someone if more prone to AMS.

Has Tantra organised any previous rides to Zanskar.

- Tantra had organised more than 20 rides to LADAKH in 2017 and this will be the first ever ride to Zanskar that Tantra is organizing. However Tantra have experienced team of road captain's which have been to zanskar before and have a very good idea of the terrains. There are very less Riding groups which organize rides to suh off beat places and Tantra is one of them.

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