There are many aspects to rent a bike in Leh Ladakh which keeps coming in the form of queries from the many of us. In this article today, I would like to address some of the concerns or queries related to rent a bike in Leh and also will just touch upon some other aspects or tips for a bike trip to Leh – Ladakh (details of such tips will be covered in a dedicated article).
This way in this article I will be collating most of the frequently asked question when it comes to
Let's quickly dive into the details:
1. Can I Rent Bike in Leh – Ladakh?
Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh and Fort Road in Leh is full of such shops that rent bikes in Leh. Depending upon the condition, model, make and tourist rush you can get bikes starting from Rs 800 to Rs 1600. Rather than booking over the phone, it is always much better to visit 4-5 shops over there and get a good deal after checking the bike conditions.
I will suggest you read this for sure to understand few tips on rent bikes in Manali or Leh: How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali or Leh and also Points to be kept in mind while hiring rental bikes in Manali or Leh
In order to rent a bike in Leh Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can also check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops
2. Are outside rented bikes allowed in Leh – Ladakh?
Effective 2014, bike union of Leh – Ladakh had floated a circular where bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing purposes inside Ladakh (much like outside Leh taxis) except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh.
Private bikes are completely allowed and as per the rules it has to be either on your name or on your father’s name. In case, you are taking someone else’s bike then please carry a valid NOC from the owner of the bike which will help you in other circumstances outside Leh as well, if any.
You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley, you will need to rent
This year, as per reports, this rule is going to be stricter. Some of the Manali bike rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days Manali bike is parked in Leh and Leh bike is rented, they will charge 50% of the rent of their bike subject to
So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff before you hire a
To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link in DoW Community: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh
3. Can I rent a bike in Leh and drop in Manali or Srinagar or vice-versa?
Well, the oneway bike rental is quite costly and leaves a big dent in the pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali or from Srinagar apart from the daily rent you pay for the bike. Hence, always be very sure if you are ready to make that investment/expenditure or not or if at all it is worth the money spent
My suggestion is that unless you are a hardcore biker and cannot live up without the passion of biking or riding in Leh, it is not that wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of a bike from Leh or Manali or Srinagar.
4. Can I do Leh – Ladakh trip on bike with pillion?
This is quite an important question and
There are lot of factors that drive a successful trip to Leh – Ladakh on bike with pillion which are as distance of travel each day in your travel plan, the condition and power of your bike, luggage you carry on your bike including extra fuel, size of your pillion or your own size ;), your own skills of riding bike and maintaining balance.
Though each factor contributes towards to only one goal that is
- Since you will be traveling or be riding a lot almost every day in your Ladakh trip, on an average 7-8 Hrs per day, it is very important that you as well as your pillion are comfortable with such long rides together and do not complain about such long distances of travel. So, endurance and passion levels have to be high.
- You have a very good condition of the bike that will not ditch you in the middle of no-where when put load on it and also enough power in bike, at least 150
cc, though preferable is 180+, so that your pillion does not need to get down at every other steep turn or rough patch which will be in abundance and then you asking him/her to run after bike on such high altitude with less acclimatized body 😀 😀
- You carry as light luggage as possible or just enough to complete the 10-11+ ride to Ladakh may be in a single pair of jeans or riding jacket. Balance it out for you and carry only enough what is required bare minimum to reduce the load and increase every millimeter of comfort 🙂 … While riding in Ladakh to places like Pangong Tso or Nubra Valley, better drop all the unnecessary luggage at the hotel/guest house storeroom in Leh itself to shed more load for some days at least.
- You need to also judge your own size as well as the size of your pillion to understand if you guys fit enough well without suffocating the bike power in plains as it will surely suffocate to an extent in the Himalayas especially in high altitude. Maybe go for a test ride of 200+ KMs a day with it to get a feel of it before your Ladakh trip
- Last but not the least, you have all the skills of maintaining the balance of bike on slippery roads, gushing water crossings, slush stretches, control on curves as your pillion moves, etc.. with a pillion sitting at your back with all that luggage you can imagine 🙂 🙂 …
5. Can I use low powered Bike for Leh – Ladakh trip?
Well though it is not required to have
Even 100cc or 110cc or
DO NOT push the bike beyond its limit in case you get stuck rather use your own physical power to get it out else you can get your clutch plates burnt. In the end, if you are determined, ready for the challenge and passionate enough then
6. Add On: How to prepare for Bike ride to Ladakh?
Well, in order to get yourself prepared for a bike trip to Ladakh or other remote corners of the
I hope above set of tips will help you prepare much better for your Leh – Ladakh trip on a
If yes, please do share your experience as well with all of us in the comments below or in DoW Community. You are also more than welcome to share any other tips for a bike ride to Leh – Ladakh you would like to share with us.
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