Top 5 Important Tips to Rent Bike in Leh Ladakh and Ride with Pillion

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There are many aspects to rent a bike in Leh Ladakh which keeps coming in the form of questions from the many of us. In this article today, I will address some of the concerns or questions related to renting a bike in Leh. I will also touch upon some other aspects or tips for a bike trip to Leh Ladakh (details of such tips I will cover in a dedicated article).

Most Important Tips for Renting Motorcycles in Leh Ladakh & Manali

This way in this article I will be collating most of the frequently asked questions when it comes to renting a bike in Ladakh.

So, let’s start !! 🙂 🙂

5 Important Tips to Rent Bike in Leh Ladakh and Ride with Pillion
5 Important Tips to Rent Bike in Leh Ladakh and Ride with Pillion

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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.

Where to rent bike or motorcycle in Leh or Manali or Srinagar?

I will suggest you read this for sure to understand few tips on rental bikes in Manali or Leh: How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle 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 2019 – 20 & Reliable Shops.

Can I Rent Bike in Leh - Ladakh?
Can I Rent Bike in Leh Ladakh?

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. 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.

Rules for taking outside rental bikes to Ladakh

You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for traveling to Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley, you will need to rent a bike in Leh only.

Can I rent a bike in Manali and travel to Ladakh?

A couple of years back, as per reports, this rule had gone even stricter. Some of the Manali bike rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days you will park the Manali bike in Leh, and you will rent the Leh bike for those days, they will charge 50% of the rent of their bike subject to the display of valid rent receipts from Leh Bike Rental guys.

So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff before you hire a bike in Leh. For Srinagar Bike rentals, yet not sure but they claim that their bikes are allowed though I personally doubt because even Srinagar Taxis are not allowed for sightseeing in Leh so I suspect similar implications would be there for Bike rented in Srinagar too.

To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link in DoW Community: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

Are outside rented bikes allowed in Leh - Ladakh?
Are outside rented bikes allowed in Leh – 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 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 on you or not.

Video – One Way Bike Rentals in Ladakh and Manali

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.

Can I rent a bike in Leh and drop in Manali or Srinagar or vice-versa?
Can I rent a bike in Leh and drop in Manali or Srinagar or vice-versa?

4. Can I do Leh – Ladakh trip on bike with pillion?

This is quite an important question and many times people ask this, but my reply is always in terms of a tradeoff of choosing between the comfort of riding and riding with your partner to save cost OR feeling of riding together with your life or soul partner or best friend ;)…

Video – Ladakh Motorcycle trip with pillion on it

Similar to a bike ride to Spiti Valley, there are a lot of factors that drive a successful trip to Leh – Ladakh on a bike with a pillion. These factors include the distance of travel each day in your travel plan, the condition, and power of your bike, the luggage you carry on your bike with extra fuel, the size of your pillion, or your size ;), your skills of riding a bike and maintaining balance.

Though each factor contributes towards only one goal that is the comfort of the ride you experience. I should have covered this topic under one detailed article but that can be done later 🙂 …

Hence, talking about these here briefly.

a. Be comfortable with long-distance rides with pillion

Since you will be traveling or be riding a lot almost every day in your Ladakh trip, on an average of 7-8 Hrs per day, you, as well as your pillion, must be comfortable with such long rides together. You should not complain about such long distances of travel. So, endurance and passion levels have to be high.

b. Ride a well-maintained bike

You have a good condition of the bike that will not ditch you in the middle of no-where when putting load on it and also enough power in bike, at least 150cc, 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 ask him/her to run after bike on such high altitude with less acclimatized body 😀 😀

c. Travel with light luggage

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.

d. Be gentle on your motorbike

You need to also judge your size as well as the size of your pillion to understand if you guys fit well enough 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.

e. You must have a bike in control all the time

Last but not the least, you have all the skills of maintaining the balance of bike on slippery roads, or in gushing water crossings, mud stretches, and control on curves as your pillion moves, etc. You need these skills with a pillion sitting at your back with all that luggage you can imagine.

Can I do Leh - Ladakh trip on bike with pillion?
Can I do Leh – Ladakh trip on bike with pillion?

5. Can I use low powered Bike for Leh – Ladakh trip?

Well though it is not required to have a more powerful bike like Bullet/RE but always preferable to have more power to have much more comfort at times.

Even 100cc or 110cc or 125cc will be able to make a bike trip to Leh – Ladakh, and many people have done in the past as well. But, it won’t be that easy always and there will be places where it might or will struggle where it will be required to push manually, especially I believe if you get stuck in some water crossing or slush stretches.

DO NOT push the bike beyond its limit in case you get stuck rather use your 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, of course, you can do a bike trip to Leh – Ladakh in a 100cc or 110cc or 125cc bike too as many people have done it in the past 🙂 🙂 …

Can I use low powered Bike for Leh - Ladakh trip?
Can I use low powered Bike for Leh – Ladakh trip?

6. Add On: How to prepare for a bike ride to Ladakh?

Well, to get yourself prepared for a bike trip to Ladakh or other remote corners of the Himalayas including Spiti Valley, I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This thread will help you cover almost all your queries related to a bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas.

5 Tips to Rent Bike in Leh - Ladakh
5 Tips to Rent Bike in Leh – Ladakh

A Bike Trip to Leh with 100cc Bikes or Scootys – Practical Experience

So I have just completed my Leh trip on a TVS Apache 160 RTR, and I started from Delhi and to and fro via Srinagar highway. We were two bikers in total another one was on the FZ 150 2013 Model.

There have been instances of posts where I saw people saying that they have done Leh on a scooter, Khardung La on 125cc bike and stuff. None of them puts out real behind the scene story and hence misleads many aspirers, and they end up getting ducked up with their vehicles on high passes.

I want to throw light upon this matter, to clear up things for others who want to take their low capacity bikes or old bikes. The fact that one of the bikes mentioned above outperformed even a 350cc bullet and the other one got clutch plates replaced twice on the same trip makes this clarification more interesting.

Video – Ladakh Trip on 100cc Bike or Scooty

On Srinagar Leh Highway

So from Delhi to Sonamarg, both bikes were at par. Still, while crossing Zojila Pass, things went bad FZ 150 is a low powered machine had to try harder to keep climbing and had to be pulled only in the first or second gear, doing so continuously resulted in burning of clutch plates. 20kms out of Drass, the bike was not giving any response.

We tried contacting control rooms of Kargil and Drass and even Srinagar, none of them seemed to be of helping nature. But the biker community is big, and few bikers on the way helped us getting the FZ back on the road, but it did not work.

So, in the end, the bike was towed till Kargil to a mechanic, and he then replaced the clutch plates. The next day we began for Leh, Apache was doing great, but FZ was giving out average performance. We crossed Namki La and Fotu La and made it to Leh by 9 PM.

On Leh to Pangong Tso Route

The next day it was our turn to go to Pangong, but since the main highway to the lake was closed due to landslides we had to take another route which later joins with the main road. But again, due to high altitude and low oxygen, the FZ could not pull, and even Apache showed some signs of lack of oxygen. FZ again ended up damaging the engine, and we had to come back to Leh.

On Khardung La Route

Again the next day my friend rented a Himalayan for Khardungla, and I was on Apache only. The day went well, we were able to scale Khardungla on our motorcycles and came back, Apache though showed signs of fewer oxygen levels after South Pullu.

We then came back to Mechanic for a final checkup of bikes before we left for Delhi. We found out that both bikes had eaten up more than half of their engine oils. We topped up and started the journey back for Delhi.

While coming back both the bikes did fine and FZ though was working just fine on a “Jugaad”.

Practical Tips from this Ladakh Bike Trip

In the above section, I shared the experience of the bikes and what happened in various sections of the Ladakh trip.

So what is the catch here?? See points below-

1. Age of the bike

Both bikes being carburetted were not able to keep well with the decreasing oxygen levels, but Apache 160 was slightly more powered and just 3 years old, managed better.

Yes, fuel-injected bikes are recommended and not carburetted.

Talking about age, yes FZ was > 6 years old and that became a limitation for the motorcycle to take on rather an unforgiving terrain of Ladakh. Bikes older than 3-4 years surely will show more problems with higher landscapes. Changing air filters will not reduce the age of the engine; you need a full check-up.

2. Power of the bike

Both motorcycles are less than 200cc, FZ showed problems, but Apache did just fine, this does not at all mean that you cannot take low capacity bikes to the top, but trust me there is no replacement for Displacement.

250cc engine will beat the other two any day. Hence don’t fall for claims of doing Leh on scooters or Activas. They never share the other side of the coin. Hence a 200cc making at least 16nm torque would be ideal (Fuel Injected must).

3. Heating up of the engine

If your bike is an air-cooled kindly ride with breaks after every 60-80kms. Air-cooled engines do need breaks else you might end up with a ceased engine. Also, an overheated engine eats shit loads of engine oil and, yes, use clutch only for changing gears, learn when your bike requires upshift and downshifts as to extract optimum performance out of it while climbing uphill.

4. Tubeless v/s Tube Tires

Tubeless tires recommended with low air pressure my bike as 90/90 Front and 110/80 rear tires and I kept 27 and 31Psi respectively, this keeps the tire more grounded and grippy and reduces chances of a puncture. Ps. I had no punctures on my entire 3000kms journey.

5. Service of the bike

Get your bike serviced inside out. Get brakes, chain sprocket, clutch plates, and pistons checked, clutch plays a vital role in mountains. If your bike is older than three years or 15k Kms, get Accelerator wire, brake, and clutch-wire replaced right away. Spark plugs and air/oil filters are assertions here. Carry extra engine oil no matter what you ride; engine eats more oil at high altitudes.

IMPORTANT Note: There is only RE and BAJAJ showroom in Leh so if you are taking bikes of the brands mentioned above you should not face any problems in getting bikes serviced. But in my case, it was one Yamaha and other TVS, so we relied on the mechanic near Airport road. His name is “Shashi” Ph: 9419344430. In case you need to get your bike serviced/ repaired, look no further, he is the right man. I don’t have exact coordinates of his location, nor his shop had any name board (till June 19), but you may call him on the given number, and he will guide you throughout the trip.

6. Your body condition

Your body needs to get used to your bike and riding conditions. Start with small journeys. Don’t just go ahead with the big shark. Start with small targets and gradually increase the altitudes. This way, you will be able to judge your and your bikes’ performance and how well you will do on high mountains, which ultimately will prepare you for the Mecca Medina of Bikers, ie. Ladakh.

You should always carry your water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !! 🙂 🙂

7. Summary

The above points have covered most of the aspects of taking a motorcycle. Motorcycle’s health plays a vital role in the journey, but the rider’s health is equally important. If you have not ridden before and you are taking your motorcycle to Leh for the first time or for that matter if you are riding for the first time for the journey to Ladakh. STOP right there.

Don’t have time to read the full article? You can check this short video on DevilOnWheels YouTube Channel on this topic. If you like my video, please do not forget to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel.

5 Tips for Ladakh Bike Ride


I hope the above set of tips will help you prepare much better for your Leh – Ladakh trip on a bike. Have you encountered any of the situations described in the tips above?

If yes, please do share your experience with all of us in the comments below or 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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  2. Hafiz sheikh on

    Sir we group of guys planning to do leh-ladhak circuit in sept
    What will be da road condition & weather their at that point of time
    We prefer to start from shrinagar side and finish it off in manali planning to rent a bike where can we pick our bike and drop it & abd total how many bikes we have to rent in total circuit we will be having a Innova also with us can it complete da circuit
    Plz give your valuable advice

    • September is a very good time to travel to Ladakh and roads are much better shape. Best is to do Leh – Srinagar and Manali – Leh on taxis and rent bikes for sightseeing in Ladakh to save money and hassles of bike unions.

  3. Hi Dheeraj.
    How many petrol pumps willbe there on the way from manali – leh -srinagar and after how much distance?
    Other question is i am planning to travel in the 3rd week of july. Is that the idle weather?

    Thanks ok n advance 🙂

      • You can take the outside rented car just to Leh and come back in it. However, you need to get a local Leh based taxi for sightseeing in Ladakh to places like Nubra, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri

        • My last question.
          I am planning for ladakh trip from this Thursday (13th) to 24th. I heard that there is rainy weather right that true?
          Is it safe to go this time as i have heard about the rain as well as terrorist attacks near amarnath?
          Anyone please suggest
          Thanks in advance

        • Ladakh is a rain shadow region and it does not rain much. Lower hills experience rains though. Yes situation is a bit tense and traffic is not allowed past Udhampur

        • So is there any way to go leh via srinagar if traffic is not allowed past udhampur?

  4. Pramod Bhargava on

    Dont book bike from JK travels in main market area. they have old bullets and most of them are faulty (Personal experiance). Owner is the rudest person i meet in whole ladhak .

  5. I will be going for leh trip in August. I am from Bangalore.

    Bangalore – leh – Manali-Chandigarh-Bangalore from August 11th to August 19th.

    Can you please give me itenary and also about bike trip from leh to manli

  6. Sameer Porwal on

    Hello Dheeraj sir, me and my friend is planning leh trip on 13 July- 19 July ,we are not a hardcore bike driver so can suggest us some important places to visit within easy reach.

    • Sameer, I am not sure if you are planning to ride all the way to Ladakh or flying to Leh and then plan to take bike on rent. If you plan to take bike on rent, you should ride around Leh or may be visit Sham Valley on bikes.

  7. Hello Sir.
    Thanks for the provided information.
    I just wanted to know that if we hire 3 bullet bikes from manali for 5-6 days and return the bike in srinagar.
    Is that possible?
    If yes, how much amount i have to pay ?

    • Shantanu, first is that you need to rent the Leh bikes again for Ladakh sightseeing. Then, you will have to basically pay for the drop charges to Srinagar, about 10-12000 per bike.

      • Thanks Dheeraj Sir,
        So we can not go for Ladakh Sightseeing or the bikes rented from Manali.
        What i want is to travel from Manali to Leh on bike and after ladakh sight seeing we want to travel to sringar from Ladakh on bikes only.
        So is it not possible to do this on one same bike?
        If not, how many bike changes will be required.

        I really appreciate your help. thanks

  8. Hi Sir,

    planning my trip around 11 Aug-19 Aug, from Srinagar to Leh.
    1. Will the weather be good?? is it OK to visit during this period.
    2. planning to hire Bikes from Srinagar and then drop them off again at Srinagar, any possible way where i can drop them off at Manali so i can cover Srinagar-Leh-Manali?
    3. Pls suggest some good hotels to stay in Leh as i will be coming with my wife and brother.

    • Hi sunny,

      1. It is monsoon time in general up there in North and at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains, though rains does reach Ladakh now but to minimum and mostly it might remains overcast conditions. There is no thumb rule of certainty about weather conditions but above is generally common pictures seen over last few years except ugly 2010 …

      2. You will have to pay twice for Srinagar bikes in Ladakh as well because outside rented bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. One way bike rental and drop will cost you around 12K

      3. You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

  9. Hello,
    I am From Jammu,Going to Ride to leh in may end or june. Can we get bikes on rent from jammu itself and then travel to Leh -Ladakh. Will these bikes be allowed for sightseeing as well.

    • There are no bike rentals in Jammu. Also, outside rented bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. It is better to reach Leh and then get bikes for sightseeing in Ladakh

  10. Hello! What average temperatures (day & nighr) to expect in end-May / June in Nubra valley-Leh-Bangong? I have a bike and a tent. Is there any problem with camping? Thanks

      • Could you tell me if in Leh I can rent a tent and biking equipment (jacket, gloves, pants or knee guards)? If yes, do you know some average prices? I want to rent the bike & gear for 10 days. Thanks

        • Sorry about the pricing but yes, you can surely rent the bikes and equipment on rent. Most of the rental gears are around Rs 50-100 per day.

  11. Hello Sir,
    We are group of 6 guys planning for biking from Srinagar to leh and back to Srinagar for 8 days.
    Srinagar has bike rentals and are they allowed to travel in Leh local sight seeing without issues??
    Thanks in advance..


    • No Swaroop, outside Leh registered bikes are not allowed for any sightseeing in Ladakh. You have to again rent a bike in Leh as well.



    • Within Ladakh, there is a shortage of bikes nowadays for a season or two due to less number of bikes. So, better book it in advance. Weather will be fine in July for Ladakh

  13. I am planning a Trip to Leh this July 2017, but we are in a group and hired a cra for sightseeing for 7 nights 8 days
    My question is I want to Hire a Bike for myself for 1 2 Night Trip thus which trip would be better to hire Bike?
    1)Leh to Pangong Lake
    2) Leh to Numbra
    3)Leh top Tso Miri
    4) Leh to Alchi

    • Leh to Alchi the easy if you are not familiar with riding in hills. Both Pangong Tso and Nubra routes are mostly good but you have to cross high mountain passes, Leh to Tso Moriri is the longest route but no passes are there.

  14. Hello Sir,

    We are planning for the trip in June 2nd week of June for 10-15 days. We would be starting from Bangalore. But our leg would be from Chandigarh. The thing we are worried is the bike rentals from Chandigarh. I have come across many blogs where they have shared that bikes will be shortage and might get difficult to get for rent. Can you suggest bike rentals which you know ? & one more thing is the Leh bike rentals, how can we get the bikes for rent there. Request you to please help us on this. We are a group of 6

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Hello Sindhu,

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

      This year as per reports, rule is going to be stricter. Manali 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 the bike. So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff.

      You can also refer: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2017-18

      It will be much better to reach Leh and come back from Leh in taxi and within Ladakh rent a Leh based bike for sightseeing.

  15. Mihal hamza on

    Dheeraj sir,

    Can I get contact number of nabeel from Kerala,for details.
    I have some doubt about transporting bike to Delhi by train from kerala . InshaAlhaa iam planing to go to Himalaya on july.

    Plz help me to get,its my dream trip

    8547842387 my watsapp number
    Mihal hamza ,pattambi,kerala

      • Mihal hamza on

        Thanku sir,I got him in Facebook,

        Sir one more help,
        Iam planning to go Himalaya on July middle or August,
        Iam a student degree second year,
        Planing to take bike from Kerala to Delhi by train.
        We are six members with 3 royal Enfield bike ,our main aim is to visit important places like kulu,manali,pang,leh,ladak,trekking,etc and advanger sports.(we dont want to go to the top of the mountain)
        Only the place I sed and your suggested place is also accepted ( its our first trip to himanchal we dont know more places)
        With budget of 15000 per head for 1 weak
        Can you suggested me about the plan I sed

        Its our dream trip,we want to make good memories

        • Mihal, I will suggest you go from Chandigarh to Kinnaur Valley to Spiti Valley and then exit from Manali side and come back to Chandigarh. You will not be able to do Ladakh trip in a week time.

          Day 1 | Chandigarh – Sarahan
          Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa
          Day 3 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
          Day 4 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mudh Village) – Kaza
          Day 5 | Kaza Local Sightseeing 
          — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang in the second half of the day
          Day 6 | Kaza Local Sightseeing (Hikkim, Komik) 
          — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit 
          Day 7 | Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
          Day 8 | Chandratal – Manali
          Day 9 | Manali – Chandigarh

        • Mihal hamza on

          I was not able to replay in your paragraph. I thank you for making me this plan but sir not intrasted in right side of himanchal pradash,we are ready to extend our days as you say.we want to like
          Day 1 Delhi to shimla(between these good places are acceptable as you say)
          Then to kullu — manali (between these good places are acceptable as you say)
          Then to manali — leh (our dream bike ride so exited.your advise also needed because I heard that way to leh is off road ,between these good places are acceptable as you say)
          Then return
          In these our stay ,food,accommodation,petrol pumb also needed (we are ready to sleep in tend,is it safe for us)

          We have only 15000 per person
          Ready to extand days as you say
          and is it possible to travel with these money.
          Sir we need your help to arrange this in a good plan we want make it a memorable trip .we dont know the places in between I sed,suggest us beautiful places..

        • I will suggest two plans and you can take a call between them. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.


          Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days.

        • Mihal hamza on

          Halooo sir,
          I prefer 2nd plan ,thanku sir for that plan. What about trip cost,we are ready to sleep in tend & ready to eat lite food

  16. We are planning our trip on 1st june’17 from srinagar to leh –

    1)Can you pls suggest which are the places that we can halt for the night.

    2)Also shall we book the rooms before hand or we can get rooms on the spot.

    3)Getting bikes from srinagar wont be a problem right!!!!!!!!!

    Thanx in advance 🙂

    • Hi Carrol,

      1. How many days are you planning the trip?
      2. It depends upon if you are ready o search a bit here and there and do not have anything specific in mind, it should be OK
      3. Well, outside rented bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in LAdakh

      • Hello Dheeraj,

        We would be reaching srinagar on 30th may , and leave for Leh on 31st or 1stjune and will return back to srinagar on 9th june. so 9 days altogether

        Can you suggest something accordingly……

        *Also can you pls suggest some rental bike shops in srinagar

        • Hi Carrol,

          You can find a plan below:

          Day 2 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
          — Enjoy the vistas enroute
          — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
          — Overnight at Kargil

          Day 3 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
          — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
          — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

          Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
          — Day trip to Pangong Tso
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 8 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
          — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
          — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
          — Overnight at Kargil

          Day 9 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
          — Enjoy the vistas enroute
          — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
          — Overnight at Srinagar

  17. I am planning for ladakh trip from jammu on bike on 3 of april is this right time to go…??????
    …please suggest….

    • Raj, bikes are not available for rent in Kargil but there are some shops in Srinagar for bike rental. Make sure that you outside rented bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in Leh.

  18. Khan Zeeshan on

    is there a place to get DTB cycles or Mountain cycle on rent in leh…

  19. Anurag Dabas on

    Hi Team,

    I am planning a trip to Leh and Ladakh from 5th to 12th May 2017. So just wanted to know about the road conditions there during that period? How will be weather and temperature during that time there? Should we take additional buffer days than these? We are going by flight and will return by flight. We will be renting bikes there in order to go to Pangong lake and Nubra Valley (overnight stay at both places). Can we also take the riding gear on rent? Like the jacket, gloves etc. Any other thing that you want to add or suggest will be highly appreciated. We are a group of 6 friends.

    Thank you for your help.

    • Hello Anurag,

      1. Roads conditions within Ladakh are mostly fine but over high passes like Khardung La and Chang La, it will be snowy/slippery roads and you may not be allowed up there by BRO on bikes for your safety.
      2. 8 days is good time to visit both Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley by flight
      3. Before renting, please confirm if bikes are allowed or not. Also, if you do not have any experience with riding bikes in snow roads, I will highly recommend not to take that trip on bike and do bike trips around Leh only.
      4. Some bike rentals provides the biking gear.

  20. Rangarajan on


    I am Planning to rent bikes from Leh and will have 10 days for my Bike trip In August . Can you recommend a suitable Itinerary which starts at Leh and ends at Leh as I will be taking my return flight from Leh. I dont want to go on a tour group and would like to explore on my own. Your help is appreciated. THank you 🙂

  21. Hi
    i am planning to go on bike trip in the month of june-july to ladakh on my splendor (old model) which is still far better bikes then the new launched bikes. It has got very good power. I have maintained it will till date. What is your opinion ? will it be ok to ride on splendor.
    Typically i want to avoid hiring bike from unknown vendors as i may not be familiar with their bike.

    please suggest. I have read from your blog that many people even ride on suzuki access . So i guess splendor could not be a problem

    i will await for your comment and suggestions.

    • Kiran, in case you are confident about the condition of your bike, well nothing like it !! It is far better than renting a bike from a vendor. Yes, people have done it on scooty too, so with grit and determination it is indeed fine to travel with your bike. Having said that, you will surely feel lack of power at high altitude passes and speed will be slow but it will eventually passby. You will need patience in such circumstances.

  22. Ajeet Singh on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    My Name is Ajeet.
    i am planning to tide to leh from delhi in may with my friend in one bike.
    Both Weight are similar 58kg.
    i have avenger 220 cruiser in very good condition.

    I have Few Questions:
    1. What Max. weight we can carry including our weight?
    2. Road Condition is Good, Medium or Poor?
    3. How Many Fuel Pumps Available in Leh.
    4. Bike i Registered on my Name, So there is any Problem.
    5. Is there any Chance to fall from Mountain.
    6. What Accessories i need to carry for bike.
    7. Is there any chance to that some dacoit caught us. (hehehehe)

  23. Kislay Tiwari on

    I want to go Leh at after march by bike rented from Manali with 2 person for a week. Please suggest my budget cost approximately.

  24. michel blanc on

    thank’s for all informations
    i shold know if we can rent helmets because we don’t want carry ours


  25. Hi!

    I am planning Srinagar – Leh – Manali bike ride
    Dates: 5th Oct by air reaching Srinagar and back to Delhi on 15th Oct from Manali

    Curious to know:

    1.Considering the prevailing issues in the valley, will it be safe to ride from Srinagar to Leh?
    2.Considering the fact that we are moving towards winters, is it advisable to ride during the dates chosen? With a female pillion?
    3.Can I get a bike (RE) from Srinagar which can be dropped at Manali? And what will be the cost involved?
    4.Can anyone suggest the itinerary we may opt?
    5.Any good travel agency we may refer to?
    6.What can be the cost involved, rough idea?

  26. Nikhil Khan P A on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Can you suggest some good places where we can get bullets for rent in reasonable rates from Leh for 4 days.

    • For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2016 – 17 & Reliable Shops

  27. Hi Dheeraj
    We plan to do manali leh khardung la and pangong on sep 9-27
    Having not seen snow in my lifetime, is there any chance that i can see some nice long snowfields anywhere in any of these regions?

    • Joseph, it is not the right time in case you are looking froward to make a trip to Ladakh with snow in mind. If you are very lucky, and it may snow towards the end of September while coming back from Manali – Leh Highway, then it is a lucky day else there wont be any snow during this time of the year.

  28. Henry Thomas on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am from Bangalore. I am planning to visit Leh via Srinagar. is it a good time to visit Leh.? and i need a place to rent a bike in Srinagar.

    • Henry, you can surely go from Srinagar side but you will have to avoid Manali – Leh highway that late in the season. You should be OK with cold conditions and keep a tab on situation in Kashmir before making any arrangements.

  29. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning trip from9th Sept to 23sept from Manali- leh- Sringar. Need your help
    – is this time is ok for use to travel via manali..?
    – if we ire bike at Manali, do we have to hire separate bike in Leh. i understand recently that, passing for bike coming manali is done for leh-laldhak, and no need to get extra bike in leh.
    – Our trip ends at sringar, what would best option to drop bike at srinar. i believe they charge transportation of bike which is around 10-15K, which quite expensive…!
    please suggest.

    • Hello Chitale,

      1. Yes, time is fine.
      2. Yes, you have to hire again a bike in Leh.
      3. There is not other option than to pay that loading charges for the bike. I personally advice to travel bu other means of transport between Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh and hire bikes within Ladakh unless you do not have budget limits to afford such loading charges and paying double rents.

  30. Subhash S Dasgupta on

    Dear Dheeraj,
    We a group of four from Mumbai have planned a 16 days ride from Jammu to Manali via Kargil, leh, Nubra valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri. We will start from Jammu on August 9th. We will be travelling single on four bikes. One 200 cc, one 150 cc and remaining two 100 cc bikes.
    The 150 cc bike is registered in the name of the brother of one rider and one of the 100 cc bikes is registered in the name of brother in law of one rider. The registered owners will not be accompanying us.
    Do you think we will face any problems along the way & can you suggest some solutions as well.
    Thanks in advance.
    Warm Regards,
    Subhash S Dasgupta

    • Yes, you may face problems for sure. Do carry some NOC with you and if the surnames are same, then it will help alot match the argument.

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Is there any particular format for the NOC like, it needs to be on a stamp paper or legal paper ? or a simple letter from the owner will do the job? It would be great if you can help me with the matter that needs to go in that NOC. Also, what are your thought of taking a brand new bike to ladakh?? by that i mean 5-10 days old.

        • No Shivam, I do not have any NOC format with me. I think notary should be able to help you write it and put a stamp from notary to make it look legitimate. New bike to Ladakh, well does not sound a good idea at least if it has not run for about at least 1000 KMs, so that any issues are known.

  31. Gaurav Gadve on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We have planned a trip to Ladakh from 18th Sept to 30 Sept, 2016 from Chandigarh and would like ur opinion n guidance on some points:
    1. We r a group of 6/8 planning to travel on 3/4 bikes from Chandigarh n Return. Is this a good time to visit n is it advisable to travel with Pillion?
    2. We intend to hire atleast 2 bikes from Chandigarh. Is rented Bike from outside Ladakh allowed to ply in Ladakh? What shall be the alternative?
    3. Out Intended travel route is Chandigarh to Leh via Srinagar, Kargil n return to Chandigarh via Manali? Please provide ur thought on this route n how will be the road n climatic conditions?
    4. What all precautions do we need to take for such a long Bike journey?

    Please mention any other advice u wud like to give us.

    Thanks n expecting ur reply at the earliest.

    • Hello Gaurav,

      1. Yes, September is a very good time to visit Ladakh
      2. No, rented bikes outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. You will again neeed to rent a local Leh bike
      3. That is the best way of doing it. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.
      4. I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for bike trip to Ladakh or any other part of Himalayas at the link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This will help you cover almost all your queries related to bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas.

      • Gaurav Gadve on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for your reply. It was of really great help. I needed to know some more things:
        1) We will be starting from Chandigarh n intend to reach leh via Srinagar. Should we go Via Jammu n Jammu-Srinagar Highway or skip Jammu n go thru Udhampur as Google Maps shows? How r the road conditions on both the route. Pls share.

        2) Where should we take Stops while going to Leh as well as while returning via Manali?

        3) Approx how much distance should be covered in a day in the plains n in the Mountains?

        Thanks n Regards

        • 1. Below I have pasted an update from other comments from few weeks posted back by a traveler

          2, 3. Please refer: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh

          We left Delhi at 4:30 as planned and reached Jalandhar by 10:30. After that, our GPS guided us to a “shortcut” to bypass Pathankot (through Nagri) which was a bad decision. Horrible roads and it took us a long time to cross that stretch. As suggested by you and also some locals at Samba, we decided to take the shortcut to Udhampur (right turn at Samba). The road is in a horrible condition at the moment – lots of construction and jams. We ended up reaching Udhampur 3 hours after taking that right turn from Samba. I think till the construction work is over, it’s better to take the Jammu bypass road. We reached Patnitop on day 1 at 8:30 p.m. (total 16 hours with 2 hours of stops). Day 2 we left for Gulmarg and again got stuck in long truck convoys – these days trucks are allowed only in one direction a day and as luck would have it all trucks were headed to Srinagar on the day we were driving to Gulmarg. It took us 9.5 hours to reach Gulmarg.

  32. I am visiting Leh in first week of August and plan to do Manali –> Leh –> Nubra –> Pangong –> Tso Moriri — > Manali. I will be renting a bike from Manali and have read that outside vehicles are not allowed in Pangong and Nubra and one has to hire bike from Leh. Since I will not be returning to Leh and exit out from Tso Moriri, what should I do?

    • Varun, the same rule applies to Tso Moriri as well. They do not allow outside rented bikes for Tso Moriri so you do have to give it a try and plea them in case confronted at any checkpost.

  33. Hello Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the articles on Leh trip..!!!

    We group of 8 to 10 people are planning a leh trip on September 2nd to 11th from Manali-leh-Nubra valley-leh-Kargill-Leh-Manali. we will reach Manali on September 1st night and we will start on following day afternoon. we are planning to rent a bikes in Manali for further travel.I have few queries regarding…
    1. Is time sufficient to travel around leh and Kargill..?
    2. what will be approximate budget for this travel form Manali..?
    3. Is September 1st to 11th is good time to travel..? can we get chance to see all places around leh during this time..?
    4. How the effectiveness of Altitude sickness, since we travelling for the first time.?

    Looking forward to your response.


    • It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side with stopovers at Jispa, Manali and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil . This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

    • Regarding other queries,

      2. Consider about 800-1200 per day for food and stay per person at max. Rest it will be taxi
      3. Yes September is always the best time to visit Ladakh except snowfall or snow presence.
      4. When you travel from Manali side, you are too much prone to Altitude sickness.

  34. Hi Dhiraj,

    I would like to go Srinagar to Leh and Ladakh with rented bike from Srinagar. Hope from Srinagar rented bike allow every where on my route.

    I am unknown person on this location so I want to know best places on my route.


    • No Avinash, srinagar rented bike have to be dropped in Leh only and you need to hire Leh bike for sightseeing to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. How many days you planning the trip?

  35. Pranjal Kumar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly thanks for this detailed Article. Me and my friends are planning to go leh in second week of August. We will be reaching Srinagar. But as you told that outside rented bikes are not allowed. So what is the possible solution to do site seeing. We are planning to visit following places Srinagar -> Kargil -> Zanskar Valley -> leh.

  36. Ravi ramani on

    Can i get bike on rent from shreenagr for leh trip? How mutch it expensive?for bike150+cc.

      • Rohit Kaushal on

        i want a bike in srinagar.
        we return back in srinagar only .
        its a 10days round trip.

  37. Chandigarh number plate bikes are illegal to be rented, all the companies in chandigarh are giving illegal rentals, please beware, neither did insurance covers you nor did any authorised service centre covers you for any warranty.

    You may check with registering authority in Chandigarh sector-17. It is very important as recently traffic police has challaned the bikes & in few cases they were confiscated too. So, please be ready for worst after renting bikes from Chandigarh.

  38. Hi dheeraj
    I am from Bangalore I would like take my 110cc dreamyuga bike to leh.. Is that have enough power to ride on those roads.. Please advice me..

    • Well though it is not required to have more powerful bike like Bullet/RE but always preferable. 100cc might be able to do it as I have read few accounts of it in the past but surely will struggle at some places where it might be required to push manually, especially I believe if you get stuck in some water crossing. DO NOT push the bike beyond its limit in case your stuck rather user your own physical power to get it out.

  39. shantanu singh on

    sir plls tell me if we have to giv esome colleteral or security for renting bike in leh plss help……

  40. Kranthi varma on

    What about planning in September month. Trip planning to start from Manali to Leh to Srinagar.

    Please suggest

  41. Sunil Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj, I am planing to go on leh trip on 11th june from Delhi on RE 350 along with my friend as a pillion rider[ wight 65KG] along with luggage[40KG], What’s your recommendation do I need to take my friend as pillion rider or not ???. Thanks in Advance.

    • Sunil, I have summed up what all I can suggest in the article above. I feel that instead of imagining weight, it will be best that you sit with him and mimick that much luggage for a short ride around to see how comfortable you feel. Then you will be in a better position to take a decision.

  42. Daniel Djukic on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I’ve been advised to go for the 500cc Enfield instead of the 350cc to go to Nubra from Leh. Apparently 350’s might not be powerful enough to cross the pass. We are a couple on one bike. Together we weigh just over a 100 kg with luggage of some 15 kg and spare gasoline for Nubra. Which one would you choose?

    Thank you for taking your time to answer my question.


    • Daniel Djukic on

      Oh, one more thing: We’re intending to do this trip staring May 30th. Is this a smart thing to do at all at that time or the year..?

    • Daniel, 350cc is capable more than enough to do this trip. There is no point going for 500cc unless you personally want to go with it.

  43. hi dheeraj,

    I will be travelling to leh in month of april 20th, Hope all ways to nubra vallay and pankgong lake are open.

  44. Rahul Chaudhary on

    I will going to Leh by Flight on 17th May. During my stay I am planning o visit Nubra, Pangong Lake and staying there also for 1 Night each. I will be with my wife and 15 years old Son. I can drive the bike with my Wife as a pillion rider. But for my son, who can not drive the bike, can I get the bike with the driver for the bike ? My Son could be Pillion rider. In such case what the approximate charges ?

    • Hello rahul,

      There will be black ice on Khardung La and Chang La passes during that time of the year. I will not recommend you to ride the bike with your wife during that time of the year. Better do the trip in local taxi.

    • ravi sharma on

      Hi , I am planning to go Leh on 17th may or 18 th may , are any guys here so we can make a group for bike trip for 10 days

  45. Harish Shankara on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for all the articles. I will be taking a shared cab to Leh from Srinagar and then planning to rent a bike in Leh for trips to Nubra valley and Pangong Lake. Do we still need to bring a helmet or can we rent one at the rental? Also since I’m planning to rent a bike should I still be getting other bike accessories such as spare parts, tubes, spark plugs or can I get them from a bike store in Leh?

  46. Dear Deeraj,
    i read all your answers which you have given and that fulfill the person satisfaction and his confidence is increase much more. First for that i appreciate you.
    My next question is, is their bikes in manali on rent basis to reach leh and laddakh,
    and how much the rent cost wise

  47. Dheeraj Sir,
    I am From Hyderabad,Going to Ride to leh in may end or june.
    I wanted to know the detailed procedure of putting my bike on the train to delhi and travelling along with it or Sending it through gati/safeexpress,
    Please Help !!

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