As the new season for Ladakh is approaching, I am sure adventures lovers are eagerly waiting for the roads to Ladakh to open. Both Manali – Leh Highway and Srinagar – Leh Highway will soon be buzzing with the dug-dug sounds of the bikes. However, not all of us have our own bikes to dug-dug on the roads of Ladakh. Hence, many of you will be waiting for the leh – ladakh bike rental rates 2017-18 from Leh – Ladakh Motor Bike Rental Association.
The good thing about presence of Ladakh Motor Bike Rental Association is the rates are regulated by a central body. This way different rental guys are not playing around with their own rates as it happens in Manali. The problem what I feel with the fluctuating rates is that you never know if you paid the right price in return of what you received.
Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2017-18
This year the rates of bike rentals in Leh – Ladakh has seen a rise of about 12-20% approximately compared to the rates of last year. Also, there has been a noticeable introduction of the much awaited mountain bike by Royal Enfield “Himalayan”. Yes, the wait is over and now you will be able to rent the Royal Enfield Himalayan in Leh – Ladakh as well but for a whooping price of Rs 2000 per day 😉 😉 … I am sure many of you will surely give it a try. The availability shall be a challenge, so make sure you book it in advance in case you need to git a try on Ladakh roads.
The most popular Royal Enfield Classic 500cc and Royal Enfield Electra 500cc are available for Rs 2000 and Rs 1600 per day respectively. Then comes Royal Enfield Classic 350cc and Thunderbird at a price tag of Rs 1400 per day while Royal Enfield Electra 350cc costs Rs 1200 and Standard 350cc costs Rs 1100. There is an option of Bajaj Avenger 220 cc at Rs 1000 per day and Hero Impulse at Rs 900 per day. You can also get a scooty for as low as Rs 800 per day which should be enough for Leh local sightseeing at least. Please note that these bikes are also available for half day rentals as well. Here is complete list of Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2017-18:
Some Important Notes for Bike Rental in Leh – Ladakh
You should know that the Luggage Carrier / Saddle bag costs Rs 100 extra per day with the bike you will rent.
Half day rental means you need to return the bike by 2.00 PM else the full day charges will apply.
Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh including Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, Khardung La etc.. Outside rented bikes can only be used to enter Leh from Srinagar – Leh Highway or Manali – Leh Highway. Hence, for local sightseeing you need to rent bike again from a bike rental shop in Leh. To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh
The Ladakh motor bike rental association has setup checkposts at various sightseeing locations and they are mostly very active in checking especially in season time. Hence, do not get into any kind of ugly situation in case confronted and at fault. It will most likely ruin your trip and days you took off from office. Best bet in such cases is to act ignorant of the rule and agree to return to Leh to rent a bike motor bike from Leh for sightseeing.
Some bike rental shops in Manali also have tie-up with bike rental shops in Leh. In such tie-ups, if you present back the slip of bike rental charges from Leh shop to Manali guys then they will waive of 50% of rental charges on their bike rent for those number of days. However, you must verify about such tie-ups and get them in written before striking the deal.
Private bikes are completely allowed to go any where in Ladakh. The private bike should be in your name or in the name of your father/mother. Mostly if there is any document proof associated to your and bike owners identities, it works.
The one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in your pocket. Sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali or Leh. Be sure if you are sure to make that expenditure or if at all the one way ride is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up without the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike. Better reach Leh from Manali or Srinagar in a taxi and then hire bike in Leh – Ladakh itself. The roads within Leh – Ladakh provides you with ample of adventure opportunities 🙂 …
FAQ 1: Book bike rental in advance or rent a bike after reaching Leh?
Couple of years back I wrote an article on How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali or Leh – Ladakh. In this article, I continuously suggest to reach Manali and inspect the bike before renting it. Well, in the last few years things have dramatically changed with Leh rental shops now in picture and huge footprints of tourists year by year in Ladakh.
Now a days, it becomes difficult to get a bike on the spot in Leh – Ladakh market because the demand has gone too high than what supply is available in Leh. IN Manali, there are still good number of options and supply is more as compared to Leh. Hence, especially in the month of June – July – August, better try to book a bike in advance than running out of options on the spot. It will avoid hassles in your plan and save you from running or ending up with a bad bike given to you as better bikes were not available. In the months of early season and late season, you can land up there in Leh and book your bikes on the spot as tourist rush is less in those days.
You can also advance book your bike rentals in Leh and Manali online by checking out for some SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES available to all the readers/followers of the DoW website through our Destination Specialist / Sponsor – Offbeat Escapes. In order to avail the discounts, you can use the online booking form at the link: Advance book your bike rentals in Leh online
FAQ 2: Can I use a 100cc bike for Leh – Ladakh trip?
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 or slush. DO NOT push the bike beyond its limit in case your stuck rather user your own physical power to get it out.
I hope the article helps you plan your budget for your upcoming Ladakh trip. I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for a 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, especially if you are a rookie biker.
Feel free to share any further questions or feedback you have for bike rental in Leh – Ladakh in comments section of the article. Also, do not forget to share this article with your friends or family who are planning a trip to Leh – Ladakh in the coming season on a rented motor bike.