A signature Tourbugs ride.

Elusive Himalayan Trails is a signature ride from Tourbugs and it runs through the most rugged and scenic part of the Himalayas. These breath-taking landscapes are perfect for photography & videography. The secret trails are perfect for pure riding experiences along with some very unusual wildlife. The routes which go along the rivers & inspire you to do great journeys even though the terrain is demanding. History of the places that take you to stone age. History, that will make you think about our existence & make you wonder about the culture & Dharma.

This tour is not for those people who have been in Ladakh before & say” Ladakh is crowded and there is nothing much to see”. Better stay away from such new Indian social media wannabes, thirsting to travel on Facebook & Instagram. The Himalayas have a lot to offer and this ride is for people who want to experience a different Ladakh and visit places beyond regular tourist spots.

The deserted Himalayas has lots of hidden secrets, the more you explore the less you know and at the end of the tour it will definitely leave you speechless.

Ride Highlights

  • Zanskar Valley: Exploring Zanskar through some of the less known places like Zangla & Shinkula
  • Riding on the most exciting & unexplored terrains. 
  • Suru Valley: A scenic, green valley. Situated along the Suru river, this is the most fertile part of Ladakh.
  • Drang Drung Glacier: The highest one in the region. A not to miss place when in Zanskar
  • Nun Kun peak mountains crown the breathtaking landscape of this scenic region
  • Gombok Ranjan
  • Highest passes of Ladakh: Umling La (19300 ft), Singge La (16590 ft) and Sirsir La (15761ft), Khardung La,  Tsaga La, Kaksang La, Pensila, NurbuLa, Fotula, Shinkula
  • Changthang:
  • Pangong Tso
  • Tso Moriri
  • A photographer’s paradise
  • Great mix of riding terrain 


Motorcycling Experience

Get ready for one of a lifetime riding experience! The terrain of Ladakh is famous amongst all the adventure lovers. Riding along the Indus, Suru, Stod & Zanskar river with a view of horses running along the river beds, view of thousands of sheeps & goats grazing on wetlands! Seems like a dreamland, right? Well, we will be riding in this dreamland and clicking a lot of pictures (both physical and mental) as it is too scenic to miss on any of the things.

Also, not to miss when it comes to riding though dried-up river streams, bone chilling deep water crossings, sand patches and to the highest of the high passes will quench your thirst for adventure for a long time. The off-roads for miles and miles. Sometimes we will have to follow the direction and keep riding even without the trail marks. Sometimes the terrain gets so tough that you may not feel like riding anymore, but the moment you stop enjoying, the fun turns in to fear. We want you to keep your spirits high.

Even wildlife photography & offers Wildlife, Landscapes, tough terrains & very experiential stays along with various culture & food.

In this tour we will be taking some of the non-tourist places & routes to explore Ladakh like in the olden days.

We are taking you to rugged, tough terrain of Ladakh which includes Suru Valley, Zanskar Valley, The High & Highest Motorable roads, Changthang, Indo-Pak border, Indo-China Border, Pangong Tso, Moonland, Sand Dunes (Not Nubra Valley) and unknown plateaus layered with natural flowers.

During this ride we will be riding through challenging off roads of Suru & Zanskar Valley, through dried up river streams and beyond tourist places to experience wildlife. This ride is tiring but the scenery will definitely soothe you.

Wild Life

The ride goes through some of the naturally rich areas of Ladakh. We are riding in the region where we will get to witness a lot of wild life around.Have you ever imagined how beautiful a sight it would to see some wild horses running around in the open fields and thousands of sheeps grazing with the most scenic backdrop ever! It is outstanding view and the one you would remember for years even if not captured in a camera. 

Not just that, Zanskar is home to many other trans Himalayan animal species.

Suru Valley

Suru Valley is one of most beautiful and Dramatic valleys of Ladakh in Kargil District. It offers right from lush greens along with flowers to deserted snowcapped mountains. Perfect for Ride and shoot landscapes along with wild life and culture and monasteries.

It is the most fertile part of Ladakh. Lower Suru Valley is extensively cultivated with barley, wheat, millet and bean fields interspersed with willows. This valley encompasses the catchment basin of the Suru River, which emerges from the Panzela glacier.  Lofty pinnacles of Kun and Nun mountains crown the breath-taking landscape of this scenic region. Parachik Glacier is a beautiful location situated at the slopes of Nun – Kun Mountains.

Zanskar Valley

Zanskar remains one of the very few places on Earth that, for several months every year, becomes almost entirely isolated from the rest of the world. It can only be reached, or left, via the frozen river Zanskar. Geographically, the Zanskar mountain range separates this region from the rest of Ladakh. It is fed by two rivers: the Doda, which has its origin near the Pensi La (4.400m), and the Kargyak, with its source near the Shingo La (5.100m), which then merges with the Tsarap River and is hereinafter referred to as Lungnak. In the Central Valley of Zanskar, the Doda and the Lungnak combine to give birth to the great Zanskar River.

Zanskar needs no introduction. With an encompassing rugged terrain and the pristine valleys, Zanskar is known for its breathtaking views. From torrid days to gelid nights, temperatures range wildly in this magical land.

Zangla: A picturesque village in Zanskar, Zangla is an offbeat destination and is set against the spectacular backdrop of Zanskar Rage. A palace which once housed the royal family stands atop a hill nearby is now in ruins. There is a small Buddhist nunnery here and one can go and visit it to get a view of the daily life of the nuns.

Shinkul La/ Shingo La: This is a high pass on the border of Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh. The pass is situated at 16580 feet and is considered as the origin of Zanskar River.

While extreme climatic conditions make life very difficult, people of the valley are very simple and honest, poor and hardworking, religious and spirited, affectionate and hospitable. They have minimal resources for their daily life but would always welcome guests and are happy to help the travellers, if stuck. You understand what warmth truly means when you meet people here.

Zanskar remains one of the very few places on Earth that, for several months every year, becomes almost entirely isolated from the rest of the world. It can only be reached, or left, via the frozen river Zanskar. Geographically, the Zanskar mountain range separates this region from the rest of Ladakh. It is fed by two rivers: the Doda, which has its origin near the Pensi La (4.400m), and the Kargyak, with its source near the Shingo La (5.100m), which then merges with the Tsarap River. In the Central Valley of Zanskar, the Doda and the Lungnak combine to give birth to the great Zanskar River.

Changthang region

Located on the southeastern part of Ladakh, Changtang is famous for its landscape, wildlife and natural beauty.
The Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary is a high altitude wildlife sanctuary located in the Ladakhi adjunct of the Changtang plateau. It is important as one of the few places in India with a population of the kiang or Tibetan wild ass, as well as the rare black-necked crane.

Hanle is a one of the interesting places in the Changthang region. It is possibly one of the world’s most enchanting, serene and breath-taking places.
On the way to Hanle, it seems like you’re on a different planet altogether. Its enchanting beauty — so eerily calm — imparts the feeling of being lost in an alien land. There is some wildlife to spot along the way: mostly wild asses, golden ducks, rabbits, jackals. You can also see a few nomads along the roadside, in their makeshift tents and surrounded by their cattle and dogs. It is a lovely site to witness.
It is the site of the 17th century Hanle Monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Hanle is also home to the Indian Astronomical Observatory. It is the world’s second highest observatory.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Leh:
We will meet, greet, assist, and transfer you to Hotel in Leh. Free day to acclimatize to the high altitude. Remember, rest is very important This ride goes through the highest of altitudes and we recommend to rest properly before we hit the road.

Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay at Leh.

Day 2: Leh to Kargil:

Post breakfast, we will start our most awaited ride! Today, we will ride to Kargil. The roads are smooth and the landscapes will amaze you on every turn!  
Overnight stay at Kargil.

Day 3: Kargil to Padum:

This is the day we start our exciting journey. Pack up your bags, sort out your riding gears and get ready for an amazing ride ahead! We will hit the road!Post breakfast we will start the ride towards Padum. Padum is the administrative centre for  zanskar. It is historically the capital of Zanskar region. This day offers a good riding terrain, spectacular landscapes and the beauty of magnificent Himalayas.
Overnight stay at Padum.

Day 4: Padum to Gombok Ranjan:

The ride goes parallel to Zanskar river and has some good climbs as well. This day is the most adventurous day of this entire ride. Difficult roads make this ride challenging but the scenery around makes up for it. Today we will see the confluence of Zanskar & Tsarap River at Purne. There’s an old trekking route in Kurgyak
Overnight stay at Gombak Ranjan. Get ready for some more excitement as we will be camping here tonight!

Day 5: Gombok Ranjan to Zangla

A ride full of adventure. True Zanskar ride day! 

Overnight stay at Zangla 

Day 6: Zangla to Leh:

Today, we will be passing through two passes names Singge La (16590 feet) and Sirsir La (15761 feet). These are probably India’s deepest gorges. Overnight stay at Leh.

Day 7: Leh to Pangong Tso:

What is Ladakh without Pangong lake? It is the gem of this region and no ride here is complete without witnessing the beauty of Pangong! So today we leave from Post breakfast, we will ride towards Changthang region. It is going to be a very beautiful and comfortable ride too. Serene landscapes everywhere, for the entire ride.

Overnight stay at Pangong.

Day 8: Pangong to Nyoma:

After experiencing the serenity of Pangong Tso, we now move to the lesser explored region of Changthang! 
Today we will start our ride towards Nyoma. Nyoma is another beautiful village in Changthang region. It is a principal village in the region and has many Armed forces establishments. 
Overnight stay at in a cozy homestay in Nyoma.

Day 9: Nyoma to Umling La & back:

Post breakfast we will start our ride. This is a very important day of the ride as we will be riding to the Undoubtable Highest Motorable pass- Umling La which is at 19300 feet making it higher than Khardung La. This day is going the be the most memorable day of your life!  
Overnight stay at Nyoma.

Day 10: Nyoma to Tso Moriri:

Post breakfst we will start our ride towards Tso Moriri. Tso moriri is another beautiful lake in the region. It is a sweet water lake and is offers some stunning landscapes around. The road for today is a good mix of tarmac, broken tarmac and off roads. It is going to be a fun day indeed.
Overnight stay in a camp at Tso Moriri.

Day 11: Tso Moriri to Leh via Tsokar:

After experiencing the beauty of Tso moriri, we now ride to  Leh. This is going to be our last day of ride. On this day, we will visit another lake called Tsokar. We conclude the ride today and dicuss fun hings we did, break downs , falls over dinner 🙂 Overnight stay at Leh.

Day 12: Check out and fly back
The ride ends here. Post breakfast, check out from the Hotel. We will drop you at the airport as per your flight timings.


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