Riding the high altitude passes on the Royal Enfields.
Riding around the Lahdak region of the Himalayas saw us ride over some of the higher roads in the world. The above video is a short compilation of some of the helmet camera footage from these passes. The landscape is absolutely incredible and a photographer and motorcyclists dream!
It was hard work however, the altitude, cold and traffic were the biggest challenges. Picking up or pushing your loaded-up 230kg Enfield through the ice at over 5000m is very hard work when the air is thin. Diesel fumes from army convoys and tourist vans don't help much either!
Below is a compilation of the most scenic Himalayan roads that we rode; 8:30 minutes including credits! Enjoy
Roads of the Himalayas
The Nubra Valley is located in the very northern tip of India and is only accessible via road whilst the Khardung Pass is open (June - October). The images below are form the villages of Diskit, Hunder and Sumur. The valley is a high altitude desert and is home to Bactarian camels and Buddhist monestaries.
Lake Pangong and surrounding region.
Manali to Leh Highway
The road frorm Manali (Himachel Pradesh) to Leh (Jammu & Kashmir) is a 450km stretch of road containing some of the most jaw dropping scenery imaginable and also the worst roads possible. Icy water crossings, kilometers of washed out gravel tracks and sections of ice and snow test both bike and rider.
The rewards are sections of the best bitumen road formed into endless switchbacks which snakes its way up a stunning mountain valley, a motorcyclists dream. Below are a few images of the 2 day journey.