Manali to Leh Motorbike Tour – Day 2

After a surprisingly comfortable night, I woke up with my alarm at 7 am and went to ask for some hot water to wash myself a little bit. When I stepped out, I was disappointed to see that many clouds in the sky but at least it wasn’t raining. After breakfast, we prepared our bags and jumped on our motorbikes. 140 km were in front of us.

Manali to Leh with the motorbike

The way started with some lovely streets while the sky cleared up and the sun came out. Our first bigger stop was at a lake with a fantastic view of the mountains — pictures where taken and of course everyone was peeing. We were advised to take Diamox to prevent us from altitude sickness, and the side effects are a constant need to pee. However, nobody got altitude sickness during the trip, so it definitely helped. I also advise you to drink a lot of water as this keeps your oxygen levels up.

Manali to Leh with the motorbike

The second day was by far the most difficult one considering the driving techniques. There were significant parts without any proper roads and a lot of water crossings. The hardest one war a river flowing across the street, approximately 30 meters wide and at the deepest point it was some 40 cm deep. One of our riders had problems and got stuck at a rock and fell into the water. His pants were thoroughly wet, and he had to continue in the car for the day. I managed the crossing without any significant problems, but the water still came into my shoes, and I had some wet socks, but nothing too wrong.

Manali to Leh with the motorbike

Before lunch, we also crossed the highest pass for the day. At an altitude of 4850 meters it holds back all the clouds, and after that pass, you’ll hardly encounter any rain or clouds. From there on the landscapes are similar to a dessert, and you can’t find any vegetation anymore. The air also gets extremely dry, but the skies are blue, and it’s something out of another world.

Manali to Leh with the motorbike

For the night we stayed in a beautiful valley in the middle of some gigantic mountains. Our guides advised us to hike at least 100 meters higher and remain there for half an hour before coming down again. That would help to have better sleep and prevent altitude sickness. I hiked up even 300 meters, and I got this beautiful view over the valley, it was definitely worth the effort.

Manali to Leh with the motorbike

As soon as the sun went behind the mountains, it got freezing. I heard the temperature in the evening was as low as 2 degrees with strong winds. After dinner, the day was done for me, and I made the way to bed to be ready for another 250 km the other day. 

  • Total countries I visited until now: 40


  • Planes: 26
  • Busses: 49
  • Trains: 19
  • Boats: 24
  • Km driving: 8000
  • Km running: 3442

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Author: Flo

Hey everybody, I took the decision of my life and will start my worldtravel on the 1. October 2018. Hope you'll follow my journey and enjoy all the posts.

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