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Hiranya Tandon

5.0

A great deal of energy and physical fitness is needed to cycle for 14 days continuously and it will not be easy if you are not fond of cycling through difficult plains. We had the maximum fun throughout the trip because we were a team of cyclists. The big challenge was to cross the passes at a high altitude. But nothing to worry, the guides’ team was with us throughout and they helped us by providing water and biscuits in between. A backup vehicle was also there. We camped at some places with a campfire to keep us protected from the severe cold. The best time of our life was happening there.

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Sarla Iyer

5.0

A happy trip was it for me. We prepared well before the cycling trip happened. Exercised and tried to get acclimatized by reaching Manali two days before the trip started. The food provided by the team was good, the camping was also flawless. I am looking forward to have a similar trip this year as well.

Overview

About the Destination: The road for cycling trip from Manali to Leh is the most picturesque of them all, says every traveller who has visited these regions!

Manali, close to the Kullu valley, is a charming hill station-town that encompasses all of amazing weather, generous locals, super alpine views, meandering trekking trails and numerous adventure sports. From here, the highway towards Leh is known as a biker's paradise. En route, the quintessential villages of Koksar, Darcha, Sarchu, Takh, Pang, Tsokar and Lhato are chosen as places of stay due to their pristine environments, via the high altitude mountain passes of Rohtang and Khardung. The latter, Khardung La, known to man as the highest motorable road in the world (5,602m) is a gem of the Ladakh valley. Not only biking, but there are, very often, treks and hikes offered to these areas. The splendour of Leh lies in its closeness to the Himalayan Ranges, the royalty of its monasteries and stupas and its rivers, like the Zanskar, teeming with life.

About the Departure with Details: You asked for an adrenaline rush? You get all that and more on Manali to Leh cycling trip from the beautiful Manali in Himachal Pradesh to the tranquil Leh in Jammu & Kashmir. If you're interested in this package, you probably love the idea of biking through the wilderness and adore the beauty of nature. A fair amount of acclimatization and physical fitness will ensure that you complete the entire 580km of this biking adventure, only taking back great memories and panoramic views that will remain etched in your heart forever.

Activities: Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Jeep Safari

Duration: 14N/15D

Total Number of Biking/Cycling Days: 9 days of biking with an average of 40-80km/day; 580km in total

Maximum Altitude: Khardung La (5,602m)

Temperature Range: Approximately 20C (68F) in the summers to -20C (-4F) in the winters.

Difficulty Level: Challenging 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Departure from Leh  

     Cycling From Manali To Leh Tour Ends Here

    Today morning, after breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the Leh Airport. With your drop at the airport, this exciting trip of cycling from Manali to Leh will come to an end. 

  • Day 2 - Mountain biking from Manali to Koksar (3,140m)

    67km Biking, Rohtang La, Himalayan Range

    On this day, you will begin your road trip starting from Koksar, a village of the Spiti district in Himachal. Over the day, you will get a chance to bike through the reputed Rohtang La and witness the opulent beauty of this region. Arriving in Koskar, get into the camps for and overnight stay with the astounding views of the Himalayan Range.

  • Day 3 - Mountain biking from Koksar to Darcha (3,400m)

    77km Biking, Kashmir Valley

    The next day, you will resume mountain biking from Koksar to Darcha, at an altitude of 3,400m. The views along this trail, of the Kashmir valley, are magnificent albeit a bit slippery sometimes; overnight stay will be at a campsite.

  • Day 4 - Mountain biking from Darcha to Sarchu (4,253m) (via Baralacha Pass/4,892m)

    75km Biking, Baralacha Pass, Zanskar Range, Alpines

    Today, you will ride from the village of Darcha and continue through the Baralacha Pass in the Zanskar Range to reach Sarchu. This town is said to be midway between Manali and Leh, and is about 75km away from Darchu. You will spend an evening at the campsite, with scenic views of the majestic alpines.

  • Day 5 - Mountain biking from Sarchu to Takh (3,950m)

    40km Biking, Change in Climate

    Prepare yourself for yet another outing into the wilderness! From Sarchu, you will ride towards Takh, a mere 40km away. As you pedal towards the destination for the day, you will find the weather getting more pleasant and appealing as well; overnight stay in a camp.

  • Day 6 - Mountain biking from Takh to Pang (4,630m) (via Lachulung La/5,065m)

    44km Biking, Lachulung La, Manali-Leh Highway

    This day, you will be pedalling around 44km to Pang via the Lachulung Pass on the Manali-Leh Highway. As on the other days, you will be spending your night in a tent at a campsite.

  • Day 7 - Mountain biking from Pang to Tsokar (4,530m)

    58km Biking, Tsokar Lake,

    After 58km of mountain biking, the next morning, you will reach an enchanting little place, which houses the famous saltwater Tsokar Lake. The altitude of the area is more or less similar to that of Pang, although the weather can be unpredictable. Enjoy a much needed overnight break at the campsite, with sights of the valleys and the mountains.

  • Day 8 - Mountain biking from Tsokar to Lhato Village (3,900m) (via Taglang La/5,360m)

    54km Biking, Taglang La, Himalayan Mountains

    Today, a few hours of biking from Tsokar; through Taglang La, the second highest mountain pass in Ladakh, you will be pedalling towards a small village called Lhato. Located at an altitude of 3,900m, this settlement will serve as your overnight destination.

  • Day 9 - Mountain biking from Lhato Village to Leh (3,500m)

    The following morning will consist of some heavy duty mountain biking as you will embark on the road to Leh, capital city of Ladakh. The 77km ride is surely tiring but it is the panorama of the landscape that will leave you breathless; overnight stay in a campsite.

Other Inclusions

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  • All accommodations during the tour
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  • Meals as mentioned in the meal details
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  • All transportations within the tour
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  • Non AC Mini truck to carry luggage and camping gear during biking days
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  • Cycle guide and mechanic
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  • Light weight, mixed brand, 21-gear shift mountain bike
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  • Camping staff - cook and helper
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  • A shaped alpine tents with all amenities such as dining table, mattresses, toilet/shower etc.
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  • One refreshment everyday during biking trips
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  • One non AC pick up van as a buffer/support on biking days
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  • Restricted Area Permit for Khardung La
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  • Camp water and picnic lunch on biking days only
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  • Taxes as applicable
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  • Assistance at airport

Things To Carry

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  • Sleeping bag
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  • Warm clothing like scarves, hats, mufflers, jackets etc., preferably woollen
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  • Torchlight
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  • Sunscreen lotion
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  • First aid kit
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  • Medicines prescribed by doctor
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  • Toilet kit
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  • Camera with memory card and battery pack
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  • Any other equipment you deem fit for the trip

Advisory

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  • Before signing up for this tour, it is important that visitors produce travel and health insurance.
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  • One month before the start date, it is advised that the legs be exercised, in the form the regular cycling. Avoid any rigourous routines. Along with this, mental fitness is also essential.
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  • The weather can be unpredictable at instances, so it is safer to take precaution and prepare for the worst, in terms of clothing and rain/snow gear.
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  • The total distance of 580km includes navigable roads, although it can turn into dangerous, slippery and sloping trails.
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  • Mountain bikes are of mixed brands (Trek/LA/Firefox/Merida/Cannondale) with a 21-shift gear system and are indeed the responsibility of the riders. Any negligence or accidents caused has a price attached to it.
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  • The choice of hotels and camps are subject to availability at the time of booking. In any cases that they cannot be confirmed, a hotel and camp of a similar category will be booked.
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  • The RAP (Restricted Area Permission)/Inner Line Permit is required by all visitors, which can be attained by producing a photo identification two weeks before the package start date. Without this, Khardung La is a no-entry zone.

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    Story by Hiranya Tandon

     Rated : 5.0

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    A great deal of energy and physical fitness is needed to cycle for 14 days continuously and it will not be easy if you are not fond of cycling through difficult plains. We had the maximum fun throughout the trip because we were a team of cyclists. The big challenge was to cross the passes at a high altitude. But nothing to worry, the guides’ team was with us throughout and they helped us by providing water and biscuits in between. A backup vehicle was also there. We camped at some places with a campfire to keep us protected from the severe cold. The best time of our life was happening there.

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    Story by Sarla Iyer

     Rated : 5.0

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    A happy trip was it for me. We prepared well before the cycling trip happened. Exercised and tried to get acclimatized by reaching Manali two days before the trip started. The food provided by the team was good, the camping was also flawless. I am looking forward to have a similar trip this year as well.

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    Story by Chandrakala Achari

     Rated : 4.0

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    Cycling is a very tough job that too the hilly regions of Ladakh in the cold. In the beginning I thought I cannot finish the trip but as we crossed Leh, I decided I want to see all of Leh Ladakh though I feel tired. But for my surprise, cycled long distances without hesitation. I found the mind blowing surroundings were giving me energy. A very good place to visit folks. Never be late.

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