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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 ...
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 befo...
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Rated : 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.
Rated : 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.
Rated : 4.0
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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