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Fantabulous time spent in the lap of the mountains, our entire cycling group had gone together and we enjoyed immensely. The cycling trip was really d...
Rougher dirt tracks needs to be covered. Along with this we also made some very tough climbs. The descents were gut-wrenching yet interesting. If you t...
About the Destination
Ladakh is the emergent favorite of travelers, not just from India, but from the entire world. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides, the beauty of this place is unparalleled, and you will agree to that as soon as you set foot here. And despite being so far off and on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is very well connected, especially the capital city of Leh. Apart from the main airport in the capital, you can arrive in Ladakh via road too, with highways coming in from Srinagar and from Manali, the latter being one of the most beautiful highways in the country.
And this is another reason why Ladakh is a favorite of adventure junkies. You can ride a bike till here, or can even cycle up to this beautiful land of Leh, some 11,400ft above sea level.
About the Trip
Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La standing at 5328m before entering Leh. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.
In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m).
Upon your arrival at Manali, you will be taken to the location of your stay. Check into the tents / guesthouse / hotel.
In the afternoon, get a ride to Naggar and Roerich Art Gallery.
Enjoy the evening at leisure. You can take to colorful Tibetan Bazaar for shopping for authentic items.
Dinner and overnight in Manali
Embark on an exciting day of cycling to Marhi.
Go through the flower valleys, forests and the tiny beautiful villages.
As you arrive in Kothi, cycle through the hairpin bends till Rohalla Falls, experience the adventure at its best.
Cycle up to the campsite at Marhi and stay overnight in tents or guesthouses or hotel.
Cycle along the zig-zag roads to Rohtang La (3978m).
After reaching the pass, continue cycling downhill to Khoksar village.
Then take a short detour and finally descend to Sissu.
Stay overnight in the tents / guesthouse / hotel at Sissu.
Start off cycling from Lahaul Valley to Tandi where the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga can be witnessed.
From Tandi, climb up till Keylong.
After exploring Keylong, descend to Jispa.
Stay overnight in Jispa.
Today, you are going to discover the beautiful green meadows and pastureland to Darch at a height of 3235 meters.
At Darcha, halt for a while to enjoy a cup of tea.
Continue climbing, until you reach Patseo (3650m).
Upon arrival, check-in to your room or tent for the stay overnight.
Cross the Himalayas to Sarchu and experience the hectic day along with some fun and adventure.
Climb up to the Baralacha La Pass (4890m).
Once you reach, you will witness the captivating views of snow-covered Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila Peaks.
Continue cycling and ride past Kiling Serai to reach Sarchu.
Stay overnight in Sarchu.
Start cycling early today as you have to ride a long distance today.
Firstly, climb across Brandy Nallah and Whisky Nallah toward Gata Loops.
Also, climb up to the Nakli La (4740 meters) and Lachalung La Pass (5100 meters).
Afterwards, cross the Zanskar Range and witness the captivating views.
From Lachalung La Pass, start an easy ride down till you reach Pang.
Stay overnight in tents at Pang.
Start the day with a short ascent to the More Plains (4700m).
Then you pass through Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert.
Deviate from the main road and cycle along a sandy track to reach Tsokar Lake.
You will be camping near Pongunagu.
Stay overnight in tents /guesthouse/hotel at TsoKar.
Wait to experience another long day of cycling today. Enjoy every bit of your trail to Rumptse.
Cross the last pass Taglang La (5,328 m) first and then climb to the top of Taglang La to behold the charming views of the Himalayas and Karakoram Range.
Proceed to cover a long zig zag descent to reach Rumptse.
Stay overnight in Rumptse.
Cycle along the Kyamnar River down to Upshi.
Also, en route, visit Hemis, the largest and richest Ladakhi monasteries.
Also, visit ancient temples and Buddha statues.
Start to cycle beside the Indus River and pass through Karu, Thiksey and the ruins of Shey Palace.
At the final stage, leave Indus and enter Leh.
Once you arrive in Leh, check-in to your hotel and relax.
The day is for rest and to spend on your leisure
Dinner and overnight in Leh
After breakfast, get ready to make the big climb today
You will be angling up to the highest motorable all weather civilian pass, the mighty Khardung La (5,602m)
The view from the top is breathtaking and you can look as far away as the Indus valley
After having pour packed lunch and stopping for photos, we ride downhill to reach Leh
Dinner and overnight in Hotel
After breakfast today, you will be departing for home as the trip comes to an end
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Rated : 5.0
Fantabulous time spent in the lap of the mountains, our entire cycling group had gone together and we enjoyed immensely. The cycling trip was really difficult at some time but the feel of it was really good. so positivity and cycling through high passes and snow clad peaks was really good. even the camping was good. after a long day of cycling they served us really good food everyday . The group leaders were also very helpful and were able to handle the fairly large group with utmost ease.
Rated : 5.0
Rougher dirt tracks needs to be covered. Along with this we also made some very tough climbs. The descents were gut-wrenching yet interesting. If you think that it is very stressful, the distance we covered were somewhat less. It almost ranged from 40 to 80 km on an average. However, the traversing altitudes were over 4000 m. To be honest, if you are not an avid cycler, this can be really tedious and dangerous too. Also, with the altitude and weather conditions, I felt quite dizzy and easily dehydrated. If you are planning to do this, make sure to have great physical fitness. That all being said, this trip was fruitful.
Rated : 5.0
Will recommend it to anyone who wants to reconnoiter the stunning wilds of Ladakh and that too on the challenging yet rewarding cycling trail. it was a difficult trail but worth doing it. i was very proud of myself and couple of my friends who did it. the leadres were very helpful and also the fellow friends we mad in all a brilliant experience of cycling !
Rated : 5.0
Had a great time, had gone here before but not on a cycling trail, so I just got admire the beauty ant my own pace. Please go!!I highly recommend it. The feeling you get after looking down at the valleys is like a rockstar!!!
Rated : 4.0
we had an amazing cycling experience across the tough terrains of manali to leh. specially tangla pass was very diffucult and ridiing at rohtang pass was very amazing. finaly when you reach ladakh valley everything changes and you fall in love the nature. No doubt, the trip will test ur endurance ,be prepared for the journey because you all will face certain climatic barriers a head of the journey. even camping at the couple of locations were really good. it was a very exploring ride for me. do it if you love riding !!
Rated : 4.0
Twelve days of unlimited fun and adventure. Cycling throgh the winding passes and routes were all I was waiting for couple of months and finally got to commlpete this one in last August. Guides were extremely helpful and co-operative.
Rated : 4.0
yoohhoooo!!! Chaahe koi mujhe jangli kahe!! :D Felt like exploring the wilderness all over again with a new eye and Leh is just so amazing! I am an avid cyclist but never have I seen anything as beautiful as this.
Rated : 4.0
Phew!!! What a ride dude! Seriously. I am from Maharashtra so biking and cycling is not all that new for me. However, this was an all new experience and so much mire adventurous. All the participants as well as the organisers were professional and had an ideas as to what exactly is in store for them! This was trully amazing. loved biking in the mountains. Doing this every year from now hopefully!!!
Rated : 4.0
I would advise you to take on some acclimatization rides first before going on this tour, it was so exciting indulging in Trekking, cycling, walking or in cars, the beauty of Leh Ladakh just takes you by surprise each time you see it. Very satisfying and tiring at the same time. but truly motivating trip and i am proud of it!
Rated : 4.0
Fair warning, DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE NOT AN AVID CYCLIST! We had come accroos such people in the group and although they too had fun, they were very exhausted and could not keep up with teh rest of us, which ended up being a bummer for all!
What is the best time to go?
The best time for this tour is from June to September, avoid going during the monsoon as the roads can get dangerous.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
One needs high fitness levels to brave high altitudes and long distances. Those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate
How cold does it really get there?
The temperature is around 25 degrees during the day and 10 degrees during the night.
How should I prepare myself to take this tour?
You need to be prepared to cycle at high altitudes on steep slopes so you have to have a fairly high level of fitness and stamina. Check your cycle and learn how to fix it on your own if anything goes wrong. Try taking an easier cycling trip and see how you fare.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side?
Be well prepared and carry the following: A Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover, appropriate clothing, Comfortable shoes, and wollen jackets to keep warm. Also bring along knee and elbow pads for your safety.
How much weight will I have to carry? Willl there be porters?
Weight to be carried will depend of you requirements and capacity. A luggage vehicle will be provided to carry all your luggage
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
You will be provided with all meals throughout the trek. High nutrition fruits and foods will be provided and good safe drinking water will be available.
How many people will be in a group?
The size of the group can vary depending on the bookings we receive.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Due to high altitudes it is highly unlikely to find strong mobile connectivity.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited.
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