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Arrival in Manali, Cycling distance : 0 kms, Altitude: 1,950 m (6,400 ft)
Check-in to the booked hotel or orientation camp. Proceedings will start after lunch with a round of introductions for the participants and organizers. The tour leader will brief you about the expedition and after that fellow cyclists will be free to explore Manali.
Overnight stay at the hotel/ camp.
The first ascent of the trip prepares you for the tough ride ahead and takes you through the panoramic view of pine and deodar trees.
Get an early start to beat the traffic rush destined for Rohtang Pass. One has to negotiate many hairpin bends to reach Marhi.
Marhi offers picturesque camping sites and prepares you for the muddy ascent of Rohtang Pass.
Overnight stay in camps.
Start the day by finishing the 18km ascent to the Rohtang pass (3980m) and there are some lovely scenic views on the horizon of snow covered peaks and glaciers of Spiti valley.
After a refreshing halt at Rohtang, a steady descent takes you to Gramphu on the highway along Chandra river.
From here encounter some un-metaled stretches of flat road as you cross the raging torrent of the river at Khoksar and continue a short and easy ride to Sissu in the foothills of the Pir Panjal.
Sissu (also known as Khagling) is a small town in the Lahaul valley and located on the right bank of Chandra river.
Sissu to Jispa
The day starts with a steady climb up to Gondla, 244m above Sissu.
From Gondla there’s a fast descent to Tandi which is situated at the confluence of the Chandra River.
Cross the towns of Tandi and Keylong and ride on a low gradient all the way up till Jispa, where the river opens out into a wide valley.
Camp on the banks of the Bhaga River.
Jispa to Zing Zing Bar
The road climbs steadily to Darcha some 10km from Jispa and then the climb to Patseo begins. The terrain is much more arid and the road is dusty and rocky.
The steep ascent to Baralacha-La starts at Zing Zing bar.
Overnight stay in camps.
Zing Zing Bar to Brandy Nallah
The day starts early and participants ascend the mountains up to the Baralacha La at 5030m.
Cross Deepak Tal situated at 14,000 ft with the snow-capped Mulkila peaks forming a scenic backdrop.
The pass is arid with no vegetation, the sides of the mountains looking more like a quarry covered with loose rocks and scree.
The route descends gradually to the wide Sarchu Plains As you descend the gorge area of Bharatpur, will cross mountain rivers before reaching your destination.
Brandy Nallah to Pang
The day starts with some relatively easy cycling but soon you will be navigating around ‘21 loops of Gata’ that zigzag all the way to the summit of Nakila at 5050m.
A short downhill section and then another ascent that brings you to the second highest pass on the Manali Leh highway- Lachulung La Pass 5150m.
Cycle down to Pang down a steep sided gorge which is our campsite for the night The road here is likely to be the worst of the trip with a distinct lack of tarmac, it's very gravelly and there are many loose stones.
Pang to Tso Kar
Start the day with a 8 km switchback climb before reaching the flat top of the Moray Plains at 4700m.
This barren area is known for its extreme temperatures in the morning and evening, fast winds and sandstorms.
Your first choice for camping will be Tso kar lake which is short detour from the main highway.
In case this route is closed due to some reason you will set camp at Debring which is located just before the ascent of Tanglang La , the world's second highest motorable pass at 5,360m.
Tso Kar to Upshi
A challenging climb that leads to the World’s second highest motorable pass in the world- Tanglang- La at 5360m.
This is a challenge indeed, but truly satisfying when you reach the top, before setting off down the exhilarating descent to the village of Upshi. The first view of Upshi will mesmerize you as you marvel at the stunning view of beautiful greenery.
Overnight stay in camps.
Upshi to Leh
As you continue the scenery changes dramatically, arrive in a fertile valley that is dotted with pretty villages and Stupas. The awesome red and green colored flags across mountains that stretch for miles add to the beauty of the spectacular scenery.
You can actually see the tectonic forces at work. Crossing the Indus River the road improves dramatically as we follow the road towards Leh.
This is an easy ride as you pass the Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Garden entering Leh itself.
The end of your trip is nearing as you have just crossed four major mountain passes and ridden over 480 kms.
Set of for Khardung La early morning just as the sun comes up.
Cycling 45km and gaining 2000m, this is the ultimate challenge of the trip.
It is the highest motorable road in the world taking you to a dizzy 5602m! the view from the top is spectacular, stretching from the Indus valley in the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range to the giants of the Saser Massif in the North.
After a small celebration the trip will end by the evening.
Please note that the stay & Dinner today is not included in the price. You can book your hotel in advance for today if you want to continue your stay in Leh. You can return from Leh as per your convenience. Please book your return flight accordingly.
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