Day 01: Arrive Manali / Acclimatization ride to Naggar and Roerich art gallery
Arrive Manali Volvo Bus Stand and transfer to Hotel. After freshening up, take an early afternoon ride to Naggar and Roerich Art Gallery about 19 km away. By evening, entertain yourselves with the sights of beautiful Fir and Pine forests while strolling around town. One can also explore the Tibetan Bazaar and take a look at its authentic shawls, caps, jewellery and all handloom, handicraft products made by the Tibetan refugees. Rest time for leisure Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Manali – Marhi (3600 m. ; 7 – 8hrs) Approx 38 kms
Begin your day with breakfast and a ride around one of the most classic cycle routes in the world. Start by climbing through flower-laden valleys, Cedar and Fir forests and cross numerous villages. Arrive at the village of Kothi and ride through hairpin curves to reach the Rohalla Falls. Post this, climb into a small valley at Marhi and camp there for the night.
Day 3: Marhi – Rohtang Pass (13052 ft.) – Sissu (3400 mtrs, 7 – 8 hrs) Approx 54 kms
Rise early and ascend some windy roads up to the mountains till you reach the peak of Rohtang La. Arrive at this bare pass, which is laden by snow for most parts of the year, by crossing the Pir Pinjal range and makes the prominent gateway to Ladakh. Climb downhill for 22 km till you reach Khoksar village and after a short detour, climb through meadows and little hamlets to arrive at Sissu.
Day 4: Sissu – Jispa (3,320 mtrs, 6 – 7 hrs) Approx 54 kms
Begin early from Sissu, nestled in the Lahaul Valley, and start cycling to Tandi, which is the meeting point of the rivers Chandrabhaga and Chenab and is thus known as the Chamba Valley. Leave Tandi and ascend to Keylong and after crossing a few uphill terrains, descend to Jispa about 37 km from Keylong.
Day 5: Jispa – Zing-Zing-Bar (4270 mtrs, 7 – 8 hrs) Approx 38 kms
This is a day dedicated to acclimatizing to the climate and altitude of the higher Himalayas while traversing through verdant pastures to arrive at Darcha. Here you can enjoy hot beverages at a local restaurant and then resume your uphill ride to Patseo. Then ride to Zing - Zing Bar. Overnight in Camp.
Day 06: Zing-Zing-Bar – Brandy Nallah (4,120 mtrs, 7 – 8hrs ) Approx 58 kms
This day will comprise of cycling through Himalayan terrains to Sarchu, the border between Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, start your long climb to the peak of Baralacha La Pass where you can take in the serenity of the mighty Himalayas. The routes from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul meet at this region thus giving it an appropriate name of Baralacha that means ‘a pass with crossroads’. This is also the viewpoint where you can marvel at the spectacle created by the snow-peaked mountains of Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila. It is from here where you can descend to Brandy Nallah.
Day 07: Brandy Nallah –Nakee la (5050m.) – Lachalang Pass – Pang (4530 mtrs, 7 – 8 hrs) Approx 57 kms
After breakfast, early morning start riding to Pang , today you will have completely climbed 500 meters to reach the Nakli La. Post this, make a short descend and ride uphill through winding routes to arrive at the Lachalung La. Pass through the Zanskar range and cut through marvelous rock formations on your route before entering Pang. Set Camp in Pang.
Day 08: Pang –More Plain (4700 mtrs) – Tsokar Lake (4660 mtrs, 7 – 8 hrs) Approx 57 kms
Begin your day with a short climb to the Mori Plains after which you land at Rupshu, also known as the high altitude desert of the Tibetan plateau. This area provides shelter to the Changpa tribes, Tibetan shepherds who dwell in tents made of Yak hair. After crossing this region, make way along a sandy track to Tso Kar Lake where you can set up camp for the night near Pongunagu. Translated as ‘White Lake’, there are white deposits of white salt around this water body of Tso Kar Lake which explains the reason behind its name. You can head towards the camp which is only a few kilometers from the lake. Here you can come across ‘Kiang’ or wild arses, who roam around the surrounding hills, as well as birds.
Day 09: Tso-Kar – Rumptse (900 mtrs, 6-7 hrs) Approx 65 kms 80 kms
Entailing a long day of cycling, start from Tso Kar and cross the last pass of the tour which is also the second highest motorable pass in India, the Tanglang La. Bid adieu to the scenic arenas of Tso Kar and cycle to the top of the pass where you can enjoy the mesmeric views of the Himalayas and Karakorum mountains. Take some rest here and continue on downwards to the first village since Lahaul’s Sissu.
Day 10: Lato – Leh (3505 mtrs, 7–8 hrs) Approx 82 kms
Make an early start and ride following the Kyamnar River all the way to Upshi. This is where you can join the Indus Valley which takes you to Leh. You can take a diversion to pay a visit to the Hemis monastery, which is one of the largest and richest of all Ladakhi monasteries. To reach this place of worship, climb 7 km after which you can visit ancient temples and priceless Buddha statues. Cycle down to the main road by following the mighty Indus River till you cross Karu and reach Tikse where a beautiful monastery of Shey palace awaits you at the hilltop. If time allows you, make a quick ride up to the monastery containing a two-storey statue of the Future Buddha. Surpass the Shey Palace and cycling through easy routes to reach Choglamsar which plays shelter to several Tibetan refugees and head onwards to Leh. Here you can check into a hotel for the night.
Day 11: Leh- Khardungla -Leh ( 5610mtrs, 5 – 6 hrs) Approx 48 kms
Begin with an early breakfast and leave from Leh with a packaged lunch. Ride around 6 hours to the peak of the pass where you can get mesmerized by the magnificent views of Leh. While the first half of the ride will be on tarmac, the last half will be on rough terrains. Get enchanted with the amazing sight of the Karakorums and Ladakh as well as Zanskar mountains. Make a quick stop here and cherish the views post which you can continue riding downhill to Leh where you can spend the night.
Day 12: Ends our travel services
Check out from hotel and ends our travel services.
Terms & Conditions
NOTE: For individual riders who need rooms on single sharing basis, additional cost would be applicable @ Rs. 11000/-
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Ask cyclist why they would choose a mountain bike over the comforts of more 'secure' mode of transports and they'd tell you, you can't understand the pleasure of doing so until you experience it. And rightly so, because you are truly in touch with your surroundings, you tend to sense things even before you see them because of your heightened senses, a depth that is rarely achieved in our everyday life, not to mention the adrenaline that courses through your veins as you set about making your way on two wheels. Simply put, cycling doesn't transport you to a destination; cycling is the destination.
So this summer, live the Cycling Diaries by undertaking an exclusive 12 Days cycling trail to Leh-Ladakh and have an experience of a lifetime. Beginning from Manali, take home the rewards of an opportunity that allows you to discover yourself in a world that beholds such astonishing visions. Ladakh cycling expedition is counted among the best adventure experiences in the Land of High Passes. The adventure of riding your mountain bike through Ladakh calls for travellers from around the globe. Gear up to experience a never before terrain & unforgettable memories with this well-planned curated itinerary. The trail involves cycling through the tough terrains and High Mountain passes on your bike. Experience Ladakhi culture, a visit to Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world along with visit to Pangong Tso, one of the most famous and breathtaking lakes in the world. It's time to be a TerrainTraveller!
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Leh Ladakh Tour Packages, Jammu and Kashmir