Manali to Ladakh Cycling Expedition 2018

TT912

 Leh

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Quick Facts:

  • Duration: 11 Nights 12 Days
  • Trail Route: Manali - Marhi - Rogtang Pass - Sissu - Jispa - Zing Zing Bar - Brandy Nallah - Nakee la - Lachalang Pass - Pang - Mori Plain - Tsokar Lake - Rumptse - Lato - Leh - Khardungla - Leh
  • Best Season: Mid June - Mid September
  • Trail Highlights: Manali, Khardungla Top (Highest Motorable road in the World), & Monasteries
  • Traveler: Both domestic and Internatonal

Itinerary:

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.

  • Enjoy mountain bike rides on the tricky roads of Leh Ladakh.
  • Participation certificate for riding up to highest motorable road of the world Khardugla Pass.
  • Cycle across, Rohtang Pass, Baralacha Pass Chang la, nakI la and Tanglang La.
  • Explore Jispa, Sarchu and Pang villages.
  • Shopping and sightseeing in Leh.
  • Relish delicious Ladakhi cuisines.
  • Many Mountain passes among them 3 are World’s Highest and lakes.
Stay Envisaged Stars Destination Nights
Hotel Pine View / Similar
Manali 1
Hotel lyon / Hotel Asia / Similar
Leh 2
Moving Camp
Marhi 1
Moving Camp
Sissu 1
Moving Camp
Jispa 1
Moving Camp
Zing-Zing Bar 1
Moving Camp
Brandy Nallah 1
Moving Camp
Pang 1
Moving Camp
Tsokar Lake 1
Moving Camp
Rumptse 1
Inclusions
  • Hotel accommodation  in Manali and Leh on twin sharing basis. Check in/ out time is 12 noon
  • Accommodation Manali onward till Leh arrival in Moving camp (trekking style tents)
  • Service of attendant and a cook during camping
  • All meals, soft drinks while on tour
  • Tour Escort throughout the tour as per the itinerary
  • Utility cum Support Vehicle for the following itinerary
  • First Aid Kit and basic medical and high altitude kit.
  • A couple of oxygen cylinders would also be carried for any emergencies
  • Entrances to place of visit & Inner line permit (camera fee not included)
  • Transfer from Manali bus station to Hotel and Leh hotel to Leh airport by cars
  • One surprise gift for each rider
  • All present applicable taxes
Exclusions
  • Any air fare/ train fare and bus fare
  • Mountain bikes & supporting gears
  • Any other meal than mentioned in itinerary
  • Any personal or travel Insurance, tips, gratuities, portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks Any other expenses of personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions

  • Early Bird Price with FLAT 20% OFF (Valid for online bookings made before 28th February, 2018): 
  1. Price Per person from Manali - Rs. 40,624/- Rs. 32,499/- per person.
  2. Price Per person from Delhi with rented Mountain Bike/Cycle & Volvo transfers from Delhi - Rs. 53,124/- Rs. 42,499/- per person.

          NOTE: For individual riders who need rooms on single sharing basis, additional cost would be applicable @ Rs. 11000/-   

  • The price mentioned above is inclusive of the Early Bird Offer of FLAT 20% OFF which is valid for online booking made before 28th February, 2018.
  • Minimum 6 Pax required for each departure.
  • Above rates are for a group of more than 06 persons.
  • All the programs are subject to change due to plitical reason, natural clamities, strikes and special reason. 
  • Above Rates Are Subject To Availability And Can Be Change Without Any Prior Notice.
  • For Postpone/Prepone of tour packages, the same is to be communicated in written and need to be informed to us at least 7 days prior of tour date. INR 1000/- will be charged extra for prepone/postpone.
  • A Valid Photo Identity Is Must To Be Carried.

Things to Carry

  • Good Jacket, good shoes, torch light, small knife, rain coat & personal gear
  • Day pack (small bag to carry basic stuff to the slopes each day)
  • Wardrobe essentials: Fleece and Woollen clothes, Water and Wind proof jacket, Water and Wind proof trousers, Warm jacket, Warm thermals, Warm Gloves or Mittens and Woollen socks, Raincoat or Poncho
  • At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members
  • Bag locks (2 or more)
  • Sneakers, Floaters
  • Small light weight bottle
  • Torch or headlamp
  • Sunglasses, Cap
  • Sunscreen cream, Lip-balms or chapsticks (with SPF +15)
  • Water bottle (500ml)
  • Twist-ties, safety pins
  • Painkillers, Anti-inflammatory pills, Antiseptic (Iodine or Beta dine drops), Bandages, plasters, medical tape, a course of antibiotics (check with doctor for advice) and Personal Medical Kit
  • Imodium or similar gut-immobilizer
  • At least a dozen sachets of re-hydration mixture
  • Safety-approved Bicycle Helmet (for those bringing their own cycles)
  • Knee or Elbow pads (for those bringing their own cycles)
  • Camera with full batteries (if you like)

Advisory

  • Be sure to have two nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday.
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes contrast from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • While riding, tuck-in your tracks into the socks to avoid hindrance.
  • Wear a double layered socks to avoid dust, mud and infections during the trek.
  • Do not wear tight-fitted clothes as they might hinder with your movement during the ride.
  • Do not carry valuables like jewellery or expensive electronics.
  • Wear proper protective headgear that fits perfectly along with eye wear and mouth protection wear to avoid the glare of the sun, dust and wind.
  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the long bike ride.
  • The ride takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not litter the local sites or campsites.
  • Consumption of alcohol/drugs and smoking during the bike ride is strictly prohibited
  • Usages of plastic bags are strictly prohibited during the ride.
  • Avoid using earphones, as you might not be able to follow up the instructions from the guides or the instructors.
  • Any damage in bike during tour would be payable by guest directly.
  • Please bring your own USB Pendrive of 32 GB for videos and images.
Cancellation Policy
  • 25% amount will be deducted before 30 days prior to departure date.
  • 50% amount will be deducted between 30 -15 days prior to departure date.
  • 100% amount will be deducted less than 15 days of departure date.

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Trail Overview

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!

Duration : 12 Days
Trail Type : Fixed Departure
Location : Leh
Maximum number of people : 25
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