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If you are passionate enough and have the mettle for an exciting cycling tour, avail this package, to have bold experience in the cool habitat of North India. 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 Taklang 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. Every day the distance covered ranges from 30 plus traversing altitudes over 4000m.
NOTE:- All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences, abilities, extension and reduction of numbers of days.
At your arrival to the capital, after the boarding and lodging process you shall be guided to visit the last city of pre- independent India then known as the ‘Lutyen’s city’ built by the British architect Edwin Lutyen in 1911. The main visiting the attractions will include the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Birla Mandir (Lakshminarayan Temple), and India Gate. Also visit an astounding piece of architecture from the Mughal era – The Humayun Tomb. O/N hotel
After having breakfast, drive toward Chandigarh. Arrival in Chandigarh and visit the city built by Le Corbusier, the famous Swiss architect. Discovery of the Rock Garden , a unique garden where sculptures of stones, various materials or urban waste coexist! Self-taught founding artist Nek Chand has made his dream come true by building a fairy garden that today is said to be the second most visited site in India after the Taj Mahal. O/N hotel
Day three we will begin our journey towards Manali. our journey still continues on plains of Punjab till we reach the edge Himachal, then driving through the hilly Kullu valley to Manali. O/N hotel
Our experts will guide you assemble your bikes and prepare yourselves for the adventure ahead. Manali is situated in the beautiful Kullu Valley, which holds a cultural and religious significance as the home of saptarshi (seven sages). What could be a more perfect place to go for a test ride on your respective bike and get used to the cuts and curves of this hilly area. O/N hotel
Gear-up for an all-new cycling adventure as we reach Marhi 35km below our first speck, we shall cover peddling. 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. O/N camp
After breakfast we will peddle uphill to reach Rohtang la 3978m up and pass by first among the other passes of Leh, we descend to the road surface witnessing stunning scenery. After reaching the valley Lahaul, continue cycling downhill to Khoksar village. Then take a short detour and finally descend to Sissu. O/N camp
A much lighter day ahead as we continue our journey to Jispa via K long on a flatter road surface. starts with a steady climb up to Gondla, above Sissu. From Gondla there’s a fast descent to Tandi which is situated at the confluence of the Chandra River (flowing down from the north) and Bhaga River, which merge to form the Chandra- Bhaga River that later becomes known as Chenab downstream in Jammu and Kashmir . We 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. O/N camp
The road climbs steadily to Darcha some 12km from Jispa and then the climb to Patseo begins. The terrain is much more arid and the road is dusty and rocky. We can now sense the isolation of the area, with a few sheep dotted around and begin to enter the territory of the Lamas. In the far horizon you can see the bleak and awesome spectacle of the higher Himalayan ranges. O/N camp
Cross the Himalayas to Serchu and experience the hectic day along with some fun and adventure. Climb up to the Baralacha La 4900m. Once you reach, you will witness the captivating views of snow-covered Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and the snow-capped Mulkila peaks forming a scenic backdrop. Continue cycling and ride past Kiling Sarai to reach the plain Serchu. Cycling continue to Brandy Nala. O/N camp
Start cycling early today as you have to ride a long distance today. Firstly, climb across Whisky Nallah toward Gata Loops and climb up to the Naki La 4740 meters)m and Lachalung La 5050m. Afterwards, cross the Zanskar Range and witness the captivating views. From Lachalung La, start an easy ride down till you reach Pang. O/N camp
Start the day with a short ascent to the More Plains (4700m). Then you pass through Rupsho, the waterless high altitude desert. Deviate from the main road and cycle along a sandy track to reach Tsokar Lake. O/N camp
Wait to experience another long day of cycling today. Enjoy every bit of your trail to Rumtse .The adventure reaches its extremity as we scale up to the peak of the last pass Taklang la 5328m which is second highest motorable in the wold and from the top of Taklang La enjoy charming views of the Himalayas and Karakoram Range, Further we shall descend towards Rumtse along zig zag descent and more greener and fertile treks. O/N camp
With the last of the soaring passes now conquered, the riding becomes easier and cycle along the Kyamnar River down to Upshi. Then cycle beside the Indus river and pass through Karu, Thiksey and Shey Palace, breaking the journey at one or two fascinating monasteries (Hemis & Thiksey). At the final stage, leave Indus and enter Leh where we cease the day in legendary city of Leh- a paradise on earth. Relax at hotel. O/N hotel
After breakfast, get ready to make the big climb today.You will be angling up to the highest motorable in the world, all weather civilian pass, the mighty Kharzong La (5400m). The view from the top is breathtaking views of the never ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Kharzongla. After having packed lunch and stopping for photos, we ride downhill to reach Leh. O/N hotel
Early morning transfer to airport to board flight back to home and tour ends with sweet memories.
Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience. Avoid cycling during the nights. Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement (subject to availability). Please enquire at the time of booking.
Ladakh is very safe, tourist friendly and cheering place, but still you need to take care of some preparations which can make your tour even better and memorable: Carry headache, stomachache, anti-vomiting tablets with you. Please respect the culture of Ladakh. We are Providing world class services in the secluded place, which is similar to an oasis, is very difficult and challenging. Still we try our best to bring cheer on your faces.
Code of Ethics for tourists visiting Ladakh
Eating and Drinking
Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning. When you reach camp in the afternoon tea and biscuits will be served. At breakfast, dinner and in the afternoons, there is a choice of hot drinks. Breakfasts typically include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dal and paneer (cottage cheese). At dinner time a dessert such as tinned fruit and custard, fritters or cake is also be served. Note:- that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available while camping.
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.
We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh. In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Your leader will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.
During the trek the cooks will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may need to collect water during the day and may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.
We also suggest that you may like to bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar)
The above weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only – it does not reflect extremes of heat and cold. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30ºC/35ºC+) with cooler nights depending on the altitude (it can reach freezing point at some higher places in September). There is, however, the possibility of rain, and you should be prepared for this. The sun is very strong at these altitudes and some of the days on trek can be extremely hot.
Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.
Note:- While on a trek or expedition in a remote area if any client suffers from altitude sickness or any other serious injury, the sirdar/guide sends a runner to the nearest telephone/army post/road head to ask for help. Emergency evacuation becomes necessary in the following cases:
High Altitude Sickness – If the client suffers from High Altitude Sickness, he/she needs to descend immediately.
Injury – In case the client is badly injured – broken bones/fractures or sickness like thrombolysis (blood clotting), paralysis, loss of eyesight – in these cases as well he/she needs to be evacuated/descend immediately.
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