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Manali to Leh By Bicycle Tour


Duration : 19 Nights / 20 Days

Destination Covered : New Delhi, Manali, Mandi, Leh Ladakh, Jispa, Tabo, Kalpa, Candolim, Mararikulam, Neeleshwar

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  • Manali to Leh By Bicycle Tour

Tour Detail

Average distance by cycle each day: 65 km
Total number of days on cycling: 16
Accommodations: Hotel/camping 
Route and terrain condition: approx. 50% tarmac, 50% dusty road 
Best time: July through September

This adventure ride travels over five spectacular passes, two of which are over 16,600ft/5000mt through the Indian Himalayas, unparalleled for their sheer scale and austere beauty.

Ladakh lies embedded in a world of mountains, with the Karakoram range in the north-west, the Himalaya in the south-west and the Trans-Himalaya at its core. This unique region, home to traditional Tibetan Buddhism, is the scene for one of cycling's epic journeys, crossing two of the highest passes in the world! Over the course of the ride the scenery changes from verdant deodar forests and flower-filled valleys to barren lunar landscapes with towering peaks and hanging glaciers.  As well as the spectacular surroundings, the rich culture of the Ladakhis is also a highlight and as our route weaves its way across the Himalaya we will see monasteries majestically perched on high spurs, and cycle off to explore little-visited areas, enjoying the tranquility and beauty of a genuinely untouched land.  However, there are also great daily changes of temperature, with strong winds .  As a result of the dry and harsh climate, only sporadic high steppes are covered with grass, and arid and semi-arid deserts dominate a nonetheless grandiose mountain world.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

On arrival in Delhi our representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from jetlag. (B,L,D)

Day 2: Delhi to Mandi

(212km/6 Hours) this Morning We Transfer to the Railway Station in New Delhi to Board the Train to Chandigarh /kalka. from Chandigarh/kalka We Will Drive to Mandi.  (b,L,D)

Day 3: MANDI TO MANALI

(115km/4 H) After breakfast  we drive to Manali, a 115km trip we will cover in approximately 4 hours. The drive takes us through the lush alpine landscape of Himachal Pradesh into the Kullu Valley. Here we meet the mighty Beas River which we follow to the hill resort of Manali (2000m/6600ft). On arrival we check into the hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore the local surroundings. Manali is surrounded by beautiful fir and pine forests, and there are lovely walks in and around the town. There is also a colorful Tibetan bazaar famous for its shawls, caps, jewelry and handicrafts made by Tibetan refugees.  (B,L,D)

Day 4: MANALI

This morning we get on our bikes for the first time and head out on an acclimatization ride. A nearby forest hides a 450-year-old temple, called Hadimba Devi, made out of wood that has remarkable carvings. We then cycle out of Manali and follow the Beas River to Nagar Castle. Nagar was once the capital of this area and the old castle has now been turned into a hotel. Near the castle is the Nicholas Roerich estate. Roerich was a Russian artist, who married a Bollywood heroine and lived here in Nagar. He travelled extensively through Ladakh and Tibet and many of his beautiful works of art still hang in the gallery here. Other options for today include 'Old Manali', a picturesque village close to the ruins of the Fortress Mandakot and the hot sulphur springs at Vaishisht. (B,L,D)

Day 5: MANALI TO ROHALLA

(35 Km, 6 H) Today we start our first full day of biking on one of the most classic cycle routes in the world and gain over 1000m of elevation. We start climbing right from Manali, through the flower-filled valleys and cedar and fir forests, and pass through numerous villages along the Leh-Manali road. After the last village, called Kothi, we will cycle up many hairpin bends which bring us to the Rohalla Falls. We will then ascend into a small valley where we will reach our camp for the night. Camp (B,L,D)

Day 6: ROHALLA TO TANDI

(72 Km, 6-7 H) Today will be a hard day as we cross our first pass by gaining another 1100m in elevation. We leave early and leave all habitation behind as the road zig-zags higher and higher into the mountains. We feel as though we are entering a different world as we reach the top of the Rohtang La (3978m). This barren windswept pass, blocked by snow for more than six months of the year, crosses the Pir Pinjal Range and is the gateway to Ladakh. We leave the coniferous forests and lush green pasturelands behind and enter a vivid mountainous desert. Ahead are spectacular views across to the mountains of Lahoul and Spiti. From the top of the pass the road snakes down 900m to the small village of Khoksar. Care must be taken on the downhill route as some of the road is not tarmac. We enter into the Lahaul Valley and the cycling becomes easier as we continue on to Tandi, where the rivers Chandra and Bhaga come together. Camp (B,L,D)

Day 7: TANDI TO JISPA

(37 Km, 4-5 H)  It is an easier day today as we cycle through Lahaul by gaining 700m in elevation. The scenery is spectacular and the valley narrows as magnificent mountains rise high above us. The road follows the main valley and en route we stop at Gondhala to see the ancient fort. Continuing up the valley we cycle through Keylong, a small bustling town. Keylong is the capital of Lahaul and is surrounded by three famous monasteries - we can see the rooftops shining in the sun on the surrounding hillsides. We continue on to Jispa where we can visit a new monastery, which was specially built for H.H. the Dalai Lama. Camp (B,L,D)

Day 8: JISPA TO PATSEO

(32 Km, 3-4 H) Another fairly easy day for acclimatization as we only gain 500m in elevation and start to approach the Great Himalayan Range. We cycle through beautiful green pastureland to Darcha (3235m) where we can enjoy sweet tea and soup in a tented restaurant. From here we continue climbing, until we reach Patseo (3650m). The site now of a lone tea house, Patseo used to be the place of an annual fair of the Changpa nomads. Camp (B,L,D)

Day 9: PATSEO TO SERCHU

(62 Km, 7-8 H) A harder day today as we cross the Himalayas to Sarchu by gaining 1300m in elevation.  Sarchu is the border between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. After a gradual climb across large meadows past Zingzingbar, we start our long ascent to the Baralacha La Pass (4892m). The climb seems at times to go on forever but the hard work is worth it as the views become increasingly spectacular. Finally we reach the top – we are in the middle of the mighty Indian Himalaya. The word Baralacha means 'a pass with crossroads' and the trails from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul come together here. This is the main crossing of the Great Himalayan Range and we get amazing views of the many snow-covered peaks including Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila. After the pass, the cycling gets easier as we descend past Kilong Serai and on to Sarchu. Camp (B,L,D)

Day 10: SERCHU TO PANG

(105 Km, 8-9 H)  This will be our longest and hardest day of cycling so we will set off early since we will be gaining 1000m in elevation. We start by climbing fairly gently for approximately 38 km across the windswept Sarchu Plains past Brandy Nallah and Whisky Nallah to the bottom of the Gata Loops. This is a series of 22 amazing hairpin bends, which we slowly ascend. Take time to stop and look back – the valley behind is full of amazing wind eroded rock formations. At the top of the loops we will have climbed 500 meters and reached the Nakli La 4800m. A short downhill is followed by another winding ascent to our second pass of the day, the Lachalung La at 5100m. We are now crossing the barren Zanskar Range, and we are surrounded by amazing multi-coloured mountains – the purples, greens and browns of the hillsides change shades as clouds are blown across the sky. From the Lachalung La we have an easy ride down through an amazing canyon of magnificent rock formations of the Trans Himalaya until we reach Pang. Camp B,L,D

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Inclusions

  • MAP (Room + Breakfast + Lunch/Dinner)
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • All Accommodations in Delhi, Mandi, Manali &  Leh with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • camping Accommodation as per the Program with all Meals During the Cycling 
  • all Monastery Entrance Fees, Wildlife Fees , Camping Fees and Restricted Area Permits
  • english-speaking Cycling Guide Throughout the Trip.
  • service of Cook and Attendants
  • supporting Jeep with Cycle Repair Kits
  • all Camping Equipment Including North Face Sleeping Tents or Equivalent, Foam Mattresses, Mess Tents, Dining Tent & Toilet Tent
  • all Transportation from Pick Up to Drop Off At the Delhi International Airport

Exclusions

  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses and tipping to the staff
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snack food in Leh and Delhi
  • International Air ticket to Delhi
  • Cycle (if you require a cycle, please inform us in advance and we will provide one)
  • A single supplement
  • Laundry and other services not mentioned in the package.  If you need any additional arrangements please let us know

Payments Terms

  • * Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
  • * Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • * Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
  • * Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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