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Gobinda Gowda

5.0

We have done this cycling trip starting from Manali in June 2017. Leh was very dry and no vegetation could be seen on the way to Leh. Pangong Tso was a...

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Aarya Ahuja

5.0

Some of the places sticking to my heart still are Tso Moriri Lake, Valley, the route we took to reach Nubra Valley and of course the Pangong Lake. Khar...

Overview

About the Destination: For those of you who are looking for some thrilling experience on the road than the cycling trip from Manali to Leh is the best for you.

Manali, this quaint little hill station is calling travelers from far and wide to explore its beauty. Be it the amazing weather, generous locals, super alpine views, meandering trekking trails this destination will make your fall in love with it. It is also said that the highway towards Leh is known as a biker's paradise. While en route you will pass small hamlets of  Koksar, Darcha, Sarchu, Takh, Pang, Tsokar and Lhato. And the best part comes when you pass Rhotang Pass and Khardungla. Not only biking, but there are, very often, treks and hikes offered to these areas. The splendor of Leh lies in its closeness to the Himalayan Ranges, the royalty of its monasteries and stupas and its rivers, like the Zanskar, teeming with life.

About the Departure with Details: Head out on this adrenaline pumping cycling trip from  Manali to Leh. You will never have enough of this place as the beauty will beckon you to explore it more. Imagine biking through the wilderness and adore the beauty of nature. You will also have a fair amount of acclimatization during this trip. Cover a total of 580 km during this amazing trip.

Activities: Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Jeep Safari

Duration: 14N/15D

Total Number of Biking/Cycling Days: 9 days of biking with an average of 40-80km/day; 580km in total

Maximum Altitude: Khardung La (5,602m)

Temperature Range: Approximately 20C (68F) in the summers to -20C (-4F) in the winters.

Difficulty Level: Challenging 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Manali (2,050m)

    Following your arrival in Manali, get transferred to a local hotel.

    Upon checking-in into the hotel, settle down and relax for the rest of the day followed by a brief sightseeing tour around the city.

    Visit the Vashisht hot springs and explore some of the hidden corners of the city before you return beck to the hotel for dinner.

    Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Day 2 - Mountain biking from Leh – Khardung La (5,602m) – Leh

    Today’s biking will take you to Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world.

    You can take in the natural beauty of the region before you head back.

    Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Day 3 - Leh Exploration

    Today you will be dedicated to getting some good rest and relaxation in Leh.

    Till noon, you can spend the day at total leisure, and then embark a pleasant sightseeing tour around the city.

    Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Day 4 - White Water Rafting

    Today, take the fun, excitement to another level with a white water rafting expedition in the Zanskar River.

    Challenge and manoeuvre the gruesome Rapids of the Zanskar and get the much-desired adrenaline boost during the day.

    Overnight stay will be in Leh.

  • Day 5 - Drive from Leh to Pangong Lake (4,400m) (via Changla) (165km)

    Post breakfast, you will set out from your hotel towards Pangong Lake, locally known as Pangong Tso.

    You will ride a beautiful journey across the countryside, on mountainous trails, along the river via the Changa La Pass (5,260m) and Thiskey Monastery.

    Embrace the scenic surroundings and spend some quality time here.

    Overnight stay in a camp beside the lake.

  • Day 6 - Drive from Pangong Lake to Leh

    Today you will continue with your return journey.

    This day will comprise mainly of returning to Leh; en route taking a quick tour of the Hemis Monastery of Tibetan Buddhist faith.

    After reaching the hotel in Leh, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Day 7 - Departure from Leh  

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning.

    After breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the Leh Airport.

    With your drop at the airport, this exciting trip of cycling from Manali to Leh will come to an end. 

Other Inclusions

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  • All accommodations during the tour
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  • Meals as mentioned in the meal details
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  • All transportations within the tour
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  • Non AC Mini truck to carry luggage and camping gear during biking days
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  • Cycle guide and mechanic
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  • Light weight, mixed brand, 21-gear shift mountain bike
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  • Camping staff - cook and helper
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  • A shaped alpine tents with all amenities such as dining table, mattresses, toilet/shower etc.
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  • One refreshment everyday during biking trips
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  • One non AC pick up van as a buffer/support on biking days
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  • Restricted Area Permit for Khardung La
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  • Camp water and picnic lunch on biking days only
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  • Taxes as applicable
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  • Assistance at airport

Things To Carry

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  • Sleeping bag
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  • Warm clothing like scarves, hats, mufflers, jackets etc., preferably woollen
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  • Torchlight
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  • Sunscreen lotion
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  • First aid kit
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  • Medicines prescribed by doctor
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  • Toilet kit
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  • Camera with memory card and battery pack
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  • Any other equipment you deem fit for the trip

Advisory

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  • Before signing up for this tour, it is important that visitors produce travel and health insurance.
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  • One month before the start date, it is advised that the legs be exercised, in the form the regular cycling. Avoid any rigourous routines. Along with this, mental fitness is also essential.
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  • The weather can be unpredictable at instances, so it is safer to take precaution and prepare for the worst, in terms of clothing and rain/snow gear.
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  • The total distance of 580km includes navigable roads, although it can turn into dangerous, slippery and sloping trails.
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  • Mountain bikes are of mixed brands (Trek/LA/Firefox/Merida/Cannondale) with a 21-shift gear system and are indeed the responsibility of the riders. Any negligence or accidents caused has a price attached to it.
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  • The choice of hotels and camps are subject to availability at the time of booking. In any cases that they cannot be confirmed, a hotel and camp of a similar category will be booked.
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  • The RAP (Restricted Area Permission)/Inner Line Permit is required by all visitors, which can be attained by producing a photo identification two weeks before the package start date. Without this, Khardung La is a no-entry zone.

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    Story by Gobinda Gowda

     Rated : 5.0

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    We have done this cycling trip starting from Manali in June 2017. Leh was very dry and no vegetation could be seen on the way to Leh. Pangong Tso was awesome and the camping we have done there was also amazing experience. I went with my friends from college. It was a get together kind of trip. We took so many breaks before we reached Khardung La since the guides told us reach the top of the pass is a tiresome process. So don’t get tired beforehand. It was not a customized trip so that we had to join a group of some random people and it was nice to meet new same minded people. Our ride through Khardungla Pass was the toughest part but it was really great. We stopped there for some time; the whole places looked very beautiful. Everything was nice during the trip, the only thing I would like to mention is the food. We had Maggi most of the days and it was half cooked at time. Other than that it was a great trip for all of us.

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    Story by Aarya Ahuja

     Rated : 5.0

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    Some of the places sticking to my heart still are Tso Moriri Lake, Valley, the route we took to reach Nubra Valley and of course the Pangong Lake. Khardung La was scary and I was feeling dizzy after reaching the top. Another best part for me while we visited the Pangong Lake, it was magical; the whole lake was changing its colour from greenish to bluish hues. We also camped for the night near the lake. Rhanks to the guys of Liveladakh for making our trip a memorable one.

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