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This particular package of Manali to Leh cycling trip was an excellent package with complete value for the money I spent. The glimpses of all the beaut...
I am a corporate employee from Delhi and this was a break away from my office works. I love solo travelling so I decided to join this cycling trip fro...
About the Destination:
Manali to Leh cycling tour sounds thrilling at first but it might test you to the core since dangerous mountain roads cutting across the trans Himalayan terrains. The high altitude trip will easily take up around ten days by cycle. But you would be welcomed in a grand way by the precious sights on all sides- from the ethereal greenery to the silent mountain slopes and the journey is unparalleled for many reasons.
The precarious roads have enough adventure to make each road trip memorable. The avalanche filled mountains and the narrow gorges will accompany you till Leh and after that as well. Bravery in your becomes predominant on this journey of conquering the rock filled pathways going up the hills, the challenging steeps and descents with all patience you have got and remember determination is the key to the successful completion of this route stretching up to 500 kilometers in total.
On the way from Manali to Leh, you may find different mountain passes and five are major ones in the stretch. All of them are standing tall at a height of about 13000 to 18000 feet above sea level. Rohtang, Tanglang, Naki, Lachalung and Baralacha are the main high altitude passes you come across during the road trip and they are almost dizzying and dangerous. Negotiating with them on your cycles won’t be as easy as you imagine.
If you think, Manali to Ley cycling trip is your cup of tea, then never wait for any other second but head out packing your bags with essentials, to prevent cold and to keep yourself energetic.
About the Tour:
Reach Manali to begin your 12 day exciting, adventure filled, and adrenaline pumping cycle tour of Leh. Prepare yourself to track down the altitudes, the gorges, the rough terrains and passes. The first stretch of the tour will take you to Marhi. The zig zag roads leading to Rohtang La would impose many struggles in front of you but the achievement you gain at the end is worth the tears.
Pass from Lahaul Valley to the beautiful Tandi and witness the reverberating confluence of Chandra and Baga rivers. Keylong and Jispa become your hosts afterwards. As in any Manali Leh trip, Sarchu can be found as an important ingredient on this tour also where you will camp amidst the beautiful serenity. Baralacha Pass at 4892 meters is not just an adventure but a lifetime experience with the chances to watch the snow-laden Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila Peaks around.
The thrilling part of the tour continues as you move to Pang and climbing the intensive steeps of Gata Loops. Naki La and Lachalung Pass are also covered on this leg of the tour. Tso Kar coming after Pang is a bundle of joy with different types of moraines and plains in the surroundings. Taglang La at 5328 meters will let you behold the unrivalled views of the Himalayan and Karakoram Ranges so closely. After all these exciting adventures, you will get ready to be invited and warmly welcomed by the cold deserted Leh which will offer you the best sights of architecture, culture and natural spectacle equally.
Visiting the monasteries to know about Ladakhi culture and cycling up the trickiest paths in Khardung La are the best parts of this cycling tour. It is a mind blowing chance to be a bosom friend of the Himalayas unlike any other types of trip.
Cross the five best passes lying in the expansive valleys between Manali and Leh.
Watch the admirable shifts in landscapes from beautiful greenery to avalanche erosion to narrow gorges to boulder filled pathways.
Experience adventure at every turn and get ready to have a competition with the high altitudinal trails.
Mingle with the locals to know in detail the culture and traditions of the valley.
Visit the famous monasteries and observe the routines and watch the centuries old paintings and murals.
Today you will arrive at Manali and transferred to your hotel. Check into the tents / guesthouse / hotel.
In the afternoon head out for a ride to Naggar and Roerich Art Gallery.
Enjoy the evening at leisure and return to your hotel for your stay.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Embark on an exciting day of cycling to Marhi.
Pass through the flower valleys, forests, and the tiny beautiful villages.
Reach Kothi and then cycle through the hairpin bends till Rohalla Falls, experience the adventure at its best.
Cycle up to the campsite at Marhi.
Stay overnight in tents or guesthouses or hotel.
Today you will cycle along the zig-zag roads to Rohtang La (3978m).
After reaching the pass you will continue cycling downhill to Khoksar village.
Then take a short detour and finally descend to Sissu.
Stay overnight in the tents/guesthouse/hotel at Sissu.
Today, start off cycling from Lahaul Valley to Tandi where the confluence of Chandra and Baga can be witnessed.
From Tandi, climb up till Keylong.
Explore the beautiful Keylong and then descend to Jispa.
Stay overnight in Jispa.
Today, you are going to witness the beautiful green meadows and pastureland to Darch at a height of 3235 meters.
At Darcha, halt for a while to enjoy a cup of tea.
Continue climbing, until you reach Patseo (3650m).
Upon arrival, check-in to your room or tent for the stay overnight.
Today you will cross the Himalayas to Sarchu and experience the hectic day along with some fun and adventure.
Climb up to the Baralacha La Pass (4892m). Once you reach, you will witness the captivating views of snow-covered Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila Peaks.
Continue cycling and ride past Kiling Serai to reach Sarchu.
Stay overnight in Sarchu.
Today start cycling early as you will be covering a long distance.
Climb across Brandy Nallah and Whisky Nallah toward Gata Loops.
Then continue climbing up to the Nakli La (4800 meters) and Lachalung La Pass (5100 meters).
Afterwards, cross the Zanskar Range and witness the captivating views.
From Lachalung La Pass, start an easy ride down till you reach Pang.
Stay overnight in tents at Pang.
Start the day with a short ascent to the Mori Plains (4700m).
Then pass through Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert.
Deviate from the main road and cycle along a sandy track to reach Tsokar Lake.
You will be camping near Pongunagu.
Stay overnight in tents /guesthouse/hotel at TsoKar.
Today start with a beautiful breakfast and enjoy every bit of your trail to Rumptse.
Cross the last pass Taglang La (5,328 m) first and then climb to the top of Taglang La to behold the charming views of the Himalayas and Karakoram Range.
Proceed to cover a long zig zag descent to reach Rumptse.
Stay overnight in Rumptse.
Start your day as you cycle along the Kyamnar River down to Upshi.
En- route, visit Hemis, the largest and richest Ladakhi monasteries.
Also, visit ancient temples and Buddha statues.
Cycle beside the Indus River and pass through Karu, Tikse and the ruins of Shey Palace.
At the final stage, leave Indus and enter Leh.
Once you arrive in Leh, check-in to your hotel and relax.
Today you will ride to Khardung La (5602m), one of the highest motorable passes in the morning.
Start cycling from Leh till the top of the pass and relish the beautiful views of the Karakorams, Ladakh and Zanskar mountains.
Take a halt for a while and then head to enjoy a fantastic downhill ride back to Leh.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning.
Post breakfast, depart from Leh and wind the tour up.
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Rated : 5.0
This particular package of Manali to Leh cycling trip was an excellent package with complete value for the money I spent. The glimpses of all the beautiful places there have come back with mehome. We started the trip from Manali and few other people joined the group. The route from Manali to Leh was brilliant and in between there were small stream and I saw the beautiful Chandra and Bhaga River on the way. I passed all the famous passes Rohtang, Baralacha La, Khardung La, Tanglang La, Changlang La and rest of the names I can’t remember. Camping at Sarchu, Nubra and Pangong Tso was nice except the availability of toilets. Stargazing at Pangong Tso at night was dream like experience.
Rated : 4.0
I am a corporate employee from Delhi and this was a break away from my office works. I love solo travelling so I decided to join this cycling trip from Manali to Leh. Glad that I have done something adventurous in my life. Ladakh is a beautiful place and cycling through the hilly areas was superb. I really loved this ride. I can recommend this trip without any doubt to anyone out there and it was the greatest place I have ever been to. One thing which was not that great was tented accommodation. I did not like them at all especially at Nubra. I was sharing the tent with two other people and they were talking the whole night and my sleep was disturbed. Also the toilet was only one and I had to wait for long to use it. But I think Ladakh is worthy of taking some risks.
What is the best time to go?
The best time for this tour is from June to September, avoid going during the monsoon as the roads can get dangerous.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
One needs high fitness levels to brave high altitudes and long distances. Those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate
How cold does it really get there?
The temperature is around 25 degrees during the day and 10 degrees during the night.
How should I prepare myself to take this tour?
You need to be prepared to cycle at high altitudes on steep slopes so you have to have a fairly high level of fitness and stamina. Check your cycle and learn how to fix it on your own if anything goes wrong. Try taking an easier cycling trip and see how you fare.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side?
Be well prepared and carry the following: A Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover, appropriate clothing, Comfortable shoes, and wollen jackets to keep warm. Also bring along knee and elbow pads for your safety.
How much weight will I have to carry? Willl there be porters?
Weight to be carried will depend of you requirements and capacity. A luggage vehicle will be provided to carry all your luggage
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
You will be provided with all meals throughout the trek. High nutrition fruits and foods will be provided and good safe drinking water will be available.
How many people will be in a group?
The size of the group can vary depending on the bookings we receive.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Due to high altitudes it is highly unlikely to find strong mobile connectivity.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited.
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