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Day 1: Riding Around Town / Arrive Manali / Acclimatization Ride
Arrive at Manali & check into the tents / guesthouse / hotel
In the afternoon Ride to Naggar and Roerich art Gallery
Evening at leisure
Overnight stay in the tents /guesthouse / hotel
Day 2: Manali - Marhi (Uphill To Camp At Marhi 35 Km, 5-6 Hr, Elevation Gain 1250m)
Today we set off for an exciting full day of cycling
We climb through flower –filled valleys , forests & pass through villages
From the last village Kothi we cycle the hairpin bends till Rohalla Falls
We will then ascend to our camp at Marhi
Overnight stay in the tents / guesthouse / hotel
Day 3: Marhi - Sissu (The First Pass Rohtang, Marhi Sissu 53kms, 5-6 Hours, Elevation Gain 1600m)
Today we follow the zig-zag roads to Rohtang La (3978m)
After reaching the pass, we continue cycling downhill to Khoksar village
Thereafter we take a short detour and finally descend to Sissu
Overnight stay in the tents / guesthouse / hotel at Sissu
Day 4: Sissu - Jispa ('Lahaul' 64 Km, 6-7 Hr, Elevation Gain 600m)
Today we start off cycling from Lahaul Valley to Tandi (confluence of Chandra & Baga)
From Tandi we climb uptill Keylong
Further we start descending to Jispa
Overnight stay in the tents /guesthouse/hotel in Jispa
Day 5: Jispa - Patseo (Entering The Higher Ground Jispa Patseo 32 Km, 3-4 Hr, Elevation Gain 500m)
Another fairly easy day for acclimatization
We cycle through beautiful green pastureland to Darcha (3235m)
At Darcha, we halt for a while to enjoy a cup of tea
From here we continue climbing, until we reach Patseo (3650m)
On arrival, we stay overnight in the tents /guesthouse/hotel at Patseo
Day 6: Patseo - Sarchu (The Second Pass Patseo Sarchu Plains 60 Km, 6-7 Hr, Elevation Gain 1400m)
A hectic day today as we cross the Himalayas to Sarchu.
Today we climb up to the legendry Baralacha La Pass (4892m)
On reaching, we get to witness the captivating views of snow-covered Barashigri, Chandrabhaga & Mulkila Peaks.
From the pass we cycle past Kiling Serai to reach Sarchu.
Overnight stay in tents /guesthouse/hotel at Sarchu
Day 7: Sarchu - Pang (A Hard Day's Ride Sarchu - Pang 84 Km, 8-9 Hr, Elevation Gain 1200m)
We start off early as today will be a hectic day
We climb across Brandy Nallah & Whisky Nallah towards Gata Loops
Today we also climb to reach the Nakli La (4800m) & Lachalung La Pass (5100m)
Thereafter we cross the Zanskar Range & will also witness the captivating views
From Lachalung La Pass we enjoy an easy ride down till pang
Overnight stay in tents /guesthouse/hotel at pang
Day 8: Pang - Tso-Kar (Into Thin Air Pang Tso - Kar 57 Km, 4-5 Hr, Elevation Gain 400m)
We start with a short ascent to the Mori Plains (4700m)
Today we pass through Rupshu the waterless high altitude desert
We turn off the main road and cycle along a sandy track to Tsokar Lake
We camp for the night near Pongunagu
Overnight stay in tents /guesthouse/hotel at TsoKar
Day 9: Tso-Kar - Rumptse (The Big Ascent Tso Kar - Rumptse 80 Km, 6-7 Hr, Elevation Gain 900m)
Another thrilling day as we cross the last pass Taglang La (5,328m)
We climb to the top of Taglang La & witness the wonderful views of Himalayas and the Karakorum Range
After a while we follow a long zig zag descent to reach Rumptse
Overnight stay in tents /guesthouse/hotel at Rumpste
Day 10: Rumptse - Leh (Leh 82 Km, 7-8 Hr, Elevation Gain 450m)
Today we cycle besides the Kyamnar River down to Upshi
We detour to visit Hemis, the largest & richest Ladakhi monasteries.
Also visit ancient temples & Buddha statues
We start to cycle beside the Indus River & pass through Karu, Tikse & ruins of Shey Palace
At the final stage we leave Indus & enter Leh
Arrive in Leh & check into the hotel
Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 11: Leh - Khardung La - Leh (The Big Climb Khardungla Pass 80kms, Elevation Gain 2100m)
A challenging day today, as we ride to Khardung La (5602m) one of the highest motorable passes
Cycle from Leh till the top of the pass & witness magnificent views of Karakorums , Ladakh and Zanskar mountains
After halting for a while, enjoy a fantastic downhill ride back to Leh
Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 12: Leh - Delhi
Post breakfast depart for onward destinations
Trip Ends With Sweet Memories !!!
Things to carry when you go out on a trip
Below is a list of essentials you would require for this trip
Sufficient warm clothing for evenings, which can get quite cold
1 waterproof jacket (also acts as a windproof)
1 pair waterproof trousers
Thermals (upper & lower)
Shorts (for riding – your choice)
T-shirts – 3/4
Raincoat / Poncho
Small light weight towel
Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)
Personal Medical Kit:
A general painkiller
Antiseptic – iodine/beta dine drops
Bandages, plasters, medical tape
High factor SPF sun block (minimum 30)
Lip balm with SPF 15+
A course of general antibiotics - see your doctor for advice
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 / Elbow pads (for those bringing their own cycles)
Basic Travel Kit
At least two Copies of Photo IDs for all members
Extra spectacles/ Sunglasses with cover
Camera with extra battery
Towels & handkerchiefs
Socks 6 pairs
..LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Transport Options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)
For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport.
If you wish to travel by road, there are regular Volvos from Delhi to Manali.There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. You can book your tickets either by visiting http://www.hrtchp.com/hrtctickets/ or there are many local travel operators through whom you can book the tickets. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max 25°C. min 10°C), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for chilly evenings and a small possibility of rain. Early morning starts and descents at altitude require good quality weather gear.
Please note that Riders must bring their own mountain (all terrain) cycles. The roads generally are not suitable for bikes fitted with road tyres (slicks), even though some sections are in reasonably good condition. There will be sections higher up that will be in poor condition due to snow/slush from the winter months, possible landslip, and use of the road by heavy vehicles at times. Hybrid bikes with 'chunky' mountain tyres are most suitable. Riders should also bring a range of spare parts which may include; chain links or chains, spare tyres and pump, at least 4 spare tubes and puncture repair kit, cables, pedals and a good tool kit.
Though there would be a mechanic accompanying us carrying a good repair kit and spares but it is still necessary for everyone to bring some spares; this also ensures you have parts that will fit your bike. There will be a staff member to assist with running repairs when we are biking and at our overnight stops should problems be more complicated. As a general rule, less complex or high tech bikes are easier to fix and obtain parts for if necessary. If you plan to buy a new bike before the trip, make sure you are completely familiar with it prior to departing. You should fit at least 2 one litre water bottles to your bike. Water will be available from the back up vehicle.
For riders unfamiliar with our Himalayan organization you will be very well catered for. Our cycling expedition takes us into remote regions where there are no villages and no hotels. Therefore during the cycling expedition we will be camping. We will select camps away from the road where you will sleep in comfortable two person tents and be looked after by our crew who will come with us. They will prepare all meals including your early morning cup of tea. All you have to do is pack your gear into your kitbag. During the day you will be accompanied by a support vehicle which is at your disposal should you not wish to cycle. Your other entire luggage will go into the Luggage van accompanying us.
Duration: 12 Days
Grade: Moderate +
Region: Himachal Pradesh & Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)
If you are looking for the excitement of pure downhill, day after day through ever changing scenery, the Manali to Leh traverse is hard to beat. Riders will have the option of ascending a total of 3800 meters to cross the four main passes on the route. Cycling will truly be an unforgettable experience as one will get to witness some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
This may not sound particularly great, especially to road orientated cyclists, but difficult terrain and tough ascents will make any cycling in this region a challenge for everyone.
If it is just downhill you are after, then there is support transport for all the climbs and you will be free to tackle some of the most fun downhill rides in the world, then sit back and be driven to the top of the next one. This is a fairly demanding trip, although thanks to our program of acclimatization, as well as the superb back up that we have throughout, anybody of reasonable fitness should have no problem enjoying it to the full. On the main route the cycling is simple with no technical difficulties, but for those of you who want more of a thrill off-road, the paths which short-cut the hundreds of switchbacks are as challenging as you could want, with the added bonus being that they seem never ending.
This trip is going to challenge the strongest of riders with adrenaline filled cycling routes. The beautiful multi-coloured desert landscapes, whimsical villages inhabited by rugged-looking people will enchant you completely. This is a fascinating cycling trip will offer you with a golden chance to explore the Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh & Lahaul with visits to lakes and many ancient monasteries and palaces. Cycle through this remote corner of India & bring out the adventure junkie in you. Buckle up for a wild & wacky adventure fuelled by fearlessness & experience out of the ordinary.
Manali to Leh Cycling 11N/12D