Manali to Leh Cycling Expedition -

12 days, 11 nights

Visit :Manali, Leh, Sarchu, Keylong, Tso Kar, Marhi, Patseo, Whiskey Nullah, Rumtse
Manali to Leh Cycling involves crossing and cycling through beautiful trails with the backdrop of the Himalayas, making this tour perfect and challenging. This Manali to Leh cycling trip is going to be exciting and thrilling at the same t ...
Manali to Leh Cycling involves crossing and cycling through beautiful trails with the backdrop of the Himalayas, making this tour perfect and challenging. This Manali to Leh cycling trip is going to be exciting and thrilling at the same time. It involves 11 days of traversing through high mountain passes that provide you with spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and some picturesque landscapes.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • If you're an experienced cyclist, you need not worry. Your expedition will take you on a journey of 545 kilometres, while you climb six major passes. Here, you will challenge yourself and above all have bring back loads of memories
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Magnificent views of the Himalayas
  • Cross the famous Rohtang Pass
  • Reach the Tanglang La Pass - the second highest motorable pass in India
  • Witness the landscapes of Leh
  • Cycling Days
    • 09 Days
  • Rest Days
    • 03 Days
Start of Tour

Manali

Total Cycling Distance 540 KM.
End of Tour

Leh

  • Day 1Arrive Manali
    • As we arrive at Manali, our first day requires us to get familiar with our bikes. We carry on a small cycling tour in the local areas of the town. This is mainly done to acclimatise ourselves to the environment. We spend the night in a hotel.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Manali - Marhi
    • Starting from Manali, we begin our expedition. Our first ascent will be just a "warm-up", for what lies ahead. The route takes us through a set of hairpin bends that run past deodar and pine forests. We camp at Marhi for the night.

    • Riding distance : 36 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 3Marhi - Keylong
    • Today we start our 12 kms ascent to the renowned Rohtang Pass, offering us perfect views of the panoramic snow covered peaks. After this, we descend to Gramphu, where we meet stretches of flat road while we cross the rapid waters of the river at Khoksar. Our ride then leads us to Sissu, which is at the base of the Pir Panjal range. From here, Keylong is a short ride away, and we cross mountain streams on our way. We spend the night in a camp.

    • Riding distance : 78 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4Keylong - Patseo
    • We begin our ride to Patseo on a rugged road. As we pass the Jispa Village, the terrain gets arid. Our ride from here is a short downhill before we ascend to Patseo.

      Here, we will see barely any habitation, maybe just a few sheep grazing as we enter the Lama territory. On the horizon, we will observe the mesmerising skyline of the higher Himalayan ranges. We spend the night camping.

    • Riding distance : 48 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 5Patseo - Sarchu
    • Our ride today takes us through a steep ascent to the Baralacha La Pass. As we cycle through the pass, we will observe that the terrain has no vegetation and the mountains are covered with only rocks and loose stones. However, this is an experience in itself.

      After crossing the pass, we descend into the gorge like area of Bharatpur, which requires us to cross mountain rivers. We spend the night camping.

    • Riding distance : 58 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 6Sarchu
    • Our rest day is important as we need to acclimatise ourselves and experience the magnificent views. We spend the night camping.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 7Sarchu - Whiskey Nullah
    • Our cycling journey continues with an easy climb, but soon we face the challenging route of 21 zigzag hairpin bends of Gata that take us up to 15,302 feet!

      Only once we pass the Gata loops, will we arrive at Nakeela Pass. This is where our route takes a downhill ride all the way to Whiskey Nullah. You will experience beautiful and dry mountain landscapes along the way. We camp here overnight.

    • Riding distance : 56 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 8Whiskey Nullah - Tso Kar Lake
    • Our next stop on this amazing cycling journey is the famous Lachalang La, which is the second highest mountain pass that lies on the Manali-Leh highway. Here, you might face a tough route, as the roads aren't properly paced and have loose gravel stones. After this pass, we have a long descent to Pang - a STEEP gorge. We then have an 8 kms switchback climb to Moray Plains, where you can find flat lands. This empty area faces extreme rise and fall in temperatures. In the morning and evening it's prone to fast winds and sandstorms. The Nomadic Chanpas serve as the only signs of life, and they can be found tending to yaks. We spend the night camping at the Tso Kar Lake that lies 20 kms below Tanglang La, which is second highest pass in the world with a height of 5, 360 metres.

    • Riding distance : 82 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 9Tso Kar lake - Rumtse
    • Our ride can be challenging as we begin our climb to Tanglang La. This long climb starts gradually and then gets steeper as we reach the top. Once you reach there, you will realise that you will be at 5,360 metres above sea level! This is the second highest motorable route in India! We are rewarded with majestic views of the great Himalayan and the Karakorum Mountains.

      After this exhilarating ride, we cycle down 1,200 metres of switchbacks to reach the village of Rumtse. We camp here overnight.

    • Riding distance : 51 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 10Rumtse - Leh
    • What we have today is an easy descent to Upshi. While cycling you will realise that the scenery changes drastically. We are now greeted by green landscapes and valleys with small fields and villages. The beauty of this is enhanced with the red mountains that you will encounter. As our route joins the Indus Valley, the road gets better all the way to Leh. Our ride then becomes easy as we pass the Chortens Garden and Thiksey Gompa right before Leh. We spend the night in Leh.

    • Riding distance : 91 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 11Khardung la ride
    • You'll start early in the morning for the toughest climb of the expedition, to the highest motor able pass in the world - the mighty Khardungla. The climb will take anywhere between 7 to 10 hours and the downhill will take between 2 and 3 hours - so be mentally prepared for a long exhausting day. The Khardung-la stands tall at 18,380 feet at a distance of 40 kms from Leh. The entire ride to the pass will be uphill which means that you'll get an incredible 40 kms downhill on your way back from the pass.

    • Riding distance : 40 Km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 12Depart Leh
    • Today, after breakfast, we transfer you to airport for your return journey.

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Inclusions

  • 11 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Leh.
  • Support vehicles as per group size.
  • Driver allowance, permit and night halt charges.
  • Travel Insurance

Exclusions

  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Camera charges and entry fee to monasteries.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages
  • Any transport to Manali Hotel / from Leh. Your tour price starts Ex Manali.
  • Evacuation charges, damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Government Service Tax of 5%.
  • Cycle Hire. (Cycle rental cost is INR 8500/- per person)

Price - Valid till 30 Sep 2019

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Manali 44,900*
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on twin sharing basis with standard hotel / camps.

Things to Carry

  • Long sleeve jersey
  • Long cycling tights
  • Waterproof lowers and uppers
  • Fall/ winter gloves
  • Buff/ Balaclava
  • Arm/ leg warmers
  • Waterproof socks
  • Cotton clothing for summer days, light woollen clothes for evenings. Heavy woollens for winter.
  • Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.
  • 2 pairs cycling shorts.
  • 2 cycling tops. 
  • 2 pairs cycling socks.
  • 1 pair cycling shoes.
  • Saddle Bag.
  • Cycling Gloves.
  • Bike Buddy' bottle cage/Water bladder.
  • Knee pads and elbow pads.

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    Our food menu is based on fresh food to provide three nutritious, plentiful and tasty meals daily.

    • Breakfast is a selection of cereal, muesli, and porridge, followed by chapatti, puri and local breads. An egg dish usually completes the meal by providing you with the proteins you will need.
    • Lunch is a meagre affair with a packed lunch that will be a combination of a sandwich or a roll, along with boiled egg/potato, a juice pack, some chocolates and dry fruits. This is to ensure you don't feel stuffed and heavy while cycling. Juices, dry-fruits and chocolates will supplement your diet during your ride through the day.
    • Our evening meal comprises of soup and is followed by parathas, rice/pasta, and a range of vegetable dishes. Fruit or a local dessert completes the meal.

  • Clothes to carry

    • Long sleeve jersey
    • Long cycling tights
    • Waterproof lowers and uppers
    • Fall/ winter gloves
    • Buff/ Balaclava
    • Arm/ leg warmers
    • Waterproof socks
    • Cotton clothing for summer days, light woollen clothes for evenings. Heavy woollens for winter.
    • Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.

  • Equipment Checklist

    • 2 pairs cycling shorts.
    • 2 cycling tops. 
    • 2 pairs cycling socks.
    • 1 pair cycling shoes.
    • Saddle Bag.
    • Cycling Gloves.
    • Bike Buddy' bottle cage/Water bladder.
    • Knee pads and elbow pads.

  • Medication & First Aid

    Our tour leaders are certified and trained in wilderness first response and equipped with skills to deal with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. A full sized first aid kit including oxygen canisters will be carried during the trip because of the altitude. Participants must carry any specific personal medication that they consume along with sunscreen lotion and multivitamin tablets.

  • Books to Read

    Sojourn in Sub Zero by Vasanth Gopalakrishnan - What happens when an ordinary couple from Delhi decides to go on a Himalayan adventure in the dead of winter? They freeze, multiple times. This out-of-the-ordinary travelogue gives the reader a humorous and quirky account of 8 frigid days the author spent in Ladakh with his wife. Spanning over a time period of about 2 weeks, Vasanth and his wife experience every little disaster possible while road tripping to lovely Ladakh in sub-zero temperatures!

    The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy - This is a fictional account of a woman who moves to the Himalayan foothills after a tragedy resulting in the death of her husband left her yearning for a fresh start. Maya finds herself at peace in the remote village, but when threats to destroy the village start coming in from the outside world, she finds herself fighting to protect the people and nature she has come to love.

  • Approximate Group Size

    Minimum 08 Guest.

  • Money

    INR 5000/- minimum

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.