CYCLE TOUR MANALI TO LEH MOUNTAIN

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14 Days
Availability : 10 June to 10 Sep 2018
Manali
Leh
Min Age : Extreme
Max People : 10
Tour Details

This is definitely a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip! Your adventure begins from the lush green valleys and you get your first dose of adrenaline as you pedal up the Rohtang pass. From here, you will experience a constant change in the terrain along with the people (their looks), culture, religion etc. The entire route is full of changing colours and you will indeed appreciate the endurance and openness of the human heart! The plateaus, high passes and the beauty of the nature will fill you with many emotions and a sense of pride. We top it up with a ride from the KhardungLa pass (one of the highest motorable pass in the world).

Though this is an extreme ride, previous experience is not a necessity butwill definitely be an advantage.

Restriction:Foreigners need Inner Line Permit, Vehicles need Rohtang permit.
If you are a group, we can make a special package for your group only OR, you can join our Fixed Departures:

Fixed Departures

  • 09 June – 22 July 2018
  • 30 June – 13 July 2018
  • 21 July – 03 Aug 2018
  • 11 Aug – 22 Aug 2018
  • 25 Aug – 07Sep 2018
  • 08 Sep – 21 Sep 2018
  • If the minimum group size is not met, then we reserve the right to cancel the departure. We may offer to run the trip exclusively for you but the price will vary as costs shoot up. It is also possible to customize the trip as per your own requirements (departure dates, group size, additional facilities etc), price will vary. Please send us a query for the same.
Itinerary

Day 01Report in Manali

All participants should report by 1700 hours in a pre-booked hotel in Manali.

Day 2Manali

Today we will test our mountain bikes and go for a short ride to look at some popular sights.We start by paying obeisance to Hadimba (Hidimba) Devi, the primary Goddess of Manali. Later we drive to the Roerich art Galleryin Naggarthat was once the home of the Russian Painter Nicolas Roerich and Devika Rani – first lady of Indian Cinema. The evening is free to explore the local surroundings.

A beautiful fir & pine forests encircles Manali and there are lovely walks in and around the town. There is also a colourful Tibetan bazaar famous for its shawls, caps, jewellery and handicrafts made by Tibetan refugees. We will also do a gear-check to ensure our preparedness for the rough trip ahead.

Day 3Manali – Marhi (35 Km/ 05-06 hours, elevation gain 1250m)

Today we start early for our first full day of biking. We start by crossing the river and the trail is more or less straight till the village of Palchan, home to one of the youngest Everest climber, Ms. Dicky Dolma. The terrain is very pretty as you pass through the Gulbarga and climb steadily towards the Rohtang pass. There are beautiful forests laden with Cedar and Fir trees, and beautiful creeks, mountain river and gorges along the way. The trail gets rough with unending hairpin bends as you cross Kothi and Rahla falls. Then you reach a clearing where there are numerous local eateries ‘dhabas’ as they are called. This is Marhi, where we stop for the night.

Day 4Marhi – Sissu (53kms/ 05-06 hours, elevation gain 1600m)

An early start to cross the Rohtang pass 3980m. This pass is closed six months in a year. The trail is ‘tighter’ as you reach the pass, where we take a short photo break. From here, we leave the ‘green belt’. Cycle down to Gramphu T-point, leave the trail heading to Spiti valley as we cycle on to Lahaul valley. At Koksar, we will have a tea break. For foreigners, there is a passport registration centre here. You will see rocky barren mountains as you follow the Chandra River to reach Sissu, a beautiful green village with tall Poplar and willow trees.

Day 5Sissu – Jispa(64 Km/06-07 hour, elevation gain 600m)

Passing through the village of Sissu and few others we reach Tandi Bridge, where the river Chandra and Bhaga meet to form the river Chandra Bhaga, called Chenab as it enters Pakistan at Kishtwar.

From Tandi, a short climb brings you to Keylong, headquarter of the district of Lahaul and Spiti. Keylong is a rich town where people earn a living by exporting peas and apricot to the other parts of the country during summers. From here, it is a lovely trail that descends to Jispa.

Day 6Day 06: Jispa – ZingZingbar 4079m(30.9 Km/03-04 hours, elevation gain 500m)

Another fairly,easy-going day for acclimatisation as we are now approaching the Great Himalayan Range. We cycle through beautiful green pastureland to take a break at Darcha (3235m), also a routine Passport registration for foreigners. From here, we continue climbing, until we reach Patseo (3650m). Patseo (pronounced as Phat-seo) used to be the place of an annual fair of the Changpa nomads. From here, a gradual climb leads us to ZingZingbar. There are lot of ‘tent –restaurants’ here.

Day 7ZingZingbar – Sarchu 4253m (53 Km, 6-7 Hr, elevation gain 1050m)

This is one of the toughest days of our trip as we have a long ascent to the spectacular double pass of the Baralacha-La at 4800mtrs (‘La’ is a mountain pass in local language). There is a small lake just before BaraLacha La, known as the Suraj Tal (Sun Lake). 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 Baralacha-La, descend to the settlement at Bharatpur city. The trail from Bharatpur Cityto Sarchu is through spectacular plain valleys.Sarchu is the border between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu&Kashmir.

Day 8Sarchu –WhiskeyNala 4758m (48Km, 7 hours, elevation gain 700m up, 50m down)

We start early for our longest and hardest day of cycling. The trail traversing for few Kms before reaching the bottom of the Gata Loops which is a series of 22 amazing hairpin bends. We take it slowly. There are lot of ‘kodak moments’ along the road as the valley behind is full of amazing wind eroded rock formations. From the top, another hour of gradual ascent takes you to Nakila pass 4800m. From here, it is a short descent to Whiskey Nala.

Day 09WhiskeyNala – Tso-Karturn Off 4515m (68Km, 07 hours, elevation gain 370m Up, 650m descent)

Another 02 hours of climb leads us to the LachalungLa pass, from here there is a series of downhill through some of the most amazing mountain scenery. The path rises a bit to reach Pang, a tea break point. The climb continues to reach the edge of the Morey Plains 4700m; a stunning plateau of bright green short grass in the middle of the mountains. We are now in the Rupshu area; the waterless high altitude desert of the Tibetan Plateau. This area is all above 4500m and is home to the hardy Changpas, Tibetan nomads who live in yak hair tents and graze huge flocks of sheep and yaks in this seemingly barren landscape.
You can visit the Tsokar lake if desired.

Day 10Tso-Kar – Lato(72Km, 06-07 hours, elevation gain 700m 1200 m descent)

Today we start with a climb to the top of the Tanglang La 5328m. The climb itself is not too difficult however the altitude is the real challenge. A signpost at the top claims it to be the second highest motorable pass in the world! You can see the peaks of both the Himalaya as well as the Karakorum range. After a photo break, continue down the zig zag road to our first real villages since Lahaul.The houses and green fields of barley and potatoes greet us as we reach our camp at Lato.

Day 11Lato – Leh (Leh 70 Km, 04 – 05 hours, elevation gain 450m)

An enjoyable day’s ride through very typical Ladakh scenery – prayer wheels and stupas abounding. We follow the Kyamnar River to the police checkpost atUpshi. Here we join the Indus Valley, which we follow all the way into Leh. There is a final sting in the tail as we leave the Indus and climb into Leh

Day 12Leh

After a lazy breakfast, we visit the monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey and Shey Palace. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 13Leh – Khardunglapass 5602m– Leh (80kms, 10 hours, elevation gain 2100m)

After cycling through some of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world, the last challenge would be to reach the Khardung La (5602m), touted to be the highest motorable road pass in the world!We leave Leh early as the ascent takes 06 hours approx. The views are amazing. After a photo stop, we either cycle back, or hop a ride back (pre decided). Depending on the group, you may drive up and cycle down.

Day 14Leh Departure

Early departure to the airport. You also have the option to join our other trips including a climb to Mt.StokKangri (6153m).

Price Includes

Notes
  • Transportation.
  • Hotel on Twin sharing basis with B&B: Manali and Leh.
  • All meals from Jispa to Leh.
  • Accommodation in trekking tents in Kaza, Losar, Batal and Chhatru.
  • Accompanying English-speaking guide.
  • Support vehicle with mechanic
  • Mobile Kitchen services during the cycling days.
  • Camping equipment including Tent (2-3 persons in each tent) and carry-mat (clients are advised to bring their own sleeping bags).
  • Camping Fee.

Price Excludes

  • Mountain bike Rental charges.
  • Government tax.
  • Entry fees, Passport, Visa fee and fee for inoculations, health certificates.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Cost incurred due to any kind of emergency.
  • In the eventually of the trip being cancelled due to unforeseen conditions like weather and closure of the passes, no refund shall be given.
  • Any services/ item not mentioned above.
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