Manali Leh Mountain Biking Tour (16N/17D)
Experience 14 days of fun and challenges in this mountain biking tour during which we cross two of the highest mountain passes.These high mountain passes provide a picturesque view of gorgeous snow-capped peaks and rugged terrains. This bike-safari is conducted along one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. It is a strenous ride but the beauty around you compensates for that. The areas we travel through represent some of the last places on earth where the Tibetan Buddhist culture still exists. It is of fundamental importance that both you and your bike are stable as this 478 kilometers journey through the desolate and remote country involves climbing six major passes up to a height of 5600 meters ( 18,414 feet).
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
We pick you up from the airport and bring you to the designated hotel where you stay overnight.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Delhi, Drive to Manali (585 kilometers)
On the second day, we visit the famous sights in Delhi such as Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple and Qutb Minar. In the evening we drive to Manali.
Day 3: Rest and Local Sightseeing in Manali
After a tiring journey by car we take rest on this day at the hotel. Later we go for local sightseeing, after which we return to our hotel and stay the night there.
Day 4: Manali
On the fourth day we test our mountain bikes in the Himalayas while doing a local cycling tour. Afterwards we come back and stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Manali-Marhi
This is our first step as we begin to warm u for the tough ride ahead. Cycling out of Manali through an evergreen area of pine and deodar trees, we tackle the first set of many hairpin bends and switch backon the way to the Rohtang Pass. Later we return to our camps and stay overnight.
Cycling Distance : 25 miles (42 kilometers)
Altitude: 3350 meters (11,000 feet)
Day 6: Marhi-Keylong
We start the day with a 12 kilometers ascent to the Rohtang Pass. If the weather is fine here, we can see some lovely scenic views on the horizon of snow-clad peaks and glaciers. Once we have refreshed ourselves in Rohtang, we leave the lush vegetation and move toward Gramphu. From here we will encounter some unmetalled stretches of flat road as we cross the raging torrent of the river at Khoksar and continue a short and easy ride to Sissu in the foothills of Pir Panjal range. From this point it is a short ride to Keylong crossing mountain streams flowing over the road. Later we return back and spend the night at the hotel.
Day 7: Keylong-Patseo
This is a relatively easy day where we cycle up to Patseo. The terrain is much more arid and the road is rutty, dusty and rocky. Passing the hamlet of Jispa, we come out of a gorge and descend downhill before starting the ascent to Patseo. We now get a sense of the isolation of this area with only a few sheep around. From here we begin to enter the territory of the Lamas. In the far horizon we can see the bleak but awesome spectacle of the higher Himalayan ranges. In the evening we return to our camps where we stay for the rest of the night.
Day 8: Patseo-Sarchu
Today we indulge in a hard long climb to the Baralacha La Pass. It is rewarding as you travel through this wild and scenic country. The pass is arid with no vegetation, the sides of the mountains look more like a quarry covered with loose rocks and scree. As we descend through the gorge area of Bharatpur, we will see mountain rivers before reaching our destination. We stay in the camp at night.
Cycling Distance: 29 miles (48 kilometers)
Altitude: 3820 meters (12,500 feet)
Day 9: Rest Day
This is an important day to rest andacclimatize so you can enjoy the magnificent scenery around the camp. We stay in this camp for the night.
Day 10: Sarchu-Whisky Nullah
This day starts with some easy cycling but we will soon tackle the zig-zagged 21 loops of Gata at 15,030 feet up the canyon wall. Once we reach the summit of the Nakeela Pass, we go downhill to Whisky Nullah. Today we pass some beautiful arid mountain scenery of the higher range. At night we stay at our camping site.
Cycling Distance: 34 miles (56 kilometers)
Altitude: 4750 meters (15,800 feet)
Day 11: Whisky Nallah-Koksar Lake
We begin by going up the second highest pass on the Manali-Leh highway up to Lachalang La. The quality of the road here is expected to be the worst compared to the entire trip. It distinctly lacks tarmac and is filled with gravels and loose stones. Next we go downwards to Pang through a steep gorge followed by an 8 kilometers long switch-back climb before reaching the flat top of the Moray plains.
Cycling distance: 49 miles (82 kilometers)
Altitude: 4835 meters (15,600 feet)
Day 12: Koksar Lake-Rumptse
It is a truly satisfying challenge to reach the top. Right after experiencing the beauty of this place we start descending the village of Rumptse. Here we stay in our camping area for the night.
Cycling distance: 30 miles (51 kilometers)
Altitude: 4260 meters (14,000 feet)
Day 13: Rumptse-Leh
As we continue descending towards Upshi, the scenery changes dramatically. We arrive in a fertile, irrigated valley by the river dotted with pretty village and stupas. The spectacular red coloured mountains around us add to the beauty and richness of the scenery. The road improves as we cross the Indus River and we start following the other road users going towards Leh. This is an easy ride as we pass the Thiksey monastery and Chortens Garden before we reach Leh. Reaching Leh we check-in at the hotel where we spend the night.
Cycling distance: 56 miles (91 kilometers)
Altitude: 3600 meters (1,1500 feet)
Day 14: Leh
Today we take a break from bikes and instead explore Leh and its twisted, narrow streets. We also visit some of the famous sites such as Leh Palace and Sakar Gompa monastery. Come back and enjoy a fine stay at the hotel.
Day 15: Leh-Khardungla Pass
As soon as the sun rises, we set our for Khardung La Pass. This is the ultimate challenge of the trip where we cycle 2000 meters (6600 feet). This is the highest motorable road in the world taking you to a dizzy 5600 meters.The view from the top is spectacular, stretching from the Indus valley in the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range to the giants of the Saser Massif in the North. You can feel proud of a true achievement as you finish this trip with a final, satisfying descent. We return to the hotel and stay the night here.
Day 16 Leh - Delhi
We will be transferred for the early morning flight to Delhi. Overnight in hotel