A CYCLING EXPEDITION FROM MANALI TO LEH - Explore the Himalayas in both their moods, lush and rugged, with an epic bike ride from Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh, one of the most precious destinations of India. This trip ensures 10 days of constant adrenaline rush, challenges, and fun as you cross desert valleys, an emerald lake, ride by a gorgeous river and explore the many little Buddhist villages and settlements.
Gather up in old Manali at Zostel and begin the journey with a warm-up ride to the Palchan bridge and back. Take the evening out to explore the rustic cafes of the main street and enjoy good food with live music.
Gear up as the real adventure begins today! Ride up to the Marhi village, crossing floral valleys, forests, and bucolic little towns. As you reach Kothi, get ready for a thrilling ride through hairpin bends, which last all the way up to the Rohalla Falls. The destination for the day is a campsite in Marhi, where you’ll be staying overnight.
Today’s ride starts with an epic climb to the first pass of the tour, the gorgeous Rohtang Pass at 3978m. We’ll start early to avoid traffic. And once you’re up there, rejoice and enjoy the view, as the ride that follows is downhill, so its naturally smooth and easy. As you make your way further, you’ll enter the Lahaul Valley. Tonight’s stay is at a campsite in Sissu, a beautiful town in Lahaul.
As you go further up today, the greens of the valleys will start to diminish. The terrain will gradually change from thick forests to dusty and rough routes and barren surroundings. Today, you will enjoy the quiet of the Himalayas, which is a fulfilling experience in itself.
By day 5, your body will be more accepting of the challenging terrain. You’ll come across small hamlets with people working in their tiny shacks, serving food or groceries in this harsh terrain. Your campsite for today is posted at the base of the Baralacha La, in a small hamlet called Zingzingbar.
Brace for an eventful day, as today you’ll be climbing to the mighty Baralacha La at 4890m. The road for today is covered with loose gravel and rocks, with no vegetation in sight. The only occasional encounters will be with the road workers who live and work in the area. The ride downhill from the pass will be much more pleasant and will end in Sarchu, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Himalayas at the campsite.
The day starts with a ride on a smooth road which soon turns into a thrilling climb via 21 hairpin loops, known as the Gata loops. Through these, you will reach the Nakeela pass at 4920m. The downhill ride from the pass to our next campsite in Whiskeynallah is equally exciting, thanks to the epic landscape that’ll accompany you throughout.
Today, you’ll already be entering the region of Ladakh. After crossing the Lachulung La at 5059m, a gorgeous salt-water lake, Tso Kar (4530m), will welcome you with splendid views of the mountains all around it. The descent will lead to Pang, a mysterious-looking Ladakhi village, where you will stay the night at a campsite.
Brace yourself for the most challenging leg of the adventure. Today, you’ll be crossing Tanglang La, the second highest motorable road in the world at 5328m. The ride will be tough and demanding at first but will soon reward you with an eye-pleasing view of the Himalayas along with the Karakoram range.
Ahoy, all these days of struggle mixed with adventure will finally come to an end on a high. Ride the final kilometres to Leh (3500m) where you’ll enjoy the Ladakhi and Tibetan culture aplenty. The ride today may be long but is not that difficult. And guess what- you’ll be riding along the Indus river for a better part of the day. The views are truly unforgettable on this route.
Today, one of the most memorable expeditions you will ever take will come to an end. You can spend the rest of your holidays exploring Ladakh or fly back to your city with a bundle of precious memories.
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