Manali to Leh Himalayan Cycling Adventure Tour

Destination

Himalayas

Duration

14 Days

Activity

Cycling

Grade

Pro

Stays

Standard

Price

$1900

Departures Available
July 21, 2024
- August 3, 2024

Himachal to Ladakh Cycling Adventure

Welcome to the thrilling Manali to Leh Himalayan Cycling Adventure Tour! Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the majestic Himalayas, traversing breathtaking landscapes, and challenging terrains, and experiencing the awe-inspiring beauty of the region.

Fly into New Delhi and stay at the Posh Hotel in the Capital City of India. The next day, we will visit the monuments of Old Delhi and Chandni Chowk Market. We board the night bus (Volvo AC) to arrive early morning at Manali. Our adventure begins in Manali, where we will fit our cycles. You have the option to embark on a village cycling tour, immersing yourself in the local culture and scenic beauty. From Manali, we start our cycling expedition, ascending through the enchanting Pine and Deodar forests. We will navigate through hairpin bends and switchbacks, passing by apple orchards, small hamlets, and mesmerizing waterfalls as we make our way to Marhi. Continuing our ascent, we reach Rohtang Pass, rewarded with magnificent views of snow-covered peaks and glaciers. We then descend to Gramphu, crossing the river at Khoksar and cycling through the foothills of the Pir Panjal range to reach Sissu. Our journey continues to Jispa, as we cycle along scenic valleys and arid mountains, passing through Keylong. After a steady climb, we enjoy a long downhill ride to Jispa, where we can relax and rejuvenate. Next, we cycle towards Zing Zing Bar, marveling at the stunning gorge and ascending to Patseo. As we cross streams and catch glimpses of grazing lamas and the higher Himalayan ranges, we make our way to Sarchu, a picturesque location surrounded by impressive mountains. From Sarchu, we embark on a challenging climb to Baralacha La Pass, taking us through wild and scenic terrain. We then enjoy a thrilling downhill ride across the gorge and rivers, soaking in the beauty of the wide-open valley.

Our adventure continues as we cycle to Whisky Nullah, traversing the famous Gata Loops with 21 zigzag turns. We then face a steeper push to the summit of Nakeela Pass, followed by a scenic downhill ride with breathtaking views of the high mountain ranges. Finally, we reach the campsite. Ascending further, we make our way to Tso Kar Lake, ascending zigzags up to Lachalang La. After a long descent to Pang, we climb switchbacks to the flat top of the Moray Plains, where we can admire the hardy Nomadic Changpas tending their yaks and sheep. A downhill ride takes us to the campsite near Tso Kar Lake. Our journey nears its end as we face the challenging ascent to Tanglang La, the world’s second-highest pass at 5,328 meters. We then enjoy an exhilarating descent through switchbacks to the Rumptse Village, before reaching the picturesque village of Lato, nestled under immense rock faces. Finally, we cycle uphill to Upshi, passing through fertile irrigated river valleys, scenic villages, and spectacular red-hued mountains. Crossing the Indus River, we cycle along the Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Garden, eventually reaching our destination, Leh.

Join us on this extraordinary Manali to Leh Himalayan Cycling Adventure Tour, where every pedal stroke will bring you closer to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas, challenging terrains, and unforgettable experiences. Prepare to create lifelong memories and immerse yourself in the grandeur of this incredible region!

Tour Highlights

Red Fort Delhi

Explore Old Delhi and Chandni Chowk Market

Explore the grandeur of history at the iconic Red Fort, where centuries of Mughal architecture and culture unfold. Then, wander through the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk market, immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Delhi's street life, rich with history, commerce, and culinary delights.
Himalayan Cycling

Cycling through the Magical Himalayas

Embarking on a cycling adventure through the enchanting Himalayas offers a thrilling experience, with the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the higher ranges. Pedaling along winding mountain roads, passing through picturesque valleys and quaint villages, cyclists are rewarded with breathtaking vistas and a sense of accomplishment amidst the majestic Himalayan scenery.
Cycling along the mesmerizing Pir Panchal ranges to Jispa

The scenic Pir Panjal Ranges

The Pir Panjal Ranges, located in the western Himalayas, boast stunning natural beauty and serve as a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Cycling through the scenic Pir Panjal Ranges allows riders to immerse themselves in the pristine landscapes, dense forests, sparkling rivers, and panoramic vistas that characterize this picturesque mountain range.
High Altitude Lake

High Altitude Tso Kar Lake

Tso Kar Lake is a mesmerizing high-altitude lake surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. It is known for its serene beauty and unique ecosystem. The tranquil ambiance, with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and vast open meadows, offers a picturesque setting for nature lovers and photographers. The lake is also a paradise for birdwatchers, as it attracts various migratory bird species. Exploring Tso Kar Lake allows visitors to experience the untouched beauty of the Himalayas and immerse themselves in the tranquility of this remote and captivating natural wonder.
Zing Zing Bar, Himachal Pradesh

The mountain village life of the Himalayas

The mountain villages of the Himalayas exude a sense of peace and tranquility, providing a glimpse into a simpler way of life far removed from the hustle and bustle of city living. Cycling through these peaceful mountain villages offers the chance to interact with friendly locals, experience their warm hospitality, and immerse oneself in their rich cultural traditions, all while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan landscapes.
Tented Camping Sarchu

Stay at a campsite amidst the scenic Himalayan Valleys

Nestled amidst the majestic Himalayan Valleys, staying at a campsite offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and experience the serenity of the mountains. Camping amidst the scenic mountains allows travelers to witness stunning sunrises and sunsets, gaze at a blanket of stars, and enjoy the invigorating mountain air, creating unforgettable memories of their Himalayan journey.
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Challenging cycling across the highest Himalayan Passes

Cycling across the highest Himalayan Passes presents an exhilarating challenge for adventurous cyclists, testing their endurance and providing an adrenaline-pumping experience. Conquering passes like Lachalang La, Tanglang La, and Rohtang Pass, with their steep ascents, winding roads, and breathtaking vistas, rewards cyclists with a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity to witness the incredible mountain scenery.
Cycling along the magical air and Buddhist prayer flags of Tawang

The Buddhist Monasteries of Ladakh

Ladakh is renowned for its ancient Buddhist monasteries, which are not only religious centers but also architectural marvels that reflect the region's rich cultural heritage. Exploring monasteries such as Shey, Thiksey, and Diskit allows visitors to immerse themselves in the peaceful atmosphere, witness the mesmerizing murals and sculptures, and experience the spirituality and tranquility that permeate these sacred spaces.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at New Delhi

Activity: Arrival at New Delhi, Airport Pickup and Transfer to Hotel
Stay At: Jaypee Siddharth
Meals: Breakfast
New Delhi
Rickshaw Ride Chandini Chowk Market New Delhi

Day 2: Explore Old Delhi and Night Bus to Manali

Activity: Old Delhi Sightseeing and Evening Transfer to Manali by Night Bus (Volvo)
Stay At: Night Bus (Volvo AC)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Arrival at Manali

Activity: Early morning arrival at Hotel in Manali, followed by Cycle Fitting, Optional Village Cycling
Stay At: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Manali Cycling
Cycling to Marhi

Day 4: Cycling to Marhi

Activity: Cycling through Pine and Deodar forests, traversing hairpin bends and switchbacks to Rohtang Pass, along apple orchards, small hamlets, and waterfalls as we ascend to Marhi
Activity Distance : 35 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cycling to Sissu

Activity: Ascent to Rohtang Pass with view of snow-covered peaks and glaciers, descent to Gramphu, crossing the river at Khoksar and cycle to the foothills of the Pir Panjal range
Activity Distance : 47 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner
Cycling to Sissu
Cycling to Jispa

Day 6: Cycling to Jispa

Activity: Cycling via Keylong along the scenic valleys and arid mountains, After Keylong, Steady climb and long downhill to Jispa
Activity Distance : 54 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cycling to Zing Zing Bar

Activity: Cycling along the gorge, ascent to Patseo crossing streams with view of grazing lamas and and higher Himalayan ranges
Activity Distance : 31 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner
Cycling to Zing Zing Bar
Cycling to Sarchu

Day 8: Cycling to Sarchu

Activity: Hard long climb to Baralacha La Pass through wild, scenic country, downhill ride across the gorge and rivers
Activity Distance : 53 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Tented Camp located in a wide-open valley surrounded by impressive mountains.
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cycling to Whisky Nullah

Activity: Initial easy ride along the river valley, then traversing the 21 zigzag Gata Loops 15,030ft up the canyon wall and further steeper push to the summit of the Nakeela Pass, and downhill cycling with view scenic arid mountains of the high ranges to reach the campsite
Activity Distance : 56 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner
The broken roads to Whisky Nallah
Whisky Nullah to Tso Kar Cycling

Day 10: Cycling to Tso Kar Lake

Activity: Ascending the zigzags up to Lachalang La, long descent to Pang followed by switchback climb to the flat top of the Moray Plains with view of hardy Nomadic Changpas tending their yaks and sheeps. Downhill ride to the Campsite
Activity Distance : 75 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cycling to Lato

Activity: Challenging cycling to world's second highest pass, the Tanglang La at 5,328m, further descent through the exhilarating 1,200m descent of switchbacks to the Rumptse Village and further cycling to Lato
Activity Distance : 69 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, Dinner
Himalayan River Indus Cycling to Debring
Lato to Leh Cycling

Day 12: Cycling to Leh

Activity: Continuing uphill to Upshi along the fertile irrigated river valley, scenic villages, spectacular red-hued mountains and the Stupas, crossing the Indus River and cycle along the Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Garden to reach Leh
Activity Distance : 75 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch

Day 13: Cycling to Khardungla

Activity: Optional Cycling to Khardung La Pass and Transfer to Leh
Activity Distance : 40 Kms
Terrain : High Altitude Mountain Roads
Stay At: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch
Himalayan Cycling Adventure. A man riding a mountain bike on the side of a mountain through Khardungla pass.
Buddha

Day 14: Tour Ends

Activity: We will drop to Leh Airport, Farewell till the next Adventure, Departure

Route Map

Manali to Leh Cycling Route Map

Inclusions

  • Accompanying English Speaking Guide
  • Geared Bicycles (Trek / Giant / Cannondale / Scott)
  • Accommodation in Twin Share
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Snacks, Beverages & Drinking Water
  • Activities as mentioned
  • Entry Fees at Forest, Monuments, Plantation, Museums etc
  • Transfers in AC vehicle
  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Toll, Vehicle Permit & Parking
  • Government taxes

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratitude

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