Manali to Leh Mountain Bike TourEnjoy unlimited fun & challenge on bikes crossing World’s top two highest mountain passes. The bike safari involves crossing over high mountain passes providing spectacular views of snow capped peaks, rugged terrain and traveling through one of the most spectacular & picturesque landscapes in the World. Every year sees more and more cyclists attempting this high altitude cycle ride which must rate as one of the most spectacular in the World. The 478 kms journey through desolate and remote country involves climbing five major passes up to a height of 5600 m (18,414 ft), so both you and your bike must be in good condition. The route is slightly easier from north to south, but most cyclists find the objective of going to Leh more appealing and this direction is far better for acclimatization. The right machine for the journey is really a question of preference. Mountain bikes fitted with 26 x 1.5 tires which will have you speeding along on the paved sections (about 50% of the road is sealed). Come prepared for every possible weather imaginable from scorching sunshine to freezing blizzards, even in mid-summers.
Delhi / Manali / Rohalla / Tandi / Jispa / Patseo / Serchu / Pang / Tsokar / Upshi / Leh / Khardung La / Alchi / Leh / Delhi
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Arrival at the airport, to be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi to Manali (553km / 8-9hrs)
After the Breakfast drive to Manali by Coach through the hill-landscape of Himachal Pradesh into the valley of Kulu and the Beas River along into the small town of Manali (2000m). Overnight-stay in a hotel.
Day 03: Manali Sight Seeing
The mountain bikes will be settled up, and now you can go on a first reconnaissance-trip: A forest hides a temple called Hadimba Devi, made out of wood with remarkable carving. Later you drive steeply up to "Old Manali", a picturesque village close to the ruins of the Fortress Mandakot. Along the Beas River you will find the hot sources of Vashist. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 04: Manali to Rohalla (5 hrs)
You are biking on the highest road of the world. This trip through the "alpine" forest to the Rothang La serves for your acclimatization. After the last village, called Kothi, many serpentines bring you to the Rohalla Falls and after a big turn into a small valley you reach the camp where you stay overnight (3000m). Now the cook spoils you with his arts. However, it could be raining there, because in this height the weather changes. Overnight in the Camp.
Day 05: Rohalla to Tandi (75 kms / 5hrs)
In many serpentines and over green pastures, it goes to the Rothang La, 4060m. There you can enjoy the view over the glacier summits of Spiti, and the mountains of Ladakh. It’s fantastic! Now you enjoy the downhill of about 1000 height-meters to the village of Khoksar. There is the first check post, but you need not a permit. You are now in Lahaul-Valley. In softly up and down, you reach Tandi, the campsite at the place, where the rivers Chandra and Bhaga comes together. (2800m). Overnight in the Camp.
Day 06: Tandi to Jispa (6 hrs)
You start early morning into the canyon and come to Keylong, the capital city of Lahaul-Valley. Prayer flags and Mani walls clarify for you that you are in a Tibetan- Buddhist culture-area. Four monasteries surrounding in the former capital of Lahaul invite you for sightseeing. The monastery of Kardung shines at the opposite hillside in the sun. After a powerful uphill in the afternoon you reach at the camp Jispa (3200m).Overnight in Camp.
Day 07: Jispa to Patseo (32 km / 3 hrs)
Now the wood border is behind you, passing Darcha (3235m), in a big river-landscape, you reach Patseo (3650m) on a comfortable half-stage. You start your trip intentionally quietly, in because of the adaptation of height. There you get a lot of fresh tea, because much drinking is very important during the acclimatization. Overnight in the Camp.
Day 08: Patseo to Baralacha La to Serchu (55 km / 6-8 hrs )
The Baralacha La, 4670m, is the first key-position on this demanding tour. The timberline remains behind, the landscape becomes balder. The height of this pass is a crossing- point of archaic caravan-ways. Three rivers rise from here: Bhaga, Chandra and one of the brooks of Zanskar, which will follow you from now on at your way in direction northwards to Indus. You have crossed the weather- difference of the Himalayan. You are very proud that you have managed this without help of the car, which accompanies you. Now, the indented mountains of Ladakh and Ruphsu are in front of you. Campsite in Sarchu at the Zanskar River. The cook there pampers you with original Indian or Nepalese food. The comfortable tents will give you a gently night. This day you pushed up your bike 1800 height meters and finished 55km.Overnight in the Camp.
Day 09: Serchu to Pang (84 kms / 7-9 hrs)
Early morning you start the strongest steppe. First you go approximately 38 km very flat till you come to the Gataloops. The next 800 height meters you push up your bike in many serpentines. Then you reach Nakee La 5050m. A short downhill (250m) and the last ascent bring you to the Lachalung La 5150m. On the pass travelers have established Manis out of stones, which should appease the mountain- demons. The wind cancels over the colorful prayer-flags. You are acclimatized well, and so also the Lachalung La 5150m, does not cause any problems in you. Over you pile the rocks of the Trans Himalaya. They roll through a bizarre canyon, until in Pang the second arm of the Zanskar is reached, the Zara Chu. Immediately beside a control- station you will stay for camping in the tents there, 4500m.
Day 10: Pang to Tsokar Lake (57 kms / 4 hrs)
You slept well in the Jute-tent. After breakfast, you start slowly at a short ascent to the Mora Plain 4700, one of the Rupshu typical, waterless high deserts. There only lives poor Changpa -Nomads, which reach even 5600m high, pastures with their yaks, sheep’s and goats. In interesting excursion, you bump over unfixed tracks to a clear; source that bubbles between mountain-backs from green pastures. Further to Tsokar, a no-flowing-off salt lake. That is eaten by a sweet twin lake, and in its mineral wealth almost suffocates. Rust and strip-goose are in this paradise equally at home, as the Tibetan gull. Few years ago people have transported the precious salt with goat stoves into the endless corners of Ladakh. It is a fantastic panorama! Campsite near the lake.
Day 11: Tsokar to Upshi (56 kms / 6-7hrs)
Only the Taklang La, 5303m separates you from the Indus-Valley. In a far swinging back, soft traverse, the street wins the saddle before debling, 4800m. You can see it as a thin line at the steep hillside. Also like the audacious turning of the old caravan-way, from prayer-masons. In three hours you are above and will be rewarded with a wonderful view on the mountains of Karakorum. It’s a stormy corner and you stay only for a short time on the pass. After taking some pictures, you have a gently downhill till Üpshi, 56 km, without treating! The street is in very good competition and you reach the camp in the romantically canyon of the Gya-River in 2 hours. Overnight in the Camp.
Day 12: Upshi to Leh (60 kms / 6-7 hrs)
It’s cold on morning in the shadow of the canyon. We start early to the Indus-Valley. We follow the green wideness till a hidden valley. Past midday we are on the last trip to Leh, we pass the monasteries of Thikse, Shey, and its time enough, to make a short visit. A last ascent, 300m, will bring you to Leh. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13: Free at you Leisure at Leh
You slept very well in the clean bed, now you have time for sightseeing and shopping in Leh. It’s fantastic here; you will find all kinds of fruits in the market,what you missed in the past. It is warm in the sun, you enjoy can black coffee and Doughnuts in one of many shops. You can visit monastery of Sankar, the Shanti Stupa, and the Tsemo Hill by Car or Jeep. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 14: Leh to Khardong La Pass to Leh (78 kms / 6-7 hrs)
You start early morning to the highest motor able pass of the world, the Khardung La 5606m. The ascent begins at 3540m and end by 5603m. There are 46 km. Behind Leh you leave the last small village, Ganglass 4000m, then you reach 2 hours later the check post in South Pullu. Only 14 km separate you from the summit. You need 3 hours to the pass. The view along the street is always fantastic, on Khardung La; you get fresh tea or Maggie noodle soup. There is also the highest Gompa, you can make a visit. The reward of the day is a fantastic downhill to Leh. This journey is very strenuous and sometimes depends on the weather. You need a technical perfect bike, a fully is the best. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 15: Leh to Alchi (70 Km / 3hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Alchi enroute visit Basgo Palace and Liker monastery. Arrive Alchi by afternoon Check in the Hotel. Visit Alchi monastery and spend rest of the day exploring the Alchi village. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Alchi to Lamayuru to Leh ( 165Km / 5-6hrs)
0800 hrs. Drive back to Lamayuru and then to Leh. Reach Leh by evening. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 17: River Rafting
After breakfast proceed for half day River Rafting on Senge Tsangpo i.e Indus River. Enjoy Ladakhi Cultural Show which follows with traditional Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 18: Leh to Delhi
06,00 hrs. transfer to airport and fly to delhi. Meet with our representative at the Delhi airport and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at Leisure. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 19: Delhi Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed for full day sight seeing of Delhi includes a visit to the majestic Red Fort, Asia's Largest Mosque Jama Masjid, drive past the architecturally uniform series of colonnade Place, India Gate, the Arch of Triumph, Presidential Palace and Parliament House. Other places of interest are Old Fort, Humayun's Tomb and Lotus Temple. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 20: Transfer to Airport
Transfer to airport to board your flight back home.