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Ladakh is the new love of travelers, not just from India, but from the whole world. Manali to Leh Cycle Trip enables you to explore this area in a more dynamic and detailed way.

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides, the nature of this region is different in a pleasurable way, and you will agree to that as soon as you set foot here. And despite being so far off and on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is very well linked, especially the capital city of Leh. Apart from the main airport in the capital, you can arrive in Ladakh via road too, with highways coming in from Srinagar and from Manali, the latter being one of the most delightful highways in the region.

And this is another excuse why Ladakh is dear to adventure junkies. You can ride a bike till here, or can also cycle up to this delightful land of Leh, some 11,400ft above sea level.

Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride  through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most thrilling rides to beat. Cutting across delightful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La standing at 5328m before entering Leh. The route from Manali to Leh is straight with the roads either being wholly dirt or tarmac.

In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some thrilling climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. All day the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this dynamic route consist of cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

Manali to Leh Cycle Trip Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Manali

  • After your arrival at Manali, you will be taken to the region where you will  stay.

  • Enter into the tents / guesthouse / hotel. In the afternoon, get a ride to Naggar and Roerich Art Gallery.

  • Take pleasure in  the evening in comfort. You can go to the colorful Tibetan Bazaar to shop.

  • After that there is Dinner and an overnight stay in Manali

Day 2Ride from Manali – Marhi (Uphill to camp at Marhi 35 km, 5 – 6 hour, Elevation 1250 m)

  • Commence on this day of cycling to Marhi.

  • Go through the flower valleys, forests and the tiny beautiful villages.

  • As you reach Kothi,, cycle through the hairpin bends till Rohalla Falls, explore the thrill at its best.

  • Cycle up to the campsite at Marhi and stay overnight in tents or guesthouses or hotels.

Day 3Ride from Marhi – Sissu (53 km, 5- 6 hour drive, Elevation 1600 m)

  • Cycle along the zig-zag roads to Rohtang La (3978m).

  • After arriving at the pass, keep cycling downhill to Khoksar village.

  • Then take a small detour and finally leave for Sissu.

  • After that Stay overnight in the tents / guesthouse / hotel at Sissu.

Day 4Ride from Sissu – Jispa (‘Lahaul’ Sissu – Jispa 64 km, 6-7 hour Elevation 600 m)

  • Start off cycling from Lahaul Valley to Tandi where the connection of Chandra and Bhaga can be witnessed.

  • From Tandi, climb up till Keylong.

  • After witnessing Keylong, descend to Jispa.

  • After that there is Stay overnight in Jispa.

Day 5Ride from Jispa – Patseo (32 km ride, 3 – 4 hour, Elevation 500 m)

  • On day 5, you are going to explore the wonderful green meadows and pastureland to Darch at an altitude of 3235 meters.

  • At Darcha, halt for a while to enjoy a cup of tea.

  • Keep climbing, until you arrive at Patseo (3650m).

  • After reaching, check-in to your room or tent for the stay overnight.

Day 6Ride from Patseo – Sarchu (60 km ride, 6-7 hour, Elevation of 1400 m)

  • Go through the Himalayas to Sarchu and witness the tiring day along with some enjoyment and thrill. Climb up to the Baralacha La Pass (4890m).

  • Once you arrive, you will explore the breathtaking scene of snow-covered Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila Peaks.

  • Keep cycling and ride past Kiling Serai to arrive Sarchu. After that you can stay overnight in Sarchu.

Day 7Ride from Sarchu – Pang (84 km ride, 8-9 hour, Elevation of 1200 m)

  • Commence cycling early on day 7 as you have to ride a long distance today.

  • First, climb across Brandy Nallah and Whisky Nallah toward Gata Loops. Then, climb up to the Nakli La (4740 meters) and Lachalung La Pass (5100 meters).

  • Afterwards, cross the Zanskar Range and explore the breathtaking views. From Lachalung La Pass, begin an easy ride down till you arrive at Pang.

  • After that, Stay overnight in tents at Pang.

Day 8Ride from Pang – Tso Kar (57 km ride, 4-5 hour ride, Elevation of 400 m)

  • Commence the day with a small ascent to the More Plains (4700m).
  • After that you go through Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert.
  • Turn from the main road and cycle along a sandy track to arrive at Tsokar Lake.
  • You will be staying near Pongunagu. And then stay overnight in a tent /guesthouse/hotel at TsoKar.

Day 9Ride from Tso – Kar – Rumptse (80 km ride, 6-7 hour, Elevation of 900 m)

  • Wait to explore one more long day of cycling today. Take pleasure in every bit of your trail to Rumptse.
  • Cross the last pass Taglang La (5,328 m) first and then climb to the top of Taglang La to behold the mesmerizing scenes of the Himalayas and Karakoram Range.
  • Continue to explore a long zig zag descent to arrive Rumptse.
  • After that, Stay overnight in Rumptse.

Day 10Ride from Rumptse – Leh (82 km ride, 7-8 hour, Elevation of 450 m)

  • Cycle along the Kyamnar River down to Upshi. Also, en route, reach Hemis, the biggest and richest Ladakhi monasteries. Explore old temples and Buddha statues. Embark on a ride beside the Indus River and pass through Karu, Thiksey and the ruins of Shey Palace. At the last stage, leave Indus and enter Leh.

  • Once you reach Leh, check-in to your hotel and relax.

Day 11Rest Day in Leh

  • This day is for rest and to spend on your comfort.

  • Dinner and overnight in Leh

Day 12Leh-Khardung La-Leh (approx 80 kms, 6 kms each side)

  • Post breakfast, get ready to make the high climb on day 12.  You will be going to the highest motorable all weather civilian pass, the mighty Khardung La (5,602m) The scene from the top is astonishing and you can look as far away as the Indus valley.

  • After having a packed lunch and stopping for photos, you ride downhill to reach Leh.

  • And after that have your Dinner and overnight in Hotel

Day 13Return

  • Post breakfast today, you will be leaving for home as the trip comes to an end.
Manali to Leh Cycle Trip Inclusions/Exclusions

Manali to Leh Cycle Trip: Inclusions

Meals

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
  • Two nutritional halts every day during biking

Activities

  • Biking
  • Sightseeing
  • Cycling

 

Supplementary Inclusions

  • Support vehicle
  • Mechanic support
  • An equipped vehicle with oxygen cylinder, high altitude first aid kit
  • Permit fees
  • A well marked route
  • A Map with day to day elevation profiles
  • A strong member crew for daily operations
  • A celebration in Leh

Manali to Leh Cycle Trip: Exclusions

  • Cost of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical) 
  • Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc. 
  • Any personal expenses like laundry, phone/fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, and beverages. 
  • Any extra fees appear due to a change in itinerary because of natural forces like landslides, unfavourable weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc. 
  • Nominal cost for a bonfire, barbeque and all meals at the base in Haripur (choice of veg/ non-veg). 
  • Cost of any optional activity like paragliding, rafting, angling, etc.

 

Manali to Leh Cycle Trip: Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 6 hours of successful booking. Yes, we are fast and we like it that way.
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, we will call you for alternate tours or refund you the money in your bank account (if you don’t want to book with us, that’s fine – heartbreaks are difficult but life is not fair 🙁 )

Manali to Leh Cycle Trip: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, 0% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 0% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-7 days before the start date of the trip, 0% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website and we are sad to let you go and only wish you will come back to have a great journey with us.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, we will refund you the money to 90%. We can also arrange for alternate arrangements for you, if you still love us, of course.

Manali to Leh Cycle Trip: Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 3 business days
  • All applicable refunds will be done in the traveller’s account by original payment mode i.e in your bank account. We don’t believe in refunding your amount and calling it “xyz cash”, we refund you in your bank account using your money wisely!
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Essential things to carry

  • Day pack (small bag to carry basic stuff to the slopes each day)
  • Wardrobe essentials: Fleece and Woolen clothes, Water and Windproof jacket, Water and Windproof trousers, Warm jacket, Warm thermals, Warm Gloves or Mittens and Woolen socks, Raincoat or Poncho
  • At least two Copies of Photo IDs for all members
  • Bag locks (2 or more)
  • Sneakers, Floaters
  • Small lightweight bottle
  • Torch or headlamp
  • Sunglasses, Cap
  • Sunscreen cream, Lip-balms or chap sticks (with SPF +15)
  • Water bottle (500ml)
  • Twist-ties, safety pins
  • Painkillers, Anti-inflammatory pills, Antiseptic (Iodine or Beta dine drops), Bandages, plasters, medical tape, a course of antibiotics (check with doctor for advice) and Personal Medical Kit
  • Imodium or similar gut-immobilizer
  • At least a dozen sachets of rehydration mixture
  • Safety-approved Bicycle Helmet (for those bringing their own cycles)
  • Knee or Elbow pads (for those bringing their own cycles)
  • Camera with full batteries (if you like)
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You can read more about Manali here.