This is a challenging and extremely rewarding journey by bike, crossing five passes including the world’s highest, Khardung La at 5,602 metres. This carefully planned itinerary combines spectacular scenery, a great variety of landscapes and rich cultural interest to give a fabulous experience of India’s this beautiful Himalayan region.
Our tour begins in Delhi, from where we drive north into the mountains. Our first stop is Mandi, an old trading center at the entrance of the lush Kullu valley – the start of the Himalayan foothills. We spend two nights further up the valley in the laid-back town of Manali, taking a gentle bike ride to acclimatize while exploring the local sights.
For the next ten days we cycle each day with some long and challenging rides as we ascend into the high Himalaya. Accommodation is a mix of camps and hotels. The first pass to cross is the Rohtang La (3,980 metres) that leads us into the semi-arid Lahaul valley. From Lahaul we head over the Baralacha La (4,890 metres), the point at which the route crosses the main Himalayan range, to arrive in Zanskar.
The scenery becomes more barren as we cross the Nakee La (4,740 metres) and Lachulung La (5,059 metres) and arrive on the Changthang plateau. We camp at the high altitude Tsokar Lake close to Tibetan Changpa nomads, amid staggering scenery. Next we cross our final pass, Tanglang La (5,359 metres), to reach the enchanting Ladakhi capital of Leh.
From Leh we take a day-ride to Khardung La, the highest motor-able pass in the world. Over the course of our tour, the scenery changes from verdant deodar forests and flower-filled valleys to barren lunar landscapes with towering icy peaks.
Alongside this natural splendor, the old Buddhist culture of Ladakh provides rich cultural interest. We explore the long history, religion and traditions of this remote land and its people by visiting villages, small towns and their tranquil temples and monasteries perched high on cliff-tops. A full day relaxation in Leh brings the tour to an end.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places visited, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) transfer to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free. Overnight Hotel
Train to Chandigarh, then drive to Mandi. Early-morning transfer to the railway station to board the train to Chandigarh. From here we drive northwards through winding mountain roads to the old market town of Mandi for an overnight stay. Overnight Hotel
Drive from Mandi to Manali (2,050m) After breakfast we start early and drive to Manali, the famous hill station on the old Hindustan-Tibet highway, alongside the Beas River. Overnight Hotel
Manali Exploration Day (2,050m) (Cycling 20 kms;2 hrs) This morning is for local exploration and a visit to Hadimba Devi Temple. We cycle to Naggar Castle via Jagatsukh Temple and Village in the afternoon. Evening is free. Overnight Hotel
Manali – Marhi (3,000m) (Cycling 36 kms;4-5 hrs) Today we start our first full day of biking on one of the classic cycle routes in the world, climbing right from Manali through the flower-filled valleys and cedar and fir forests, passing through many villages to Marhi. Overnight Camp
Marhi – Tandi (3,000m) over Rohtang Pass (3,979m) (Cycling 76 kms;6-7 hrs) Today we cycle from Marhi climbing up to Rohtang La and then cycle down all the way to Tandi where we camp overnight. Overnight Camp
Tandi – Jispa (3,200m) (Cycling 38 kms;4-5 hrs) On way from Tandi to Jispa we cycle through the narrow valley. En-route we stop at Gondhala to see the ancient fort. Overnight Camp
Jispa – Petso (3,650m) (Cycling 32 kms;4-5 hrs) Today we cycle through beautiful green pastureland to Darcha where after a break, we continue towards Petso or go further up to camp a little below Zing Zing bar. Overnight Camp
Petso – Sarchu (4,250m) over Baralacha La (4,892m) (Cycling 62 kms;7-9 hrs) Today we have a hard day cycling to Sarchu as we have to cross Baralacha La Pass (4892m). Later part of the ride is downhill and very enjoyable. Overnight Camp
Sarchu – Pang (4,500m) over Lachalung La (5,100m) (Cycling 95 kms ;8-9hrs) Today we have another hard day of cycling, as we cross Nakee La pass and Lachalung La pass before we reach an extremely cold place to camp. Overnight Camp
Pang – Morey Plains – Tsokar (4,600m) (Cycling 65 kms;6-7 hrs) Initially a steep ascent to the top of Morey Plains from Pang and then a gradual, rather plain ride to Tsokar in the Rupshu Valley. Overnight Camp
Tsokar – Ranibagh over Tanglang La (5,350 M) (Cycling 85 kms;7-8 hrs) In the morning we cycle over India’s 2nd highest motor-able pass, Tanglang La (5,350m). Later it is all downhill to our next camp at Ranibagh. Overnight Camp
Rani Bagh – Leh (3,500m) (Cycling 82 kms;7-9 hrs) Today is another long day cycling to Leh, via Upshi. We visit Hemis and Thiksey monasteries and pass through Shey and Choglamsar villages en route. Overnight Hotel
Free Day or Optional cycling to Khardung La (5,602m) To complete this incredible journey there is an optional ride to world’s highest motor-able pass, Khardung La (5,602m) which is also the gateway to Nubra Valley. Overnight Hotel
Free Day or Optional cycling trip to Spituk Today is a free day to explore the beautiful town of Leh, or one may also opt for an optional cycling trip to Spituk. Overnight Hotel
Upon arrival in Delhi in the morning flight from Leh we have enough time to relax or shop. In the evening we are transferred to International Airport to board the flights back to our respective destinations.
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Suitable for families with young children
Highest Point (Max altitude)
Khardung La (5602 m)
Combination of moderate and strenuous 6-8 hours of activity per day with very steep uphill and downhill sections, often at high altitudes. Some physical preparation recommended.
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