Region: Manali, Lahul, Ladakh
Total Duration – 10 Night / 11 Days
Maximum Altitude – 17582 Ft.
Grade – Difficult
Best Season – June to September
Accommodation – Organized Campsite / Guest house
Food – On tour All meals included
Distance – 485 KM.
Pedal on the world’s highest road with pack of strangers, abundant valleys of foliage, number of rusty roads, multiple high passes, vacillated weather, barren meadows, vast flatlands to the least greenery of Leh is none other than Manali Leh Cycling Expedition. It is a comprehensive trip frequented only for few months’ covering about 500km’s mammoth expanse testing one’s immaculate strength and determination resulting in shocking yet astounding course of time. The route is cheered amongst voyagers for it being world’s highest road fostered with stunning beauties constantly changing throughout the vastness; assess one beyond limits way afar thoughts.
Cycling such long distances requires the appropriate level of endurance sustaining for the days of ride. It simply can be achieved by pre routine rides done on regular basis. The Manali Leh cycling expedition isn’t tough; roads are mostly blissful but the rough High Passes obstruct the route entailing distant off-road climbs. Road is adorned with vast flatlands of More plains, sheer downhill’s, the mighty Rocky Mountains, secluded Sand hills in brown and grey en route . The trip offers fierce winds at every climb, deadly curves on each downhill, storm’s, snowfall yet accompanied by sunny days magnificent landscapes. The trip is not all about hardships it is about endurance patience conquering distress into ecstasy. It will be a great pleasure to glimpse the azure sky, Crystal clear canvas of dark night filled with twinkling and dwindling stars, Galaxies, Constellations and satellites floating in the universe. The trip beholds incredible sites of exploration which can’t be wasted but gazed for a moment. Although you might have heard a person glorifying their Himalayan adventures which seems fair until ardent one forgets the stress of daily lives and head towards much serene world, a world of magical souvenirs.
The highest mountain road is very well celebrated route that you can see the cyclists, bikers, conveyances passing to and fro consecutively. It is doable for even those who never have been to the mountains by just little prudence taken. There are endless stories, experiences of people made this trip a worthwhile excursion, will never stop exploring and following their dreams with inner thoughts desired to achieve a goal. Apart from it pedaling from Manali to Leh reveals all the exhilaration expected by anyone trying an unusual adventurous league, thus how we provide the most possible effort here at Himalayan Adventure Trips to gratify groups from deepest concerns.
Arrive Naggar where you would be greeted by our representative and transferred to hotel. Naggar is an ancient village of Kullu District just before 18 KM of Manali. After arrival spend the day in the surrounding and acclimatize to the high altitude. This is absolutely necessary and is most important for the days ahead. Night halt will be in Hotel.
We will drive by a vehicle to Manali, here on we will make our first start of a long journey. We will cycle about 36 km to Marhi on a moderate incline mixed with some sheer climbs. The road takes us through exquisite locations abundant in natural beauties. As we ride high in the mountains settlements became fewer and farther apart. The last one before Marhi, Gulaba, is about 20 km away. Marhi is just a cluster of dhabas and camping sites which acts as a comfortable stop over for travelers. Don’t forget to exercise stretch every evening, because it will help strengthen your muscles for long run. We will stay in the tents for the night.
Today we will cross over Rohtang Pass the first pass of the trip located 16km far from marhi. After the top it is amazing downhill till Koksar, at koksar one has to enter their IDs at the barrier then they can continue riding on a flat terrain. The route further from koksar rides along the Chandra River, vegetable fields villages massive peaks meadows ornamented with scarce vegetation. As we approach towards Sissu the foliage turns rich completing the landscape full of life. Once reached Sissu accommodate yourself in homestay rooms fresh up then take a look around the village or visit the Waterfall nearby. Spend a night in luxurious rooms.
Leave Sissu early to get an advantage on flat roads accompanied by Chandra River till Tandi, a confluence of the two rivers Chandra and Bhaga. From here we will follow the Bhaga river ahead into the backdrops of Lahoul. After a moderate climb comes the headquarters of the Lahoul and Spiti, Keylong a startling abode lap between parched mountain ranges. The road starts to ascend through pine and juniper trees sometimes offering a glimpse of the Ibex, Blue Sheep’s enroute. The climb gradually turns to a downhill all the way till Jispa. Jispa is the most loved place on the Manali Leh Highway owning a striking natural exquisiteness. At Jispa we will stay in premises of Mountaineering Institute while camping or in dormitories. Once reached have the refreshment and relax in the grand vistas. One can pay a visit to the Monastery located just few mtrs away from the campsite. And remember it is the last site of mobile reception, advancing into the valleys will cut all the communications. Nevertheless there are army camps where they own satellite phones and one can urge in contingency to communicate with their loved ones.
The striking site is now to be departed into the advancing valley decked with Lakes barren lands. Ride initially on flat roads which are left behind after the last settlement in Darcha. We also leave behind the least vegetation constantly shortening turning into miniature plants towards Deepak Tal at Patseo. The climb is not tough yet gradual rise in the gradient keeps rolling in. After some hours you will be at Deepak Tal lapped alongside the highway between rocky mountains. The water of the lake is so clear that you can see the lucid reflection on the lakes surface. Forward rise in gradient is encountered gradually slowing one to take numerous rests. The roads are blissfully paved and leads tortuously through astonishing sceneries. Zing zing bar is the cluster of temporary Dhabas and rented Shelters open to serve travelers going to and fro. We will make a halt in Zing Zing Bar spending a night in camps.
Today after days of ride we will again cross a pass higher than the previous one. Rise in the gradient keeps consecutively increasing among thinner air testing ones strength to overcome the sheer climbs. While climbing towards Pass another glacial lake comes to view, Suraj Tal, the main source of Bhaga River nestled amid mountains of jagged boulders. The sapphire lake is visible way above from the top dazzling in the mountainous setting. As arrived at Baralacha La the downhill commences descending till the base called Bharatpur a stopover to eat rest sleep. Here we will have our lunch then have some rest and start pedaling on flat roads of sarchu. The vast expanses start to reveal its glorified vista through magnificent settlements of barren and scarce land. The vegetation found onwards shortens to its peers least spurred on places full of fresh water. We will cross a state barrier here at Sarchu leaving Himachal Pradesh behind entering into the Leh Laddakh. We will ride few km’s ahead of Sarchu at the place where we can set our camps. We pitch our tent along to the river often at a place of fresh water called Brandy Nallah. Somehow we will stay in the tents to relax for upcoming challenges.
Wake up early for the most challenging day of all trip, starting with GATA Loops a 21 hairpin never ending bends followed by distant Nakeela then Lachung La. The initial fatigue comes on this arduous approach to Nakeela through GATA loops. It is the most notorious stretch of bald mountains of scree endorsing sun to scorch someone in devoid of water sources. Even if you have completed the loops Nakeela is vaguely seen. The rise of altitude and gradient slows down the pace of cyclist, somehow you will reach at the top of Nakeela from where you can see the subsequent Pass of Lachungla awaiting to be crossed. At the top of Nakeela you can relieve for some moment because its downhill ahead. The trail leads all the way down to Whisky Nallah again a cluster of Dhabas but in nomadic style tents. The people are humble and honest rich in their cultural values. At this off beat site we will spend some time then pedal on the rough roads to approach Lachungla. After the pass it is all downhill trailing till our next campsite at Pang. At pang you can make calls with the assistance of army personal’s satellite phone if possible at that moment. Halt the night in camps/rooms in Pang.
The days ride is shortest of whole trip with a mere 5 km climb followed by about 40 km of More plains. It is a short climb to a vast plateau perched just above Pang. Here on the grand vistas of alpine plateaus emerge valiantly to accompany the riders full of convinced aspirations. The route declines through far stretched valleys surrounding indistinctly to a place called Debring. At Debring we will halt in multishared rooms.
Crossing over the 2nd highest Pass in the world leaves all the sheer climbs behind and conveys into the interesting settlings of Leh ladakh. The route starts with moderate ascend which rises slowly to an arduous lap of climbing towards the top of the pass. Route is so indistinct that one can’t see the most of the curves hiding deep in the leading valleys. Finally after hours of pedal struggle you will somehow make it to the top, in the grand ambience. You can see distant mountain ranges in a 360 degree view while standing at the top. At one side you will see the valleys left behind and on the other road leading close to your destination. Once absconded from passes gusty winds it’s a dangerous downhill ride till the base of the mountain, so one has to be careful at highest conscience often results in an incredible riding manner. Great roads make it easy to cover longer distances, though we will reach Rumste almost by the afternoon. Route covered today is a fun ride besides climbing the Pass on a beautifully paved roads leading to a village refreshing one with dwellings through civilizations after days of isolation. It often feels great when one reaches back into people even if in a strange countryside. Here at Rumste we will halt in the Home Stay rooms spending the evening leisurely.
It is the finale of the striking trip defining landscapes so vast around flatlands and one of the blissful roads on heavenly lands. As we pedal ahead road is accompanied by least greenery found on lower dwellings supporting the landscape balance between desert and oasis. During the ride we will reach at a place called Upshi where Indus River gives its first sight. Enroute multiple hamlets start to appear robustly to astonish the viewers passing by. Soon we will encounter some of the ancient Buddhist structures in the form of monasteries, Forts, Stupas etc. The distance is long today, longer than the rest of the rides but the gradient is flat assisting one to cover most of track in mere hours. In couple of hours we will be in Leh city cycling toward our halt for the night. The hotel is reached often by the evening, once accommodated you can wander around in markets of the Mall in Leh or can visit the Leh Palace. Hence you will be gratified by you own efforts to overcome circumstances which eventually results into the joy at its pinnacle.
Now it’s time to break up the league and say goodbye to all of the amazing people leaving to their destinations. Today our staff and vehicles will drive back to Manali , so any luggage or belongings put in the back up vehicle should be recovered by the participant before departing.
Shoes: .You can buy a proper cycling shoe or can carry sport shoes. Sport shoes are light and breathable which is convenient during the ride, a pair of Flip Flops worn at the campsite.
Clothing: Bring cycling shorts, sweat proof t shirts, a fleece, Down feather jacket, Woolen Cap, Hat, Cycling Gloves, underwear.
Sanitary: A sunscreen containing SPF 30-50, Sun scream cream, Lip balm, Cold cream, Moisturizer, Body lotion,Hand Sanitizers, Toilet Papers, Wipes, Antibacterial powder, tooth brush & toothpaste, Quick dry towel. toiletries etc.
Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
Sunglasses: Bring UV protected sunglasses used during rides.
Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle or Hydration Pack of their own.Garbage Bag / Plastic Bags,
Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet during rides.
Cycling Gear: Extra Tube, puncture kit, helmet, head lamp, Hydration pack, elbow and knee pads.
Day Pack: with watre proof cover. 25 to 30 ltr.
Electronics: Camera (optional), USB Cable/USB Solar charger, Charger / Earphones,
Energetic dry ration: Chocolate Bars, Lemon Bars, Gels, Dry fruits,
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 to 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
From Manali, Naggar is 18 km. far and there are multiple buses running in every 15 minutes or one can get off at Patlikuhal which is 5 km. far from Naggar on the right bank highway. Patlikuhal lies in between of Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Patlikuhal to approach Naggar.
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar. which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Cycling is a fascinating mean of travelling far distances, it gives one an opportunity to gasp all the sporadic yet stunning forms of nature so close than any drive or a bullet ride could offer. At Himalayan Adventure trips we organize cycling trips effectively since 8 years and are passionately operating rides in the backdrops of Himalayas. We have several cycling expeditions run on single to multiple days of riding successfully. The expeditions are performed in hinterlands, through villages to mountainous roads to plains of cities in India providing specified taste of regions up close. We provide the best possible services on each of our cycling expeditions from well managed team of expert’s to passionate mountaineers who are companionable, honest and helpful indeed. We own a major expertise in serving a variety of food prepared sumptuously by our proficient cooks. Here at Himalayan Adventure Trips, we support the riders with all the adequate necessities driving backup vehicle to and fro being at the moment of assistance. All the assistance is given accordingly as per ones requirements.
The accommodations provided are up to mark with good quality tents, sleeping bags, mattresses rooms in homestay/guesthouses. We believe that the food and place of halt must be at the top priority for every healthy multiday trip, because good food will help you eat well and sound sleep will relax fatigue to gain vital long distances. All the riders are escorted well throughout the expedition; everyone is given appropriate attention to make their trip worthwhile. Even if it is about physical or mental health, the diet taken, water consumption or any other medical issues adequate measures are taken accordingly. Our team is well qualified in tackling opposite conditions held often at high altitudes where you will find only seclusion. The experienced team members will encourage whenever one finds himself in distress, we will try n make them complete this epic journey comprehensively.
Finally we believe in not just running cycling programs but to bring out the deepest smiles out of someone in a manner that he/she wouldn’t forget for their lives. Our aim is to deliver best to best cycling experience rather than one offering false and harsh proceedings. As Himalayan Adventure Trips has operated countless numbers of cycling trips over the years has gained requisite experience to perform inclusive riding era, conveying each trip into astounding occasion. That’s how Himalayan Adventure Trips provides optimum level of camaraderie converting the usual excursion into incredible memoir, often made out of an extensive trip. So we invite you to take a leap of faith on us by joining in one of our cycling programs and give us a chance to facilitate you with arrays of generosities.
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
Physically – A cycling trip demands physical endurance muscle power and patience, so preparing for each cycling expedition you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by riding 70-100km’s everyday and exercise to boost up your endurance. Because riding on plains are totally different instead riding in the mountains, mountain roads are steep often followed by downhills. Riding 100km in the plains is like riding 10km of mountainous roads. Hence stop smoking if you do and boost up your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trip. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is a key to success, equally as important as physical training requisite for a cycling expedition. Before joining any cycling trip take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trip. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind, because pre trip assumptions are not worthy, once you join the cycling expedition and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement amidst. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trip conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you ride. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size cycling shoes and ride with it for long distances. Use good quality helmet, riding gloves, a watch if you have, elbow knee pads, extra tube, puncture kit, led lights, any kind of lube, hydration pack/water bottle and extra brake/gear wires.
What is the best time to go to Manali Leh cycling expedition?
Answer:June to September is the best time for Manali Leh cycling. Avoid monsoon seasons.
Will I be able to do it?
Answer:Yes, anyone with normal physical fitness can do this trip. The only thing required is regular practice of pedaling. Cycle long distances every day, ride uphill climbs to get used to the variation of gradient.
What level of fitness is required for this trip?
Answer:Physical fitness is must for the trip. Anyone with less cycling experience has to sweat harder than regular riders. But this fitness can be achieved by training or practicing on regular basis before coming for the trip. One has to consider the riding aspects like high altitude inclines and down hills into his practicing schedule.
What is the age limit for this trip
Answer: Above 18 years anyone can take part in this trip. But if some kid is good at cycling he/she can take part.
How can I prepare for the trip?
Answer:As this trip will pass through the world’s highest motorable mountain passes, you need to be prepared to cycle at such altitudes. A fairly high level of stamina and fitness is must. Learn how to fix cycle related problems at your own. If you are doubtful about it you can cycle easier trips to get fit for the expedition.
How cold it will be on the tour?
Answer:The temperature will be around 20 degrees during daytime and in the evening/ night it will drop 10-4 degrees.
How far we have to cycle each day?
Answer:The ride will vary due to the terrain and the gradient. Maximum ride on the trip will around 80kms and shortest will be 40kms. So average of 60-70 km each day one has to ride.
What type of clothing should I carry?
Answer: Warm and appropriate cycling clothing like dry fit light bottom with dry fit shirts, shorts,fleece jackets, down feather jackets, poncho, woolen socks, slippers, extra pair of shoes, woolen caps, cycling gloves, woolen gloves, underwear’s.
What type of bike and gear is required for the trip?
Answer: The mountain bike with basic features will be appropriate for the trip. A bike with front suspension and a good range of gears will help climb uphill. One can select right frame size accordingly. One has to carry a backpack (60ltr.), proper cycling shoes, elbow and knee pads, water bottles, Helmet, Sunglasses.
Can I rent a bike in Manali?
Answer: Yes, you can rent a bike. We have multiple Scott 670 bikes ready to hire. You can ask our officials about hiring a bike.
Do I have to carry bike spare parts?
Answer: Yes, you can carry few spare parts containing spare tubes, gear and brake wires, brake shoes or disc pads.
What if my bike breaks down en route?
Answer: If some ones bike broke down en route, it will be fixed by our professional mechanic riding along in the backup vehicle. If the problem is beyond fixing, we will be carrying one extra bike with us, which will be given to you. And if this bike is also used one can hop into the back up vehicle.
How much weight do I have to carry?
Answer: You just have to carry your water and a small pack consisting poncho and a jacket. All your luggage will be in luggage vehicle. You will get refreshments in between the ride by our back up vehicle.
Do I have to carry medicines?
Answer: Yes, you can carry medicines as per of your requirements. If you are previously taking medicines prescribe your doctor. If not put some basic medicines of cold, joint pain balms, headache, stomach, indigestion medicines. We will also carry a full range of medicine along with oxymeter to oxygen cylinders.
What kind of food will be provided during the trip?
Answer: Vegetarian food will be provided during the trip. High nutrition meals, fruits and safe drinking water will be provided.
How many people would be in a group?
Answer: The group size will be of 10-30 people. They will be provided with suitable accommodations. Females will share the tent only with other female.
Can I have alcohol and smoke on the trip?
Answer: No, you can’t have smoke or alcohol during the trip. If someone is found taking such things, he/she will be disqualified. Smoking and alcohol is forbidden.
Will there be any mobile connectivity?
Answer: Mobile networks will be found in between the trip till Sarchu. After Sarchu the state of J&K starts, where one need to have a postpaid network or there are STD’s and satellite phones en route.
What if I don’t want to sleep in tents or eat the food that is provided?
Answer: There are many stopovers and shops en route who serve different kind of foods if you want to eat in a stall or want to stay in a hotel, the expenditure will be borne by the rider/riders.
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