The Manali to Leh cycle expedition is one of the best biking zones in the entire Northen India. Offering high altitude trails with mountain, crossing five high altitude motorable passes including one the world’s highest. Each one is unique in its own right. BaraLacha La, is one of the most winding, Naki La and Lachung La are like twin brothers standing tall next to one another, Rohtang Pass is the most unpredictable and moody of them all, and last but certainly not least is the toughest to cross, is Tanglang La. Not for the faint hearted, this is a once in a lifetime event that cyclists around the world dream of. On our tour we have ensured we put a good mixed local experienced like an overnight stay at a local Homestay, where you can interact with local families.
Total Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Region : Manali, Lahaul, Ladakh
Food: On the Trek – all meal included
Grade : Challenging
Best Season : June to September
Accommodation: Hotel/Homestay / Organized Campsite
Cost for customised group per person
32500/- above 15 pax
39000/- for 10 pax
46500/- for 7-10 pax
55000/- for 4-7 pax
Day 1 : Manali( 1890m).
Arrive in Manali and check in to the Hotel. Orientation and general information about the expedition. A Senior instructor will do the briefing and talks about rigours of the expedition and the safety measures that each one of us should keep in mind throughout this expedition. In the evening we will go for a short test ride.
· Team bonding
· Acclimatization ride
· Expedition briefing
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Manali to Marhi – 38 km
We’ll be covering 38 kms on our first day, and a thrilling one it’s going to be. A gradual uphill climb through lush green valleys and Himachal villages. We may stop at checkpoint for a quick rest and to enjoy the panoramic views of pine and deodar trees at the same time. We will experience many hairpin bends Rahalla Falls and then uphill to Marhi. Marhi offers picturesque camping sites and prepares up for the muddy ascent of Rohtang Pass.
· 38 kms Ascent
Overnight at camp, Marhi.
Day 3: Marhi to Sissu via Rotang La pass – 50 km
An early start this morning, we will be approaching the first high altitude pass of our expedition. Following the zig-zag roads ascending us to reach Rohtang La Pass after pedalling some 18 km we will arrive at Rohtang La Pass 3980 m. Offering stunning scenic views on the horizon of snow covered peaks and glaciers of Spiti Valley. After a refreshing halt at Rohtang La Pass, we will enjoy a steady downhill ride leading our way Gramphu village on the highway along Chandra river. From here we’ll begin off-roading and cross the raging torrent of the river at Khoksar before continuing to Sissu in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. Sissu (also known as Khagling) is a small town in the Lahaul valley and located on the right bank of Chandra river.
· High Altitude pass
· Technical downhill section
Overnight at camp, Sissu
Day 4: Sissu to Jispa – 55 km
Our day begins with a steep uphill ascent to Gondhla, around 250 m higher than Sissu. After this we continue downhill (a lot of fun but keep your hands on the breaks!) until Tandi which is situated at the confluence of the Chandra River and Bhaga River. As we cross the towns of Tandi and Keylong there comes a low gradient uphill which will lead our way to Jispa. We will setup camp on the banks of the Bhaga River.
· Technical downhill
· Steady climb up
Overnight at camp, Jispa
Day 5: Jispa to Zing-Zing-Bar – 36 km
A 10 km trail climbs gradually to reach Darcha, where we will have a short break at Darcha and prepare to climb to Patseo (3650 m).The terrain is much more challenging than before and as we march forward we will be entering the land of Lamas. On the distant horizon you can see the desolated areas and stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. Once we reach Zing Zing Bar we will have a rewarding hot tea.
Dusty road ascent
Overnight at camp, Zing-Zing-Bar
Day 6 Zing-Zing-Bar to Serchu via Baralacha La – 5040 m
Today starts with an uphill climb to Baralacha La Pass at 5040m. Travelling deeper in the Ladakh Region, we cross high mountain passes, cold deserts and arid patches with no vegetation.The BaraLacha La is the boundary between two separate regions distinguished by their physical characteristics. As we pedal forward we cross Deepak Tal situated at 4300 m. The route decend gradual to the wide Serchu plains.
· High Altitude passes
Overnight at camp, Serchu
DAY 7: Serchu to Brandy Nala via Naki La – 5050m, 47km
The day starts with some relativity easy cycling but soon we are negotiating 22 loops of ‘GATA’ that zig-zag all the way to the top of Naki La – 5050m. A short downhill section you will reach Brandy Nala.
· Ascent 22 loops
Overnight at camp, Brandy Nala.
Day 8: Brandy Nala to Tsokar Lake via Lachung La – 5150m, More Plain, 81km
We start the day with 8 km ascent to Lachung La 5150m followed by a long descent along a steep gorge to reach Pang. From Pang 8km uphill climb before reaching the flat top of the More Plains at 4550m. This barren area is known for its extreme temperatures in the morning and evening, fast winds and sandstorms. As we pedal forward we pass through Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert with only sign of life is the hardy Nomadic Changpas, who can be seen tending their yaks in this most desolate place. We’ll be spending the night at Tso Kar Lake 4500m as our camping destination for the night which is short tour from the Manali Leh Highway.
· High Altitude pass
· More Plain
Overnight at camp, Tso Kar Lake
Day 9: Tsokar Lake to Lato via Tanglang La – 5360m, 53km
Crossing Tanglang La (5360 m) the world’s second highest motorable pass means we’ll have a challenging day ahead. We will not spend much time here since it is not advised due to the high altitudes so we’ll continue to pedal downhill to reach our campsite for the night at Lato. As we pedal down we will have our first view of greenness as we see small Ladakhi farms and gompa.
· Second highest motorable pass
Overnight at camp, Lato
Day 10: Lato to Leh – 70km
As we continue the scenery changes dramatically, we arrive in a fertile valley that is dotted with pretty villages and Stupas. The awesome red and green colour mountains that stretch for miles add to the beauty of the spectacular scenery. You can actually see the tectonic forces at work. Crossing the Indus River and back to the civilization and all its home comforts. This is an easy ride as we pass the Thiksay Monastery and the Stupas entering Leh itself.
· Indus valley
Overnight at hotel, Leh
Day 11: A day reserved for local sightseeing and shopping in Leh.
· Free/Leisure day
Meals During the tour
- Morning Tea
- Evening Tea
- Logistic vehicle to carry all our equipments.
- Highly advanced and skilled mountain biking guide.
- Backup vehicle will be provided.
- Mechanic for basic issues.
- Puncture Kit and other basic tools.
- Vegetarian meals on the expedition (Breakfast/Lunch/
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Basic medical aid will be carried along in the route such as oxygen cylinders, basic first aid kit, pulse oxymeter, etc.
- Equipments – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping Mats
- Tented accommodation will be on two sharing basis, home stay will be in group as per availability, in hotel stay it will be on double sharing basis.
- Permits and camping charges
- In Leh Hotel will be on CP basis (Room with one meal)
- Personal equipments
- Sleeping bags
- Mountain Bikes and Helmet. available on Rent
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Rent for cycles/ bike.
- Any damage in cycle or change of parts required,
- please Carry Extra tubes, Extra spares for cycles, Mechanic for the same will be from our side .