Description

The Manali-Leh Cycling tour is one of the most scenic, challenging and popular mountain biking routes. You cover 550 km over 12 days going past many high passes – Rohtang (3900 m), Baralacha La (4800 m), NakeeLa (4900 m), Lachung La (5050 m), Tanglang La (5260 m and the world’s second highest motorable road). The road is a mix of tarmac and unmetalled roads. Once you cross into Lahaul valley from Manali, you go past picturesque villages. Hoever, after Darcha, it’s all wild country with no permanent villages till you cross Tanglang La closer to Leh.
On the Manali-Leh cycling route the only settlements you will come across are doksas or make-shift bed-and-breakfasts that have come up for the season. From alpine forests and meadows in Manali through deep valleys in Lahaul, and vast plains at Sarchu, you enter Ladakh, a land that offers every hue of orange, red, brown and ochre. Along the way your challenges include searing hot days, freezing nights and most importantly, high altitude.

 

 

 

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:Arrive Manali
Day 2:Manali to Marhi, 38 Kms
Day 3 :Marhi to Sissu
Day 4 : Sissu to Jispa (54 kms)
Day 5: Jispa to Zing Zing Bar (38 Kms)
Day 6: Zing Zing to Brandy Nallah,
Day 7 : Brandy Nallah to Pang (57kms)
Day 8 : Pang (57kms) to Tso Kar@4835 mts,
Day 9 :Debring to Upshi, Saddling Distance: 75 kms
Day 10 : Upshi to Leh, The smoothest ride
Day 11:Leh to Khardung La:
Day 12 : Leh to Pune

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Manali

Check-in to the booked hotel or orientation camp set up by Plus Valley Adventures. Proceedings will start after lunch with a round of introductions for the participants and organizers. The tour leader will brief about the expedition and after that fellow cyclists will be free to explore around Manali.. Overnight at the hotel/ camp.

 

Day 2: Manali-Marhi

The first ascent of the trip prepares up for the tough ride ahead and takes you through the panoramic view of pine and deodar trees. We will take an early start to beat the traffic rush destined for Rohtang Pass. One has to negotiate many hairpin bends to reach Marhi. Marhi offers picturesque camping sites and prepares up for the muddy ascent of Rohtang Pass. Overnight in camps.

 

Day 3 : Marhi-Sissu

We start the day by finishing the 18km ascent to the Rohtang pass (3980m) and there are some lovely scenic views on the horizon of snow covered peaks and glaciers of Spiti valley. After a refreshing halt at Rohtang, a steady descent takes us to Gramphu on the highway along Chandra river. From here we will encounter some unmetalled stretches of flat road as we cross the raging torrent of the river at Khoksar and continue a short and easy ride to Sissu in the foothills of the Pir Panjal. Sissu (also known as Khagling) is a small town in the Lahaul valley and located on the right bank of Chandra river.

 

Day 4 : Sissu to Jispa

The day starts with a steady climb up to Gondla, 244m above Sissu. From Gondla there’s a fast descent to Tandi which is situated at the confluence of the Chandra River (flowing down from the north) and Bhaga River, which merge to form the Chandra- Bhaga River that later becomes known as Chenab downstream in Jammu and Kashmir . We cross the towns of Tandi and Keylong and ride on a low gradient all the way up till Jispa, where the river opens out into a wide valley. We camp on the banks of the Bhaga River.

 

Day 5 : Jispa to Zing Zing Bar

The road climbs steadily to Darcha some 10km from Jispa and then the climb to Patseo begins. The terrain is much more arid and the road is dusty and rocky. We can now sense the isolation of the area, with a few sheep dotted around and begin to enter the territory of the Lamas. In the far horizon you can see the bleak and awesome spectacle of the higher Himalayan ranges. The steep ascent to Baralacha-La starts at Zing Zing bar.

 

Day 6 : Zing Zing Bar to Brandy Nallah

The day starts early and participants ascend the mountains up to the Baralacha La at 5030m. We cross Deepak Tal situated at 14,000 ft with the snow-capped Mulkila peaks forming a scenic backdrop. The pass is arid with no vegetation, the sides of the mountains looking more like a quarry covered with loose rocks and scree. The route descends gradually to the wide Sarchu Plains As we descend the gorge area of Bharatpur we will cross mountain rivers before reaching our destination.

 

Day 7 : Brandy Nallah to Pang

The day starts with some relatively easy cycling but soon we are negotiating ‘21 loops of Gata’ that zigzag all the way to the summit of Nakila at 5050m. A short downhill section and then another ascent that brings you to the second highest pass on the Manali Leh highway- Lachulung La Pass 5150m. We then have a long descent to Pang down a steep sided gorge which is our campsite for the night The road here is likely to be the worst of the trip with a distinct lack of tarmac, it’s very gravelly and there are many loose stones. Another day in the barren openness of this Himalayan range.

 

Day 8 Pang to Tso Kar

We start the day with a 8 km switchback climb before reaching the flat top of the Moray Plains at 4700m. This barren area is known for its extreme temperatures in the morning and evening, fast winds and sandstorms. The only sign of life is the hardy Nomadic Changpas who can be seen tending their yaks in this most desolate place. Our first choice for camping will be Tso kar lake which is short detour from Main highway. In case this route is closed due to some reason we will camp at Debring which is Just before the ascent of Tanglang La ,world’s second highest motorable pass at 5,360m.

 

Day 9 Tso Kar to Upshi

A challenging climb that leads to the World’s second highest motorable pass in the world- Tanglang- La at 5360m. More vast openness and isolation from the rest of the world. This is a challenge indeed, but truly satisfying when you reach the top, before we set off down the exhilarating descent to the village of Upshi. The first view of Upshi will mesmerise you as you will watch the beautiful green patches of trees with the view of Barren mountains in the far backdrop.

 

Day 10 : Upshi to Leh

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 coloured 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 the road improves dramatically as we follow the road towards Leh. This is an easy ride as we pass the Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Garden entering Leh itself. Back to civilization and all its home comforts. Congratulations you have just crossed four major mountain passes and ridden over 480 kms.

 

Day 11 Leh- Khardungla-Leh

We will set of for Khardung La early morning just as the sun comes up. Cycling 45km and gaining 2000m, this is the ultimate challenge of the trip. It is the highest motorable road in the world taking you to a dizzy 5602m! the view from the top is spectacular, stretching from the Indus valley in the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range to the giants of the Saser Massif in the North. You can feel proud of the true achievement as you finish the trip with your final satisfying descent. After a small celebration the trip will end by the evening.Hotel stay on this day is included in the fee. You can return from Leh as per your convenience. Please book your return flight accordingly.

 

Day 12 : Leh to Pune

The Cycling expedition ends here with memories to cherish and achievements that are accomplished. Depart From Leh to Pune.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Fees Includes:

Meals during the expedition

Entry Fee,if any

Camping Charges, if any

1 Night Hotel/Guest House Stay in Manali on sharing basis

2 Nights Hotel/Guest House Stays in Leh on sharing basis

Separate Camping Vehicle

One support vehicle per 6 Participants

Services of a certified expedition leader

Services of support team

Certified first aid support

Bicycle Rent

Meals during Hotel Stays

 

Fees Excludes:

Travel expenses to reach and return from Manali.
Food during the transit and last day in Manali.
Insurance.

Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.

Any kind of personal expenses.

Fees

 

Rs: 43,600/- + 5%  GST

Payment

1.a.Online

1.b. In Bank Account of Plus Valley Adventure.
Bank Details –
Account Name – Plus Valley Adventure.
A/c number – 915020032483908
Bank – Axis Bank LTD.
Branch – Paud Road
IFSC Code – UTIB0001894
(Note – Only Cheque deposits and NEFT transfers.
No cash deposit)

 

2. You can Pay the cash in our Office. Receipt will be given to you.

Address – Plus Valley Adventure Office, 3, Anand Complex, Alkapuri Society, Opp. Hotel Kinara, Above Bata Showroom, Vanaz Corner, Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune- 411029.

Cancellation Policy : Please refer our website https://www.plusvalleyadventure.com/cancellation-policy/

 

Things to carry

1. Bike
2. A Bike helmet
3. Cycling tights (looser, “trackster” fit rather skin-tight lycra)
4. Small day sack to carry trail clothing

5. Cycle mitts

6. Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD’s, if applicable (bring spare cleats)

7. Good quality Windproof jacket

8. Dri-fit trousers

9. 40-60 liter rucksack / duffle to pack your main luggage

10. Balaclava / Multifunctional Scarf (4fun)

11. Sun hat / Cap

12. Warm gloves – mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good

13. Fleece Jacket for Cold when Camping
14. Shorts

15. Long sleeved shirt (minimum 3)

16. 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)

17. Cotton tee-shirt for around town

18. Thermal Sets (2 Sets)

19. 2-3 pair inners
20. 2-3 pair of standard socks

21. 1 pair warm sock

22. Shoes, Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp

23. Dark glasses UV protection preferable (No Aviators)

24. Camera

25. Personnel Medicines if any

26. Sunscreen Lotion (UPF 50 protection minimum)

27. Lip Balm / Vaseline / Any personnel Toiletries

28. Cycling Knee Guards (Optional)

29. A couple of spare passport photos

30. Valid ID Proof e.g., passport (data and visa pages)

31. Travel insurance policy.

32. Airline Tickets / Travel Tickets Copy

Advisory

Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
Avoid trekking during the nights.
Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
For Medical Form please visit:

https://www.plusvalleyadventure.com/medical-form/

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MANALI-LEH CYCLING EXPEDITION

Leh cycling tour is one of our most difficult mountain bike tours in the world. This extreme cycling tour takes you to the very heart of the Himalayas where you will discover some of the finest cycling the world has to offer.

43,600 +( GST 5% )

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REGION :
Himachal Pradesh
SEASON :
rainy
GRADE :
Difficult
MAX ALTITUDE :
18380 ft
APPROX TREKING DISTANCE:
550km
START POINT:
Manali
END POINT:
Ladakh
CONTACT:
917720080918