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Manali-Leh-Khardungla-Bicycle-Expedition

 

Manali Leh Khardungla 12 Nights | 13 Days 

The manali to leh cycling tour is one of the most challenging yet rewarding cycling expeditions in the world. This mountain adventure is a mix of endurance and conviction to challenge oneself to pedal to the top of the highest mountain passes in the world. 

 Rediscover Yorself

This expedition is on the bucket list of most of the adventure lovers in the world. The bicycle ride from Manali to Khardung La through Leh is thrills and adrenaline galore. The feel of pride that you get after conquering the world’s highest mountain passes just with a help of a humble bicycle. All it takes is will power and the right attitude to scale the highest altitudes. 

An opportunity to challenge your inner guts and rediscover your physical and mental capabilities. 

 The Tour

The tour has been designed in such a way that the cyclists have the necessary leverage in the downhill sections to recover from the tenacious climbing sections of the tour. A day of stay in Manali with a rest day in the middle of the journey at Sarchu and a free relaxation day at Leh has been allocated in the tour, so that you can be acclimatized to the mountain conditions and stay relaxed throughout this journey.Delivering the best camping experience with comfortable accommodations throughout the trip,Supported with necessary transportations with a back up van, which shall be at disposal of all the cyclists in the group to assist in the time of need.  

We work towards providing a hassle-free adventure for cyclists providing assistance in acquiring any permits if required. 

The cyclists will be provided brand new High Quality mountain bikes best suited for the said terrain for the entire expedition with complete wear and tear assistance of bikes.

 The Challenge

Manali to Leh is one of the world’s most challenging yet rewarding expeditions. This mountain adventure is a mix of endurance and conviction to challenge one to pedal through the world’s highest mountain passes.

The Expedition has one of the most beautiful landscapes on its route. The lowest mountain pass i.e. the Kardungla Pass alone is at the height of 3900 meters from the sea level, with Khardungla the Highest at 5602 meters.

 Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi Arrival

On your arrival you will be greeted with your Tour captain at the airport and drive to a comfortable hotel in the heart of New Delhi. New Delhi is the mogul of Indian cities. The national capital has an abundance of chic cafes and historic buildings. 

Your day in New Delhi

There is no planned activity today and the day is left to your leisure for you to shape your Delhi experience. Grab a map from the hotel desk and decide whether you want to grab a seat at a cultural event or relax in a cozy café. Necessary arrangements can be made on request. You can choose to just lie in your room and recover from the weariness of your flight.

Day 2 Delhi to Manali

The day begins with an early breakfast venture out in the streets of Old Delhi for a sightseeing tour of Jama Masjid, Khari Baoli Market, Chandni Chowk and the Red Fort. After lunch visit the Qutub Minar by late afternoon. Pack your bags and hit the road for our long drive to Manali. Manali is the queen of Himachal and the gateway to hundred of adventure trips in the Himalayas. Overnight journey to Manali.

Day 3 Manali (Acclimatisation)

Our team will drive you from the bus to the hotel, after checking in relish over a sumptuous Himalayan Breakfast. Spend some time at the hotel to revive from the stress of the tiresome journey. 

Your Day in Manali

By late afternoon you will be introduced to your tour captain and other members of the support team. Tour captain extensively briefs us about the route and the nuances of bicycle riding in the mountains along with the activities planned for the days that follow. 

Ride to Vashisht near old-Manali which is a quieter version of the town. Spend the evening relaxing at the famous German bakery. Ride back to the hotel for dinner to get some necessary rest for the day that follows.

Day 4 Manali to Marhi

Start the day with breakfast in the hotel the tour captain briefs you about the route and the challenges that await us and handover the necessary gear.

Cycling 35km
Altitude: 3320 Meters
Duration: 5-6 Hours

Hop on the bikes to begin this memorable journey riding through this valley laid with colorful flowers in the fields. The landscape it feels was specifically designed for an adventure seeking cyclist. Riding through hairpin curves the road leads us to the small town of Marhi. We set up camp here for the night and relish on some well deserved food.

Day 5 Mardi to Tandi

The day will begin with a climb of 12km to the Rohtang pass, at Rohatang snow peaked glaciers await us in the line of the Horizon. After some relaxation at Rohatang we descend towards the River Khoksar.

Cycling 78km
Altitude: 3350
Meters Duration: 7-8 Hours

After a while of easy riding we cross Sissu at the foothills of Pir Pinjal range. Later we encounter mountain streams flowing over the roads to Reach Tandi. After setting up our camp` we relish over some freshly made dinner and retire for the night in our camps.

Day 6 Tandi to Patseo

With an easy start of the day up to Patseo. Today a rusty rocky terrain awaits us as we pass the tiny hamlet town of Jispa.

Cycling 48 km,
Altitude: 3820 Meters
Duration: 6-7 Hours

There is much descend before the climb towards Patseo. Also today is the first time we experience complete Isolation from the outer world. The day comes to an end as we make a touchdown in Patseo. Overnight at the camp after dinner.

Day 7 Patseo to Sarchu

Cycling 58km,
Altitude 4255 Meters
Duration 4-5 Hours 

Today we have another great climb to the Baralacha la Pass. Yet again we encounter an area with absolutely no vegetation, loose rocks all across the roads. The tenacious climb rewards us with great scenic landscape to look at. We finally retire at Sarchu in our camp aver some hot beverages and fresh dinner.

Day 8 Sarchu to Whiskey Nullah

Cycling 56km,
Altitude 4750 Meters
Duration 8-9 Hours

With an easy start to the day, get ready to face the canyon wall of the Ghata loops with 21 hairpin curves at the height of 15000 feet. This climb rewards us with a magnificent view from Nakeela and a sharp downhill to Wiskey Nullah where we set up our camp for the Night.

Day 9 Whiskey Nullah to Tso - Kar

Cycling 57km,
Altitude 4835
Meters Duration 5-6 hours

This day introduces us with the second highest mountain pass of the Journey at Lachalang la later with some steep swichback riding of 7km to the Moore Plains. The ride is a little relaxed through the moore plains, just sit back on the saddle and enjoy the view. Keep on riding towards Tsokar Lake; it is named tso-kar because of the snowish color of the lake also known as the "white lake". Ride a few more kilometers to set up camp at Tso-kar.

Day 10 Tso-Kar to Rumpste

Cycling 80km,
Altitude 4260 Meters
Duration 6-7 Hours

Start early considering the long ride that entails. We bid adieu to the scenic Tsokar and ride forward deep into the mighty himalayas. This ride takes you to Taglangla pass after 45km of strenuous climbing. Taglangla pass is 5328meters from the sea makes way for a scenic descend towards Rumptse. Set up camp in Rumptse and energise ourselves with some food before retiring for the night at our camp.

Day 11 Rumptse to Leh

Cycling 82km,
Altitude 3600 Meters
Duration 7-8 Hours 

Start this day with an early breakfast and rejuvenate yourself for the amazing ride that follows. Descend 35km to reach Upshi and follow the purple mountains and rocky road to reach leh. We will be checked into a hotel for the night of relaxation.

Day 12 Leh ( Rest Day)

Enjoy your cozy stay at the hotel at your leisure. You have the choice to drive to the famous Pangong Tso Lake. Arrangements for your drive to the lake can be made by getting in touch with the tour captain. 

Day 13 Leh Khardungla Leh

Cycling 80km
Altitude 5360 Meters
Duration 8-9 Hours

After an early breakfast we leave for Khardungla pass, the world's highest mountain pass. You climb past Karakorum and Zaskar mountains to reach Khardungla. We cycle through the scenic valley on the world's highest motorable road to the top of this journey with a sense of achievement that has no parallel. Celebrate this moment of pride and success with your bike and your fellow riders. Ride or Drive to our hotel in Leh for dinner celebration and to rest for the night.

Day 14 Leh Tour of Hemis, Thiksey monastery & Shey Palace

After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit Hemis Monastery situated 45km west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hill-lock with formidable views of the Indus valley. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya and is also known for its (Dukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. After that we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 15 Leh (The Tour Ends Today)

On this day with a sumptuous breakfast we part ways and say our goodbyes to our fellow riders and congratulate each other on the successful completion of this mammoth expedition we part ways and celebrate this moment of pride.

As the excruciating time spent on our bicycles ends here, we part ways with a souvenir for you to show your friends back home when you share your memoirs. 

Inclusions:

● Beautiful, scenic camp accommodation on twin sharing basis with mobile kitchen.

● Mountain bike with helmets

● Deluxe Accomodation in Leh and Manali.

● All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, snacks at all locations.

● Expert Trip Leaders who look after your every need.

● Two Nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday

● Maintenance with cycle spares

● A Van support that follows throughout the trip and carries all belongings.

● Refreshments, Mineral water bottle, Chocolates, Fruits, Dry fruits & Rehydration supplements during cycle ride

● 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 crew for daily operations.

● All transportation from rendezvous to final drop­off

● A celebration in Leh.

● Service Tax

Exclusions:

● Alcoholic beverages and hot drinks in hotels etc.

● Expenses of personal nature e.g.Telephone bills, tips, laundry and spa, massage etc.

● Any adventure activity like Paragliding, rafting, ropeway etc

● Camera expenses at monasteries

● Immediate expenses raised due to natural occurrences – landslides, weather, cloud burst etc.

● Return airfare expenses or road transport expenses from Leh.

● Any items not explicitly mentioned above.

Support:

The Riding Party will always be accompanied by experienced riding captains followed by support and back up vehicles.

As an organizer we work closely with the team of riders even in advance to provide necessary tips, training and motivation required to complete this physically and mentally challenging feat. Simultaneously taking care of best of the high quality arrangements to make sure you enjoy each and every moment throughout this memorable journey.

Nutrition:

Three square nutritious meals throughout the expedition every day. During the ride, the support vehicle will be packed with nutrition bars and energy drinks along with breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast: The breakfast will usually comprise of cereals, museli or porridge followed by chapatti or local breads fulfilled with eggs or omelet.

Lunch: The lunch will an easy affair mostly packed lunch with sandwiches, both veg and egg sandwiches. Usually the mid ride nutrition is sufficed by chocolate nuts and energy bars.

Evening Meals or Dinner: Dinner will always be freshly prepared local cuisines along with chapattis and vegetable dishes paired with a local desert.

Safety:

We give absolute importance to rider’s safety. All the participants will be required to wear a helmet at all times while riding. Participants will have to strictly adhere to all the safety guidelines laid by the tour captain.

The whole expedition is undertaken under the supervision of highly experienced tour captains. Riders will always have full access to the support vehicles well equipped with all the necessary emergency aid.

We work towards providing a hassle free adventure for the cyclists, we take care of all the necessary transportations and a support van shall be at disposal of all the cyclists in the group to assist in the time of need.

Why Choose Us :

In line with our philosophy of giving our Guest an up, close & personal experience we endeavour to make our Guest ride the best possible routes in a specific region and give them the true local flavour. Unlike a lot of other companies who prescribe to the totally ‘rough it out’ way of running their trips we don’t mind admitting that we like our clients to be cycling with some bit of comfort so a  Day of Acclimatization in Manali, a rest Day in Sarchu during the ride and 3 Nights in Leh are allocated in Tour program.

Bike Transfers:

In case if you wish to Ride your own bike, We can Transfers your bike from Jaipur. We will take full responsibility of your bicycles from packing bikes safely in Jaipur to assembling the bikes for the expedition at Manali and getting the bike back from Leh to Jaipur,

Free Training Camps:

We will assist all the riders to get enough training for the mammoth climbs that we will face during the expedition.

A series of training camps to be conducted starting three weeks prior to the expedition.

No Hidden Cost:

We believe in conducting an honest affair. There will be no Last minute changes in the cost of the program. The mention cost is the final net rate.

Expertise

Our vast experience in conduction cycling tours across the country for several years enable us with the necessary know how and confidence to overcome stressful situations.

Passion Driven

The zeal for conducting this expedition is completely our passion for cycling and our commitment towards delivering the best cycling experience anywhere in the world.

For your family too

You can bring your loved ones to support you emotionally while on this extreme journey. This mammoth expedition can be turned into a memorable family holiday.

 Terms and Conditions:

RESPONSIBILITIES AND LIABILITY

● We are responsible for providing and arranging the services listed in our tour itineraries and descriptions.

● We are responsible for conscientious travel preparations, and we review our accommodation providers, restaurants and contractors, on a continuous basis.

● We reserve the right to modify any part of a tour in the interests of improvement or to adapt to other situations as they arise.

● We reserve all rights to increase the price of the packages tour, in case if our group will not be completed.

● We will not be held responsible or liable for expenses incurred as a result of delays in train or missed connections.

● We will not be held responsible or liable for any delays or any changes in the schedule in response to unplanned events.

● We are not responsible for any act of god, strikes, theft or other conditions beyond our control.

● We are not responsible or liable for any property lost or damaged during the tour.

● Any request made by you for change or modifications to your itinerary, route change, accommodation changes, will incur additional charge and will need to be paid by you.

 

CANCELLATION POLICES

You & any member of your group may cancel your holiday at any time providing that the cancellation is made in written by the person who made the original booking is communicated with us. We are giving our cancellation structure below for cancellation.

Cancellation Period

Percentage of Cancellation

From booking date till 20 days prior to departure    

50%  of Package Cost

5 to 10 Days prior to departure    

75 % of Package Cost

24 hrs to 5 Days prior to departure   

100% of Package Cost