There are splendid mountain biking opportunities. The region offers great offbeat routes for cycling. Culturally and ethnically, the rout stakes visitor through great variations. On the high plain one encounters Changspas, who are semi-nomads. Bike over the highest road pass in the world. Here there is a diversity of landscapes, including the wild and barren moonscape of Ladakh.
CYCLING EXPEDITION – Manali till Leh
This cycling expedition takes us over the Himalayan range from the southern lush green valley of Manali in Himachal Pradesh to the arid high mountain desert of Ladakh. The dramatic changes in the landscape are best enjoyed on this cycling journey. The journey takes us over some high passes, such as Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, Nakee La, Lachung La & Tanglang La. Tanglang La is the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5360m / 17585ft, next only to Khardung La.
The climax of the expedition is to finish the journey by cycling to WORLDS HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD POINT – ‘ KHARDUNG LA’ – 5602m / 18380 ft.
While passing through the small villages in Lahaul on the banks of Chandra & Bhaga rivers, through the peas & potato fields to no man land & never ending plateaus of Sarchu & Pang, to the flat deserted plains of Indus valley, we cross over from Kullu district to Lahaul district of Himachal & finally into Ladakh after crossing Baralacha La. Interaction with the locals and the nomads on the way only enhances our experience to a real unforgettable moments of Life!!!
Total Cycling : Approximately 600 Kms.
Grade: Tough and High Altitude cycling.
Maximum Altitude 5602 Mtrs. / 18380 feet.
Day 01: ARRIVAL IN MANALI
We reach Solang early morning next day. Afternoon just relax and Get acclimatized.
Day 02: MANALI ACCLIMATIZATION STAY-
This morning we get on our bikes for the first time and go on an acclimatisation ride. A nearby forest hides a 450-year-old temple, called Hadimba Devi, made out of wood that has remarkable carvings. We then cycle out of Manali and follow the Beas River to Nagar Castle. Nagar was once the capital of this area and the old castle has now been turned into a hotel. Near the castle is the Nicholas Roerich estate. Roerich was a Russian artist, who married a Bollywood heroine and lived here in Nagar. He travelled extensively through Ladakh and Tibet and many of his beautiful works of art still hang in the gallery here. Other options for today include ‘Old Manali’,a picturesque village close to the ruins of the Fortress Mandakot and the hot sulphur springs at Vashisht.
Day 03: MANALI TO MARRHI-
Altitude: 3281m / 10827ft Cycling Day 1 Distance: 33kms
This is first day of our cycling expedition. Easy road till village Palchan 4 kms from Solang. From Palchan the climb begins towards Rohtang Pass. Being the first day we suggest camp at Marrhi 12 km before Rohtang Pass. Camp overnight.
Day 04 : MARRHI TO GONDLA/SISSU-
Altitude: 3102m / 10237Ft Cycling Day 2 Distance – 59kms
We start our day by finishing our final climb of 12 kms to Rohtang Pass 3978m / 13052ft. From the top if the weather is clear we get beautiful views of the glaciers & snow clad mountains of Chandrabhaga Range on the other side of the pass. The road descends 22 kms down to Khoksar village & then a flat road of 15 kms along the Chandra River to Sissu village . Camp overnight.
Day 05: SISSU TO JISPA/DARCHA-
Altitude: 3181m / 10500Ft Cycling Day 3 Distance – 56kms
Easy day since the road continues along the Chandra River with gradual gradients in-between till Tandi. At Tandi we leave behind the Chandra River & continue up along the Bhaga River climbing up to Keylong, the district place of Lahaul. We continue further along the Bhaga River for 21km to reach Jispa. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 06: JISPA TO PATSEO TO ZIGZINBAR/BASE OF BARALACHA LA PASS-
Altitude: 3790m / 12504Ft Cycling Day 4 Distance – 50kms
The difficult section of our trip begins today. We would be staying for next 3-4 days on an average altitude of approx 4400m / 13200ft and above.
From Jispa the road continues along the Bhaga River till Darcha. From Darcha the road climbs in switchback turns & gradually leads to Patseo. From Patseo the road continues up and down all the way upto zinzingbar and then 5 kms of climb to the base of BaralachaLa where we camp overnight.
Day 07 : BASE OF BARALACHA LA PASS TO BRANDY NULLAH-
Altitude: 4230m / 13954Ft Cycling Day 5 Distance – 52kms
The hard climb begins for next 20 kms to Baralacha La 4880m / 16011ft. We pass two small but beautiful lakes of Deepak Tal & Suraj Tal on our way.
The views from the pass are rewarding. Then all the downhill road upto Bharatpur, for a nice tea and hot snacks to resume cycling to the plains of Sarchu all the way to Brandy nallah. Camp overnight.
Day 8 : BRANDY NALLAH TO KANGLA JAL-
Altitude: 4100m / 13518Ft Cycling Day 6 Distance – 57kms
Another tough cycling day. Road okay. Gata loops of 10 kms and on up to Nakee La Pass all climbing. The surface-just loose rocks, rutted, most looks as if it’s never been tarmacs & then descend to Whispy Nallah. And again climb to Lachung La 5065m / 16618ft to descend to Pang. This is going to be the toughest day of our expedition. Camp overnight.
Day 9 : KANGLA JAL TO PANG TO TSO KAR-
Altitude: 4603m / 15191Ft Cycling Day 7 Distance – 53kms
Today road gives you stunningly beautiful sights and locations, real feast for nature lovers. Flat or slightly downhill from Kangla Jal to pang and then after the short climb from Pang up continue on the arid road of More Plains to the base of Tanglang La at Tso Kar… probably the finest location for camping. Stay overnight in Camp.
Day 10: TSO KAR TO DEBRING TO UPSHI-
Altitude: 4673m / 15421ft Cycling Day 8 Distance- 79Kms
A huge climb to the top of Tanglang La – World’s Second Highest Motorable Road Pass – 5360m / 17586ft. Road mostly good, except loose rocks for a few km at the Taglang La, starting 1km below the summit, Manali side. Big climb to the top of the Taglang La, 35 kms downhill on the other side! Stay overnight in Camp.
Once on the top you are rewarded by some awesome views of the never-ending mountain ranges. From Tanglang La descend for 29km to Rumtse, & then the road continues in a narrow gorge with extremely colorful mountains on both the side, till we exit at Upshi on the banks of Indus River. The arid mountain views on both the sides of the road is a feast!. Camp overnight.
Day 12: UPSHI TO LEH-
Altitude: 3480m / 11484Ft Cycling Day 9 Distance- 60kms
Easy flat road section till Leh. One can make stopovers to visit Thiksey monastery & Shey Palace ruins on way to Leh. Overnight stay in a hotel, for well deserved rest!
Day 13: LEH TO KHARDUNG LA AND BACK-
Cycling Day 10 Distance- 78Kms
Cycling to Khardung La (5602m / 18380ft), the world’s highest motorable pass (39 kms), and return. Overnight in the hotel in Leh.
Day 14: LEH TO PANGONG
One Day visit to Pangong Lake (154 kms one way) in the evening relax in Leh, shop at the Tibetian Market, eat Local Cuisine and meeting locals etc.
Day 15: LEH TO DELHI RETURN BY FLIGHT-
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to New Delhi and onwards….
1. Tents – twin sharing, Sleeping bags, pillows and carry mats.
2. Excellent food suitable for cycling and as per choice.
3. Complete camping facilities – Toilet tents, Bath tent, Dining Tent.
4. Tour Guide & Manager, Cycle Mechanic, Cook and camp helpers.
5. Logistic vehicles and Jeep / Utility Van as backup to follow the members.
6. Good Quality Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis in Manali & Leh,.
7. Drinking Water all through-out the expedition.
8. Inner line permission.
1. Travel & Transport upto Delhi and travel cost of Leh to Delhi.
2. Personal expenses
3. En route drinks ( other than drinking water ) while biking & at the camps, hotel.
4. Camera Fees wherever applicable.
Mountain Biking on the way to Khardong la
We at Active Adventure organise day trip cycling to the world highest motorable road Khardong la and the around Leh valley, beside we cycle across the back bone of the west Himalaya from little Tibet to the verdant kullu valley. A fully supported expedition sure to satisfy the ambition of the most experienced mountain cyclist.
We believe together we can change the world.
Getting started is easy: Ride your bike.
The more you ride, the healthier you’ll be. And the less you drive, the healthier our planet will be. Pretty good payback for a little pedaling.
If you bike 2 miles to work and back each day instead of driving, your 4-mile round trip will keep 51 pounds of carbon monoxide out of the air each year.
That same daily trip will burn 36,000 calories over the course of a year—the equivalent of over 10 lbs of fat. In fact, the average person loses 13lbs in the first year of commuting by bike.
Your daily 4-mile bike commute will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year. If just one person in a thousand were to follow your lead in biking 4 miles a day instead of driving, we’d save 429 million gallons of fuel each year.
That’s a whole lot of impact from just hopping on your bike. Plus: you get to ride your bike.
The Global View
We began as a US company. But now we sell bikes around the world, and we’ve learned a lot from how other countries view cycling. Two examples: Germany, home of our Diamant brand and its 125-year cycling legacy; and the Netherlands, site of our European headquarters. Both countries have embraced the benefits of alternatives to auto travel.
Imagine what could happen if the US follows their lead.
Bicycles per 1,000 people
- United States 385
- Germany 588
- Netherlands 1,000
Percent of urban travel accounted for by cycling
- United States 1
- Germany 12
- Netherlands 28
Percent of adults who are obese
- United States 30.6
- Germany 12.9
- Netherlands 10.0
Stats courtesy of World Watch Institute
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