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Leh to Manali Guided Cycling Holiday
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Tour Summary


Trans-Himalayan mountain bike adventure holiday

“This is your chance to ride at some of the highest points on Earth!”

· Bike the 3 highest road passes in the world
· Spectacular flight across the Indian Himalaya to Ladakh
· Cycling around the Buddhist Monasteries of the Indus
· The ultimate bike descent from the Khardung La

10 nights hotels and lodges, 4 nights camping, 10 days biking, 600 km (375miles), 35% off-road, 100% vehicle supported, Max altitude – 5380 metres. Join in Delhi. MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


Our classic high level bike traverse holiday provides real challenge and adventure, beginning with the truly spectacular flight over the Indian Himalaya to the Ladakhi capital of Leh where we spend the next 5 days acclimatising.

From Leh, we’ll enjoy a series of exploratory day rides to visit some of the many Buddhist monasteries in the upper Indus Valley. Easy rides and more challenging rides, such as our ascent to the Wari La (5159m), will provide great preparation for the traverse of the Indian Himalaya.

Our time in Leh culminates in the epic ascent to (and speedy descent from) the Khardung La which is the world’s highest road pass, at 5380 metres. Leaving Leh, this giant rollercoaster ride to Manali follows what is unquestionably one of the greatest mountain roads on the planet. The Leh to Manali highway crosses the main Himalaya Range by a series of very high passes, including the Taglang La (5280m), the second highest road pass in the world.

This classic route offers exposure to a tremendous variety of landscape and culture, linking the strongly Tibetan influenced high plateau of Ladakh with the semi arid plains of Lahaul and the lush greenery of the Kulu-Manali Valley. Once on the main route we will have the constant back up of a support vehicle and any of the group who feel the need to hitch a lift for any section of the journey will be able to do so.

From the crests of the passes, there are superb views of the major peaks of the Ladakh, Zanskar and Chandra-Bhaga ranges. We are not in a race; there will always be time to rest, take photographs and to cool hot brakes before the next amazing hairpin descent! After crossing the final pass, the Rohtang La (3900m), we reach the town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh and from there drive back to Delhi.

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1.

Package services begin with lunch.

Afternoon at leisure, with the chance to enjoy the gardens and pool at the hotel.

Day 2: Ladakh

An early start for the return to the Domestic Terminal of Delhi Airport, where we take the dramatic flight over the Indian Himalaya to Leh, in the district of Ladakh.

Afternoon at leisure and overnight at a Leh hotel.

Day 3: Stok Monastery

After a leisurely morning in Leh, we drive across the Indus to Stok Monastery.

We do our first biking, recrossing the Indus to visit the impressive monastery at Thikse.

Option to bike back to Leh and our hotel.

Ride distance (not including Thikse to Leh) 16km (10 miles).

Day 4: Tsermangchen La

Our first real day of biking starts with a transfer to the top of the Tsermangchen La (3750m).

From here, we enjoy a roller-coaster ride via Yangthang to Likir Monastery and on to Nimo. Overnight in Leh.

Ride distance 55 km (34 miles) with 895 metres of ascent and 1464 metres of descent.

Day 5: Wari La

Today, we drive to the top of the Wari La, the third highest road pass in the world at 5159 metres.

We have a thrilling descent by bike and then take a detour to visit the famous Hemis Monastery.

We return to overnight in Leh.

Ride distance 29 km (18 miles) with 72 metres of ascent and 1823 metres of descent.

Day 6: Khardung La

The big one! We can make an early start and bike all the way to the top of the Khardung La (5380m), the highest road pass in the world.

Or, we can bike from half way up.

Or, we can drive all the way to the top.

Whichever way we choose to get there, it’s a mega-downhill blast back to Leh.

Ride distance (from the check post) 52 km (32 miles) with 880 metres of ascent and 1736 metres of descent.

Day 7: Set off on our Himalayan traverse

We drive to Upshi, as we’ve already ridden this section of the traverse.

Then, we strike out for Manali on our bikes.

Today, we get as far as Rumpsti (4370m) and set up our first camp below the Taglang La.

Ride distance 30 km (19 miles) with 920 metres of ascent and negligible descent.

Day 8: Taglang La

We bike up to the Taglang La (5280m) the world’s second highest.

Option to take the support vehicle if necessary.

Then, it’s down and across the Moray Plains, then down again into the Pang Valley, India’s Grand Canyon.

We camp beyond Pang beside a river.

Ride distance 100 km (62 miles) with 1667 metres of ascent and 1505 metres of descent.

Day 9: Lachalung La

We climb again, to the Lachalung La (5065m) and then the Nakli La (4900m).

The descent is via the 22 hairpin bends of the spectacular ‘Gata Loops’ to our camp beyond Sarchu, with short-cut singletrack options for daredevils.

Ride distance 88 km (55 miles) with 1372 metres of ascent and 1450 metres of descent.

Day 10: Bara Lacha La

Steady biking up to the Bara Lacha La (4880m) with great views of the Chandra-Bhaga peaks.

Then, a long, long descent to Jespa (3400m) and the Lahaul Valley. We overnight in a simple hotel.

Ride distance 71 km (44 miles) with 710 metres of ascent and 1806 metres of descent.

Day 11: Keylong and Tandi

We continue, through Keylong and Tandi, to Khoksar at the base of the Rohtang La.

The semi arid scenery of Lahaul gives way to a greener, more forested landscape as we approach the Himalayan watershed.

We camp below the final pass of our Himalayan crossing.

Ride distance 69 km (43 miles) with 1031 metres of ascent and 1138 metres of descent.

Day 12: Rohtang La

Fit and well acclimatised, we climb to cross the Rohtang La (3990m) and can look down onto the lush alpine scenery of Himachal Pradesh.

Here, we are confronted by the prospect of a blistering 52km (32 mile) descent to Manali, some 2000 metres below us.

Overnight at a hotel in Manali.

Day 13: Nalagarh Fort Resort

We have a long drive, stopping off for lunch en route, to the Nalagarh Fort Resort at the base of the Shivalik Hills.

The fort dates from 1421 and was originally a palace.We overnight here.

Day 14: Nalagarh to Delhi

We depart Nalagarh and drive to Delhi. It should take around 7 to 8 hours and the roads improve after the initial couple of hours. We arrive at our hotel in Delhi by late afternoon.

Day 15: Depart Delhi

Package services end after breakfast. Delhi Airport transfers are provided on this day.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

Our classic high level bike traverse holiday provides real challenge and adventure, beginning with the truly spectacular flight over the Indian Himalaya to the Ladakhi capital of Leh where we spend the next 5 days acclimatising.

From Leh, we’ll enjoy a series of exploratory day rides to visit some of the many Buddhist monasteries in the upper Indus Valley.

Easy rides and more challenging rides, such as our ascent to the Wari La (5159m), will provide great preparation for the traverse of the Indian Himalaya.

Our time in Leh culminates in the epic ascent to (and speedy descent from) the Khardung La which is the world’s highest road pass, at 5380 metres.

Leaving Leh, this giant rollercoaster ride to Manali follows what is unquestionably one of the greatest mountain roads on the planet.

The Leh to Manali highway crosses the main Himalaya Range by a series of very high passes, including the Taglang La (5280m), the second highest road pass in the world. This classic route offers exposure to a tremendous variety of landscape and culture, linking the strongly Tibetan influenced high plateau of Ladakh with the semi arid plains of Lahaul and the lush greenery of the Kulu-Manali Valley.

Once on the main route we will have the constant back up of a support vehicle and any of the group who feel the need to hitch a lift for any section of the journey will be able to do so.

From the crests of the passes, there are superb views of the major peaks of the Ladakh, Zanskar and Chandra-Bhaga ranges.

We are not in a race; there will always be time to rest, take photographs and to cool hot brakes before the next amazing hairpin descent! After crossing the final pass, the Rohtang La (3900m), we reach the town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh and from there drive back to Delhi.

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Holiday Information


Holiday Overview

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What’s Included

• An experienced Indian biking leader
• The internal flight from Delhi to Leh
• Delhi Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 15 of the Land Only itinerary
• All land transport involved in the itinerary
• Support vehicles and drivers in Leh and during the journey from Leh to Manali
• All accommodation as described
• All meals

What’s Not Included

• Travel insurance
• Indian Visa
• Delhi Airport transfers (other than on the group arrival and departure days)
• Tips for drivers and other staff
• Miscellaneous personal expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc. Bike Carriage on the flights – please check with your carrier for charges

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the trip price from lunch on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to breakfast on Day 15.

Accommodation

The group will have one night at a pleasant and conveniently located hotel, close to Delhi Airport, at the beginning of the trip and a second night at the same hotel at the end of the holiday. In Leh we stay in a centrally located hotel for 5 nights.

We also stay in hotels for 1 night in Manali, 1 night in Jespa and 1 night in Nalagarh. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Whilst on the ride between Leh and Manali there will be 4 nights camping.

It is possible to hire a single tent for these nights at additional cost – please note that single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. Depending upon availability, it may also be possible to arrange single room occupancy in Delhi and in Leh.

Is this holiday for you?

A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres or a cyclocross bike is ideal for this trip. There are some singletrack opportunities, which cut across switchback descents, but this is really a technically straightforward ride following rough tarmac roads and hard packed dirt roads. Altitude is a real factor, although our time in Leh provides excellent acclimatisation.

Covering 600 kilometres (375 miles) with almost 6000 metres of ascent and 11,000 metres of descent, means that this is a tough trip, and you’ll need a good level of stamina and fitness to enjoy it to the full.

Cycled in its entirety, this trip will challenge the strongest of riders. But, remember that the support vehicle is nearly always available. Average 60 kilometres per day. Bike hire available locally.

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Leh to Manali, 15 days, 14 nights
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