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Manali to Leh: India Cycling Holiday


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Maximum Altitude:
5,600 m

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Indian Himalaya Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Delhi


Fly to Delhi You will be met at Delhi airport and transferred to our hotel. We have a group briefing this evening.


Accommodation: 3* Hotel


Day 2: Mandi


This morning we make an early start by road from Delhi to Mandi, today’s destination.


Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 1,925m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 3: Mandi to Manali


We travel on today to Manali. After checking in to our hotel there will time to relax and acclimatise.


Accommodation: Hotel (View Hotel)
Altitude: 1,925m
Meals: Breakfast


Day 4: Manali


This is another important rest day. In the afternoon our local guide will lead a walking tour around Manali and surrounding villages. Manali nestles at the head of a lush green valley, on the banks of the Beas river and at the base of the Himalayas. Towering two miles above us to the North of the town we can see 6600 metre snowy peaks beneath which we will soon be cycling! 


Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 1,925m
Meals: Breakfast


Day 5: Manali to Marhi


This is our first ascent as we begin to "warm up" for the tough ride ahead. Cycling out of Manali through an evergreen area of pine and deodar trees we tackle the first set of many hairpin bends and switchbacks on the way to the Rohtang pass. There are also orchards of apple trees and small hamlets along the route and as we ascend waterfalls tumble down off the mountains. 


Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 22 miles (35km)
Altitude: 3,312m (10,866ft)
Meals: Breafast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 6 : Marhi to Sissu


We start the day by continuing along the 12km ascent to the Rohtang pass, where on a clear day, there are some lovely scenic views on the horizon of snow covered peaks and glaciers. Once we have refreshed ourselves in Rohtang, we leave the lush scenery behind and continuing with a descent to Gramphu. From here we will travel along  some unmarked stretches of flat road as we cross the raging torrent of the river at Khoksar. We continue with a short and easy ride to Sissu in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range.


Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 29 miles (47km)
Altitude: 3,120m (10,236ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7 : Sissu to Jispa


We set off with a short ride to Keylong passing through mountain streams that flow over the road. This will be a relatively easy day of cycling.  You will notice that the terrain is becoming much more arid and we cycle on rutty, dusty and rocky road. Our route undulates into the hamlet of Jispa where we end the day on the bikes. 


Accommodation: Hotel
Cycling distance: 33.55 miles (54km)
Altitude: 3,350m (10,990ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8 : Jispa to Zing Zing Bar


Leaving Jispa we come out of a gorge and ride downhill before starting the ascent to Patseo. We begin to get a sense of the remoteness of the area, with just a few sheep dotted here and there. Travelling on we enter territory occupied by Lamas. On the horizon you can see the bleak, awesome spectacle of the Higher Himalayan ranges. From Patse we continue our climb for a further 10km to Zing Zing Bar.


Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 22.36 miles (36km)
Altitude: 4,020m (13,188ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 9 : Zing Zing Bar to Sarchu


The hard long climb to the Baralacha La Pass continues today. However the tough cycling is rich in rewards as we travel through wild, scenic country. The pass itself is arid with no vegetation, the mountainside resembles a quarry, covered with loose rocks and gravel. Descending into the gorge area of Bharatpur we cross mountain rivers en route to our destination Sarchu. Tonight you can relish the magnificent surroundings from our campsite. 


Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 31.68 miles (51km)
Altitude: 4,255m (13,960ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 10 : Sarchu to Whisky Nullah


The day starts with some easy cycling but we are soon tackling the twenty-one zigzag Gata Loops 15,030ft up the canyon wall. Once we reach the summit of the Nakeela Pass its downhill to Whisky Nullah. We pass some beautiful arid mountain scenery of the high ranges.


Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 34 miles (56km)
Altitude: 4,750m (15,583ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 11 : Whisky Nullah to Tso Kar Lake


We begin today ascending the second highest pass on the Manali-Leh highway up to Lachalang La. The road here is likely to be the roughest of the trip with a distinct lack of tarmac, it’s very gravelly and there are many loose stones. We have a long descent to Pang down a steep sided gorge followed by an 8km switchback climb before reaching the flat top of the Moray Plains. 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 of places. We continue across the plane to Tso Kar salt lake. Tonight we camp near the shores of the lake. 


Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 49 miles (75km)
Altitude: 4,650m (15,255ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 12 : Tso Kar Lake to Lato


This is a challenge indeed, as we head to the world's second highest pass, the Tanglang La at 5,360m. A tough day but truly satisfying when you reach the top. We set off again down the exhilarating 1,200m descent of switchbacks to the village of Rumptse. There are tiny villages as we enter into populated and more fertile terrain. The air feels warmer as we cycle on to the village of Lato. 


Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 43 miles (69km)
Altitude: 3,650m (11,975ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 13: Lato to Leh


Continuing uphill to Upshi, the scenery changes dramatically; we enter a fertile irrigated river valley dotted with pretty villages and Stupas. The spectacular red-hued mountains around us add to the beauty and richness of our environment. Crossing the Indus River the road improves as we head towards Leh. This is an easy stretch, we pass the Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Garden en route. 


Accommodation: Guest house
Cycling distance: 44 miles (71km)
Altitude: 3,500m (11,482ft)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 14 : Leh


Taking a rest from the bikes today you have the chance to wander around the twisting narrow streets of  Leh. A popular tourist destination,  there are many cafes and sites of historical interest to explore such as Leh Palace or the Sakar Gompa monastery.



Accommodation: Guest house
Altitude: 3,500m (11,482ft)
Meals: Breakfast 


Day 15 : Leh to The Khardung-La Pass


We will set of for the Khardung - La Pass at daybreak. Cycling twenty-six miles and gaining 2,000m (6,600ft), this is the ultimate challenge of the trip. It is the highest motorable road in the world taking you to a dizzy 5,600m! 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 a true achievement as you finish the trip with your final thrilling descent.


Accommodation: Guest House
Cycling distance: 52 miles (80 km)
Altitude: 5,600m (18,373ft)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 16 : Leh to Delhi


Rest day. You will be transferred to the airport in Leh for a morning flight back to Delhi. You will have time this afternoon to travel out to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal (optional extra)


Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 3,500m (11,500ft)
Meals: Breakfast


 Day 17 : Delhi to Home


Transfer to the airport for your flight back to home.