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Indian Himalayas


Day 1: Delhi

Arrive Delhi. You will be met at Delhi airport and transferred to the joining hotel. India's capital city makes for an exciting and mystical first experience on your Indian cycling adventure.  We have a group briefing this evening.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Day 2: Delhi to Mandi

This morning we make an early start by road from Delhi to Mandi, today’s destination. Mandi is a bazaar town on the banks of the Beas River with a large number of temples and shrines. 

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) or similar
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 m snowy peaks beneath which we will soon be cycling!

Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 1,925m
Meals: Breakfast
Cycling distance: 22km


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, we pass waterfalls tumbling down the mountains.

Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 35km
Altitude: 3,312m (10,866ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Climb: 1,890
Total Descent: 450


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. After a refreshment stop in Rohtang, we leave the lush scenery behind and continue with a descent to Gramphu. From here we travel along some unmarked stretches of flat road and 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: 47km
Altitude: 3,120m (10,236ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Climb: 1,492
Total Descent: 1,759


Day 7: Sissu to Jispa

We set off with a short ride to Keylong keeping high on the valley side with several large up and downs on mostly good roads. You will notice that the terrain is becoming much more arid.  From Keylong we start with a steady climb and then the day ends with a long downhill into the hamlet of Jispa where we end the day on the bikes. This will be a relatively easy day of cycling. 

Accommodation: Hotel
Cycling distance:  54km
Altitude: 3,350m (10,990ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Climb: 1,325
Total Descent: 1,104


Day 8: Jispa to Zing Zing Bar

Leaving Jispa we come out of a gorge and briefly ride downhill before starting the ascent to Patseo crossing some streams that flow across the road. 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 then on a further 5 km up a series of zigzags to our campsite. Road conditions are good – mostly sealed with short sections under repair.

Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance:  31km
Altitude: 4,020m (13,188ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Climb: 1,202
Toal Descent: 410


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 campsite 6km before Sarchu. Tonight you will relish the magnificent surroundings from our campsite in a wide open valley surrounded by impressive mountains.

Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance:  53km
Altitude: 4,255m (13,960ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Climb: 1065
Total Descent: 921


Day 10: Sarchu to Whisky Nullah

The day starts with some easy cycling along the river valley but we are soon tackling the twenty-one zigzag Gata Loops 15,030ft up the canyon wall. These have a good gradient and road surface but abiove these is a steeper push to the summit of the Nakeela Pass. Then its downhill to Whisky Nullah through beautiful arid mountain scenery of the high ranges.

Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 56km
Altitude: 4,750m (15,583ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Climb: 1,305
Total Descent: 1,095



Day 11: Whisky Nullah to Tso Kar Lake

We begin today ascending the ascending the zigzags we can see from our campsite to second highest pass on the Manali-Leh highway up to Lachalang La. The road is now recently sealed with only a few rough patches. 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 and sheep in this most desolate of places. We continue across the plane, mostly downhill on a very good road which even has a white centreline! Then we turn off onto a rough sandy track for 5 km to reach our campsite near the shores of the Tso Kar salt lake.

Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 75km
Altitude: 4,650m (15,255ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Climb: 588
Total Descent: 566



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 5,328m. A tough day but road conditions are good and mostly sealed the whole way and it is 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 nestled under immense rock faces.

Accommodation: Camping
Cycling distance: 69km
Altitude: 3,650m (11,975ft)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Climb: 905
Total Descent: 1,370


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: 75km
Altitude: 3,500m (11,482ft)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Total Climb: 1,785
Total Descent: 1,220



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 will feel truly proud of your achievements as you finish the trip with your final thrilling descent.

Accommodation: Guest House
Cycling distance:  78 km
Altitude: 5,600m (18,373ft)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Total Climb: 2,470
Total Descent: 2,470



Day 16: Leh to Delhi

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

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

Day 17: Delhi to Home

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to home.

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