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Manali to Leh cycling Tour is considered as one of the incredible cycling tours over the globe crossing through some of the highest Motorable Roads in the world. If you are planning to explore beautiful mountains of Himachal Pradesh and Leh- Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir than a cycling tour on Leh-Manali Highway is the best thing you can do. Keeping the budget and time factor in mind, This year we have two itineraries for cycling from Manali to Leh.
・ Duration: 10 Days | Manali to Leh
・ Group size: 6-15 Rider + Explore Himalaya team.
・ Road Condition: Approx. 40% unpaved roads, 60% tarmac roads.
・ Max-Altitude: Taglang-la (17480 ft.)
・ Trip Type: Cycling tours in India.
・ Best Time: June - September.
・ Duration: 12 Days | Delhi-Manali-Leh-Khardungla-Leh.
・ Group size: 6-15 people + Explore Himalaya team.
・ Road Condition: Approx. 35% unpaved roads, 65% tarmac roads.
・ Max-Altitude: Khardung-la (18380 ft.)
・ Trip Type: Cycling tours in India.
・ Best Time: June - September
The combination of Toughness, challenge and beautiful scenery on Manali to Leh Cycling makes it one of the best Cycling Tour in India. cycling from Manali to Leh is a ride for which Every cyclist and adventure seeker around the world dream of. This Cycling tour in India starts at Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Gateway to the heaven of Himalayas. The journey takes you through 5 Highest mountain passes, One of them is world second Highest pass with an altitude of 17,480 ft. During Manali to Leh Cycling Every day the distance a rider cover ranges from 40 to 80 km with a total distance of 490 km on Manali-Leh Highway. One surpasses more than 30,000 feet in elevation crossing passes like the Rohtang La (13,050 ft), Baralacha La (16,040 ft), Nakeela La (15,647 ft), Lachulung La (16,600 ft) and Taglang La (17,480 ft). Moray fields are one of the most astounding and coldest deserts on the planet, snow loaded tops, rivers like Chandra-Bhaga and Indus, and the sky is the limit from there. So If Riding is your passion and you are searching for the pure adventure of a cycling tour then Manali to Leh cycling tour is just for you. A mixture of downhill as well uphill road in Indian Himalaya will surely test your stamina on one of the best cycling routes in India. we carry support van during Manali to Leh Cycling, because during uphill cycling some riders face difficulty while riding, in that part of the journey you can just sit back in the support van and be driven to the top of the next one. So If you do not have great fitness, no problem, you can still enjoy this amazing trip. An enchanting cycling trip that offers you a golden opportunity to explore Lahaul region in Himachal Pradesh to Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh traversing lakes, rivers, waterfalls and beautiful mountains.
This trip is quite Challenging and certainly, it will test your stamina during the ride, but this doesn't mean that you need a six pack abs or Olympic player to complete this ride. anyone who is physically fit can do it. The only thing that it takes is motivation & practicing a routine prior to your departure because the more you practice, more enjoyable the journey would be. The practice schedule varies from person to person. If you are a complete novice to cycling & haven't cycled before, then it takes somewhat more sweating than the one who is a regular to pedaling. Since the expedition involves high altitude & uphill riding conditions. The majority of the riding is on paved roads or hard packed dirt roads. Most are in fairly good condition but there are also some rough sections. The distance covered varies on each day depending upon the gradient of the route. The longest distance covered in a day is 74 km when its mostly downhill & the shortest is 38 km's when it's a complete ascent. If you are planning this adventure trip with us then you do not have to worry about the practice schedule as at Explore Himalaya we will send you the practice schedule and diet chart 45 days prior to departure. As the trip is 100% vehicle‐supported, there will nearly always be the option to enjoy the scenery from the vehicle. The leader will inform you in advance about any off road sections you will be advised of this in the daily briefing.
We recommend that you bring a mountain bike that you are familiar with, i.e. not too new. The bike should have front suspension, As the trip crosses several high altitudes passes, your bike should be suitable for sustained climbing. Tires suitable for riding on hard packed off road conditions are recommended. It is very important that your bike is in excellent running order before the trip. If you have servicing work done before leaving for Manali, make sure you have ridden your bike several times before departure, ensuring everything is working as it should be. We will be carrying tools and some spare parts for roadside repairs. Do not expect to be able to purchase any bicycle products while in Manali. You can also hire a mountain bike in Manali also charges Ranges from 600-900 per day. Make your bike booking in advance otherwise, you will not be able to get a suitable bike for you.
Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of inner tubes. You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarize yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any basic repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
How to Reach Manali:
Being one of the most charming hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, India. Manali is almost occupied by tourists from different parts of the country. Due to day by day growing tourism in Manali, This beautiful hill station is well interlinked with roads to different parts of the state. It's not connected by railway. Kiratpur Saheb in Punjab and Una in Himachal Pradesh are two railway stations around this place, But both of these railways stations are more than 200 kilometers away There is another narrow-gauge line at around 100 kilometers, which is located in Jogindernagar, but it's not recommended except in a scenario when you have enough time and want to experience toy train, which starts from Pathankot and ends at Jogindernagar. The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometers away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Best way to reach Manali is to book a cab or Volvo bus from Delhi or Chandigarh. Volvo buses are quite comfortable and they charge from 1000-1600 Inr per seat depends upon tourist season. Most buses start their Journey from Delhi in evening around 5 to 10 pm and reach Manali in between 6 am to 12 Pm. You can check Bus availability Here. If you are bringing your own bike then you have to confirm with the bus operator before booking your seat. they will charge around 100 to 500 Inr.
Manali-Leh route & Weather Condition:
( Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops –Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh) Manali-Leh Highway is a high altitude road passes through Indian Himalayan mountains. It ranges over a length of 479 km (298 mi) and passes through some of the world's highest mountain passes in the world. Most Part of the road is a cold semi-arid desert no civilization for miles makes this a very treacherous road. The weather here is cold even in summer (max 25°C. min 10°C), and the weather in mountains vary randomly. Be prepared for cold nights and a small possibility of a shower. Most Part lies in rain shadow so, very less rainfall occur even during monsoon (July–September )
Nuts & Bolts:
Bike Repairs: Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee to have spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Ride safety: Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is nonnegotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Being an Adventure Travel Company at "Explore Himalaya" we give our first Priority to the safety of our guests. Our Tour Expert have proper wilderness first-aid training and are expert in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. You will be instructed with necessary tips and information regarding safety at Manali Before starting the ride. Our Team always carry the necessary equipment and first aid kit including oxygen cylinder which will help during any emergency situation. We also
prescribe that you bring your own personal medication boxes like sunscreen and multi-vitamin tablets. If you have any health issue then you should also consult your doctor before coming for this adventure trip. At Explore Himalaya you must have to follow strict instructions in maintaining the pace of the group and discipline because We are familiar with the challenges faced by travelers during Manali to Leh Ride.
Support: Our all cycling tours are supported by vehicles and they are always available for tired cyclists. It is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it.
Guides: You will be led by a local English-speaking tour leader. All our tour leaders are well informed about the history, culture, and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
Arriving and Departing: This tour begins in Manali and ends in Leh. flights, to and from the start and finish points are not included in the tour price. If you need help or advice arranging international flights please contact us.
Passports and Visas: Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour. All foreigners, except Indians must have a visa.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations although it is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated against: Typhoid; Hepatitis A and B. Tetanus and polio vaccinations should also be up to date at the time of travel. If you have come from an area infected with yellow fever you are required to be vaccinated before entering the country. Please speak to your doctor/physician for the most recent information.
Altitude: Travelers to the Himalayas may suffer breathlessness and headaches before becoming acclimatized.However, our team will carry oxygen cylinders and pills which will help you to get acclimatize.
Accommodation: In Manali, you will stay in 3-star hotel and during the ride we use to stay Homestay/Camping accommodation.
Food: Meals are included in the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, and D = dinner. Meals during tour will be prepared by the cook team and feature Indian and Western-style cuisine. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Drink: Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water and energy-restoring drinks are included in the tour price. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer and alcohol are NOT included in the price.
Solo Travelers: you do not have to pay extra charge for traveling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge.
Extra Expenses: We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars a day for incidentals. Any other site fees are not included.
Money: The currency is the Indian rupee (Rs) and there are Bank ATMs in Manali that take international cards. However, to be safe, we suggest you change money in New Delhi and carry cash as backup in case the power goes down, the ATM is out of order. Major credit cards are widely accepted at midrange and better hotels, restaurants and fancy shops in Manali and Leh only.
Local Time: GMT + 5 hrs 30 mins.
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Reach the hill town of Manali, which is situated at an altitude of about 6726 feet and is a heaven for tourists. A lush forest cover of Deodars greets you and in the distance snow-covered peaks elevate its charm. Check-in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You may undertake walking tours or cycling expeditions to the Old Town, Vashisht village or the Pagoda-style Manu Rishi temple or you may shop for local specialties. stay overnight at the hotel.
Your ride will start from today so it's better to arrive one or two day prior to Manali for Manali to Leh cycling. This will help you to get acclimatize to the mountains weather. Start your first day cycling up to Marhi. The valley is full of greenery peaks and some breathtaking view of Pine and Deodar trees. It's also a warm up for the tough ride ahead. The road is easy till village palchan 11 km from Manali. From Palchan the climb start towards Rohtang pass. Overnight camp at Marhi.
After having your healthy breakfast at Marhi Start riding early morning to Rohtang pass which is situated more than 13000 feet above sea level and is known worldwide for its mesmerizing beauty. it's a steady climb for 16 km. Major sections of the road till Rohtang top are tarmac void and rutted because of the heavy motor vehicles plying on them. After a refreshing halt at Rohtang, a steady descent takes us to Gramphu on the highway along Chandra river. A downhill ride for next 20 km, hence there is hardly any effort required. Especially after Khoksar, there is a beautiful tarmac road leading all the way till Sissu. Camping overnight at sissu.
After small warm up exercise session and healthy breakfast start riding from Sissu. Today's ride will be a mix of climbs and descents throughout the stage. the road is not very well maintained till Tandi. You can see the river Bagha flowing alongside the road near Tandi bridge. The climb begins again till Keylong. After crossing Jispa We now get a sense of the isolation of the area, with a few sheep dotted around and we begin to enter the territory of the Lamas. In the far horizon, you can see the bleak and awesome spectacle of the Higher Himalayan ranges. Dinner and overnight stay at tents
Today, we will cycle uphill for about 30 km as part of your journey to the Baralacha La Pass and than a 28 km downhill riding. the rewards are great as you travel through this wild and scenic country. The pass is arid with no vegetation, the sides of the mountains looking more like a quarry covered with loose rocks. As we descend the gorge area of Bharatpur we will cross Mountain Rivers before reaching our destination. Sarchu is a military base and Himachal Pradesh state ends here.Dinner and overnight stay at tents
The day starts with some easy cycling but we are soon tackling the zigzag "21 loops of Gata" at 15,030ft up the canyon wall. Once we reach the summit of the Nakeela Pass it is downhill till Whisky Nallah. Today you will pass through some beautiful arid mountain scenery of the high ranges. Dinner and overnight stay at tents.
start riding for the highest pass on the Manali- Leh Highway up to Lachalung la for 7 km. The Road here is likely to be the worst of the trip after passing Lachalang La a long descent to Pang down a steep sided gorge. Being set-up right next to an army post, one can also use the satellite-phone facility at the army base. Pang serves tourists with ample traditional dance and folklore along with food and accommodation. Dinner and Homestay overnight.
After a 7 km thrilling uphill ride, cross the Tibetan flags at the Tanglang La Pass (5,328m), You can witness the wonderful views of the Himalayas and the Karakorum Range from here. After the pass, our next stop is Rumpste, follow a long zigzag descent to reach Rumptse. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
After breakfast start riding towards Leh. As we continue the descent to Upshi the scenery changes dramatically from arid Land to fertile irrigated valley by a river dotted by pretty villages and Stupas. The spectacular red coloured mountains around us add to the beauty and richness of the scenery. Crossing the Indus River the road improves as we follow the other road users towards Leh. This is an easy ride as we pass the Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Garden before we reach Leh ( overnight stay at hotel)
Trip concludes after morning breakfast and certificate distribution.