The journey from Manali to Leh, 475 km is one of the ultimate challenges for the mountain bikers. The route traverse four high passes with an accumulated altitude gain exceeding 29 000 feet-the equivalent of cycling to the summit of Mt. Everest from sea level. The road is one-lane tarmac and ideal for biking. Traffic is very light; hardly five to ten vehicles to be encountered. Summer months are relatively dry. This route is open from end of June till first week of October.. From Delhi, we travel overland to Manali. We reach Manali p.m.the following day.From Manali, the tour starts with a gradual climb to Marhi at 3000m, half way towards the Rothang pass.
The landscape changes after crossing Rothang la (3980m) suddenly we are surrounded by Himalayan Mountains. We require 2 nights stay in Jispa for acclimatisation, an opportunity to explore the Buddhist culture as well as allowing time for an excursion to Keylong, the district head quarters of Lahol- Spiti with its Monasteries and Royal castles.We bike onwards to Darcha from where a steep climb begins through Zing Zingbar and onwards to the Barlacha-La (4830M). Rugged country to reach Sarchu (4253m) where we overnight. There follows a series of 21 loops, before arriving at the Namikala pass continuing towards our ultimate challenge- Tanglang La (5065m), the second highest motorable pass in the world. A further 199-km push brings us to Upshi and the return to the civilisation of the Indus valley before reaching Leh (a further 51 km).Two whole days are spent in Ley for sightseeing and relaxing before a flight back to Delhi.
01Arrival Delhi./ transfer hotel
02A full days sightseeing of Old and New Delhi.
03Commence drive to Manali / overnight camp
04Arrive Manali p.m./ overnight hotel
05Bike 45km to Marhi (3000m)
06Bike Marhi to Rothang pass (3980m) continue to Jispa (3142km) 90km overnight hotel or tent.
07Excursion Keylong and Buddhist sites. overnight hotel or tent in Jispa.
08Cross Barlacha La Pass at 4892m reach Sarchu 4253km (96km from Jispa) overnight camp.
09Bike from Sarchu to Pang via Namikila Pass and Lachulungla Pass (70km). overnight camp
10Bike from Pang to Rumtse crossing Tanglang La pass (5360m) overnight guest house.
11Bike from Rumtse to Leh (70km) overnight hotel. Leh (3505m)
12Sightseeing in Leh overnight hotel.
13Ley at leisure
14Fly to Delhi transfer hotel