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Manali Leh Cycling Tour 12D/11N

Himachal Pradesh, Manali
INR 35,000.00
Holiday Overview

Our Manali – Leh cycling tour is one of our most difficult mountain bike tours in the world. This extreme cycling tour takes you to the very heart of the Himalayas where you will discover some of the finest cycling the world has to offer. The Manali-Leh cycling tour is one of the most scenic, challenging and popular mountain biking routes. You cover 550 km over 12 days going past many high passes – Rohtang (3900m), Baralacha La (4800m), Nakee La (4850m), Lachung La (4800m), Tanglang La (5200m and the world's second highest motorable road). The road is a mix of tarmac and unmetalled roads. Once you cross into Lahaul valley from Manali, you go past picturesque villages. Hoever, after Darcha, it's all wild country with no permanent villages till you cross Tanglang La closer to Leh. On the Manali-Leh cycling route the only settlements you will come across are doksas or make-shift bed-and-breakfasts that have come up for the season. From alpine forests and meadows in Manali through deep valleys in Lahaul, and vast plains at Sarchu, you enter Ladakh, a land that offers every hue of orange, red, brown and ochre. Along the way your challenges include searing hot days, freezing nights and most importantly, high altitude.

Holiday Highlights
  • Visit Rohtang Pass
  • Climb to the pass Nakeela
  • Visit Lachalang La
Getting There
By Air

The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, which is about 50 km from Manali. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi which is about 565 km away from Manali.

By Rail

The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (315 km), Pathankot (325 km) and Kalka (310 km). The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar (135 km).

By Road

Manali is well connected by road to Delhi through NH-21 and NH 1, leading to Manali from New Delhi are the towns of Panipat and Ambala in Haryana, Chandigarh (Union Territory), Ropar in Punjab, and Bilaspur, Sundernagar, and Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. State owned services are also available connecting Manali to other cities.

Day 1
Arrive in Manali

Spend the morning at your pace soaking in the surroundings 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. Both the Dhauladhar and the Pir Panjal Himalayan ranges meet above Manali. Towering two miles above us to the North of the town we can see many 6o00 metre snowy peaks beneath which we are going to be cycling soon.

Meals - Dinner
Day 2
Manali – Marhi (40Kms)

Today is our first climb 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 many apple orchards and small hamlets along the route. As we ascend higher we see many waterfalls tumble down surrounding mountain sides.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3
Marhi – Sissu (45Kms)

We start the day by continuing along the 12km ascent to Rohtang pass (3900 m) (The pass of Souls). In the old days of the Silk route when caravans used to travel; Rohtang used to be one of the most feared of pass because of its freak thunder storms and high winds many people used to die enroute hence the nickname pass of Souls. On a clear day, there are some lovely scenic views on the horizon of snow covered peaks and glaciers. As we cross the pass, we leave the lush green scenery behind and continue our descent to Gramphu. From here we will travel along some unmarked stretches of flat road as we cross the raging torrent of the river Chandra at Khoksar. We continue with a short and easy ride to Sissu. From our campsite after some chai and snacks in the evening you can choose to walk to the Sissu falls which is a spectacular place.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4
Sissu – Jispa (53Kms)

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

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5
Jispa – Padseo/ Zing Zing Bar (38Kms)

As we leave Jispa we come out of a gorge and ride downhill. We first cross the police check post at Darcha a small settlement set at the intersection of the Barai Nulla and the Bhaga river. From here our ascent to Patseo begins. As we cross Patseo we begin to get a sense of the remoteness of the area, with just a few sheep dotted here and there. The landscape becomes more wind swept and arid as we continue riding we have entered the land of the Lamas. On the horizon you can see the bleak, awesome spectacle of the higher Himalayan ranges. From Patseo we continue our climb for a further 10km to Zing Zing Bar which is also the base of Baralacha la pass.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6
Padseo – Sarchu (54Kms)

It is a long and hard climb to the Baralacha La Pass (4810 m) today. However the tough riding is rich in its rewards as we travel through wild scenic country with high mountains on either side this is the barren trans Himalayan region where you will also feel the pressure on your lungs as you pedal on. The pass itself is arid with no vegetation, the mountainside resembles a quarry, covered with slate, loose rocks and gravel. Descending into the gorge on the other side also known as the Yunan valley we reach Bharatpur where we get a tea break at one of the many make shift hotels that come up in seasons. Continuing on we cross mountain rivers en route to our destination Sarchu. Tonight you can relish the magnificent surroundings from our campsite. On a clear evening the sunsets at Sarchu are magnificent.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7
Sarchu – Wishkey Nulla (54Kms)

The day starts with some easy cycling but we soon head into the twenty-one zigzag Gata Loops up the canyon wall. This is only the first stage once, the Ghata loops end we find ourself in a zone which is super arid and windswept every pedal from here is is one hell of an effort. The climb to the pass Nakeela is super long but once we reach the summit of the Nakeela Pass (4900 m) its an easy downhill to Whisky Nullah where hot chai and pakora await. Today is probably one of the hardest days of the ride but the day is also richly rewarded with some beautiful trans Himalayan scenery. Look out for Bharals (Blue Sheep) lazing just before the Nakeela Pass. 

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8
Wishkey Nulla – Tso Kar Lake (75Kms)

We begin today ascending the second highest pass on the Manali-Leh highway up the Lachalang La (5050 m) . 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 which is also the entry into the Chang thang reagion. 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. Our camp is near the shores of the lake.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9
Tso Kar Lake – Lato (68Kms)

Today is a challenge indeed, as we head up the world's second highest motorable pass, the Tanglang La at 5,260m. 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 Rumtse. We beginn to see tiny villages as we start entering into more populated and fertile terrain. The air feels warmer as we cycle on to the village of Lato.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10
Lato - Leh (71Kms)

Today we continue downhill and head to Upshi, the scenery changes dramatically; as we enter the fertile Indus valley the area is irrigated by the river and is dotted with pretty villages and spectacular stupas. The awesome multi-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 Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Gardens en route Leh.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11

Taking a rest from the bikes today we 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 and the Shanti Stupa. Leh used to be a popular trading site during the early days of the Silk route with caravans coming all the way from as far as Turkey.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12
Leh – Khardungla (79 Kms) and return to Leh

We will set of for the Khardung – La Pass at daybreak. Cycling thirty nine kilometers and gaining 2,000m, 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.

Meals - Breakfast
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/06/2017 31/12/2018
Season Price Category 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax Ex. Adult Child w. Bed Child w/o Bed Single
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Accommodation Options
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  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • Camp Site Tent
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  • Camp Site Tent
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  • Camp Site Tent
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • Camp Site Tent
  • Camp Site Tent
  • Camp Site Tent
Whats Included
  • Accommodation on twin / triple sharing Basis as per the package selected.
  • All Meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
  • To & Fro Airport Transfers in Ex Leh Packages.
  • Transport by Non A/C Innova, Xylo, Mahindra XUV in Premium, Luxury, Super Deluxe and Deluxe Packages. (Point to Point)
  • Scorpio, Qualis or Sumo Grand in Standard Package (Point to Point)
  • With Tempo Traveler for 6 / 8 / 10 person complete journey (Point to Point).
  • Ladakh Entry Fees & Wild Life Fees.
  • Complimentary Ladakh Mini Guide Book on arrival in Leh.
Whats Excluded
  • Any airfare
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
  • Monument Entrances, Rafting & Camel Safari Charges.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices include”.
  • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls, etc.
  • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks or any other factor beyond control.
  • GST 9% will be applicable on total amount, If Payment by Bank Transfer / Cheque / Credit Card.
Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel 20 days before the trip begins, we retain 20% of the trip cost.
  • If you cancel 15 days before the trip begins, we will retain 50 % of the trip cost.
  • If you cancel less than 14 days before the trip begins, or, are not present when the trip begins, there will be no refund.
Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

While maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the participant. However, management or employees will not be responsible for injuries of any nature, mental or physical, whether caused directly or indirectly due to any adventures or their allied activities.

  • All participants are requested to download the risk form sign it and get it with them on their respective trips. 
  • Payment terms will be 50% in advance along with program confirmation. 
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • We will take every care to ensure that itineraries are followed to the letter but circumstances beyond control may necessitate changes. In case of changes routes and properties, we will accept no liability but make arrangements for substitution of equal.
  • We will accept no liability for any damage, losses and expenses suffered by any client as a result of sickness, quarantine, weather conditions, war, strikes, riots or any other cause outside our control.
  • Any damage, other than that attributable to fair wear and tear, to the equipments by the participants will be billed to you. Our decision on all such matters will be final and binding.
  • In the event of any dispute, all matters will be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the courts of Himachal and the prevailing law of India shall prevail. Recourse to the courts of any other country will not be applicable.
  • All Prices are eligible for Indian and Foreign Nationals.
  • As per Govt norm Guest's are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of availing the Activity.

Manali-Leh cycling tour gear list:

  • A bike helmet
  • Small day sack to carry trail clothing,
  • Good quality waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Balaclava (thick fleece)
  • Sun hat
  • Cycle mitts
  • Warm gloves – mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.
  • Mid-weight fleece top
  • Cycling tights (looser, “trackster” fit rather skin-tight lycra),
  • Shorts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Travel trousers
  • 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)
  • Cotton tee-shirt for around town
  • Long sleeved thermal top
  • Thermal long johns
  • 2-3 pairs underwear
  • 2-3 pairs of standard socks
  • 1 pair warm sock
  • Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD’s, if applicable (bring spare cleats)
  • Shoes, Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp.

Other suggested items are:

  • Dark glasses (the sun is very strong).
  • Camera.
  • A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),
  • Travel insurance policy.
  • Airline tickets.
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