Manali – Leh – Mountain Bike Tour – 14 Days
|Trip Title:||Manali – Leh – Mountain Bike Tour – 14 Days|
|Destination:||Manali to Leh Ladakh & Fly Out|
|Type:||Adventure + Culture + Scenic Beauty + high Altitude Lake|
|Duration:||13 nights / 12 days|
|Best Time:||June to Mid Sep|
|Grade:||Moderate to Strenuous|
|Maximum Altitude:||6726 Ft ASL / 17582 Ft)|
Highlights: Manali Town, Rohtang Pass / Chandra and Bhaga Rivers, Keylong , Darcha, Baralacha –Pass , Sarchu, - Tanglangla - Leh city – Khardungla pass – Pangong Lake – Monasteries – Fort and Palaces – Alchi Lamayuru – Sham Valley .
Manali: One of the most beautiful hill station in North nestled in north Himachal Pradesh. Lush green valley waits for your arrival. Your overland safari Mnalai to Ldakh begins very next day of your arrival in Manali to reach at Rohtang Pass ( 13000Ft Appox) which differ Lahaul valley & Spiti valley extreme North + North East of Himachal Pradesh and Manali valley.
Descending down from Rohtang pass suddenly overall vegetation get change which will make you feel to enter in different world. Following the Chandra & Bhaga rivers this is recommended to stop at either Keylong which is the distict headquarter of this region or bit further away to Jispa just before you ascend to baralacha Pass.
Jispa onwards you will encounter the second pass called Bara Lacha Pass surrounds by heavy snow and offers an incredible view of Trans Himalayan ranges. Further drive to Sarchu a flat ground drving an altitude of around 4000meter above sea level will be another major attraction. Gradual climb to reach at Pang where you may find some seasonal tea shop and eat some food.
Leh: one of the most beautiful city situated at an altitude of 3500 M ASL famous for highest high altitude airport an ethnic / Ancient and colorful city. Monasteries, fort and palaces, gateway to Silk route, Hub for Buddhist culture for red sect and yellow sect. lush green valley around river Indus and agricultural fields and business hub for this region. Much more to explore in and around Leh.
Khardungla Pass & Nubra Valley: highest motorable pass in the world which make you feel being at the roof top of the world. This pass differ Nubra valley and Leh valley. border with Pakistan in north west and Tibet in north east. Nubra means valley of Flowers a silk route to Siachen Glacier and way to Pakistan. Lush green valley with two hump camel awaits for your arrival.
Pangong Lake: one of the most beautiful high altitude lake in the north east of Leh city. Considered approx 150 long lake has around 25% in India and rest in Tibet. Changes its color as per the sun light and you may see the spectrum of its reflection from different angle. Approx 150 kms drive onw way worth visiting to see the silent witness of God’s creation.
Alchi - Lamayuru Valley: Driving in the west following Indus river at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus river you may encounter some of other monasteries you will reach at Alchi which is only one monastery in Ladakh constructed in a flat ground. Further drive to Lamayuru Monastery you will encounter a strange formation of landscape called Moon Valley. A picturesque monastery belongs to centuries years old. Further drive takes to Fatu La you would like to stop at Mulbekh to see an image of Buddha Carved on a large stone. Kargils is the headquarter of this region and close to India – Pakistan borde
Morning take a Shatabdi train to Chandigarh and arrive in the afternoon at Chandigarh railway station. Vehicle awaits for your arrival and continue drive to reach at Manali. Approx 325 kms can be completed in 7 - 8 hours. In late evening check in at the hotel and overnight stay
Day 02: IN Manali drive,
Take a short ride to explore this beautiful town in first half and Rest of the day is to assemble your bikes, and essential preparation for your ride to high altitude terrain. Overnight at hotel in Manali.
Day 03: Manali to Marhi cycle, 36 Kms:
Your first day starts by uphill drive towards Rohtang Pass which difer this Manali and Keylong valley at the opposite side. After 6-7 Kms the road slowly starts getting elevation and the grip on our paddles strengthens. The road condition is fine except the last few kilometers before you reach at Mari on your first camping sie / overnight stay. Incredible view of Manali valley from Marhi will attract your beautiful evening at this place. Dinner and overnight at Marhi
Day 04: Marhi to Keylong 3350 M, 74 Kms:
After breakfast leave our camp and ride for about 12 Kms straight to our first mountain pass, Rohtang La pass. The last 2 Kms are over an old glacier of Rani Nalla and the views are fantastic with surrounding mountain peaks. Rohtang Pass is “most famous destination for the domestic tourists in summer ” may be bit croweded by traffic condition and recommended to leave early from your camping place. Arrive at Rohtang Pass which offers the high altitude raging of Trans Himalayan ranges at the backdrop. Descend from the top and arrive at Gramphu where you need to get registered with state Govt office and facility to have fresh and hot lunch. Follow the river Chandra till you arrive at the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga just before the main town of Keylong. Camp / Hotel stay and overnightDay 05: Keylong to Patseo 3820 M, 48 Kms:
This day is much relaxed than Marhi - Rohtang Pass – Keylong. Road condition may not be very good condition but not too bad either. Ride up to Jispa and further to Darch which is the main Hub to entyer in Zanskar range in Ladakh and other region. Cross a bridge and start an ascent to Patseo. Camp and overnight at this placeDay 06: Patseo to Sarchu 4255 M, 58Kms:
Another beautiful day awaits for your challenging ride to up to Sarchu. Till Baralacha Pass which may be the second beautiful pass on this route will quench your thurst by driving on high altitude regions. From Baralacha most of the trail is gradual and not too difficult. Arrive at Sarchu and overnight at Camp.Day 07: Sarchu to Whisky Nalla 56 Kms:
After breakfast ride nearly flat for few kilometers and further up ride up to Nakeela Pass would be interesting for your ride to cycle upwards on this high altitude terrain. Arrive at Whisky Nalla and overnight camping at this place.Day 08: Whisky Nalla- Moray Plains to Debring over Lachalung La & Tanglang La 82 Kms:
After breakfast get prepared for another thrilling ride. Cross Lachungla pass and arrive at Pang where you may have few temprory tea shops and hot lunch. Few meters hike will take you the most beautiful morai plains a dusty trail. Cross this dusty tail of Morai Plains and arrive at the base of Tanglangla the second highest pass in the world. Overnight CampDay 09: Debring to Rumptse 4200 M, 51 Kms:
Ascend again to reach at Tanglanla pass and descend with a fine road condition up to Rumptse. Camping and overnight at this place.Day 10: Rumptse to Leh 3600 M, 91 Kms:
After leisurely breakfast continue the flat ride and descent up to Upshi. The scenery changes dramatically as we arrive in a fertile irrigated valley by a river. Beautiful monasteries / Chortans and Stupa s all around will make you feel comfortable and fascinating. Arrive at Leh and check I at your hotel for overnight stayDay 11: Leh Rest Day:
Day reserved for your own activities / repairs of mountain bike and other. Overnight in Leh townDay 12: Leh to Khardung - La Pass and back Leh, 41 Kms (one side):
Another interesting day to reach at the highest motorable pass in the world called Khardungla . spend few hours at the top and retrace back to the Leh town for overnight stayDay 13: In Leh ( Explore the West of Leh – Till Sangam) :
After breakfast advisable to explore the west of Leh by following river Indus till it get met at Nimo at confluence point of Indus and Zanskar. Retrace back to the town and spend the beautiful evening at Leh Town. Dinner and overnight at hotel in LehDay 14: Departure Leh:
After breakfast you will get transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward destination