BIKING IN LADAKH

Our itineraries are designed for anyone who loves cycling, whatever your age or ability, and whether you like to travel as a family, a couple, with a group of friends or on your own. We offer a range of tours for both occasional cyclists who enjoy shorter distances and flat cycle paths away from traffic, as well as tours for more experienced cyclists who relish the challenge of a few hills. Depending on the tour you choose, you could cover anything from 5-10 kilometers in a day (2-4 hours of cycling), leaving plenty of time to stop off along the way, take photos, enjoy some wonderful sightseeing or just have a leisurely lunch.

BIKING ON THE WORLD'S HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD (8 Nights / 9 Days)

A biking tour to the World's highest motorable road is an experience of a lifetime. This adventure is the staple diet of any adventurer who visits Ladakh.

Location: Himachal & Ladakh
Duration: 9 days
Grade: Tough
Season: July - August


Day 01 Flight to India ( Delhi )

Midnight: Around midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an Ladakh Traveler representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Morning: In the morning a short flight brings us to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Due to its altitude (3500 m.) Ladakh is also known as the roof of the world. Leh was an important place in the historical times on the silk road to central Asia. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude of Leh. It is important to go slow as acclimatisation is critical to your enjoyment.

Day 02 : In Leh

Local sightseeing of Leh. The town is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars. Visit the Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and the Leh Mosque.

Day 03: Leh - Thiksey - Shey - Hemis Monsteries - Stok Palace

Full day sightseeing of Thiksey, Shey, Hemis monasteries and visit teh Stok Palace and Museum. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Leh - Sarai: Cycle trek starts

All luggage, Camp Staff will go in a Jeep/Truck SARAI: Starting from Leh at a height of 3368 Mts. ascend steadily along a bridle path for few kilometers to Sambog a height of 4500 Mts. From here the ascent is steep and though the snow (till August) rises 1030 mts. Within 16 km is a two-hour, back-breaking climb to reach the Khardung La pass at 5602 mts. Braving the ever present threat of avalanches the route is a steep descent goes down over rocky and slippery terrain to 4572 mts. reaching the Sarai village enclosed in a cluster of willows.

Day 05: Sarai - Sumur

The next stage is the most precarious negotiating a steep descent within 8 kilometers through narrow gorges down to the left bank of the Shyok river which leads to the village of Khalsar or Khartsar 6 km away. After a 5 km. stretch along the bank is a suspension bridge that crosses over to the otherside. Following the river bank for 18 km over sandy maiden with thorny bushes one reaches extensively cultivated villages, Ran Kralzung and Sumur on the fringes of this valley.

Day 06: Sumur - Panamik

The last stop, Panamik is another 19 km away, after crossing a sandy and stony road and fording swiftly flowing side-stream. The ascent from Leh and descent from the pass to the Khardong valley, but once the ordeal is over the hardy soul is rewarded with a smiling valley and villages flowing with apples, apricots and mulberry trees amidst the patches of thick scrub jungle that dot the valley.

Day 07: Panamik - Tigar

We reach Tigar from Panamik and on our way we get a chance to interact with locals and explore local cuisine and culture.

Day 08: Tigar to Leh

We drive back from Tigar to Leh. Day free for exploring the city and bazaar.

Day 09: Leh - Delhi (by air)

In the noon flight from Leh to Delhi . Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.

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MANALI TO LEH BIKE SAFARI (15 Nights / 16 Days)

A biking tour where you start to cycle from Manali and ending at Leh crossing over some very high mountain passes, passing through rugged & picturesque terrain. Remember you would be testing yourself on the World's second highest motorable road where the climb is steep, air thin and it requires great stamina, strength and determination.

Location: Himachal & Ladakh
Duration:
16 days Grade: Tough
Season: July - August

Day 1: Delhi/Chandigarh (248kms)

Morning after breakfast drive to Chandigarh. Arrive at Chandigarh and check into the Hotel. Afternoon visit the amazingly created Rock Garden - a beautiful garden created out of waste materials. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Chandigarh/Manali (320kms)

Morning after an early breakfast drive to Manali. Evening arrive Manali and check into the Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Manali

Morning free to explore the city as well as to set your Bikes ready for the spectacular Trans-Himalayan mountain Bike covering a total distance of 484 kms. The high altitude road beyond the Great Himalaya range, on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, connects the densely fertile Lahaul Valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh, once accessible only from Kashmir. As you traverse, contrast in the topography becomes apparent. Lahaul and later Ladakh reveal barren landscapes that assume fantastic and bizzare shapes, surrealistic colours splash off rocks ranging in hue from various shades of brown to rust, gold, pink and yellow. Here one is traversing the roof of the world where Buddhist influence on the inhabitants tries to soften the rough existence they must lead to survive. Manali is set amidst lovely forests of towering cedars, circled by snowy peaks and the unending roar of the Beas river. Manali offers unparalleled opportunities for trekking, rock climbing, angling and winter sports. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Manali/Khoksar(57kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Khoksar via Rothang pass (3980 mt), the first of the high passes links Kulu Valley and Lahaul-Spiti Valley. It is one of the most important passes on the Manali-Leh Highway. For many centuries, Rohtang had served as an important trade-route to Lahaul, Leh and Central Asia. Arrive Khoksar (3140 M) a bleak and wind swept place. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 5: Khoksar/Tandi (49 kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Tandi along Chandra river. Arrive Tandi and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 6: Tandi/Darcha (43 kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Darcha. Enroute stop at Gondhala to see the ancient Gondhala Fort, pass by Keylong (3348 M), an oasis of green fields, through Jispa (3142 M) where you can visit a newly built monastery which was specially built for H.H. the Dalai Lama and later in the evening arrive at Darcha which is situated in a very beautiful, wide and open landscape. Overnight stay in Tents.

Day 7: Darcha/Intermediary Camp I

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach the Intermediary Camp, passing through Patseo (3811 M) which has a very beautiful and big green pasture land. After Patseo the road passes through few high altitude lakes and there are many camping sites near these lakes. Arrive the Intermediary Camp and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 8: Intermediary Camp I/Sarchu

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Sarchu, the border of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir States. After a level stretch acros large meadows such as Zingzingbar a gradual ascent up the Bhaga river leads to Baralacha Pass (4892 M). The word Baralacha means "a pass with cross roads". From here the snow covered peaks of the Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila ranges are visible. Here the roads from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul meet together. Arrive Sarchu (4253 M) for dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 9: Sarchu/Intermediary Camp II

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Intermediary Camp II, passing through the expansive Kyangshuthang Plains, named after the Kyang (wild ass) the donkey-like animal that can be seen here. Arrive the Intermediary Camp II near Lachung La for dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Pang, enroute stop for a while at Lachulung La top (5065 M) the third pass is reached after crossing the Tsarap Chu river. Arrive Pang which serves as a popular lunch stop. You will find many small parachute-made restaurants served by local Ladakhi women. Dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 11: Pang/Taglang La (63kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Taglang La. You will cycle down from of the longest plain belt at More plains. In distant you can see flock of sheeps of the nomadic Changpas who in summmers come down to More plains for greener pasture. A gradual climb leads upto the Taglang Pass (5328 M), the 2nd highest motorable road in Ladakh after Khardungla. Cross over the pass and overnight stay in Tents by a samll stream at the base.

Day 12: Taglang La/Upshi (54kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Upshi. The descent to Leh via a narrow valley along a white stream past small villages of Rumtse, Gya, Meeru is very fantastic that stands out like a small oasisi. Upshi is the first small commercial town of Leh with a small market. Arrive Upshi for dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 13: Upshi/Leh (60kms)

Morning after breakfast start cycling to reach Leh, the Capital of Ladakh. From here the road follows the Indus. Enroute visit Hemis Gompa - the biggest and the richest Monastery of Ladakh, Thiksay Gompa - a beautiful Monastery perched atop a hill and the ancient palace of Shey. Arrive Leh by evening and check into Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14: Leh

Fullday at rest. OPTION: Morning visit to Sankar monastery, Shanti Stupa and the impressively huge Leh Palace which was the main Palace of the ruler of Ladakh. Afternoon free at leisure. Evening Traditional Folk dances of Ladakh. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Leh

Morning after breakfast visit to Stok Palace and museum. The Palace which is still the Royal residence of Stok has an impressive museum displaying ancient heritage of Ladakh. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16: Leh - Delhi

Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Delhi.

END OF THE TOUR / SERVICES & WISH YOU A MEMORABLE TOUR


PADDLE ON - MANALI TO LEH BIKE TOUR (14 Nights / 15 Days)

A biking tour from Manali to Leh taking you through one of the finest roads and destinations. The roads in these high mountain passes are challenging and very picturesque. If you are tired, you can just relax by the road and gain back the drive to ride higher. On the World's second highest motorable road - the climb is steep, air thin and it requires great stamina, strength and determination.

Location: Himachal & Ladakh
Duration: 15 days
Grade: Tough
Season: July - August

Day 1: Flight to India ( Delhi )

Midnight: Around midnight arrival in Delhi . The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. You are met by an TTRAVEL EXCELENCE representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Day 2: (Manali):

Connect train for Chandigarh . On arrival drive to Manali. (320 kms in 10 hours) Arrive Manali and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: Manali - Marrhi Nallah- 40 Kms.

Manali, nestled on the foot of the giant Rohtang Jot (Mound Of Skulls) & on the bank of the Beas river, is an evergreen area with Pine & Deodar Trees surrounding the town. We will start early and cross the Beas river over Manali town bridge in the middle of the market & proceed to Palchan the Army Check post. The Beas river flows on the left side of the road. Passing through a small Hamlet town we take the first set of hairpin bends on the Serpentine road on the road to Rohtang. Be prepared to a total contrast in weather from the partly sunny Manali. There will be fog and mild rain. Overnight at Marhhi in Camp.

Day 4: Marrhi - Rohtang - Koksar - Sissu - Gondla - 70 Kms

The 17 Kms to Rohtang jot is all ascend. After a welcome cup of tea in one of the little Parachute cafes on the Pass ride downhill till Koksar bridge. If the weather is clear there are some scenic views of snow-covered peaks & Glaciers in the far horizon. As we descend there is change in vegetation, the tree line seems to be getting away from us making way for small bushes. We are in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. After crossing the check post follow the river flow till Tandi. At certain points we will abandon the bank, climbing uphill but we will be moving more or less along the river. In case the sun is out weather can be warm & Humid, but the nights will be cold being on the riverbank & open area. We will encounter some unmetalled stretches of road today after Koksar till Gondla, & cross a few mountain streams flowing over the road. O/Nt Camp.

Day 5: Tandi - Keylong - Gemur - Jispa - Darcha - 45 Kms.

At the confluence point of River Chandra & Bhaga cross the bridge & proceed uphill to Keylong town. Enroute is Gemur as we ascend the serpentine road into a gorge. Ahead lies the Jispa hamlet town as we come out of the gorge & descend downhill. The Ibex hotel at Jispa is the last comfortable hotel till we reach Leh town. It's again a green belt for sometime where you will see many shepherds and their sheep scattered on the hillsides. We are almost in the Land of Lamas now. Infact Keylong does support a small Gompa. After crossing Jispa one is definitely in an isolated region & in far horizon you can distinctively see the bareness of the Higher Himalayan ranges. O/nt camping at Darcha.

Day 6: Darcha - Patseo - Baralacha La - Bharatpur - 55 Kms.

Darcha can be considered the gateway to the Higher Himalayas as we cross the bridge & proceed on the hairpin bends uphill. Now it is going to be all ascend till we come to the cantonment area of military garrison of Himmatnagar, Appx - 20 Kms ahead. For next 10 Kms we are into the flat area & then down hairpin bends of Patseo & Zing Zing Bar as we move into the harsh terrain of the arid mountains. The sun suddenly seems hotter than before and the atmospheric pressure make the ride today a bit more challenging. But there are little signs painted in yellow on the rocks - When the going gets tough the Tough get going! - boosting our Spirits as we ascend the heights of the Baralacha Pass - 4892 M & Suraj Tal Lake . The Icy blue water & the origin of the river at the top of the bend that brings us closer to the Pass is a post for the road construction worker toiling hard everyday to maintain the roads as best as they can under the harsh conditions. It is time now for mountain river crossings. Twice we will be in the middle of water. We will descend down to the gorge area of Bharatpur, a small make shift Tentage accommodation area & night halt for the Truck drivers on their way with fresh supplies to the higher regions. O/Nt Camp.

Day 7: Bharatpur - Sarchu - 4253 M - Brandy Nallah - 35 Kms.

The Day starts with an easy ride on a flat road, downhill & then entering a gorge descending to the bridge connecting to the Sarchu Plateau. Cross over the bridge & we move ahead ascending a small uphill road making us move to the plateau area & now ahead lies another vast stretch flat ground with shepherds and their mountain goats. There are a number of features of arid landscapes with some beautiful scenery, a delight for photographers who are looking for high rise mountain ranges, bearing water marks & erosion of soil clearly indicating that the area was under water a few million years ago. The area is sparsely green, the wind is chilly & fast blowing here. We are at the Traffic Check post, which is the entry point into Ladakh. Another 20 Kms ahead on the base of the Gata loops hair pin bends we will camp for the night at Brandy Nallah. The road though metalled is very bumpy with flat stretches of barren land on both sides.

Day 8: Brandy Nallah - Gata loops - Naki la - Lachungla - Pang - 57 Kms.

After an easy day yesterday we now move to scale the Gata loops, 23 hairpin bends bringing us top of the mountain feature. We ride up hill, over an easy slope only to cross the Naki La pass, descend down into the gorge to an isolated military garrison area & then ascend again to the height of the Lachulung la - 5065 M. After Naki La we are almost on an unmetalled stretch of gravelly road all the way inside the gorge of Pang. O/Nt Camp.

Day 9: Pang - More Plains - Tanglangla (Base Camp ) - 47 Kms

Eight Kms uphill from the Bowl-like feature of Pang we come to the plateau area of the More plains. Changpas, the Nomadic people who tend their yaks here and a few wild asses are the only sign of life on this isolated and long road. This belt not only barren but is known for fast blowing winds, sandstorms & extreme temperatures in the early morning and evenings. Fresh stream water can be considered a scarcity in this area though you might find some isolated mountain streams flowing down from the Tanglangla. The ride is easy going being a flat plateau area, but the road, which stretches on ahead, is not as smooth as it looks. There are tiny bumps all along! O/Nt Camp at the base of Tanglang La.

Day 10: Tanglangla - Rumtse - Gya - 50 Kms.

We proceed early to scale the World's second highest pass, Tanglang la - 5,360 M. The ride for the next 17 Kms is a challenge for even the fittest of riders, weather being cold early in the morning, with gravelly stretches of the road consuming extra energy, riding over the altitude of 17,000 Ft will be an acid test for the mind & Body. Reaching the top is a very satisfying experience & then it's all down hill with smooth gradients till the base of the Pass. After crossing a small mountain river it is time to find civilisation again! The Chortens along the road in the villages announce our arrival in the heart of Buddhist culture. The greenery changes the landscape, and the red coloured mountains surrounding us and reflected in the river only add to the beauty as we hit Rumtse and Gya for O/Nt Camp.

Day 11: Gya - Upshi - Karu - Leh - 61 Kms

For next 20 Kms we ride on some metalled & unmetalled stretches of roads & cross over the Upshi bridge across the river Indus. The river originates in China & crosses over into India somewhere in the higher regions of these great Himalayan ranges. The road condition improves considerably as we follow more traffic from the cantonment area & local villages going to Leh. Ahead lies the Thiksey Monastery & the Chortens Garden before we finally enter Leh Town . The ride is easy & we can expect to reach Leh by evening. O/Nt Hotel Leh

Day 12: Leh - Khardungla - 5602 - 40 Kms

The weather on the pass is not always very reliable and an early start is called for. The journey from Leh till the North Pullu Check post, Appx 20 Kms, is fair enough to warm up, with some easy uphill ride. After North Pullu one has to gear up more. The roads are under maintenance & construction thus the ride is bumpy & as we proceed ahead it becomes a gravel track & the ride becomes more and more challenging. But reaching the top is worth every bit of the effort and sweat! Its the highest motorable pass in the world, and not many dare to bicycle their way up to 18,380 Ft. The Truck awaits on top of Khardung la for the cycles to be loaded and brought back to Leh town. We will ride back comfortably in 4 Wheel drive vehicles taking time for photography. O/Nt in Leh.

Day 13: In Leh

Local sightseeing of Leh visiting the famous Leh Palace , Shanti Stupa, and the Leh Mosque.

Day 14: Leh - Shey - Hemis Monsteries - Stok Palace

Full day sightseeing of Shey and Hemis Monasteries and Stok Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Leh - Delhi (by air)

In the noon flight from Leh to Delhi. In the afternoon we visit Bahai Temple, also known as Lotus Temple which is built out of white marble and in the characteristic Bahai temple shape of a lotus flower. Bahai temples are 9 sided, symbolizing comprehensiveness, oneness and unity. We visit this unique building which gives the message of unification of the human race.The rest of the day at leisure.

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