Mountain Biking in Ladakh
From Delhi, we take the night bus for Manali. We reach Manali the next day afternoon. You will ride in the surroundings of Manali, apple orchards, villages, hot spring etc. From Manali, the actual biking tour starts with a gradual climb to Marhi at 3000m, just half way on the Rothang pass. The landscape changes when we cross Rothang la (3980m) and we are surrounded by Himalayan Mountains. We require at least 2 nights stay in Jispa for acclimatization. Here, you will get acquaintance of Buddhist Culture. We make excursion to Keylong, the district head quarter of Lahol- Spiti. Here you will visit Gemur Monastery and royal castles. One- hour easy biking brings us in Darcha from where a steep climb begins crossing Zing Zingbar alll the way upto Barlacha-La (4830M). We further ride in this rugged country and reach Sarchu(4253m) where we sleep in tents. After biking along the 21 loops, we arrive Namikala pass. Pang, which is 77km from Sarchu and at an ultimate challenge- Tanglang La (5065m) pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world. This is the point for an unforgettable view. Another 199-km push brings us to Upshi announcing one's return to a civilization-no less than Indus valley civilization. Now Leh is 51 km. We reach there late in the afternoon. Leh, situated at 3505 m is the capital city of Ladakh- the little Tibet. In Leh, you will visit Shey monastery which is medieval Buddhist architecture. Thiksey monastery is built on high rock and is reminiscent of Potala Palace of Lhasa. This is a superb viewpoint to Indus Valley. We visit Hemis Monastery, which has mysterious atmosphere where monks mumble their parchment praying rolls surrounded by very old statues of Buddha, scarcely lit by butter. From Leh, you would love to climb 40 km to reach the highest motorable pass in the world- Khardung La that is 5602m from the sea level. You will be one of the few pioneers who achieved this top ever since this pass was opened for tourists in 1994. From Leh, you will fly back to Delhi.
Glimpse of Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi. Meet the guide at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Arrival in Manali (2050m)in the afternoon. Overnight hotel.
Day 03: Explore the surroundings of Manali like Vashistha Temple, Hadimba Temple, Old Manali etc. Overnight hotel in Manali.
Day 04: Bike 45km to Marhi(3000m).Overnight in tent.
Day 05: Bike Marhi to Rothang pass (3980m) and continue to Jispa (3142km) 90km from Marhi. Overnight in hotel/tent.
Day 06: Excursion Keylong and Buddhist sites. Overnight hotel or tent in Jispa.
Day 07: Cross Barlacha La Pass at 4892m and reach to Sarchu at 4253km (96km from Jispa) for overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Bike from Sarchu to Pang via Namikila Pass and Lachulungla Pass (70km). Overnight in tent.
Day 09: Bike from Pang to Rumtse by crossing Tanglang La passes (5360m). Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 10: Bike from Rumtse to Leh (70km) overnight in hotel. Leh is at 3505m from sea level.
Day 11: Sightseeing Leh town and monasteries.Overnight hotel.
Day 12: Excursion to Khardungla, the highest motorable road in the world.
Day 13: Fly to Delhi.
Day 14: Transfer to airport for departure.