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CYCLE SAFARI

PACKAGE CODE  : L011
DURATION  : 14 NIGHTS / 15 DAYS
AREA : MANALI – LAHAUL – LEH
BEST TIME  : JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
ACCOMMODATION  : 06NIGHTS AT HOTEL, 08 NIGHTS IN TENTS
MINIMUM PEOPLE REQUIRED : 04
LEVEL OF ENDURANCE : HIGH  moderate



Introduction:

This is mountain cycling at its best; a fully supported high altitude cycle ride, from 'Little Tibet' to the forested ridges of the Kullu Valley. You would be crossing a series of high passes across the backbone of the West Himalaya. In Leh you would cycle to some of the renowned Buddhist monasteries and ancient forts and also have the opportunity of cycling to the Khardung La (5602 mts.) - the World’s highest motorable pass. Fully prepared and acclimatized, you undertake the many demanding stages that offer few concessions to comfort. The exhilaration of crossing the Zanskar Range, the Great Himalaya Range and the Pir Panjal, we are sure, would be ample rewards for your efforts.

 

The fully supported Leh-Manali bike ride is now an established classic, crossing three high passes, the highest being over 5600 mts. and with a total descent of over 10,000 mts.

 

These are demanding expeditions and for this purpose our support team would always be present at a discreet distance in case any need arises. All bags would be carried for you and our expert camp crew would set up the campsites and put together delectable meals at the end of the day.


Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive ManaliArrive Manali
Arrive at Kullu airport / Manali bus station and transfer to hotel in Manali. On arrival you would be checked into the Hotel for rest and an overnight stay.

 

Day 02: Manali - Marrhi Nallah - 40 Kms.
Manali, nestled on the foot of the giant Rohtang Jot (Mound of Skulls) and on the bank of the Beas River, is an evergreen area with Pine and Deodar trees surrounding the town. You would start early and cross the Beas River over Manali town bridge in the middle of the market and proceed to Palchan, the Army Check post. The Beas River flows on the left side of the road. Passing through a small hamlet, you would take the first set of hairpin bends on the serpentine road on the road to Rohtang. Be prepared for a total contrast in weather from the partly sunny Manali. There will be fog and mild rain. You would camp overnight in Marhhi.

 

Day 03: Marrhi - Rohtang - Koksar - Sissu - Gondla - 70 Kms.
The 17 km to Rohtang jot is all ascend. After a welcome cup of tea in one of the little Parachute cafes on the Pass, you would ride downhill till Koksar Bridge. If the weather is clear, you would be able to witness some scenic views of snow-covered peaks and glaciers in the far horizon. As you descend, you would be able to see the change in vegetation; as tree line make way for small bushes. You are at the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. After crossing the check post follow the river flow till you reach Tandi. At certain points you would be required to abandon the bank and climb uphill. In case the sun is out, expect the weather to be warm and humid, but the nights are expected to be cold. You will encounter some unmetalled stretches of road today after Koksar till Gondla and cross a few mountain streams flowing over the road. You will camp overnight in Gondla.

 

Day 04: Tandi - Keylong - Gemur - Jispa - Darcha - 45 Kms.
At the confluence point of River Chandra and Bhaga, you would cross the bridge and proceed uphill towards Keylong town. Enroute is Gemur as you ascend the serpentine road into a gorge. Ahead lies Jispa, a hamlet, as you come out of the gorge and descend downhill. The Ibex hotel at Jispa is the last comfortable hotel till you reach Leh town. It's again a green belt for sometime where you will see many shepherds and their sheep scattered on the hillsides. You 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 and in the distant horizon one can distinctively see the bareness of the Higher Himalayan ranges.

You will camp overnight in Darcha.

 

Day 05: Darcha - Patseo - Baralacha La - Bharatpur - 55 Kms.

Darcha can be considered the gateway to the Higher Himalayas as you cross the bridge and proceed on the hairpin bends uphill. It is all ascend till you reach the cantonment area of military garrison of Himmatnagar, appx - 20 Km ahead. For the next 10 Km you would be biking through flat area before taking on the hairpin bends of Patseo and Zing Zing Bar, as the plain gives way to harsh terrain of the arid mountains. The sun would suddenly seem hotter than before and the atmospheric pressure would make the ride a lot more challenging. If, while ascending the heights of the Baralacha Pass - 4892 mts. towards the Suraj Tal Lake, you feel your spirits dipping, lookout for the sign posts. Painted on them are words that would encourage you and motivate you to push yourself harder. The sight of icy blue waters would provide some respite. It is time now for mountain river crossing. Twice you would be in the middle of the water. You will descend down to the gorge area of Bharatpur, a small make shift tentage accommodation area and night halt for the truck drivers on their way with fresh supplies to the higher regions.

You will camp overnight in Bharatpur.

 

Day 06: Bharatpur - Sarchu - 4235 mts. - Brandy Nallah - 35 Kms.
The day starts with an easy ride on a flat road, downhill and then entering a gorge descending to the bridge connecting to the Sarchu Plateau. Cross over the bridge and move ahead ascending a small uphill road making way for the plateau region. Ahead lies another vast stretch of flat land with shepherds and their mountain goats. There are some beautiful sceneries, a delight for photographers, who are looking for high rise mountain ranges bearing water marks and erosion of soil clearly indicating that the area was under water a few million years ago. The area is sparsely green; the wind, chilly and fast blowing. The Traffic Check post ahead is the entry point into Ladakh. Another 20 km ahead, on the base of the Gata loops, you would camp for the night at Brandy Nallah. The road though metalled is very bumpy with flat stretches of barren land on both sides.

Day 07: Brandy Nallah - Gata Loops - Naki la - Lachungla - Pang - 57 Kms.

After an easy day yesterday you now need to prepare yourself to scale the Gata loops, as 23 hairpin bends bring you to the top of the mountain feature. You would 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 and then ascend again to the height of the Lachulung la - 5065 mts. After Naki La you would be on an almost unmetalled stretch of gravel ridden road all the way inside the gorge of Pang. You will camp overnight in Pang.

 

Day 08: Pang - More Plains - Tanglanga (Base Camp) - 47 Kms.
8 km uphill from the bowl-like feature of Pang you would come to the plateau area of the More plains. Changpas, the nomadic people who tend their yaks here and a few wild asses would be the only visible sign of life on this isolated and long road. This belt is not only barren but is known for fast blowing winds, sandstorms and extreme temperatures in early mornings and evenings. Fresh stream water is scarce in this area, though you might find some isolated mountain streams flowing down from the Tanglangla. The ride is easy going as it is a flat plateau area, but the road, which stretches on ahead, is not as smooth as it looks. Enjoy the bumpy ride ahead. You will camp overnight at the base of Tanglang La.

 

Day 09: Tanglangla - Rumtse - Gya - 50 Kms.
You proceed early to scale the World's second highest motorable pass, Tanglang La - 5,360 mts. The ride for the next 17 Km is a challenge for even the fittest of riders. The weather would be extremely cold early in the morning, there would be gravelly stretches of the road that would consume extra energy as you ride over the altitude of 17,000 ft. This is a test of endurance, of the mind as much as of the body. All your efforts would be worth when you reach the top. The ride down hill would be smooth till the base of the Pass. After crossing a small mountain river you would find civilisation again. The Chortens along the village roads announce your arrival in the heart of the Buddhist culture. The green of the landscape, the red of the mountains and the blue of the river paint a picture of indescribable beauty as you hit Rumtse and Gya for your overnight camp.

 

Day 10: Gya - Upshi - Karu - Leh - 61 Kms.Gya - Upshi - Karu - Leh

For next 20 km you ride on some metalled and unmetalled stretches of roads and cross over the Upshi Bridge across the Indus River. The river originates in China and crosses over into India somewhere in the higher regions of the great Himalayan ranges. The road conditions improve considerably as near the cantonment area and the local villages going to Leh. Ahead lies the Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Garden before you finally enter Leh Town. The ride is easy and you can expect to reach Leh by evening.

Your overnight stay would be in a hotel.

 

Day 11: Day at Leisure
A much required day for relaxing & maintenance of the bicycles. A comfortable bed, hot water and a relaxed day would be just what you would need after the tough conditions you have ridden over in the last few days.

 

Day 12: Rafting on Indus (15 km. stretch)Rafting on Indus

After breakfast you leave for the experience of a lifetime. Nomadier jeeps will drop you at Phey – the Raft “Put in” point and will pick you up from Nimo where you end your rafting. This route which consists mainly of Grade II or III easy rapids passes through astoundingly beautiful mountains, many of them with tiny hamlets and imposing old monasteries nestled among the valleys. This route starts from Phey Village, about 12 Km from Leh and ends at Indus-Zangskar confluence at Nimmu, about 36 kms from Leh. This stretch can be undertaken by beginners as well. After this breath taking experience you would drive back to hotel in Leh to relax. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 13: Leh - Khardungla - 5602 mts. - 40 Kms. / Pangong Lake by Jeep

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, approx 20 Km, is just right to warm up, with some easy uphill ride. After North Pullu one has to gear up. The roads are under maintenance and construction thus the ride is bumpy and as you proceed ahead it becomes a gravel track, hence the ride becomes increasingly more challenging. But reaching the top is worth every bit of the effort and sweat. It’s the highest motorable pass in the world, and not many dare to bicycle their way up to 18,380 ft. You are now a member of this select community. The truck would wait on top of Khardung La for the cycles to be loaded and brought back to Leh town. You would ride back comfortably in a 4 x 4, taking your time for photography.Your overnight stay will be in Leh.

 

Optional Excursion to Pangong Lake: Morning after breakfast drive to to Pangong Lake on the Indo China border. Evening back to hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight.

 

THE PANGONG LAKETHE PANGONG LAKE

This route takes the visitor past the picturesque villages of Shey and Thiksey, and turns off the Indus valley by the side valley of Chemrey and Sakti. The Ladakh range is crossed by the Chang La (18,000 ft / 5,475 mt) which despite its great elevation is one of the easier passes, remaining open for much of the year even in winter, apart from periods of actual snowfall. Tangse, just beyond the foot of the pass, has an ancient temple.

 

But the main attraction of this circuit is the Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 ft (4,267 mts.). A long, narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly 6-7 km at its widest point. Visitors are permitted to only around 7 km along the southern shore from the head of the lake, but it affords spectacular views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lakes brackish water. Above Spangmik are the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.

 

Day 14: Day at Leisure

This day is normally kept as a back-up day, in case, due to any unforeseen reason you are unable to make it up to Khardung La the day before. If we have been there you can visit the surrounding areas of Leh for a sight seeing trip. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh.

 

Day 15: Fly Delhi

Early morning transfer to Leh Airport Fly to Delhi.