Manali to Leh (Khardung La) Cycling Expedition
Leh, Badgis, India
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  • Trip introduction

    This 12-day Manali to Leh cycling expedition is one of the most thrilling adventures you can embark on. On this cycling expedition, you will cycle from Manali to Leh, covering around 500 km and explore some of the most iconic landscapes across North India. All on a cycle!

    This trip is not for the faint of heart as it is quite grueling, you will be cycling to high altitudes with steep ascents and sharp hairpin turns everywhere - with mountain slopes on one side and deep valleys on the other.

    You will also cycle through some of the highest roads in the world, including the famous Khardungla which is at an elevation of 17,577 feet above sea level. You will get to explore the local culture of the remote villages and sleep in tents under the shade of the Milky Way. You will brace yourself, and challenge gravity and strong Himalayan winds on this expedition - to be one of the few who have done this arduous challenge of cycling on the highest motorable road in the world.

    Destination

    The Manali to Leh cycling expedition takes you from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. This cross-state cycling expedition is one of its kind, it gives you a full mountain experience and takes you through the most iconic locations of the same. You begin in the green valleys of Manali, but as you cycle on, the landscape changes drastically as you enter the desolate terrain of Ladakh. You will cycle through some of the high altitude villages and campsites. You will also cover some of the highest roads in the world like Rohtang La at 13,051 feet, Baralacha La at 16,700 feet, Tanglang La at 17,480 feet, and on the eleventh day of the trip, you will cycle to the top of Khardung La at 17,577 feet. All of this while being in the company of the mighty snow covered Himalayan ranges.

    Destination highlights

    • Cycle through Khardung La at 17,577 feet above sea level.
    • Pedal your way into Jammu and Kashmir from Himachal Pradesh on the Manali to Leh cycling expedition.
    • Ride against the cold Himalayan winds.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    You must carry at least 2 copies of a valid photo ID and 2 passport-sized photographs.

    You must always stick with your group at all times during the Manali-Leh cycling expedition.

    Overtaking or riding on the wrong side of the road is strictly prohibited.

    Consuming alcohol or cigarettes before or during the Manali-Leh cycling expedition is strictly prohibited.

    The operator has a set of guidelines for proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. Please ensure you abide by these during the Manali-Leh cycling expedition.

    Helmets are compulsory. Cyclists without helmets will not be permitted to participate in this Manali-Leh cycling expedition.

    Participants should adhere to the instructions of the guide, respect local cultures, and refrain from littering or defacing natural structures during the Manali-Leh cycling expedition.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 24 days or more prior to the departure of the Manali-Leh cycling expedition: 95% of the total trip cost will be refunded minus any transaction charges, or you can use this amount to book any other trek with the same operator within a year.

    For cancellations made between 14-24 days before the departure of the Manali-Leh cycling expedition: 70% of the total trip cost will be refunded minus any transaction charges, or you can use this amount to book the same trek with any other batch of the same operator within a year.

    For any cancellations made between 10-14 days before the departure of the Manali-Leh cycling expedition: 50% of the total trip cost will be refunded minus any transaction charges, or you can use this amount for the same trek in the same season.

    For cancellations made less than 10 days before the departure of the Manali-Leh cycling expedition: No refund but you can transfer the same trek to a friend.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The cost of this Manali-Leh cycling tour does not include transport to and from Manali. Participants are required to book their own travel to Manali.

    If the itinerary is changed due to bad weather, sickness or natural calamity, any extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the participants.

    Participants must carry spares, and should be able to manage small repairs and punctures during the trip, if required. The operator will have a backup vehicle for any repairs during the tours and if required, more complicated repairs will be done during the halt at the end of the day. If your cycle is damaged, you may have to ride in the vehicle until it is fixed. As a general rule, it is best to choose a less complex bike as they are easier to fix and obtain parts for it, if necessary.

    The operator is not liable for any loss or damage to property, personal injuries (or death), and any claim arising from the participant's own actions during the Manali-Leh cycling expedition.

    The expedition fee does not include the bicycle charges. We highly recommend that you bring your own bicycle (Hybrid or MTB). If you wish to rent the bicycle, you have to inform us 20 days in advance before the departure date.

    Additional instructions:

    The cycle should be a hybrid/MTB.

    Make sure the cycle is comfortable and configured to your height as you will be spending long hours on the saddle.

    Get the cycle serviced before embarking on the trip.

    A more simplistic cycle is preferred that can be worked on by a local mechanic.

    Bring all the necessary cycle accesories like extra brake pads, tyres, spare cables, etc.

    Carry cycling accesories like gloves, helmet, elbow and knee pads, etc.

    Always wear cycling shoes without laces.

    Follow the instructions of the trip leader.

    A geared cycle is preferrable as you will be doing ascents.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    There is no pick-up for the Manali-Leh cycling expedition.
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    Drop off point
    There is no drop-off for the Manali-Leh cycling expedition.
    Mode of transport
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    Start point
    Manali
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    End point
    Leh
    Time of departure
    12:30 PM
    Time of return
    10:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Nature of cycling trip
    Mountain cycling
    Will cycles be provided?
    No
    Can I bring my own cycle?
    Yes
    Elevation at start point
    6700 feet
    Maximum elevation (approx)
    17577 feet
    Minimum elevation (approx)
    6700 feet
    Total cycling distance
    505 km
    Average cycling distance per day
    43 km
    Support/crew on trip
    Mountaineering qualified and professional trip leader, guide and support staff
    Cycle manufacturer/brand
    The trip cost does not include a bicycle, but one can be rented from the tour operators at a cost of INR 7,400. If you wish to rent the bicycle, you have to inform us or the operator 20 days in advance. <br><br> The cycle that can be rented is Trek Marlin 6.
    Cycle model
    Trek Marlin 6
    Cycle features
    Cross country mountain bicycle <br><br> 24 speed gearing for easier pedalling on climbs <br><br> Mounts for a rack and kickstand <br><br> Suspension for improved comfort <br><br> Weight: 4.71 kgs
    Day-wise elevation details
    NA
    Breakdown assistance
    1 support vehicle for every 6 cyclist <br><br> 1 support vehicle for camping and logistics <br><br> Cycle mechanic and repairing kit
    Instructions if bringing personal cycles
    The cycle should be a hybrid/MTB <br><br> A geared cycle is preferrable as you will be doing ascents
  • Day 1 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Arrival in Manali

    You will arrive in Manali in the morning and check in at the guest house/hotel arranged by the tour operators. You will be briefed by the trip leader in the afternoon, after which you can go out to explore Manali. Overnight in hotel at Manali.

    Day 2 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Manali to Marhi

    Today, you will begin your adventure. You will cycle to Marhi from Manali, it will be a 35 kms ride. You will come across some stunning views of pine and deodar forests. You will start early in order to avoid traffic. The route has a lot of hairpin bends, so be cautious. The Marhi campsite is quite scenic and you will spend the night here. Overnight in tents at Marhi campsite.

    Day 3 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Marhi to Sissu via Rohtang La

    Today, you will ride around 50 kms from Marhi to Sissu via Rohtang Pass. You will start early to avoid traffic at Rohtang Pass. You will halt at the pass for some refreshments after which you will begin your descent to Granphu. Overnight in tents at Sissu campsite.

    Day 4 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Sissu to Jispa

    Today, you'll begin your ride for Jispa. It is a 55 kms route. You will ride by some freshwater streams. As you cross Keylong, you will notice the landscape changing, lush vegetation will give way to dry desert of Ladakh. Jispa is a peaceful village on the banks of a river where you will spend the night. Overnight in tents at Jispa campsite.

    Day 5 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Jispa to Zing Zing Bar

    Today, you will set out for Zing Zing Bar, it will be a comparatively shorter ride of 30 kms. The road is quite rocky so the ride will be slow and careful. Also, the civilisation will grow thinner here and you will get your first glimpse of the Himalayan ranges with snow covered peaks. You will pitch your tent at some distance from the bar. Overnight in tents near Zing Zing Bar.

    Day 6 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Zing Zing Bar to Brandy Nallah vis Baralacha La

    Today will be the second longest ride of the trip at 65 kms. You till cycle from Zing Zing Bar to Brandy Nallah via Baralacha La. There will be no sight of vegetation but only the desolate desert. There will be strong winds at this altitude so the pace will be slower than usual but you will be rewarded with the sight of rivers and majestic mountains. Today, you will cross into Jammu and Kashmir. Overnight in tents at Branda Nallah campsite.

    Day 7 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Branda Nallah to Pang via Nakee and Lachulang La

    Today will perhaps be the most difficult day as you will be riding past the Gata Loops which is a series of 21 hairpin bends that cover a distance of 7 kms. You will also cross Nakee La and Lachung La. You will reach Pang by evening and the temperatures will be low. Overnight in tents at Pang campsite.

    Day 8 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Pang to Debring via More Plains

    Today you will ride to Debring via More Plains which is known for its extreme temperatures both in the morning and in the evening. You might come across some nomadic Changpas with their yaks, apart from them, there will be no sign of civilisation there. You might get a chance to spend the night at the banks of Tso Kar lake, otherwise at Debring which is at Tanglang La, the world's second highest motorable pass. Overnight in tents at Debring campsite.

    Day 9 of the Manali to Leh cycing expedition: Debring to Rumtse via Tanglang La

    Today, you will face a challenging climb which will lead you to the world's second highest motorable pass, Tanglang La which is located at a height of 17,480 feet. From there, you will begin your descent to Rumtse. Overnight in tents at Rumtse campsite.

    Day 10 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Rumtse to Leh

    Today will be the longest ride of the trip to Leh, which is your final destination. It will be a 75 kms ride. You will enter into the land of lamas and start seeing some light vegetations, and also get your first glimpse of the Indus River. Upon reaching Leh by afternoon, you will rest in the hotel and prepare for your final ride. Overnight in hotel in Leh.

    Day 11 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Leh to Khardung La and back

    Today will be the last and most exciting ride of the day. You will begin your day early and ride over 40 kms to the Khardung La Pass, which is the world's highest motorable road at an elevation of 17,577 feet. You will return to Leh in a private shared vehicle. Overnight in hotel at Leh.

    Day 12 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Departure from Leh

    Today is the last day of your trip, you will have breakfast and check out from the hotel and head to your sex adventure. Your journey ends by afternoon.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    End point
    Manali
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
    Maximum elevation
    6,700 feet
    Minimum elevation
    6,700 feet

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Manali
    End point
    Marhi
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    11,000 feet
    Total distance covered
    35 kms
    Total cycling time
    7 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    6,700 feet

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Marhi
    End point
    Sissu
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    13,050 feet
    Total distance covered
    50 kms
    Total cycling time
    7 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    10,250 feet

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Sissu
    End point
    Jispa
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    10,500 feet
    Total distance covered
    55 kms
    Total cycling time
    7 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    10,250 feet

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Jispa
    End point
    Zing Zing Bar
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    14,000 feet
    Total distance covered
    30 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    10,500 feet

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Zing Zing Bar
    End point
    Branda Nallah
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    16,000 feet
    Total distance covered
    65 kms
    Total cycling time
    8 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    13,750 feet

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Branda Nallah
    End point
    Pang
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    16,600 feet
    Total distance covered
    55 kms
    Total cycling time
    7 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    13,750 feet

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Pang
    End point
    Debring
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    15,862 feet
    Total distance covered
    50 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    15,100 feet

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Debring
    End point
    Rumtse
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    17,480 feet
    Total distance covered
    50 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    15,862 feet

    Day 10 - Milestone

    Start point
    Rumtse
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    14,000 feet
    Total distance covered
    75 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    11,500 feet

    Day 11 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Maximum elevation
    17,577 feet
    Total distance covered
    40 kms
    Total cycling time
    6 hrs
    Minimum elevation
    11,500 feet

    Day 12 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels on Day 1, Day 10 and Day 11
    • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents from Day 2 to Day 9
    • Meals in hotel stays at MAP plan (breakfast and dinner)
    • All the meals during the trip (Veg+Egg)
    • Nutrition snacks during the trip
    • Camping equipments like sleeping bags, mattresses, kitchen and dining tents, utensils, tents, etc.
    • Support vehicle for every 6 cyclists
    • Support vehicle for camping and logistics
    • Cycle mechanic and repair kits
    • First aid medical kits, stretcher, and oxygen cylinders
    • Mountaineering qualified and professional trip leader, guide and support staff
    • Services from Manali to Leh
    • All necessary permits and entry fees during the trip
    • Participants and staff insurance
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Any kind of personal expenses like tips, medicines, etc.
    • Cycle and cycle accessories (rental cycle can be arranged at INR 7,400 for the entire trip, notified 20 days prior to the departure)
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Padded protection for elbows and knees
    • Helmet
    • Sunglasses
    • Anti-pollution face mask
    • Base layer
    • Quick dry t-shirt
    • Fleece t-shirts
    • Jacket (down feather/hollofil)
    • Thermal inners
    • Cycling shoes
      What not to Wear
    • Denims or jeans
    • Floaters (while cycling)
    • Expensive gadgets or jewerlley

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • All camping equipments including sleeping bags, mattresses, kitchen and dining tent, utensils, etc.
    • 1 support vehicle for every 6 cyclists
    • 1 support vehicle for camping and logistics
    • Cycle mechanic and repair kit
    • First aid, stretcher and oxygen cylinders
      You need to get
    • Cycle (hybrid/MTB)
    • All the necessary accessories and spare parts
    • Backpack with rain cover (60 ltrs)
    • Head torch
    • Water bottle/hydration pack
    • Snacks like energy bars, dry fruits, ORS, etc.
    • Personal first aid kit (mandatory)
    • 1 pair of cycling gloves
    • Padded protection for knee and elbow
    • Fleece/woollen gloves
    • Cycling helmet of good quality
    • Woollen cap
    • Neck-gaiters
    • Face mask/anti-pollution mask
    • Sunglasses (UV protected)
    • Floaters/slippers
    • Cotton/woollen socks
    • Personal toiletries like sunscreen, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, antibacterial powder, lip balm, toilet paper and wet wipes, etc.

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit for this trip.
  • Day 1 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Arrival in Manali

    Overnight in hotel in Manali.

    Today's meal package only includes dinner which will be served to you at the hotel in Manali after the briefing session.

    Day 2 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Manali to Marhi

    Overnight in tents at Marhi campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you at the hotel itself after which you will head out on your ride. Packed lunch will be served when you halt during the ride. Dinner will be served at the Marhi campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided to you for the night.

    Day 3 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Marhi to Sissu via Rohtang La

    Overnight in tents at Sissu campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you at the campsite before you head out for your ride to Sissu. Packed lunch will be served on the way itself. Dinner will be served at the Sissu campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided to you for the night.

    Day 4 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Sissu to Jispa

    Overnight in tents at Jispa campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you at the campsite before you head out for your ride to Jispa. Packed lunch will be served on the way and dinner will be seved at the Jispa campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided to you for the night.

    Day 5 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Jispa to Zing Zing Bar

    Overnight in tents at Zing Zing Bar campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you before you begin your ride to Zing Zing Bar. Packed lunch will be served to you on the way and dinner will be served at the Zing Zing Bar campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided to you for the night.

    Day 6 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Zing Zing Bar to Brandy Nallah vis Baralacha La

    Overnight in tents at Brandy Nallah campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will begin your day with an early breakfast, after which you will ride out to Branda Nallah via Baralacha La. Packed lunch will be served on the Baralacha La. Dinner will be served to you at the Branda Nallah campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided to you for the night.

    Day 7 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Branda Nallah to Pang via Nakee and Lachulang La

    Overnight in tents at Pang campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will begin your day with an early breakfast, after which you will ride out to Pang via Nakee La and Lachulung La. Packed lunch will be served at Nakee La and dinner will be served at the Pang campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided to you for the night.

    Day 8 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Pang to Debring via More Plains

    Overnight in tents at Debring campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will head out to Debring after having breakfast at the campsite. Packed lunch will be served on the route and dinner will be served at Debring campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 9 of the Manali to Leh cycing expedition: Debring to Rumtse via Tanglang La

    Overnight in tents at Rumtse campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. After having breakfast, you will set out for Rumtse. Packed lunch will be served to you on the route and dinner will be served to you at the Rumtse campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 10 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Rumtse to Leh

    Overnight in hotel in Leh.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you at the Rumtse campsite after which you will begin your ride to Lah. Packed lunch will be served on the way and dinner will be served to you at the hotel in Leh.

    Day 11 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Leh to Khardung La and back

    Overnight in hotel in Leh.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will begin your day with a breakfast and head out to Khardung La. Packed lunch will be served either on the route or at Khardung La. Dinner will be served at the hotel in Leh.

    Day 12 of the Manali to Leh cycling expedition: Departure from Leh

    Your journey ends before nightfall.

    Today's meal package includes only breakfast. Today is the last day of the trip and you will check out from the hotel post-breakfast.

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