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* Biking  Through Himalayan High Passes
* Extension of Tibetan plateau, scenic, picturesque views
* From Ladakh, Kashmir area to Manali at Himalchal Pradesh
* Crossing world’s highest passes, cultural and adventure tour

Introduction:

An adventure of a life time one of the greatest bike ride, this ride leads through the world’s highest motorable high passes with undulating mountain landscape scenery before starting this adventurous riding journey acclimatisation is important that’s our top priority before beginning this trans-Himalayan ride, with ample time for tour in Leh and for acclimatisation spending five days, at Leh cultural tour to some of the area’s colourful Buddhist monasteries, packing and checking the bike, includes whitewater rafting on the Indus and making the astounding bike descent from the Khardung La (5380m/17,646ft.), the highest road pass on earth.

On leaving Leh, crossing main India's high Himalayan ranges encountering 4 high passes, including the world’s 2nd highest road pass, the Taglang La (5,280m/17,315ft.) riding through variety of landscape and culture on route, from the high plateau of Ladakh through the semi-arid plains of Lahaul and the lusher Kulu Valley. Offering an exciting mixture of tough climbs and some exhilarating downhill’s, this is one of the favorite biking ride among the adventurer.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at New Delhi via respective airlines.
Day 02: Fly to Leh 11,500ft/3,500m.
Day 03: Cycle to Stok Village and back to Leh.
Day 04: Monastery Sightseeing.
Day 05: Rafting on the Indus River.
Day 06: Khardung La (5380m). Leh - Khardung-la - Leh ( 5380m ); ( 80km )
Day 07: Cycle to Meru.( 55 kms)
Day 08: Cycle to Tanglag la base.
Day 09: Rumtsey – Tsokar( 65Kms):
Day 10: Tsokar - Pang ( 4,115 m) - 58km
Day 11: Pang - Sarchu ( 3,750 m) - 60 km:
Day 12: Sarchu - Zingzingbar ( 3354 m) - 65km
Day 13: Zingzingbar - Jispa ( 3,347 m) - 50km.
Day 14: Jispa - Koksar ( 3,445 m)- 40 km.
Day 15: Koksar - Marhi ( 3109 m) - 50 km and to Manali (1,928 m) 38kms- total distance -88kms)
Day 16: In Manali day free to explore town.
Day 17: Drive Manali to Chandigarh drop 7 hrs
Day 18: Chandigarh to Delhi by Train
Day 19: International Departure.
Day 01:

Arrive at New Delhi via respective airlines.

  On arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Delhi, biking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Ladakh, India.
   
Day 02:

Fly to Leh:  (11,500ft/3,500m). 

  As per the flight time transfer to the domestic airport for the flight to Ladakh, this is one of the most scenic of little more than one hour the scenic flight takes you right over the top of the Greater Himalaya before landing in a series of steep turns, to land at the Leh airport  approx. 1½ hours flight.  On reaching at Leh Airport our staff will receive and transfer you for a short drive to respective Hotels in Leh, afternoon free for short stroll around Leh town.
   
Day 03: Cycle to Stok Village (3,505m ) and back to Leh. In Leh
  A leisure day we have set the tour specifically keeping in mind for proper acclmatisation, on this downhill ride first day visiting Stok palace which has superb views looking back across Leh, using our support vehicle takes you back to Leh.
   
Day 04:

Monastery Sightseeing:

 

A leisure bike ride tour for sightseeing at the Buddhist monasteries of Hemis Thicksey and Shey Palace. Biking on the old road along the River Indus with support vehicle back to Leh or return trip on bike.

SHEY PALACE: (15 km from Leh) 

The old 'Summer Palace' of the kings of Ladakh was built about 550 years ago by Lhachen Palgyigon, the first king of Ladakh.  It stands next to the remains of a larger construction on the east side of a hill, which runs south-east towards the Indus.  From the palace you can see over the fertile Indus plain northeast to Thikse Gompa and over the Indus to the Zanskar mountain range.  The old Shey palace has the largest golden Buddha statue in Ladakh in its gompa.  The statue is worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets, stands 12 metres high and has blue hair.  King Dalden Namgyal erected it in the middle of the 17th century.  The most important moment in the construction of such a figure is when the eyes are painted in and the statue can 'see'.  No artist or monk would dare to look the Buddha in the eye so the pupils are painted over the artist's shoulder, with his back to the idol. 

THIKSE GOMPA  (17 km from Leh) 

The 500-year-old Thikse monastery, perched on a hill high above the Indus, has the largest contingent of monks in Ladakh.  On the right of the entrance to the main courtyard a new chapel houses an enormous 15-metre-high seated Buddha figure.  About 100 yellow-cap monks belong to the gompa.  If you get there by 6.30am you can witness the daily morning prayers but there are also prayers closer to noon, preceded by long, mournful sounds from the long Tibetan horns on the roof.

HEMIS GOMPA  (45 km from Leh)

Hemis Gompa is famous far beyond the borders of Ladakh for its Festival.  This takes place every year with mask dances on the 9th to 11th day of the fifth Tibetan month.  Hemis also has a gigantic thangka, one of the largest in the world, which is only displayed to the public every 12 years at the Hemis Festival.  Hemis Gompa is the largest and one of the most important in Ladakh quite apart from its annual festival.  It was founded about 350 years ago by Stagtshang Rinchen, who was invited to Ladakh by King Singe Namgyal. 

Overnight at Hotel .

   
Day 05:

Morning Rafting on the River Indus afternoon free at leisure.

  For a change and varieties on this adventure we have included white-water rafting which offers exhilarating float on the famous Indus River which flows all the way from holy Mt.Kailash in Tibet. The scenic bouncy floats leads past Ladakhi villages, encountering gentle moderate rapids till to the pit out point of Indus and Zanskar River. After a picnic lunch drive back to Leh, afternoon free for practice riding.
   
Day 06:
Bike to Khardung La 5,380m and back to Leh distance 80 k.m.
  Morning after breakfast ride takes you towards Khardung la at 5,380 m the worlds highest motorable pass, this adventurous and challenging ride heading all the way to the top is surely a mind blowing experience, this three hours of biking which is moderate and not so difficult as you might expect despite the altitude. The scenery of the surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks are rewarding as they invoke a sense of contemplation. From here ride descend back to the hotel at Leh rest of the afternoon free and rest for the upcoming adventure.
   
Day 07:

Cycle to Meru 55 kms  Overnight at Camp.

  Morning biking adventure ride for a short distance will be on Leh Manali Highway, passing through the villages of Choglamsar, Shey, Thicksey , Karu and towards Upsai. After the village of Upashi 3,450m), ride through amazing Ladakh scenery, road guarded by rock walls overnight camp after 4-5 hrs of good ride.
   
Day 08:

Cycle to Tanglag la base at Rumtsy 4,370m approx. 25kms.

  The biking journey continues today with a short ride of 25 k.m. taking 2-3 hours  to give a chance to accilimitze and get ready for next days climb to the Tang Lang La, on reaching at the overnight camp near the base of Tanglag-la.
   
Day 09:

Bike to Tsokar 65Kms:

  Morning biking ride leads to a steep uphill to the Taglang La at 5,360m, which is the world’s second highest pass on motorable road. It comes after 30km of steady uphill biking. After spending some time at the top, riding slowly downhill then turning to the left and biking to the overnight camp at Tsokar.

Tso Kar is connected by an inlet stream at its south-west end to a small lake, Startsapuk Tso, and together they form the 9 km which is dominated by the peaks of two mountains, Thugje 6,050 m and Gursan 6,370 m. From the geology it can be concluded that the Tso Kar in historical times ranged up to this high valley. Until a few years ago the lake was an important source of salt, which the Changpa nomads used to export to Tibet. The nomadic settlement of Thugje is located 3 km in the north.

   
Day 10: Bike to Pang 4,115 m - 58km:
  The biking journey today leads over the Kyangsu Plains- the largest valley plains in Ladakh - stretching over 40 km this plain is named after the Kyang or wild ass, which roams in these plains often seen in herds of over 50 at a time. Overnight camp at Pang.
   
Day 11: Bike to Sarchu 3,750 m - 60 km:
  The biking route today ascends to the high pass at Lachung la 5,065m - After crossing the pass, descending the road winding to the Tsarap Chu Valley. Then crossing the river which continues on to Sarchu where camp is set for the over night.
   
Day 12:
Bike to Zingzingbar 3,354 m - 65km:
  After a wonderful time at Sarchu, the ride leads to gradual climb towards the Baralacha la at 4,883 m. From here it’s a moderate winding downhill that one hardly realizes it –the pass in fact itself is a level stretch of 8 km, with a small lake at the top, the source of Bhaga and Chandra River, which flows in the opposite direction to the Bhaga River and later joins to form one river. The snow covered peaks of the Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila ranges, towering well above 6000m , are visible. The descent is equally gradual, leading to the campsite at Zingzingbar.
   
Day 13: Bike to Jispa 3,347 m - 50km:
  Today’s biking continues with Spectacular Mountain and landscapes scenery of the surrounding hills and plains and then reaching at the campsite in in Jispa after a good ride of 3-4 hours.
   
Day 14: Bike to Koksar 3,445 m- 40 km:
  Biking trail follows the Bhaga River down stream, which later joins the Chandra River to form the Chenab, one of the biggest tributaries of the Indus. The ride continues on to the small police check post at Koksar, where passports are checked.  Overnight camping at Koksar after 2-3 hrs of good ride..
   
Day 15:

Bike to Marhi 3,109 m - 50 km and to Manali 1,928 m 38kms-  Total distance -88kms

  On leaving the camp ride starts with ascending towards Rohatang jot at
3,989 m. The barren hill sides of the Lahoul Valley are gradually replaced by the lush greenery of the Kullu Valley.  The road slowly winds its way down to Manali which circled by beautiful glades of deodar and flowering horse chestnuts, tiny leveled fields and fruit orchards with the Beas River meandering through the town. It is all down hill till it reaches close to Manali. Overnight at Hotel
   
Day 16:

At Manali free day to explore town.

  Manali one of the scenic hill town in Himalchal Pradesh after Simla an interesting town with colorful bazaar and parks situated in the mid alpine zone of the western Himalayan range of mountains.
   
Day 17: Drive to Chandigarh drop 7 hours:
  After an early breakfast drive to Chandigarh in the state of Punjab, on arrival proceed to hotel for over night stay.
   
Day 18:
 Chandigarh to Delhi by Train:
  Today our staff or representative will transfer you to railway station on time to board the Shatabdi Express to Delhi, reaching Delhi station our staff at Delhi will receive and transfer you to respective Hotels for the over night.
   
Day 19:
International Departure:
  As per the flight time our Delhi staff will transfer you to the International airport for the onward flight journey after a remarkable Himalayan adventure.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in New Delhi, Leh, Manali and Chandigarh as per itinerary on full board basis (Except in New Delhi, on Bed & Breakfast basis only).
 2.  Airport transfers in New Delhi and Leh.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tour of Leh & Manali with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight New Delhi to Leh.
 5.  Train journey from Chandigarh to New Delhi.
 6.  Local transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 7.  Camping arrangement backed by crew on full board basis.
 8.  Support Vehicle during the biking trip.
 9.  Support of Local Mountain Biking Guide
 10. Applicable Permit & Entry Fees.
 11. Insurance for crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from New Delhi.
 2.  India entry visa fees.
 3.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 4.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 5.  Hiring charge of Mountain Biking and Spare parts
 6.  Any excess baggage charge for Internal / International flights.
 7.  Personal clothing and personal Biking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 8.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 9.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 10. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Leh to Manali
  • Trip Duration : 19 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Biking Tours
  • Highest Altitude : 5380 m
  • Month :

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