Cycling In Ladakh

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Himachal & Ladakh

14 days

Mid-June – Sep

Challenging

5602M

Manali
This is one of the most sought after route for mountain biking in the Indian Himalayas. It is a challenging route not just because most of the day you are cycling on some of the worst road conditions but also the altitude. Physical fitness is a must for this challenge. You cycle over several high passes en route the highest being Taglang La at 5360m but on the last day you’ll also have the opportunity to cycle to the top of Khardung La Pass (5602m) which is the world’s highest motorable pass.

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive Manali

Day 2: Manali to Marhi (3320m)

Day 3: Marhi to Sissu (3120m)

Day 4: Sissu to Jispa (3310m)

Day 5: Jispa to Zing Zing Bar

Day 6: Zing Zing Bar to Brandy Nallah (4120m)

Day 7: Brandy Nallah to Pang (4530m)

Day 8: Pang to Tsokar Lake (4660m)

Day 9: Tsokar Lake - Mane

Day 10: Mane to Hemis (3600m)

Day 11: Hemis to Leh (3505m)

Day 12: Leh to Khardung La (5602m) and back

Day 13: Leh

Day 14: Leh to Delhi

Itineraries

Day 01

ARRIVE MANALI

Arrive in Manali in the morning. You will get to meet your guide today and also check out your bikes for the tour. Once you have thoroughly checked the bikes we will leave for Naggar, visit the Naggar Castle and Roerich Art gallery. This would be a good practice for the Himalayan roads and traffic and also for acclimatization. Evening is free.

Meals: Dinner
Altitude: 2050m
Cycling Distance: 45km
Accommodation: Hotel

MANALI TO MARHI (3320M)

Set off from Manali early in the morning and start the climb up the Rohtang pass stopping at our destination for the day- Marhi and camp for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3320m
Cycling Distance: 38km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 02

Day 03

MARHI TO SISSU (3120M)

We start the day by finishing the 18km ascent to the Rohtang Pass at 4060m. From here there are some fantastic scenic views of snow covered peaks and glacial summit of Spiti, and the mountains of Ladakh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3120m
Cycling Distance: 53km
Accommodation: Camp

SISSU TO JISPA (3310M)

The day starts with a steady climb up to Gondla, 244m above Sissu. From Gondla there’s a fast descent to Tandi which is situated at the confluence of the Chandra River (flowing down from the north) and Bhaga River, which merge to form the Chandra- Bhaga River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3310m
Cycling Distance: 54km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 04

Day 05

JISPA TO ZING ZING BAR

The road climbs steadily to Darcha some 10km from Jispa and then the climb to Patseo begins. The terrain is much more arid and the road is dusty and rocky. We can now sense the isolation of the area, with a few sheep dotted around and begin to enter the territory of the Lamas. In the far horizon you can see the bleak and awesome spectacle of the Higher Himalayan ranges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 4270m
Cycling Distance: 38km
Accommodation: Camp

ZING BAR TO BRANDY NALLAH (4120M)

It is a hard long climb to the Baralacha La, but the rewards are great as you travel through this wild and scenic country. Now we feel like we are alone. The pass is arid with no vegetation, the sides of the mountains are covered with loose rocks and scree, but the scenery is awe inspiring. As we descend the gorge area of Bharatpur we will cross Mountain Rivers before reaching our destination Brandy Nallah.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 4120m
Cycling Distance: 58km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 06

Day 07

BRANDY NALLAH TO PANG (4530M)

The day starts with some relatively easy cycling but we are awesome 22km long Gator Loops that zigzag all the way to the summit of Nakila at 5050m. A short downhill section; and then another ascent that brings you to the second highest pass on the Manali Leh highway- Lachulung La Pass 5150m. We then have a long descent down to Pang which is our campsite for the night. Another day in the barren openness of this Himalayan range. Once again the scenery is stunning and breathtaking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 4530m
Cycling Distance: 57km
Accommodation: Camp

PANG TO TSOKAR LAKE (4660M)

After breakfast you start slowly with a short ascent to the Morai plains at 4700m with road conditions that ranges from excellent asphalt for a long stretch, turning into rough sandy tracks. Just before the ascent of Tanglang La we take a left and head for the remote Tsokar Lake where we camp for the night.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Altitude: 4660m
Cycling Distance: 57km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 08

Day 09

TSOKAR LAKE- MANE

A challenging climb that leads to the World’s second highest motorable pass in the world- Tanglang La at 5360m. More vast openness and isolation from the rest of the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 4084m
Cycling Distance: 68km
Accommodation: Camp

MANE TO HEMIS (3600M)

As we continue the descent to Upshi the scenery changes dramatically, we arrive in a fertile valley that I dotted with pretty villages and Stupas. The awesome red and green coloured mountains that stretch for miles add to the beauty of the spectacular scenery. You can actually see the tectonic forces at work. Turning left at Karu and crossing the mighty Indus River we climb up to Hemis Monastery where we can marvel at the ancient traditions of the resident Buddhist monks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3600m
Cycling Distance: 43km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 10

Day 11

HEMIS TO LEH (3505M)

Crossing the Indus River the road improves dramatically as we follow the road towards Leh. This is an easy ride as we pass the Thiksey Monastery and the Chortens Garden entering Leh itself. Back to civilization and all its home comforts. Congratulations you have just crossed four major mountain passes and ridden over 293 miles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3505m
Cycling Distance: 45km
Accommodation: Hotel

LEH TO KHARDUNG LA (5602M) AND BACK

We will set of for Khardung La early morning just as the sun comes up. Cycling 45km and gaining 2000m, this is the ultimate challenge of the trip. It is the highest motorable road in the World taking you to a dizzy 5602m! the view from the top is spectacular, stretching from the Indus valley in the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range to the giants of the Saser Massif in the North. You can feel proud of the true achievement as you finish the trip with your final satisfying descent.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3505m
Cycling Distance: 90km
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12

Day 13

LEH

Finally it is the day to relax, enjoy the markets and colorful sights of Leh or get a massage to relax the aching muscles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3505m
Accommodation: Hotel

LEH TO DELHI

Take an hour long flight to Delhi.

Day 14

    Cost Include

  • Meals: As mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expert guide
  • Group Medical Kit
  • Support Vehicle
  • Marin Mountain bikes & Rockrider Helmet
  • Basic repairs.
  • Inner Line Permits in the Military controlled areas of Ladakh
  • Support Staff- Cook, helpers.

    Cost Exclude

  • Helmet - You must bring your own
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Repair/ replacement cost if bike is damaged.
  • Aerated and Alcoholic drinks
  • Items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Flight- International or domestic
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
THINGS TO BRINGS CYCLING TOUR:

1: Small day sack to carry trail clothing.

2: Good quality waterproof jacket

3: Waterproof trousers

4: Balaclava (thick fleece)

5: Sun hat

6: Cycle mitts

7: Warm gloves – mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.

8: Mid-weight fleece top

9: Cycling tights (looser, “trickster” fit rather skin-tight lycra)

10: Shorts

11: Long sleeved shirt

12: Travel trousers

13: 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)

14: Cotton tee-shirt for around town

15: Long sleeved thermal top

16: Thermal long johns

17: 2-3 pairs underwear

18: 2-3 pairs of standard socks

19: 1 pair warm sock

20: Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD’s, if applicable (bring spare cleats)

21: Shoes, Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp.

22: Warm Jacket evening at camp and warn trozer

Preoaring for a high altitude cycling tour

Even if you are an experienced and avid cyclist, cycling on the heights is a different cup of tea altogether. At these heights, the air is thinner and oxygen availability is considerably lowered.

No matter how fit you are, the atmosphere here will definitely impact your performance. If you really want to enjoy the landscapes then a certain amount of preparation is necessary.

Acclimatization

As you hit the heights, the first thing you notice is accelerated breathing as your body responds to decreased oxygen levels. Your heart rate increases to compensate for it and fatigue is common. Nonetheless, it helps to be mentally prepared for initial discomfort. A comforting thought, of course, is that it will get better as you get used to it. Some also experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness and so on.

However, this is more likely to occur if you have ascended rapidly. Generally, if you give your body time to acclimatize, it has its own in-built response. Within a day or so EPO levels increase within the body which stimulate red blood cell production. This helps in more efficient absorption of oxygen. Therefore the first step is reaching at least a week before the tour starts.

Never make the mistake of underestimating the impact of altitude. Some people believe that if they reach just the day before, they would be able to cope. Unfortunately, acclimatization is a gradual process and productivity increases at a slow and steady pace. The key is not to overdo it and to take things easy in the beginning. Meanwhile, certain steps can help to ease the process. Pay special attention to hydration and drink lots of water, eat well and get adequate rest.

Prepare Yourself Beforehand

But if you really want to enjoy your cycling tour then prepare well in advance. It is not necessary that a fit person will respond well to altitude, it is the person who has prepared well who will fare better. Altitude simulation is one way to begin acclimatization even before you reach the mountains. Different techniques are used to replicate the conditions found at the heights.

One is to breathe in thin air with the help of face masks alternated by breathing in normal air. Another way is to train in normal conditions during the day but to sleep in special nitrogen rooms at night. As oxygen levels are low in these special rooms, the body begins to compensate for it. Preparation should also include a training regime that develops stamina and endurance for long distance cycling in less than ideal conditions. Failure to do so can hit hard in the middle of your trip.

Equipment

Mountain cycling is a class apart from regular cycling and includes wide variations in the terrain. There is an extensive range available in mountain bicycles. The right bicycle that is suitable for rough terrain, as well as descents and climbs, is essential.

This not only ensures more comfortable riding but is also necessary from the viewpoint of safety. Make sure your bicycle is in optimum condition before you set out. Preparation will not only help you to make the most of your tour but will also ensure your safety.

Terms & Conditions

All bookings for the tours/treks/camps/Expeditions with Himalayan Yeti Adventure, hereinafter referred to as the "Company" are subject to the following conditions:

1. Every participant is required to fill in and sign an "Indemnity Bond" prior to the commencement of the trip.

2. All cancellations must be in writing signed by the participant and will be effective from the date of receipt by the company.

3. Refund and cancellation:
There will be no full refund.
- If you cancel 15 days before the trip begins Himalayan Yeti Adventure will retain 20% of the trip cost.
- If you cancel 7 days before the trip begins, Himalayan Yeti Adventure will retain 30% of the trip cost.
- If you cancel less than 7 days before the trip begins, or, are not present when the trip begins, there will be no-refund
- No refund will be payable to any client who voluntarily leaves a trip en-route.

4. The company reserves the right to alter details of the services, facilities, tour/trek and vehicle described in the itinerary at any time, when deemed necessary, reasonable and advisable. During the programme, the decision of the Guide will be final and binding.

5. Maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the participant. But Please understand there are certain hazards involved in your adventure holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any major illness, injury, death sustained during the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property.

6. In case any participant falls sick during the programme, the medical, travel, porter and any other expenses has to be borne by the concerned individual. However, primary medical facilities will be made available wherever possible.

7. Any damage, other than that attributable to fair wear and tear, to the equipments by the participants will be billed to you. Our decision on all such matters will be final and binding.

8. In the event of any dispute, all matters will be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the courts of Manali, Himachal Pradesh and the prevailing law of India shall prevail. Recourse to the courts of any other country will not be applicable.
While making your booking, it is implied and accepted that you have read and understood all the booking conditions and agree to abide by them.

Care for your Environment

Himalaya, with its pristine mountains, rivers and forests is known as the “abode of the Gods”. It is therefore our responsibility to maintain the natural glory of these mountains and make it a place of endless delight for travelers and residents alike. A few easy to follow steps will help you to contribute in making this effort a success.

1) Plastic stays: It is one of the least degradable substances, resistant to the effects of the sun, wind and rain. When you leave a plastic bag or bottle in the quiet picnic spot that you and your family enjoyed, you may very well find it there when return a few years later, an ugly spot on the landscape. The State of Himachal Pradesh has banned the used of polythene/plastic bags and you can be fined for using them, while you are in the Sate.

2) Litter: Do remember to take your litter back to the hotel or dropt it in the conveniently placed dustbins. Don’t leave it lying around.

3) Noise: One of the prime attractions of Himalaya, is the quiet of the mountains that invite you to linger. Need we say….

- Please don’t blow your vehicle horn unnecessarily or play blaring loud music as you drive.

4) Vandalism: Nature intended trees and rocks to remain unmarked by human beings. Nor were our monuments intended for graffiti written by some young wit.

- Do not scratch your name or write message on trees, rocks, mountains or monuments.

5) Respect: Please treat the mountains and the people with respect and you will be pleasantly surprised at what both can give back to you.

Last, but not the least….. Enjoy yourself with responsibility.

Leave nothing, but Footprints……