Brief Description

Tso Moriri is a large high altitude lake in Ladakh, on the eastern extension of the Changthang plateau. 26 km long, it is the largest of the big Ladakh lakes entirely in India, surrounded by the gigantic 6600 m Lungser Kangri and Chamser Kangri to the east and the 6100 m Mentok Kangri to the west. The cycle tour starts from Leh, and follows the Indus River valley through Upshi, where the route diverges from the Leh - Manali highway, onward through military settlements and small villages at Hymia, Kiari, Chumathang and Mahe. From Mahe, the road leaves the Indus Valley towards a subsidiary valley, climbing the only pass, Namshang La at 4850 m, and descending to Kiagar Tso and finally to the village of Karzok on the banks of Tso Moriri. The area is one of the largest wetlands in Ladakh, and a paradise for bird watchers, the lake being a breeding ground for bar headed geese, black necked crane, brown headed gulls and Brahminy ducks.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

 

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrival in Leh (11,500 ft)
2 Day 2
Acclimatisation in Leh
3 Day 3
Leh (11,500 ft) to Karu (11,150 ft) - 36 km
4 Day 4
Karu (11,150 ft) to Hymia (12,150 ft) - 45 km
5 Day 5
Hymia (12,150 ft) to Kesar (13,000 ft) - 47 km
6 Day 6
Kesar (13,000 ft) to Sumdo (14,450 ft) - 46 km
7 Day 7
Sumdo (14,450 ft) to Karzok/Tso Moriri (15,000 ft) via Namshang La (15,900 ft) - 44 km
8 Day 8
Karzok to Leh - 220 km Drive
9 Day 9
Departure from Leh

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

June - November

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

The Leh Tso Moriri Cycling expedition follows the Indus River through a narrow gorge, passing through quaint rural settlements and the high altitude pass of Namshang La to reach Tso Moriri, the largest big lake of Ladakh entirely within India, and a paradise for bird watchers.

Packing List: What to pack

Cycling gear

  • A good MTB (Mountain Terrain Biking) - You can also rent it from us
  • Cycling helmet
  • A lock for your cycle
  • Front torch - optional
  • Rear View Mirror - optional

Footwear

  • Cycling shoes - 1
  • Sandals/ flip-flops for camps - 1

On-the-bike Clothing & Accessories

  • Cycling Jersey or Any Dry Fit T-Shirt or Cotton T-Shirts - 2
  • Cycling Shorts - 2
  • Track Pant (Preferably Warm & Quick Dry) - 2
  • T-shirt full sleeves - 2
  • Undergarments - ( 6 to 8 )
  • Rain Coat of Good Quality & light weight - 1
  • Riding Glove - 1 Pair
  • Sweat Band or Bandana
  • Cotton Socks - (6 to 8 pairs)
  • Polaroid U V Sunglasses - 1

Off-the-bike Clothing

  • Warm Jacket (Preferably Waterproof which might be needed while biking in case of exceptionally cold weather) - 1
  • Thermal Inners Upper & Lower - 2
  • Woolen Sweater - 1
  • Woolen Glove – 1 Pair
  • Woolen Cap – 1
  • Big Towel – 1
  • Hand Towels - 2
  • Woolen socks- 1 or 2 pairs

Toiletries

  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF–50 or above), lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
  • Anti-rash cream or powder to avoid any rash near groin area from cycling.
  • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area.
  • For women:
  • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
  • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
  • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Utensils

  • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box - preferably aluminum
  • A plate and a spoon
  • A mug - preferably aluminum

Miscellaneous

  • Small Day Pack/ Waist Pack -1
  • Hydration pack or water bottle - 1
  • Flashlight/headlamp - 1
  • Pocket knife
  • Basic first-aid kit with emergency numbers
  • Sewing kit
  • Camera - GoPro and Still (optional)

Bike Spares- In case you are not renting from us

  • Bike Reflectors Front & Rear – 1 each
  • Spare Tubes – 4 Nos.
  • Brake Shoes -1 Set
  • Brake cables – 2 Set
  • Gear cables – 1 Set
  • Spokes – 5 Nos
  • Lock (for cycle) – 1 Set
  • Spare Tyre – 1 No.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

There is 4G connectivity for most major networks in Leh, with best network for Airtel and BSNL. You will lose connectivity after Upshi, and will remain without network till you reach Karzok, where there is BSNL network. There are satellite phones at some of the villages en route.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The trek begins from Leh in Ladakh. The best travel option around Leh is by air.
By air: Jet Airways, GoAir, and Air India provide daily flights from New Delhi to Leh. It is recommended that you make your flight bookings well in advance not only to save on the price but also for a confirmed seat. You can also take an alternate flight route to Srinagar. Fly to Srinagar from Delhi and then drive to Leh from Srinagar. The 10 hour road journey from Srinagar to Leh can be covered by hiring a shared taxi which will cost you around INR 3000-4000. The drive route from Srinagar to Leh is scenic. For coming back, you can either take a direct flight from Leh to New Delhi. Or take the same route via Srinagar. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are cheaper than Leh-Delhi.
By road: You can take the route from Manali to Leh. Travel from Delhi to Manali by a HRTC Volvo bus. From Manali get a seat in a shared taxi (INR 2500-3500). If you are on a tight budget, There is also a bus from New Delhi to Leh (via Manali) with one side fare of INR 1365. The bus journey begins at 2:30 pm from Delhi ISBT reaching Keylong next day at 1:30 pm. After an overnight halt at Keylong, it reaches Leh the next day. The another route to Leh can be taken through Srinagar. There are shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh available at cost of INR 3000-4000. If you are an ardent biker, you wouldn’t mind taking a bike trip from Delhi to Leh and back.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh. During your acclimatization period, you can roam around the town and visit the monasteries; Diskit Gompa, and Lamayuru Monastery. Drive up to the Magnetic Hill and experience the crazy magnetic phenomenon on the hill. The picturesque Nubra Valley will take your breath away. The green oasis villages, the monasteries, the ruined palaces- Turtuk and Bordang; there is a whole different culture in this place. It is 150 km away from Leh. You can take a shared taxi to this route. How can you leave Ladakh without seeing Pangong Lake, the sapphire blue lake? Also, visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

When you arrive in Leh, your stay will be made at local guest house/hotel. The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email few days prior the trek. On the expedition, accommodation will be on twin/triple sharing basis in homestays, guesthouses or tents.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

During the day, the temperature will range from 10 to 15 degrees celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 0 to -9 degrees celsius. Higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

Your luggage would be in the support vehicle but you should carry you day pack with you with your nutrition bars, dry fruits, and hydration packs.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

There will be a Lead cyclist and an expedition leader with you on the expedition.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Absolutely. We have many single women who have traveled with us for this expedition. You would be provided tents/homestays either to share with another woman or in case there is no one to share, then alone. Proper toilet tents are pitched at all camp sites.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Leh is the last point where you can buy anything related to the expedition. Once we depart from Leh, you will only find small convenience stores in some villages.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

You will be free by around 1700 Hrs on the last day when we would drive back from Karzok. Usually, there are no means to go back from Leh in the evening. So, most people leave from Leh on the next morning. Your hotel stay for that night is also planned by us.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Are you an avid biker or even a regular cyclist? If yes, then Leh Tso Moriri Cycling Expedition is just the adrenaline boost for you. Leh Tso Moriri Cycling expedition is a 5-day challenge consisting of difficult terrain and uphill riding conditions. Factors like high altitude, difficult passes, and hairpin bends make it completely different from cycling in plains. However, if you are a newbie and still want to take up the challenge, it is advised that you start preparing for the expedition well in advance. You will need to invest in a good bike and follow a strict exercise regimen before the final showdown.

Eligibility: Experience required

  • Should be a regular biker
  • Should have done at least easy routes mountain terrain biking before
  • Should have done challenging treks in case of a novice in mountain terrain biking.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  • Ability to ride on inclined planes for 30 - 35 Kms in a day
  • Ability to hold the breath (in standing position) for 35 - 40 seconds
  • Ability to sustain flat/downhill biking for 3-4 hours at a stretch

Eligibility: Requisite skills

  • Should know how to use a Mountain Terrain Bike Gear shifters, Shock absorber, Seat adjustment, etc.
  • Disassembling & Assembling the bike

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • All Meals during the expedition ( Starting Lunch on Day 3)
  • Entry Fee,if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Guest House / Hotel stay in Leh on Day 1,2 and 8
  • Home stay / guest house on all other days
  • One support vehicle per 6 Participants. 2 Support Vehicles in a batch of 12.
  • Services of a First Aid certified expedition leader & Asst. Leader in group of 12.
  • Certified first aid support & kit includes Oxygen Cylinder.
  • Energy Bars, Dry Fruits & Refreshment during day ride.

What's not Included

  • Bicycle Rent
  • Meals during Hotel Stays
  • Any Kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list

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