Manali Khardung La Cycle Expedition

Ladakh 12 Days

Difficult

561 KM

MAX 12

MAX ALTITUDE

5602 mts.


35200 + 5% GST

Manali to Khardungla

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Brief Description

The Manali to Leh cycling expedition is one quest that calls out to those who hold a true spirit for adventure. It remains one of the most popular journeys on the top of the list of most people, across the globe, seeking thrill and challenge. The route, which begins at the easily accessible town of Manali, has a lot to offer in terms of terrain, beauty, weather all of which lend to making this a challenging endeavour. It is a perfect journey for anyone looking to push their limits. Through the route, we cross not one, not two, but FIVE high-mountain passes with the highest being the infamous Khardung La Pass (5,359M). Each of these 5 passes has something unique to offer. With Khardung La being the highest motorable pass in the world, Bara Lachha La competes with it by being the loopiest of them all! Naki La and Lachu La are like twins standing next to each other whereas Rohtang Pass brings in all the surprises by being the most unpredictable and the moodiest of them all. But the toughest to cross is the Tanglang La Pass which rests in wait at an altitude of 5,360M.

This is not it! The Manali Leh cycling expedition is much more than its passes – one look at the Gata loops with all its 21 curves is enough to send a chill down your spine. The More plains which are one of the highest & coldest deserts in the world, a constant panoramic view of snow laden peaks riding alongside you and the glory of the many distinctly-coloured rivers like Chandra, Bhaga and Indus are only a few examples of awe this excursion has in store for you.

The high-altitude city of Leh with all its raw beauty is the perfect ending for this perfect story of the 561 kms of total adrenaline surge. All this said, we still maintain that this is one exploration you only get a real taste of when experienced firsthand. Stay on this page for more details on Manali Leh cycling route, detailed itinerary, photos, videos and reviews. Scroll down to the end to read Manali to Leh Cycling blogs.

The best time for the Manali-Leh-Khardung La cycling expedition is June to September.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Briefing and Practice in Jagatsukh (1,951M)

Duration: 3 hours

Upon reaching Manali and checking into our hotel, we spend the day at leisure and gear up for the briefing session in the evening. Information on how to reach Manali can be found here. In the evening, our expedition leader will take us through important details, safety and health pointers that we should bear in mind throughout the expedition. We are then introduced to our mountain bikes, which will take us all the way to Ladakh in the next nine days. The expedition leader then explains a few basics about the bike before we take it for a test ride. 

It is important to get a good feel of the mountain bike before we begin our expedition in order to ensure that we have a smooth experience. In the event that you face any discomfort with the saddle or any other aspect of the bike, it is best to bring it to the notice of the expedition leader so that it can be adjusted to your needs. Once we are all back from the test ride and confident about our bikes, the expedition leader takes us through the route and how each day is going to look so that we have a broad understanding of what to expect.

Post this, we eat a fulfilling meal and get a long night’s sleep before we leave for what can be called an adventure of a lifetime!


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Day 2

Jagatsukh (1,951M) to Marhi (3,360M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 37.5 km

Duration: 8-9 hours

We start off our long expedition towards Ladakh around 9 A.M. after a heavy breakfast. Today, we cycle to Marhi, a small village on the way to Rohtang Pass, covering a distance of 37.5 km. We drive through the towns around Manali into lush green coniferous forests, taking the road that leads to Rohtang Pass. Today’s ride is challenging with the entire stretch being an uphill climb all the way to Marhi. It is important that we are thoroughly prepared to be able to complete the ride. There are chances of rain on this stretch, thus keeping our rain covers and gear handy prove to be useful. 

As we climb through the turns and bends, we get a bird’s eye view of the towns below and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Numerous seasonal waterfalls can be seen on the mountains as a result of recent rainfall or melting snow from higher up. The scenery we encounter today is a treat to the eyes with bright green from the forests, dark blue from the skies and the foaming white from the waterfalls creating a colorful palette to enjoy. 

Since we gain a significant amount of altitude today, it is extremely important that we remember to hydrate and eat sufficient food in order to allow our bodies to acclimatise properly.

We reach Marhi around 5 in the evening. The tents would have been set up; hot snacks await us after a long day’s ride. We spend the evening with our fellow riders and get ample rest for tomorrow’s challenge.


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Day 3

Marhi (3,360M) to Sissu (3,130M) via Rohtang La (3,978M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 51 km

Duration: 6-7 hours

Today we encounter our very first high mountain pass in this expedition! We ride 16 km up from Marhi to Rohtang Pass (3,980 M) and then 23 km down to reach a small village, where we stop for lunch. From there, it is a gradual 12 km with small ups and downs all the way to Sissu. Today is comparatively easier with a long patch of downhill cycling and also the gradual bits. However, the initial climb to Rohtang Pass can be challenging given the altitude gain. Although the ascent is not too steep, the air gets thinner here, making it difficult to perform strenuous physical activities. 

The landscape remains green almost until we reach Rohtang top. But as we keep moving higher up, we can notice the reduction in treeline and the increasing appearance of dry mountains. At Rohtang top, we get panoramic views of snowcapped peaks in the distance who do their bit to remind us how far we have come. We stop here for a few minutes and move on to the most thrilling part of today’s ride. The downhill ride is easy on the legs and the stretch is completed rather quickly. Make sure to enjoy it while it lasts as we glide through towering mountains that surround us. It is however important to be in control of the mountain bike on downhill patches. As easy and enjoyable as it might seem, we should be able to halt the bike if required and slow down at the bends in order to avoid any mishaps. 

We break for lunch a little past a checkpost at Koksar, which marks the end of the descent. We continue our journeyto Sissu after recharging ourselves with a heavy lunch. Sissu is located in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. We reach Sissu between 4-5 P.M. having cycled a long distance today. Our stay for the night will be in Swiss tents with beds and blankets to keep us warm.


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Day 4

Sissu (3,130M) to Jispa (3,200M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 55 km 

Duration: 6-7 hours

It might feel difficult to get out of the warm blankets but today’s journey is absolutely worth it! We cycle from Sissu to Jispa, through Keylong and cover a distance of 55 km. Jispa is a quiet village with just a handful of houses and stores with basic supplies. The first stretch till Tandi is easy, starting with around 10 kms of gradual ups and downs and then 15 kms of downhill riding. Notice how the dry terrain has fully taken over the landscape, hinting that we are slowly entering the cold desert region. The remaining distance is predominantly an uphill climb with 7 kms of downhill right before we reach Jispa. Today’s ascent is difficult and can be extremely challenging in the scorching sun. As always, it is important to keep hydrating and taking small breaks to have snacks in order to maintain your energy levels.

We ride through Keylong with the dry mountains accompanying us throughout. As we are nearing Jispa, Mt. Lady of Keylong comes into sight on our right side. She is a majestic 6000M peak and is a favourite among mountaineers.

We reach Jispa around 3 in the afternoon. Our stay for the night is at a local homestay with comfortable beds and blankets. We also have access to attached bathrooms and hot water to freshen up. We spend the evening having hot snacks, enjoying the landscape and also giving our legs some much needed rest.


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Day 5

Jispa (3,200M) to Zingzingbar (4,270M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 36 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours

We leave for Zinzingbar after a good night’s sleep at the homestay and a sumptuous breakfast. Today is going to be exciting but also physically strenuous at the same time. A significant part of the stretch is an ascent, some of it steep and the rest of it gradual in nature. The 6 km ascent to upper Zingzingbar to reach our campsite for the night is the most challenging, especially at that altitude under the direct heat of the sun. Hydration is key and so is finding your rhythm to be able to complete the stretch comfortably. 

We pass through Darcha, a small town with a checkpost and local dhabas. We make our way further up the Manali-Leh highway to reach Deepak Tal, a pristine blue lake nestled amongst the dusty mountains. We break here to get some rest and snack on something before moving on to Zingzingbar. The road curves along the Bhaga river with the arid landscape becoming all the more prominent. On clear days, the skies are deep blue with not a cloud in sight, almost as if someone forgot to paint them. 

We stop for lunch at lower Zingzingbar and get ready for the final ascent for the day. We reach upper Zingzingbar around 5 P.M. and treat ourselves to the hot snacks prepared for us. We spend the night in tents and gear ourselves up for the ride to the second high mountain pass in the expedition!


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Day 6

Zingzingbar (4,270M) to Sarchu (4,290M) via Baralacha La (4,850M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 50 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours

The second high mountain pass of the expedition, Baralacha La, awaits us at a massive height of 4,850M! We make our way from upper Zingzingbar to reach Baralacha La, which is a long ascent of 16 kms on our mountain bikes. From the pass, we are faced with an adventure-filled downhill ride, through off roads and streams that breach the highway all the way to Sarchu. The road conditions today keep varying with well laid roads in some parts and roads which are under construction or maintenance in others. Cycling, particularly downhill, on offroads could be extremely challenging given the pieces of gravel that are strewn around. It is important to be mindful of the road and maintain balance in such conditions. 

As we cycle to Baralacha La, we get to see the grandeur of the mountains around us. We have come a long way and also have a long way to our destination! The views from Baralacha La are breathtaking to say the least. We make a quick stop there before moving on. A little before Baralacha La, we come across Suraj Tal, another Himalayan lake nestled amidst the mountains with their perfect reflections visible in the water. In early June, the lake can be seen in its full beauty due to the remnants of the snow on the mountains, making the reflections all the more stunning. 

It can be noticed that there is a variance even within the arid landscapes. The texture and colours of mountains, their shape and even structure keeps varying as we move ahead. The feeling of our mountain bike gliding through the vast open landscape towards Sarchu is inexplicable. Massive mountain ranges as far as the eye can see. We ride to Sarchu absorbing every bit of this.

We reach Sarchu around 4 P.M. in the evening and settle into our Swiss tents. Once again, we are greeted with warm beds and blankets! Get sufficient rest, for tomorrow we enter into Ladakh.


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Day 7

Sarchu (4,290M) to Whisky Nala via Nakee La (4,769M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 60 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours

Today is full of exciting adventures and challenges! We make our way from Sarchu into Ladakh, cross the Gata Loops, ride through the third high mountain pass of our expedition, Nakee La, to reach Whisky Nala! The 22 km stretch from Sarchu to the beginning of Gata Loops is a rather flat one with a fair amount of descent and a few ascents here and there. We are then faced with an uphill climb through the 21 Gata Loops to reach Nakee La at 4738 M. From there to Whisky Nala is a gradual descent into the valley. The climb up to Nakee La is extremely challenging given the gradient and the altitude. Once again, rhythm becomes crucial in helping us ride our way to the top. 

We enter Ladakh after crossing two checkposts, just a little after leaving Sarchu. Sarchu is a bordertown between Himachal and Ladakh. The striking scenery continues to accompany us throughout with clear blue skies. Workers can be seen on the sides of the road greeting us or wishing us luck for our adventure. The road through Gata Loops is narrow and it is important to be mindful of the traffic, given the number of trucks that pass through this highway. As we complete the Gata Loops and cycle our way to Nakee La, look out for blue sheep which are found in herds in this region!

We reach Whisky Nala around 4 P.M. where our tents and hot evening snacks await us. Given that Whisky Nala is located at a height of 4,600M, people are often faced with issues of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). This largely happens due to improper acclimatisation or lack of hydration. It is essential to consume 5-6 litres of water every day. In the event that you are faced with any suffocation, the expedition leader must be promptly informed. Get as much rest as possible in order to help your muscles recover.


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Day 8

Whisky Nala to Debring (4,835M) /Tso Kar (4,530M) via Lachung La (5,059M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 81 kms

Duration: 8-9 hours 

The road to Debring is a long one, requiring us to cover 81 kms in one day. We are first faced with a 7 km ascent to Lachung La, after which the road winds down all the way to Pang. Pang is a small settlement with locals providing beds and food to travellers who wish to halt. At Pang, there is a short climb of 5 kms to reach the starting point of More Plains. More Plains is one of the most exciting parts of this expedition with close to 45 kms of flat stretch, thus letting us relax and soak in the scenery around. The gradient remains the same all the way to Debring, with a small patch of ascent right before we reach the campsite. The day is challenging nonetheless given the distance covered and the strong winds in More Plains. 

The road to Lachung La and beyond largely consists of offroading. We do not encounter perfectly paved roads almost until we reach More Plains. The landscape and the views more than make up for it and make the ride an exciting one. The journey through More Plains is a smooth one through easy roads and vast open landscapes around us. We can now see the “cold desert” right in front of us and understand what the term truly means! Upon reaching our campsite in Debring, we notice a small lake, almost blue in colour, reflecting the image of the mountains that stand around it. 

We reach Debring around 5 P.M. and get some much needed rest after an extremely long day. Relish the sumptuous meals and rest for the night.


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Day 9

Debring/Tso Kar (4,530M) to Lato (4,014M) via Taglang La (5,328M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 53 kms

Duration: 5 hours

By now we are familiar with the route. We know that if we climb up to a mountain pass, a long thrilling descent awaits us. We leave from Debring to Lato via Taglang La, which is at a height of 5,328M! It is currently the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world. We are faced with a 22 km ascent from Debring to Taglang La before we hit the downward winding roads that take us to Lato. The climb to Taglang La is difficult with the air getting thinner in addition to the long steep ascents that it entails. The descent to Lato through Rumtse is an easy one but always remember the rules of downhill cycling! 

The views from Taglang La top are spectacular to say the least and accompany us as we make our way down. Prominent peaks such as Mt. Nun, Mt. Kun and even Kang Yatse are visible from the top. As we reach Rumtse we notice a sudden change in the colour and texture of the mountains. There is little scree visible unlike the landscape that we saw until now. The mountains have a shade of brick red with a tinge of olive green flowing through them. These views are unlike anything we have seen so far in the expedition!

Lato is just a little ahead of Rumtse. We arrive at our homestay where beds and blankets await us along with hot lunch! We rest for the day and prepare ourselves to ride to Leh the next morning.


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Day 10

Lato (4,014M) to Leh (3,500M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 70 kms

Duration: 6 hours

The day has finally come where we ride to Leh! Although the distance appears to be long, it is relatively easy with just a handful of ascents in an otherwise flat stretch. The initial bit through the red and green mountains is fairly simple although it consists of blind turns and dug up roads here and there. We are finally back in civilization. We make our way to Leh through small towns and army bases. 

The river Indus flows on our right as we reach Upshi. On our way, we reach the famous Thiksey Monastery. While we do not have the time to enter the monastery, we make a quick stop to appreciate the exteriors. We also pass by Shey Palace before we enter the city of Leh.  

We reach Leh by lunch time and check into our hotels. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Leh markets and local food. However, we still have one last challenge ahead of us so it’s also important to get ample rest!


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Day 11

Leh (3,500M) to Khardung La (5,359M) to Leh (3,500M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 40 kms

Duration: 7 hours

We are now faced with the ultimate challenge of the expedition, the ascent to Khardung La, the second highest motorable road in the world at a staggering height of 5,359 M! The route is a steep ascent of 45 kms all the way to Khardung La and is extremely challenging in nature with a height gain of 2000 M. AMS is quite common on this patch and hence hydration continues to be crucial to get through. It is also important to remember to cycle at your preferred pace in order to avoid exhaustion. 

The top offers you a bird’s eye view that stretches 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. Khardung La top is usually thronged by tourists from Leh wanting to get a picture clicked at one of the world’s highest motorable passes. There is also a small cafe and souvenir shop if you wish to take any memorabilia back home. We then make our way back to Leh in our backup vehicle after loading our cycles in. Expect to reach by late evening. The trip ends here but not before celebrating this massive achievement.


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Day 12

Departure from Leh (3,500M)

If you plan to stay for a few more days to explore the wonders of Ladakh, the article below might help start you off on what places to consider. (Places to visit in Leh Ladakh)

Like we indicated before, the weather on high-altitude is unpredictable as are many other conditions. We would suggest you keep spare days between the end of the expedition and your travel arrangements to head back home.



Frequently Asked Questions

Pick your question

Eligibility: Is this expedition good for me?

Are you an avid biker or even a regular cyclist? If yes, then Manali-Leh Cycling Expedition is just the adrenaline boost for you. Manali-Leh Cycling expedition is a 10-day challenging expedition, consisting difficult terrains and uphill riding conditions. Factors like high altitude, difficult passes and hairpin bends make it completely different from cycling in plains.
If you are a regular cyclist and have enough stamina to undertake this 10-day strenuous challenge, then give no second thoughts before signing up for this. Make sure you stick with the practice schedule for Manali-Leh Cycling Expedition to maintain a good stamina and physical endurance for the ultimate challenge.
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. Have a few warm-up rides like Dehradun-Mussoorie Ride or Kufri-Solan Ride to boost up your confidence.

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: Requisite Skills

  • Should know how to use a Mountain Terrain Bike Gear shifters, Shock absorber, Seat adjustment, etc.
  • Disassembling & Assembling the bike.
  • Knowledge of disc alignment or brake pad.
  • Basics of Camping - How to use a sleeping bag, toilet tent, and sleeping tent.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

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

Packing List: What to pack

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Connectivity: How to Reach

Manali is well connected to Delhi with through road and air. There are no direct trains from Delhi though. By Road The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HPRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14 hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi. By Rail To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali. By Air The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at a very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to a taxi that can cost you around INR 2000 to 2500 depending upon the season.

Connectivity: Getting back

Taking a flight from Leh is the most convenient option in case you are carrying your own bikes. You will be charged with an extra nominal fee for the bike. You will be asked to dismantle your bike and pack the parts properly inside the box. To get back from Leh to your respective destinations, please book your flights from Leh to New Delhi well in advance due to low frequency of flights and for cheaper price. In case you are not carrying a bike and looking for travel options from Leh to New Delhi, you can take a shared taxi from Leh to Srinagar which will cost you around INR 3000-4500. Take an alternate flight from Srinagar to New Delhi. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are generally cheaper than Leh-Delhi. And the drive from Leh to Scenic is breathtaking. You can also take buses from Leh to Srinagar, Manali, or New Delhi depending upon your comfort and number of days you are willing to invest in commutation. The bus ride can be long and exhausting. It is better to take halts in between if you decide to come back by road.

Nearby attraction: Nearby attraction

When you reach Manali, you will have day to explore the tourist place. Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. This famous tourist hill station has so many places to visit in Manali. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali. There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh when you complete your expedition. 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.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Are you an avid biker or even a regular cyclist? If yes, then Manali-Leh Cycling Expedition is just the adrenaline boost for you. Manali-Leh Cycling expedition is a 10-day challenging consisting of difficult terrains 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: Fitness benchmark

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

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: Requisite skills

  • Should know how to use a Mountain Terrain Bike Gear shifters, Shock absorber, Seat adjustment, etc.
  • Disassembling & Assembling the bike
  • Knowledge of disc alignment or brake pad
  • Basics of Camping - How to use a sleeping bag, toilet tent, and sleeping tent

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

Manali is well connected to Delhi with through road and air. There are no direct trains from Delhi though.

By Road

The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HPRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14-hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.

By Rail

To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.

By Air

The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at a regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to a taxi that can cost you around INR 2000 to 2500 depending upon the season.

Getting back from Leh

Taking a flight from Leh is the most convenient option in case you are carrying your own bikes. You will be charged with an extra nominal fee for the bike. You will be asked to dismantle your bike and pack the parts properly inside the box.

To get back from Leh to your respective destinations, please book your flights from Leh to New Delhi well in advance due to a low frequency of flights and for a cheaper price.

In case you are not carrying a bike and looking for travel options from Leh to New Delhi, you can take a shared taxi from Leh to Srinagar which will cost you around INR 3000-4500. Take an alternate flight from Srinagar to New Delhi. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are generally cheaper than Leh-Delhi. And the drive from Leh to Scenic is breathtaking.

You can also take buses from Leh to Srinagar, Manali, or New Delhi depending upon your comfort and number of days you are willing to invest in commutation. The bus ride can be long and exhausting. It is better to take halts in between if you decide to come back by road.

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

You will get a good connectivity till Rohtang Pass. Beyond Rohtang pass, BSNL network is available on some other campsites like Sissu and Jispa but not on the trail. There would be long stretches beyond Keylong where there would be no connectivity but Army personnel can arrange for a satellite phone call, if urgently required, at Pang. Only postpaid connection works in Leh and nearby areas. BSNL has the best connectivity in Leh-Ladakh region followed by Airtel. However, all the mobile networks like Idea and Vodafone also work in Leh. Please note that only postpaid numbers work in J&K state, prepaid connections will cease to work as soon as you enter Ladakh region, post Baralacha La.

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

You will be free by around 1600 Hrs on the last day when we would go for Khardung La. 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.

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

Manali is the last point where you can buy anything related to the expedition. Once we move from Manali, you would not find anything before Leh. Leh is a decent town where you can buy stuff but you just have one evening there before going for Khardung La.

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 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, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the expedition.

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

Twin sharing hotel stay would be provided both, in Leh & Manali. Please note that hotel meals are not included in the stay. On all other days during the expedition, we would set up camps with toilet tents, sleeping tents, and dining tents.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, and bread butter served in breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are cycling. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go to our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks/expeditions.

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

During the day, the temperature will range from 13-18 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 0-7 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets. Lahaul and Ladakh, both are arid regions. So, the probability of rainfall during the expedition is very low after you cross Rohtang La but till then, you can expect some rains.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

One can see snow at the passes during June and early July batches but post that you can only see snow in patches around the passes (Tanglang La & Khardung La).

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

Late June till Early October

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.

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.

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

When you reach Manali, you will have a day to explore the tourist place. Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. This famous tourist hill station has so many places to visit in Manali. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old Manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali.

There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh when you complete your expedition. 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.

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

Manali to Leh Cycling Expedition

Stunning cycling expedition over 500 km across 6 passes, Manali-Khardungla cycling expedition is a once in a lifetime experience for an avid cyclist.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete an activity safely but also pick up some knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress in your activity over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our members. When you complete at least three days on any activity with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on activities are limited in order to maintain a healthy Participants : staff ratio
  • Over time we have found this practice to be useful when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our activity leaders are course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • We stricktly adhere to leave no trace policy on all our activities
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new activities to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful activity is not about completing it but about making it safely back.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our activity leaders are certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • All Meals during the expedition ( Starting Lunch on Day 2 till Dinner on Day 11)
  • Entry Fee,if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping Charges,if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • 1 Night Hotel/Guest House Stay in Manali, Jispa & Sarchu on sharing basis
  • 2 Nights Hotel/Guest House Stays in Leh on sharing basis
  • Separate Camping Vehicle
  • 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.
  • Services of support team include expedition cook,helper.
  • Certified first aid support & kit includes Oxygen Cylinder.
  • 1 bag, preferably a rucksack (Up to 80 liters), brought by the participant to be accommodated in the support vehicle. Please avoid suitcases and trolley bags.

Whats Not Included?

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

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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