Itinerary, Ex-Srinagar - 06 Days 05 Nights
Day 1: Arrival Manali
Arrive Manali by Volvo coach, you will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. The day is at leisure. Evening will be free to explore Manali Market and other attractions. Overnight in Manali.
Day 2: Solang Acclimatization
After breakfast we will proceed to Ajani Mahadev or Dhundi (4200m / 13780ft). The trek would help us acclimatize faster for the height gain. The climb to the temple is easy and gradual. The journey takes us to a beautiful shiva temple in a scenic spot location. This would take approx 6 hrs from Solang & back. Overnight in Manali.
Day 3: Manali | Marhi (10827ft, 43kms)
Our cycling expedition begins today. After breakfast we will proceed for Marhi. The road is easy till village Palchan – 4 kms from Solang. From Palchan the climb begins towards Rohtang Pass. Being the first day we suggest camp at Marhi 12 km before Rohtang Pass. Overnight at Camp in Marhi.
Day 4: Marhi | Sissu (10237ft, 49kms / 59 kms)
We start our day by finishing our final climb of 12 kms to Rohtang Pass 3978m / 13052ft. From the top on a clear day one can have beautiful views of the glaciers & snow clad mountains of Chandrabhaga Range on the other side of the pass. The road descends 22 kms down to Khoksar village & then a flat road of 15 kms along the Chandra River to Sissu village. Overnight at Camp.
Day 5: Sissu | Jispa (10500ft, 62kms / 56 kms)
Easy day since the road continues along the Chandra River with gradual gradients in–between till Tandi. At Tandi we leave behind the Chandra River & continue up along the Bhaga River to Keylong, the district place of Lahaul. We continue further along the Bhaga River for 21km to reach Jispa. Overnight at Camp.
Day 6: Jispa | Patseo | Bharatpur (12504ft, approx 50 kms)
The difficult section of our trip begins today. We would need to be more cautious since we would be staying for next 3–4 days on an average altitude of approx 4400m / 13200ft and above. From Jispa the road continues along the Bhaga River till Darcha. From Darcha the road climbs in switchback turns & gradually leads to Patseo. From Patseo the hard climb begins for next 30km to Baralacha La 4880m / 16011ft. We pass two small but beautiful lakes of Deepak Tal & Suraj Tal on our way. The views from the pass are rewarding. On reaching the pre–set particular point, we will all return to the camp site at Patseo. This way we will do a high altitude cycling but will return to stay at a lower altitude. Good camping site for overnight stay at Patseo. Overnight at Camp
Day 7: Patseo | Sarchu (14492 ft, approx 52 kms)
Today, we will go upto the pre–set point reached yesterday by vehicle and resume cycling from the point onwards. Road descends from the pass to the plains of Sarchu.
Day 8: Sarchu | Whisky Nalla (approx 57 kms)
Today will be another tough cycling day. The Road is okay. Gata loops of 10 kms and on up to Nakeela Pass all climbing. The surface–just loose rocks, rutted, most looks as if it’s never been tarmacs & then descend to WhisKyNallah. And again climb to Lachung La 5065m / 16618ft to descend to Pang. This is going to be the toughest day of our expedition.
Day 9: Whisky Nalla | Pang (15191ft, 88kms / 53 kms)
After breakfast, we willdrive towards Pang. On the way we will cross Lachung La(5300mts). Overnight at Pang
Day 10: Pang | Upshi (15421ft, 49kms / 79 Kms)
After breakfast, start drive towards. Flat or slightly downhill after the short climb from Pang up to the base of Tanglang La at Debring. Stay overnight in Camp. Campovernight. A gradual climb to the top of Tanglang La 5360m / 17586ft. Road mostly good, except loose rocks for a few km at the Taglang La, starting 1km below the summit, Manali side. Big climb to the top of the Taglang La, 50 km downhill on the other side! Stay overnight in Camp.
Once on the top you are rewarded by some awesome views of the never–ending mountain ranges. From Tanglang La descend for 29km to Rumtse, & then the road continues in a narrow gorge with extremely colorful mountains on both the side, till we exit at Upshi on the banks of Indus River. The arid mountain view on both the sides of the road is a feast! (BLD, CAMP)
Day 11: Upshi | Leh (11484ft, 60kms)
Easy flat road section till Leh. One can make stopovers to visit Thiksey Monastery &Shey Palace ruins on way to Leh. Night stay in a hotel, for well deserved rest. Overnight at Leh
Day 12: Leh | Khardung La (18300ft)
Morning after breakfast drive for Khardongla Pass, which is the World’s highest motorable road at 18380 feet. Return to Leh in the afternoon, and enjoy a Hot Lunch at the hotel. After Lunch one is free to explore the local market at one’s disposal. Overnight at Leh
Experiences In This Trip : Mountain biking (Cycling), Camping
Best time to travel : August
Details : Many people reached Ladakh by motor cycles and SUVs, but how many can claim to have done that on a cycle? Cycling in the most beautiful road in the world has its own challenges and charms. This Roads Less Travelled cycling expedition which starts from Manali and goes up to Leh. Your journey will be accompanied by great views and surreal landscape. It is a treacherous task. But once completed gives you immense satisfaction and a precious experience that you can treasure for life.
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