Manali - Leh on Bicycles

10 Days
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Aftab Singh

Aftab Singh

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Photographer by hobby, Car enthusiast by passion & Adrenaline Junkie by nature.

 

Estimated Trip Cost

10000 Which Includes
  •   Transport
  •   Food
  •   Stay

 

Trip Type

Trip Overview
The Adventure Sport of Mountain Cycling can be a thorough test of the mind and body when it comes to cycling over high altitude passes and extreme climatic conditions. But on the other hand, the serene beauty of snow laden valley after valley of the Himalayas, housing exquisite little villages with wizened faces and rosy cheeks of the locals, Ladakh is a land that seldom seizes to surprise a traveller. 
 
Manali to Leh is a route that is mostly done in a time of 10 days, covering a total of 530kms till Leh. In the process, one crosses over 5 high altitude passes, namely- Rohtang, Baralacha La, Nakee La, Lachulung La and Taglang La. A safety car with a medical kit and an oxygen cylinder is a must for such routes. Tents and camping kits are essential for this trip. The best time for doing it being in the months of June till about mid-September. Cycling provides ample time to absorb nature's beauty and the surroundings.
 
It isn't the destination that matters, it is the journey that captivates and fascinates the mind of a traveller and their experience of Ladakh.

Travel Itinerary and Map

 
Marhi, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Marhi Duration : time spent on place

 
The first day of the trip is most definitely the hardest as the body is not yet acclimatized to the altitude and and the oxygen levels. One requires a lot of preparation mentally and physically because the increase in altitude makes one irritable and if most often there is rain and landslide till Rohtang is not cleared over. The terrain is not lenient either because Marhi is the base camp at the foothills of the first pass to be crossed over- Rohtang Pass (13,000 feet). The route is very scenic and soothing as you slowly start the ascent along side Beas river and end at Marhi which faces the P Read More
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