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Cycling through MANALI - LEH

13th Sep 2015
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The Epic Manali Leh Ride
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OGoMissing takes you on an extremely fun & challenging mountain biking (cycling) tour from Manali to Leh. The tour involves 13 days of crossing over high mountain passes – Rohtang La, Baralacha La, Nakee la, Tanglang La and finally the mighty Khardung la. The rugged terrain, the high passes and the entire route provides spectacular views of snow capped peaks and cycling through on this route will tell you why this is one of the most amazing & picturesque landscapes in the world.

The arduous cycling trip is more than compensated by the stunning landscapes you will cycle through. The 545 km mountain cycling ride through the desolate and remote countryside involves climbing six major passes up to a height of 5,600 m (18,414 feet), so both you and your bike must be in good condition.

If you’re really looking for reasons, the list if quite endless! Here are a few top reasons why you should do Manali Leh on a Cycle.

  • It is STUNNINGLY beautiful
  • If you’re looking to reinforce your self belief, this is it!
  • The thrill of cycling at that altitude an in that terrain is something that you will remember for the rest of your life!
  • Every moment of the ride will be memorable. Right from the excruciatingly painful uphills to the adrenalin inducing downhills. You’ll love each minute!
  • The sense of achievement is unparalleled
  • Camaraderie from this trip is lifelong
  • You’ll find your true grit, determination and passion – the real you
  • Finally… this will be a life altering experience

Why do this with GoMissing?

  • For starters, we’re cyclists who have done brevets like the 200 kms, 300 kms and 400 kms plus countless MTB rides in the Himalayas and the Manali Leh expedition several times.
  • We’re going to ride with you all through the ride
  • We share your passion for cycling, and we’ll make sure you complete this successfully!
  • This is an annual pilgrimage for us, and we want to take you there.
  • The ride itself will have support vehicles (as many as required), bike mechanic with spare parts and tools, loads of energy drinks and food during the ride, first aid in case anything goes wrong, and a crew which you will give a massive HUG to before you leave. We promise you that!
  • Your lead riders are passionate mountain bikers and randonneurs
  • You’ll get to camp at the most surreal places – we’ve done this a number of times remember
  • You’ll get to complete it at your own pace and won’t be rushed or hurried through the ride
  • This isn’t something you’re going to do again and again, so why not get it right?

What will you achieve at the end of the ride?

  • You’ll find that you’re stronger than any powered vehicle – 2, 4 or more wheels
  • You’ll have achieved something that even motorists find extremely grueling
  • You’ll have pushed your limits and set a new benchmark for yourself
  • You’ll truly feel at the top of the world during and after the ride
  • Most things you do after this will be done with a new perspective… hey you’ve done Manali Leh on a cycle
  • Bragging rights are lifelong!

Arrive at Manali from your hometown. The first day involves getting used to the bikes and doing a small test run on a local cycling tour to acclimatize you.

Today starting from Manali, will be your first ascent as you begin to “warm up” for the tough ride ahead. The ride takes you through a set of hairpin bends which run through pine and deodar forests.Overnight in camp at MarhiCycling distance: 42 kmAltitude: 3,320m (10,890ft)

You will start with the 12 km ascent to the Rohtang pass which would be your perfect spot to view the panorama of snow-covered peaks on the horizon.Then as you start your descend to Gramphu, you will encounter some stretches of flat road as you cross the torrential waters of the river at Khoksar. Continuing on the route you will reach Sissu in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. Keylong is a short ride from here which involves crossing mountain streams.Overnight in hotel/ campingCycling distance: 78kmAltitude: 3,350m (11,000ft)

Today’s ride is a steep ascent to the Baralacha La Pass. As you climb to the pass, the terrain consists of no vegetation and the mountain sides are covered in nothing but rocks and loose stones. It’s an experience in itself as you traverse this wild and scenic countryside. After crossing the pass, you will descend into the gorge area of Bharatpur which involves crossing mountain rivers.Overnight in campCycling distance: 58kmAltitude: 4,255m (13,975ft)

Today’s ride will take you to Lachalang La, the second highest mountain pass on the Manali-Leh highway. The roads here, or the lack of them, are the worst of the trip, with loose gravel and stones. Beyond the pass is the long descent down a steep gorge to Pang, which is followed by an 8 km switchback climb to the flats of the Moray Plains.This barren area has extreme temperatures in the morning and evening and prone to fast winds and sandstorms. The only signs of life in this desolate place are the Nomadic Changpas, who can be seen tending to their yaks. We will camp at the Tsokar Lake which is 20 km below Tanglang La, the world’s second highest pass (5,360m).Overnight in campCycling distance: 82kmAltitude: 4835m (15,600ft)

The day’s ride is a challenge indeed as you start on the long climb to Tanglang La. The climb starts gradually and gets steeper towards the top. At the top, you will at 5,360 m above sea level at the second highest motorable pass in India! The reward for the day’s hard work is the majestic views of both Himalayan and the Karakorum Mountains.Afterward you will cycle down an exhilarating 1,200m of switchbacks to the village of Rumtse.Overnight in campCycling distance: 51kmAltitude: 4260m (14,000ft)

The day starts with an easy winding descent to Upshi. The scenery changes dramatically as we are greeted by green and irrigated valley dotted with fields and small villages.The spectacular red colored mountains add to the beauty of the scenery. Joining the Indus Valley, road improves as we follow it all the way to Leh. This is an easy ride as we pass the Thiksey Gompa and the Chortens Garden before we reach Leh.Overnight in hotelCycling distance: 91kmAltitude: 3,600m (11,500ft)

you’ll start early for a day’s trip to Khardung La (5,602m), arguably the highest motorable pass in the world. With an elevation gain of 2100m, the ride is going to be the ultimate challenge of the trip but after 10 days of extreme MTB, you will be more than prepared for it.The views from the top are magnificent with the Karakoram Range in front, and the Zanskar Range behind us. You can feel proud of a true achievement as you finish the trip with your final descent.Overnight in hotelCycling distance: 39kmAltitude: 5,600m (18,400ft)Trip ends

Today you will cycle up to Patseo on a dusty and gravelly road. The terrain also becomes more arid as you pass Jispa village. The ride from here is a short downhill before the ascent to Patseo.You will hardly find any habitation in this area; just a few sheep grazing here and there as you enter the territory of the Lamas. On the horizon, one can see the skyline of the Higher Himalayan ranges.Overnight in campCycling distance: 48kmAltitude: 3,820m (12,500ft)

The day starts with some easy cycling but don’t be misled as soon you’ll face the 21 amazing zigzag hairpin loops of Gata which take you up to 15,302ft.After Gata loops, you’ll reach Nakeela Pass from where it is a downhill ride to the Whiskey Nullah. You will experience some exquisitely beautiful and dry mountain scenery.Overnight in campCycling distance: 56kmAltitude: 4,750m (15,800ft)

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