Motology offers you a curated cycling tour through one of the most beautiful routes in the world, the highway from Manali to Leh. The tour takes you through some of the world’s highest motorable passes, through 480 km of wilderness, through an experience which you can cherish for a lifetime.
Like our other tours, the idea is not to cover distance, but to have an experience. I know some of the daily distance targets in this itinerary may seem aggressive, but be assured that I have tried to make it a good mix of leisure, challenge and fun. At 7 days of cycling time, its neither too less or too much.
Manali to Tandi: (Distance 109km)
The First ascent of the trip prepares up for the tough ride ahead and takes you through the panaromic view of pine and deodar trees. We will taken early start to beat the traffic rush from Manali to Rohtang, you have to cross so many hairpin bends to reach Khoksar.
At Khoksar you can do Lunch in Local Dhabha’s.
After Lunch procced to Tandi.
Overnight stay in Fixed Camp at Tandi.
Tandi to Patseo: (Distance 51km)
The starts with the steady climb up to Jispa. On the way we cross the towns of Keylong, Jispa and Darcha.
At jispa you will met up with wide Valley. After Jispa the road climbs steadily to Darcha some 10km from Jispa and then climb to Patseo starts. The terrain is much more arid and he road is more dusty and rocky.
Overnight stay at Camp.
Patseo to Sarchu: (Distance 62km)
The day starts early and participants ascend the mountains up to the Baralacha la at 5030m. While you are climbing upside you can also see the snow capped Mulkila peaks forming a scenic backdrop. The route descends gradually to the wide Sarchu Plains.
Overnight stay at Camp.
Sarchu to Pang: (Distance 80km)
After having breakfast ride starts from Sarchu plains to Pang. On the way you will cross Gata loops, Nakeela pass and Lachungla Pass.
Gata loops is a series of 21 loops going up which takes us almost 480mtr above in altitude. After Lachungla downhill till Pang.
Overnight stay in camp.
Paang to Lato: (Distance 112km)
Morning starts with a heart thumping 8km climb to the Moere plains (4778m) and Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert plain of the Tibetan Plateau, home to the hardy Changpas; tent dwelling Tibetan nomads who graze flocks of sheep and Yaks in this endless landscape.
Reach Lato and overnight in Guest House at Lato.
Lato to Leh: (Distance 77km)
A super day in the saddle lies ahead as we follow down the Kyamnar river to the Indus valley all the way in to Leh. Passing the dramatically Located Thikse and the the white washed ruins of Shey Palace all the way into our destination Leh.
Overnight stay in hotel
Leh Rest Day:
Take a much deserved day off at Leh. Spend it exploring the city, the monuments, food. Its a beautiful town blossoming in the middle of an arid but beautiful valley.
Overnight stay in hotel
Food : All the food you eat during the tour is included in the cost. I will not limit you to a particular breakfast or dinner. We take a lot of stops through the route, for the love of the landscape or for the love of our legs and lungs. Those get included too. But yeah, alcohol and other additional recreational drinks/food etc are excluded.
Accommodation : All the stays right from day 1 up till our return to Manali are included. The stays are of a variety of sorts. They range from dorm tents, to swiss tents to budget hotel rooms. Whatever place is best for the experience as per my view have been chosen as stay stops. Some may be very comfortable, some may seem harsh, but all will be worth remembering.
Backup : My backup vehicle will carry all the luggage that you bring so you dont have to worry about carrying anything but the essentials. The vehicle will help you out in the case of breakdowns or in case you need any assistance.
Photography : I will be there, riding with you, making sure that the memories you make are not just nerve impulses in your brain, but beautiful pictures of what I see. High resolution photos of the entire trip will be shared with you at no extra cost.
Return from Leh : We return from Leh to Manali by road. Comfort and convenience being priority you will either return in the backup vehicle or in taxi as per availability.
The cycle : You have to bring your cycle. I could get you a cycle for rent in Manali at additional cost, but bringing your own cycle is really the best as the cycles you get for rent are low cost MTB’s which really dont offer the best experience.
Any cycle specific spares : Tubes, spare cables, brake pads or any necessary items which you want to carry which will be needed to solve breakdowns. These spares are cycle specific so I wont necessarily have them in my stock even though I will be carrying generic items.
Gear : Your cycling gear, right from lights, helmet, clothing, shoes or anything which you personally use. This will also include any batteries or replenishables.
Costs of extra activities : Any activities which you choose to participate in outside the scope of the tour, including monument tickets.
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