The Manali- Khardung La Expedition gives you the experience of a lifetime that cyclists and for those daring around the world can only dream of. The expedition starts at Manali,Himachal Pradesh and takes you across 5 passes with KhardungLa standing tall at a maximum altitude of 5,602mts. Each one of these passes are unique: BaraLacha La (4890mts) ,Nakee La & Lachung La(5059mts), Rohtang Pass( 3978mts) & Tanglang La (5328 mts).
The whole course of the journey is through cold deserts at freezing subzero temperatures and not to forget the rarefied mountain Air around you that can definitely make even the fittest one struggle. The harsh climatic conditions along with the high altitude take this into the top 5 toughest cycle routes in the world.
The preparation required for this expedition shouldn’t be taken lightly. One needs to have an excellent level of fitness as well as a very strong will power to get through the entire expedition on their own( who doesn't like to boast that they cycled on the world’s highest roads and mountain passes all by themselves !) .After months of preparation, rigorous workout sessions by cycling for hours as well as undergoing endurance training at the gym , I finally left for Delhi,and took a bus to Manali from where the expedition started. I had chosen a company called Bikat Adventures to help me with the expedition based on their excellent reviews and I was really happy with their service. (For those looking forward to doing it after the end of this article,this is their website; https://www.bikatadventures.com/ ).
The cost of the trip i.e. 65,000 inr includes, to and fro flight tickets from Trivandrum, essential gears such as jackets, cycle accessories,energy related snacks & cost of the package of Bikat (includes cycle rental)