Challenge yourself to the mother of all road trips, a mind boggling journey and breathtaking destinations, across the most awaited landscapes. Feel your heart pounding at every step of the way as you reach new elevations. Feel yourself craving for that adrenaline a little more each time. Revel into the flabbergasting experience as you soar above the Himalayas. So, what are you waiting for? Let out the explorer in you and join us for this breathtaking extravaganza!
Minimum Number of Travellers : 5
Maximum Number of Travellers : 15
Food : (All Meal)
Level: Easy To Strenuous
Transportation : Tata sumo/Innova (Jeep)
Accommodation : Camps
Special : Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation
We pick you up from the bus station and drive you to the hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the local surroundings. Manali is surrounded by beautiful pine forests and there are lovely walks in and around the town.There is also a colourful Tibetan bazaar famous for its shawls, caps, jewellery and handicrafts made by Tibetan refugees.
Today we start our first full day of biking on one of the classic cycling routes in the world. We start climbing right from Manali, through the flower filled valleys and cedar and fir forests, passing through numerous villages. After the last village, Kothi, we will cycle up the numerous hairpin bends to reach the Rohalla Falls. We will then ascend into a small valley after which we will reach our camp for the night at Marhi.
We will start early and leave all habitation behind as the road zig zags higher and higher into the mountains. We will feel as though we are entering a different world as we reach the top of the Rohtang La (3978 m). This barren windswept pass, blocked by snow for more than six months of the year, crosses the PirPinjal Range is the gateway to Ladakh. Then we have an exciting downhill ride of 22 km to Khoksar village Thereafter we will take a short detour and climb to the meadows and small villages to finally descend to Sissu, a beautiful Himalayan village.
We are in the Lahaul Valley and the cycling becomes easier as we continue on to Tandi, where the rivers Chandra and Bhaga come together,to flow as Chandrabhaga or Chenab as it is known in the Chamba valley. From Tandi it’s a short climb to Keylong, which soon continues through 37 kms of descend to Jispa.
We are now approaching the Great Himalayan Range. We cycle through beautiful green pastureland to Darcha (3235 m) where we can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at a local restaurant. From here we continue climbing, until we reach Patseo (3650m). From where a climb will start for zing zing bar towards baralacha pass.
A hard day today as we cross the Himalayas to Sarchu, the border between the States of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. After a gradual climb across large meadows past Zing-zingbar we start our long ascent to the Baralacha La Pass (4892 m). The climb seems at times to go on forever but the hard work is worth it as the views become increasingly spectacular. Finally we reach the top we find ourselves in the middle of the mighty Indian Himalayas. The word Baralacha means ‘a pass with crossroads’ and the trails from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul come together here.This is the main crossing of the Great Himalayan Range and we get amazing views of the many snow covered peaks including Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila. After the Pass, the cycling gets easier as we descend past KilingSerai and on to Sarchu.
This will be our longest and hardest day of cycling so we will set off early. We start by climbing fairly gently for approximately 38 km across the windswept Sarchu Plains past Brandy Nallah and Whisky Nallah to the bottom of the Gata Loops. This is a series of 22 amazing hairpin bends, which we slowly ascend. Take time to stop and look back the valley behind is full of amazing wind eroded rock formations.
By the time we reach the top of the loops, we will have climbed 500 meters and reached the Nakli La at a height of 4800m. A short downhill is followed by another winding ascent to our second Pass of the day, the Lachalung La at 5100m. We are now crossing the barren Zanskar Range and we are surrounded by amazing multicolored mountains the purples, greens and browns of the hillsides change shades as clouds are blown across the sky. From the Lachalung La we have an easy ride down through an amazing canyon of magnificent rock formations of the Trans Himalaya until we reach Pang.
We start slowly with a short ascent to the Mori Plains (4700m). We are now in Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert of the Tibetan Plateau. This area is all above 4500m and is home to the hardy Changpas – Tibetan nomads who live in yak hair tents and graze huge flocks of sheep and yaks in this seemingly barren landscape. Today we will stay with a local ladakhi family at a beautiful homestay.
A hard day today as we cross the last pass before Leh, the Taglang La. The long climb starts gradually and winds ever higher and steeper to the top of the TaglangLa (5350m). You should be proud of yourself at the top you have just cycled to the top of the second highest motorable road pass in the world!
We are rewarded for all our hard work with wonderful views of both the Himalaya and the Karakorum Mountains.After some rest and photo session, we have a wonderfully long zig zag descent to our first real villages since Lahoul. The houses and green fields of barley and potatoes greet us as we reach our homstay at Rumste.
We start early with an easy ride winding down following the Kyamnar River down to Upshi. Here we join the Indus Valley, which we follow all the way into Leh. But first we have a diversion to visit Hemis monastery, once the largest and richest of all Ladakhi monasteries. To get there we have a 7 km climb as the monastery is tucked away up a side valley. There is time to visit the ancient temples with priceless Buddha statues. We then cycle down to the main road and follow the mighty Indus River. From Karu we continue on to Tikse, where an impressive monastery sits perched on a hilltop. If there is time we can cycle up to the monastery, which contains a very impressive twostorey statue of the Future Buddha.
Passing the ruins of Shey Palace the cycling is fairly easy as we come to Choglamsar, home to many Tibetan refugees. There is a final sting in the tail as we leave the Indus and climb into Leh. Tonight we can enjoy the comforts of a hot shower and Kawa (local chai) in our hotel / homstay at Leh.
For the energetic today there is the challenging ride to the Khardung La (5602 m), arguably the highest motorable road pass in the world.After the last 10 days we should now be fully acclimatized to the altitude and mountains. We leave Leh early and take a packed lunch. It will take around 6 hours to cycle to the top of the pass. The views are magnificent as we wind our way higher and higher away from Leh.The first half of the ride is tarmac and the last half is rough road. From the top we are rewarded with close-up views ahead of the Karakorams, while behind us the Ladakh and Zanskar mountains seem to stretch forever. After a photo stop we have a fantastic downhill ride back to Leha great reward for all the hard work this morning! We stay overnight in Leh.
Please click below for FAQsfrequently asked questions
Q: Do i need to train myself for years in gym to do this journey by cycle?
A: Nope, cycling in the Himalayas is tougher than doing it in the plains but with a strong mindset anyone can do this! Priya Panda, a 46 years old lady from Indonesia who learnt cycling just few months before the tour started, joined this tour with us, finished it and even booked her seat for next cycling journey!
Q: Why are we using homestays but not the camps everywhere just like the other?
A: At Hippie in Hills, one of our main mottos is to encourage sustainable traveling and usingthe local homestays and try local food to give back to the local economy. PLUS, when you cycle the Himalayas the whole day, you just need Ladakhi chai, local hot Himachali / Ladakhi food and warm nice beds to sleep.
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