* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport.
If you wish to travel by road, there are regular Volvos from Delhi to Manali.There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. You can book your tickets either by visiting http://www.hrtchp.com/hrtctickets/ or there are many local travel operators through whom you can book the tickets. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max 25°C. min 10°C), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for chilly evenings and a small possibility of rain. Early morning starts and descents at altitude require good quality weather gear.
Please note that Riders must bring their own mountain (all terrain) cycles. The roads generally are not suitable for bikes fitted with road tyres (slicks), even though some sections are in reasonably good condition. There will be sections higher up that will be in poor condition due to snow/slush from the winter months, possible landslip, and use of the road by heavy vehicles at times. Hybrid bikes with 'chunky' mountain tyres are most suitable. Riders should also bring a range of spare parts which may include; chain links or chains, spare tyres and pump, at least 4 spare tubes and puncture repair kit, cables, pedals and a good tool kit.
Though there would be a mechanic accompanying us carrying a good repair kit and spares but it is still necessary for everyone to bring some spares; this also ensures you have parts that will fit your bike. There will be a staff member to assist with running repairs when we are biking and at our overnight stops should problems be more complicated. As a general rule, less complex or high tech bikes are easier to fix and obtain parts for if necessary. If you plan to buy a new bike before the trip, make sure you are completely familiar with it prior to departing. You should fit at least 2 one litre water bottles to your bike. Water will be available from the back up vehicle.
For riders unfamiliar with our Himalayan organization you will be very well catered for. Our cycling expedition takes us into remote regions where there are no villages and no hotels. Therefore during the cycling expedition we will be camping. We will select camps away from the road where you will sleep in comfortable two person tents and be looked after by our crew who will come with us. They will prepare all meals including your early morning cup of tea. All you have to do is pack your gear into your kitbag. During the day you will be accompanied by a support vehicle which is at your disposal should you not wish to cycle. Your other entire luggage will go into the Luggage van accompanying us.
Below is a list of essentials you would require for this trip
..LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
12Days | Jun to Sep| Mod+| Max Alt: 5328mts (Tanglang La)
Day 1: Riding Around Town / Arrive Manali / Acclimatization Ride
Day 2: Manali - Marhi (Uphill To Camp At Marhi 35 Km, 5-6 Hr, Elevation Gain 1250m)
Day 3: Marhi - Sissu (The First Pass Rohtang, Marhi Sissu 53kms, 5-6 Hours, Elevation Gain 1600m)
Day 4: Sissu - Jispa ('Lahaul' 64 Km, 6-7 Hr, Elevation Gain 600m)
Day 5: Jispa - Patseo (Entering The Higher Ground Jispa Patseo 32 Km, 3-4 Hr, Elevation Gain 500m)
Day 6: Patseo - Sarchu (The Second Pass Patseo Sarchu Plains 60 Km, 6-7 Hr, Elevation Gain 1400m)
Day 7: Sarchu - Pang (A Hard Day's Ride Sarchu - Pang 84 Km, 8-9 Hr, Elevation Gain 1200m)
Day 8: Pang - Tso-Kar (Into Thin Air Pang Tso - Kar 57 Km, 4-5 Hr, Elevation Gain 400m)
Day 9: Tso-Kar - Rumptse (The Big Ascent Tso Kar - Rumptse 80 Km, 6-7 Hr, Elevation Gain 900m)
Day 10: Rumptse - Leh (Leh 82 Km, 7-8 Hr, Elevation Gain 450m)
Day 11: Leh - Khardung La - Leh (The Big Climb Khardungla Pass 80kms, Elevation Gain 2100m)
Day 12: Leh - Delhi
If you are looking for the excitement of pure downhill, day after day through ever changing scenery, the Manali to Leh traverse is hard to beat. Riders will have the option of ascending a total of 3800 meters to cross the four main passes on the route. Cycling will truly be an unforgettable experience as one will get to witness some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
This may not sound particularly great, especially to road orientated cyclists, but difficult terrain and tough ascents will make any cycling in this region a challenge for everyone.
If it is just downhill you are after, then there is support transport for all the climbs and you will be free to tackle some of the most fun downhill rides in the world, then sit back and be driven to the top of the next one. This is a fairly demanding trip, although thanks to our program of acclimatization, as well as the superb back up that we have throughout, anybody of reasonable fitness should have no problem enjoying it to the full. On the main route the cycling is simple with no technical difficulties, but for those of you who want more of a thrill off-road, the paths which short-cut the hundreds of switchbacks are as challenging as you could want, with the added bonus being that they seem never ending.
This trip is going to challenge the strongest of riders with adrenaline filled cycling routes. The beautiful multi-coloured desert landscapes, whimsical villages inhabited by rugged-looking people will enchant you completely. This is a fascinating cycling trip will offer you with a golden chance to explore the Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh & Lahaul with visits to lakes and many ancient monasteries and palaces. Cycle through this remote corner of India & bring out the adventure junkie in you. Buckle up for a wild & wacky adventure fuelled by fearlessness & experience out of the ordinary.
|Region||Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh|