We have long experience of cycling on this route since 1999 and we are cycling every year on this most popular cycling route on world. Organizing CTC Cycle Expeditions and Red Spokes cycle tours on this route for years added our experience on this route. We must acknowledge KZ Journeys of Italy and several other individuals who remained our clients in past.
Manali- Leh cycle tour
This bike tour crosses 4 high mountain passes and the journey of 485 Kms is covered with 8 camps in extremely scenic places. The journey under the Himalayan ranges is fascinating and the solitude offers best way to interact with this beauty of shining mountains. Our last climb to Khardung La, the highest motorable pass of the world from Leh gives the ultimate reward of the expedition. Leh, the capital of Ladakh which is known as the land of high passes or roof top of the world is a beautiful town at 3600 Meters where we spend 3 days to rest and explore. It’s situated on the banks of the Indus between the two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Karakoram to the north and mighty Himalayas to the south.
As we arrive at Manali, our first day requires us to get familiar with our bikes. We carry on a small cycling tour in the local areas of the town. This is mainly done to acclimatise ourselves to the environment. We spend the night in a hotel.
Starting from Manali, we begin our expedition. Our first ascent will be just
a "warm-up", for what lies ahead. The route takes us through a set of hairpin
bends that run past deodar and pine forests. We camp at Marhi for the
Today we start our 12 kms ascent to the renowned Rohtang Pass, offering us perfect views of the panoramic snow covered peaks. After this, we descend to Gramphu, where we meet stretches of flat road while we cross the rapid waters of the river at Khoksar. Our ride then leads us to Sissu, which is at the base of the Pir Panjal range. From here, Keylong is a short ride away, and we cross mountain streams on our way. We spend the night in a camp.
We begin our ride to Patseo on a rugged road. As we pass the Jispa Village, the terrain gets arid. Our ride from here is a short downhill before we ascend to Patseo.
Here, we will see barely any habitation, maybe just a few sheep grazing as we enter the Lama territory. On the horizon, we will observe the mesmerising skyline of the higher Himalayan ranges. We spend the night camping.
Our ride today takes us through a steep ascent to the Baralacha La Pass. As we cycle through the pass, we will observe that the terrain has no vegetation and the mountains are covered with only rocks and loose stones. However, this is an experience in itself.
After crossing the pass, we descend into the gorge like area of Bharatpur, which requires us to cross mountain rivers. We spend the night camping.
Our cycling journey continues with an easy climb, but soon we face the challenging route of 21 zigzag hairpin bends of Gata that take us up to 15,302 feet!
Only once we pass the Gata loops, will we arrive at Nakeela Pass. This is where our route takes a downhill ride all the way to Whiskey Nullah. You will experience beautiful and dry mountain landscapes along the way. We camp here overnight.
Morning we are set for ascending the second highest
pass on the Manali-Leh highway up to Lachalung La. The road here is likely to
be the worst of the trip with a distinct lack of tarmac, it's very gravelly and
there are many loose stones. We have a long descent to Pang down a steep sided
gorge followed by an 8 Kms switchback climb before reaching the flat top of the
Moray Plains. This barren area is known for its extreme temperatures in the
morning and evening, fast winds and sandstorms. The only sign of life is the
hardy Nomadic Changpas who can be seen tending their yaks in this most desolate
place. We camp at Debring 20 Kms below the world's second highest pass, the
Our ride can be challenging as we begin our climb to Tanglang La. This long climb starts gradually and then gets steeper as we reach the top. Once you reach there, you will realize that you will be at 5,360 metres above sea level! This is the second highest motorable route in India! We are rewarded with majestic views of the great Himalayan and the Karakorum Mountains. After this exhilarating ride, we cycle down 1,200 metres of switchbacks to reach the village of Rumtse. We camp here overnight.
What we have today is an easy descent to Upshi. While cycling you will realise that the scenery changes drastically. We are now greeted by green landscapes and valleys with small fields and villages. The beauty of this is enhanced with the red mountains that you will encounter. As our route joins the Indus Valley, the road gets better all the way to Leh. Our ride then becomes easy as we pass the Chortens Garden and Thiksey Gompa right before Leh. We spend the night in Leh.
We rest for the day with some important sight seeing of monasteries and markets
This morning we transfer you to the airport for flight to Delhi after breakfast. In case of big groups, we may send your bikes by surface transportation to Delhi on additional cost. We will provide you transfer to your native place from Delhi same evening or next day.
• Administrative coordination with local authorities wherever necessary
• Airport transfers on arrival & departure
• All transportation as per the itinerary
• Hotels from Delhi to Delhi with breakfast
• Luxury Mobile Camps on full board as per the itinerary
• Experienced accompanying guide
• Supporting vehicles for luggage, extra bikes and clients during heavy rains, sprain and tiredness
• Primary spare parts
• Any kind of government fees, visa fee
• Air travel
• Personal gears, clothing & tips
• Monument entrances
• Damage in bike or any major spare part replacement if hired from our company
• Transportation of bikes from tour end point to our store or Delhi
Insurance – click here to get yourself insured
What can you book on additional cost/ rent?
• TREK or MERIDA mountain bikes
• Insurance for your expedition.
• Oxygen cylinders and masks
• Small and medium size generators
• Solar battery chargers
• Walkie talkies
• Sightseeing of Agra and Rajasthan or any other place after completion of your expedition.
Payment can be made through cards/ online and wire transfer to our bank.
We charge 25% of the total tour cost at the time of booking and rest 45 days prior to your arrival in India.
If cancellation is made before 60 days, full amount will be returned after deduction of applicable taxes and 5% processing charges. If cancellation is made before 45 days, we refund you 50% of your deposit and if the cancellation is made before/during 30 day prior to arrival, the whole payment deposit will forfeit.
No refund, cancellation or compensation will be paid back to the client in case of any reason caused by natural disaster, war, terrorism, weather etc.
We are organizing these adventure trips and expeditions since 1995 so we have learnt to plan according to your stamina, training and requirements. Our Cycling Guides, Camp Managers, Mechanics and cooks hold several years experience in the mountains. Our tour escorts and guides study and research the geography, anthropology and history of destinations pertaining to the trips assigned to them and they explore new routes for the future clients time to time.
We are the authorized partner of Global Rescue which has provided thousands of rescue services in India since 2004. You can book your insurance cover through us. In the mountaineering (Climbing) expeditions, insurance is necessary but you can get your membership of Global Rescue for any of our adventure journeys to make it completely safe and secure.
Our fix departure dates are flexible if you make a group of minimum 4 persons for any trip. For Climbing Expeditions your preferred customized date will be confirmed on the availability of peak with IMF. Similarly our prices are also flexible enough to customize on the basis of your requirements.
We did several adventure trips with this company including our very important and unique wedding blessings was also organized by this company on a 20 feet snow wedding altar.