Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.
In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m).
Day 1: Arrive in Manali
Day2: Manali to Marrhi
Day3: Marrhi to Sissu
Day4: Sissu to Jispa
Day5: Jispa to Patseo
Day6: Patseo to Sarchu
Day7: Sarchu to Pang
Day8: Pang to Tso-Kar/Debring
Day9: Tso-Kar to Rumptse
Day 10: Rupmtse to Hemis
Day 11: Hemis to Leh
Day12: Leh to Khardungla and back
Arrive in Manali
Upon your arrival at Manali, you will be taken to the location of your stay. Check into the tents / guesthouse / hotel.
Enjoy the evening at leisure and return to your hotel for your stay.
Day 2 -
Ride from Manali – Marhi (Uphill to camp at Marhi 35 km, 5 – 6 hour)
Embark on an exciting day of cycling to Marhi.
Go through the flower valleys, forests and the tiny beautiful villages.
As you arrive in Kothi, cycle through the hairpin bends till Rohalla Falls, experience the adventure at its best.
Cycle up to the campsite at Marhi and stay overnight in tents or guesthouses or hotel.
Day 3 -
Ride from Marhi – Sissu (53 km, 5- 6 hour drive)
Cycle along the zig-zag roads to Rohtang La (3978m)
After reaching the pass, continue cycling downhill to Khoksar village.
Then take a short detour and finally descend to Sissu.
Stay overnight in the tents / guesthouse / hotel at Sissu.
Ride from Sissu – Jispa (‘Lahaul’ Sissu – Jispa 64 km, 6-7 hour )
Start off cycling from Lahaul Valley to Tandi where the confluence of Chandra and Baga can be witnessed.
From Tandi, climb up till Keylong.
After exploring Keylong, descend to Jispa.
Stay overnight in Jispa.
Day 5 -
Ride from Jispa – Patseo (32 km ride, 3 – 4 hour, Elevation 500 m)
Today, you are going to discover the beautiful green meadows and pastureland to Darcha at a height of 3235 meters.
At Darcha, halt for a while to enjoy a cup of tea.
Continue climbing, until you reach Patseo (3650m).
Upon arrival, check-in to your room or tent for the stay overnight.
Day 6 -
Ride from Patseo – Sarchu (60 km ride, 6-7 hour, Elevation of 1400 m)
Cross the Himalayas to Sarchu and experience the hectic day along with some fun and adventure.
Climb up to the Baralacha La Pass (4892m).
Once you reach, you will witness the captivating views of snow-covered Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila Peaks.
Continue cycling and ride past Kiling Serai to reach Sarchu.
Stay overnight in Sarchu.
Day 7 -
Ride from Sarchu – Pang (84 km ride, 8-9 hour, Elevation of 1200 m)
Start cycling early today as you have to ride a long distance today.
Firstly, climb across Brandy Nallah and Whisky Nallah toward Gata Loops.
Also, climb up to the Nakli La (4800 meters) and Lachalung La Pass (5100 meters).
Afterwards, cross the Zanskar Range and witness the captivating views.
From Lachalung La Pass, start an easy ride down till you reach Pang.
Stay overnight in tents at Pang.
Day 8 -
Ride from Pang – Tso – Kar (57 km ride, 4-5 hour ride, Elevation of 400 m)
Start the day with a short ascent to the Mori Plains (4700m).
Then you pass through Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert.
Deviate from the main road and cycle along a sandy track to reach Tsokar Lake.
You will be camping near Pongunagu.
Stay overnight in tents /guesthouse/hotel at TsoKar.
Day 9 -
Ride from Tso – Kar – Rumptse (80 km ride, 6-7 hour, Elevation of 900 m)
Wait to experience another long day of cycling today. Enjoy every bit of your trail to Rumptse.
Cross the last pass Taglang La (5,328 m) first and then climb to the top of Taglang La to behold the charming views of the Himalayas and Karakoram Range.
Proceed to cover a long zig zag descent to reach Rumptse.
Stay overnight in Rumptse.
Day 10 -
Ride from Rumptse – Leh (82 km ride, 7-8 hour, Elevation of 450 m)
Cycle along the Kyamnar River down to Upshi.
Also, en route, visit Hemis, the largest and richest Ladakhi monasteries.
Also visit ancient temples and Buddha statues.
Start to cycle beside the Indus River and pass through Karu, Tikse and the ruins of Shey Palace.
At the final stage, leave Indus and enter Leh.
Once you arrive in Leh, check-in to your hotel and relax.
Day 11 -
Ride to Khardung La
Ride to Khardung La (5602m), one of the highest motorable passes in the morning.
Cycle from Leh till the top of the pass and relish the beautiful views of the Karakorams, Ladakh and Zanskar mountains.
Take a halt for a while and then head to enjoy a fantastic downhill ride back to Leh.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 -
Post breakfast, depart from Leh and wind the tour up
- All Maintenance/Breakfix Support for your bicycle + Backup vehicle
- Necessary permits
- First Aid Medical Kits
- Qualified and experienced texpedition leader, guide, and support staff
- All Meals
Manali To Leh/Khardungla Expedition Gallery