Leh Ladakh Cycling Tour
A Memorable Encounter At the Land Of High Passes

Leh , Stok Palace- Spituk Monastery , Shey - Thiksey - Hemis ,Alchi, Lamayuru , Rizong , Khardung La

[ 8Nights / 9Days ]

Ladakh is home to the 20 tallest passes across the globe, which is why the name ‘Land of High Passes’ is given to this barren yet beautiful geographical location. The exhilarating trails, awe-inspiring cliffs and serene beauty of this place contribute to making it one of the best bike trips in India. Cyclomania in India brings forth a chance to witness the panoramic views via a 9-days long biking adventure. The Leh- Ladakh cycling tour is surely going to be an experience of a lifetime. The secret escape is going to be easy neither on your mind nor on your body. At one point, you will be pedaling at 5000 meters to fulfill your dream of experiencing an adrenaline-kicking bike trip. Riding to the peaks is an eye-opening and one of its kind experiences. Our experts have crafted a thoughtful itinerary so that you witness the perfect blend of adventurous, cultural and spiritual explorations.

The memorable cycling holidayin India begins with the scenic routes of Leh which is a dream destination for adventure enthusiasts. The trip commences with a little splurge at the unique handicraft markets of Leh. Besides, the breathtaking beauty of this bike trip manifolds at the ancient monasteries. The unimaginable sights include historical places, artworks and spiritual learning that you just can’t afford to miss. Later, on the trip, we would be pedaling towards sparsely populated terrains of Ladakh for the ultimate adventure. The truly enchanting and adventure-filled experience of pedaling across the highest motorable pass, Khardung La makes it the best bike trip in India.

Biking through the frosty region is moderately challenging. It is advised to arrive a couple of days before the trip to get yourself prepared. Arriving early allows you to spend more time in the continuously flowing chilly wind and acclimatize better. Thrill seekers can find the ultimate joy while pedaling through the toughest terrains, although you can always get into the backup saddle whenever you feel like the ultimate biking experience is getting too hard on your body. A bike tour in India offers a lot to learn and explore, check out the itinerary and book a slot for the adventure-filled holiday.

Day: 1 - Leh

The fusion of thrill and calming experiences begins from the high-altitude city, Leh. You will be escorted from the Leh airport to a pre-booked hotel. Day 1 is reserved for rest and acclimatization. Before you get lured to the place, you are expected to prepare your muscles to peddle at a height of more than 3500 meters. Therefore, apart from chatting with the group members, only a few activities are reserved for the first day of the tour.

The tour begins with an acclimatization ride to the nearby markets. The early afternoon ride is a great chance to do some souvenir shopping. While strolling around the town, you can find some amazing bazaars to discover the unique skills of the local artisans. Pashmina, silver jewelry, and Kashmiri carpets are the key attractions at the local markets. After which, we will stop at one of the famous eateries to enjoy some lip-smacking local favorites. Tourists who are not used to of high-altitudes can also pick the option of staying in and acclimatizing.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: no cycling

Visit: as per program

Route Weblink:

 

Day: 2 Leh

The gradual acclimatization involves exploring some of the nearby tourist hotspots such as Leh Palace, Leh Mosque and Shanti Stupa. Begin your day with breakfast and point your handlebars towards the grand Leh Palace which sitsatop a mountain and overlooks the town. The massive structure is built in the 16th century and became a major tourist attraction for the pretty fantastic views that it offers. The nine-storied regal residence is now turned into a museum to get a close glimpse of what life was in the bygone era. Later in the day, your muscles will be prepared for the upcoming adventure by taking a half an hour steep ride to the Namgyal monastery. The views from here are a must-see.

After some pretty ascends on the windy roads, we will have a downhill ride to see the Leh Mosque. If time permits, we will explore the Budha relics at the Shanti Stupa located on a hilltop. We will spend some time here to soak in the panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and then return to the hotel to call it a day.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 5 – 10 km.

Visit: as per program

Cycling route map link:

 

Day: 3 Leh- Stok Palace- Spituk Monastery –Leh

On this Leh cycle tour, you get to witness how glorious was life for the Namgyal Dynasty of Ladakh. After breakfast, we will turn our handlebars towards the south to visit a nearby attraction, Stok Palace which was the summer home for Namgyal rulers. The magnificent structure is now turned into a heritage hotel and but the residential part is still open tothe public, so we won’t miss the chance to tour the royal residence.

The snug abode of the royals is just 15 kms far from the Leh town, which makes the ride quite easy and pleasant. Although, you can still experience the adrenaline-rushing adventure when we head towards Spituk Monastery after taking a tour of the palace. The beautiful monastery is situated on a hilltop which offers plenty of chances to explore the staggering excellence of the hilly terrains. Although the trails are smooth, the experience of biking all the way to Spituk Monastery depends on your core strength. The view from the top never fails to impress the bikers. After visiting the monastery, we will get into the backup saddle and drive back to our hotel in Leh for dinner and an overnight stay.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activity: Cycling: 35 – 40 km

Drive:

Visit: as per program

Cycling route map link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632531

Day: 4 Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis – Leh

The Leh Ladakh bike tour is made flavorsome by combining the beauty of monasteries with quaint villages. The beautiful and remote hamlets are the true gems of this tour. The untamed Ladakh culture is explored on day 4 when we start touring the most unexplored villages around the most popular monasteries. The day begins with a trip to Shey which offers some magnificent vibes that you will never forget. Here you will spot an ancient monastery, palatial ruins and of course surreal views.

The day is mostly dedicated to touring the culturally rich monasteries, so our next stop would be Thiksey. It offers an endless supply of cultural and Buddhist learnings. Often considered as beautiful of all, the Thiksey Monastery is the biggest one of all Ladakh gems. The unique location of this monastery on a hilltop contributes to its scenic beauty. Later in the day, we will be heading towards Hemis Monastery from where you can explore the unrivalled views of the unbridled and untamed Ladakh region. The wind-in-your-face routes to these monasteries are spiced with beautiful artworks and sculptures to make it a gorgeous experience. The Hemis Monastery complex is well-maintained and the huge assembly hall with 36 wooden columns is the prime highlight. After witnessing the scenic splendor and cultural encounters, we will drive back to the hotel and call it a day.

Details:-

Accommodation:Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 45km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632539

Day: 5 Leh – Alchi

Apart from the barren mountains, the first thing that comes to mind is the sparkling rivers of the Leh-Ladakh region. Day 5 is dedicated to soaking in the azure beauty of the Indus river. After breakfast, we will experience the thrilling river rafting at one of the best stretches in Ladakh. After which we will back on the road and peddle towards the Alchi monastery which dates back to thousand years. The real essence of religious learning in a barren desert can be experienced at Alchi village. It features the oldest surviving splendid wall paintings. The workmanship of the monuments here is truly a delight to the eyes. The main attraction of this monastery is the wall paintings that combine both Buddhist and Kashmiri styles. After admiring the lavish woodwork and sculpting at the monastery, we will have dinner and retire for the night in Alchi.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 60KM

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632554

Day: 6 Alchi – Lamayuru- Alchi

Adventurous souls would never forget the picturesque landscape of Lamayuru aka the moonland of Ladakh. The geographical formation at this place surely makes the trip exuberant. The spell-bound beauty is created by the rugged monastery sitting on the cliff and tiny villages located on the scree slopes. The mystical landscape of this place will fill you with energy.

The ancient Lamayuru monastery is a must-visit but that’s not the only attraction at this village. The unique location and landscapes offer plenty of options to admire the serenity. You will be amused by the beauty of the off-beaten path that takes you to the most intriguing locations like Lamayuru. The extraordinary stretch of land is well-known for frescos and paintings. Besides, you can catch up with the locals to get up-close encounters of life at a mountain dessert. After an exhilarating day at Lamayuru, we will drive back to Alchi for an overnight stay.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 60KM

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632563

Day: 7 Alchi – Rizong – Leh

The high altitude desert is dotted with so many ancient and beautiful monasteries. The rich Buddhist culture is preserved in these monasteries that are worth a visit. Here you can witness the enchanting heritage and culture of the region. These monasteries are mostly located on a hilltop, giving a spectacular view of the surroundings. To be awed by the valley views one more time, we will be heading towards the west and visiting the Rizong Monastery. It is a fine example of architecture and sculpture. Built in 1831, the splendid monastery is adorned with beautiful mountain terrains.

The monastery is home to 40 monks that are renowned for abiding by the strict rules and regulations at the complex. They are allowed to own nothing except books. The wall paintings, murals and exquisite art at the complex can make anyone fall in love with the craftsmanship. The strict discipline at the complex creates a perfect paradise for meditation. The rocky area makes the bike ride slightly adventurous. Therefore, on our way back to the hotel, we will cover the distance through our backup saddle.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 60KM

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38632573

Day: 8 Leh – Khardung La – Leh

Khardung La is recognized as the world’s highest motorable road. The pass is merely 40 kms away from Leh but there is a massive difference in altitude. Leh town is situated at a height of 3500 meters whereas to reach Khardung La we have to gain a height of more than 1800 meters. Isn’t it enticing enough for the adventurous souls? Contrary to the previous days of comfort and fun, this day is going to be super challenging in terms of riding a bike. It is the ultimate destination to experience thrill. Khardung La has something unique which can’t be witnessed during other bike trips in India. It features the most challenging, rocky, sloppy yet picturesque hairpin bends. The higher elevation can expose your physical and mental strength, but the views are adrenaline-rush-worthy.

The great deal of energy needed for day 8 of this trip comes from the sense that you are tracing the truly incredible beauty of India. The epic trip of this wild mountain pass gives you unrivalled views of the Stok range and the splendid scenery of the beautiful Ladakh region. Beauty is abundant, but riding all the way to the top is tricky. Although, the stupendous views surely give a rewarding sense after getting to the mountain pass. Beginners who are not sure about pressing their body and mind against the weather can always take the backup saddle to reach the top and then take bikes on our way down.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 50KM

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38633938

Day: 9 Leh – Tour Ends

It is your last morning at this magical place. The wholesome experience ends with a sumptuous breakfast. After which you will be dropped at the nearest airport for your way back home. The snow-covered mountains are perfectly witnessed from Leh which is a serene town nestled between the Karakoram and the Himalayan range. The calming waters, soothing greens, spiritual encounters and high-altitude roads are the key highlights of this cycle tour in India.

Details:-

Accommodation: no accommodation

Meals: Breakfast

Cycling: no cycling

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :

If you want any modifications in the itinerary or searching for moredetails about the adventure paradise, feel free to drop an email at the link given below.

2 To 4 Guest: 1200 USD per person on double sharing basis

5 to 10 Guest: 1100 USD per person on double sharing basis

Single Supplement: 400 USD per person on single sharing basis

Inclusions

Bikes: Mountain Bikes

Bike Sizes: 13-21

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.

TERRAIN

The landscape includes flatlands, mountains, backwaters and village streets.

CLIMATE

The variety of the regional features of this country has led to a corresponding variety in environment. The Great Varies have awesome environment throughout the year, while the flatlands are warm and moist. The common level of yearly rain fall is superb in Kerala, Sikkim and some of the Northern Eastern Declares of Native India, when compared to other Native India. July to Aug is the monsoon season, with heavy downpours. It is always recommended to check weather and temperature at websites.

TRANSPORTATION/SUPPORT VEHICLES

All transport is involved in the cost. We provide backup vehicle at all times during cycling trip. The vehicle can be used to boat your baggage & yourself as required.

FOOD

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

WHAT TO BRING
  • Footwear
  • Bike shoes
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks
  • Clothing

In Indian, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.

  • A hotter set of outfits (Fleece, Coat, hat and gloves) are required for visits going through Munnar and other thin air places.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Bike riding equipment like safety gloves and shorts.
Others
  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike
HEALTH

Water is higher risk; hence we suggest that you drink only nutrient water in bottles during your trip. A cage of standard nutrient water is always focused for in the start of the vehicle during trips as an urgent evaluate. Despite the high requirements, it is worth providing basic OTC medications for disappointed tummies, complications, pest attacks etc. Indian is a financially creating democratic republic and has worked very hard to control illnesses. Sufficient medical care is available in the major inhabitants' facilities, but is usually limited in the non-urban areas of the country. Many western worlds are utilizing the state-of-the-art healthcare services available in Indian. The cost of treatment is much less expensive here in comparison to the same features available in innovative nations.

The most important cause of sickness of tourists in Indian is food and water-borne illnesses. Malware, bacteria, or harmful bacteria can cause diarrhea. Attacks may cause simple diarrhea and throwing up, high temperature, or, in extraordinary instances, liver organ damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a avoidable disease that can create trouble if neglected. One can prevent disease by taking recommended anti-malarial drugs and defending against insect attacks. The areas you will be passing are Malaria-free. Make sure that your insurance provider includes illnesses and injuries overseas.

PRECAUTIONS
  • Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
  • Use a sun hat when revealed.
  • Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
  • Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
  • To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
  • Do not eat food bought from road providers.
  • Do not drink drinks with ice.
  • Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
  • Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.
MEDICAL INFORMATION UPDATE

Details given above are liable to change every now and then and one should contact the Native India tasks of the specific country or the government vacationer offices for more details.

SHOPPING

You will get possibilities en-route to do a bit of purchasing. However unless particularly requested for, our guide will not suggest any particular store. Neither we nor our driver/guides take any percentage on purchasing.

SPENDING MONEY

Every visitor will have different cash specifications and varying personal costs. Please assess your own spending routines while enabling for beverages, purchasing and falling. Also keep aside cash for extra costs like:

  • Foods which are not included
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs
FOREIGN EXCHANGE

As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.xe.com.

AIRPORT TAXES

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.

Inclusions
  • Cycles
  • Support Vehicle, parking, toll, and driver’s allowances
  • Cycling guide
  • Breakfast at all destinations
  • All Accommodation on Full board
  • First Aid Kid
  • Backup of Support Vehicle
EXCLUSIONS
  • Insurance Policy - Please take your own Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Telephone bills
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