Manali to Leh Cycling Expedition

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By-Painted Inke

About The Listing

Type of Trip : Cycling

Level : Hard

Location : Leh and Ladakh

Duration : 11 Days 10 Nights

Trip Start : Manali

Trip End : Leh


Manali to Leh cycling expedition is an opportunity for you to challenge yourself and test the limits of your endurance and will power. This is one of the most sought after routes by cyclists all around the world as you travel through worlds 2nd highest motor-able pass at 5326 mts and in all cover over 475 kms of the spectacular upper Himalayan landscape.

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What's Unique?

  • Ride on one of the worlds highest motorable roads.
  • Support vehicle.
  • On call ambulance.
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  • Day 01:  Manali- Marhi (36 kms).

    This is first day of your cycling expedition. Easy road till the village of Palchan 4kms from Solang. From Palchan the climb begins towards Rohtang Pass. On first day your camp is at Marhi 12 kms before Rohtang Pass. Overnight is scheduled at camp.

    Day 02: Marhi- Sissu (49 kms).

    You start your day by finishing your final climb of 12 kms to Rohtang Pass. From the top, if the weather is clear you will get beautiful views of the glaciers and snow clad mountains of Chandrabhaga Range on the other side of the pass. The road descends 22 kms down to Khoksar village and then a flat road of 15 kms along the Chandra River to Sissu village.

    Day 03: Sissu – Jispa (56 kms).

    Easy day since the road continues along the Chandra River with gradual gradients in between till Tandi. At Tandi you leave behind the Chandra River and continue up along the Bhaga River to Keylong, the district place of Lahoul. You will continue further along the Bhaga River for 21 kms to reach Jispa. It’s a camping night.

    Day 04: Jispa- Patseo/ Bharatpur (50 kms).

    The difficult section of your trip begins today. You would need to be more cautious since you will be staying for next 3-4 days on an average altitude of approx 4400m and above. From Jispa the road continues along the Bhaga River till Darcha. From hard climb begins for nest 30 kms to Baralacha La 4880m. You pass two small but beautiful lakes of Deepak Tal and Suraj Tal on your way. The views from the pass are rewarding. On reaching the preset particular point, you will return to the camp site. Your overnight stay is at Patseo.

    Day 05: Patseo - Bharatpur – Sarchu (48 kms).

    Today, you will go upto the pre-set point reached yesterday by vehicle and resume cycling from the point onwards. Road descends from the pass to the plains of Sarchu.

    Day 06:  Sarchu- Pang (61 kms).

    Another tough cycling day. The roads are in not so good condition to ride Gata loops of 10 kms and on up to NakeeLa Pass all climbing. The surface just loose rocks, rutted, most looks as if it’s never been tarmacs and then descend to Pang. This is going to be the toughest day of your expedition.

    Day 07: Pang- Debring (53 kms).

    Today road is good. Slightly downhill after the short climb from Pang up to the base of Tanglang La at Debring.

    Day 08: Debring- Upshi (49 kms).

    A gradual climb to the top of Tanglang La 5360m. Road is mostly good, except loose rocks for a few km at the Tanglang La. Big climb to the top of the Tanglang La, 50 kms downhill on the other side. Once you make it to the top you will be rewarded by some awesome views of the never ending mountain range. From Tanglang La descend for 29km to Rumtse, and then the road continues in a narrow gorge with extremely colorful mountains on both the side, till you exit at Upshi on the banks of Indus River. The arid mountains views on both sides of the road is a feast.

    Day 09: Upshi – Leh (60kms).

    Easy flat road section tilll Leh. One can make stopovers to visit Thiksey monastery and Shay Place ruins on way to Leh. Overnight is scheduled in a Hotel.

    Day 10: Rest Day.

    After a challenging expedition, it’s a much needed rest day. You can relax whole day or engage yourself in local sightseeing.

    Day 11: Leh – Khardung la Pass – Leh. (18000ft, 40Kms one side).

    (Optional) This day you get cycle up-hill to Khardun la the highest pass in this region and reach the highest motorable road of the world. And cycle down-hill to back to Leh and enjoy the market and around Leh. 

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* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Cost/Person EMI Option
Entry Closes On 20 May, 2015
Single entry ₹ 38,000 EMI starts* ₹ 3,376
* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Cost/Person EMI Option
Entry Closes On 20 Jun, 2015
Single entry ₹ 38,000 EMI starts* ₹ 3,376


  • All stays (double/triple sharing).
  • All meals
  • All refreshments during the rides(energy bars, ORS, Glucose, Chocolates,water, cold drinks).
  • Support vehicles & GPS tracking.
  • On call ambulance & basic first aid .
  • Sweep vehicle support for riders unable to make it in time to destination.
Doesn’t Includes
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Emergency evacuations or out of turn return to base.
  • Any transportation beyond Leh.
  • Any transportation in case the riders decides to abandon the ride due to physical issues.
  • Any airfare.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
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Terms & Conditions

  • Any cancellation after confirmed booking, 10% of the total cost will be charged as cancellation fee.
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Tips, Hints, Precautions

  • 1. Is there medical back up on the tour?

  • Yes, the trip is accompanied by qualified paramedics and HAPS.


  • 2. What is the sleeping material provided in the tent?

  • You get a cotton wool mattress, a trekking mattress of foam, a sleeping bag. If you still feel cold after the arrangements they do give you blankets and duckback hot water bottles.


  • 3. Are any spare cycles carried on the bus, incase of a major cycle breakdown?

  • Yes we do, though these are Firefox targets. We have a mechanic accompanying us who does carry some spares. We also recommend that you carry your own spares as well.


  • 4. Is there any physical preparation/ diet, that needs to be done, to reduce the chances of altitude sickness?

  • The simplest things are the most difficult. On this expedition lets keeping it to the basics. No smoking, no drinking. If you do, then please reduce. Stick to your regular diet, increase carbs, greens. At least 5-8 ltrs of water everyday and other liquids (citrus). Mix your cycling with aerobics and swimming. As such there is no golden thumb rule to avoid High altitude sickness, the mantra is to go high on fluids. Lots of water helps. The ride is slow paced which aids in acclimatization. 

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