Quick Facts

Max Altitude

17582ft

Duration 

13 days

Riding distance

550km

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficultt

Detailed Itinerary

Find the detailed itinerary of your Manali-Leh-Khardungla expedition below

Day 0: Delhi to Manali

  • Today we start our journey from Delhi to Manali by catching the bus from Kashmiri Gate ISBT in the evening.
  • The bus journey will be of around 15 hours with one stop for dinner.
  • In the morning around 9:00 am, we will be in Manali

Day 1: Arrival in Manali

  • Once we reach Manali, we will hope on our cycles and ride to our hotel. This will be our first experience of riding on elevation with all the weight that we bought with us. 
  • On this day, we will explore the local market and try to get used to the altitude which will help us in our journey. 

Day 2: Stay in Manali for acclimatization

  • Today we will go for a short trek to get used to the altitude. This is very important as our body needs to adjust to the atmosphere and working out at altitude. 
  • We will be back by afternoon, then we will have our lunch and will relax for the rest of the day.
  • In the evening, we will pack our bags and get our cycles ready for the next day.

Day 3: Manali to Marhi

  • After a good breakfast, we will start the first day of cycling from Manali.
  • Today we will cover a distance of 35kms. The route is good and scenic and you will see plenty of people on this day as a lot of people use this route.
  • The first day will be challenging as your body is not yet used to the climb. So do not worry if you feel tired. This is completely normal and is expected. Just keep yourself hydrated and keep pedaling.
  • We will have our lunch on the way.  
  • By late afternoon, we will reach our first campsite in Marhi.

Day 4: Marhi to Sissu via Rohtang pass

  • Today we will climb the first pass of the trip i.e Rohtang Pass. It will be a gradual climb of 16kms.
  • The climb is less as compared to the previous day and your body would have got used to the altitude. Hence you will not have much difficulty in today's climb.
  • After a quick photo session at the top, we will start riding downwards towards Sissu. This will be your first of many downhills of the trip.
  • Today we will camp near a lake surrounded by mountains and a waterfall.

Day 5: Sissu to Jispa

  • For the first 10 km, the route today will be a mix of elevation and downhills. After which there will be downhill of approx 10km which will end at Tandi.
  • From here the climb starts till Keylong and then a pleasant mix of uphills and downhills till Jispa.
  • We will reach Jispa by late afternoon and then we will set up our tents to rest for the day.
  • This will be the last day when you will have mobile networks. From here onwards till Leh you will not have mobile connectivity. Hence it will be a good time to call your family and update them about your well-being.

Day 6: Jispa to Zing-zing bar

  • This will be a scenic and gradual climb day. We will be crossing Suraj Tal and several water crossings today.
  • We will start early as with rising in temperature the level of water crossing also rises.

Day 7: Zing-zing bar to Sarchu via Baralachla Pass

  • Time to cross the second pass of the trip i.e Baralachla Pass. The elevation is gradual so it will be quite easy for us to climb the pass.
  • The downhill from Baralachla is mostly off-road so we need to be careful while comig down.
  • This will be one of the enjoyable moments of the trip. 
  • Upon reaching Sarchu, we will set our tents for today. 

Day 8: Sarchu to Pang via Gata loops, Nakeela and Lachungla

  • This is going to be a challenging day as we will be crossing the Gata loops which consist of 21 loops of continuous climb and two passes.
  • There is no need to worry though, just keep on pedaling with a steady rhythm and before you know it we will have reached Pang.  

Day 9: Pang to Rumtse via more plains and Taglangla Pass

  • Today will be both challenging and the most rewarding day for us as we will be climbing the second highest pass of the trip followed by a continuous downhill of almost 50 km.
  • On the downhill, we will be passing the picturesque villages of Leh which will seem like straight out of a movie.

Day 10: Rumtse to Leh

  • This will be an almost straight road of around 50kms with mostly small villages and military area in between.
  • By afternoon, we will reach Leh.

Day 11: Leh to Khardungla and back to Leh

  • The last climb of the trip.
  • This will be the last and the most fulfilling day of the trip as we will be climbing one of the highest motorable roads in the world.  
  • Today we will start early and without our luggage. We will leave the luggage at our hotel in Leh. 
  • After a brief photo shoot at the top, enjoy the downhill as the reward for all the efforts.

Day 12: Back To home

  • Today we will catch the early morning bus back to Delhi. Or if you wish you can come back by flight. Both the options are available.

Highlights

A self supported adventure

Delhi to Delhi

Expert guidance

Enjoy the trip with our expert team leader

Accommodation

Mostly in tents, except in Manali and Leh

First Aid

Carry a personal first aid kit

Food

We will carry our own cooking utensils and prepare the food

Trek equipments

Don't forget to carry tent, sleeping bag, Mattress, waterproof shoes

FAQ

Q What is the best time for the Manali-Leh cycling trip?

A: The best time for this is June-Sept.

Q Is this trip good for me?

A: If you are a regular cyclist who can easily do 40-50 km every day and have an experience of long rides with a duration of 7-8 hours then you are good to go on the trip. However, if you are a beginner and want to participate then it is recommended that you start cycling regularly in order to get used to the saddle and build adequate stamina.

Q What is the network connectivity on the route?

A: From Manali to Jispa all the networks are available. However, beyond Jispa till Leh there won't be any network. Only after entering Leh postpaid network will be available. In terms of network connectivity, BSNL has the best connectivity in Leh followed by Airtel.

Q: What will the temperatures be during the trip?

A:  The temperature varies from 11-16 degrees Celsius during the day whereas the temperature drops to 0-6 degrees Celsius during the night. The higher the altitude, the colder it gets. Lahaul and Ladakh, both are arid regions. So, the probability of rainfall during the expedition is low after crossing Rohtang La but till then, you can expect some rain.

Rules and terms of the trip

For cancellations terms refer to the "Terms" section at the bottom of the page

  • This will be a self-supported ride where each rider needs to carry a minimum amount of weight on the cycle.
  • The booking amount includes only the support of the trip leader from Pedals Power team who will provide his expert guidance on the trip. All the expenses such as travel, stay, food, etc. will be shared among the participants. 
  • A permit is required to go to Khardungla and the fees for the same will be paid by those who will be attempting the Khardungla pass.
  • There will not be any supporting vehicle in this Manali-Leh cycling expedition. ( Click here for fully supported Manali-Leh cycling Expedition) 
  • Each rider needs to bring his/her cycling and clothing essentials such as spare parts, extra tubes, tool kit, etc. Click here for a complete list of trip essentials.
  • Everyone must carry a certificate by a registered medical practitioner as proof that they are medically fit for the trip.  
  • It is highly recommended that you consult with your physician before signing up for the trip and carry a personal first aid kit along with any medicines recommended by your physician.
  • Everyone must follow the instructions of the trip leader. Under no circumstances you should disobey the instructions given by your trip leader, they know what is best for everyone.


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