Magical Ladakh Bike Tour

  • Soak into the stunning and dramatically diverse topography of Leh and regions around
  • Ride past the highest motorable road in the world at Khardung La pass.
  • Experience the indulgent warm hospitality of the ever-smiling Tibetans
  • Pushing the boundaries to maneuver through one of the toughest terrains in India; certainly one of the Top 10!
  • Let the reticent Buddhist culture showcase itself in soothing ambience of monasteries and simple homes

With an unmatchable ‘blueness’ in the sky and wonderfully unique vistas of lofty brown desert mountains, monasteries perched on hilltops and bright windows adorning white washed ‘Lego like’ houses, Leh is nothing short of a topographical wonder! Looking at the surreal landscape around you, you will certainly be gasping from something other than the altitude. Surrender to the warm Tibetan hospitality and savour your surroundings.

This trail is perfect for those who like a blend of challenging portions to pedal, as well as easy fun rides with enough downhill sections to whizz through. From the perspective of physical challenge, you will be up against an average altitude of 12000 feet, windy passes, sharp meandering turns and virtually no roads at times, though at any given time, the backup van will be close at hand for those who want to be more indulgent.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    11 days / 10 nights

  • Start / End

    Leh / Leh

  • Price

    From $1,995 pp dbl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

Make it a private tour if you already have a group or the dates shown above do not coincide with your travel plans.

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelMealsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2LehHotel Dragon1: Nil
2: B, L
230km / 18mi
3SaktiSaktivillaB, L, D150km / 30mi
4 – 5TangtsePangong ResidencyB, L, D270km / 42mi
30km / 18mi*
6SaktiSaktivillaB, L, D1
7 – 8HundarKarma InnB, L, D250km / 30mi
40km / 24mi*
9KhardungCampingB, L, D1
10Leh via Khardung LaHotel DragonB, L170km/42mi
11DepartureB

Detailed Itinerary

Note: Altitude Sickness

Having arrived from Delhi to the high altitude of the region, it is not uncommon to feel washed out, dizzy, nauseous or lethargic due to lack of oxygen in the air. You also may suffer from mild but constant headache. These maybe signs of altitude sickness! It is imperative to take a lot of rest for the initial days and keep yourself hydrated with water. Even if you are walking in the town, keep a steady slow pace and do not over stress the body.

Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to acclimatize after arriving in Leh because of altitude sickness (recommend to read this article – Source: Leh District official website). Avoid doing anything for the first couple of days and drink plenty of water. Laptops also don’t appreciate the high altitude and hard drives are known to crash.

Day 1: Leh

Take a flight from Delhi to Leh (flight is not included in tour price) over a stack of snow-topped mountains for a large part of journey. Pray for a clear sunny day for a stunning view! This day is entirely dedicated to acclimatizing the body to the altitude of 3524 meters / 11,562 ft.

Leh is the capital town of the Himalayan district of Ladakh, and falls in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India. A former stop on the silk route, which cut across the vast Afro-Eurasian landmass, the unassuming town still has an unquestionable allure about it. Being a backpacking hub for decades, Leh and the surrounding areas have an exquisite mix of a Bohemian vibe and a diffident rustic environment. Experience the best of both in the small cafes bursting with different nationalities and international cuisines along with the contrasting local life, steeped in simplicity and strong Buddhist leanings.

Today you can plan your own day. We recommend to explore on foot and stroll to the Leh palace, which overlooks the town from its perch on a small hill. The 17th century palace is a perfect place to get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the region. The Japanese Shanti Stupa, is another sightseeing spot worthy of your time. Take the steps rather than the road to get that blood pumping; that panoramic views from here will be even more rewarding after that little trek.

It is imperative for us to get the body used to the rarified air of the mountains before we hit the pedal.

Day 2: Leh

We warm up with a short ride to Spituk monastery and later do white water rafting from Pheyo to Sangam today. This day takes you past stunning mountainous landscape of Ladakh. We visit the majestic Spituk Gompa along the way and then cross the majestic Indus river – the cradle of one of the world’s greatest civilizations before looping back to Leh.

You can also take this day to acclimatize further for your trip ahead.

Distance cycled: ~ 30km/18mi (optional)

Day 3: Sakti

Today, we ride to Stakna past the famous Thikse monastery to Sakti. The Stakna Gompa (Buddhist monument/monastery) is a treasure trove of cultural heritage. Also known as the ‘Tiger Nose monastery’, Stakna stores invaluable artifacts and paintings from late 16th century.

It’s gradual ride to the Sakti after a small infusion of culture yesterday. Time to rest well and gear up for some serious climb ahead!

Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi

Day 4 & 5: Tangtse

We leave early to reach one of the most distinguished destinations of Ladakh- the Chang La pass. The steep climb to pass is narrow and often rubbly for long patches a wholesome one for cycling nevertheless. Along with the steep climbs, you will also encounter downhill dips and flat roads – this one will be perfect for your cycling sensibilities!

Next day, we ride to spectacular Pangong Lake. Admire the unmatched beauty all around before shuttling back to Tangtse.

Distance cycled: ~ 70km/42mi & 30km / 18mi*

Day 6: Sakti

Today we shuttle to Sakti and take it as a rest day. You have ample time today to walk through bucolic Sakti village.

Day 7 & 8: Hunder, Nubra Valley

We take a shuttle to the top of Wari La pass and then ride to Hunder. The topography changes dramatically from washed out browns to the lush green meadows dotted with black yaks. Soon you hit the cusp of the Shyok and Siachen Rivers that flow through a vast sandy valley. Scant vegetation, a snaking black river seemingly diving the Tibetan plateau give Nubra a dramatic topographical edge over the other destinations in Ladakh.

Hunder, one of the largest villages of the Nubra Valley, is a picturesque settlement where you can see small stands of apple orchards and locals busying themselves over farmlands.

En-route, we visit Diskit monastery. Diskit is the oldest and largest Gompa of the Nubra Valley and has many legends attached to it since it was built in the 14th century. Another intriguing sight that cannot be missed is Hunder, the land of sand dunes. It is intriguing to see double humped Bactrian camels here.

Next day we ride towards Tuktuk village. It is a border village between India and Pakistan. The culture changes dramatically here from other parts of Ladakh.

Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi & 40km / 24mi*

Day 9: Khardung Village

Today we take a shuttle to Khardung village and set up a camp here. This is in preparation towards a long and arduous climbing day ahead tomorrow to Khardung La.

Day 10: Leh via Khardung La Pass

Get ready for a tough yet rewarding day and ride to the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La. It’s a long switchback route. Arrive at the mish-mash of snow, military sheds, plenty of motorbike teams and make a stop for the famous maggi again. We bet you will be addicted by then. Spend time here to take in the last of the snowy peaks, shivering prayer flags and top view of the Shyok river valley. Hop onto the cycles for the last exhilarating stretch downhill till Leh.

Distance cycled: ~ 70km/42mi

Day 11: Departure

Depart for your onward journey.

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this tour, experience the best of small boutique hotels & camping at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! Under circumstances of non-availability of homestay, we will put in equivalent or a better one. Any extras at hotels is at your expense.

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in Himalayas run on some of the best mountain bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary. Drinking water and soft drinks such as juice, tea/coffee is included while riding. Fresh fruits, cookies, salted chips & water is provided while cycling.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of operations in India, local associations at Himalayas and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable in cases where you want to opt for a room alone or we don’t find a room partner. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex.