Leh /Nubra Valley/Tsomoriri/Manali21 Nights , 22 Days ( LDK/Mtb-04 )/ ( LDK/Ext-Mtb )
Some people like to live a life full of challenges and adventures. For such people who dare, we have brought this mountain biking challenge. Everyone know that cycling for miles and miles in a day is not that easy, and if it is happening in Ladakh, the challenges becomes double or more tougher because .......Best Time: June to Sept.
Day 1 : Arrival at Leh airport.
Arrivals at Leh airport to be receive by a representative of Adventure Ibex and transferred to the Hotel. Check in to the hotel for a half day of rest. Post lunch visit Leh Market, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. O/N Leh.
Day 2 :Sightseeing to Hemis and Stok Palace and after lunch, Checking of the bikes, Gears and equipments for Tour.
Second day is good to get out doing some sightseeing because you are already acclimatized. So we will start by visiting Hemis and Thiksey monastery at first and then Stok palace after a hot lunch at Chamba restaurant. Overnight at Hotel
Day 3 : Drive to Khardung la pass (18380 feet). Cycling Down from k.Top till Sumur village
First day of the cycling will be from the top of Khardungla pas till Sumur village. The cycling will be long but an easy one because you will be going to the lower elevated places than Leh. O/N at Camp.
Day 4 :After visiting Samstanling Monastery, cycling to Hunder Village via Disket village.
Second day, we will cycle for around 40 km Towars Hunder. On our way we will visit the famous monastery of Disket village and also visit to see the biggest statue of Ladakh which is 105 ft. high. In the evening we will visit the double hump camel safari site on sand dunes of Hunder village. O/N in camp at Hunder.
Day 5 :Cycling from Disket to Khardung village.
Cycling back towards Leh but till Khardung village. Khardung village is the last village of Nubra valley of northern Ladakh. O/N at Camp.
Day 6 :Khardung village to Leh
Since the cycling from Khardung village to Khardungla la top will be little tougher, we will load our bike on the carrier and drive till top. From the top, we will again cycle down the hill toward leh for 2-3 hrs. Rest the remaining day.Overnight at Hotel at Leh
Day 7 : Leh Market visit for souvenir shopping.
Complete Leisure day one is free to explore leh market and by souvenir as memories back home. Enjoy evening cultural show and Complimentary dinner by the company. .Overnight at Hotel at Leh
Day 8 :Leh - Upshi - Himya (85 Kms)
After an early breakfast we ride 47 Kms south east towards the small post at Upshi on the Manali Leh Highway. From here leaving the highway we continue due east towards the small village of Himya about 35 Kms where we camp for the night. Overnight at Camp/guest house
Day 9 :Himya - Chumathang (60 Kms)
After an early breakfast we start our ride to the village of Chumathang at 3965 meters. Chumathang is famous all over Ladakh and Zanskar for its medicinal hot springs that are reputed to heal all kinds of body pain. We set up camp near this village for the night. Overnight at Camp
Day 10 :Chumathang - Puga Sumdo (40 Kms).
The ride today goes through a spectacular landscape so typical of Ladakh till we reach the Mahe Bridge 23 Kms away. From here we cross over and ride 14 Km through a narrow green gorge to the village of Sumdo. We camp near the village. In the evening we explore the small monastery that houses several well preserved paintings and images. Overnight at Camp
Day 11 :Puga Sumdo - Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake).
After breakfast we leave for the village of Korzok at the northern end of the spectacular Tsomoriri Lake.The 43 Km ride goes through vast shrub land surrounded by rolling hills that acquire fantastic hues and colours ranging from deep purple to crimson and desert brown with the traverse of the sun. We also pass a small turquoise lake - the Thatsang Tso. From here riding through shrub land populated with colonies of Marmots (Phya in Ladakhi) we reach the village of Korzok at 4572meters on the northern lakeshore. We set up camp near the village on the shores of this fascinating lake. Overnight at Camp
Day 12 :Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake)
A relaxed day at the lake where we get to walk around this beautiful lake 24 Km long lake at an altitude of 4242 meters. During this season we get to see thousands of migratory birds gliding on the lake which include geese, duck while around the lake you can spot the resident species of white-winged redstart, robin accentor, Asian martin, white-throated dipper and finches. Overnight at Camp
Day 13 :Korzok to Tsokar.
After an early breakfast we head towards another breathtaking lake at 4485 meters, the Tsokaror salt lake. We head back to the small village of Puga where we turn west to cross the Pologongka la at 4940 meters emerging into a vast plateau of stunted grass and shrubs. This vast plain sustains an amazing variety of wild life including the Kyang (Tibetan Wild Ass), the Woolly Hare, Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox, colonies of Marmots and Pica and the rarely spotted subtle Snow leopard. The bird life includes a number of resident species like the Himalayan Snow Cock, Common and Fork Tailed Swift, Sand and Eurasian Crag Martin and a host of others. The other very visible birds are the large lammergeyer and the Himalayan Griffon circling in the thermal currents high above. Overnight at Camp
Day 14 :Tsokar to Pang.
Ride from Tsokar to Pang. During your journey you will come across some settlements of the Nomads of Changthang with their animals. Till half way , the roads are little bumpy and dusty . After you pass (Skyangchuthang), the road is all beautiful till Pang. Overnight at Camp
Day 15 :Pang to Whisky Nala.
Today we will ride from Pang on some dusty roads and some good ones. Before reaching whisky nala, we will cross the pass, Lachunglungla (5,057 m), the second highest pass on this Manali road. And before reaching the destination we will go by famous 22 turns of the road (Down hill). Overnight at Camp
Day 16 :Whisky Nala to Sarchu.
Morning we are set for ascending Nakila pass. Most of the roads condition is good in this area except at few places..Sarchu is the main border of Ladakh part of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Overnight at Camp
Day 17 :Sarchu to Patseo
We have another challenge today to cross the Baralacha La Pass, off course it is hard and long but the surroundings are too supportive. In the total isolation, you can live with your bike and love it more as your very reliable companion of this wonderful expedition. Zing Zing Bar is a place from where you rally start going down, dont expect any bar here this is probably the sound of an isolated soldier which has created such name at this barren place. On the way, found Whisky Nalla and Brandy Nalla before Sarchu and after Sarchu; you have a place named Bharatpur City. The soldiers working on road constructions and maintenance have used such names to eliminate their monotony and need for a bar, whisky and city at this barren land which only had the monks, shepherds and traders to Tibet for ages. Overnight at Camp
Day 18 :Patseo to Kaylong
This day is relatively easy as we dont have any pass to cross and even the distance is also not much. On the route, which is dusty and rocky, we can stop at Darcha for a break- Darcha isa base camp for the popular trekking routs to Zanskar.
Patseo is a open ground where till 1960 a temporary office of the Government of India was functional to control the trade on silk route between India and Tibet. The ground was the place of trade exchanges in ancient times but today it is used by the Indian army as its base for Ladakh, both the store the commodities and secure the boundaries. The campsite is beautiful and you can enjoy the evening nicely. Overnight at Camp
Day 19 :Kaylong to Marhi.
We reach to Koksar in few hours, here we will to register ourselves and it is a good place to eat also. Now we are in the Lahoul valley, which is a house of two religions under one roof, Buddhism and Hindu. The road moves along the biggest river of the state, Chandra and through Sissu and Gondhla, we reach Tandi on the foot hills if Pir Panjal Ranges. Tandi is the meeting point of two rivers, Chandra (coming from Spiti valley) and Bhaga (coming from Baralacha), the both rivers meet here and flow towards Pakistan with the name of Chinab. An extremely old glacier of Rani Nalla and the views are fantastic with surrounding mountain peaks. Rohtang Pass is (must see destination for the Indian tourists) so is always covered with hundreds of tourists enjoying snow. The pass is spread in a huge area and the road from the pass to another side is extremely nice in the beginning. One can watch the CB Ranges facing to him, the high mountains & peaks on Lahoul side and the barren valley leading towards Spiti- the forbidden land in the Trans Himalayas. Overnight at Camp
Day 20 :Marhi to Manali
We start from Marhi to Manali continuing on Manali- Leh highway. The ride from here is very easy as it is all going down. Possibilities are there that at least one time you might encounter the army vehicles going to Manali from Leh and they might take few extra minutes to your arrival but it is not for sure every time. The facing mountains are high, snowcapped and beautiful from where numerous small streams emerge and move down like the streams of milk at some places. The last stretch of Gulaba is the small area of wild flowers and herbs which create several colors in your journey and through the several curves of road, you see the open valley of Manali. You reach Manali, which is a touristic place like Leh. Overnight at Hotel
Day 21 :Manali Sightseeing.
You will be escorted to see some of the famous places in Manali and later enjoy free day before you leave by spending some quality time in the market. Overnight at Hotel
Day 22 :Departure to Delhi.
Morning, transfer to the Leh airport for your flight to Delhi. It is a spectacular flight of one hour by around noon you reach to your Delhi hotel. If time allows, we can also organize a small sightseeing of the city.