Bike Tour Manali to Leh
- Manali - Marrhi - Gondla - Jispa - Zing Zing Bar - Sarchu - Takh -
Pang - Rumtse - Upshi - Leh
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi :- Arrive Indira Gandhi International airport
at Delhi meet Canter Tours representative of Canter Tours and transfer
to the hotel. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 2 : Delhi - Manali
In the morning after delicious breakfast proceed to airport to catch the
flight for Kullu. After arrival guest will be meet Canter
Tours representative and transfer to Manali. Overnight at Manali.
Day 3 : In Manali
In the morning after breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of
Manali. Overnight at Manali.
Day 4 : Manali - Marrhi Nallah
In the morning start your bike tour crossing the Beas river over Manali
town bridge in the middle of the market. The Beas river flows on the
left side of the road. Passing through a small Hamlet town you take the
first set of hairpin bends on the Serpentine road on the road to
Rohtang. There will be fog and mild rain. Overnight at Marrhi Nallah
Day 5 : Marrhi - Rohtang - Koksar - Sissu - Gondla
In the morning after breakfast bike 17 Kms to Rohtang jot is all ascend.
Tourist are in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. After crossing the
check post follow the river flow till Tandi. At certain points you will
abandon the bank. You will encounter some un metalled stretches of road
today after Koksar till Gondla & cross a few mountain streams flowing
over the road. Overnight at Gondla.
Day 5 : Gondla - Jispa - Darcha
At the confluence point of River Chandra & Bhaga cross the bridge &
proceed uphill to Keylong town. En route is Gemur as you ascend the
serpentine road into a gorge. Ahead lies the Jispa hamlet town as you
come out of the gorge & descend downhill. After
crossing Jispa one is definitely in an isolated region & in far horizon
you can distinctively see the bareness of the Higher Himalayan ranges.
Overnight at Darcha.
Day 6 : Darcha - Patseo - Baralacha La - Bharatpur
Darcha can be considered the gateway to the Higher Himalayas as you
cross the bridge & proceed on the hairpin bends uphill. You will descend
down to the gorge area of Bharatpur, a small make shift Tentage
accommodation area & night halt for the Truck drivers on their way with
fresh supplies to the higher regions. Overnight at Bharatpur.
Day 7 : Bharatpur - Sarchu - Brandy Nallah
The Day starts with an easy ride on a flat road, downhill & then
entering a gorge descending to the bridge connecting to the Sarchu
Plateau. Cross over the bridge and you move ahead ascending a small
uphill road making us move to the plateau area & now ahead lies another
vast stretch flat ground with shepherds and their mountain goats. You
are at the Traffic Check post, which is the entry point into Ladakh.
Another 21 Kms ahead on the base of the Gata loops hair pin bends you
will camp for the night at Brandy Nallah. The road though metalled is
very bumpy with flat stretches of barren land on both sides. Overnight
at Brandy Nallah.
Day 8 : In Brandy Nallah
Day at leisure. Overnight at Brandy Nallah.
Day 9 : Brandy Nallah - Gata Loops - Naki la - Lachungla -Pang
After an easy day yesterday you now move to scale the Gata loops, 23
hairpin bends bringing us top of the mountain feature. You ride up hill,
over an easy slope only to cross the Naki La pass, descend down into the
gorge to an isolated military garrison area & then ascend again to the
height of the Lachulung la - 5065 M. After Naki La you are almost on an
un metalled stretch of gravelly road all the way inside the gorge of
Pang. Overnight at Pang.
Day 10 : Pang - More Plains - Tanglangla (Base Camp)
Eight Kms uphill from the Bowl-like feature of Pang you come to the
plateau area of the More plains. Changpas, the Nomadic people who tend
their yaks here and a few wild asses are the only sign of life on this
isolated and long road. This belt not only barren but is known for fast
blowing winds, sandstorms & extreme temperatures in the early morning
and evenings. Fresh stream water can be considered a scarcity in this
area though you might find some isolated mountain streams flowing down
from the Tanglangla. The ride is easy going being a flat plateau area,
but the road, which stretches on ahead, is not as smooth as it looks.
There are tiny bumps all along. Overnight at the base of Tanglang La.
Day 11 : Tanglangla - Rumtse - Gya
You proceed early to scale the World's second highest pass, Tanglang la
- 5,360 M. The ride for the next 17 Kms is a challenge for even the
fittest of riders, youather being cold early in the morning, with
gravelly stretches of the road consuming extra energy. Reaching the top
is a very satisfying experience & then it's all down hill with smooth
gradients till the base of the Pass. After crossing a small mountain
river it is time to find civilisation again. The Chortens along the road
in the villages announce our arrival in the heart of Buddhist culture.
The greenery changes the landscape, and the red coloured mountains
surrounding us and reflected in the river only add to the beauty as you
hit Rumtse and Gya. Overnight at Gya
Day 12 : Gya - Upshi - Karu - Leh
For next 20 Kms you ride on some metalled & un metalled stretches of
roads & cross over the Upshi bridge across the river Indus. The river
originates in China & crosses over into India somewhere in the higher
regions of these great Himalayan ranges. The road condition improves
considerably as you follow more traffic from the cantonment area & local
villages going to Leh. Ahead lies the Thiksey Monastery & the Chortens
Garden before you finally enter Leh Town. The ride is easy and you can
expect to reach Leh by evening. Overnight at Leh
Day 13 : In Leh
Day at leisure. Overnight at Leh
Day 14 : Leh - Khardungla - Leh
The youather on the pass is not always very reliable and an early start
is called for. The journey from Leh till the North Pullu Check post,
Appx 20 Kms, is fair enough to warm up, with some easy uphill ride.
After North Pullu one has to gear up more. You proceed ahead it becomes
a gravel track. But
reaching the top is worth every bit of the effort and syouat! Its the
highest motor able pass in the world, and not many dare to bicycle their
way up to 18,380 Ft. The Truck awaits on top of Khardung la for the
cycles to be loaded and brought back to Leh town. You will ride back
comfortably in 4 Wheel drive vehicles taking time for photography.
Overnight at Leh
Day 15 : In Leh
Day at leisure. Overnight at Leh
Day 16 : Fly Delhi
Early morning transfer to Leh Airport Fly to Delhi. Arrive & check in
the Hotel. Spend the day at leisure and take the International flight