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Manali to Leh Mountain Bike Tour

Starting from USD 1165.27

Get ready to ride on one of the most outrageously beautiful trails in India! Given the hazard of altitude, bumpy roads and sheer cold, the Manali-Leh bike tour circuit is both challenging and highly rewarding cycling experience. At an average elevation of 13000 feet the 479 km route from Manali to Leh takes you through dramatic views of lush forested slopes to contrasting arid mountain deserts.

  • Duration
    11 days
  • Group Size
    1 to 12
  • Difficulty
  • Season
    January - December
Manali to Leh Mountain Bike Tour

Get ready to ride on one of the most outrageously beautiful trails in India! Given the hazard of altitude, bumpy roads and sheer cold, the Manali-Leh bike tour circuit is both challenging and highly rewarding cycling experience. At an average elevation of 13000 feet the 479 km route from Manali to Leh takes you through dramatic views of lush forested slopes to contrasting arid mountain deserts. Expect to cross, windy passes, finger numbing glacial streams and lonely villages perched on high hills. Plummeting valleys dotted with herds of sheep andgushing rivers are going to be constant companions to the exhilarating ride that awaits you.

Pack in a good measure of resolve along with suitable fitness to haul up from the relatively easier lower Himalayan terrain of Manali across four passes till Leh. Once the intrepid cyclist in you has overcome the demanding gradients and cutting chilly winds, you can soothe the senses in the unassuming Tibetan town, Leh. An erstwhile, though veritable, pit stop on the silk route, Leh still retains its vibrant charm. The laid back town is now sprinkled with lazy cafes, small guesthouses and an atmospheric bazaarwhere most tourists like to hang out. With some time to sooth the weary legs, you can set out to explore the Buddhist monasteries around. And the journey doesn’t end here. After Leh, an 18308ft pass awaits you with one last demanding conquest over Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world.

  • Unmatachable topography of contrasting barren desert fields and green farmlands to soak in
  • Bike past four formidable mountain passes in the lower Himalayas and the highest motorable road in the world at Khardung La
  • Have an intimate tryst with Ladakhi life in local homes, village-side shops and in conversations with a passing shepherd
  • Push the boundaries with sweat and sinew behind one of the toughest but best cycling trails in India
  • This one will be a wholesome fill of cycling in one of the most spectacular trails of India, with an infusion of local food, culture and the pleasant simplicity that you will encounter with locals


  • A group kitty is an amount of money collected at the start of the trip from each client, which is used to buy refreshments and sometimes meals for guests and crew.
  • Trip Leaders will offer to administer the tipping kitty, but will always ask first to see if any member would like to do it on behalf of the group.
  • A group kitty will be fully accounted for. All amounts will be written down and be available to be viewed by the group at any point.
  • Leaders may suggest to the group to use the group kitty for additional purposes such as purchasing snacks and tea and tipping.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Small boutique hotels/home-stays/camps
  • Meals as per itinerary
    • On each trip, guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently. Your guides are happy to make recommendations should you so desire.
  • A Van support that follows 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.
  • Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Bring your own bicycle or hire from us.
  • Refreshments & mineral water while cycling
  • Transportation to and from the trip including train
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Some meals are not included (check your itinerary)
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities for your Trip Leader(s) are not included in your trip price. Industry-standard is 5-7.5% of your trip price for the guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  1. Day 1: Manali

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    Manali is an extremely popular hill station so it’s best to avoid the packed streets and head straight to the Old Manali road or the quieter Vashisht. True to the cliché of Indian towns that have a heavy influx of western travellers, you will find a German Bakery, temptingly lethargic cafes to chill, and a row of shops with a promise to tap onto your Bohemian side (harem pants, colourful caps, gloves and kitschybric a bracs will be in plenty). We dig into some steaming momos (quite a modern Tibetan staple food) to kick off the trip! Overnight stay will be at a guesthouse.

  2. Day 2: Marhi

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    The first stretch of the ride takes us through thick green copses of towering Pine and Deodar trees, representative of the verdant lower Himalayas. These forest patches are broken up by a large expanse of the Solang Valley, which during the winters turns into a perfect ski haven. The few obstacles to look out for on this day are some hairpin bends and switchbacks. Today, we have the comfort of metal roads, but this won’t last too long. We end the day short of Rohtang pass in Marhi and pitch tents for the night.

    Distance cycled: ~ 40km/25miles

  3. Day 3: Keylong

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    On the second day of cycling, we keep to the same altitude making our way 16 km ahead to the tourist-clad Rohtang Pass. Over the last few years, heavy traffic has turned the last length to Rohtang into a slushy mess of mud. You are likely to see heavier vehicles stuck or long queues being managed by the Indian army. Luckily for us, getting past the crawling traffic would be much easier; be prepared to lift the cycle and wade through ankle-deep sludge. After a short break at Rohtang, we descend towards Gramphu leaving the luxury of metal roads.

    After crossing the gurgling river at Khoksar, it’s time to turn towards Sissu and the Pir Panjal Range overlooks the entire area. From Sissu, the ride to the last stop for the day is 28 km. You can see potato fields add that splash of green to the comparatively barren hillside in the Chandra Valley below. You can also stop at a small Kulu castle as Gondhla village, built in typical hill style using wood and stone. This was built in the 1700s but the tall tower of the castle still looms above the village. Before you hit Keylong, you will see all motorable company veer left towards a petrol station at Tandi, the last one before 380 km to Leh. A small guesthouse at Keylong becomes the pit stop for the night.

    Distance cycled: ~ 80km/50miles

  4. Day 4: Patseo

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    Today’s drill is fairly easy! First an easy descend into the wide valley of Jispa and then a short uphill to the lonely village of Patseo. From this point onwards, the enormity of the mountains strikes you. The jarring isolation is absolutely gripping. There are few other vehicles or habitation and the topography rapidly turns harsher. In the far distance, the snow-topped Himalayan Range starts appearing. We spend a night in the fluttering tents as the nights get windier. The gushing sound of the Chandra river keeps us company for the night.

    Distance cycled: ~ 50km/31miles

  5. Day 5: Sarchu

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    Look forward to your first big pass today – Baralacha La. But before that, a serene large pool of water, Suraj Taal (Lake of the Sun God) warrants a quick stop take in the solitude and beauty of the place. This will be no easy feat as you ascend slowly to a wide expanse of nothingness and probably some snow. The pass stands at 16040 feet and connects the Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in J&K. Stunning mass of nothing more than lose rubble, decree, and small mounds of stones piled on top of each other manage to make a breathtaking scene. It is advised to stay here no longer than 10-15 minutes. After the shortstop, we descend to the flat but extremely windy camps at Sarchu.

    Distance cycled: ~ 60km/37miles

  6. Day 6: Sarchu

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    Also, known as Sir Bhum Chum, Sarchu has developed as a necessary stop for most travellers. Rows of tented enclosures have propped up on one side of the road. This is a good place to relax and acclimatize your body further to the altitude now. Spend a day resting and catching up on stories from the road with other travellers or walk across to the drooping chasms between the mountains to stretch down and see the Yunam River below.

  7. Day 7: Whisky Nullah

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    An intriguing name to a destination always adds an extra thrill to reaching there. The 21 asphalt loops of Gata spice up the ride even more till you climb up the reddish cliff to reach Nakeela pass and then spiral down to Whisky Nullah. This is where you start seeing massive rocky conical outcrops along the way – these look like huge anthills and are a favorite with photographers. On reaching Whiskey Nullah, we pitch tents to rest for the night.

    Distance cycled: ~ 56km/35miles

  8. Day 8: Debring

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    We stretch ourselves a little with the distance as the Morey plains allow us a smooth, though dusty, ride across. But first, it’s up to the second-highest pass of the route, Lachalang La, and then the comforting descent to Pang. A short switchback climb and you are on the Morey plains plateau. Only two things can make you slow down here: the gusty sandstorms or a lone Changpa Shepherd with his yak herd. A ‘middle of nowhere feeling is thrilling in the Morey plains. Stop for a quick snap of this vast expanse before you hit the pedal to reach Debring. Camp 20km below the second highest pass of the world; Tanglang La at 5360m! Surviving the hard-hitting wind here is reason enough to feel a sense of achievement. And to share your thrill, you might have herds of Kiang (Tibetan wild ass) by the road.

    Distance cycled: ~ 82km/50miles

  9. Day 9: Rumptse

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    Cross the quivering Tibetan flags at the Tanglang La monument, the next stop is Rumpste. Cycling today is quite demanding, with the massive peculiar rock formations the only respite to keep you distracted. After the pass, the switchbacks swivel you down by 1200m into the village of Rumpste. This is the first permanent settlement of Ladakh on the road from Manali. Take a break at Rumpste to reminisce over the purplish-brown hefty stalwarts you have overcome till now. We stay overnight in tents.

    Distance cycled: ~ 50km/31miles

  10. Day 10: Leh

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    The barren topography soon acquires color as you start seeing fertile land near Upshi. A fresh scenic countryside replete with villages, bright green patches of green farmlands, large furry dogs lazing around, and children making their way to school infuses some interest in the vicinity. We cross the Indus River, towards Thiksey monastery, and finally, reach Leh by evening. With ten days on the road, it’s time for a warm bed and a hot shower in a guesthouse.

    Distance cycled: ~ 90km/56miles

  11. Day 11: Leh

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    It’s a much-needed rest day as you get time to unwind and explore the town. The hectic market selling jewelry, masks, and artifacts make for an interesting walk. The meandering narrow lanes of the old residential area are also good to see the typical Ladakh architecture with low roofs, bright windows on white-washed walls with a large kitchen in each house. Ladakhis are shy but generous: if you are lucky, you may be invited in for a cup of tea.

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Life is unpredictable and we understand that sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavor to make it as easy as possible for you. However, please understand that we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation, and ration in advance. Therefore, any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of the program. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below,

  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the event: Full refund as cash.
  • Cancellations between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the event: 50 % refund as cash.
  • Cancellations less than 15 days to the start of the event: No refund.
  • Cancellations will be accepted only by email.

Note: We reserve the right to cancel a program before departure in the event of logistical problems arising due to natural calamities, strikes, wars or any other circumstances that make the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.


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