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Balamani Mishra


Fantabulous time spent in the lap of the mountains, our entire cycling group had gone together and we enjoyed immensely. The cycling trip was really d...


Chandraayan Shukla


we had an amazing cycling experience across the tough terrains of manali to leh. specially tangla pass was very diffucult and ridiing at rohtang pass w...

Manali To Leh Cycling Tour Overview

About the Destination:

Ladakh is the emergent favorite of travelers, not just from India, but from the entire world. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides, the beauty of this place is unparalleled, and you will agree to that as soon as you set foot here. And despite being so far off and on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is very well connected, especially the capital city of Leh. Apart from the main airport in the capital, you can arrive in Ladakh via road too, with highways coming in from Srinagar and from Manali, the latter being one of the most beautiful highways in the country.

And this is another reason why Ladakh is a favorite of adventure junkies. You can ride a bike till here, or can even cycle up to this beautiful land of Leh, some 11,400ft above sea level.

About the Manali to Leh Cycling Tour:

Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La standing at 5328m before entering Leh. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

In the Manali to Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

Manali To Leh Cycling Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Manali

    Upon your arrival at Manali, you will be taken to the location of your stay. Check into the tents / guesthouse / hotel.

    In the afternoon, get a ride to Naggar and Roerich Art Gallery.

    Enjoy the evening at leisure. You can take to colorful Tibetan Bazaar for shopping for authentic items.

    Dinner and overnight in Manali

  • Day 2 - Ride from Manali – Marhi (Uphill to camp at Marhi 35 km, 5 – 6 hour, Elevation 1250 m)

    Embark on an exciting day of cycling to Marhi.

    Go through the flower valleys, forests and the tiny beautiful villages.

    As you arrive in Kothi, cycle through the hairpin bends till Rohalla Falls, experience the adventure at its best.

    Cycle up to the campsite at Marhi and stay overnight in tents or guesthouses or hotel.

  • Day 3 - Ride from Marhi – Sissu (53 km, 5- 6 hour drive, Elevation 1600 m)

    Cycle along the zig-zag roads to Rohtang La (3978m).

    After reaching the pass, continue cycling downhill to Khoksar village.

    Then take a short detour and finally descend to Sissu.

    Stay overnight in the tents / guesthouse / hotel at Sissu.

  • Day 4 - Ride from Sissu – Jispa (‘Lahaul’ Sissu – Jispa 64 km, 6-7 hour Elevation 600 m)

    Start off cycling from Lahaul Valley to Tandi where the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga can be witnessed.

    From Tandi, climb up till Keylong.

    After exploring Keylong, descend to Jispa.

    Stay overnight in Jispa.

  • Day 5 - Ride from Jispa – Patseo (32 km ride, 3 – 4 hour, Elevation 500 m)

    Today, you are going to discover the beautiful green meadows and pastureland to Darch at a height of 3235 meters.

    At Darcha, halt for a while to enjoy a cup of tea.

    Continue climbing, until you reach Patseo (3650m).

    Upon arrival, check-in to your room or tent for the stay overnight.

  • Day 6 - Ride from Patseo – Sarchu (60 km ride, 6-7 hour, Elevation of 1400 m)

    Cross the Himalayas to Sarchu and experience the hectic day along with some fun and adventure.

    Climb up to the Baralacha La Pass (4890m).

    Once you reach, you will witness the captivating views of snow-covered Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila Peaks.

    Continue cycling and ride past Kiling Serai to reach Sarchu.

    Stay overnight in Sarchu.

  • Day 7 - Ride from Sarchu – Pang (84 km ride, 8-9 hour, Elevation of 1200 m)

    Start cycling early today as you have to ride a long distance today.

    Firstly, climb across Brandy Nallah and Whisky Nallah toward Gata Loops.

    Also, climb up to the Nakli La (4740 meters) and Lachalung La Pass (5100 meters).

    Afterwards, cross the Zanskar Range and witness the captivating views.

    From Lachalung La Pass, start an easy ride down till you reach Pang.

    Stay overnight in tents at Pang.

  • Day 8 - Ride from Pang – Tso Kar (57 km ride, 4-5 hour ride, Elevation of 400 m)

    Start the day with a short ascent to the More Plains (4700m).

    Then you pass through Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert.

    Deviate from the main road and cycle along a sandy track to reach Tsokar Lake.

    You will be camping near Pongunagu.

    Stay overnight in tents /guesthouse/hotel at TsoKar.

  • Day 9 - Ride from Tso – Kar – Rumptse (80 km ride, 6-7 hour, Elevation of 900 m)

    Wait to experience another long day of cycling today. Enjoy every bit of your trail to Rumptse.

    Cross the last pass Taglang La (5,328 m) first and then climb to the top of Taglang La to behold the charming views of the Himalayas and Karakoram Range.

    Proceed to cover a long zig zag descent to reach Rumptse.

    Stay overnight in Rumptse.

  • Day 10 - Ride from Rumptse – Leh (82 km ride, 7-8 hour, Elevation of 450 m)

    Cycle along the Kyamnar River down to Upshi.

    Also, en route, visit Hemis, the largest and richest Ladakhi monasteries.

    Also, visit ancient temples and Buddha statues.

    Start to cycle beside the Indus River and pass through Karu, Thiksey and the ruins of Shey Palace.

    At the final stage, leave Indus and enter Leh.

    Once you arrive in Leh, check-in to your hotel and relax.

  • Day 11 - Rest Day in Leh

    The day is for rest and to spend on your leisure

    Dinner and overnight in Leh

  • Day 12 - Leh-Khardung La-Leh (approx 80 kms, 6 kms each side)

    After breakfast, get ready to make the big climb today

    You will be angling up to the highest motorable all weather civilian pass, the mighty Khardung La (5,602m)

    The view from the top is breathtaking and you can look as far away as the Indus valley

    After having pour packed lunch and stopping for photos, we ride downhill to reach Leh

    Dinner and overnight in Hotel

  • Day 13 - Return

    After breakfast today, you will be departing for home as the trip comes to an end


  • Accommodation on twin/triple sharing basis as indicated


  • Breakfast, packed/hot lunch and dinner, snacks at all locations
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  • Two Nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday


  • Cycling
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

  • Support vehicle
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  • Mechanic support
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  • An equipped vehicle with oxygen cylinder, high altitude first aid kit
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  • Permit fees
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  • A well marked route
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  • A Map with day to day elevation profiles
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  • A strong member crew for daily operations
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  • A celebration in Leh

Things To Carry

  • Day pack (small bag to carry basic stuff to the slopes each day)
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  • Wardrobe essentials: Fleece and Woollen clothes, Water and Wind proof jacket, Water and Wind proof trousers, Warm jacket, Warm thermals, Warm Gloves or Mittens and Woollen socks, Raincoat or Poncho
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  • At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members
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  • Bag locks (2 or more)
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  • Sneakers, Floaters
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  • Small light weight bottle
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  • Torch or headlamp
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  • Sunglasses, Cap
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  • Sunscreen cream, Lip-balms or chapsticks (with SPF +15)
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  • Water bottle (500ml)
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  • Twist-ties, safety pins
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  • Painkillers, Anti-inflammatory pills, Antiseptic (Iodine or Beta dine drops), Bandages, plasters, medical tape, a course of antibiotics (check with doctor for advice) and Personal Medical Kit
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  • Imodium or similar gut-immobilizer
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  • At least a dozen sachets of re-hydration mixture
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  • Safety-approved Bicycle Helmet (for those bringing their own cycles)
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  • Knee or Elbow pads (for those bringing their own cycles)
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  • Camera with full batteries (if you like)


  • The maximum capacity of baggage that you should be carrying is 60 liters. Remember that you have to carry the luggage to the backup vehicle and to the accommodation
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  • In case of change of permit fees, the difference will be payable by the traveler at the beginning of the trip
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  • Be sure to have two nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday.
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  • Please note that Riders must bring their own mountain (all terrain) cycles. The roads generally are not suitable for bikes fitted with road tyres (slicks), even though some sections are in reasonably good condition. There will be sections higher up that will be in poor condition due to snow/slush from the winter months, possible landslip, and use of the road by heavy vehicles at times. Hybrid bikes with 'chunky' mountain tyres are most suitable. Riders should also bring a range of spare parts which may include; chain links or chains, spare tyres and pump, at least 4 spare tubes and puncture repair kit, cables, pedals and a good tool kit.
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  • Though there would be a mechanic accompanying you carrying a good repair kit and spares but it is still necessary for everyone to bring some spares; this also ensures you have parts that will fit your bike. There will be a staff member to assist with running repairs when we are biking and at overnight stops should problems be more complicated. As a general rule, less complex or high tech bikes are easier to fix and obtain parts for if necessary. If you plan to buy a new bike before the trip, make sure you are completely familiar with it prior to departing.
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  • You should fit at least 2 one litre water bottles to your bike. Water will be available from the back up vehicle.
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  • For riders unfamiliar with the Himalayan organization you will be very well catered for. The cycling expedition takes you into remote regions where there are no villages and no hotels. Therefore during the cycling expedition you will be camping.
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  • Early morning starts and descents at altitude require good quality weather gear.
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  • Proper waste disposal and strictly follow the ‘Leave No Trace’ guideline.
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  • Respect local cultures and be sensitive towards nature and wildlife.
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  • Use local resources and support including provisions and porters to generate local employment.
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  • Those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate.
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  • Good quality warm apparels are a must.
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  • If you wish to travel by road from Delhi to Manali and return, there are regular Volvos from Delhi to Manali. There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person.
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  • Children are not allowed on this tour, only people above 18 years of age

Tour Type

  • This is a group tour

Manali To Leh Cycling Tour: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Manali To Leh Cycling Tour: Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Manali To Leh Cycling Tour: Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Balamani Mishra

     Rated : 5.0

    Fantabulous time spent in the lap of the mountains, our entire cycling group had gone together and we enjoyed immensely. The cycling trip was really difficult at some time but the feel of it was really good. so positivity and cycling through high passes and snow clad peaks was really good. even the camping was good. after a long day of cycling they served us really good food everyday . The group leaders were also very helpful and were able to handle the fairly large group with utmost ease.

    Story by Chandraayan Shukla

     Rated : 4.0

    we had an amazing cycling experience across the tough terrains of manali to leh. specially tangla pass was very diffucult and ridiing at rohtang pass was very amazing. finaly when you reach ladakh valley everything changes and you fall in love the nature. No doubt, the trip will test ur endurance ,be prepared for the journey because you all will face certain climatic barriers a head of the journey. even camping at the couple of locations were really good. it was a very exploring ride for me. do it if you love riding !!

    Story by Anjushri Pilla

     Rated : 5.0

    Rougher dirt tracks needs to be covered. Along with this we also made some very tough climbs. The descents were gut-wrenching yet interesting. If you think that it is very stressful, the distance we covered were somewhat less. It almost ranged from 40 to 80 km on an average. However, the traversing altitudes were over 4000 m. To be honest, if you are not an avid cycler, this can be really tedious and dangerous too. Also, with the altitude and weather conditions, I felt quite dizzy and easily dehydrated. If you are planning to do this, make sure to have great physical fitness. That all being said, this trip was fruitful.

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    Story by Manoj Kapoor

     Rated : 5.0

    Will recommend it to anyone who wants to reconnoiter the stunning wilds of Ladakh and that too on the challenging yet rewarding cycling trail. it was a difficult trail but worth doing it. i was very proud of myself and couple of my friends who did it. the leadres were very helpful and also the fellow friends we mad in all a brilliant experience of cycling !

    Story by Amish Sharma

     Rated : 5.0

    Had a great time, had gone here before but not on a cycling trail, so I just got admire the beauty ant my own pace. Please go!!I highly recommend it. The feeling you get after looking down at the valleys is like a rockstar!!!

    Story by Kamalesh Chopra

     Rated : 4.0

    Me and my wife we both love cycling and are very adventurous. we decided to take this trail together. it was a great tour, we loved the cycling journey and the views of the peaks in the journey. it was a very good experience for both of us and a life changing. we both were a different people after the trip. it was an amazing trip! all the facilities were also upto the mark so over all hats off to the teams!

    Story by Mohit Rathode

     Rated : 4.0

    Twelve days of unlimited fun and adventure. Cycling throgh the winding passes and routes were all I was waiting for couple of months and finally got to commlpete this one in last August. Guides were extremely helpful and co-operative.

    Story by Brahmdev Somayaji

     Rated : 4.0

    yoohhoooo!!! Chaahe koi mujhe jangli kahe!! :D Felt like exploring the wilderness all over again with a new eye and Leh is just so amazing! I am an avid cyclist but never have I seen anything as beautiful as this.

    Story by Achyut Namboothiri

     Rated : 4.0

    Phew!!! What a ride dude! Seriously. I am from Maharashtra so biking and cycling is not all that new for me. However, this was an all new experience and so much mire adventurous. All the participants as well as the organisers were professional and had an ideas as to what exactly is in store for them! This was trully amazing. loved biking in the mountains. Doing this every year from now hopefully!!!

    Story by Vrinda Kaul

     Rated : 4.0

    I would advise you to take on some acclimatization rides first before going on this tour, it was so exciting indulging in Trekking, cycling, walking or in cars, the beauty of Leh Ladakh just takes you by surprise each time you see it. Very satisfying and tiring at the same time. but truly motivating trip and i am proud of it!


    People Also Ask About Manali To Leh Cycling Tour

    1. Is Manali Leh highway safe for cycling?

      Manali Leh highway is laid by cutting mountains and is one of the most beautiful routes. Manali to Leh cycling Expedition is a difficult trip considering the curvy roads and the elevation. However, if you are a frequent rider and acquire proper equipment and assistance it will be not that difficult. Although, it sure would be a thrilling experience.

    2. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      The level of fitness expected from the participants for this trip is high. The participants should not be suffering from any ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness. This tour is best for frequent riders as it requires working your way up to the elevated and curvy mountain routes. Cycling on a straight road is easy but doing the same on an elevated road with higher altitude can be tricky. Therefore utmost fitness is required for Manali to Leh Cycling Expedition.

    3. How far is Leh from Manali?

      Leh is 472 Kms from Manali and it will take you at least 13-14 hours to reach Manali by road.

    4. What are the inclusions in the Manali To Leh Cycling Tour?

      Inclusions of the Manali to Leh Cycling Tour are:

      Meals - Complimentary Breakfast, packed/ hot lunch, snacks and dinner is included in the package.
      Accommodation - 12 nights stay on twin/ triple sharing basis.
      Cycling - A complete cycling tour with detailed map route, support vehicle, Mechanic support, an equipped vehicle with oxygen cylinder, high altitude first aid kit, a Map with day to day elevation profiles, and strong crew for daily operations.
      Camping - During the cycling tour, you will take a halt at various secluded locations and will stay in a tent with proper assistance

    5. How cold does it really get in Ladakh in summers?

      During summers in Ladakh, the average temperature throughout the day is 20°C to 30°C. At night the temperature drops to 5 to 10 degrees in the mountain terrains.

    6. Is the Leh Ladakh worth visiting for cycling?

      Leh Ladakh is a paradise for travel junkies and thrill seekers and cycling in Ladakh is one of the most difficult, thrilling and adventurous experiences, which makes it a dessert to quench anyone’s thirst for adventure.

      It is not only a thrilling experience, mapping Leh Ladakh with a cycle tour gives you exposure of all the hidden spots, local places and an onsite experience of this magical land. You will get to see the most scenic views and it is a good challenge for anyone who expects something exciting and extraordinary from life.

    7. What is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh for cycling?

      he best time for Manali to leh cycling trip is from June to September. This month marks the beginning of Summers in Ladakh. During this time, the skies are clear, the heavy snow starts melting and the views are more clear. The days are sunny and less cold and hospitable for any outdoor activities.

    8. What is the best time to go for Manali to Leh Cycling Tour?

      The best time for this Manali to Leh Cycling tour is from June to September, avoid going during the monsoon as the roads can get dangerous.

    9. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      One needs high fitness levels to brave high altitudes and long distances. Those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate

    10. How cold does it really get there?

      The temperature is around 25 degrees during the day and 10 degrees during the night.

    11. How should I prepare myself to take this tour?

      You need to be prepared to cycle at high altitudes on steep slopes so you have to have a fairly high level of fitness and stamina. Check your cycle and learn how to fix it on your own if anything goes wrong. Try taking an easier cycling trip and see how you fare.

    12. What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side?

      Be well prepared and carry the following: A Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover, appropriate clothing, Comfortable shoes, and wollen jackets to keep warm. Also bring along knee and elbow pads for your safety.

    13. How much weight will I have to carry? Willl there be porters?

      Weight to be carried will depend of you requirements and capacity. A luggage vehicle will be provided to carry all your luggage

    14. What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

      You will be provided with all meals throughout the trek. High nutrition fruits and foods will be provided and good safe drinking water will be available.

    15. How many people will be in a group?

      The size of the group can vary depending on the bookings we receive.

    16. Will there be mobile connectivity?

      Due to high altitudes it is highly unlikely to find strong mobile connectivity.

    17. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited.

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