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15 Days$2390USD

Activities
  • 10 day cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotels
  • 8 nights camping
Meals
  • 13 Dinners
  • 13 Lunches
  • 14 Breakfasts
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Challenging
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Challenging mountain cycling across the awesome Trans Himalayan mountains of Ladakh
  • Cycle across high passes in the vicinity of 5000 meters to the serene waters of Tso Morari and Tso Kar
  • Undertake an exhilarating ride over the Taglang La (5328m) and an optional descent of the Kardung La (5359m) one of the highest road passes in the Himalaya
  • Camp alongside Champa nomads encampments and explore ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Specially devised itinerary fully supported with support staff and backup vehicle

Why Book With Us

  • World Expeditions have been pioneering unique adventure itineraries around the globe for over 45 years. All trips now are 100% carbon offset.
  • Enjoy 3 hearty meals on trek freshly prepared by our team of dedicated cooks. All drinking water included.
  • Complimentary use of a trek pack including quality sleeping bag, down jacket and insulated mat. Receive a souvenir kitbag.

This challenging cycle ride leads across the heart of Ladakh. Our innovative itinerary will appeal to highly motivated cyclists keen to extend their experience to the isolated region of the Himalaya. After time acclimatising in Leh we head east following a former trade route to the ancient monastery of Lamayuru. The second stage of the cycling follows the course of the Indus River as it flows from Tibet. We divert to the vast waters of Tso Morari and then to the salt lake at Tso Kar where the rare black neck crane migrate during the summer. An exhilarating ride over the Taglang La and an optional descend from the heights of the Kardung La complete this outstanding adventure.

Trip Code: LCE

On arrival in Delhi you will be met by a WE representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating city. Due to the differing times of arrival of group members and the early morning departure to Leh the following morning the initial briefing will be on a ‘need to know basis ’ such as what to pack, ordering a packed breakfast what time for departure from the hotel etc. Your WE kitbag will also be distributed at this time. Note the main briefing is on arrival in Leh including the distribution of sleeping bags and jackets. Note if you are arriving in Delhi on a late night flight you may consider arriving the day before the trip commences. Please talk to your WE reservations consultant for pre-tour options. Overnight: Lalit hotel or similar

Meals:  Nil

We board the early morning flight from Delhi to Leh in the Indus Valley. If conditions are clear you will be rewarded with unrivalled views across the Great Himalaya and Zanskar ranges before landing at the capital of Ladakh. On our first day in Leh we take it easy. Leh is situated at an altitude of 3500m so it is imperative to rest and drink plenty of water. Options include a gentle stroll down to the main market to explore the labyrinth of alleyways that comprise the old town. Overnight: Hotel Omasila or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

A full day sightseeing to some of the outlying forts and monasteries in the Indus Valley. We include a visit to Shey Palace – the capital of upper Ladakh. We also visit the nearby Thiksy monastery perched on the summit of a sugarloaf mountain with commanding views down the Indus Valley. The monastery has a truly remarkable history which can be traced to the 14th century and the founding of the Tibetan De Gulugpa order that was to have a profound influence on Buddhist culture in Ladakh and western Tibet. In the evening we can either ascend to the Shanti Stupa and savor a magnificent sunset across the Stok range or take time to check your cycling gear. Overnight: Hotel Omasila or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We commence with a short drive to Guruduwara Patar Sahib (28Km) before we commence our cycle ride. After savoring the dramatic confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers we cycle through the village of Nimu before heading to Basgo, the former capital of Lower Ladakh. It’s a further ascent to the village and monastery at Likir –the earliest Tibetan Buddhist site in Ladakh - before following the former trade route to Phobe La (3750m) and onto our delightful lunch spot at Saspotse. The road then winds steadily to the Chagatse La (3790m) and Yangthang (3670m). Overnight: Tented camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We ascend to the Tsermangchen La (3870m) and impressive views across the Ladakh Range before cycling to the village of Hemis Shukpachen. After a short break we continue with a steady ascent to Mebtak La (3960m) before an equally demanding descent to the Ang valley to Temisgam. We then continue to we reach the Leh/Srinagar highway to Khaltse and Hangru (3100m). Overnight: Tented camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We complete the cycle ride for two hours to the famous ancient monastery at Lamayuru (3510m). After lunch at Langru we drive back to Leh. Overnight: Hotel Omasila or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We commence our cycle ride up the Indus Valley past Shey Fort and Tikse monastery before reaching Upshi that marks the junction of the Leh to Manali highway .We follow the course of the Indus river as we ascend steadily through deep gorges and beneath towering cliffs to the small settlement at Utse. After lunch we continue to our first camp at the first camp at Ranibag (3650m). Overnight: Tented camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We continue cycling alongside the Indus river past whitewashed settlements, Buddhist mani walls and army camps (note strictly no photography) before we ascend to Chumathang (4180m) with its sulphur hot springs. We continue to a small grassy and well irrigated camp. Overnight: Tented camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We follow the Indus River to the Mahe Bridge. After stopping for a permit check we divert along a serene backroad to Sumdo village (4250m) and camp close to a Changpa settlement. Overnight: Tented camp

Meals:  B,L,D

It’s a relatively steep ascent, challenging in places to the Nurgur La (4870m). We then descend past the lake at Kiagar Tso before continuing to the vast waters of Tso Moriri and Korzok (4560m), the largest village in the Rupshu region. Overnight: Tented camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We return to the Nurgur La (part of the way by mini-van) before riding down to Sumdo village. We visit the local Tibetan school before ascending the short distance to Puga (4280m) with its grassy camp and nearby spring line. Overnight: Tented camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We test our resolve as we complete the 1200m stage to the Kong Ka La (4940m). From the pass it’s a long gradual descent that take in the stark dramatic peaks that rise above the shores of Tso Kar (4570m). From camp we gain panoramic views of vast stretches of the salt lake. We observe the migrating birds including rare Black necked crane as well as Brahmin ducks, Bar headed geese, and the great crested grebe breed here during summer months. Overnight: Tented camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Shortly after leaving Tso Kar we meet the Manali/Leh highway. It’s a 35km ascent with plenty of switch backs, to the Taglang La (5380m). From the pass we gain a birds eye view of the Indus Valley and the Ladakh Range before the long haul down through settlements of Rumtse, Lato to the Indus Valley and Upshi (3625m). After lunch we drive to Leh 45km and a welcome hot shower. Overnight: Hotel Omasila or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

There is an optional descent from the Khardung La (5680m) one of the highest mountain road passes in the Himalaya. Overnight: Hotel Omasila or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We transfer to the airport to board our early morning flight to Delhi and onward arrangements. This spectacular flight takes us across the backbone of the West Himalaya en route to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport your trip concludes. If you are departing on late flights and require a day room in Delhi please liaise with your World Expeditions reservations consultant or travel agent. This is not included in the cost of your tour. Please note that check in baggage allowance is 15kg and some excess baggage charges may apply.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
  • 3 hearty meals per day while cycling prepared by our cooks
  • airport transfers day 1 & day 15
  • expert bilingual guide
  • group medical kit
  • good quality accommodation in Delhi & Leh
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • private transportation and support vehicles
  • all site entrance fees and permits
  • vehicle to carry all personal and group equipment
  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)

  • International flights
  • Flight Delhi/Leh/Delhi
  • Mountain bike & helmet (you must bring your own) – check regarding possible mountain bike hire in Leh
  • Lunch and dinner in Delhi
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges

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Priceper person from

$2390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Ladakh Mountain Bike Adventure Tent Only Single SupplementUSD$120
  • Ladakh Mountain Bike Adventure Single SupplementUSD$420
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Ladakh by Bike trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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