Biking on the World’s Highest Motorable Road
A biking tour to the World’s highest motorable road is an experience of a lifetime. This adventure is the staple diet of any adventurer who visits Ladakh.
Cycling Location: Ladakh
Best Time: July – September
Duration: 9 days
Day 01 : Flight to India (Delhi)
Midnight: Around midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an Ladakh Traveler representative and transferred to your Hotel.
Morning: In the morning a short flight brings us to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Due to its altitude (3500 m.) Ladakh is also known as the roof of the world. Leh was an important place in the historical times on the silk road to central Asia. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude of Leh. It is important to go slow as acclimatisation is critical to your enjoyment.
Day 02 : In Leh
Local sightseeing of Leh. The town is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars. Visit the Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and the Leh Mosque..
Day 03 : Leh – Thiksey – Shey – Hemis Monsteries – Stok Palace
Full day sightseeing of Thiksey, Shey, Hemis monasteries and visit teh Stok Palace and Museum. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04 : Leh – Sarai: Cycle trek starts – all luggage, camp staff will go in a jeep/truck
SARAI : Starting from Leh at a height of 3368 Mts. ascend steadily along a bridle path for few kilometers to Sambog a height of 4500 Mts. From here the ascent is steep and though the snow (till August) rises 1030 mts. Within 16 km is a two-hour, back-breaking climb to reach the Khardung La pass at 5602 mts. Braving the ever present threat of avalanches the route is a steep descent goes down over rocky and slippery terrain to 4572 mts. reaching the Sarai village enclosed in a cluster of willows
Day 05 : Sarai – Sumur
The next stage is the most precarious negotiating a steep descent within 8 kilometers through narrow gorges down to the left bank of the Shyok river which leads to the village of Khalsar or Khartsar 6 km away. After a 5 km. stretch along the bank is a suspension bridge that crosses over to the otherside. Following the river bank for 18 km over sandy maiden with thorny bushes one reaches extensively cultivated villages, Ran Kralzung and Sumur on the fringes of this valley.
Day 06 : Sumur – Panamik
The last stop, Panamik is another 19 km away, after crossing a sandy and stony road and fording swiftly flowing side-stream. The ascent from Leh and descent from the pass to the Khardong valley, but once the ordeal is over the hardy soul is rewarded with a smiling valley and villages flowing with apples, apricots and mulberry trees amidst the patches of thick scrub jungle that dot the valley.
Day 07 : Panamik – Tigar
We reach Tigar from Panamik and on our way we get a chance to interact with locals and explore local cuisine and culture.
Day 08 : Tigar to Leh
We drive back from Tigar to Leh. Day free for exploring the city and bazaar..
Day 09 : Leh – Delhi (by air)
In the noon flight from Leh to Delhi. Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel