Altitude Adventure

Email mail@altitudeadventure.in
Phone Mobile: +91 941 981 5333 / +91 962 237 6001




Double Occupancy: Rs. 32,000/- p.p.   Single Occupancy: Rs. 44,000/- p.p.   Cycle Rental : Rs. 8,500/-, if required


THE CLASSIC MANALI TO LEH CYCLING VIA TSO KAR

ALONG WITH KHARDUNG LA

 

   BRIEF DESCRIPTION


It may not have the same recall value of the much-hyped Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan, but Bihar’s Sonepur Mela is as large and important a livestock meet in Asia, if not more. Also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela, the annual fair is organised every year on Karthik Purnima (generally in the month of November). As devotees flock to offer prayers at the Harihar Nath temple after taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Gandak and Ganga rivers, this mega rural fair is also the venue where a broad range of livestock like elephants, camels, cows, buffaloes, horses, dogs, birds, sheep, rabbits and guinea pigs are traded.Sonepur Mela had always been on my radar and with the law and order situation in Bihar now greatly improved, I decided to cover the event. I was happy to note that the fair is now run in a professional manner.

   ITINERARY

Mountain Biking Day 1: Arrival at Manali
Arrive at Manali, you will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. A day of leisure. Evening will be free to explore Manali Market and other attractions. Overnight in Manali.

Mountain Biking Day 2: Manali to Kothi/Solang: [Spend the day acclimatizing and getting the feel of your bicycle]
We recommend to arrive a day earlier in Manali. We pick you up from the bus station and drive to the Hotel. The evening is free to explore the local surroundings. Manali is surrounded by beautiful fir and pine forests and there are lovely walks in and around the town. cycling1 image From Manali we will bike towards Rallah Falls. Today we start our first full day of biking on one of the classic cycle routes in the world. We start climbing right from Manali through the flower-filled valleys and cedar and fir forests, passing through numerous villages we arrive at the last village called Kothi. We have lunch at Kothi.

Mountain Biking Day 3: Kothi/Solang – Marhi (10827ft; 43kms):
After the last village, Kothi, we cycle up lots of hairpin bends which bring us to the Rohalla Falls. We bike towards Marrhi, ascend into a small valley, arrive in Marrhi by evening.
cycling1 image We will spend night in Marrhi.

Mountain Biking Day 4: Marhi – Sissu (10237ft; 49kms / 59 kms):
Early in the morning after having our breakfast we leave Marrhi and and leave all habitation behind as the road zig zags higher and higher into the mountains.
cycling1 image We bike Uphill up to Rohtang Pass, which is situated at a height of 3980 m. Rohtang Pass is an adventurer's dream destination, the gateway to the Lahual region from Manali. This barren windswept pass, blocked by snow for more than six months of the year, crosses the Pir Pinjal Range and is the gateway to Ladakh. Then we bike downhill 22 kms down to Khoksar village, thereafter we take a short detour and climb to the meadows and small villages to finally descend to Sissu.

Mountain Biking Day 5: Sissu – Jispa (10500ft; 62kms / 56 kms):
In the morning after breakfast, we have smooth almost level biking (we are in the Lahaul Valley and the cycling becomes easier) as we continue on to Tandi, where the rivers Chandra and Bhaga come together, to flow as Chandrabhaga or Chenab as it is known in the Chamba valley. cycling1 image From Tandi it’s a short climb to Keylong, which soon continues through some swtichbacks to descend to Jispa 37 kms from Keylong. We will spend night in Jispa.

Mountain Biking Day 6: Jispa – Patseo / Bharatpur (12504ft; approx 50 kms) :
After having our breakfast we leave Jispa. We start our biking to Patseo and Zingzing Bar. Another fairly easy day for acclimatisation as we are now approaching the Great Himalayan Range.
cycling1 image We cycle through beautiful green pastureland to Darcha (3235m) where we can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at a local restaurant. From here we continue climbing, until we reach Patseo (3650m). The site now of a lone tea house Patseo used to be the place of an annual fair of the Changpa nomads.

Mountain Biking Day 7: Patseo – Sarchu (14492 ft; approx 52 kms)
After breakfast we start our biking towards Sarchu. Uphill and downhill Biking. A hard day today as we cross the Himalayas to Sarchu. cycling1 image Sarchu is the border between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. After a gradual climb across large meadows past Zingzingbar we start our long ascent to the Baralacha La Pass (4892m). cycling1 image The climb seems at times to go on for ever but the hard work is worth it as the views become increasingly spectacular. Finally we reach the top - we are in the middle of the mighty Indian Himalaya. The word Baralacha means 'a pass with crossroads' and the trails from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul come together here. This is the main crossing of the Great Himalayan Range and we get amazing views of the many snow-covered peaks including Barashigri, Chandrabhaga and Mulkila. From the pass the cycling gets easier as we descend past Kiling Serai and on to Sarchu.

Mountain Biking Day 8: Sarchu – Whisky Nalla (approx 57 kms)
This will be our longest and hardest day of cycling. We will set off early. We start by climbing fairly gently for approximately 38 km across the windswept Sarchu Plains past Brandy Nallah and Whisky Nallah to the bottom of the Gata Loops. cycling1 image [This is a series of 22 amazing hairpin bends, which we slowly ascend.]

Mountain Biking Day 9: Whisky Nalla – Pang (15191ft; 88kms / 53 kms)
A terrible surface-just loose rocks, rutted, We start by ascending the second highest pass on the Manali-Leh highway up to Lachulung-La. cycling1 image The road here is likely to be the worst of the trip with a distinct lack of tarmac, it’s very gravelly and there are many loose stones. cycling1 image We have a long descent to Pang down a steep sided gorge. On stay camp distance 30 km.

Mountain Biking Day 10: Pang – Tso Kar
We start slowly with a short ascent to the Mori Plains (4700m). We are now in Rupshu, the waterless high altitude desert of the Tibetan Plateau. cycling1 image This area is all above 4500m and is home to the hardy Changpas, Tibetan nomads who live in yak hair tents and graze huge flocks of sheep and yaks in this seemingly barren landscape. We turn off the main road and cycle along a sandy track to Tsokar Lake where we camp for the night near Pongunagu. cycling1 image Tsokar means 'white lake', and there are white salt deposits ringing the water. Our camp is a few kilometres from the lake but for the energetic there will be time to cycle to the lake, or even around it to visit some of the nomads. Look out for herds of 'kiang', the wild asses which roam the surrounding hills. The lake is also good for birdwatchers.

Mountain Biking Day 11: Tso Kar – Rumste
A hard day today as we cross the last pass before Leh, the Taglang La. We leave Tsokar and cycle back to the main road. cycling1 image The long climb starts gradually and winds ever higher and steeper to the top of the Taglang La (5350m). You should be proud of yourself at the top - you have just cycled to the top of the second highest motorable road pass in India! We are rewarded for all our hard work with wonderful views of both the Himalaya and the Karakorum Mountains. After a rest and photo stop we have a wonderfully long zig zag descent to our first real villages since Lahoul. The houses and green fields of barley and potatoes greet us as we reach our camp at Rumptse.

Mountain Biking Day 12: Rumste to Leh
We start early with an easy ride winding down following the Kyamnar River down to Upshi. Here we join the Indus Valley, which we follow all the way into Leh. cycling1 image But first we have a diversion to visit Hemis monastery, once the largest and richest of all Ladakhi monasteries. To get there we have a 7km climb as the monastery is tucked away up a side valley. There is time to visit the ancient temples with priceless Buddha statues. We then cycle down to the main road and follow the mighty Indus River. From Karu we continue on to Tikse, where an impressive monastery sits perched on a hilltop. If there is time we can cycle up to the monastery, which contains a very impressive two-storey statue of the Future Buddha. Passing the ruins of Shey Palace the cycling is fairly easy as we come to Choglamsar, home to many Tibetan refugees. There is a final sting in the tail as we leave the Indus and climb into Leh. Tonight we can enjoy the comforts of a hot shower in our hotel in Leh.

Mountain Biking Day 13: Rest Day & Explore Leh or go to Pangong for a day trip
We have a rest day on ourselves. Options are open to make day trips to Pangong Lake (8 hrs to and fro journey costing approx 2000/- INR per person) or going rafting on the Indus (2 hours approx 1100/- INR per person). The ideal is cycling down to Nimmu and indulging in Rafting there.

Mountain Biking Day 14: Leh – Khardungla – Leh (The Big climb of Khardungla Pass) Overnight in Leh


Mountain Biking Day 15: Post breakfast departure from Leh

   COST OF THE TRIP


Double Occupancy: Rs. 32,000/- Per Person
Single Occupancy: Rs. 44,000/- Per Person
Cycle Rental : Rs. 8,500/-

   TRANSPORT OPTIONS (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)


For travel from Delhi to Manali and back one can choose between air & road. There are lots of Public Transport like Volvos, Deluxe and ordinary buses plying between Delhi/Chandigarh and Manali. Bhuntar airport (near Manali) is connected to Delhi but there aren’t too many flights and at times there are chances of flights getting cancelled due to bad weather so check with the airlines before booking.

   CLIMATE


Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max 25°C. min 10°C), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for chilly evenings and a small possibility of rain. Early morning starts and descents at altitude require good quality weather gear.

Price Per Person

Double Occupancy   INR 32,000.00
Single Occupancy   INR 44,000.00
Cycle Rental   INR 8,500.00


Cost Includes:

  • All Accommodation in Manali & Leh with breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Camping Accommodation as per the program with all meals during the cycling
  • Excellent food including Mineral Water, Chocolates, Dry Fruits
  • Two Nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday
  • Quails, Sumo, Jeep/ utility Van as backup vehicle will follow the members depending upon the size of group.
  • Supporting jeep with cycle repair kits
  • Oxygen cylinder, high altitude first aid kit.
  • Permit fees
  • A luggage vehicle to carry your luggage
  • A well marked route with map
  • A celebration in Leh on the last day.

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses and tipping to the staff
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snack food in Leh and Delhi
  • Laundry and other services not mentioned in the package. If you need any additional arrangements please let us know.
  • Bike repair kit (Carry one puncture kit, spare tubes (2 will be good) and a multipurpose repair tool set.
  • Unspecified Meals etc
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. Telephone bills, etc
  • Immediate expenses raised due to natural occurrences – landslides, weather, cloud burst etc.
  • Camera expenses at monasteries
  • Anything else which is not included in “Cost includes”

Payment terms & conditions

  • payment to be made in advance at the time of booking
  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation policy
    • >30 days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 21-30 days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 14-21 days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 14 days: No refund


Note:

  • (a) Itinerary is subject to change due to landslide and other natural calamities. In this condition, optional routes/ itinerary will be given / followed at the concerned location.
  • (b) In case of changes in routes and properties, Altitude Adventure will accept no liability but make arrangements for substitution of equal measures.
  • (c) In case of accident/s, illness, injury or mishaps, Altitude Adventure will accept no liability nor would its staff be wholly or partially responsible for the same.
  • (d) Altitude Adventure reserve the rights to cancel / alter any of the above mentioned programs if required due to insufficient numbers.




Cycling Tour Gear List:

  • A bike helmet
  • Small day sack to carry trail clothing, Good quality waterproof jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Warm gloves, mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Cycling tights (looser, trackster fit rather skin-tight Lycra)
  • Shorts
  • Cycle mitts
  • Balaclava (thick fleece)
  • Mid-weight fleece top
  • Tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)
  • Travel trousers
  • Long sleeved thermal top
  • Cotton tee-shirt for around town
  • Thermal long johns
  • 2-3 pairs underwear
  • 2-3 pairs of standard socks
  • 1 pair warm sock
  • Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD, if applicable (bring spare cleats)
  • Shoes, Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp.

Other items needed are:

  • Dark glasses (the sun is very strong).
  • Cameras.
  • A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport etc.
  • Travel insurance.


Weather and Clothing

Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max 25°C. min 10°C), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for chilly evenings and a small possibility of rain. Early morning starts and descents at altitude require good quality weather gear.


BIKING ASPECTS

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.
Though there would be a mechanic accompanying us 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 our 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. You should fit at least 2 one litre water bottles to your bike. Water will be available from the back up vehicle.



MANALI-LEH CYCLING CALENDAR


  • Aug 17 - 30, 2014
    [31th departure from Leh]
     [4 places left]

  • Sep 1 - 14, 2014
    [15th departure from Leh]
     [Open]

  • Sep 15 - 28, 2014
    [29th departure from Leh]
     [Open]

  • Sep 29 - oct 12
    [13th departure from Leh]
     [Open]


FEE/COST‐ MANALI-LEH CYCLING


  • Double Occupancy: Rs. 32,000/- Per Person
  • Single Occupancy: Rs. 44,000/- Per Person
  • Cycle Rental : Rs. 8,500/-





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BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Manali

Day 2:Manali to Kothi/Solang:
[Spend the day acclimatizing and getting the feel of your bicycle]

Day 3:Kothi/Solang to Marhi (10827ft; 43kms).

Day 4: Marhi to Sissu (10237ft; 49kms / 59 kms)

Day 5:Sissu to Jispa (10500ft; 62kms / 56 kms)

Day 6: Jispa to Patseo / Bharatpur.

Day 7:Patseo to Sarchu (14492 ft; approx 52 kms).

Day 8:Sarchu to Whisky Nalla (approx 57 kms).

Day 9:Whisky Nalla to Pang (15191ft; 88kms / 53 kms).

Day 10: Pang to Tso Kar

Day 11:Tso Kar to Rumste

Day 12: Rumste to Leh.

Day 13:Rest Day & Explore Leh or go to Pangong for a day trip

Day 14:Leh to Khardungla to Leh (The Big climb of Khardungla Pass) Overnight in Leh

Day 15:Post breakfast departure from Leh.


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Mobile: +91 941 981 5333 / +91 962 237 6001


What is Included in Fees

  1. All Accommodation in Manali & Leh with breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  2. Camping Accommodation as per the program with all meals during the cycling
  3. Excellent food including Mineral Water, Chocolates, Dry Fruits
  4. Two Nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday
  5. Quails, Sumo, Jeep/ utility Van as backup vehicle will follow the members depending upon the size of group.
  6. Supporting jeep with cycle repair kits
  7. Oxygen cylinder, high altitude first aid kit.
  8. Permit fees
  9. A luggage vehicle to carry your luggage
  10. A well marked route with map
  11. A celebration in Leh on the last day.

Exclusions -

  1. Medical and evacuation insurance
  2. Miscellaneous expenses and tipping to the staff
  3. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snack food in Leh and Delhi
  4. Laundry and other services not mentioned in the package. If you need any additional arrangements please let us know.
  5. Bike repair kit (Carry one puncture kit, spare tubes (2 will be good) and a multipurpose repair tool set.
  6. Unspecified Meals etc
  7. Expenses of personal nature e.g. Telephone bills, etc
  8. Immediate expenses raised due to natural occurrences – landslides, weather, cloud burst etc.
  9. Camera expenses at monasteries
  10. Anything else which is not included in “Cost includes”





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