Limitless Ladakh - Bike Tour
Day By Day
Day By Day
We know you’re excited, but acclimatization is one of the important things to prepare for while planning trip to Ladakh. The fact that Leh and most of the places in Ladakh are located above the altitude of 10,000 ft, visitors often suffer from dizziness, headaches or even acute mountain sickness (AMS). So dedicating a day to acclimatize our body to the high altitude condition does more good than harm! We can simply take a walk around the city.
We wake up early, have a hearty breakfast and drive up to Karu with SAG vehicle. On our way we pay a visit to Ladakh’s largest monastery - the Thiksey Monastery. Enjoy a clear view of the Indus Valley and some monasteries like Shey, Stok and Matho. At 9:30 am we get onto your bikes and ride uphill along the Indus River. After Upshi, we gradually ascend up and continue uptil Hymia, our first campsite.
Fun Fact of the Day: Thiksey means in ‘perfect order’. Do ask our trip leader to narrate the interesting story behind this name.
Today we ride across a number of hamlets and a small pass at Kiari to arrive at Chumathang on the way to Tso Moriri is famous for the Chumathang Hot Springs. You get to try out some local delicacies at some small dhabas or restaurants here for lunch and then ride 2 km to the east to visit the hot springs. We then cross the Mahe Bridge which has a police check post that might want to look at your Inner Line Permits. Tonight we will retire at a campsite near the stream.
It’s a fairly easy day as we gradually ascend to Sumdo uptil the Thasang Kuru pass. Let's now forget to stop by the small but mesmerizing Kyagar Tso, a lake with vivid hues of blue and turquoise, which will serve as an appetizer to the larger & grander Moriri Tso. We follow up with a ride to the Korzok village which has a lovely small monastery & lots of weather beaten but smiling faces. We stay in tents here tonight.
Fun Fact of the day: Tso means Lake in Ladakh. Kyagar is the name of this lake.
Today, we get to witness the annual monastic festival which is celebrated for two days a year in Korzok Mosastery, on the shores of the remote and high-altitude Lake Tsomoriri in Ladakh, This dainty town comes alive with monks, pilgrims and Chang-pa nomads for the Gustor festival. Masked monks perform stories from Buddhist teachings and the legendary Black Hat dance commemorating the assassination of an apostate king by some Buddhist monk centuries ago. This is called the nomadic tribe festival. With faces etched by time and the harshness of the environment; interactions with the nomads are a highlight of the entire festival.
BIRDING: Korzok Monastery is on the banks of The TsoMoriri Lake which is famous for Bird watching so keep your audio video technology ready to interact with various birds species.
After breakfast we leave the village of Korzok, shuttle 13 mile / 20 km and back till Sumdo, then ride towards Tsokar and camp at Puga Valley. You’ll be amazed to know that the Puga valley of Ladakh is identified by the GSI (Geological Survey of India) as the most promising of 350 geothermal energy locations in the country. We also visit few of the more than a hundred hot springs of temperatures varying from 28 to 84°C (local boiling point) dotted around Puga.
The Tso Kar known for its size and depth is a fluctuating salt lake. Until a few years ago this white lake was an important source of salt, which the Changpa nomads used to export to Tibet. We can ride around the basin of the Tso Kar and the adjoining More Plains which are natural habitats to colonies of grebes, brown-headed gulls, strip geese, rust geese and terns, black-necked cranes, Tibetan grouse, the kiang, Tibetan gazelles, Tibetan wolves and foxes; Yaks and horses.
A relatively hard day as we cross the last pass before Leh, the Taglang La. Bid adieu to Tsokar and pedal back to the main road to begin a long climb that gradually winds even higher and steeper to the top of the Taglang La. Take a moment to pat your back - you have just cycled to the top of the 2nd highest motorable road pass in the World!
Mesmerizing views of Twin Mountains – the Himalaya and the Karakorum - reward us for this accomplishment. We take rest, click some pictures and descent zig zag down only to be greeted by true life – houses, green fields of barley and potatoes and smiling faces of villagers at Rumptse.
We follow a relatively easy descent to Upshi along the Kyamnar River as it joins the Indus Valley, which we continue to follow all the way into Leh. But first we make a diversion, a climb of 7km/4mi to visit the largest of all the monasteries in India - Hemis. We then cycle down to Karu and continue on to Thiksey to pay visit to Future Buddha and cycle down easily along the ruins of Shey Palace. We reach Choglamsar, a home to many Tibetan refugees and leave the mighty Indus to climb into Leh. Tonight we can enjoy the comforts of a hot shower in a hotel in Leh.
Leh! It’s a big day as we set off for the much awaited Khardung - La Pass at daybreak. Cycling for 26 miles to gain 2,000 m (6,600ft) elevation, this is the ultimate challenge of the trip. It is the highest motorable road in the world taking us to a dizzy 5,600m! The view from the top is spectacular, stretching from the Indus valley in the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range to the giants of the Saser Massif in the North. Its going to be a day you'll cherish forever.
Today post breakfast, you depart from Leh for Delhi with a feeling of pride which is brilliant and breathtaking literally, just as we promised!
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
We know that feeling! That great feeling of coming back home after a long ride when you want to stretch your legs, rest your back and sip some nice hot coffee. Our experiential home stays, hotels and guesthouses are carefully chosen to give you a complete experience, help you see things differently and offer a chance to learn, appreciate and respect the local surroundings. Our comfort seeking guests get to soak in the aesthetics and authenticity of our highly-curated accommodations throughout this cycling journey.
*Per person on twin sharing
- Aluminum frame mountain/ hybrid bike with helmet
- Comfortable and scenic camp accomodation with dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent with all utensils etc at throughtout trip.
- All brekfast, lunch and dinner during tour.
- SAG vehicle- A Van support that follows throughout the trip and carries all belongings including spare bike and parts.
- Spare bikes and parts
- Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples and all other exclusive events.
- Special cultural show (folk dance and music).
- Permit fees
- Nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday. We will provide protein bars, nuts and dryfruits, fresh fruits, packed water bottle, chocolates & rehydration supplements during cycle ride.
- Transaction charges
- Essential first-aid kit
- All transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off
- Pre tour transport from Delhi to Leh
- Pre tour accomodation and meals at Delhi
- Domestic flights ( Delhi to Leh and Leh to Delhi)
- Govt. service tax (6%)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Expenses of personal nature e.g. Telephone bills, laundry and spa, massage etc.
- Any adventure activity like Paragliding, rafting, ropeway etc
- Photography expenses at heritage sites
- Immediate expenses raised due to natural occurrences – landslides, weather, etc.
- Tip for crew members and hotel staff
- Any items/activity not mentioned in the list of inclusions.