The Himalayan mountain range is home to nine of the highest peaks on Earth. This cycling road trip takes you through the most challenging route and altitudes possible in India.
Riders will climb a total of 33,307 ft / 10,152 m by the end of the trip. You will traverse a series of spectacular passes, the highest of which is more than 17,000 ft / 5,181 m above sea level, Taglang La - the second highest motor-able pass in the world.
Here you will discover the finest backroads an adventure cyclist could wish for, riding switchback after switchback for hours, ascending into the thin air and breathtaking views.
In addition, get ready to witness one of the biggest celebrations in Leh-Ladakh region, the Hemis Festival which is two days of festivities to mark the birth anniversary of the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padamasambhava. A joyous occasion that gets the Ladakhis to perform mask dances to the sounds of cymbals, trumpets and drums is held annually in Hemis Monastery which is believed to be at least 300 years old. Similar to two other major Indian festivals – Dussehra and Diwali, this one too imparts the message from the epic Ramayana, of triumph of good over evil and everyone returns home with unforgettable memories of this celebration.
Manali to Leh traverse is hard to beat and it only concludes at Khardung La - the highest motor able road in the world.
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights Level: Active Rider Tour Starts: Manali, Himachal Pradesh Tour Ends: Leh (Ladakh) J&K Total Elevation gain: 46,000 ft / 14,000 m
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