Valley of God - Manali to Leh Itinerary
ORIENTATION AT MANALI
15 mile / 24 KM - 3/4 hrs
Elevation gain: 1,945 ft/593 m
MANALI - MARHI
24 mile / 38 KM - 5/6 HRS
Warm-up ride today through Manali’s floral valleys, cedar and fir forests, saying hello to numerous villagers. Get ready to cycle up hairpin bends until Kothi, ascend through small hamlets to the serene Rohalla Falls, and while enjoying the ride through orchards of apple trees reach the Rohtang Pass. Night camp at Marhi.
Elevation gain: 5,046 ft/ 1,538 m
Marhi - Sissu
31 mile / 50 km – 5/6 hrs
You begin early to cycle up into betrayed mountains bidding adieu to all sort of habitation. An Ooooh nice ride to the mildly brrrr range of windy rainfall lays down a muddy pathway for you. Rohtang La awaits you at 3946m gifting spectacular views of Lahoul and Spiti mountains. Now cycle down tarmac roads into the Khoksar village, bypass Sissu and stop to visit Fort Gondhala. Cross the river and climb into Tandi.
Note: The campsite is 2km outside Tandi but if conditions are unfavorable at Rohtang, we camp at Sissu.
Elevation gain: 7,484 ft/ 2,281 m
SISSU - JISPA
33 mile / 53 KM - 6/7 HRS
Elevation gain: 4,147 ft/ 1,264 m
JISPA – ZINGZING BAR
20 mile / 32 km - 5/6 hrs
Elevation gain: 3,281 ft / 1,000 m
ZINGZING BAR – BRANDY NALA
40 mile / 65 KM – 6/7 HRS
Elevation gain: 3,599 ft/ 1,097 m
BRANDY NALA - WHISKY NALA
35 mile / 57 KM – 7/8 HRS
Elevation gain: 3,395 ft / 1,035 m
WHISKY NALA - TSO-KAR
46 mile / 74 KM – 6/7 HRS
Elevation gain: 3,343 ft / 1,019 m
TSO-KAR - RUMPTSE
47 mile / 76 KM – 7/8 HRS
Elevation gain: 3,580 ft / 1,091 m
RUMPTSE - HEMIS
30 mile / 48 KM – 3/4 HRS
A day you'll cherish! You'll witness and celebrate the yearly Hemis Festival of 2016 with us! The Hemis Monsatery (built in 1630 AD to be the largest Tibetan Gompa) celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava over two days of festivities.
The festivities are ushered in with an early morning ritual atop the Gumpa, where the guru's portrait is ceremoniously put up on display to the sounds of beating drums, clashing cymbals and the spiritual wail of trumpets and pipes.
The highlight of the festival is the mask dance that is performed by the Lamas garbed in extravagant costumes and brightly painted masks and gathered around the central flag pole, to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Elevation gain: 1,851 ft/564 m
HEMIS - LEH
22 mile / 35 km - 3/4 hrs
The cultural extravaganza of the Hemis festival continues today and besides dance and music you get time to indulge into shopping at stalls setup by hawkers outside the monastery. Pick up souvenirs and gift items for people back home. Traditional items such as garbs, hats, masks, good luck charms, etc. are some of the popular things sold here at this time.
We move on in the second half of the day to follow the mighty Indus river, to Karu to Thiskey, cross the ruins of Shey palace, reach Choglamsar, home to many Tibetan refugees and climb on to Leh.
3 Super Highlights of the Day:
- Hemis monastery was once the largest and richest of all Ladakh monasteries
- An impressive monastery at Thiksey sits perched on a hilltop and houses the "Future Buddha"
- Tonight, you enjoy a hot shower at the hotel
Elevation gain: 751 ft / 229 m
LEH – KHARDUNGLA - LEH
50 mile / 80 KM – 7/8 HRS
Elevation gain: 6,745 ft / 2,056 m