Cycling Across The Himalayas

Overview

A challenging and extremely rewarding journey by bike, crossing five passes including the world’s 2nd highest, pass Tanglang La (5,360 metres). This carefully planned itinerary combines spectacular scenery, a great variety of landscapes and rich cultural interest to give a fabulous experience of India’s this beautiful Himalayan region.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the ultimate adventure of cycling through the India’s most magnificent landscapes.
  • Cross the world's 2nd highest motorable pass, Tanglang La (5,360 metres).
  • Visit beautiful Tsokar lake.
  • Enjoy time in Manali and the picturesque
  • Discover the Tibetan culture of Ladakh
  • Hemis Monastery, the richest and the most famous monastery in Ladakh.
  • Thiksay Monastery- A yellow hat sect monastery bearing a strong resemblance to the Potala in Lhasa.

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Essential Information

Base Price Includes

  • Accommodation on double/ twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
  • Daily buffet breakfasts included at hotels.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a Private vehicle as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Professional Indian English speaking professional biking Tour leader including his wages, accommodation, food and travelling expenses.
  • Support English speaking assistant cycle leader from 7pax on wards includes his wages, shared accommodation with main leader, food and travelling expenses.
  • Cycle Mechanic services for the whole trip ( To maintain cycles, services, fix punctures or any other technical problems , daily clean cycles).
  • Mineral water, snacks, tea/ coffee, fruits, cookies during cycling days only.
  • Representative for assistance on Arrival /Departure.
  • 24/7 assistance by our support team.

Base Price Does Not Include

  • International / Domestic air fare.
  • Any meal other than Breakfast unless specified.
  • Any service or activity charges other than those included in the inclusions.
  • Supplement Cost for festival period, long weekend or peak season.
  • Entrance fee at monuments and National Parks.
  • Unforeseen expenses that demand changes in the itinerary like natural calamities, changes in weather, road blockages, flight/train cancellations and any medical emergency or evacuations.
  • Travel insurance and Visa
  • Expenses of a personal nature- Staff Tips, Laundry, phone calls, soft or alcoholic drinks, excess baggage charges, camera and Video fee or any other expanses which are not mentioned in above inclusion list.
  • All government taxes as applicable.

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Our tour begins in Delhi, from where we drive north into the mountains. Our first stop is Mandi, an old trading center at the entrance of the lush Kullu valley – the start of the Himalayan foothills. We spend two nights further up the valley in the laid-back town of Manali, taking a gentle bike ride to acclimatize while exploring the local sights.

For the next ten days we cycle each day with some long and challenging rides as we ascend into the high Himalaya. Accommodation is a mix of camps and hotels. The first pass to cross is the Rohtang La (3,970 metres) that leads us into the semi-arid Lahaul valley. From Lahaul we head over the Baralacha La (4,850 metres), the point at which the route crosses the main Himalayan range, to arrive in Zanskar.

The scenery becomes more barren as we cross the Nakee La (4,800 metres) and Lachulung La (5,100 metres) and arrive on the Changthang plateau. We camp at the high altitude Tsokar Lake close to Tibetan Changpa nomads, amid staggering scenery. Next we cross our final pass, Tanglang La (5,360 meters), to reach the enchanting Ladakhi capital of Leh. Over the course of our tour, the scenery changes from verdant deodar forests and flower-filled valleys to barren lunar landscapes with towering icy peaks.

From Leh we have an option to ake a day-ride to Khardung La, the highest motor-able pass in the world. Over the course of our tour, the scenery changes from verdant deodar forests and flower-filled valleys to barren lunar landscapes with towering icy peaks.

Alongside this natural splendor, the old Buddhist culture of Ladakh provides rich cultural interest. We explore the long history, religion and traditions of this remote land and its people by visiting villages, small towns and their tranquil temples and monasteries perched high on cliff-tops.

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This was an Exceptional holiday, that exceeded my expectations. The tour Guides were fantastic, nothing was to much trouble for them, they made this trip special.

After many years of wanting to visit India, Active India was recommended by some friends who had made a similar trip last year. From the outset this company was excellent from the planning and fine tuning of our special holiday right through the trip until its conclusion. Drivers and guides were excellent and hotels were as we had booked- some good 3 stars and some beautiful havelis and 4 stars. The company even had a whatsapp group set up to provide instant help with anything that came up. We travelled through Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala. It was a fascinating and richly cultural experience. Active India is an excellent company which has been in existence for 20 years and we would highly recommend them.

This is the second trip we’ve done through Active India and with good reason. They are very flexible and responsive tailoring our trip specifically following my requests in advance but adding their suggestions advice and expertise of the areas we visited. All team members from all offices checked ahead to ensure everything went smoothly and were on hand if it didn’t (which was rare). They even set up a WhatsApp group so I had confidence and contact should I need it at all times. Everyone from the managing director down cared that we had the best time smoothly run to itinerary and that really matters. It’s what sets them ahead of other tour companies. Highly recommend as I have utmost trust and faith in this company following 2 successful wonderful trips to 2 completely different areas in amazing India. So it’s thank you to Ravi Tickoos Heena and all the team but for me it’s a special thanks to Priya who always goes above and beyond.

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