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Biking in Ladakh – The Little Tibet

(9 Nights / 10 Days)

  • Tour Cost on Twin-share US$ 1600 PER PERSON OWN ROOM SURCHARGE: US$ 290
  • Tour TypeGUIDED WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE
  • Cycling 8 DAYS (APPROX 400 KM)
  • Activities RICKSHAW RIDE, CYCLING, HIKING, JEEP SAFARI, ELEPHANT SAFARI, BIRD-WATCHING
  • Tour Start / End LEH, LADAKH
  • Departure Dates 2017: 22 JUN, 06 JUL, 10 AUG, 07 SEP
  • Group Size 6 TO 10 PEOPLE
  • Private Tour for minimum 2 on any dates On twin-share: US$ 2080 Own Room Surcharge: US$ 305
  • Given Below THE ITINERARY , INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS , HOTEL DETAILS , TRIP NOTES

It is a truly awe-inspiring ride as we bike through the cold high altitude desert. A land of extremes with brown mountains and blue waters, burning sun and freezing winds, glaciers and sand dunes, it is hard to distinguish between reality and fantasy in this mystical land.

Also known as 'Little Tibet', Ladakh has beautiful monasteries, full of priceless art and antiques, scattered across its arid landscape. The unforgiving yet beautiful landscape, the isolated yet elaborate monasteries, and the weathered yet spiritual people are bound to make this your most memorable mountain bicycle ride ever.


THE ITINERARY

LEH - STOK - SPITUK - SHEY - THIKSEY - HEMIS - ALCHI - LAMAYURU - RIDZONG - KHARDUNG-LA - NUBRA VALLEY - LEH

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Day 1: Arrive Leh

Upon arrival in Leh you will be met at the airport by our representative and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure to get acclimatized to the high altitude. In the evening you may walk around the local bazaars

Day 2: Leh

Morning we drive around Leh - exploring Leh Palace and Leh Mosque. Afternoon we try out bicycles and ride short distance to Shanti Stupa, located on a hilltop in Changspa. The stupa offers panoramic views of Leh town and its surrounding landscape. Cycling 5-10 KM.






Day 3: Leh and Surrounding Areas

After breakfast we cycle to Stok Palace that was the official residence of the royal family of Ladakh. We continue to ride on the left bank of the Indus to Spituk Monastery known for its vast collection of Buddhist artifacts. Further up we visit the Mahakal Temple from where we do road transfer to Leh. Cycling 35-40 KM.

Day 4: Leh and Surrounding Areas
You should be well acclimatized by today, so we venture out for a longer ride to some of the monasteries around Leh. The monasteries you will visit today are Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. Cycling 45 KM.






Day 5: Leh - Alchi

Today we will cycle to Alchi Monastery, one of the oldest in Ladakh and the only one in the region located on flat ground instead of a hill-top. It is famous for its magnificent and well-preserved 11th and 12th century paintings. Alchi is located in Sham Valley which is famous for trekking routes, rafting passages and apricots and is also known as the Eden of Ladakh. Cycling 60 KM.

Day 6: Alchi - Lamayuru - Alchi
We cycle to Lamayuru for a day trip. Spectacularly set on a steep mountain and founded in the 10th century, Lamayuru Monastery is the oldest spiritual centre of Ladakh. Post a picnic lunch we do a road transfer back to Alchi. Cycling 60 KM.






Day 7: Alchi – Leh

Cycle the short distance to Ridzong Gompa. Founded by Lama Tsultim Nima in 1831, it belongs to Gelukpa Order. The monastery serves as the residence of approximately 40 monks and also houses a nunnery comprising of about 20 nuns. We do a road transfer or cycle back to Leh. Cycling 60 KM.

Day 8: Leh - Khardung-La - Nubra Valley
Cycle to Khardung La. Lying at an altitude of 5,359 m, Khardung La is claimed to be the highest motorable road in the world. From Khardung-La, we will do a road transfer to the Nubra Valley. This evening visit the sand dunes at Hundar and enjoy a ride on the Bactrian camel. Cycling 50 KM.






Day 9: Nubra Valley - Leh

Today we will cycle to Diskit and Samstangling Monasteries. Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh. Afterwards, we will drive back to Leh. Cycling 50-60 km

Day 10: Depart Leh
This morning you will be taken to the airport for your flight.

Please write to us for free pre or post travel planning or travel arrangements here: contact@indiaonbicycle.com. We will be pleased to assist you.






INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation on twin-share basis in the mentioned or similar hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers with our representative
  • Entrance fee to the cultural sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Camel ride in Nubra Valley
  • All cycling arrangements: An accompanying support vehicle, An accompanying cycling guide, cycles, spares for cycles, bottled water during cycling
  • All currently applicable taxes


EXCLUSIONS:

  • Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks, etc
  • Any other meals than those mentioned above
  • Domestic or International airfare. You may book your Delhi-Leh-Delhi flight yourself or request us for the same
  • Any insurance coverage
  • Airport or VISA fee
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Any extra expenses incurred for reasons beyond our control such as emergency evacuation, natural calamity, etc
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as INCLUDED


HOTELS :

If any of these are unavailable on your dates of travel, we will substitute them with similar quality accommodation.


Leh: Ladakh Residency

Located just five short minutes from the heart of the Leh town, Ladakh Residency is an apt reflection of modern day Ladakh, contemporary, yet retaining the old world charm and hospitality.
Room: Standard

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Alchi: Alchi Resort

This is a traditional hut style resort providing picturesque scenery for nature lovers. Naturally sculpted rocks abound it and River Indus flowing just at the base of these majestic mountains adds to the serenity surrounding the resort.

Room: Standard

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Nubra Valley: Desert Himalaya Resort

Desert Himalaya is a tented camp with modern attached bath with hot and cold water. Each room is tastefully furnished with comfortable beds.
Room: Tent

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Trip Notes:

  • WEATHER: Bike trips to Ladakh are possible only between May to September when snow has melted and temperature is nice and comfortable ((max 25°C. min 10°C). However, mornings and evenings still could be cold as it is an extremely high altitude region. Please be prepared for chilly evenings and a possibility of rain or snow.
  • TERRAIN: The high altitude region of Ladakh is all about mountains and valleys and there are zigzag trails including some hairpin turns. To cycle on these zig-zag roads, you need to be a technically sound biker. You must preferably have prior experience of riding on rugged terrain and rough paved roads. Most sections of the road are asphalt surface. However, road conditions are unpredictable in this Himalayan region and could be under repair and not having an asphalt surface. Re-routing or itinerary changes can be made by the guide depending on the circumstances on ground.
  • ACCLIMATIZATION: Travellers to Ladakh may suffer breathlessness, headaches, nausea and lack of appetite before becoming acclimatized. It is important to take things slowly at first and drink plenty of liquids. These symptoms generally disappear after a couple of days. Initial days of cycling is not excessive to allow time for adequate altitude acclimatization and we gradually cycle longer distances.

For booking or other queries, please write to us at: contact@indiaonbicycle.com