Arrive in DELHI. We will meet you at Delhi Airport and transfer you to your HOTEL.
Today we rise very early to board our flight to Leh. On arrival in Leh we will be transferred to our Hotel and rest of the day is free for acclimatization.
Today, we explore on foot and stroll to the Leh palace, which overlooks the town from its perch on a small hill. The 17th century palace is a perfect place to get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the region. The Japanese Shanti Stupa, is another sightseeing spot worthy of your time. Take the STEPS rather than the road to get that blood pumping; that panoramic views from here will be even more rewarding after that little trek.
We warm up with a short ride to Stakna and the FAMOUS Thiksey monaster, 25 km from Leh. The Stakna Gompa (Buddhist monastery) is a treasure trove of cultural heritage. Also known as the ‘Tiger Nose monastery’, Stakna stores invaluable artifacts and paintings from late 16th century. Another 8 kms ahead, the Thikse monastery is yet another place of interest. You will find the ‘yellow hatted’ Gelugpas (Tibetan sect) here walking through the tiered rows of white structures, spread across 12 storeys. The monastery also has a nunnery, which is not a very common sight across Leh Distance cycled: 30km / 19miles
The 115 km ride from Leh to Tangste is broken into a van-cycle trip to whet your appetite for the longer rides. We first get to the sometimes-snowy Chan La pass in a van (you can also cycle up if you want). After a tea break, we zigzag downhill to Tangste, the last large settlement before Pangong Lake. Tangste is a good representative of the arid topography of Ladakh, where high altitude often brings some TEST on breathing. The roads are fairly good and traffic-less on this stretch. A small guesthouse becomes our pit-stop for the night. Van: 75km / 2 hrs. Distance cycled: 40km / 25miles
We leave early to reach one of the most distinguished destinations of Ladakh- the Pangong Lake (translated to enchanted lake). The steep climb to Pangong is narrow and often rubbly for long patches a wholesome one for cycling nevertheless. Along with the steep climbs, you will also encounter downhill dips and flat roads – this one will be perfect for your cycling sensibilities! Over night Camp in Pangong Lake. Distance cycled: 70km / 43miles
Since the distance to Leh is under 200 km, we transfer to Leh in van. This will give you a chance to make some sweet pit stops in tented cafes by the road and enjoy the view of sparse but beautiful vegetation, rivers and local life on the way. For those who want to ride on the way are WELCOME to do so. Van: 200km or 4.5hrs.
The NEXT day, we transfer to the highest motorable road in the world at Khardung La pass (17582 ft) to grab a quick cup of tea and click some customary pictures. From here, it’s a downhill ride to Nubra Valley (1000 ft), The topography changes drastically from washed out browns to the lush green meadows dotted with black yaks. Soon you hit the cusp of the Shyok and Siachen Rivers that flow through a vast sandy valley. Scant vegetation, a snaking black river seemingly diving the Tibetan plateau giving Nubra a dramatic topographical edge over the other destinations in Ladakh. Over night HOTEL OR Camp in Nubra. Van: 36km or 1 hr Distance cycled: 70km/43miles
We spend this day riding around on comparatively smooth roads of the region and visit the 150 years old Samstanling monastery in Sumur. Another intriguing sight that cannot be missed is Hunder, the land of sand dunes. It is intriguing to see double humped Bactrian camels here. We also visit Diskit monastery, the oldest and largest monastery of Nubra valley. Over night HOTEL OR Camp in Nubra. Distance cycled: 40km/25miles
BACK on the road to Leh, we use the van to get till Khardung La. We arrive at the mish - mash of snow, military sheds and make a tea break. Spend time here to take in the last of the snowy peaks, shivering prayer flags and a top view of the Shyok river valley. Hop onto the cycles for the last exhilarating stretch downhill till Leh. Van: 90km / 2hrs. Distance cycled: 40km / 25miles
EARLY morning transfer to the Airport to board the flight to Delhi.
Transfer to the Airport to board the flight back HOME.
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