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Duration: 9 Days
Distance Cycled: 200Km
Accommodation: Homestay / Hotels
Ladakh is a remote high altitude desert region in Jammu and Kashmir, India that reflects a blend of natural and cultural diversity unique to this region. This Buddhist influenced region is more closely connected the Tibetan roots. Ladakh offers the traveller a sense of dramatic contrast of cultural diversity and with heightened color contract of the landscape, blue skies, vast expanses of brown, gold and ochre mountains and valleys that are occasionally disrupted by wide valleys of green agrarian villages and hamlets.
This Unventured trail is truly a local, cultural and enriching “Ladakhi” experience. You will ride along-side the Indus river heading north towards Lamayuru, along the way you’ll pick up on local Ladhaki culture, hear of stories of the past from the locals, try some local food and even get your hands dirty in cooking with a local family. You’ll get to stay with a local family, experience their way of life and get an insight into life in these harsh Himalayan mountains.
Between June and October the region opens up with its markets, Stupas and Chortens rise from their snowy cover. At the pace of a pedal riding from Leh, you’ll soak into the rich natural biodiversity, cultures through village rides, yaks being milked with sights of children playing in a pastoral setting. A taste of Ladakhi cuisine from your home-stay experiences, our local guide will walk you through its rich diversity, history and culture through stories of fleeing monks, antagonistic princes and adventures all found in this impregnable valley, what more these stories narrated through the voices of the locals while the bicycle becomes your mode of travel.
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The Ladakh on a Bicycle trail is a medium intensity tour and ideal for anyone who wants to explore a region on the bicycle. The vistas although pristine and the riding distances range between 30-40 KM on average, the terrain in Ladakh is a mix of climbs, steep descents, combined with narrow roads. Cyclists should be in relatively overall good physical shape with at least a moderate degree of cycling experience and adept at cycling a duration of 3-4 hours a day. Being physically fit will of course be a huge asset but as the tour is fully supported the van is always close at hand if needed.
We will climb up and down several trails as we take the road from Nimoo through quaint village roads and countryside making our way to Lamayuru and back into Leh town; the ascents are at some sections steep. Gradients vary between 8-12% there are drive days in between and adequate rest days for you acclimatize and settle in.
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We start our trail from Leh town in Ladakh with enough rest days to acclimatize to ride through the cold high altitude desert, this a culturally rich trail that will take you through quaint villages like Nimoo and onward to the rich heritage geographies like Lamayuru and Alchi whist traversing through some scenic delights via Likir.
Your ride through Ladakh also known as ‘Little Tibet’ “Magic Land” “Moon land” “Mysterious land and many such endearing names come well deserved for its unique landscape and exquisite culture. We will stop over at beautiful monasteries, full of priceless art and antiques, learn of their monastic way of life. In all the unforgiving yet beautiful terrains, the isolated yet elaborate monasteries, and the weathered yet spiritual people are bound to make this your most memorable mountain bicycle ride ever.
Travellers are expected to arrive at Leh before noon, you will meet your tour leader who will then escort you to your homestay in the quaint Stok village. A 20KM drive through Ladakh, this will be your first views of the beautiful landscape, today we spend the day acclimatizing for the next few days of riding to come. An easy day with evening walk around the village meeting locals and sipping on Ladakhi chai (Tea).
Accommodation Type: Homestay
Today is your first ride day, post breakfast and a briefing session, we will set off on our bicycles and ride to our first stopover. Likir, famous for its Klu-KKhyil (meaning “water spirits”) monastery, built in the 11th century. This is a fairly isolated village with surreal untamed views of the mountains while you ride along the rivers edge rolling trail with some mild climbs. We spend the night star gazing and spotting various constellations.
Accommodation Type: Luxury Camp
Post a breakfast of local freshly baked bread and choice of eggs from the Likir village, we ride out toward Lamayuru also known as the place of the “Eternal Monastery”. The village is also a favorite jaunt for trekkers and photographers for it is called the “Moonland” for its moon like landscapes that can be viewed from the top of the Lamayuru Monastery. This monastery is also famous for the festivals it celebrates through the summer season, combined with mask dances and rituals.
Accommodation Type: Home Stay
Today, we rest from cycling but we will walk about and explore the beautiful village of Lamayuru taking a trekker’s route. You can choose to rest or trek the Wanla route exploring the “Moonland” landscapes, interacting with the locals, listening to their stories through their voices while you pause to soak in the mountain air. A picnic lunch is a perfect to way to sit back and truly rejoice your ongoing mountain holiday.
Accommodation Type: Home Stay
Today we ride 40 KMS by the Indus River toward Alchi, our well-rested legs are ready to get back and pedal ahead to a distinct monastery located on flat ground instead of a hilltop. This monastery is also home to some well-preserved 11th and 12th century paintings, your guide will walk you through this rich form of art called “Thanka” and the exquisite “Mandalas”. Our overnight stay is at a Heritage Home where we will walk you through Ladakhi architecture and introduce you to their rich cultural heritage.
Accommodation Type: Heritage Homestay
Today we drive to Leh, stopping by for lunch at a farm stay to learn of the ladakhi way of self-sustenance. A 60 KMS drive which may take a little over 2 hrs with enough stop-overs to pause, take pictures and rest up for a following ride day. Evening free to explore Leh town.
Accommodation Type: Ladakhi Home Stay
We drive out of Leh town post breakfast to visit the Thiksey Monastery given the time and permission, we will sit for prayer with the monks which in itself is an experience with mantras echoing from the ancient walls of the monastery. A 6 hr drive to Pangong Tso laske through Changla Pass and down to the surreal blue and green hues of the only salt water lake surrounded by mountains in the many shades of brown, no pictures or words do justice to the beauty of Pangong tso. We spend the evening strolling by the lake. Dinner and overnight at the camp
Accommodation Type: Swiss Tented Camp
Today we drive back into Leh town via Hemis monastery. One of the significant monasteries in India for Buddhism that dates well before 11th Century. Another less known fact is of Russian journalist Nicolas Notovitch claiming Hemis as the origin of an otherwise unknown gospel, the Life of Saint Issa, Best of the Sons of Men, in which Jesus is said to have traveled to India during his “lost years.” Evening at leisure and dinner is continental fare at a quaint café.
Accommodation Type: Homestay
Today we bid goodbye to the mountains, our fellow travellers and head toward our onward journey with many memories of the “Mysterious land”. For any assistance with ticketing and planning an extended holiday, you can always reach out to your tour guide who will assist you accordingly.
The Ladakh on a Bicycle trail is set against the backdrop of the Himalayan mountain ranges with views of snow-capped mountains, river streams and valleys, quaint villages and rich cultural diversity. These are also home to some of the most beautiful patches of grasslands amidst desert lands and rich in biodiversity with sightings of some unique wildlife.
This 9 day trail begins and ends in Leh and includes about 200 odd KMS of cycling over 7 days. We’ve packed the right mix of cycling, leisure and exploration. You will experience stretches that challenge your limits, sceneries that indulge your senses and interactions with the locals that expose you to their culture.
This is a medium intensity trail and anyone fairly active can attempt to explore Ladakh on a Bicycle. You will be guided through climbing high gradient climbs and accommodate weather conditions
Our Ladakh on a Bicycle is a good blend of food, nature, culture, history and real world experiences of Ladakh on a cycle and by foot. Weather you are a seasoned cyclist or a regular city commuter; this trail has a good combination of challenging climbs to rolling downhill through quaint country side roads, villages, cold desert trails and apple orachards for you to trail leisurely and interact with the locals. This tour is graded medium intensity in terms of distance and gradient climbing, since most of the rides will be done on tarmac roads and some graveled roads, we suggest that our guests start mountain biking in their own home country a month before this trip. This is to ensure you take away the unfamiliarity with mountain bikes that occur due to lack of practice, physical unpreparedness and you don’t hold up the other prepared participants. This tour will include a personal guide, mechanic and a designated driver.
Your tour will be supported with a “support vehicle”, the cycles are 21 speed aluminum 6061 alloy frame mountain bikes. You will also have a well-trained mechanic accompanying you, and a full repair kit with essential spares. We will also be carrying a back-up cycle along the expedition; just so that nobody misses out on the riding experience, should his or her bike have a serious breakdown.
Our food menu is based on fresh food to provide three nutritious, plentiful and tasty meals daily. Breakfast on most days is a buffet with a choice of eggs, porridge and cereals. Lunch on days that we are riding will be a packed/picnic basket lunch with a choice of Indian/Ladakhi bread and sandwiches. On other days we can try out the local cuisine, which is so unique and delicious. Also, Ladakh though land locked has the finest produce of fresh vegetables, fruits and various kinds of meat. For those of you who like trying out new cuisine you will be pleasantly surprised with a cookery session at a local homestay in Ladakh. Our evening meal is a mix of Indian, International and Ladakhi cuisine. Snacks, nutrition bars, “Chikkis” (Peanut and Jaggery Slabs), water and fruit juices will be provided en route while you ride.
A full sized first aid kit including oxygen canisters will be carried during the trip. Our tour leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We also recommend that you bring your own personal medication, sunscreen and multi-vitamin tablets (just in case).
We are obsessed with the safety of our guests and as an adventure expedition the risk of injuries is higher than most other travel journeys. We follow a strict guideline in controlling and managing the pace of the group and discipline. We are well versed with the challenges faced by travelers on this stretch and also have in-depth information on possible places to reach out to for medical aid in the event of an emergency. You will be instructed each day on the trail, what to expect, do’s and don’ts so you do not put your lives at risk and affect the fellow travellers’ tour experience. Although we indemnify ourselves and our staff from the legalities of any life threatening events through a “Declaration” document. We genuinely are worried about your safety and security, we want you to follow the safety guidelines and leave your other worries with us and take to exploring the Eastern Himalayas on a bicycle.
Our crew comprises of professional guides mostly locals dedicated to providing the best experience. Tour crew will provide you with essential support. It is very likely that the times you spend with them – walking, talking, playing games – will be among the most memorable memories of the expedition.
Accommodation will be in 2-3 star hotels and home stays with good hygienic bathrooms offered on a twin-sharing basis.
A team of 10-12 riders will be supported by one coaster bus with a carrier that will transport both the riders and bikes along with a spare cycle, lunch packs and water. Through the day this vehicle will trail with the riders.
|23rd June to 01st July 2018||Available|
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