LADAKH BIKE TOUR
to the highest motorable pass in the world, the Khardung La Pass, at an incredible
height of 18,370ft. This is a ride to some of the highest mountain passes in
India, and amongst the most exhilarating. Beginning at Manali, the tour will
take you to Rohtang Pass, Baralachala Pass (4,892 m), Lachalangla Pass (5,065m)
and the highest pass on this circuit, the 5,360m high Tanglangla Pass. After
a stopover at Leh, you will proceed to the Khardungla Pass, 18,370ft. which
is the worlds highest motorable point road.
LADAKH CYCLING TOUR
Manali to Khardongla Pass
You must be a very good biker, the high passes are
not technical unpretending. The road is 80% paved and the distances are not
too long. A support car carries your luggage, so you can enjoy the great Himalayan
range at the best views.
The best time is 10. June-30 September.
You go with a bus from Delhi through the hill-landscape of Himachal
Pradesh into the valley of Kulu and the Beas River along into the small town
of Manali(2000m) Here you can stroll through the streets how you want for yourself.
Overnight-stay in a hotel (2 nights)
The mountain bikes will be settled up, and now you go on a first
reconnaissance-trip: A forest hides a temple, called Hidimba Devi, out of wood
with remarkable carving. Later you drive steeply up to "Old Manali",
a picturesque village close to the ruins of the Fortress Mandakot. Along the
Beas River you will find the hot sources of Vashist.
You are biking on the highest road of the world. This trip through
the "alpine" forest to the Rothang La serves for your acclimatization.
After the last village, called Kothi, many serpentines bring you to the Rohalla
Falls and after a big turn into a small valley you reach the camp where you
stay overnight (3000m). Now the cook spoils you with his arts. However it could
be raining there, because in this height the weather changes. Day-Performance:
35 km, 5 hours.
In many serpentines and over green pastures, it goes to the Rothang
La, 4060m. There you can enjoy the view over the glacier summits of Spiti, and
the mountains of Ladakh. Its fantastic! Now you enjoy the downhill of about
1000 height-meters to the village of Khoksar. There is the first check post,
but you need not a permit. You are now in Lahaul-Valley. In softly up and down,
you reach Tandi, the campsite at the place, where the rivers Chandra and Bhaga
comes together. (2800m). Day -Performance 75 km, 5 hours.
You start early morning into the canyon and come to Keylong, the
capital city of Lahaul-Valley. Prayer flags and Mani walls clarify for you that
you are in a Tibetan- Buddhist culture-area. Four monasteries surrounding in
the former capital of Lahaul invite you for sightseeing. The monastery of Kardung
shines at the opposite hillside in the sun. After a powerful uphill in the afternoon
you reach at the camp Jispa (3200m).
Now the wood border is behind you, passing Darcha (3235m), in
a big river-landscape, you reach Patseo (3650m) on a comfortable half-stage.
You start your trip intentionally quietly, in because of the adaptation of height.
There you get a lot of fresh tea, because much drinking is very important during
the acclimatization. Day- performance 32 km, 3 hours.
The Baralacha La, 4670m, is the first key-position on this demanding
tour. The timberline remains behind, the landscape becomes balder. The height
of this pass is a crossing- point of archaic caravan-ways. Three rivers rise
from here: Bhaga, Chandra and one of the brooks of Zanskar, which will follow
you from now on at your way in direction northwards to Indus. You have crossed
the weather- difference of the Himalayan. You are very proud that you have managed
this without help of the car, which accompanies you. Now, the indented mountains
of Ladakh and Ruphsu are in front of you. Campsite in Sarchu at the Zanskar
River. The cook there pampers you with original Indian or Nepalese food. The
comfortable tents will give you a gently night. This day you pushed up your
bike 1800 height meters and finished 55km. You need 6-8 hours, thats a regular
Early morning you start the strongest steppe. First you go approximately
38 km very flat till you come to the Gataloops. The next 800 height meters you
push up your bike in many serpentines. Then you reach Nakee La 5050m. A short
downhill (250m) and the last ascent bring you to the Lachalung La 5150m. On
the pass travelers have established Manis out of stones, which should appease
the mountain- demons. The wind cancels over the colorful prayer-flags. You are
acclimatized well, and so also the Lachalung La 5150m, does not cause any problems
in you. Over you pile the rocks of the Trans Himalaya. They roll through a bizarre
canyon, until in Pang the second arm of the Zanskar is reached, the Zara Chu.
Immediately beside a control- station you will stay for camping in the tents
there, 4500m. You are hungry and you enjoy the Tibetan food-Momo, Noodles with
Beans, Pancakes with Jam, Dal with Rice, and so on. Day-Performance 84 km, 7-9
You slept well in the Jute-tent. After breakfast, you start slowly
at a short ascent to the Mora Plain 4700, one of the Rupshu typical, waterless
high deserts. There only lives poor Changpa -Nomads, which reach even 5600m
high pastures with their yaks, sheeps and goats. In interesting excursion, you
bump over unfixed tracks to a clear; source that bubbles between mountain-backs
from green pastures. Further to Tsokar, a no-flowing-off salt lake. That is
eaten by a sweet twin lake, and in its mineral wealth almost suffocates. Rust
and strip-goose are in this paradise equally at home, as the Tibetan gull. Few
years ago people have transported the precious salt with goat stoves into the
endless corners of Ladakh. It is a fantastic panorama! Campsite near the lakes.
Day performance: 57 km, 4 hours.
Only the Taklang La, 5303m separates you from the Indus-Valley.
In a far swinging back, soft traverse, the street wins the saddle before debling,
4800m. You can see it as a thin line at the steep hillside. Also like the audacious
turning of the old caravan-way, from prayer-masons. In three hours you are above
and will be rewarded with a wonderful view on the mountains of Karakorum. Its
a stormy corner and you stay only for a short time on the pass. After taking
some pictures, you have a gently downhill till pshi, 56 km, without treating!
The street is in very good competition and you reach the camp in the romantically
canyon of the Gya-River in 2 hours.
Its cold on morning in the shadow of the canyon. We start early
to the Indus-Valley. We follow the green wideness till a hidden valley. In a
short uphill, 7 km, we reach the monastery of Hemis. There we have sightseeing
and in the restaurant our second breakfast. Past midday we are on the last trip
to Leh, we pass the monasteries of Stakna, Thikse, Shey, and its time enough,
to make a short visit. A last ascent, 300m, will bring you to Leh. There are
many guesthouses and restaurants.
You slept very well in the clean bed, now you have time to make
a sightseeing and shopping in Leh. Its fantastic here; they have on market all
kinds of fruits, what you missed in the past tense. It is warm in the sun, you
enjoy at a black coffee and Donates in one of many shops. You go by bike to
the monastery of Sankar, the Shanti Stupa, and the Tsenmo Hill.
With less luggage you start early morning to the highest motor
able pass of the world , the Khardung La 5606m. The ascent begins at 3540m and
end by 5603m. There are 46 km. Behind Leh you leave the last small village,
Ganglass 4000m, then you reach 2 hours later the check post in South Pullu.
Only 14 km separate you from the summit. You need 3 hours to the pass. The view
along the street is always fantastic, on Kardung La; you get fresh tea or Maggie
noodle soup. There is also the highest Gompa, you can make a visit. The reward
of the day is a fantastic downhill to Leh. This journey is very strenuous and
sometimes depend on the weather. You need a technical perfect bike, a fully
is the best. You sleep often in a tent with a sleeping bag. Check your cameras