Ladakh, the cold desert of India, is counted among one of the best mountain biking destinations of India. Located in the higher region of India, Ladakh is blessed with several untouched areas that are quite off-track due to their high altitude. As a result, these tracks are unreachable for the usual travellers and remain unspoiled. Mountain biking on these unspoiled tracks of Ladakh makes the tour more exciting and interesting. Undoubtedly, mountain biking in Ladakh is the most challenging and physical fitness demanding adventure sports. It can offer a mix of adventure, excitement and various daring tasks that you may have never had before.
At Himalayan Climber, we offer an adventurous 12 days Mountain Bike Tours that can take you around the naturally beautiful Ladakh. Starting from Delhi you will reach to Leh and visit some ancient monasteries like Shey Gompa, Thiksey Gompa and Hemis, a largest monastery in Ladakh. From here, you will proceed to Hyamnya – Chumathang, Sumdo – Karzok, Debring – Upshi and back to Leh.
Our Ladakh mountain biking package is best designed for those who love exploring unique Ladakhi culture and tradition closely. If you are strong and full of energy, then this adventure tour is best meant for you.
Day 01 : Delhi to Leh (Rest In Leh For Acclimatisation).
Take the morning flight for Leh. Upon arrival at Leh met our representative and then transfer to hotel. Having arrived at the high altitude cold desert town of Leh from the plains of Delhi it is essential to acclimatize before undertaking any physical activity. After lunch we take you on a short stroll around the main bazaar with its easy going environment and numerous cafes and curio and handicraft shops. Return to the hotel by late evening for dinner and the night.
Day 02 : Leh to Shey to Thiksey to Hemis.
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12 m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa. Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 03 : Leh to Upshi to Hyamnya.
After an early breakfast we ride 47 Kms south east towards the small post at Upshi on the Manali Leh Highway. From here leaving the highway we continue due east towards the small village of Hyamnya about 35 Kms where we camp for the night.
Day 04 : Hyamnya to Chumathang.
After an early breakfast we start our almost 60 Kms level ride to the village of Chumathang. Chumathang is famous all over Ladakh and Zanskar for its medicinal hot springs that are reputed to heal all kinds of body pain. We set up camp near this village for the night.
Day 05 : Chumathang to Sumdo.
The ride today goes through a spectacular landscape so typical Ladakh till we reach the Mahe Bridge 23 Kms away. From here we cross over and ride 14 Km through a narrow green gorge to the village of Sumdo. We camp near the village. In the evening we explore the small Gompa that houses several well preserved paintings and images.
Day 06 : Sumdo to Karzok.
After breakfast we leave for the village of Karzok at the northern end of the spectacular Tsomoriri Lake. The 43 Km ride goes through vast shrub land surrounded by rolling hills that acquire fantastic hues and colours ranging from deep purple to crimson and desert brown with the traverse of the sun. We also pass a small turquoise lake – the Tazang Tso. From here riding through shrub land populated with colonies of Marmots (Phya in Ladakhi) we reach the village of Karzok at 4572m / 14,996 ft on the northern lakeshore. We set up camp near the village on the shores of this fascinating lake.
Day 07 : Explore Karzok.
A relaxed day at the lake where we get to walk around this beautiful lake 24 Km long lake at an altitude of 4242 mts/13786 ft. During this season we get to see thousands of migratory birds gliding on the lake which include geese, duck while around the lake you can spot the resident species of white-winged redstart, robin accentor, Asian martin, white-throated dipper and finches.
Day 08 : Karzok to Tsokar.
After an early breakfast we head towards another breathtaking lake at 4485 mts/14711 ft, the Tsokaror salt lake. We head back to the small village of Puga where we turn west to cross the Pologongka la at 4940 mts/16203 ft emerging into a vast plateau of stunted grass and shrubs. This vast plain sustains an amazing variety of wild life including the Kyang(Tibetan Wild Ass), the Woolly Hare, Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox, colonies of Marmots and Pica and the rarely spotted subtle Snow leopard. The bird life includes a number of resident species like the Himalayan Snow Cock, Common and Fork Tailed Swift, Sand and Eurasian Crag Martin and a host of others. The other very visible birds are the large lammergeyer and the Himalayan Griffon circling in the thermal currents high above.
Day 09 : Tsokar to Debring.
We ride through the vast pasture lands of the More Plainsto reach Debring 4800 mt/15744 ft on the main Manali – Leh highway.The More plains is also the summer home of the nomadic Changpa shepherds whom you can spot with their large herds of sheep and goats in this plateau living out of their black yak skin tents. Debring lies below the Tanglang la and we camp here for the night.
Day 10 : Debring to Upshi.
We begin our ascent to the Tanglang La at 5303 mt/17393 ft fifth world’s third highest motorable pass. From here the switchback road winds far down into the Indus Valley. 56 Km later we reach the small village of Upshi. We camp in the oases like Gya campsite set amidst a yawning canyon.
Day 11 : Upshi to Leh.
Today after breakfast we begin our 60 Km rides through the spread out Indus Valley along the Indus River. We reach Leh by lunchtime. On arrival we check into a hotel. The rest of the day is free to rest up and relax after 10 day adventure in one of the remotest areas in the Indian Western Himalayas.