When you hear the name Ladakh, undoubtedly breath-taking mountains and clear skies come to your mind. Imagine a biking trip through those mountains and landscapes. Does that sound like heaven to you? Then, you should definitely go for the ultimate biking trip from Manali to Leh Ladakh.
Manali, which is also known as the “Valley of the gods”, is no less than Ladakh when it comes to beauty. Manali is in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is well known for its cosy climate and snowy mountains. To talk about Leh, it is the capital city of Ladakh. It is known for its magnificent mountains, sceneries and monasteries.
This trip would certainly attract you if you are an adventurer or a biker. In that case, I’m here to help you out and explain the whole route!
The biking trip: itinerary
This biking trip is of 11 days and 10 nights. The best time for this bike trip would be from mid of may to october. Let’s take a deep look at the route.
Arrival at Manali
The first day is for reaching Manali. Almost all of the ways to reach Manali are through Delhi and Chandigarh. Once reached, take the whole day to explore Manali. To mention a few places, there is Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple. Get yourself a pleasing dinner and a hotel to stay. Brace yourself for the start of the biking trip.
Manali to Jispa
After breakfast, your long awaited trip begins! From Manali, the riding starts. You will travel via the Atal tunnel. The trip is 140 km and will take around 8 hours to reach Jispa. On the way, you can enjoy the delightful sound of the Bhaga river and witness the divine beauty of Himalayan riverside. You will also pass through Tandi and Keylong. Spend the night in the camps.
Jispa to Padum
The next day is the trip from Jispa to Padum which is around 140 km away. Similarly, this will also take around 8 hours. The route is through Shingo La Pass. First, you will travel towards Zanskar. You will get the best view in this route through the enormous beauty, Gumbok Rangan. After a meal, you will reach Padum which is just 50 km away. Spend the night in the tents.
Padum to Kargil
After breakfast, you will follow through an off-road shortcut to reach the Srinagar-Leh Highway. The trip is 240 km which would take roughly 6 hours which would be covered during daylight. This road is a bit hard but you will get the best view through this. Spend the night in a hotel.
Kargil to Leh
On this day, you will reach Leh. You will pass through the Lamayuru monastery and you will also get the chance to see the giant Buddha sculpture in Mulbekh monastery. The trip to reach Leh from Kargil is 220 km and takes around 4-5 hours. You can also visit the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, learn the sikh religion and enjoy the mountain view. Spend the night at a hotel.
Leh to Nubra valley
Get ready because this will be a big day. Head towards the Nubra valley which is 155 km away. This distance can be covered within 5 hours. On reaching Nubra valley, you can enjoy the finest view of mountain range, snow and cherish every moment. Nubra valley is an high-altitude cold desert, home to the second highest motorable pass in the world. Enjoy the day, have dinner and spend the night at Nubra valley.
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Nubra valley to Pangong lake
For this day, prepare yourself as the route is through an untamed path. You will pass through the Shyok village of Leh. The journey will be 150 km and takes around 3-4 hours. The best part of this day will be the Pangong lake. Bury yourself in the charm of the lake. Spend the night in the Tangtse village.
Pangong Tso to Leh
Today, the pass is through Chang La Pass which is considered as one of the toughest passes. The journey is about 5-6 hours for 158 km. After the pass, you will be welcomed by the small lake, Tsoltak. Later, the trip will take you through the village Shakti and connect to Manali-Leh Highways. Have an overnight stay at Leh.
Leh to Sarchu
Next, you will reach Sarchu through Tanglang La pass. It’s a 253 km trip for around 10 hours. On your way, you will pass through More plains and the two passes, Lachung La and Nakee La. Finally, you’ll proceed through the Gata loop which has 21 hairpin bends. You’ll spend the night at Sarchu.
Sarchu to Manali
Today, you will travel back to the final spot, Manali. For this, you will pass through Baralacha La, riding through the passage of snow. You will also go through the Zing-zing bar. This day will be quite tiring. The whole journey is 223 km and takes 11-12 hours. Once you reach Manali, get back to your hotel and spend the night.
This is the end of the whole trip. You are free to relax and explore Manali more or head back to your place.
The biking trip route from Manali to Leh Ladakh is handcrafted for adventure lovers and bike lovers to spend their vacation in the perfect way possible. This trip has the best tourist spots and views and definitely worth your while.
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