Manali-Leh + Khardungla Cycling Expedition

Manali-Leh + Khardungla Cycling Expedition

(10 customer reviews)

10 Days & 9 Nights

565 km




Tour Overview

Dare2Gear is back to redefine adventure with a platform to discover the real you and brings along an opportunity to come close to the best of nature. We are pleased to add one more adventure to your kitty by presenting the “Manali-Leh + Khardungla cycling expedition” in the mountains.

Manali-Khardungla cycle ride is an ideal cycling expedition idea for those who want to ride wild. If you have the will of conquering the spellbinding world of the Himalayas from the seat of your cycle, then the Leh-Manali cycling expedition should be on your bucket list.

This expedition covers the Indian state of the Himalayas i.e. Himachal Pradesh and the newly formed union territory of Ladakh. You will also be crossing one of the highest motorable passes i.e. the Khardungla Pass. You will come across different villages that have a charm of their culture while cycling across Himachal Pradesh and Leh.

Please Note: Only MTB bikes are allowed. No cyclocross, gravel or hybrid bikes are allowed.


Day 1: Arrive in Manali | Stay: Hotel Stay

Once you reach Manali, our ground team will coordinate with you and update you about the meeting point. After that, we will proceed our journey towards the hotel, where you meet up and acquainted with other fellow riders. You can rest for a while. Then, we will have delicious lunch. Post Lunch, we will head out for a short orientation/acclimatization ride.

In the evening, the Dare2Gear team will brief you on things to keep in mind for the next ten days of the cycling expedition. We will retire early and give our bodies a complete rest before the start of this cycling expedition.

Day2: Manali to Marhi | 35 km

Stay: Domes / Camping | Cycling: 35km | Altitude: 3320 Meters

We have to get up early this day. Get Ready and have some healthy & delicious morning breakfast. We will be starting our Manali-Leh + Khardungla cycle tour from the hotel itself. Hop on your bikes and get ready to begin this memorable cycling expedition. You will come across different villages that have a charm of their culture while cycling across Himachal Pradesh and Leh. The landscape will give you a feel like it is designed specifically for an adventure-seeking cyclist. While riding through hairpin curves, the road leads us to today’s destination, a beautiful town named Marhi.

Day3: Marhi to Keylong | 78 km

Stay: Hotel | Cycling: 78km | Altitude: 3350Meters

The day will begin with a climb of 12km to the Rohtang pass. At Rohtang, snow-peaked glaciers await us in the line of the Horizon. After some relaxation at Rohtang, we descend towards the River Khoksar. After an easy ride of a few km, we will cross the Sissu(a small town in the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh) at the foothills of the Pir Pinjal range. Later we are going to encounter the mountain streams flowing over the roads to reach today’s destination Kyelang (or Keylong).

Day 4: Keylong to ZingZingBar | 61 km

Stay: Domes / Camping | Cycling: 61 km | Altitude: 3820 Meters

With an easy start to the day, we will pedal towards ZingZingBAr. Today a rusty rocky terrain is waiting for us as we pass the tiny hamlet town of Jispa. There is much descent before the climb towards Patseo. Today will be the first time of this expedition, where we will experience complete isolation from the outer world, and we will also be riding in the low oxygen region. After reaching Patseo, it will be a gradual and easy climb ride to ZingZingBar. The day comes to an end as we make a touchdown in ZingZingBAr.

Get fresh and have a hot served dinner. Post dinner, you can retire to your cozy bed for a sound sleep to face the challenges of the next day.

Day5: ZingZingBar to Sarchu |41 km

Stay: Swiss Hut | Cycling: 41 km | Altitude 4255 Meters

After having an early morning bite, we gradually ascend towards the 2nd pass of this route, Baralacha La, via Zing zing bar. Today we do our climb mostly on a tarmac surface, with less traffic. After crossing the Naughty Baralacha La, the entire topography of the region changes and we get the first glimpse of the Mountain Desert. Thereafter we descend to Bharatpur and from there, we will take the rolling terrain towards today’s destination, Sarchu.

Day6: Sarchu to Pang | 80 km

Stay: Domes / Camp | Cycling: 80 Km | Altitude 4370 Meter

Brace yourself up, for today’s adventurous and challenging ride, as we are going to cross two mountain passes in a single day. From our campsite, it’s a rolling terrain till the start of the Gata Loops. From here, we will start climbing. After climbing up to 22 Loops, we can have a relaxed ride, as we are going to pedal on the rolling terrain for a few km, just before we again ascend to the 3rd Pass on this route NakeeLa. We will also be passing through the ‘Lachlung La’ pass. The view en route is so mesmerizing and you will sense that your hard work pays off. From the ‘Lachlung La’ pass, we will descend to Pang, and relax in the stay domes for the night.

Day7: Pang to Lato | 103 km

Stay: Guest House | Cycling: 103 km | Altitude 4835Meters

This morning only a 5 km climb and you will touch the most beautiful route of your journey called Morrie plains. Scenic beauty with the full metal and well-maintained roads. This region has a wide horizon where on your left and ride for approx 2 km you will find plains and then the huge multi-color mountains. Then we will cross the Taglangla pass. The Taglangla is the second highest motorable road of this expedition. You will witness long roads and a continuous climb of approx 15 km. The Taglangla pass is 5328 meters from sea level, which leads to a scenic descent towards Lato. Then, a zippy 35 km downhill ride awaits us, to reach today’s destination Lato.

Day 8: Lato to Leh | 82 km

Stay: Hotel | Cycling: 82km | Altitude: 3600 Meters

We will take it easy today and start with leisure. Cycling along the River Indus, we will be riding from Lato/Upshi into the main town of Ladakh Leh. On the way, we would be crossing some of the monasteries of the Hemis, Thiksey, and Shey regions and might visit a few of them depending upon the timelines. Once we reach the famous Leh-Gate, we will have a group picture clicked after which we can proceed our journey towards our hotel.

Day 9: Leh to Khardungla | 80 km

Stay: Hotel | Cycling: 80km | Altitude 5360 Meters

After an early breakfast, we leave for the Khardungla pass, the world’s highest mountain pass. You climb past Karakorum and Zaskar mountains to reach Khardungla. We cycle through the scenic valley on the world’s highest motorable road to the top of this journey with a sense of achievement that has no parallel. Celebrate this moment of pride and success with your bike and your fellow riders. Ride back to our hotel in Leh for a dinner celebration and to rest for the night.

Day 10: Return Day

Today’s morning post-breakfast, you are free to plan your return. Participants can take a flight and return to their homes or they stay there to roam in and around Leh. The call is completely yours, in case you need any assistance in planning, we are here to help you out.

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10 reviews for Manali-Leh + Khardungla Cycling Expedition

  1. Divya Pal Das

    joined Dare2Gear in 2018 and have done both trekking and cycling expeditions with them. My most recent was the Manali-Leh Cycling Expedition from 9th July -18th July 2022. Dare2Gear is one of the most dependable organizations. The team is excellent. The assistance they provide is completely professional but the feeling we get is that of travelling with a family. That personalized touch, makes each one of us feel valued important and the goal achievable!
    Thank you team Dare2Gear for making each experience (and there are many) of mine memorable!

  2. Shaurya chanda

    Nice to read all reviews I would like to join this next year. Excited and looking forward to doing this adventure soon.

  3. Avdhesh Goyal

    If anyone is having a dream of doing Manali Leh cycling expedition and wanted to have tension-free, D2G team is the only one to make the dream come true with a fearless approach and with extreme care and hospitality!! The beauty of the scenic route is always in my eyes and heart even difficult to capture and at the same high level of feeling proud. All in all, it’s an amazing and never-forgettable journey with minded riders and friends.

  4. Raghav Singh

    I did Manali-Leh 4 times, solo and as a crew in a supported expedition also but it’s totally different experience with the support of Dare2Gear. I could make out the difference between the comfort we were able to provide and as a rider you can enjoy more cycling than worrying about logistics. Every rider must do Manali-Leh and if he wants to do so undoubtedly Dare2Gear is best.

  5. Dileep Prabhakar Sule

    I was lucky to find a place for myself in this Manali to Leh Ladakh cycling expedition. The route was full of challenges. But Tarun and the team made the whole experience user-friendly. The Bikes were checked every morning for their trouble-free performance. Many kms. Were offroading. Climbs were killing and Downhills were frightening. The route was very scenic. The stay at Hotel, Dhabas and Swiss tents gave us a unique experience. Dare2 Gear is undoubtedly professional, and Mr Tarun is doing this with his passion. All the riders were very caring for a sr. Citizens like me. Looking forward to more participation in the near future.

  6. Aditi Singh

    I recently completed Manali Leh Khardungla with Dare2gear and would highly recommend everyone to try this with them. This destination is considered a mecca for every cyclist and one should explore this route however the support is important as sometimes we are in a no man’s land.
    While you can’t capture everything still some of the fabulous and outstanding memories were created by the in-house photographer.
    There is a mandatory proactive bike check done by a technician which helps fixed my bike issue on the fourth day before the ride started. He was with my bike at around 5.30 am which is what one needs.
    I would highly recommend everyone to try this expedition with them. As you go as an individual and come back with an amazing group of friends and memories.
    Expedition batch 9th July to 18th July 2022.

  7. Seema Kaushik

    I recently did Manali-Leh-Khardungala cycling expedition and it was a lifetime experience for me. Every cyclist should try to attempt this challenging plus scenic route. For such kind of challenging expedition where weather is unpredictable and challenges are definitely going to come, one needs a good support team and Dare2Gear knows how to handle it. They have organized numerous expeditions on this route so they are very experienced to handle every situation.

  8. Jyoti Rai

    Recently I did Manali – Leh + Khardungla and I must say it’s an awesome experience…views are just wow…Support from Dare2Gare team is commendable…Everyone should experiance this wonderful Expedition.


    I completed the Manali-Leh-khardundgla cycling expedition which was one of my dream rides. The ride was continuous for eight days on the world’s highest motorable road & it’s a dream of every cyclist with ( Dare Gear & Dare2Gear Cycle World ) without taking any help and support from a vehicle. It was a challenging ride because I haven’t done any mountain rides ( Meraki Rides with Dare2Gear & Dare2Gear Cycle World ) for more than two days earlier & even didn’t ride cycle in the city for more than five days continuously. It was a totally different experience with lots of beauty which was changing every day with different colours of mountains & valleys. I faced many challenges while riding ( lots of speedy wind 💨 , extremely hot weather🌞, heavy sweating, unstoppable incline, muscle screaming & also faced symptoms of AMS)Last day to Khargungla which was 41 kms of nonstop incline, I was not able to climb after 21 km but after getting motivation from @Tarun, @Aditi @Jyoti Divya Pal Das Parul Malhotra Praveen Kathuria @Rohit & the whole Dare2Gear Cycle World team I was able to climb till lunch point at South Pullu. After having Maggi & Coffee I got super energy to climb the last 14 km & reached the highest motorable road in the world, Thanking Tarun Pushap Wadhwa & the whole Dare2Gear Fitness team for being there to encourage me when I lost Hope while climbing Khardungla which is now going to be a lifetime memory for me which I will cherish. My hard work for the last seven months pays off & will work harder for my upcoming challenges.

  10. Lutha Ravichander

    It was a totally different experience. The whole route was very tough and full of natural scenery. All the co-riders, technical support, and Dare2Gear crew team were so cooperative and very caring during the whole trip from start to end. Tarun and sir and the team always rock thank you so much for making our dream come true by always being on our side with support and motivating us to do our daily target as much as we can. Through this expedition, I am also a little more confident in the mountain rides.

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