Manali Leh Khardungla Cycling Expedition

Manali Leh Khardungla Cycling Expedition

(15 customer reviews)

10 Days & 9 Nights

510 km




Tour Overview

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

This expedition covers the Indian state of the Himalayas i.e. Himachal Pradesh and the union territory of Ladakh. You will also be crossing one of the 5 passes and one of the world’s most popular passes i.e. the Khardungla Pass. You will come across different villages that have the charm of their unique culture and warm welcoming vides while cycling across Himachal Pradesh and Leh.

On this memorable 10 days expedition, we’ve packed the right mix of cycling, leisure, rejuvenation, and exploration. You will experience stretches that challenge your limits, sceneries that indulge your senses and interactions that expose you to the local culture.

As we completely understand this is once in a lifetime experience for every rider who joins for expedition. Managing time, money, efforts, family and many more things are big things so making their investment qualitative and rememberable with beautiful memories is what we look forward to deliver. What we hear back from our clients that we came solo and now returning back with extended family of friends for life.

So if you are also looking for making the most memorable journey and enjoy each second you spend on this expedition to cherish forever in life then Dare2Gear is the best adventure travel company to plan your cycling adventures of life.

Please Note: Road bikes are not allowed for this expedition.


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, proceed your journey towards the hotel Kanishka or similar, 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 have a session to 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 Sissu | 40 km

Stay: Hotel | Cycling: 40km | Altitude: 3070 Meters

We have to get up early this day. Get Ready and have a 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 the Solang Valley The hub for adventure sports activities like paragliding, rope courses, horse Riding, etc. We will cross through Atal Tunnel the longest tunnel at a length of 9.02 km, it is the highest highway single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet (3,048 m) in the world. We will have our lunch at ATAL cafe in Sissu near Sissu Lake. Post that we will checkin to our hotel Aliyas or Similar in sissu and rest for the day.

Day3: Sissu to Jispa | 53 km

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

The day will begin with an easy and gradual climb followed by an exciting downhill to Tandi.  This is the place where the river “Chandra” and the river “Bhaga” meets. This place is a holy place in Hindu belief. We will move towards Kyelang (also spelled Keylong) a beautiful town and the district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti districts is home to most of the government offices and facilities in Lahaul. We will halt for lunch over here. Then moves towards jispa and check in to hotel Padma Lodge or similar. This the border of Low oxygen area and green belt. The day when you will witness greenery around. Post this till we don’t reach Lato the barrel mountains with beautiful giant landscapes we will pass through.


Day 4: Jispa to ZingZingBar | 31 km

Stay: Domes / Camping | Cycling: 31 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 when 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 upper ZingZingBar. The day comes to an end as we make a touchdown in upper 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. This is the first eve that we will spend in a big Dome together under same roof.

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 toward today’s destination, Sarchu.

Once we reach sarchu we will do the photoshoot for group and solo and will create video’s of the group. This is more of relaxing and kind of celebration day for coming half way through of the expedition.

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 21 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.

This day is the toughest day of ride, but as we have ridden for last in this terrain.. So By this day each one have done a great self-introspection about their riding skills so each rider can plan their ride strategy for the day with their buddy rider on tour.

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, Lato Guest House. Then, a zippy 35 km downhill ride awaits us, to reach today’s destination Lato.

Day 8: Lato to Leh | 75 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 The Himalyan ladhak or similar.

Day 9: Leh to Khardungla | Local Sight Seeing | 80 km

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

On the basis of our last 5 years of experience, we have seen the riders feel content when they reach Leh. So they prefer to go local sightseeing than attempt to climb to khardungla.

Riders who wish to climb they will leave early morning at 6 am breakfast for leave for the Khardungla pass, the world’s highest mountain pass. We cycle through the scenic valley on the world’s second-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 the dinner celebration and to celebrate the completion of the tour.

Riders who go sightseeing for you taxi shall come to the hotel to pick you up and make you explore Magnetic Hill, Monastery, and the confluence of rivers where you can do adventure sports activities if you wish too. The lunch or any other adventure activity expense during the travel is of the rider himself or herself. Drive back to our hotel in Leh for the dinner celebration and to celebrate the completion of the tour.

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.


Add On(s)

Cycle On Rent – 10,500

People who don’t want to carry their own cycle, or have with them road or city bikes only. For them this is the best option to go for a hassle free extended services from Dare2gear. Can drop cycles at Leh itself no additional cost of cycle transportation.

Passenger Transportation From Delhi to Manali - 2,500

As Delhi is the central hub for all flights, so if you plan to join us from Delhi we will make your bookings in same Volvo bus where you get opportunity to travel together with co riders from Delhi itself.

Cycle Transportation from Noida to Manali - 3,000

You have to drop your cycles at Noida, if you are not staying in Noida or around once you book the tour as per your location in INDIA we will coordinate the pickup from your city as well with revised cost form your city.

Cycle Transportation from Leh to Noida - 3,500

All cycles as dropped in leh will be shipped back to Noida, if you are not from Noida or around once you book the tour as per your location in INDIA we will coordinate the drop to your city as well with revised cost to your city.

Single Stay – 12,500

Some participants look for a single stay and don’t want to share the rooms as their personal comfort choice, to meet their requirement this service is being offered by default tour is designed keeping stay on double sharing.


What Things do I need to Carry?

Please click to the respective link PACKING CHECKLIST .

Is there a Training program available for participants who register?

Yes, a route map has been designed for participants who register with us. This is a training plan which a rider can follow own their own to train themselves strong along with set of exercises you should during your training.

I am looking for personal training is that also available?

Yes, we do provide personalised training in which we assign a coach to you who examines your training patterns, current strength and then design a customised training with certain list of tasks involved and observe the progress report on weekly basis.

How to Reach manali?

By Air (Delhi/ To Manali)

If you wish to go to Manali from Delhi  by air, Bhuntar is where the nearest airport to Manali is located which is about 50 km from Manali. But a little problem is that flights from Delhi to Bhuntar are very infrequent and mostly get cancelled. So the best way and the most preferred way is to fly down to Chandigarh from Delhi and then go to Manali by road. Once you get down at the airport, you will surely find some taxis or can ask us we will provided extended services to our registered members.


By Road (Delhi To Manali)

If you wish to go to Manali from Delhi by road, The total distance by road from Delhi to Manali is 12 hours. A network of state-run and private buses connects Manali to some of the most well-known tourist destinations, including Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala, and New Delhi. The majority of buses depart from Delhi‘s ISBT Kashmiri Gate. The bus trip from Delhi to Manali is more comfortable if you choose an air-conditioned Volvo coach. The best one to take would be the Himachal state transport buses because of its good frequency and cheap price.


By Rail (Delhi To Manali)

If you wish to go to Manali from Delhi by rail, You cannot directly reach Manali directly from Delhi because Manali does not have a railway station. The nearest railway station from Delhi to reach Manali is Chandigarh or Pathankot. You can simply catch a train to Chandigarh or Pathankot, whatever suits you and then opt for a bus or taxi from there.

Can you share the insights about climate?

In Mountains weather is one thing which is most unpredictable but on the basis of old patterns in last 5 years of experience sharing the insights on climate.

When you reach Manali days are time temperature is pleasant around 24 degree celcius and morning and evening are cold around 5 degrees.
The similar kind of weather we will get till Jipsa first 3 days of tour with a drop of 2 -3 degrees in temperature. Post jispa Cold deserts area begin where you need to be in warm clothes and temperature during the day will be around 18-20 degrees and in nights can drop to 0 degrees also till we don’t cross Tanglangla pass for next 4 days.

The Day we will be enter Leh will be little hot as compare to previous days and temperature will be between 25-30 degrees diring day and night and early morning are pleasant with 4 – 5 degrees temperature.

When we will go to attempt khardung-la we have to cover ourselves with warm layers as we will be again gaining the height and touching more approx. 18000 feet of height.

*Disclaimer: Rain & Snow Storm changes the story.

Which type of cycles are allowed in this ride?

As this ride is designed to test  your endurance and explore the mountains so MTB or Gravel bicycle is allowed. On mountains during the downhill the bike need more stability and controllability which can easily be achieved on MTB or Gravel bicycles.

I will be riding first time in mountains am I advised to come on gravel bicycle?

No, it is not advised to do your first expedition in mountains on gravel bicycle as speedy downhills and sharp edged curves are there. If skill of controlling the bicycle is not build earlier, then probability of skidding on turns and getting disbalance is there which may lead to injuries too.

Do you provide cycle on rent, if yes then which bike you provide?

Yes, we do provide cycles on Rent. We have premium brand Polygon MTB bikes available for rent.

Will I get the cycle according to my height for this ride?

As we have multiple cycles to offer on rent for all sizes ranging from S to XL, so you will get the cycle of right frame size for your ride.

What is included in the cost of cycle rental?

We give cycle only for rides, all other mandatory items and accessories you want on cycle you have to bring yourself.

I have taken a cycle on rent if any damage happens who will bear the cost?

Any kind of damage happens to cycle during the ride shall be taken care by rider himself / herself. So treat it like your own property and handle with care.

I have taken a cycle on rent when will I get and where?

You will get the cycle on rent a day before the start of ride in hotel itself.

Do you have any Minimum Speed Criteria for this Ride?

Yes, as it is a long endurance ride so recovery for rest day is important. To cover the maximum ride on saddle each rider has to maintain a minimum average pace of 15-18km/hr. If you will not be able to manage this pace, no need to worry our support team will be there to pick you from Point A to Point B and you can again continue your ride from there.

Do you I have to submit any medical fitness certificate for this Ride?

Yes, for our all expeditions we need a self-declaration as well as medical certificate stamped and signed by MBBS. Or higher degree holder doctor. To download the respective forms please click on the respective links Self Medical Declaration Form, Medical Clearance.

I have already accepted the terms and conditions do I still need to fill the waiver form?

We understand at the time of registration you have accepted the terms and condition. But there is probability that due to short of time may any of the important information may got skipped to read so a hard copy of signed document is must. To download the Waiver form please click on below shared link Waiver Form.

I am under 18 can I also join the ride?

Yes, you can also join the ride with the consent of your parents. You have to get a disclaimer form signed by your parents and submit it before the ride with us. Already a 11 year youngest rider also joined in previous batch with us along with his father.

If I forgot to bring any of the mandatory things you have mentioned, will I be allowed to ride?

No, without any of the mandatory things as mentioned above you are not allowed to ride. So either bring them along or can purchase from us.

Will medical support is also there for riders?

Yes FIRST-AID shall be provided immediately to the rider as and when needed. If in case any critical emergency rider needs to visit the hospital that shall be taken care of by us. But the expense of the hospital shall be taken care of by rider only.

Does tour cost cover our medical insurance also?

No, tour cost doesn’t include your medical insurance.

What are the safety rules for this Tour?

1) It is compulsory to wear a helmet for the entire duration of the ride. Riders without a helmet will not be permitted to ride.

2) Every rider must use their own lights for riding in dark times, and bicycles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be fully functional. If lights will not be working you are not allowed to ride.

3) All riders must wear a reflective vest that clearly places reflective material prominently on the front and back of the rider. If you will not be wearing reflective vests you are not allowed to ride.

4) This ride is open to any amateur cyclist regardless of his or her cycling affiliations. Riders (under the age of 18) must get a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian

5) Each rider must be covered by liability insurance, either by a group policy or by a personal policy.

6) Our Sikh brothers – We have RELAXED THE MANDATORY HELMET RULE for Sikh Riders. But the rider must either wear a full Turban and not just a Patka.

What is your cancellation & refund policy?

Please check below shared link refund and return policy


15 reviews for Manali Leh Khardungla Cycling Expedition

  1. Nishu mehendra

    The ultimate ride I loved this cycling trek I bonded with everyone I had so many new experiences such as sleeping in a sleeping bag drinking garlic soup staying tents these were some magical moments I can not forget but there were so many more that cannot be expressed in words but have to go to experience this. I strongly recommend try this not only for the cycling but for the once in a lifetime experience.

  2. Riya

    Ultimate ride I had so much fun this ride really opened me up I learnt things I couldn’t have sitting at home I loved the views too and the support from the crew was Fabolous

  3. Sanjeev

    It was a great ride I went with my son it was fully supported and I loved the views

  4. Sanjeev

    Great ride I rode with my son met new riders and loved cycling

  5. Arnav

    Great ride loved the views loved cycling on the terrain it was a fully supported ride and I just couldn’t have gotten a better experience I wish I could forget all of this and relive the experience of Manali-Leh ride once again

  6. 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!

  7. Shaurya chanda

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  15. 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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