Duration : 07 Days / 06 Nights
Destinations : Leh - Durbuk - Lukung - Pangong Lake - Tangtse - Changla - Hemis - Leh
Alertness, activity and accuracy are the virtues of a cyclist as he/she rests his/her weight on the saddle and wheel through the rough and zigzagged roads of Ladakh. Ladakh provides wonderful opportunities for a cycling enthusiast who dreams of cycling through the highest mountain range in the world. The fascinating Buddhist Gompas lures the cyclists to the quaint small villages while the snow-capped Himalayas provide a stunning backdrop. There are ample of treks to be covered by cyclists of all levels, though ones venturing for more barren and high areas need to be more trained and technically perfect. One may also hire a support car to carry one's while peddling through some of the highest passes of the world. The ideal season of cycling ranges from mid-June to September.
The 64 km stretch from Leh to Alchi presents a challenge to a biker with its winding course and hairpin turns. Another favored route among the bicyclists is the 45 km stretch from Leh to Hemis. One may get some stunning views of the majestic gompas of Thiksey, Shey and Stok as one peddles on the main road from Leh. Most of the cycle circuit follows the bank of River Indus until Karu where one crosses the bridge to reach the village of Hemis. The highest motorable pass known as Khardungla can be chosen as well as the trips of Jispa-Gondla and Marhi-Manali is also worth considering.
Day 1: Leh - Durbuk.....110 km
Visit enroute Chemra and Taktak Gompas. Overnight stay in camp at Durbuk.
Day 2: Durbuk - Lukung....100km
Bypass village Tangtse, drive upto Lukung. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 3: Lukung - Pangong Lake. ..60km
Drive via Spangmik village at the bank of Pangong lake. This lake is the highest in Ladakh and is famous for colourful stones and wild flowers (in summer months).
Overnight stay in camp.
Day 4: At Pangong Lake
Explore the area, drive and trek along the lake. It is a once-in-a-life time experience.
Day 5: Pangong Lake - Tangtse...90km
Drive back upto Tangtse by crossing over a pass. There are beautiful sites for photography. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 6: Tangtse - Changla
Enroute visit Durbuk Gompa. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 7: Changla - Hemis - Leh
Visit Hemis Gompa. It is the richest gompa of this region. Overnight stay in a Hotel at Leh.