Manali Leh Ride 2017

Manali Leh Ride 2017

 

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Walk to Himalayas is a Mumbai based professional, full-service travel company that arranges corporate tour experiences. We work with corporates, institutes, business groups and special interest groups to develop theme trips integrating corporate curricula. We pride ourselves on providing personal service and giving our clients the highest quality corporate tours that are" affordable, memorable and worry- free. We offer a wide variety of successful Itineraries, or if you desire, we can work with you to design an itinerary that meets the individual needs of your group.



 

Day 1 - 12th August 2017 - Arrive at Manali :- Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s
northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center. Set on the Beas River, it’s a
gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It's also a jumping-off point for
paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.
Check in at the hotel.
This is the day of registration, all riders must fill the risk declaration form on the same day.
In evening, an interaction session with all riders followed by briefing for the ride.
Day 2- 13th August 2017: Manali - Marrhi Nallah- 40 Kms.
Manali, nestled on the foot of the giant Rohtang Jot (Mound Of Skulls)& on the bank of the Beas river, is
an evergreen area with Pine & Deodar Trees surrounding the town. We will start early and cross the Beas
river over Manali town bridge in the middle of the market & proceed to Palchan the Army Check post.
The Beas river flows on the left side of the road. Passing through a small Hamlet town we take the first
set of hairpin bends on the Serpentine road on the road to Rohtang. Be prepared to a total contrast in
weather from the partly sunny Manali. There will be fog and mild rain. O/Nt Marhhi in Camp.
Day 3- 14th August 2017: Marrhi - Rohtang - Koksar - Sissu - Gondla - 70 Kms
The 17 Kms to Rohtang jot is all ascend. After a welcome cup of tea in one of the little Parachute cafes on
the Pass ride downhill till Koksar bridge. If the weather is clear there are some scenic views of snowcovered
peaks & Glaciers in the far horizon. As we descend there is change in vegetation, the tree line
seems to be getting away from us making way for small bushes. We are in the foothills of the Pir Panjal
range. After crossing the check post follow the river flow till Tandi. At certain points we will abandon the
bank, climbing uphill but we will be moving more or less along the river. In case the sun is out weather
can be warm & Humid, but the nights will be cold being on the riverbank & open area. We will encounter
some unmetalledstretches of road today after Koksar till Gondla, & cross a few mountain streams
flowing over the road. O/Nt Camp.

Day 4 - 15th August 2017: Tandi - Keylong - Gemur - Jispa - Darcha - 45 Kms.
At the confluence point of River Chandra & Bhaga cross the bridge & proceed uphill
to Keylong town. Enroute is Gemur as we ascend the serpentine road Into a gorge. Ahead lies
the Jispahamlet town as we come out of the gorge & descend downhill. The Ibex hotel at Jispa is the last
comfortable hotel till we reach Leh town. It's again a green belt for sometime where you will see many
shepherds and their sheep scattered on the hillsides. We are almost in the Land of Lamas now. Infact
Keylong does support a small Gompa. After crossing Jispa one is definitely in an isolated region & in far
horizon you can distinctively see the bareness of the Higher Himalayan ranges. O/nt camping at Darcha.
Day 5 - 16th August 2017: Darcha - Patseo - Baralacha La - Bharatpur - 55 Kms.
Darcha can be considered the gateway to the Higher Himalayas as we cross the bridge & proceed on the
hairpin bends uphill. Now it is going to be all ascend till we come to the cantonment area of military
garrison of Himmatnagar, Appx - 20 Kms ahead. For next 10 Kms we are into the flat area & then down
hairpin bends of Patseo & Zing Zing Bar as we move into the harsh terrain of the arid mountains. The sun
suddenly seems hotter than before and the atmospheric pressure make the ride today a bit more
challenging. But there are little signs painted in yellow on the rocks - When the going gets tough the
Tough get going! - boosting our Spirits as we ascend the heights of the Baralacha Pass - 4892 M & Suraj
Tal Lake. The Icy blue water & the origin of the river at the top of the bend that brings us closer to the
Pass is a post for the road construction worker toiling hard everyday to maintain the roads as best as
they can under the harsh conditions. It is time now for mountain river crossings. Twice we wi ll be in the
middle of water. We will descend down to the gorge area of Bharatpur, a small make shift
Tentageaccommodation area & night halt for the Truck drivers on their way with fresh supplies to the
higher regions. O/Nt Camp.
Day 6 - 17st August 2017: Bharatpur - Sarchu - 4253 M - Brandy Nallah - 35 Kms.
The Day starts with an easy ride on a flat road, downhill & then entering a gorge descending to the
bridge connecting to the Sarchu Plateau. Cross over the bridge & we move ahead ascending a small
uphill road making us move to the plateau area & now ahead lies another vast stretch flat ground with
shepherds and their mountain goats. There are a number of features of arid landscapes with some
beautiful scenery, a delight for photographers who are looking for high rise mountain ranges, bearing
water marks & erosion of soil clearly indicating that the area was under water a few million years ago.
The area is sparsely green, the wind is chilly & fast blowing here. We are at the Traffic Check post, which
is the entry point into Ladakh. Another 20 Kms ahead on the base of the Gata loops hair pin bends we
will camp for the night at Brandy Nallah. The road though metalled is very bumpy with flat stretches of
barren land on both sides.
Day 7 – 18th August 2017: Brandy Nallah - Gata loops - Naki la - Lachungla - Pang - 57 Kms.
After an easy day yesterday we now move to scale the Gata loops, 23 hairpin bends bringing us top of
the mountain feature. We ride up hill, over an easy slope only to cross the Naki La pass, descend down
into the gorge to an isolated military garrison area & then ascend again to the height of the Lachulung la
- 5065 M. After Naki La we are almost on an unmetalled stretch of gravelly road all the way inside the
gorge of Pang. O/Nt Camp.
Day 8 – 19th August 2017: Pang - More Plains - Tanglangla (Base Camp) - 47 Kms .
Eight Kms uphill from the Bowl-like feature of Pang we come to the plateau area of the More plains.
Changpas, the Nomadic people who tend their yaks here and a few wild asses are the only sign of life on
this isolated and long road. This belt not only barren but is known for fast blowing winds, sandstorms &
extreme temperatures in the early morning and evenings. Fresh stream water can be considered a
scarcity in this area though you might find some isolated mountain streams flowing down
from the Tanglangla. The ride is easy going being a flat plateau area, but the road, which stretches on
ahead, is not as smooth as it looks. There are tiny bumps all along! O/Nt Camp at the base of Tanglang
La.
Day 9 – 20th August 2017: Tanglangla - Rumtse - Gya - 50 Kms.
We proceed early to scale the World's second highest motorable pass, Tanglang la - 5,360 M. The ride for
the next 17 Kms is a challenge for even the fittest of riders, weather being cold early in the morning, with
gravelly stretches of the road consuming extra energy, riding over the altitude of 17,000 Ft will be an acid
test for the mind & Body. Reaching the top is a very satisfying experience & then it's all down hill with
smooth gradients till the base of the Pass. After crossing a small mountain river it is time to find
civilisation again! The Chortens along the road in the villages announce our arrival in the heart of
Buddhist culture. The greenery changes the landscape, and the red coloured mountains surrounding us
and reflected in the river only add to the beauty as we hit Rumtse and Gya for O/Nt Camp.
Day 10 – 21st August 2017: Gya - Upshi - Karu - Leh - 61 Kms
For next 20 Kms we ride on some metalled & unmetalled stretches of roads & cross over
the Upshi bridge across the river Indus. The river originates in China & crosses over into India
somewhere in the higher regions of these great Himalayan ranges. The road condition improves
considerably as we follow more traffic from the cantonment area & local villages going to Leh. Ahead lies
the Thiksey Monastery & the Chortens Garden before we finally enter Leh Town. The ride is easy & we
can expect to reach Leh by evening. O/Nt Hotel Leh
Day 11 – 22nd August 2017: Day At leisure
A much required day for relaxing & maintenance of the Bicycles. A comfortable bed, hot water and a
relaxed day is the only way to be after the tough conditions we have ridden over in the last few days!
Day 12 – 23rd August 2017: Fly Delhi
Early morning transfer to Leh Airport Fly to Delhi. Arrive & check in the Hotel. Spend the day at leisure
and take the International flight back home, or extend your stay to other destinations.

Note:- The Location of the stay may change depending upon the weather condition at that point of time. Hotels envisaged and meal plan : Day 01 at Manali Hotel Snowline/ similar – MAPAI- 1 Night Day 02 to Day 10 : High Altitude Trekking tents - AP - 08 Nights Leh : Kanishka / similar – MAPAI – 02 Nights

 

THE QUOTATION INCLUDES:

1. 11 night accommodation in standard room / tent at specified hotels or similar.

2. Stay as per meal plan specified above. Meals will be buffet breakfast and dinner at hotels /camp

and lunches (wherever mentioned) while cycling will be picnic style (Packed).

3. Transportation by NAC Innova or Scorpio for departure transfers at Leh airport.

4. All Cycling arrangement as following

 Mountain Bike

 All equipment of community-use nature and nature friendly including high altitude two person

client tents,

 Mattresses

 Camping charges

 Kitchen equipment like cooking utensils, camp crockery, tableware, lamps, wash bowls and

cloth linens.

 Cycling support team Guide, cook, mechanic & helper

 Separate vehicle to carry the equipment and support team to / from cycle starting /

ending point

5. Miscellaneous entrance fee and charges are inclusive as

 Inner-line permits

 Potareges at hotel and airport

 All applicable luxury/ road taxes

THE QUOTATION DOES NOT INCLUDE:

 Airfares.

 Camping / cycling equipment and clothing of personal nature like trek shoes, kit bags, day packs,

down jackets and other special clothing’s etc.

 Medical expenses (apart from first aid) and insurance of any kind.

 Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.

 Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the programme, any extra running

will be charges extra.

 All the arrangements for trekking as preplanned and prepaid. In case of not completion of the

trek due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services. Any

extra expense due to the same has to be paid extra.

 Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in

fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses.

 Any other item not mentioned in the cost include section.

 

Bookings & Cancellations Policy:

1. All bookings must be made well in advance so that all arrangements like Hotel reservations,

Transport, Logistics arrangements etc. can be made. Once you finalize a package and book with us,

we will make a provisional booking of Hotel rooms and send you a confirmation.

2. 100% advance need to be paid for confirmation of registration.

3. As soon as the payments are received, a receipt will be send to you.

4. On cancellation fees will not be refunded.

Tour once commenced will strictly go as per the itinerary finalized. In case of events and circumstances

beyond our control, we reserve the right to change all or parts of the contents of the itinerary for

safety and wellbeing of our the riders

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