Why Cycling from Manali to Leh is the ultimate adventure one can have on 2 wheels & a saddle.
For centuries, these tracks were the ancient trade route and an important connection between India and China. Then sometime around the late ’80s, the bikers started exploring the route and bringing back stories of a ‘far away land’ whose beauty was in its desolateness and whose charm was the challenge it throws at the travelers in the form of rough terrain & high altitude.
Slowly the world was flooded with pictures of the barren-landscapes and the Manali-Leh highway was almost on every adventure seekers bucket list.
Today there are thousands of travelers who choose to go through this route to merely enjoy the landscape and traverse the heart thumping & nerve tingling difficult to maneuver curves and roads.
It is a 475 KM track and riders will be crossing 5 high altitude passes, Rohtang-La [3979 mts], Baralacha-La [4,890 mts], Naki-La [4442 mts], Lachung-La [5065 mts] & Tanglang-La which is also the 2nd highest motorable pass [5328 mts].
The type of transport one uses on this route actually grades the travelers into various categories of adventure seekers. The most common ones are on four wheels; Self –drive to taxis to the tempo travelers [mostly locals travel by them and some travel junkies who want to seep themselves into the local culture & tradition or the budget travelers & backpacking tourists].
Then comes a little higher grade of adventure seekers – the motor-bikers. You can see caravans of them fully geared and fully loaded making the journey through the rough terrain…and you may think that’s the ultimate adrenaline rush one could get. Wait till we tell you, what is the ultimate adventure, one can ever have on this route.
“Cycleit”!!!! You can peddle up the 475 KM of the spectacular landscape and understand the feeling of riding on top of the world. It may sound crazy at first, but once you do it you will know why cycling this route will give the ultimate adrenaline rush and a feeling of achievement that no other motorized ride can ever do.
The Manali-Leh cycling expedition can be done over a period of 10-11 days and you can always top it up by riding up to Khardung-La, the highest motor-able Pass in the world. Cycling the route also means that you live up to your commitment of not disturbing the delicate eco-system, you can go fuel free and also experience every single breath of the road in its entirety. The way you can experience nature and landscape on a bicycle, you will not be able to do it in any other form of transport.