Why Cycling from Manali to Leh is the ultimate adventure one can have on 2 wheels & a saddle.
Long ago it was the ancient trade route and an important connect between India and China for centuries. Then sometime around the late 80’s 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 merely to enjoy the landscape and traverse the heart thumping & nerve tingling difficult to maneuver curves and roads. The route is ~475kms and one needs to cross 5 high altitude passes; Starting with Rohtang-La @3980mtrs, then Baralacha-La @4830mtrs, Nakee-La @4442mtrs, Lachung-La @5065mtrs and finally Tanglang-La the highest of them @5328 mtrs, and it’s also the 2nd highest motor-able Pass in the world
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 & back packing 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 Kms of the spectacular landscape and actually ride 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 upto 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.