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Cycling in Ladakh

Ladakh is a remote high-altitude desert area in Jammu and also Kashmir, India, which reflects a blend of natural as well as cultural diversity unique to this region. This Buddhist influenced area also has some Tibetan roots. Ladakh offers a traveller a sense of dramatic contrast of culture along with vibrant colours of its landscape - blue skies, vast expanses of brown, gold, and also ochre mountains that are occasionally disrupted by green agrarian villages and hamlets.

Cycling is becoming an incredibly popular activity in Ladakh. The bicycle rental sector in Leh has been steadily growing every season for the last few years. However what are the very best cycling routes, and what should you take into consideration when exploring the country on two wheels?

Cycling In Ladakh: Where Are the Best Routes?

  • Manali to Leh
  • Leh to Pangong Tso
  • The Monastery Circuit
  • Leh to Tso Moriri
  • Leh to Khardung La Pass

Things to Know Before the Trip

Knowing the following points will certainly be of great help during this bicycle journey from Manali to Leh and also will additionally make you mentally strong:

  • Practice repairing a flat tire & replacing tubes.
  • Know how to change or remove the chain links. It always helps to know the basics of cleaning and maintaining bike chain.
  • One should know how to adjust and change brake/gear wires.
  • Learn how to change spokes without using the spoke tools

List of Spares to Carry on Bicycle trip to Ladakh

Beyond this, here is a listing of spares & devices you should definitely carry on Manali Leh cycling trip:

  • 2 set of spare tubes, Puncture repair kit & hand pump.
  • 1 set of spare chain link and chain link removal tool
  • Basic bicycle tool kit
  • Spare Spokes (2 pc)
  • Break/Gear Wires (2 pc)
  • Commonly used extra screws and nuts.
  • Machine oil or any lubricant. I personally prefer Machine oil over anything else.

Ladakh is the emergent favorite of vacationers, not just from India, yet from the entire world. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides, the beauty of this place is exceptional, and also you will agree to that as quickly as you set foot here. As well as regardless of being so far off and on the rainfall shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is very well connected, especially the capital city of Leh. Aside from the main airport in the capital, you can arrive in Ladakh using road too, with highways coming in from Srinagar and from Manali, the latter being one of the most beautiful highways in the country.

And this is another reason why Ladakh is a favorite of adventure junkies. You can ride a bike till here, or can even cycle up to this beautiful land of Leh, some 11,400 fts above sea level.