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Cycling in Ladakh

Ladakh Cycling

Cycling calls for alertness, activity, and accuracy and grace in the upper portions of the body. Cycling in Ladakh provides an exhilarating opportunity for those who dream of cycling through the highest mountain range in the world. Cycling at all levels can be a welcome experience. In Ladakh, one can visit many of the fascinating Buddhist Gompas on the way while cycling through charming local villages, all with the backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas. After day long cycling, one can enjoy the Tibetan food. To cycle the Zig-Zag roads in Ladakh, one needs to be technically perfect biker as the roads are rough, though paved. A support car to carry ones luggage comes handy and helps to enjoy the great Himalayan range without any worry. The best time for cycling is from mid June to September end.

Cycling in Ladakh


One can cycle the 64 km road from Leh to Alchi. The route takes one on a Zig Zig course through the hairpin turns of the Himalayan Roads. Leh-Hemis (45 km) is another famous cycling itinerary. Leaving Leh from the main road provides a last glimpse of magnificent Gompas at Thikse, Shey and Stok. The cycle tour follows the bank of the Indus river until Karu. At Karu the route continues across the bridge and onwards to the village of Hemis. One can cycle through the highest motorable Khardungla pass. Jispa-Gondla, Marhi-Manali, are other trips that can be undertaken. There are various travel agencies which arrange the cycling trips in Ladakh and offer their expertise. Their travel packages and schedules of itineraries may vary.


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