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Best Time of Year: Region Dependant
Cycle The Highest Road
Arguably the finest ride in the world. Stupendous uphills, wild downhills, otherworldly landscapes, beautiful people, and a diverse cultural experience unparalleled in the world, welcome to Northern India. Roads that wind uphill for days, and views that extend across fantastic mountain panoramas, no guidebook, description or photo can possibly begin to do the mightiness of this adventure justice! So come and join us, for 490km, and 10 days of the best riding that our planet has to offer, culminating in the chance to tackle the highest motorable road in the world!
Beginning in Manali, we will cycle 270 miles in 9 days and climb four major passes all over 13,000ft on the road to Leh in Ladakh. From here nestled high in the Himalaya and accessible for only 4 months of the year, we will have the ultimate challenge, cycling from 11,500 feet (3,600 meters) in Leh to the Khardung-La pass, the highest motorable road in the world, taking you to a breath taking height of 18,380 feet (5,603m) in just 39 km. Roads dotted with lonely nomad camps. Tibetan refugees tending their yaks and crafting cheese by hand. Climbing switchback after switchback for hours on end into the thin air at 5,000 meters. And then proffering thanks to the gods at the summit shrine before hurtling downhill for endless kilometers, past wildflowers, waterfalls and loopy road signs.
Day 1 & 2 - Travel from UK and stay Delhi for one night
Day 3 - Transfer to Manali
Day 4 & 5 - Acclimatisation
Day 6 - 14 - Ride to Leh along the incredible rollercoaster road
Day 15 - Rest Day
Day 16 - Ride to Top of Khardung La - Highest Road in the World
Day 17 - Rest Day
Day 18 - Fly to Delhi
Day 19 - Home
Comfortable hotels in Delhi, Manali, and Leh. Excepting these locations you will be staying in simple rural accommodation, experiencing the wilds of the Indian Himalayas
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Includes Western or Nepalese Guide, All transfers, all accommodation, all breakfasts, mechanic back up.
Excluded From Trip
International Airfares, Departure taxes, Visas, Lunches and evening meals
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike rack for rear pannier
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
Bell or Horn on your bike - Louder the better!
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Spare parts for your bike (spokes, and other specialist parts for your bike)
Oil/Lube Brush (Toothbrush)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Cycle Box / Case / Cardboard Box for Transportation (not the huge rigid boxes on point to point rides please!)
Parcel Tape if required to re-box your bike
Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline
Insect Repellant, Rehydration Salts
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Long Sleeve T-Shirt - preferably white for hot sunny destinations
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Camera, Memory Card
Toilet Roll, Spare Lace
Visa's (if applicable)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Money Belt, Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone, Penknife
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Sleeping Bag / Silk Liner (please check this on a trip by trip basis - it may be required)
Specialist Items for Long Haul Trips
Mosquito Nets, Specialist Medication (AntiMalaria)
Water Purification Kit, Immodium, Sewing Kit
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Variable - from extreme heat and humidity and rain in Delhi to cold dry air on top of Himalayan Mountain Passes.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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