Biking India's Nubra Valley

Price from
US$ 2,390
Duration
14 Days / 13 Nights
Distance
485 km
Tour Code
IND-DNV
Next departure
16-Jun-2019
Number of Cycling Days8
Average Distance Per Day: 61
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 1094
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance485 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 175
Single SupplementUS$ 620

All About this Tour

This exhilarating trip through the high altitude mountain desert of Ladakh takes you over passes, into remote valleys, alongside glacier–fed rivers and through Tibetan villages. Be among the first to bicycle a new road over Warila Pass and cycle through the beautiful Sakti and Nubra Valleys. This tour ends on the highest note possible, a cycle up (and of course down) one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at a hotel in New Delhi for a welcome dinner.

Day 2

We fly to Leh and take it easy to acclimate to the sudden change in alti-tude. Go for a slow walk around Leh to visit the palace or the market.

Day 3

We visit the Stok Palace Museum and then try out our bikes and lungs with a ride to Stakna and Thiksey monasteries.

Day 4

We transfer to Nemo and start cycling along the Zanskar River through a spectacular gorge to Chilling for a raft down the river on Grade 3 rapids. Transfer to Likir.

Day 5

Transfer to the top of Tsermachenla for a fantastic roller coaster ride back to Likir. Stop at a monastery with a huge Buddha statue before continu-ing the downhill blast to Nemo. Head back to Leh for dinner.

Day 6

We begin our trip to the Nubra Valley with a gradual climb up through a valley to the village of Sakti. Looking ahead you can see our destination, Warila Pass.

Day 7

It's a long and steady climb to the top of Warila Pass for impressive moun-tain views. Down the other side, we cycle through the large villages of Tangyar and Khyungru.

Day 8

Our downhill blitz passes traditional Ladakhi homes, before climbing gradually to Khalsar. Here, we join the Karakoram highway into the Nubra Valley.

Day 9

The landscape changes to sand dunes as we cycle to Hundar and on to the Muslim village of Turtuk.

Day 10

A rest day as we transfer to Khalsar and then set up camp in pastures close to the North Pulu check post.

Day 11

Many switchbacks take us to the top of Khardungla Pass and the highest point of the trip. After soaking in the amazing views of the valleys and snow-capped peaks, it's an exhilarating downhill to Leh.

Day 12

We fly to New Delhi and transfer to our hotel.

Day 13

We tour New Delhi, visiting the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, and Qutab Mi-nar. Meet up for a farewell dinner.

Day 14

Onward travel.

Elevation Profiles

Day 3 - Leh - Stok - Thiksey - Leh Ride 44km. +607m / -901m.
Day 3 - Leh - Stok - Thiksey - Leh Ride 44km. +607m / -901m.

Reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and look forward to returning to Leh again some time in the near future. Food provided while camping was fantastic. The staff managed to provide a wide variety of meals. Thinles made good suggestions for restaurants. This was preferable to us as we had limited time to explore the town as it was. We felt that the staff managed the split group very well (due to different riding abilities and different expectations from the trip, we were often split into two pairs.) Thinles' work rate was phenomenal!

Joanna Tinlin, Kristian KallaurJuly 2014

This was the best team I have had on a Spice Roads tour. Thinles, the guide was knowledgeable, informative, totally professional on all accounts and a brilliant athlete. The driver, Dashi, and the cook and back up team were excellent. They went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable, well fed, and well cared for when camping at high altitude.

The guide and driver really made this trip for us (as well as the scenery).

Accommodation was suitable for the location. We were camping a lot of the time and the food was superb.

I was impressed that our guide regularly monitored our oxygen levels and pulse rates to make sure we could cope with the changes in altitude.

Michele HossackJuly 2014

Thinles was a fabulous guide. Extremely energetic, knowledgeable and enjoyable.

marySeptember 2012

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