Biking India's Nubra Valley

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US$ 3,100
14 Days / 13 Nights
430 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days8
Average Distance Per Day: 54
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 970
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance430 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 195
Single SupplementUS$ 640
Client Rating (based on 4 reviews)

About this Cycle Tour

This exhilarating trip through the high altitude mountain region of Ladakh, India, takes you over passes, into remote valleys, alongside glacier–fed rivers, across sand dunes, and through Tibetan villages. This is a Himalayan Odyssey not to be missed!

After arriving on a flight from New Delhi to Leh, we begin the adventure with a 3-day acclimatization loop, gradually adjusting ourselves to the high altitude conditions. We gently cycle along the valley floors in search of vestiges of the ancient Ladakhi Kingdom scattered around the expansive landscape surrounding Leh. Monasteries here are dramatically perched on top of cliffs and etched into the hillside, reflecting the ancient and rich Tibetan Buddhist cultural background of the region.

Once acclimated we will depart Leh and burst up the Warila Pass before cycling through the beautiful Sakti and Nubra Valleys. You will be looking down spectacular gorges and up to snow-capped peaks while getting a true window into life deep in the Himalayas. Traversing the vast and expansive high altitude desert terrain of the Nubra Valley - skirting along rivers and cruising through villages - you will also discover a world of sand dunes, Bactrian camels and star filled nights. The tour ends on the highest note possible: a cycle up (and of course down) the highest motorable road in the world.

Join us and experience the Indian Himalayas by bicycle in a truly unforgettable way.

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Day 1

We pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel New Delhi.

Day 2

We fly to the Himalayan city of Leh and take it easy as we acclimatize to the change in altitude. Ramble through the small city to visit the abandoned palace and a local market.

Day 3

We cycle gently along the banks of the Indus River to visit scenic Buddhist monasteries - a nice and easy first ride to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude conditions.

Day 4

Heading west of Leh today we will cycle through the Zanskar River gorge and marvel at ancient murals in Alchi.

Day 5

Set out in search of the ancient capital of Ladakh, Tingmosgang, traversing mountain paths, country roads and a short burst on the highway. .

Day 6

Rest day back in Leh to ensure we are fully acclimated for the epic days ahead biking the Nubra Valley.

Day 7

Our journey kicks into high gear as we begin our gradual climb up the Nubra Valley. Our first destination is the village of Sakti, accessed via cycling a verdant mountain pass.

Day 8

Today’s challenging climb to the top of Wari La Pass will be rewarded with panoramic views across the Himalayas. The thrilling descent down on the other side leads us to the villages of Tangyar and Khyngru.

Day 9

Today’s ride takes us down the Shyok Valley leading to one of the world’s highest altitude deserts at the village of Hundar.

Day 10

Today is the longest ride of the trip which will have us traversing the fascinating flat terrain of sand dunes and expansive floodplains which were once a node on the Silk Road.

Day 11

Today is off the saddle as we transfer to Khalsar and overnight near the village of Khardung at the base of the climb that leads to the Khardungla Pass.

Day 12

We’ll meander along switchback roads leading to the top of Khardungla Pass - the highest point of the trip. After soaking in the amazing views of the valleys and snow-capped peaks, it's an exhilarating downhill back to Leh.

Day 13

We fly to New Delhi and transfer to our hotel.

Day 14

Onward travel. Time to head home or stay and see more of incredible India.

Elevation Profiles

Day 7 - Leh - Sakti Ride 55km. +1,054m / -410m.
Day 7 - Leh - Sakti Ride 55km. +1,054m / -410m.


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 SpiceRoads 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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