My First Cycling Tour - MANALI to LEH... 8 days, 480 kms - Cycling over high altitude mountains, continuous UP slopes, uncertain weather, high speeds and the biting cold winds in the face gave a sense of feel which is hard to explain.
Greeneries, Mountain passes & Glaciers - a visual treat, Crazy ride in fog, rain, snow showers, and hot sun in bad roads with high altitude sickness and inadequate oxygen, sleepless nights in Swiss camps & shared camps with no network.
It was a tiresome but an exciting & an amazing ride. It was really challenging both physically and mentally & understood one has to be well prepared for it else you have to push yourself so hard. We enjoyed a lot and suffered too where Climate being the sole reason for both. It is surely a much satisfied trip to be cherished forever.
This is my route map with my blue trek cycle all the way from Manali to Leh:
Day1 - Manali - 19km Ride
Day2 - Cycle Ride Distance: 75 km from Manali to Rohtang La – Spiti valley towards Sissu.
Day3 - Cycle Ride Distance: 70 km ride along the River Chandra and Bhaga starting from Sissu to Patseo via Keylong and the beautiful valley of Jispa.
Day4 - Cycle Ride Distance: 57 km Baralacha La glimpse of the Mountain Desert > rolling terrain to Sarchu.
Day5 - Cycle Ride Distance: 81 km Riding along the Tsarap Chu we enter the state of J & K, Gata Loops.
Day6 - 60 km A stretch of 43 km @ 15,800 ft Tso Kar’, a salt lake situated in the 'Rupshu Plateau.
Day7 - 2nd highest Pass in the world ‘Taglang La’.
Day8- Riding along the River Indus we ride from Lato/Upshi into the main town of Ladakh ‘Leh.