Arrive in New Delhi and meet your guide and fellow cyclists at the Ashak Country Resort.
It’s an early start in order to catch a flight to Leh. You have the afternoon off to adjust to the altitude, as Leh is 3,500m above sea level. Take a stroll and explore the palace or numerous markets selling stones, silk and jewellery.
Your body may not be fully acclimatised yet, so our first ride will be taken at a leisurely pace. Your first stop is the Stok Palace Museum, which is still in use as a residence. You’ll then cycle to the Stakna and Thiksey monasteries, crossing the Indus River in between.
After a transfer to Nemo it’s an epic day. You will cycle along the Zanskar River, though a magnificent gorge then catch a raft on Grade 3 rapids down the river to Nemo. Not a bad way to spend a day.
Today will be an exciting day, which will start at 3,750m, on top of Tsermachenla. As you cycle back to Likir, stop at the monastery and admire the amazing Buddha statue. The route will be predominantly downhill, giving you some incredible views of the Zanskar River valley.
You’ll start today by riding along the Manali highway with a small climb to Sakti, a remote village. Explore this mountainous countryside, with houses sprinkled around fields and quite roads. You’ll be able to see the Warila Pass, which you will explore on tomorrow’s ride.
The Warila pass awaits you today. At 5,195m it’s a tough climb but your reward for completing this climb will be the breathtaking views. Your descent along a newly tarmacked road takes us to the villages of Tangyar and Khyungru, where locals are more accustomed to seeing cattle than tourists.
The descent continues, as does the cultural insight as you pass traditional Ladakhi homes, followed by a climb to Khalsar. The countless cafes and shops make it the perfect place to stop for some tea and noodles. Here we join the Karakoram highway to Nubra Valley and cycle through wild lavender and sea buckthorn bushes.
Today is the longest in terms of distance but is across predominantly flat land. The backdrop will change to open sand dunes, as you cycle to Turtuk. Turtuk is a former Pakistani village, and to this day is predominantly populated by Muslims, creating a diverse culture.
There will be no official cycling route today. Instead, take the transfer to Khalser and take a look at the rocky and natural landscape. We’ll set up camp around the North Pulu check post.
Once you’ve cycled 14km of switchbacks you’ll have reached the top of the Khardungla pass, which stands at 5,359m, making it the highest point of the trip. The incredible views include the Stock mountain range, in the direction you’ll cycle whilst undertaking the descent to Leh.
It’s time to leave the peaceful mountains and head to the chaotic New Delhi. After catching a flight there, a transfer will take you to the hotel.
It’s time to explore New Delhi! To say this fascinating city and the capital of India is bustling and atmospheric is an understatement. A guide will take you around the famous sights, including the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Qutab Minar. There will be a farewell dinner this evening.
After breakfast its time to depart for your onward travel after an amazing trip.
The Nubra river and its valleys offer unrivalled views and sensational scenery. Stark slopes surround tiny villages in amongst high altitude desert. Glacier fed rivers cut through jagged arid mountains and lead to incredible passes and you will ride one of the highest motorable roads in the world