Cycling Trip Highlights
  • India’s natural beauty in the form of snow topped mountains, glacier fed rivers and sand dunes
  • Exploring small Tibetan villages and impressive monasteries
  • The tranquil Sakti and Nubra valleys
  • The famous Warila pass at 5195 metres
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India’s Nubra Valley Cycling Holiday

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What we love About India’s Nubra Valley Cycling Holiday

We love...Remarkable Natural Landscape
The Ladakh region offers a mix of stunning countryside alongside towering, snow topped mountains and beautiful glacier fed rivers. These natural wonders, contrasted with the hustle and bustle of New Delhi, create a unique and thrilling riding environment.
We love...Rich Indian Culture
Along your trip you will be visit the amazing Buddha statue and monastery in Likir before being introduced to the livelihoods of the Tangyar and Khyungru people, these villages share traditional customs and offer insight into the serene lifestyles that many locals still live.
We love...The Famous Warila Pass
Sitting at 5,195 metres, the Warila Pass offers a breathtaking ride with scenic views to reward you at the top. You will then descend down smooth, tarmacked roads and onto the equally impressive Shyok Valley.

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Day by Day

Day 1Arrival

Arrive in New Delhi and meet your guide and fellow cyclists at the Ashak Country Resort.

Day 2New Delhi to Leh

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.

Day 3Leh
Total distance55kmTotal climb605m

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.

Day 4Leh to Likir
Total distance60kmTotal climb1365m

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.

Day 5Likir to Leh
Total distance50kmTotal climb765m

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.

Day 6Leh to Sakti
Total distance55kmTotal climb1055m

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.

Day 7Warila Pass
Total distance53kmTotal climb1220m

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.

Day 8Shyok Valley
Total distance70kmTotal climb805m

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.

Day 9Hundar to Turtuk
Total distance88kmTotal climb1820m

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.

Day 10Turtuk to Khardung

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.

Day 11Khardung Pass to Leh
Total distance53kmTotal climb815m

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.

Day 12Leh to New Delhi

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.

Day 13New Delhi

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.

Day 14Departure

After breakfast its time to depart for your onward travel after an amazing trip.

Key Stats

14day holiday
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60km avg
Expect to ride an average of 60km per day
1035m avg
Expect to climb an average of 1035m per day

How's the Weather? in Ladakh

The WinterDecember to February
Sitting in the foothills of the Himalayas, this is one of the coldest times of the year. Temperatures are very low with snowfall often common in January, meaning this isn't a popular time to travel to Ladakh.
The SpringMarch to April
Temperatures do begin to rise during their Spring however, it is still relatively cold at and riding conditions are not favourable.
The SummerMay to August
This is the ideal time to travel to Ladakh with the majority of tourists arriving between May and August. The climate is warmer and temperatures are comfortable during the day, especially during the early months of this season. July is the warmest month of the year whilst temperatures begin to get cooler again in August.
The AutumnSeptember to Novevember
The temperature drops again during Autumn due to the high altitude of the region. September can still be warm during the day but gets bitterly cold at night.

What to ExpectFrom Ladakh

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

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