Mountain Biking

Size of Group: Min 2 & Max 8

Grade: Challenging

Highest Point: Khardungla Pass 5606m

Duration: 14 Days

Cost: 1290 dollars/Person for a group of 2-3 Pax

Cost: 1020 dollars/Person for a group of 4-8 Pax

Warila-Khardungla-Nubra & Sham 14 Days : With Destination inde be among the first to explore a new road over Warila pass and bike 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. With a flight over mountains to Leh, we will ride to monasteries, villages and go rafting to get used to the thinner air at this high altitude. Once acclimatized, we cycle through areas famous for winter snow leopard sightings and pass several remote farming villages. Colorful granite cliffs rise from the ground to form gorges, archways and spires that are framed in brilliant blue skies. Ancient monasteries here are dramatically perched on top of cliffs and in caves, reflecting the ancient and rich Tibetan Buddhist cultural background of this land. You’ll look down into valleys and up to snow capped peaks on this adventure.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day-by-day itinerary :

  • Day 1: Arrival at Leh airport, to be received by our representative
  • Day 2: We visit the Stok Palace Museum and then try out our bikes
  • Day 3: 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 4: Transfer to the top of Tsermachenla for a fantastic roller coaster ride back to Likir.
  • Day 5: We begin our trip to the Nubra valley with a gradual climb up through a valley to the village of Sakti.
  • Day 6: It’s a long and steady climb to the top of Warila pass (5,195 m/16,972 ft) where you’ll be greeted by stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Day 7: We continue our downhill blitz passing traditional Ladakhi homes, before climbing gradually to the village of Khalsar.
  • Day 8: The landscape changes to sand dunes as we cycle towards Hundar and then on to the Muslim village of Turtuk, which belonged to Pakistan until the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.
  • Day 9: A rest day as we transfer to Khalsar and then set up our camp in pastures close to the North Pulu check post.
  • Day 10: Many switch backs will take us up to the top of Khardungla pass (5606m) and the highest point of the trip.
  • Day 11: Rest in Leh at your leisure.
  • Day 12: Today we head to the Leh airport for our flight to New Delhi and transfer to Ashok Country Resort
  • Day 13: Our local guide will take us on a tour of New Delhi, visiting the top sites of the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Qutab Minar. Meet up for a farewell dinner.
  • Day 14: Transfer to airport and fly back with Sweet Memories of Ladakh.

Cost includes Includes :

  • Accommodation, and for Transfers & Support we will provide load carriers and Toyota Cars.
  • Equipments and Gears: International Standard Mountain Bikes, support vehicles, helmets,, food, guide, cook, cooking gears, wildlife fees, Tents, mattresses, Mess Tents, Kitchen tents & Toilet tents, camping fees, and inner line permission where it’s needed.

Responsible Tourism :

We passionately believe that Responsible Tourism can be of immense help to local communities; providing income, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect the natural environment. Recognizing that there is always room for improvement, we continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

Community :

Prior to our tours, we liaise with local community leaders to ensure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impact. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging our clients to donate and/or assist such projects in appropriate and sustainable manners.

Through sensitive hands on experience, we encourage cross cultural interaction and education between clients and the local communities. This is achieved by limiting tour group sizes, which also minimises any social and environmental impact. We also assist in the development of local infrastructure such as rural pathways.

We make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. In Leh we stay at locally owned accommodation and in Nubra Valley we camp, making sure that any area we visit is unharmed and unspoilt, so that it remains as beautiful for future generations to come. We eat locally grown and cooked food, supporting restaurants on our route while at the same time providing guests with the freshest, most authentic tastes of the region.

This particular tour goes beyond the main centre of Leh, to areas where tourism is less established. By cycling through remote regions and working with local hotels, restaurants and other suppliers, we are contributing to the even distribution of income and economic growth. Whenever possible we visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenirs, generating income for local businesses. We employ and train local guides, drivers and assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefits not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

Environment :

Adopting a “carry in – carry out” policy, we actively engage in environmentally responsible practices to minimise tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re-usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and means to help them identify and implement effective ways to positively protect local nature and communities. It is a vital ethos that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip has ended.

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