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  • Bicycling across Manali-Leh
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    Gurmeet Sethi
  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Manali to Leh530km by bicycle10 daysStop 1: Manali
    I took a 12 day cycling challenge to cover the distance between Manali and Leh and the experience was absolutely breathtaking! The most important part about this journey was, well, the journey itself!
  • Marhi, Himachal Pradesh
    Marhi, Himachal Pradesh
    Stop 2: Marhi40km from Manali1st ride is the toughestStops at Kothi n Gulaba
    This ride was really tough even for even though I cycle quite a lot. But the view throughout the way is a constant reminder and motivation to go on! The terrain is tough and it takes time to acclimatize the body to the oxygen level and the ride.
  • Sissu, Himachal Pradesh
    Sissu, Himachal Pradesh
    Stop 3: SissuStart early morningWear windcheatersStops at Khoskar
    An early morning start is important to avoid traffic. I passed Rohtang Pass while riding to Sissu. My cycling group took a stop Khoskar as there are a lot of cool dhabas there. It got quite cold on the way so I guess it was good that we were wearing windcheaters and gloves.
  • Jispa, Himachal Pradesh
    Jispa, Himachal Pradesh
    Stop 4: JispaStay motivatedStops at Keylong
    This day started with a decent climb of about 800 feet till a small village called Gondla from where the road is not very well maintained till Tandi. We stayed at Padma Lodge. We covered a total of 52km this day.
  • Zing Zing Bar, Himachal Pradesh
    Zing Zing Bar, Himachal Pradesh
    Stop 5: Zing Zing BarDiff in terrainSee Deepaktal LakeStops at Patseo
    This is where I actually started noticing a difference in terrain, it got drier as we came closer to Leh. We took a stop a Patseo which is on the banks of the beautiful river Deepaktal. We covered a total of 40km
  • Zing Zing Bar, Himachal Pradesh
    Zing Zing Bar, Himachal Pradesh
    Stop 6: Brandy NallahLongest distance so far!Difficult to find on mapsStops at Bharatpur
    Surrounded by beautiful valleys and passes, Brandy Nallah is a great place to camp! This was my personal longest distance in a day by covering close to 60km. We stopped at Bharatpua and then continued to Brandy Nallah which is the perfect place to camp and prepare for the next day.
  • Pang, Leh Manali Highway
    Pang, Leh Manali Highway
    Stop 7: PangThis just get tougherStops at Whiskey Nallah
    With steeper ascents and descents, Pang was a very challenging stop. I was almost tempted to stop and go back but I looked at my bike and found my motivation again! Covered 57km and stopped at Whiskey Nallah on the way. Pang was one of the most beautiful stops so far!
  • Debring
    Stop 8: DebringTreat to the eyesRemember to enjoy
    The way to Debring really was a treat to the eyes! It was way more than just beautiful. We covered 40km through Morey Plains which have very hard terrain. Debring has some stone and tent structures which facilitate very comfortable bedding and meals too because a lot of times, the terrain in this area is too sandy to pitch tents with extremely high speed winds.
  • Lato
    Stop 9: LatoTough terrainDon't lose hopeStops at Rumtse
    I was so close to Leh that I felt like I have already reached even though my rational mind said otherwise. This was I think due to the TanglangLa Pass which was different from all other passes we had covered. The scenic beauty is unmistakable and out of this world. We covered close to 55km this day.
  • Leh, Himachal Pradesh
    Leh, Himachal Pradesh
    Stop 10: LehWe did it!Covered 70kmStops at Karu
    We finally made it to Leh by passing the 3rd highest pass in the world ChangLa! We went through Upshi which is a major army base and a point where we first encountered the mighty Indus River travelling with till Leh! I can bet on the fact that it was the most breathtaking view of my life!
  • Leh, Himachal Pradesh
    Leh, Himachal Pradesh
    Had to stay another day!The pain was worth itIts already over...
    Leaving Leh after such an amazing set of 10 days seemed impossible for me! The journey really was better than the end which why we decided to cycle to Khardung La Pass as well! I couldn't let go of this magnificent and spectacular moment.
  • Khardung La
    Khardung La
    Stop 11: KhardungLaLast stopA total climb of 6500ft
    Even though it was a 42km climb, we wanted to go for it! By now our bodies were accustomed to the mountainous terrain so we went ahead with it. There were a lot of rough patches on the way but the view and the time I spent with my team was priceless.



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