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Land of the Monks
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Tour Information
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Mechanical
14 days
Tour Language:
Cost From:
USD 4100
Tour Distance & Dates
885 Km
Riding Days:
Daily Average:
74 Km
18 Aug 2019
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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Land of the Monks

Section 1 of the Trans-Himalaya Epic

14 Days Adv-Challenging 885 KmAVG 73 Km

This stunning section begins in historic Srinagar, nestled in the Kashmir Valley, and known for its colourful houseboats and floating gardens sprinkled around Dal Lake. The route out of town heads northeast and the long climb up out of the lush green scenery of Kashmir and into the barren landscapes of the Ladakh and the High Himalaya begins. The road clings precariously to the sides of towering mountains as the riders climb 8000m over 6 days before pedalling into Leh to enjoy 2 well earned rest days.

In the small, friendly town of Leh, the cyclists will gradually acclimatize to the increased altitude before setting out on the next spectacular stretch to Manali. Over 6 days, the riders will cross two 5000m passes and spend most nights sleeping at altitudes well above 4000m. The route, especially on the first day, will take them past remote forts and Gompas (Buddhist Monasteries) perched dramatically above the Indus River.

At the small village of Upshi, the riders will leave the Indus and follow the incredible Leh-Manali Highway through the Pang Valley. The road itself is only open 4 ½ months of the year and has an average elevation of over 4,000m. The cyclists will splash through icy, glacial streams and be captivated by some incredible rock and sand formations, always with the snow-capped Himalaya looming in the background. They will climb over the Talang Pass (5328m) and descend 500m through the 22 hairpin turns of the famous Gata loops. On the last day, the weary but exhilarated riders will spin down into the verdant Manali Valley and the end of this challenging section.
Booking Conditions
A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour.
Hotels and camping
Camp meals, restaurant meals, roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced Tour Leader
'Sweep' Rider
Security as needed
Bike Mechanic
Local support
Experienced chef
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
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