The High Passes of Ladakh tour has a beautiful desert landscape in the territory of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. Ladakh is often called ‘Little Tibet’ or the ‘Land of Many Passes’. It’s renowned for stunning mountain landscapes and Buddhist culture. Locals make their living from pastoral farming by growing buckwheat and barley. Traversing the region by bicycle means that we can interact with the villagers who reside in this tough, arid landscape.
We believe you will find it an exhilarating, challenging and life-affirming adventure. Of course the Ladakh tour is open to everyone who’s a competent cyclist. If you’ve tested yourself on our Lands End to John O’Groats tour or Road to Vienna, maybe this could be your next adventure?
We begin cycling with an acclimatisation ride on the first day because Leh lies at an elevation of 3505 metres above sea-level. You will cycle against the backdrop of the magnificent Ladakh Range, which is a segment of the Karakoram mountain range. Although very challenging, we have designed the High Passes of Ladakh cycling holiday so you can enjoy the best that the region has to offer. After all, we aim to provide unforgettable, once in a lifetime tours.
- Cycling in the Himalayas
- Crossing highest motor-able road Khardungla 5602m
- Beautiful scenery
- Buddhist culture
- Opportunity to see some interesting animals such as the Asiatic ibex, the Himalayan marmot, the dzo (a cross between the yak and domestic cattle), the Himalayan blue sheep (also called a bharal – the staple diet of the snow leopard) and the kiang (native to the Tibetan plateau and only found in Jammu and Kashmir)
10 days cycling
Approx. 445 miles – Grade 4