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The Pangong Lake Circuit – 10 Nts / 11 Days

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Chemrey Gompa

Day 1: Arrival at Leh at 7:00 a.m. by the morning flight from Delhi. We take you to your pre-reserved hotel. Check in. The morning is free for you to rest. Having arrived at the 3505m / 11,496ft high altitude cold desert town of Leh from the plains of Delhi it is essential to acclimatize before undertaking any physical activity. After lunch we take you on a short stroll around the main bazaar with its easy going environment and numerous cafes and curio and handicraft shops. Return to the hotel by late evening for dinner and the night.

Day 2: Today we check out our bikes and take a short ride to the Shanti Stupa at 3800m / 12,464ft on a hill overlooking the sprawling town of Leh. This brilliant white structure with an ornate dome stands out clearly amidst a background of barren brown hills. Relax and after exploring this beautiful monastery we ride down to the town and visit the interesting the Ladakh Ecological Centre creating exemplary works with environment friendly technology. We return to the hotel for lunch and a brief rest. In the afternoon we leisurely walk down to the main bazaar and the ‘Chang Gali' with its fascinating small shops selling jewellery and curios. A bit further is the delightful Tibetan Market where you can pick up great bargains in pearl, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli and other semi-precious stones and jewellery. Take a look at the unusual carved yak-horn boxes, curious brass locks, china and metal bowls and other curios. We return to the hotel by late evening after having savoured some of the delectable cuisine offered by numerous cafes in town.

Day 3: After an early breakfast we start our Bike Safari by riding 36 Kms south to the small hamlet of Karu from where we turn north. Our first halt is at the ancient Chemrey Gompa 9 Kms further founded in 1645 AD by the widow of King Singge Namgyal. Overlooking fields and dwellings, the Gompa houses 29 priceless volumes of scriptures with lettering and text of pure silver and gold. After a packed lunch we ride a few kilometres on to our next halt the ancient Thakthok Gompa built in the late 16 th century above the village of Sakti near a cave where Guru Padmasambhava meditated. We camp in the village for the night.

Day 4: After an early breakfast we start our ascent to the Chang la pass 5320m / 17,449ft . From the pass you get extensive views of the Ladakh range and the Nubra Valley Mountains. The descent on a rough track from here takes us to the small hamlet of Durbuk and further to Tangtse village. We camp here for the night after a pleasant ride of about 60 Kms.

Day 5: Today the thirty two kilometre ride goes to the village of Lukung on the shores of the Pangong Tso . The track goes through a landscape of spectacular barren mountains on a vast plain with small green patches and glistening streams. We set up camp on the shores of this breathtakingly beautiful lake. The Pangong Tso at a height of 4267m / 13,995ft is a seemingly endless glimmering sheet of water stretching for 62 kilometres and 4 Kms wide at places. While only one fourth of this lake lies in Indian Territory the rest spills over into Tibet. You get delightful views of the numerous migratory birds that flock here including the rare black necked crane and the bar headed geese besides a few species of waders. Camp overnight.

Day 6: rest day at the lake. You can ride up to the next village of Spangmik and send the day bird watching or simply revelling in the silence.

Day 7: We ride back to the village of Durbuk and camp overnight.

Day 8: Ride up to the Chang la and then descend back into the Indus valley and reach the Manali- Leh highway at Karu where we camp for the night.

Day 9: After breakfast we ride back to Leh after briefly exploring the Stok Palace and Museum before returning to your hotel in Leh for dinner and the night.

Day 10: Rest day in Leh where you are free to go shopping or simply relax in your hotel.

Day 11: We drive you to the airport to board the Delhi flight leaving at 8:40 a.m. and reaching Delhi by 9:50 a.m.

Other Mountain Biking Tours
S. No. Tour Region Days
1. The Tso Moriri Lake Trail Ladakh & Zanskar 12
2. The Nubra Valley Tour Ladakh & Zanskar 9
3. The Himachal Pradesh Exploratory Bike Journey Himachal 23
4. The Great Himalayan Cultural Bike Passage Himachal 30
5. The Comprehensive Manali Leh Cycle Tour Himachal 21
6. The Garhwal Hills and Forests Biking Tour Uttaranchal 10
7. Biking the Corbett Trail in Kumaon Uttaranchal 12


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