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The Great Himalayan Bicycle Adventure

**In June 2010 very sadly Joel died while leading this trip. This page is kept here in his memory.**

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"Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look beyond the ranges"
Rudyard Kipling

The far north west of India with its tapestry of ancient Himalayan kingdoms is the setting for our first unique exploration of the high roads of Asia. Beginning in Shimla, the old summer capital of British India, it is a demanding journey through no less then five Himalayan kingdoms, with a truly fitting end at the crossroads of high Asia, Ladakh.

Our journey takes us over seven passes, moving from the forested middle hills of the Pir Panjal range through the Sutlej gorge - the old Hindustan Tibet Highway through Kinnaur - into the high desert scenery of Spiti, one of the least known Tibetan enclaves with spectacular cycling. Here we visit Tabo monastery, over 1000 years old, and Ki Gompa, perched high above the wide Spiti valley.

Leaving Spiti we enter the "valley of the moon" via the Kunzum Pass, a challenge as we off road the trails to Chandra Tal (Lake); then follow the incredible dirt road along the Chandra Valley, with snow peaks and glaciers all around, meeting the legendary Manali - Leh "highway" at Gramphoo.

Four passes later we descend into the Indus Valley, and turning away from the main route towards the Ladakh Range, we cross the Wari La into our last kingdom, Nubra, bounded by the Shyok River and the Karakoram.

A fitting finale is the world's highest road pass, the Khardung La - and then we pedal into the central Asian bazaar of Leh, having truly crossed the roof of the world.

Outline itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday 27 May 2010 - arrive Delhi

2 - Drive Shimla 2132m

3 - Ride Narkanda 2625m, 63km

4 - Ride Rampur 1015m, 70km

5 - Ride Sarahan 2160m, 40km

6 - Ride Wangtu camp 1600m, 50km

7 - Ride Pooh 2811m, 73km

8 - Ride Nako 3640m, 44km

9 - Ride Tabo 3298m, 62km

10 - Rest Tabo 3298m

11 - Ride Kaza 3662m, 48km

12 - Ride Losar camp 3850m, 70km

13 - Ride Chandra camp 4000m, 35km

14 - Ride Chatru camp 3331m, 35km

15 - Ride Sissu 3000m, 42km

16 - Ride Jispa 3255m, 55km

17 - Ride Baralacha High camp 4500m

18 - Ride Sarchu plains 4408m, 40km

19 - Ride Whiskey Nala 4802m, 55km

20 - Ride Pang 4520m, 30km

21 - Ride Tso Kar 4500m, 45km

22 - Ride to Lato Camp 4000m, 73km

23/26 - Exploratory off road to Nubra

27/28 - Khardung la to Leh

29 - In Leh

Day 30 - Friday 25 June - Fly Delhi and depart


Middle hills, alpine and high pass & desert cycling

Incredible views of the trans-Himalayan ranges

Little known and fascinating ethnic groups

Remote Buddhist monasteries

Remote campsites in beautiful locations

Challenging cycling on rough roads

Traverse five Himalayan kingdoms


No current departure - see Our treks

2010 dates

27 May-25 June, 30 days


Joel Schone

Arrival hotel

Cottage Yes Please

Leh Hotel

Hotel Shaynam

Our service includes

airport transfers

Hotels & Guesthouses

group transportation

Fully jeep supported bike trek

Knowledgeable & experienced western and local guides

Responsible staff who have worked for us for over 9 years

Warm and weatherproof dining tent equipped with

Solar charging system for trekkers cameras

Compact Himalayan library

Water purifying system

3 Superb Asian vegetarian meals a day

Roomy tent on trek, double for singles, triple for couples

Our service excludes

insurance, Indian visa

meals in cities and towns

excess luggage on Leh-Delhi flight

international flights, equipment rental, alcohol and soft drinks, laundry, tipping and other items of a personal nature

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