Ladakh is called the ‘Cradle of Adventure’. Mountain biking is one such exciting adventure. In the dizzying altitudes of the barren cold desert, riding on your bicycle on the rising and falling roads is pure dose of adrenalin.
Mountain Biking in Ladakh offers an exhilarating opportunity of cycling through the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas and Karakoram. The spectacular beauty of snowcapped mountains, fascinating Buddhist Gompas and charming local villages, are added pleasures as you traverse on your bike. To bike the Zig-Zag roads in Ladakh, one needs to be technically perfect. The roads are rough, though paved. The slick road wet from melting snow are tricky enough to make one’s wheel skid. A support car to carry ones luggage comes handy. Proper biking equipment is needed to survive and enjoy the thrilling adventure.
Best time for Mountain Biking
The best season and reliable period to plan mountain biking in Ladakh is from late June to the end of August. These months coincide with the spectacular festivals of Ladakh. The bikers can enjoy the local customs and traditions, the amiable hospitality and pleasant weather.
Some scenic routes
Ladakh’s entire region is popular and apt for mountain biking. The toughest route to ride is from Manali to Leh. Extreme adventure enthusiasts pedals through several high altitude mountain passes, namely Rohtang Pass at an altitude of 3,980 meters followed by Baralacha Pass at 4892 meters, Lachung la Pass at 5,065 meters and finally Tanglang Pass at 5,360 meters.
Mountain biking from Leh to Khardung La, at 5,359 meters, said to be one of the highest motorable roads in the world is absolutely wonderful. The journey takes you through distant culture in the Ladakh Valley, ancient monasteries and breathtaking vistas. The bike tour then proceeds to Nubra Valley. Ride through the beautiful land of Bactrian Camels, Pashmina Goats and several remote villages along the River Nubra.
The Sham Valley Trek, Spituk Trek, Lamayuru Alchi Trek and Nubra Valley Trek are also ideal for mountain biking tours. The landscape is breathtaking and the experience a true test of adventure.