Cycling has become one of the most popular activities in Ladakh. Among the numerous cycling tours in India, a Ladakh cycle trip lets you witness the majestic Himalayas up-close, and even encounter possibly the most difficult terrain in the country. Due to rugged terrain and tough climatic conditions, it’s important to consider some things on a cycling expedition to Leh or Ladakh.
Considerations for a Ladakh Cycle Trip
The sheer altitude at which you need to ride makes it a tough journey. Cycling at 3,500 metres isn’t easy to say the least. Lack of concentration is one of the major problems encountered at such high altitude. It’s important to be careful while riding downhill. You should keep your eyes on the road at all times, since weather can cause havoc. Before starting the journey on your cycle, you need to get acclimatized for a couple of days.
While cycling on certain routes in Ladakh, you may even come across jeeps, bikes and trucks. Therefore, you need to be careful, and ensure that you let other vehicles pass. It’s better to carry a handkerchief or scarf to cover your nose and mouth. Trucks often leave dense smoke behind.
A lot of people prefer riding along the Srinagar or Manali highways. In general, road conditions on these routes are good, except the stretch from Zoji La and Rothang La. However, this may also lead to traffic during summer season.
Similarly, you may come across heavy traffic enroute to Pangong Lake. It’s important to keep these things in mind to have a safe and enjoyable journey. For your next Ladakh cycle trip, get in touch with our experts to discuss your requirements. Just click here.