National Mountain Cycling cum Training Expedition Leh Lamayuru 2023
5 / 5 Leh
Expedition Coordinator Details: Mr. Shashank: 9920422414
Leh Mountain Biking is one of the best routes of YHAI cycling programmes with scenic valleys of Ladakh and a meandering Sindhu River flowing along. Leh is the land of medieval Gompasat High Altitude, vast cold deserts & high passes. The towering icy peaks of Stok Kangri blesses the city of LehIt is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the country. The people are a mix of the Tibetan, Balti, Dard, and Aryan ethnic strains. Your biking route from Lamayuru located at 10,800ft has the famous Moon-Land Mountains&ancient 10th century Lamayuru Monastery. Your campsites are in rustic villages surrounded with apricot trees, gushing crystal clear streams and you will also be riding through Batalik Sector, Leh-Srinagar Highway, and a towering Fotula Pass (13479 Ft.). At night, billion stars will shine above you in the dark sky and the stellar view of our Milky way will leave you with bliss and wonder.
*Purpose :The purpose of the expedition is to introduce the YHAI members to Mountain Biking as an outdoor adventure sport and also to make use of it as a Green transport in cities reducing congestion and pollution. Also after swimming this is the second-best non-impact exercise in the world. Also, we aim to inspire the spirit of National integration with the fun of adventure sports.
* DURATION:7N/8D (Fee Rs.11,500/- only)
*REPORTING POINT: SHUKPA HOUSE LOWER TUKCHA NEAR BY RIZONG LABRANG
The first day of the expedition is for reporting. You can report at the camp early and take rest for the whole day to acclimatize with the weather.
Day 2 - Training & Acclimatization
Starting the day with a breakfast, you will be briefed about the program by the camp leader. After the brief you can take an acclimatization walk to the Shanti Stupa. Climbing the steep stairs of the Stupa, you will get a picturesque view of the monastery, the Leh Palace, Leh city, the magnificent Stok Kangri and Stok village. The serene beauty of white domed Shanti Stupa is a treat to the mind and soul. Enjoy the evening making new friends in a new place.
Day 3 - Transfer to Lamayuru by vehicle and trial cycle ride in the afternoon The participants will be taken to Lamayuru by bus on the next day. Enjoying the unique landscape of the valley with Indus River flowing through it, the stunning views of Ladakh starts unveiling itself for you. Reach the camp before noon. You will be taken for a trial ride after the lunch. The splendid sunset beyond the treeless mountains of Leh from the Zero point is a view worth remembering. The adrenaline rush when you pedal through the valley for the first time will always bring you back to this magical land.
Day 4 - Ride to Skurbuchan (44km – 10,000 Ft)
The trail from Lamayuru to Khaltse is all downhill. Cycling through the lunar landscapes of Moonland, the barren mountains of Leh offers you one of the most thrilling experiences in your life. After crossing Khaltse you will follow an undulating trail by the scenic Indus River towards Skurbuchan. Pedal by this historically significant watercourse under the clear sunny sky and fall in love with the beauty of this mystical land. The Lunch point is at a gushing stream flowing from melted glaciers quenching your thirst with the purest of mineral water that also at no cost. Your campsite is surrounded by Apricot trees and with tall mountains towering above your camp.
Day 5 - Ride to Chiktan via Sanjak (38 Km - 10,550 Ft)
Today Sindhu river gives you company for the major part of the ride.Pedaling down the valley with greenery in both sides, you can imagine what it would feel like. Cycling through the meandering roads with its hairpin bends, it is a road filled with adventure and excitement. The local children playing in the villages (such as Sakar 2) on your way to Chiktan are one of the best memories you will have on this journey. Their excited greetings on seeing the cyclists will give you strength to conquer this high altitude expedition. By the evening, you will reach the beautiful hamlet of Chiktan.
Day 6 - Ride To Heniskot via Khangral (25 km - 11,400 Ft)
The sixth day of journey will take you to the beautiful Heniskot camp through green pastures and lined greeneries. Beginning the journey towards Khangral, a check post on the Leh-Srinagar Highway, and then taking left towards Heniskot through an undulating trail, it’s one of the most picturesque journeys. It gives you a real taste of the local culture. Cycling through the villages, people being busy with their household chores makes you realize the difference between a city life and a village life.
Day 7 - Ride to Lamaruyu Crossing Fotu La (27 Km - 13479 Ft - Highest peak point between Srinagar &Leh) Transfer to Leh Camp & Certificate Distribution and Recreation Ceremony.
Suit yourself up for the last and the most enthralling ride to the Fotu La. Located at an altitude of 13,479 ft. Buddhist Flags flying in the wind and cinematic view from the highest point makes it a perfect place to capture your memories with your co-riders. After coming to the top, the riders will have to cycle a long downhill stretch to reach Lamayuru. They will have their lunch in Lamayuru and from there they will take the bus back to Leh camp. On your way to base camp, you will be passing by Magnetic Hill, Sangam (confluence of River Indus and Zanskar) and Pattharsahib Gurudwara; some of the well-known tourist spots in Leh. In the evening, the bikers will be awarded with certificates for participating in the expedition. The evening will be spent amidst laughter, music and games to celebrate the journey.
Day 8 - Camp breaks after Breakfast (09-00 a.m.)
The riders can check out after the Breakfast on the eighth day with the memories of an epic journey through the pristine route of Ladakh.
Note: The program schedule and route of the expedition are subject to change without prior notice.
*HOW TO REACH:
Route-1: from Srinagar 434km via Sonmarg, Zozila Pass &Kargil. J&K State Road Transport Corporation operates regular bus services between Srinagar and Leh on this route with overnight halt at Kargil.
Route-2: from Manali 474km via Keylong, Baralacha, Tanglangla&Upsi. Himachal Pradesh Tourism, HRTC and J&K SRTC operate daily Deluxe and ordinary bus services between Manali and Leh. The bus journey between Leh and Manali with an overnight halt at Keylong or Darcha.
By Air: Major Airlines operate daily flights from Delhi/Jammu/Srinagar to LEH
By Train: The closest railway stations are Jammu, Pathankot or Chandigarh, both at least three days away by bus.
NOTE: There is no prepaid mobile service availability in Leh- Ladakh region, only postpaid services are functional. (mostly BSNL& AIRTEL)
All participants are required to bring their original Photo ID proof as it will be required at various check posts during the program.
IMPORTANT: Please read all the instructions of programme carefully before booking the same (including the cancellation policy).
*WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:
This expedition is open to YHAI members – Preferred age group is 18 years to 60 years and has excellent mental and physically fit conditions. This condition will be adhered to strictly. Underage will not be considered in any case. They must also be willing to undertake the rough conditions of camp life and smile through the stress and strain in high altitudes (less oxygen). The right of selection is reserved with YHAI.
*HOW TO JOIN:
Members desirous of joining this program may apply online through our website http:www.yhaindia.org, or, by the prescribed registration form (DOWNLOAD) duly supported by a Medical Certificate (DOWNLOAD), along with a DD of requisite amount ie Rs.11,550/- (Rs. 50 postage charges) in favour of “Youth Hostels Association of India”, payable at New Delhi. The DD May be sent to the following address along with the trekking registration form.
Trekking Division, National Office
Youth Hostels Association of India
5, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri. New Delhi – 110021,
Contact No.: 7827999000
Members can also apply through the State Branch or Local Unit of YHAI.
As we have limited seats, preference will be given only to that YHAI member who has previous experience in YHAI National Himalayan Biking/Trekking Expedition. To participate in the expedition, fitness levels have to be high, and the YHAI reserve the right to reject any entry based upon the doctor’s report.
*ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES:Tented accommodation on sharing basis/ Guest House.
*FOOD & WATER SUPPLIES: Simple, Nutritious Meals,Clean Drinking Water
*IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS :
01. You must bring your Original Photo I-card for verification at various Army check posts during the programme. Without I-Card you will not be allowed to participate in the programme. (Like Voter ID Card, Driving License or Pan Card,aadhar card.)
02. You must be physically fit & must bring your original Medical Certificate (As per YHAI format which is available with the registration form / our website www.yhaindia.org ) at the time of reporting at Base Camp, Leh.
03. You must take at least 6 hours to rest immediately after reaching Leh (At reporting Base Camp) due to climatic condition.
04. You must have enough practice over any Normal / Geared Cycle.
06. Inner Line permit is required by the Non-Resident-Indians and Foreigners. They need to obtain inner line permit from local authorities in Leh. Without Inner Line permit such participants may not be allowed at Base Camp Leh.
Accessories: Cycling Goggles ,Sipper/1 Ltr water bottle/ hydration bag, Small tiffin box, Enamelled or Steel Mug / tumbler, Plate, Spoon, pen knife, Cold Cream / Vaseline, Soap, Toilet Paper, Towel, Medicines (As per your personal requirement, which you regularly use at home and Crepe Bandage 4in*1, Micropore tape 1/2inch*1, Bandaids, Cough lozenges/ Kanthil or other, Vicks Vaporub, Coldarin, Clortrimazole cream and powder, Paracetamol*10 Mupirocin cream, Diclofenac gel, Lopamide*10, Azithromycin and Electral), Camera.
Personal Cycling gloves/helmets can be brought along but we are providing the same.
*SAFETY AND SECURITY:
Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into the planning of mountain biking routed for your safety. Our field staff and experienced camp leaders have been visiting the area to check all details. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, the Youth Hostels Association of India cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.
CYCLE SAFETY & DISCIPLINE: The cycles given are to be kept safe. Any damage/theft of cycles due to negligence of participant ,the cost will be borne by the participant.
Behaviour during camp
Participants are expected to behave cordially with each other and staff. Any misbehaviour/harassment will be a cause for check-out from camp and also being Blacklisted from further YHAI camps.
Intake of Alcohol/drugs and smoking is strictly prohibited during camp. Anyone found doing the same will be immediately checked out from the camp premises.
*Notice for Participants:
1. Smoking, use of alcohol and narcotics of any description is strictly prohibited during the course of the program.
2. Deviation from the set route of the program is not permitted. If participants may wish to join any other activity, they may do so at their own responsibility and risk only after finishing the program and checking out.
3. Stay other than YHAI Camp is not allowed for the entire duration of the camp.
4. This is an environment-friendly trek. Do not litter any wrappers or spoil the trial in any way. In case you find any wrapper, plastic bag, or anything left by trekkers on the way, please carry the same with you and deposit it at the base camp.
5. Burning of wood during camp fire is strictly prohibited. Import of any bio Non- degradable Material in J & K is an offence.
Participants, who successfully complete the trek and abide by the discipline of the program, will be awarded certificates.
* JUSTICE T.P.S CHAWLA MEMORIAL ADVENTURE SCHOLARSHIP FOR GIRLS:
YHAI announces Justice T.P.S. Chawla Memorial Adventure Scholarship for underprivileged girls for participation in YHAI adventure activities. Deserving participants may apply to the National Office YHAI supported by relevant documents/certificates.
*SPECIAL CASUAL LEAVE:
No special casual leave is applicable for the mountain biking program.
For any further information, please contact at below details:
Reporting Point : SHUKPA HOUSE LOWER TUKCHA NEAR BY RIZONG LABRANG.
1) Participants booked online will do online cancellation minimum 10 days prior to your reporting date.
2) Participants booked offline will inform their cancellation by email to email@example.com, minimum 10 days prior to your reporting date.
Only cancellation done as per above method will be eligible for credit shell. The below cancellation policy will however not be applicable if the request reaches short of 10 days prior to reporting date and shall not be eligible for credit shell.
1) In case you are unable to join the programme due to any reason, you will get a 100% Credit Shell of the participation fees which will be valid till December 2023. No refund will be applicable for any cancellation of seat.
2) If the next programme opted by you is cheaper, you may use the balance amount in any of the Trek till Dec 2023.
3) If the next opted programme is costlier, the trekker has to pay the differential amount.
4) Program opted using the Credit Shell cannot be cancelled again in any condition.
5) You may transfer your seat to your family members and friends also. The seats thus transferred cannot be retransferred or cancelled.
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