Mountain biking is one of the adventurous sports apart from long distance treks and the valleys of Ladakh, Leh being inaccessible to the general crowd provides the perfect site to carry out mountain biking. One needs to be an excellent cyclist for mountain biking as the turns and passes of the Himalayan valleys are too unpredictable. Generally there is not much traffic in this route and. the routes taken by heavy vehicles do not provide a comfortable biking trip. But the Himalayan ranges have a number of other biking routes which open up new landscapes of magnificent beauty to the bikers making the journey through this cold desert comfortable as well as enjoyable.
Before the start one needs to get acclimatized to the extreme cold conditions of Leh. Then the biking starts with the visit of ancient Tibetan monasteries of Shey Gompa, Thiksey Gompa and Hemis. The serene beauty of these monasteries surrounded by eye catching valleys, streams and ridges fills the mind with utmost admiration. The next destination is Upshi, a small post located 47 kilometers eastward that includes a small village Hyamnya.
After camping there for a night one can head towards the Chumathang village famous in Ladakh and Zanskar due to the hot springs that have curative effects on the body pains. The next ride through the splendid valley of Ladakh over the Mahe Bridge reaches the Sumdo village notable for an ancient gompa.
Spending a night there, a ride of about 43 kilometers leads to the wonderful Tsomoriri Lake near the village Karzok. On the way the rolling hill slopes, the colonies of shrubs present a spectacular display of colors of different hues that changes with the traverse of the morning sunrays. A number of migratory birds and the inhabitants like robin accentor, Asian martin, white throated dipper and white winged redstart present an enthralling beauty much to the delight of the riders.
The next days ride takes the bikers to the amazing Tsokaror salt lake and crossing villages the ride leads to the vast plateau of Pologongka that houses a lot of wild life like Tibetan Wild Ass, Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox, Woolly Hare and the famous Snow Leopard and birds like Common and Fork Tailed Swift, Himalayan Snow Cock, Sand and Eurasian Crag Martin and many more.
Riding through the vast lands of More Plains leads to the Debring peak and one can spot the nomadic Changpa shepherds residing in yak skin tents. From Debring the next ascent leads to the Tanglangla which is the third highest driving pass. From here the journey switches back down to the splendid Indus Valley reaching Upshi.
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