Winter Gran Fondo Ladakh: Snow Far, Snow Good!

The Winter Gran Fondo Ladakh is a Century ride in sub-zero temperatures at 3500 metres ASL in the beautiful land of Leh and is being held between the 7th to 12th March 2023.

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime on your bicycle. Get ready to pedal your bike in the sky high altitude of Ladakh, in the pristine and frozen climes of February!

Event Date: 12th March 2023
Organisers: Cycling Monks & Metta Café

This one of its kind ride, will test your skill, endurance, fitness and mettle. While you create memories to cherish.

Winter Gran Fondo Ladakh

Winter in Ladakh is magical. The snow-covered peaks, frozen lakes, minimal vegetation, all add up to an enchanting sight and enthralling experience.

The sub-zero temperatures coupled with the high altitude, make life a challenge for the locals in their day to day living. As such, the local culture consists of working hard in the summer in preparation for winter, then enjoying all of winter in various religious and cultural festivities.

For those visiting Ladakh in winter, the challenges are accentuated. Just adjusting to the weather is difficult. Now, imagine pedalling your bicycle in this challenging terrain. The satisfaction of overcoming this gives you a high. The kind of high, you can only at those high mountain passes!

Once you ride in Ladakh in winter, you will not just want to do it again and again. But you will also want to bring your friends and family to share this experience with them.

And that is exactly why CyclingMonks and Metta Cafe are hosting this ride. Because we have experienced it and we want to share this beautiful experience with you.

Ladakh Winter Gra
The kind of roads you are going to experience

Why Ride in Ladakh in Winter?

  1. Challenge Yourself like never before!
  2. Experience a white winter, something most Indians never get to experience.
  3. Experience the warm hospitality of Ladakh in cold winter
  4. Experience Ladakhi Festivals in winter.
  5. Flights are dirt cheap in winter. Flights from Delhi to Leh can be as little as 3000 for a roundtrip, compared to 35000 in summer!
  6. Enjoy experimenting with your photography. Your captures will be mindboggling
  7. Put your mind, body and cycling equipment to the very limit.
  8. See a different side of Leh in winter, the market is a fun place to walk through and enjoy window shopping.

Event Itinerary

7th March: Fly to Leh and in-house acclimatisation at the hotel. On the first day, it is recommended to relax and acclimatise and undertake no strenuous activity.
8th March: Bike Set Up and Town Walk Acclimatisation. After a good night’s sleep under your belt, you will have the mental and physical energy to assemble your bicycle. We will then go for an easy and comfortable walk through Leh town, exploring the local market.
9th March: Experience Ladakh Ice Skating. In winter you can enjoy Ice Skating in Ladakh, we will go to an ice skating rink, where you can try your hand at it or enjoy watching the local kids having a blast!
10th March: Short Acclimatisation Ride for village visit and traditional Ladakhi lunch. This will be a short ride, allowing you to check your bike and legs. We will ride to a nearby Ladakhi village, where we will have a traditional local cuisine lunch.
11th March: Short Acclimatisation Ride for Monastery Visit and winter living. Another short and sweet ride to a monastery, to see how monks live through the winter. Lunch will be packed and served near the monastery.
12th March: Gran Fondo Event Day. 100 km or 100 mile ride. D DAY. The reason why we are all here. You ride your Gran Fondo of choice, starting in the morning. The ride will end before dark, so that you will be back in the hotel, before the biting cold of the night hits.
13th March: Check Out and Morning Departures to the airport and beyond.

Scenes from the saddle

Important Points for Participants

  • The average daylight in the month of February in Leh is 10-11 hours. The temperature is sub-zero throughout. With mercury dipping  to  -15 to -20 degree Celsius at times.
  • The road will not have snow or ice on the surface throughout the designated route. Extremely small portions of the route might have some snow on it, which will be absolutely and easily negotiable. The sides of the roads though, might have beautiful layers of snow to captivate your senses.
  • All cyclists interested in being a part of this EPIC Gran Fondo, need to consider two major points:
  1. Extreme Altitude: 3500 meters plus
  2. Extreme Low Temperatures: Sub Zero degree Celsius
  • One needs to report at least 5 days before the ride. Acclimatisation is ESSENTIAL.
  • Cycles of any kind are welcome. The bicycles need to be human powered (no electric bicycles).
  • The ride will be self-supported in nature.
  • Non-mechanical support shall be provided at the aid stations which will be 20-30 km apart.
  • It is highly recommended to have experience in distance cycling. Aiming for this to be your first century ride can be over zealous.
  • It would be great if one has prior cycling experience at high altitude (3000 meters and above).

Gran Fondo Extreme Pragma: 100 miles
Gran Fondo Rumani: 100 km

Distance: 100 miles
Cut off time: 10 hours

Distance: 100 km
Cut off time: 7 hours

Event Ticket Inclusions

  • Airport Pickup & Drop to Hotel
  • Boarding: From 7th March Check In to 13th March Check Out on Twin-Sharing Basis.
  • Food: All meals included from check in to check out, including on event day
  • Activities: Pre-organised activities mentioned in the itinerary above.


  • Those residing in Leh can only participate in the Gran Fondo on the event day.
  • For outstation riders, bikes can be arranged on rent. Please get in touch in advance for this.

Ticket Price:
INR 22,000 per person from 8th February to 15th February

INR 2,000 per person for local riders participating on Gran Fondo Day only.


winter gran fondo ladakh
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11 Replies to “Winter Gran Fondo Ladakh: Snow Far, Snow Good!”

    1. Hi Aayaz

      There is no last date of registration. Since there are limited seats for this ride, those seats will fill up shortly and registration will then close.

      Thanks 🙂

  1. A bucket list ride.

    Hope this doesn’t become just a one time affair, should be done annually and to be regarded as Baptism of extreme riding (both altitude and temperature). This should be made famous globally.

    Hope Ladakh Randonneurs picks up from here and hold regular BRMs too.

    1. Thank you 🙂

      Yes the idea is to conduct this on an annual basis and showcase Ladakh as a land of adventure 😀

  2. What about risk of frostbite?? If there is numbness in your limbs…what are the remedies help available there??

    1. Dear sir,

      1. We will be giving information to all participants how to dress up correctly to avoid frostbite.
      2. There are backup vehicles at CPs to assist riders.
      3. The route is planned in such a way, that riders and backup vehicles will not be more than half an hour away from the local hospital.


  3. Hi, I’m Omar Di Felice, I’m actually crossing Ladakh in winter. I’ve just a mountain bike with big mountain boots, I climbed up Khardung La and Chang La and I will go to Kargil but coming back to Leh. Is it possible to do the Granfondo with a MTB? What about the route? Do you have a GPX?? Thanks, Best

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