Region: Manali / Spiti / Kinnaur
Total Duration – 10 Night / 11 Days
Maximum Altitude – 4551m.
Grade – Difficult
Best Season – June to October
Accommodation – Organized Campsite / Guest house
Food – On Ride All meals included
Distance – 568 KM.
A cycling journey to the Himalayas is a feeling which cannot be described in words. Manali Kinnaur and Lahul Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh are the delight for the travelers who always welcome thrill and adventure in their lives. All these aspects could be achieved while exploring the less travelled treasures of the Himalayas. So Cycling in the world’s most treacherous road exhilarates one to go beyond limits through isolating yet memorable course of time. Cycling gives an opportunity to explore and understand the nature more closely and the people dwelling in the places, than driving by a vehicle. During this cycling trip the landscape changes after every turn, where one is presented with many first time things. Although this ultimate encounter of the natural hardship would have impression for years and it will be the perfect way to appreciate the majesty of the landscape moving at a gentle pace.
Cycling for a long distances needs proper preparations and endurance. As this trip is an endurance trip, it covers about hundreds of km’s, circling a great distance from high mountains of Manali, Lahoul Spiti, Kinnaur and ultimately to Rampur a historical settlement in Shimla valley. The route passes from the picturesque and verdant to rugged, semi-arid to isolated valley villages. Crossing Over High Mountain passes such as Kunzum Pass (4558 m), Rothang Pass (3980 m) to the arid plateaus, rifts of Spiti valley consisting of elongated off roads of stone gravels and sand. This exciting trip journeys through incredible mountain scenery, visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries, Hindu Temples and rich traditional abodes. It is a classic biking tour that one will find himself away from all the hustle and bustle to the secluded valleys of Himachal Pradesh. It could be perfect trip to understand and observe the differences between progressive worlds to the rural high altitude sustenance accessible only few months to the rest of the world. So come prepared for a demanding yet rewarding cycling trip, conceivable throughout surreal weather conditions, scorching sunshine’s to the solidifying winds.
Arrive Naggar, fulfill your remaining documentation and shop trip related items. In the afternoon acclimatize by a short ride into the backdrops. Night halt will be at hotel.
Wake up early, pack all your stuff have breakfast then commence by a vehicle till Manali. Start cycling from Manali on the tarmac through villages, apple orchards, lush green forests, all the way up to Marhi. The road is pretty good but heavy traffic creates Jams and traffics in the summers. Although there is no problem for the bicycles, but one has to be careful while riding and keeping his side. The road goes along some of the beautiful forests of conifers, birch and oak. The route offers great scenic beauties as one climbs up the hill. The route is uphill with decent gradient. The distance for today’s ride isn’t that long but with a good acclimatize ride. After hours of ride we reach at Marhi. Night halt will be in the temporary hotels/camps at Marhi.
Today the ride is slight uphill till the Rohtang Pass for about 10km. after the pass the route is pure downhill until we reach at Gramphoo. At Gramphoo we turn right and enter into the Spiti valley. Beyond Gramphoo the terrain is total off road but with moderate ride. The landscape is so arid and deserted that one will feel the change after coming from the green valleys of Manali. We will cross some of the chilling streams on the way before reaching at Chhatru, a popular site for the travelers and trekkers to halt or rest. Further on we will follow rough track till the Chhota Dara, where the camps will be set. Chhota Dara is a decent site surrounded by rock and sandstone mountains capped with snow.
Next morning going forward one will pass by some similar stopovers till Batal. Enroute there might be some chilling rivers flowing over the rugged roads once again waiting to be crossed. Beyond Batal there are no settlements until we cross the pass and reach the other side. The road ahead consists of rocks and gravel throughout the day ride. After few km’s ride we will take left at the point where route divides into two, which of the one leads to the lake and the other to the Kaza. During climb towards Lake one must find camping set by several private adventure companies to facilitate the travelers. The road is 2kms short from the lake but our mountain bike can ride till the vicinity. Chandratal lake is also called ‘Moonlake’ because of its crescent shape and also when full moon rises on the mountains it creates magical reflections on the lake with bright milky light enfolding the valley. We will spend some quality time at Chandratal and return by the afternoon back to the Batal. Spend a night in the camps gazing bright stars under the lucid sky.
An early start will help riding up and negotiate Kunzum pass. The road is rough and uphill till the pass enfolded with gravel and stone. Then we will pass incredible rock formations and dramatic sandstone scenery after crossing the Kunzum la. As we reach at the base of the Kunzum pass, the rough road ends with moderate climb. Afterwards the road passes through open barren valley villages till our halt in Losar. It is small village located in a pristine world. There is a monastery located near to the village where one can pay homage. We will camp or halt in a Home stay rooms and give an opportunity for our riders to observe the tribal life real close. The hardships in such terrain could be seen flawlessly.
The journey today from Losar to Kaza is breathtaking with vibrant colours on both sides of the valley filled with fresh air making one feel blessed. The road is moderate than the yesterdays ride along with the Spiti river. As we ride further nature offers its remarkable sites of colorful meadows accompanied by barren mountains. It will be a great ride on changing terrains of rough roads to the tarmac after days of off road. We will halt at Kaza, the Headquarter of Spiti valley and is surrounded by some of the ancient Bhuddist monasteries such as Dhanker, Ki and Kibber. We will visit some of the monasteries nearby Kaza once accommodated and refreshed. Night stay will be in Home stay/camps.
The desert riding conditions still continues from Kaza to Tabo. In between the route undulates with gradual climbs. The ride will go along the Spiti River passing some sliding slants. The terrain will leave you breathless and mesmerized with torrential rivers, rock hard cold desert mountains and icy cold winds. One will account the sparsely populated village’s en-route. Tabo is a high altitude desert, home to the second most important Bhuddist monastery in the Himalayan region. The Tabo gompa is situated at the height of 10,500ft and is a beautiful site to be at. Visit the Tabo monastery famous for its murals. It is also known as Ajanta of the Himalayas. Spend a night in Tabo gasping mind blowing scenic views.
After breakfast start cycling towards Nako. At initial the terrain is uphill till Sumdo then the road is with mix of average good ride. Reaching at Sumdo a poor stretch of shooting stones will pass before Shialkhar. Further the route is fine with just one landslide point. The landscape again starts to change as we enter into the Hangrang valley of Kinnaur. Nako is a beautiful village situated on the banks of a lake. The valley where Nako is situated itself is called the Hangrang Valley. Some other villages in the valley include Chango, Leo, Hango, Shalkar, Sumra, Yangthang and Malling. Out of these only Nako has developed as a touristy place with usual facilities. One can visit the Nako Lake and the ancient village to see the architecture and living adopted by the inhabitants at this high altitude setting. Halt a night in Nako in Hotel/camps.
The road from Nako to Khab is mostly in good condition. After Khab the route is mix of average and poor roads with some landslide points en route. One can see the confluence of Satluj and Spiti rivers at Khab. After riding hours one will reach at Pooh. Pooh is a small ancient town where one can see the ancient Lotsaba-bai-lha-khang temple. The route goes through rugged and broken roads in between. The route is downhill at initial but becomes gentler later on. The ride is long on this day but with the moderate terrain. Once reached at Rekckong Peo explore around if time allows. Reckong Peo also known as Peo is considered to be the land of Gods and is the Headquarter of the Kinnaur district and lies in the middle of the Himalayas. The town is serene and is famous for its apple orchards. At this place one can easily view the two greatest wonders of the Himalayas, i.e. the Kailash Mountain and the Shivaling rock from Reckong Peo.
Today one will be travelling to one of the most beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh passing through beautifully engineered roads that takes to different villages of Kinnaur to Shimla valley. En route we will pass Sarahan, a tiny but beautiful Village in the Sutlej Valley surrounded by apple orchards and dominated by the Shrikhand Mahadev peak (5227m). Sarahan is also known as a gateway to Kinnaur. It was the ancient capital of Rampur Bushehar, one of the biggest princely states in the Shimla hills. Here you can visit the ancient Bhimakali Temple with its six silver coated doors. The temple is a mixed of both, Hindu and Buddhist architecture styles. Several tourists are fascinated to come from all over the world to pay a visit to such a marvelous site. Cycling forward will lead us to Rampur our stoppage for the day. Rampur is one of the biggest towns in Himachal Pradesh and is famous for Lavi Mela held each year in the month of November. One can experience the Himalayan architecture all around the town reflected by the greatness of the ancient structures. Night halt will be in camp/hotel.
Today it’s time to get departed with the pack of incredible memories at Rampur. Here after breakfast we will break up for further journeys. We hope you had an amazing trip us and will continue exploring your Himalayan dreams.
Shoes: .You can buy a proper cycling shoe or can carry sport shoes. Sport shoes are light and breathable which is convenient during the ride, a pair of Flip Flops worn at the campsite.
Clothing: Bring cycling shorts, sweat proof t shirts, a fleece, Down feather jacket, Woolen Cap, Hat, Cycling Gloves, underwear.
Sanitary: A sunscreen containing SPF 30-50, Sun scream cream, Lip balm, Cold cream, Moisturizer, Body lotion,Hand Sanitizers, Toilet Papers, Wipes, Antibacterial powder, tooth brush & toothpaste, Quick dry towel. toiletries etc.
Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
Sunglasses: Bring UV protected sunglasses used during rides.
Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle or Hydration Pack of their own.Garbage Bag / Plastic Bags,
Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet during rides.
Cycling Gear: Extra Tube, puncture kit, helmet, head lamp, Hydration pack, elbow and knee pads.
Day Pack: with watre proof cover. 25 to 30 ltr.
Electronics: Camera (optional), USB Cable/USB Solar charger, Charger / Earphones,
Energetic dry ration: Chocolate Bars, Lemon Bars, Gels, Dry fruits,
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 to 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
From Manali, Naggar is 18 km. far and there are multiple buses running in every 15 minutes or one can get off at Patlikuhal which is 5 km. far from Naggar on the right bank highway. Patlikuhal lies in between of Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Patlikuhal to approach Naggar.
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar. which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Cycling is a fascinating mean of travelling far distances, it gives one an opportunity to gasp all the sporadic yet stunning forms of nature so close than any drive or a bullet ride could offer. At Himalayan Adventure trips we organize cycling trips effectively since 8 years and are passionately operating rides in the backdrops of Himalayas. We have several cycling expeditions run on single to multiple days of riding successfully. The expeditions are performed in hinterlands, through villages to mountainous roads to plains of cities in India providing specified taste of regions up close. We provide the best possible services on each of our cycling expeditions from well managed team of expert’s to passionate mountaineers who are companionable, honest and helpful indeed. We own a major expertise in serving a variety of food prepared sumptuously by our proficient cooks. Here at HAT we support the riders with all the adequate necessities driving backup vehicle to and fro being at the moment of assistance. All the assistance is given accordingly as per ones requirements.
The accommodations provided are up to mark with good quality tents, sleeping bags, mattresses rooms in homestay/guesthouses. We believe that the food and place of halt must be at the top priority for every healthy multiday trip, because good food will help you eat well and sound sleep will relax fatigue to gain vital long distances. All the riders are escorted well throughout the expedition; everyone is given appropriate attention to make their trip worthwhile. Even if it is about physical or mental health, the diet taken, water consumption or any other medical issues adequate measures are taken accordingly. Our team is well qualified in tackling opposite conditions held often at high altitudes where you will find only seclusion. The experienced team members will encourage whenever one finds himself in distress, we will try n make them complete this epic journey comprehensively.
Finally we believe in not just running cycling programs but to bring out the deepest smiles out of someone in a manner that he/she wouldn’t forget for their lives. Our aim is to deliver best to best cycling experience rather than one offering false and harsh proceedings. As HAT has operated countless numbers of cycling trips over the years has gained requisite experience to perform inclusive riding era, conveying each trip into astounding occasion. That’s how HAT provides optimum level of camaraderie converting the usual excursion into incredible memoir, often made out of an extensive trip. So we invite you to take a leap of faith on us by joining in one of our cycling programs and give us a chance to facilitate you with arrays of generosities.
Himalayan Adventure Trips is a distinguished adventure company in the Northern Himalayas as well as in Nepal and other parts of the country. We at Himalayan adventure trips work on least risk basis providing on with the ultimate escort during any kind of adventure activity. We are working as a tour and travel company since 8 years and own a good reputation of executing successful adventure programs in amongst leading adventure companies in Northern Himalayas. We hold a team of professionals and passionate mountaineers cyclists adventurers who are capable of tackling any adverse circumstances at any means. Our Guides and Instructors are skilled, certified from ABHIMAS Manali (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports) an eminent institute of Adventure, which had given so many ardent climbers and mountaineers to the world.
We at Himalayan Adventure Trips organize treks, tours, expeditions, Cycling, Paragliding, river rafting, Skiing and much more in diverse regions such as Leh Laddakh, Nepal and in Himachal Pradesh. We believe in working with local inhabitant’s guides and instructors to provide an extra bit of knowledge about the surroundings and the terrain. We ensure that our every program should held with precise safety and security, thus with sheer pleasure each adventure seeker will find it a fair deal to voyage into the Himalayas. We opt the best quality adventure equipments facilitating with delicious food offering a companionable team of good vibes all at one place.
At HAT everyone is invited even if he/ she are beginner or a passionate adventurer there is a lot much to do out in the Nature. The exploration of nature will never stop or start until one assures a strong will determination to conquer the mountains. Here at HAT we make certain that every adventurer should achieve his/ her dream of climbing a peak, completing an arduous trek or cycling over highest mountain passes. We deem once you join in our any of the programs/activities you will be delighted and fulfilled with all our services facilitated in the Himalayas. So you can go to our website www.himalayanadventuretrips.com to get any of the information regarding your preferred program or if you don’t know about trekking/climbing you can contact us and we will recommend you the best option possible.
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
A cycling trip demands physical endurance muscle power and patience, so preparing for each cycling expedition you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by riding 70-100km’s everyday and exercise to boost up your endurance. Because riding on plains are totally different instead riding in the mountains, mountain roads are steep often followed by downhills. Riding 100km in the plains is like riding 10km of mountainous roads. Hence stop smoking if you do and boost up your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trip. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mental preparation is a key to success, equally as important as physical training requisite for a cycling expedition. Before joining any cycling trip take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trip. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind, because pre trip assumptions are not worthy, once you join the cycling expedition and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement amidst. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trip conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you ride. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Gear up yourself with perfect size cycling shoes and ride with it for long distances. Use good quality helmet, riding gloves, a watch if you have, elbow knee pads, extra tube, puncture kit, led lights, any kind of lube, hydration pack/water bottle and extra brake/gear wires.
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