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Manali, Himachal Pradesh


4 Nights/ 5 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

15 people


English, Hindi



  • If you want to ride in the woods into the rising climatic circumstances, Cycling Manali to Chandratal could be a great option for an exciting weekend. Manali to Chandratal cycling is done on a route that is only open for a few months and includes some of the world's most difficult terrains. The route crosses the Rohtang Pass and leads to the arid wastes of Spiti, fulfilling all dreams. Cycling on completely rocky trails might numb your rear, but all of these problems are overcome by the stunning scenery that surrounds you. It connects Manali's magnificent valley views to Spiti's harsher atmospheres. The tour begins in Manali, cycling on the pleasantly paved roads that pass over the peak and ride downhill. The tarmac finishes at Gramphoo, where we take a right turn into the Spiti valley. The hard terrain begins to shake your bones further on. There are various streams and torrents along the way that can only be reached by crossing frigid water. The path eventually fades and reappears to take you throughout. The trip grows more adventurous as the road becomes grittier, travelling through spectacular landscape of an arid country. Our journey concludes at Chadratal Lake, a magnificent emerald lake named after its crescent shape. It is set between rusty mountains with limited flora, fed by multiple glacier streams that join to form a large pond.
  • It is the primary source of the Chandra River, which flows into the Spiti lowlands and eventually to the confluence at Tandi in Lahoul. The lake's environment is breathtaking, and it is frequently frequented by hikers, adventurers, and nature lovers. It is a highland lake at 4300m, which is a good height to feel the high altitude atmosphere. The lake is venerated as holy in the surrounding area, and pilgrims circumambulate it. Buddhist flags can be seen flying in the air, giving good vibrations all around. The lake is 3km wide, and the roundabout takes about 2-3 hours to complete. It could be a great way to end the vacation with a peaceful view of Chandratal Lake. The trip concludes at Baatal, and ahead of it we retrieve back via 4x4 vehicle.


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Preparation for Manali to Chandratal Cycling

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.

So here are some aspects regarding cycling expedition preparation:

Physically – 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 downhill's. 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.

Mentally – 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.

Technically- 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.

Detail Itinerary of Manali to Chandratal Cycling

Day 1. Reporting in Naggar (1800m.)

Arrive Manali, fulfill your remaining documentation and shop trip related items.

Day 2: Naggar-Manali-Marhi (3,300m/10820ft) (35km.)

Prepare early, pack your belongings, and board the van for the journey to Manali. We'll check our motorcycles in Manali and leave after a group photo. The path leads up to Marhi past villages, apple orchards, and lush green woodlands. The route meanders higher, revealing stunning panoramas of the valley. As we drive through Gulaba, we can see the gigantic Hanuman Tibba building itself. While biking approaching Marhi, the greenery will begin to deteriorate. It is a short route, but it might be an excellent acclimatisation ride before to approaching the high altitude. We'll arrive in Marhi in the afternoon and spend the night in the tents.

Day 3. Marhi – Rohtang Pass (3,980m/13050ft) – Chhatru (3200m/10500ft)– Chota Dara (65km.)

Today we will cross the Rohtang Pass and bike into the valleys of Lahoul and Spiti. The Rohtang Pass is readily visible from the campsite. It will take roughly 2-3 hours to cross the peak. After the Rohtang Pass, it's all downhill until we reach Gramphoo, a little stopover just a few kilometres before Koksar. We'll take a right turn and enter the region of unexpected journeys. The road further away from here is rough, with streams and torrents in between, but it is still a moderate journey. It's a rocky trip on stone gravel and sand that goes on forever. Our destination for the day is Chota Dara, a stunning location with little flora amidst the rusty mountains.

Day 4: Chhota Dara – Baatal (4090m/13,435ft.) - Chadratal (4,200m/13750ft) Lake – Baatal (45km.)

The time has arrived to approach the lovely Moon Lake. We will pass through several of the stopovers till we reach Baatal, where there are no people until we reach the Chandratal Lake. The road continues for a few kilometres before splitting into two sections, one leading to Kunzum Pass and the other to Moon Lake. The uneven trails will continue to jar your buttocks till we reach Lakes. There are several camping areas established up a few kilometres before the lake to cater people passing through. The road terminates a kilometre before the lake, but we can ride our bikes as close to the lake as possible. By its virgin beauty, the bright emerald lake eventually appears. It is a 3km wide extended lake in the shape of a crescent moon. The shape and size can be calculated while circumambulating or using a Drone to obtain an aerial perspective. The lake, an oasis amongst the cold deserts, displays emerald hues all day. Apart from the plant life developing effectively alongside the river flow, there is nothing but desolation. We'll spend some time around the lake before returning to Baatal. We'll spend the night in tents in Baatal.

Day 5: Baatal to Rohtang Pass and back to Manali (120km)

Pack your bags and prepare to drive back to Manali through Rohtang Pass. It will take approximately 4-5 hours to reach Manali, from which one can depart to his or her selected destination.

How To Reach

How to Reach Manali
Distance by road:-

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ? 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at or Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 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 5 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.

How to reach Naggar:

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:-

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 :-

Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Kms. ?Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000? Rs.2,000. 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.

Things To Pack

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 water 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,

Mandatory Documents:
a)Registration Form
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
d) 2 Passport size photo
e) Photocopy of Valid id proof (PAN is not allowed)


  • Highly advanced & Skilled Mountain biking guide from Himalayan Adventure Trips, who has ample knowledge of the route.
  • Logistics vehicle to carry all our equipment.
  • Backup vehicle will be provided.
  • Mechanic for any basic problems.
  • Basic tools for Mountain bike.
  • Vegetarian meals on the trip (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
  • Equipments – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
  • Basic medical aid will be carried along in the route such as oxygen cylinders, basic first aid kit, pulse Oxymeter, BP monitor, etc.
  • Tented accommodation will be on three or four sharing basis, home stay will be in group as per availability, in hotel stay it will be on triple sharing basis.
  • Forest Permits, wild life fees and camping charges.
  • Completions Certificate.
  • Mountain Bikes and Helmet.
  • Any expenses of personal nature, tips, phone etc.
  • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation.
  • Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
  • Food to/from the trail head.
  • Any damage in cycle or change of parts required will be charged extra.
  • Rent for cycles would be from Rs. 500/- per day to Rs.800/- per day depends of brand of cycle.
  • Rent for cycles/ bike would fetch cost up to cycles/ bikes returning to Manali.
  • Please Carry Extra tubes, Extra spares for cycles; Mechanic for the same will be from our side.
  • GST of 5%.


4 Nights/ 5 Days

Tour's Location

Manali, Himachal Pradesh


Based on 3 reviews
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Vinita gandass

Whaaat a trip it was...Spiti it was... All thanks to HAT because only these ppl can make it travel worth traveling. I have started loving it more... How cool the Cycle leader was.he made all the efforts to make us comfortable and the trip smooth. His sense of managing things is killer . The food,camping,hotel and what not all was just perfect.
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Machaiah K

Being one of my first cycle trips in Himalayas, opting HAT was the best Choice i did. The guides were helpful throughout the journey, he's knowledge and detailed planning of the throughout Route from Manali-Chandratal-Manali is of no match. They also made us have the lifetime memorable experience of The Cycle ride of Spiti Trip.
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Sandeep Dey

I have done the Manali to chandratal expedition with HAT . The experience was seamless, HAT had put a lot of effort into bringing a good team together. On these 5 days, we got great food, our logistics was completely covered so that we can focus more on cycling. On one of the days, it snowed unlike anything I've ever seen. The cooking staff cooked food even on that day. This shows the dedication and effort they've put to make this trip a success.
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