4 Nights/ 5 Days
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.
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 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 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 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.
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,
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)