Cycling to Spiti

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Himachal

16 days

Mid-June – Sep

Challenging

4650m

Manali/Jibhi

Manali
Mountain Biking is becoming quite popular in the Indian Himalayas. This tour includes 13 days of unlimited fun on mountain bikes to one of the remotest regions of Himachal Pradesh, via Kinnaur & Spiti valley. It involves visiting remote valleys, villages and crossing or high passes the Jalori Pass (3223m) ,Kunzum La (4551m) and Rohtang Pass (3978m) providing spectacular views of the picturesque snow -capped peaks, rugged terrain and the old monasteries. We start this journey of exploring the beauty and tranquillity of Kinnaur and Spiti valley .The tour ends in the beautiful little town of Manali.

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: ARRIVE MANALI, CYCLE TO NAGAR (2300m) 40km

Day 2: DRIVE TO JIBHI (1800m) 104km

Day 3: JIBHI TO SOJHA (2600m) 7km

Day 4: SOJHA TO RAMPUR (1021m) 85km VIA JALORI PASS (3223M)

Day 5: RAMPUR TO WANGTU (1830m) 63km

Day 6: WANGTU TO REKONG PEO- KALPA (2290m) 38km

Day 7: KALPA TO PUH (2837m)68km

Day 8: PUH TO NAKO (3800m)42km

Day 9: NAKO TO TABO (3050m)65km

Day 10: TABO TO KAZA (3600m) VIA DHANKAR. 48km

Day 11: KAZA TO KI MONASTERY & KIBBER VILLAGE (4200m)37km

Day 12: KAZA TO LANGZA (4115M) & COMIC VILLAGE 4650m

Day 13: KAZA TO LOSAR (4079m)58km

Day 14: LOSAR TO CHANDRATAL (4270M) VIA KUNZUM LA ( 4551M) 34km

Day 15: CHANDERTAL LAKE TO CHATRU( 3560m)50km

Day 16: CHATRU TO MANALI.( 2050m) 81km

Itineraries

Day 01

ARRIVE MANALI, CYCLE TO NAGAR

Arrive in Manali in the morning. You will get to meet your guide today and also check out your bikes for the tour. Once you have thoroughly checked the bikes we will ride to Naggar, visit the Naggar Castle and Roerich Art gallery. Not only we get our muscles ready for the ride ahead but we also feast our eyes on the natural delights for which Manali is famous. Evening is free.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 2300m
Cycling Distance: 40km
Accommodation: Hotel

DRIVE TO JIBHI

We then depart and head out towards Jibhi. We cover the lush wilderness of Kullu valley on the way, riding along the banks of the River Beas before turning at Aut to follow the River Tirthan all the way to Jibhi, covering Tirthan Valley on the way. The region is famous for white water rafting as well as a host of local attractions like Waterfall and Shringa Rishi Temple to name a few.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 1800m
Cycling Distance: 104km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 02

Day 03

JIBHI TO SOJHA

Get ready to experience some real mountain biking today, a relatively short distance of 7 km to be covered today to reach Sojha at an altitude of 2600m in 4 to 5 Hours, a challenging uphill ride. just keep your bike straight and follow the leader. The magnificent views from the top are waiting to reward you for this thrilling ride.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 2600m
Cycling Distance: 7km
Accommodation: Camp

SOJHA TO RAMPUR VIA JALORI PASS (3223M)

Today our cycling tour starts from sojha via jalori pass. It is an Ideal retreat to find solitude. From here you have unique views of the eternal Snowline, the fertile potato and apple growing area and the dense forest, most of the ride is downhill.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 1021m
Cycling Distance: 85km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 04

Day 05

RAMPUR TO WANGTU

You will have an early start today, as the roads get really busy in the morning rush hour in Rampur. The first leg of the journey begins with gradual uphill. Today you also enter the Kinnaur Valley, and see some amazing landscapes. The most awe-inspiring are the long stretches of road cut straight from the rock face and seeing the rocky overhang above you, as you cycle. You will have lunch along the road near Nigulsari and after that the road is fairly flat and narrow but metalled. There will be small patches of unmetalled road and it will be dusty so make sure you have a scarf or a neckerchief to cover your nose and mouth. Tonight’s campsite is beside the road in Wangtu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 1830m
Cycling Distance: 63km
Accommodation: Camp

WANGTU TO REKONG PEO- KALPA

It’s going to be a dusty ride to Rekong Peo. Whole day’s cycling is basically on a relatively flat terrain with occasional ups and downs. There will be long stretches of unmetalled road and you may be stopped in one or two places to give way to road works. You will continue cycling on the left of River Sutlej. On the way you will also see one of the biggest dams built on Sutlej in the Kinnaur Valley the Karcham Dam. You do not cross the bridge but continue straight on. You will pass through a few Gref camps here. To get to Rekong Peo you will have to take a connection road on your left and cycle up 6kms of steep slope (this is the only demanding bit of the day). You will have lunch here and then get to kalpa by backup vehicle, which is another steep 7.5kms from here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 2290m
Cycling Distance: 38km
Accommodation: Guest House

Day 06

Day 07

KALPA TO PUH

You start the day by cycling downhill nearly 15kms back to join the main highway. Here onwards the terrain is going to stay pretty much the same. Mostly flat, with gentle steeps and slopes. You also cycle past some apple and apricot orchards today. In Akpa after crossing the bridge, you will have to make a stop to get your Inner Line Permits checked which can take atleast half an hour. Once again there will long stretches of unmetalled road and places with ongoing road works. Always keep an eye open as this stretch of the journey is prone to rock slides and if you have to stop make sure you find a safe place to rest. Once you get to Puh, you’ll have to cycle uphill for 1.5 kms to get to the Guest House.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 2837m
Cycling Distance: 68km
Accommodation: Camp

PUH TO NAKO

Today you will cycle through the village a small distance up hill and then downhill once again to join the highway. After a few kilometers of joining the highway you will cross the Dubling Bridge and go over to the left side of the River. You pass through a small village and apple orchards. After this the road again starts to get a bit rough. Then starts the first bit of Uphill Climb, there are a few loops that will take you up by maybe a 100m. .You will be cycling once again on roads cut out of bare rock face. You will then reach a tiny oasis of a village called Ka. You can rest here for a while as this place provides the only shade amid a burning amphitheatre of bare rocks. Once again there is a long stretch of flat and then another loop to climb you will stop for lunch just outside Nako. After that begins a small stretch of uphill into Nako.

In the evening you can walk around the village and take a tour of the 600- 700 years old Monastaries built here; and the Nako Lake, which is fed from a stream originating at Rio-Purgil. Rio-Purgil is revered by the locals as the protector of their village. Rio- means area or land and Purgil is the name of a God. The peak of Rio-Purgil is very rarely visible always hiding behind a thick blanket of clouds. Nako also provides an amazing starry sky on a clear night.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3800m
Cycling Distance: 42km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 08

Day 09

NAKO TO TABO

The day begins with an uphill of about 2kms. Once you have crossed the vicious Malling Nallah, a steep downhill of about 15-20kms proceeds. Make sure you check you brakes once again before starting this stretch. The road is metalled but narrow, with bare rock face on one side and a sheer drop on the other and the bends are very tight. Once you reach the bottom Sumdo is about 8 kms away. The road is generally flat with few rough patchs. We make a stop at Sumdo to get the Inner Line Permits checked and have lunch. You are only a few kms away from the Tibet border here. Infact, the river (Pare Chu) joining the Spiti river on your right flows in through Tibet although it originates in India.

Tabo is 28kms away from here. The ride here onwards is quite easy. The road is mostly metalled. If lucky you might be able to see some wild life. As you get closer to Tabo the Valley starts to widen.

In Tabo you can visit the Tabo Monastery which was built in 996 AD by Lochen Rigzin Zangpo, also renownwed as the Great Translator of Ratan Bhadgra from Sanskrit to Bhotti. You have already seen one of his work in Nako. His speciality in monastary building was the provision of a GonKhang (Meditation room). Internet is also available here.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3050m
Cycling Distance: 65km
Accommodation: Camp

TABO TO KAZA VIA DHANKAR

Dhankar is the ancient capital of the Spiti; the most incredibly Gompa is situated high on the barren rocky mountain slopes. Kaza is situated on a foot of steep ridges. It has a population of 781 and a traditional fair is celebrated every year in August.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3600m
Cycling Distance: 48km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 10

Day 11

KAZA TO KI MONASTERY & KIBBER VILLAGE

Let’s visit the famous Kye gompa. The gompa is placed high on a mountain looking like a pyramid. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Kibber, one of the highest permanent inhabited villages is located in a semi bowl-shape. A small Gompa is worth a visit, later we go to Kaza, the head quarter of Spiti Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 4200m
Cycling Distance: 37km
Accommodation: Camp

KAZA TO LANGZA (4115M) & COMIC VILLAGE

The trail to these two villages is totally off road and it is a favorite route for these looking for fossils. Near Comic village is the famous Thangyud monastery.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 4650m
Accommodation: Camp

Day 12

Day 13

KAZA TO LOSAR

Losar, the last habituated spot, which tourist can find after ascending through the course of the Peeno Stream, is worth a visit because of its location on 4079 m. The population of that Village is 242. There are 4 shops, a school, a Post office and a health centre.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 4079m
Cycling Distance: 58km
Accommodation: Camp

LOSAR TO CHANDRATAL VIA KUNZUM LA ( 4551M)

We drive through several villages of Spiti over the Kunzum pass, (4551 m). Our way leads us further to the beautiful Chandratal Lake at an altitude of 4270 meters. Chandratal, which means the Lake of Moon, is shaped like a half moon and is set on a large meadow of edelweiss within a lower ridge and the main Kunzum range.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 4270m
Cycling Distance: 34km
Accommodation: Camp

Day 14

Day 15

CHANDERTAL LAKE TO CHATRU

Our way is along the rapid Chandra River through the dry mountain dessert with high snow covered mountains on both sides. Nice view of Shigri Glacier, a mountainous mass of solid ice, more than a kilometer wide and extending over a distance of ten kilometers.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
Altitude: 3560m
Cycling Distance: 50km
Accommodation: Camp

CHATRU TO MANALI

Having a nice view of magnificent Himalayan Peaks, we drive through the Chandra valley, then uphill over the Rohtang pass (3950m), the gate way of Lahaul, Spiti and Kullu. In the evening we reach Manali. Our Service Ends.

Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch
Altitude: 2050m
Cycling Distance: 81km
Accommodation: N/A

Day 16

    Cost Include

  • Meals: As mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expert guide
  • Group Medical Kit
  • Support Vehicle
  • Marin Mountain bikes & Rockrider Helmet
  • Basic repairs.
  • Inner Line Permits in the Military controlled areas of Ladakh
  • Support Staff- Cook, helpers.

    Cost Exclude

  • Helmet - You must bring your own
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Repair/ replacement cost if bike is damaged.
  • Aerated and Alcoholic drinks
  • Items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Flight- International or domestic
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
THINGS TO BRINGS CYCLING TOUR:

1: Small day sack to carry trail clothing.

2: Good quality waterproof jacket

3: Waterproof trousers

4: Balaclava (thick fleece)

5: Sun hat

6: Cycle mitts

7: Warm gloves – mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.

8: Mid-weight fleece top

9: Cycling tights (looser, “trickster” fit rather skin-tight lycra)

10: Shorts

11: Long sleeved shirt

12: Travel trousers

13: 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)

14: Cotton tee-shirt for around town

15: Long sleeved thermal top

16: Thermal long johns

17: 2-3 pairs underwear

18: 2-3 pairs of standard socks

19: 1 pair warm sock

20: Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD’s, if applicable (bring spare cleats)

21: Shoes, Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp.

22: Warm Jacket evening at camp and warn trozer

Preoaring for a high altitude cycling tour

Even if you are an experienced and avid cyclist, cycling on the heights is a different cup of tea altogether. At these heights, the air is thinner and oxygen availability is considerably lowered.

No matter how fit you are, the atmosphere here will definitely impact your performance. If you really want to enjoy the landscapes then a certain amount of preparation is necessary.

Acclimatization

As you hit the heights, the first thing you notice is accelerated breathing as your body responds to decreased oxygen levels. Your heart rate increases to compensate for it and fatigue is common. Nonetheless, it helps to be mentally prepared for initial discomfort. A comforting thought, of course, is that it will get better as you get used to it. Some also experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness and so on.

However, this is more likely to occur if you have ascended rapidly. Generally, if you give your body time to acclimatize, it has its own in-built response. Within a day or so EPO levels increase within the body which stimulate red blood cell production. This helps in more efficient absorption of oxygen. Therefore the first step is reaching at least a week before the tour starts.

Never make the mistake of underestimating the impact of altitude. Some people believe that if they reach just the day before, they would be able to cope. Unfortunately, acclimatization is a gradual process and productivity increases at a slow and steady pace. The key is not to overdo it and to take things easy in the beginning. Meanwhile, certain steps can help to ease the process. Pay special attention to hydration and drink lots of water, eat well and get adequate rest.

Prepare Yourself Beforehand

But if you really want to enjoy your cycling tour then prepare well in advance. It is not necessary that a fit person will respond well to altitude, it is the person who has prepared well who will fare better. Altitude simulation is one way to begin acclimatization even before you reach the mountains. Different techniques are used to replicate the conditions found at the heights.

One is to breathe in thin air with the help of face masks alternated by breathing in normal air. Another way is to train in normal conditions during the day but to sleep in special nitrogen rooms at night. As oxygen levels are low in these special rooms, the body begins to compensate for it. Preparation should also include a training regime that develops stamina and endurance for long distance cycling in less than ideal conditions. Failure to do so can hit hard in the middle of your trip.

Equipment

Mountain cycling is a class apart from regular cycling and includes wide variations in the terrain. There is an extensive range available in mountain bicycles. The right bicycle that is suitable for rough terrain, as well as descents and climbs, is essential.

This not only ensures more comfortable riding but is also necessary from the viewpoint of safety. Make sure your bicycle is in optimum condition before you set out. Preparation will not only help you to make the most of your tour but will also ensure your safety.

Terms & Conditions

All bookings for the tours/treks/camps/Expeditions with Himalayan Yeti Adventure, hereinafter referred to as the "Company" are subject to the following conditions:

1. Every participant is required to fill in and sign an "Indemnity Bond" prior to the commencement of the trip.

2. All cancellations must be in writing signed by the participant and will be effective from the date of receipt by the company.

3. Refund and cancellation:
There will be no full refund.
- If you cancel 15 days before the trip begins Himalayan Yeti Adventure will retain 20% of the trip cost.
- If you cancel 7 days before the trip begins, Himalayan Yeti Adventure will retain 30% of the trip cost.
- If you cancel less than 7 days before the trip begins, or, are not present when the trip begins, there will be no-refund
- No refund will be payable to any client who voluntarily leaves a trip en-route.

4. The company reserves the right to alter details of the services, facilities, tour/trek and vehicle described in the itinerary at any time, when deemed necessary, reasonable and advisable. During the programme, the decision of the Guide will be final and binding.

5. Maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the participant. But Please understand there are certain hazards involved in your adventure holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any major illness, injury, death sustained during the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property.

6. In case any participant falls sick during the programme, the medical, travel, porter and any other expenses has to be borne by the concerned individual. However, primary medical facilities will be made available wherever possible.

7. Any damage, other than that attributable to fair wear and tear, to the equipments by the participants will be billed to you. Our decision on all such matters will be final and binding.

8. In the event of any dispute, all matters will be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the courts of Manali, Himachal Pradesh and the prevailing law of India shall prevail. Recourse to the courts of any other country will not be applicable.
While making your booking, it is implied and accepted that you have read and understood all the booking conditions and agree to abide by them.

Care for your Environment

Himalaya, with its pristine mountains, rivers and forests is known as the “abode of the Gods”. It is therefore our responsibility to maintain the natural glory of these mountains and make it a place of endless delight for travelers and residents alike. A few easy to follow steps will help you to contribute in making this effort a success.

1) Plastic stays: It is one of the least degradable substances, resistant to the effects of the sun, wind and rain. When you leave a plastic bag or bottle in the quiet picnic spot that you and your family enjoyed, you may very well find it there when return a few years later, an ugly spot on the landscape. The State of Himachal Pradesh has banned the used of polythene/plastic bags and you can be fined for using them, while you are in the Sate.

2) Litter: Do remember to take your litter back to the hotel or dropt it in the conveniently placed dustbins. Don’t leave it lying around.

3) Noise: One of the prime attractions of Himalaya, is the quiet of the mountains that invite you to linger. Need we say….

- Please don’t blow your vehicle horn unnecessarily or play blaring loud music as you drive.

4) Vandalism: Nature intended trees and rocks to remain unmarked by human beings. Nor were our monuments intended for graffiti written by some young wit.

- Do not scratch your name or write message on trees, rocks, mountains or monuments.

5) Respect: Please treat the mountains and the people with respect and you will be pleasantly surprised at what both can give back to you.

Last, but not the least….. Enjoy yourself with responsibility.

Leave nothing, but Footprints……