Cycling from Manali to Chandratal Lake

The shortest high altitude mountain cycling ride

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Starts at
20999 per person

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For bookings made before August 2019

Additional Details

  • 5% GST extra, Cycle Rental 5000/- Extra


  • Accommodation in Manali: In good mid category hotels like Johnson’s Lodge or similar in standard rooms
  • Accommodation at all other locations: We would be setting up camps using alpine tents. All tents would be provided with sleeping bags, camping mattresses, etc. There would be dry pit toilets put up at all campsites. Also we will have a mess & kitchen tent to make your camping experience enjoyable.
  • We will provide road transfers wherever required after Manali. This vehicle will stay with the group throughout and can be used whenever required during the ride
  • Support Vehicles (for riders & equipment): There would be a support vehicle for all riders. This support vehicle travels along with the rider through the course and can be used for luggage, spares, as well as for riding to the camp after the ride finish. In times when you don’t want to ride on the cycle this support vehicle is always at bay. In addition to this there will be a big truck to carry the bikes and camping equipment
  • Meals: The food served during the trip is a mixture of Indian, Chinese and Western, freshly cooked by the kitchen team travelling with the group. The emphasis is on providing a high-nutrition/energy mostly vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. We will provide meals starting from breakfast on Day 1 till lunch on Day 5.
  • First Aid and Backup: A basic medical kit is always available at hand to all the riders with at least a couple of our team guys being able to administer basic first aid. A couple of oxygen cylinders would be carried for any emergencies
  • Cycle Mechanic: There will be a cycle mechanic travelling along with the group. He will be able to handle basic problems and will carry basic spares with them (tubes, gear wires, puncture kits, etc.). These spares are available to be purchased by riders who are bringing their own cycles
  • Permits: All required local Permits for the ride would be arranged for


  • GST
  • Mountain bikes: We would provide 21-gear Merida or similar mountain cycles to each rider for INR 5000/- for the duration of the trip. These cycles are maintained in good condition and are used specifically for these trips. For those taking the cycles from us, we will also provide the relevant safety gear like a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. But you are free to get your own cycle for the trip
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, entry charges, etc.
  • Bottled water, Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc. – our support vehicle will carry all this so one can purchase against payment
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Cost of transferring your personal bikes till Manali and back. This can be arranged by us at an additional cost
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances

If you are looking for a short & challenging ride with panoramic Himalayan views then this is the ride for you. Though short on duration this one doesn’t lack grandness in any way and takes one riding on a memorable trail through a high altitude region, leading to a true jewel in the mountains, Chandratal lake.

It is pristine, grand and ethereal. That’s Chandratal Lake at an altitude of 4300m, fed by glaciers and revered by all, located in the cold desert of the Spiti valley. Every year the lake is out of bounds for seven months and the lucky ones can visit only once the road opens in last week of May to be closed in September. At a distance of 123 kms from Manali, the Chandratal Lake has many a legend attached to it, one being that fairies often descend from the heavens to dwell in its serenity.

The ride from Manali to Chandratal is breathtaking and for the novice can be tough; nevertheless rewarding. It’s an experience which will resonate for years to come and camping by the Chandratal Lake surely does awaken your senses to a higher realm. A perfect monsoon getaway ride – for that quick unwinding – unlearning. Read on more for details.


  • Stark & stunning trans Himalayan landscape of Lahaul & Spiti valley
  • Riding to Chandratal (Moon Lake) at 4300m, surely one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayas
  • Cycling in a very less traffic/density area (rare in India!!)
  • Exploring Manali (with few tourists there) on cycle
  • Downhill ride from Kunzum La at 4650m
  • All round views from the Rohtang Pass (3950m) & Kunzum La (4650m)
  • Opportunity to ride with like-minded people

·         You can ride on your own cycles (we will help transport them to the start point) or rent out bikes from us


DAY 01: MANALI (2000m)

We will all meet in Manali and check into a hotel. In the post lunch session we will get our cycles out and go for an acclimatization ride around Manali. Not only do we get our muscles ready for the ride ahead but we also feast our eyes on the natural delights for which Manali is famous. Overnight in the hotel.


DAY 02: MANALI – MARHI (3350m, Cycle/38 kms)

Today after breakfast we will set out on the road leading to the famous Rohtang pass. This road is the one which goes to Ladakh and Lahaul & Spiti regions. It’s an uphill ride all the way and we will do it in short stages. We will have lunch enroute and reach our destination, Marhi towards late afternoon. Marhi is 16 kms short of Rohtang Pass. We will camp here for the night. Overnight in tents.


DAY 03: MARHI – ROHTANG PASS (3950m) - CHOTTA DHARRA (3800m, Cycle/47 kms)

Get ready for your first views of the Trans Himalayan ranges today. After breakfast a climb of 16 kms will bring us to the top of Rohtang Pass (3900m) which offers rewarding views of the Pir Panjals and the Trans Himalayan ranges. Rohtang pass at 3950m separates Kullu, from the exotic charm of the Lahaul valley. In Tibetan Rohtang means "a heap of dead bodies" and the pass stands true to its notorious name. Every year it must take toll of life and property. This is so because after 11:00 a.m. sudden blizzards and snow storms called Biannas are only to be expected. The pass becomes all the more hazardous to negotiate due to frequent avalanches.

The summit of the pass turns into lush green meadow in summers studded with violets and varieties of wild Himalayan and Alpine flowers. Butterflies of numerous and rare kind and variegated hues also draw the attention of' the visitor.

At the highest point on top to the right as one faces Lahaul, is a small stone enclosure and a water spring which is the principal source of the River Beas; .the other, Beas kund is at the head of the Solang nullah. The place gained religious significance because of sojourn of Beas Rishi (the famous Vyasa Rishi, author of the epic Mahabharata). To the left of this pass is the little lake Sarkund. On the 20th Bhadon (early September) every year a large number of people visit this lake with the belief and hope that an early morning bath in it will cure all their ailments.

From Rohtang Pass we will descend 11 kms to Gramphoo from where a left diversion will get us into the Spiti valley. The offroad starts from here and riding another 21 kms will get us to Chotta Dharra. Overnight in tents.


DAY 04: CHOTTA DHARRA (3800m) – CHANDRATAL (4300m, Cycle/39 kms)

This is Glacier country. We trace the course of the Chandra river till Batal (19 kms) through undulating road, trying uphills and rocky flats. The gruesome climb begins from Batal diversion up to Chandratal. From the base of Kunzum Pass the pristine lake is 20 kms. Though the ride is going to be demanding today but rest assured you will be treated to sights never seen before. For people not wanting to ride a certain section the support vehicle is going to be there to hitch a ride. Upon reaching the lake we set up camp. Spend rest of the day soaking in the natural beauty of this jewel in the mountains, Chandratal. Overnight in tents.


DAY 05: CHANDRATAL (4300m) – KUNZUM LA (4650m) – MANALI (2000m, Cycle/20-30 kms & Drive/5-6 hrs)

Today after breakfast we drive down to Batal and from there drive further 12 kms towards Kaza and reach the Kunzum La at 4650m. We will spend some time at the pass taking pictures and enjoying the views all around. From Kunzum La we will again get on our cycles and enjoy a downhill ride till Batal and further on to Chotta Dharra, if so desired. We will have lunch here and drive back to Manali via the famous Rohtang pass. Our trip end here. One is free to stay back or proceed with the onward journey by taking an evening Volvo for Delhi/Chandigarh. If required we can arrange for accommodation in Manali at extra cost.

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  • Our Pedigree. We are a Himalaya based & Himalaya focused company with over 14 years of experience in offering great adventure trips across the Himalayas with specialisation in the Indian Himalayas. We have been running high quality trekking & mountaineering, cycling, rafting & skiing trips successfully over these years
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  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trip — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trip — 50% refund.
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In case of unforeseen weather conditions, government restrictions or any other unavoidable circumstances beyond the control of the host, certain activities during the expedition or the event itself may be cancelled, or there could be change in the itinerary. In such cases, the host will try their best to provide an alternate feasible activity or a voucher will be handed over (in case of cancellation or rescheduling of event) to you. However no refund will be provided for the same.

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