Mountain Biking in Spiti Valley

Manali to Spiti Cycling Adventure

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Starts at
38999 per person

Package Cost


42599 38999 per person

( ₹ 3600 discount from MyWanderlust )

  • 5% GST extra, Cycle Rental 10000/- Extra

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation: Twin sharing basis. At Manali you will stay in very good quality A grade hotels. You will have the option to upgrade if required. All accommodation is mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals: Our kitchen team travels with the clients and dishes out hot and tasty meals. We normally provide an early breakfast after which clients are given their packed lunch. Once at the campsite clients are given evening snacks, unlimited tea/coffee, soup followed by a sumptuous dinner. Our cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Continental & local. All meals are generally vegetarian and non vegetarian. A typical day’s meal would look like
  • Breakfast: Porridge/Poha/Upma, Toast/Paranthas with butter, Peanut butter, Cheese, Jam, Eggs, Banana, Tea/Coffee/Hot chocolate
  • Packed Lunch: Indian bread with vegetables, Sandwich, Apple, Juice, Chocolate,pasta,burgers etc.
  • Evening Snack: Tea/Coffee with cookies & Indian fries.
  • Dinner: For non vegetarians we try to serve a non vegetarian preparation everyday, A typical dinner includes Dal, Vegetables, Rice, Salad, Soya, Indian bread. The menu is cyclic and we ensure the dine out is an experience which resonates.
  • Mineral Water, Chocolates, Fruits, Dry Fruits
  • Two Nutrition halts during the cycling course everyday
  • Support Vehicle (for more than 8 people there would be two support vehicles)
  • Mechanic support
  • Oxygen cylinder, high altitude first aid kit.
  • Permit fees
  • A well marked route
  • A Map with day to day elevation profiles.
  • An experienced 5-8 member crew for daily operations.

Exclusions:

  • Service Tax
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. Telephone bills, etc
  • Immediate expenses raised due to natural occurrences – landslides, weather, cloud burst etc.
  • Return airfare expenses or road transport expenses from Manali.
  • Camera expenses at monasteries
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • 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

This is a true ‘Soul Journey.’ Spiti & Lahaul with its stark arid landscapes presents a picture one gets to see very rarely in one’s lifetime. Visual delights aside, you ride in a region soaked in unique culture and history and which opens up only for a few months every year. Along the trip, as you ride through the wonderful vistas of the high altitude Hindustan-Tibet Road you come across small settlements with ancient monasteries, chortens, mani walls, fluttering flags, prayer wheels & Buddhist monks, leaving an image which is sure to last a lifetime.

 

Spiti is surrounded by ranges of the Greater Himalaya in a semi circular arc, separating it from Lahaul on the west, Kullu to the south and Kinnaur to the southwest. These ranges prevent the moisture laden monsoons from reaching the region, thus creating in Spiti, a bleak and arid landscape in common with Ladakh and Tibet.

 

Lacking vegetative growth, the exposed terrain is a geologist’s paradise. It records every geological age from the Pre-Cambrian to the recent, in pristine formations This is a challenging trip and requires one to cycle in a high altitude area. You will set out on your bikes from Tabo, in Spiti valley and from there on move along the fairly straight road. Next few days you will ride through several settlements and monasteries before pedaling to the district headquarters at Kaza. From Kaza we ride through monasteries and villages close by and go exploring the interiors of the valley.  Having explored the Spiti valley we set our eyes on the Lahaul valley and ride all the way to the stunning Moon lake (Chandratal). We will camp here for a night and next day ride towards Chattru and finish the ride. We drive back to manali in our cabs.

 

Most of the times we will be riding on mostly empty roads, a luxury in India! There will be support vehicles with the riders and you will have the flexibility to decide which stretch to ride and what stretch to plant yourself in the support vehicle. You can also get partners who are looking at minimal riding or no riding.

Itinerary


DAY 1 | Arrival at Manali

Arrive in Manali. Check into the hotel. Early afternoon we step out and go for an acclimatization ride towards Naggar and back. Evening is reserved for a brief orientation session about the ride. Overnight stay at HPTDC Kunzum/Log Huts/Johnson Lodge

 

DAY 2 | Manali to Tabo | Drive | 253kms | 8 hours

After an early breakfast we board the cabs and depart for Spiti valley, reaching Tabo by early evening. Overnight stay at Tiger Den or similar

 

DAY 3 | Tabo – Dhankar (3400m) | Cycle | 34 kms | 5-6 hrs

After breakfast we will set out on our bikes and ride along the Spiti river till Sichling. From here we will pedal towards Dhankar Monastery. This spectacular Gompa is built on a 300m high spur and overlooks the confluence of Spiti & Pin rivers. After lunch we hike for one hour to visit the high altitude Dhankar Lake. Overnight stay at Dhankar Guest House

 

DAY 4 | Dhankar – Kaza (3600m) | Cycle | 52 kms | 7-8 hrs

After an early breakfast we start our ride today, visiting Lallung and taking the trail which brings us to Attargu, near the confluence of the Pin and Spiti rivers. From here onwards it’s a level ride to Kaza. Overnight stay at Delek House.

 

DAY 5 | Kaza – Key Monastery – Kibber – Gete – Tashigang – Kibber – Kaza Cycle | 54 kms | 6-7 hrs

Today is a challenging ride visiting the highest inhabited village in the world, Kibber perched at 4300m, and further the plateau lands of Gete and Tashigang. First up a fairly straight and downhill ride to the base of Kye monastery from where the 10kms climb to Kibber begins. After Kibber it’s a mountain biker’s delight to be riding to Gete and Tashigang where we get fantastic views of the Kanamo peak and the Shilla gorge. Ride back to Kaza, a thrilling downhill. Overnight stay at Delek House or similar

 

DAY 6 | Kaza – Langza – Komic – Demul – Lidang – Kaza  | Cycle | 62 kms | 7-8 hrs

Another day of a challenging ride, first up the 18kms uphill to the village of Langza 4100m, under the shadow of Chau Chau Kal Nilda (the highest peak in Spiti). Geologists say this was once the Tethys sea, a million years ago, hence you will be surprised by the presence of fossils between Langza and Komic, our next pitstop 7kms from Langza. After our lunch in Komic, we ride into Snow leopard country towards Demul (10kms) and from there a mix of downhill and uphill through some crazy switchbacks brings us on the main road from where Kaza is another 12 kms. Overnight stay at Delek House or similar

 

DAY 7 | Kaza – Hanse – Losar (4079m) | Cycle | 52 kms | 7-8 hrs

We finally bid adieu to Kaza today and continue our journey further into Spiti valley. Its straight stretches of roads today, and mountain after mountain through some stunning gorges, pea fields and gurgling streams as we reach Losar at the base of the Kunzum pass. Overnight stay at a Guest House

 

DAY 8 | Losar – Takcha – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal Lake (4270M) | Cycle | 38 kms | 5-6 hrs

We start after breakfast, towards Takcha (6kms 4120m) the base of the Kunzum pass which is another 12kms, perched at 4551m. From the pass we get stunning views of the Bara Shigri glacier, The Chandrabhaga range, Pir Panjals and the Greater Himalayas.  Zip down the pass for 8kms to reach the T junction from where the road leads to Chandratal lake. We check into the camp just before the lake and later ride to the lake which is 2kms from the camp.

 

DAY 9 | Chandratal Lake – Batal – Chotta Dharra – Chattru (3700m) | Cycle | 45kms | 5-6 hrs

Our last day of riding as we pedal up towards the T junction we took yesterday 12kms, and from zip down to Batal for a refreshing black tea. We are greeted by the River Chandra, flowing from the Chandratal lake and it is this river whose course we will follow for most of the day. The Chandra valley is a geologists paradise, the coming together of three Himalayan ranges – The Pir Panjals, The Dhauladhars and the greater Himalayas. All of the ride today is on offroad, uphills and downhills through streams and narrow passages with spectacular views of glaciers and precipices. We finish the ride at Chattru.

 

DAY 10 | Chattru – Grampoo – Rohtang Pass – Marhi – Manali | Cycle | 81 kms | 7-8 hrs

Today is a tough day, first the climb to Gramphoo (17kms) and then the tough climb to Rohtang pass (13kms) From the top it’s a breezy downhill of 52 kms to Manali. Overnight stay at HPTDC

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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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  • Great Itineraries. All itineraries are designed in line with our objective of giving our clients a very up, close & personal experience in the region. All routes have been personally recceed & suggested by our MD. Not only do we give a local flavor to the trip we ensure they are very safe.
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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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