Shimla to Manali Cycling Tour

Introduction

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 two high passes the 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 from Shimla which was once the summer capital of India during the British Raj. The tour ends in the beautiful little town of Manali.

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive Shimla

Day 2: Shimla to Narkanda, 2708m (65km depends on starting point)

Day 3: Shilaru to Rampur, 924m (63km)

Day 4: Rampur to Wangtu, 1830m (63km)

Day 5: Wangtu to Rekong Peo- Kalpa, 2290m (38km)

Day 6: Kalpa to Puh, 2837m (68kms)

Day 7: Puh to Nako, 3800m (42kms)

Day 8: Nako to Tabo, 3050m (65kms)

Day 9: Tabo to Rangrik, 3700m (55kms)

Day 10:Rangrik (Rest Day), 3700m

Day 11:Rangrik to Takcha, 4200m (69kms)

Day 12:Takcha to Chattru, 3560m (53kms)

Day 13:Chattru to Manali, 2050m (83kms)


Highlights
  • Worlds highest inhabited village- Kibber.
  • A challenging cycle from Shimla- Kinnaur- Spiti to manali
  • Buddhist Monasteries and villages
  • Magnificent Mountain Vistas
  • Day 1
    Arrive Shimla

    Arrive in Shimla in the evening from Delhi. You can relax and then later spend the evening walking along the Ridge or shopping in the Mall.

  • Day 2
    Shimla to Narkanda, 2708m (65km depends on starting point)

    Taxis will pick you up in the morning and take you to a safe starting point, generally Green Valley, as the roads are really busy in the morning. Once here you get to check your bikes and then start the challenge. The journey starts with about 1 hours ride uphill, which can be tough as this is the first day. After that the gradient eases up with gradual ups and downs all the way to the camp. The roads are narrow so you need to pay attention to the road. You will be camping tonight in a small village with a few shops.

  • Day 3
    Shilaru to Rampur, 924m (63km)

    You will really enjoy today’s cycling as most of it, is going downhill. The day starts with cycling on a relatively flat terrain. It is going to be dusty and hot if the weather is clear. This route offers some great views of the Himalayan peaks and that of apple orchards. The terrain from Narkanda onwards is a steady downhill on good road condition. Make sure you check your breaks and stay on your side of the road. Once you get to the bottom there is a round about where you keep to your right. The terrain now changes to gradual ups and downs once again, but the road continues to be tarmac. You will stop at Nirath (902m) and walk to the Temple of Surya Narayan and have lunch on the temple’s ground.
    After lunch the terrain remains pretty much the same and isn’t too hard. You will be staying in a guest house tonight. If you need any shopping there are a few shops within 15 minutes walking distance.

  • Day 4
    Rampur to Wangtu, 1830m (63km)

    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.

  • Day 5
    Wangtu to Rekong Peo- Kalpa, 2290m (38km)

    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 a taxi/bus to kalpa which is another steep 7.5kms from here.

  • Day 6
    Kalpa to Puh, 2837m (68kms)

    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.

  • Day 7
    Puh to Nako, 3800m (42kms)

    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 loops 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.

  • Day 8
    Nako to Tabo, 3050m (65kms)

    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.

  • Day 9
    Tabo to Rangrik, 3700m (55kms)

    The first part of today of today is cycling up to Shichiling which is 30kms from Tabo. The road is mostly flat with occasional ups and downs and a few stretches of rough road. At Shichiling you will get on Taxi/bus and go to visit the Dhankar Monastary. It is about 1100 yrs old. The monastery is dedicated to Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha). The place offers magnificent views of the valley. You will have lunch further down but in Dhankar. You ride back to Shichiling and get on your bikes. Rangrik is 30kms from here. The second part of today’s journey is going to be an easy one as the road is mainly flat. The campsite is 2kms from the town of Kaza, the biggest town of the valley. Rangrik campsite is one of the best campsites on this journey.

  • Day 10
    Rangrik (Rest Day), 3700m

    You will have a lazy start to the day with breakfast served around 9am. After washing up and relaxing you will have the opportunity to visit another old monastery. Ki monastary, is about 15km from the camp at the height of 4100m. This monastery is also dedicated to Maitreya Buddha and the current presiding head of the monastery is Rimpoche Rinchen Zangpo the 19th. Here you can see some magnificent art work and Thanka Paintings brought over from Tibet nearly 600 years ago. After this we will go further 5kms up to the Kibber Village, the World’s Highest Motorable village. It is a decent sized village with traditional houses. Once again you are very close to the Tibet border so don’t be surprised if you see army officials around.
    Lunch would be back at the camp. In the afternoon you can go in to Kaza. Internet, Atm and phone facilties are available here. There is also a fantastic German Bakery for all the cake lovers.

  • Day 11
    Rangrik to Takcha, 4200m (69kms)

    The first challenge is getting to the road. A small stream to cross from the campsite, and then walk up the gravelly slip road on to the highway. The road today isn’t too bad; it has some long stretches of un metalled surface and is dusty but not too many climbs. The journey is very scenic. You will pass through some very beautiful villages like; Hull, Pangmo and Kyato. After a few kilometers from Kyato you will decend a bi to cross the bridge over to the left side of the Spiti River and then begins a grueling climb hill. It’s quite dusty on this stretch. About a kilometer from finishing the climb you will stop for lunch on the outskirts of Kyato Village. The road here onwards is an easy ride. Loser is the last village you will see today. You can stop here for refreshments. Then begins a gentle uphill of about 8 kms to the campsite.

  • Day 12
    Takcha to Chattru, 3560m (53kms)

    You start your day with an uphill climb of about 10kms to Kunzum La Pass 4551m. All travelers through here perform a respectful circuit of the stupas strewn with fluttering prayer flags at the top before continuing forward. The road now creeps down towards a bridge and two stone Dhabas at Battal. The road is pretty much flat after this, rocky and dusty. On a few occasions you will be required to cross streams and run over the road; be careful when doing this and walk if not safe to cycle. Though the distance isn’t much to Chattru it will be a long day as the roads can be difficult to cycle on. It is a rocky terrain but the landscape makes up for all the pain.

  • Day 13
    Chattru to Manali, 2050m (83kms)

    The road goes up gently to Gramphoo about 16 kilometers from Chattru. Then you start the steep climb towards Rohtang Pass. It’s alright to take your time. It’s a good idea to keep your wind proofs ready as Rohtang can be very windy and freezing even on a sunny day. Depending on the weather conditions you can have lunch here or go further down to Marhi and have lunch there. Your brakes would be checked again at this point to ensure safety. Marhi is on a 15km decent from Rohtang, this stretch of 15km is one of the worst in the entire journey as there is road work going on. Please get off your bike if it gets difficult (Better than falling in the mud). You can have a well-deserved break in Marhi. Get reenergized and then complete the last leg of the challenge. Before starting please check your brakes again as now onwards you are just going downhill. Once you reach Manali you will be transferred on a bus to your hotel.

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  • Shimla to 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 two high passes the 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 from Shimla which was once the summer capital of India during the British Raj. The tour ends in the beautiful little town of Manali.

    June to September

    Duration: 13 days

    Difficulty Level: Sustained

  • Included:

    • Meals: As mentioned in the itinerary
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Qualified and experienced Guide
    • Group Medical kit
    • Support Vehicle
    • Trek Mountain bikes
    • Basic repairs.
    • Inner Line Permits in the Military controlled areas of Ladakh
    • Support Staff- Cook, helpers.

    Excluded:

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

    For cyclists unfamiliar with our Himalayan organisation you will be very well catered for. We will select camps away from the road where you will sleep in comfortable two-man tents and be looked after by our crew who accompany us. They will prepare all meals including bed-tea in the morning and will look after all the camping arrangements. You will be expected to pack your gear into your kitbag each day. Of course any help you offer when setting and breaking camp, when there are many tasks is always welcome.
    During the day you will be accompanied by a support vehicle which is available if you should not wish to cycle at some stage. You will also be accompanied by an experienced cycle leader who will also assist you in maintaining your bike.

  • Clothing list for trekking in India

    • Poncho/ Light weight Kagool
    • Long sleeved shirts
    • Cycling Shorts- breathable is ideal
    • T- Shirts
    • Sandals/ flip flops for wearing around the camp in the evening
    • Fleece
    • 3-4 additional torso layers
    • Trousers for evening
    • Additional warm hat
    • Underwear (should be lightweight, cotton and loose fitting)
    • Cycling Gear List: This is all essential
    • Cycling Helmet. You must bring your own
    • Cycling gloves
    • Cycling shorts
    • Buff/ Neckerchief
  • ABOUT THIS TOUR

    Himalayan Challenges (HC) is an operator of all Adventure Travel and sports shown on our website. HC is registered with the Department of Tourism and Civil aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh, India.
    In respect of these Booking Conditions, “We/ Himalayan Challenges” and “You/ Participant(s)”- will be the person(s) whose name and details appear on the online booking form.

    1) Insurance:

    Before joining the tour we recommend that you take out travel insurance. This should include adequate cover for baggage, medical expenses, cancellation, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. You must supply documentary proof of it to us before starting the trip. If you do not have travel insurance you must have a credit card with at least a US $5000 limit.

    2) Booking Confirmation:

    Your booking will be confirmed by email once we have received a deposit of 50% and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 month prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

    3) Terms of Cancellation:

    (a)All cancellations must be made in writing and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be taken into account by the agency upon receipt of that letter.

    If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:

    DATE OF CANCELLATION CHARGE INCURRED
    2 months before departure Loss of deposit
    29 days to 2 months before departure departure 30% of total trip cost
    10 to 28 days before departure 60% of total trip cost
    Less than 10 days before departure 100% of total trip cost

    (b)If you do not show up at the meeting point specified on the agreed date, we will assume you have been delayed and will wait for you to contact us with your new expected arrival date. If you do not contact us within 48 hours we will assume you have cancelled the tour. There is no refund of any money paid.

    (c) The tour will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so because of unusual or unforeseen circumstances, such as a major natural disaster, major political unrest or war. If we cancel the tour we will promptly refund all payments made to us including the deposit (less the unrecoverable costs such as air tickets cancellations). We shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as insurance, visas, vaccinations and other incidental costs).

    4) Refunds:

    (a)In case the journey is broken off early upon the client’s own wish or causes, Himalayan Challenges shall not be liable to any refund of the days not utilized. Clients will have to pay for hotel or any extra costs incurred after leaving the itinerary.

    (b)The trek information sheets and the dossier give information and conditions relating to the tour and are deemed to be part of the contract and so you should be fully aware of their contents. However, the itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but is not a contractual obligation- changes may be made because of exceptional weather, flight cancellations, sickness or other unforeseen circumstances. No refund will be given for unused services or unrealized dreams.

    (c)Himalayan Challenges shall not be liable to refund of any Bank charges deducted while making the bank transaction.

    5) Your Responsibility

    (5.1)Acknowledgement of Risk:

    It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, Strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties. In such cases, Wild Himalayan Challenges shall be responsible for suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Wild Himalayan Challenges shall be responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.

    (5.2)Physical Fitness:

    You confirm that you are in proper physical and mental condition before going on a Challenge/trek/tour with Himalayan Challenges. You confirm that it is your own responsibility to determine the ability to participate. If you are going on an Expedition a Doctors Certificate would be required stating that you are fit for such a tough and demanding experience. You also confirm that you will notify us about any medical condition or the use of prescribed medication that we should know about. It is your duty to notify us beforehand and is your responsibility to obtain medical advice as regards to vaccinations required for the trip.

    (5.3)Documents (just a guide)

    All participants must bring with them the following paperwork without which Himalayan Challenges may refuse them from joining their expedition:

    • Passport with at least six months validity.
    • Full driving license for your country of residence (if participating in Motorcycle Tour)
    • International Driving License (if participating in Motorcycle Tour)
    • Personal Travel Insurance (Copy should be brought on travel).

    Himalayan Challenges will take no responsibility if you are not allowed to fly due to inappropriate paperwork.

    In alliance with your expedition booking with Himalayan Challenges you agree to give authority to your expedition leader during your travels, where decisions may be needed for the benefit and safety of everyone.

    (5.4)Respect:

    (a)You agree to abide by the authority of the leader. Signing the booking form implies your acceptance of the tour leader’s decisions which could affect the group or individuals. The tour leader will give you a complete briefing at your arrival about your journey with Himalayan Challenges. The guide or group leader designated by the agency reserves the right to expel at any time a group of person or an individual whose conduct may be regarded as affecting or endangering the safety or well-being of the group. No compensation or refund will be due to such individuals.

    (b)The client agrees to behave responsibly in environmental and cultural matters and agrees to follow proper hiking and camping etiquette while in the mountains and to act respectfully towards the people and customs of the region.

    6) Accommodation

    Room allocations are as per same sex twin-room sharing- double room for couples. Where a single room has been requested, a single room supplement will apply.

    7) Our Responsibility:

    (7.1)It is our duty to ensure to we deliver the trip you have booked with us to the best of our ability and the it precedes in accordance with the itinerary as stated on our website/ tailor made to your requirement, thereafter making sure as reasonable as possible your journey is unhindered en-route. Our itineraries have been designed with consideration to the environments in which we travel its people and its cultures. Participants’ should therefore realize that hygiene and safety standards in countries which you journey are far different to the standards of your own. However, Himalayan Challenges take care when booking locations, should offer the best of the area in which you stay and dine.

    (7.2)Any Participant(s) portraying acts of negligence on the expedition will not only risk their own life, but also that of their fellow participant(s) and will be cautioned. Repeated actions of the Participant(s) in question will have their trip terminated immediately and no refunds will be given. No refunds will be given to participant(s) who leave an expedition en-route. Himalayan Challenges will not be responsible for any traffic accidents caused through carelessness.

    (7.3)Due to the nature of our adventures and their locations- Himalayan Challenges reserve the right if deemed necessary, to divert the course of an already commenced expedition away from events (deemed harmful) to the safety of an alternative route.

    (7.4)Force Majeure- if for any unforeseen reason interruptions cause delay(s) en-route, preventing Himalayan Challenges from fulfilling their expedition obligations. Any additional expenditure incurred during the interruptions will have to be borne by the participant(s). However, we will do our utmost to rectify the situation into continuing on with the adventure.

    8) Complaints:

    Himalayan Challenges endeavors to supply you the best possible service on your journey, ensuring you have a great time. However, if you have a complaint during your expedition, please notify your expedition leader immediately in order to rectify the situation. If your complaint was unresolved, then a written letter should be sent within 25 days from the expedition completion date to: Himalayan Challenges, Hillco Building, Vill. Shuru, P.O. Prini, Manali, Distt. Kullu, H.P.

    9) Law and Jurisdiction:

    The Contract shall be construed in accordance with the Indian Law and the parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Indian Court; Manali, District Kullu, H.P. to settle any disputes, which may arise out of or in connection with this Contract.

    10) Currency conversion:

    All our prices are coated in US dollars. For Client comfort, we forward quotes in their local currency on request. This also depends on the Current Exchange Rate. We will Quote the Exchange rate on the Bill.

    11)When making your booking it is implied and accepted that you have read and understood all these booking conditions and agree to abide by them.


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