Mountain tour of 14 days biking in the remotest regions of Kinnaur and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh will have unlimited funs. The specialty of the tour is to visit remote villages, crossing over high mountainous passes and the pass like Kunzum Pass (4550 m), which will provide magnificent views of picturesque snow, capped peaks, rugged stretches and old monasteries. Take a small break in Shimla, which was capital of India during the British era before you venture into the journey exploring beauty and tranquility of Kinnaur and Spiti valleys. In Manali that has an alpine feel the tour will end. In view of possible weather imaginable come prepared to meet with scorching sunshine to freezing blizzards, even in mid-summers.
Cycling / Terrain
This itinerary allows for average daily distances of approximately 30-50 kms. This is designed to enjoy the cycling through the rural life and meet the people of Himachal and spiti. The vehicle will accompany and en-route make stop for bottled water and juices for the cyclist. A nice way of sharing different experiences encountered on the way. The support vehicle will always travel behind the last cyclist. If you wish to take a break from riding wait at the side of the road and supporting vehicle will pick you up.
Spiti Valley is a high altitude Himalayan desert and from June to mid October is the best time to cycle in Spiti Valley. Average temperatures range from max of 25°C and minimum of 05°C, however, October can be very cold. Please bring a jumper / windcheater and a sweater /shawl. There is no humidity and little rain can be expected. For detailed travel kit recommendations, please refer to our FAQ section.
|Cycling an Offbeat Journey|
|(19 Nights / 20 Days)|
Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Sarahan – Sangla – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Kaza - Kibber – Chandratal – Manali - Delhi
|Day 1: Delhi||(By International Flight)|
Greeting at the Delhi International airport than our representative will take you to the hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel.
|Day 2: Delhi – Shimla (2205 M)|
MEarly morning we start our journey through Shatabdhi train to Chandigarh. Breakfast will be served on board. After Chandigarh we drive down towards Shimla, from the plain to the foothills of Himalayas. The zigzags road its way up the beautiful mountain scenery. You will be arriving Shimla in the late afternoon take a leisurely stroll on the Mall that is Shimla's main promenade. Here, contemporary commercial enterprises rub shoulders with stately colonial edifices, churches and other landmarks of the town. At one end of The Mall is the city's colorful local market, called Lakkar Bazaar to get an insight into the bustling life and crowd there in Bazaar. We stay overnight in Shimla.
|Day 3: Shimla||(Approx Cycling 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we check our cycles and take a short ride around the city to acclimatize ourselves with the weather and cycling equipment. In between we complete the government formalities and permits for our further journey. Later on we cycle around the Mall road, place full of activities also to Jakhoo Temple also known as monkey Temple and the highest point in Shimla, which offer a panoramic view of the city.
|Day 4: Shimla- Narkanda (2700 M)||(Cycling Approx 35 Kms)|
After breakfast we start our cycling journey through beautiful country sites of Shimla towards Narkanda. Enroute we pass the beautiful villages of Fagu, Theog famous for cherry, apples, Apricot orchards also a vintage point to view the panoramic Himalayan ranges. We stay overnight in Narkanda.
|Day 5: Narkanda – Sarahan (2313 M)||(Cycling Approx 35 Kms)|
After breakfast we start our journey to Sarahan Village. Sarahan is famous for the temple of Bhimakali, fascinating architecture and charming landscapes surrounded by mountains and snow-capped peaks and also often called “The Gateway to Kinnaur”. Reach Sarahan and check-into the hotel for overnight stay.
|Day 6: Sarahan – Sangla (2700 M)||(Cycling Approx 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our journey towards Sangla. Set above the right bank of the Baspa Narrow winding road, hair raising gorges and high cliffs, the village of Sangla that is perhaps the most beautiful. This is one of Kinnaur’s most beautiful valleys, picturesque setting and with interesting architecture. We stay overnight in Sangla.
|Day 7: Full Day Excursion Around Sangla||(Cycling Approx 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we paddle to explore around Sangla. First we visit Chitkul (3450 m), the last inhabited village in the valley. Chitkul has structres that seem to have had a fairy tale as their inspiration. Later we trek towards Batseri, Kamru. Batseri village has some interesting architecture, cobbles paths and the superbly crafted temple, the path leading down to its crosses the stream with a traditional ‘Sangah’ - a bridge of cantilevered logs set in a mesh of stone and wood. Kamru – placed over a packing of dressed stone that acts as like the pedestal for an exalted piece of art, the tower-like for of Kamru raises five stores high. It serves as an excellent example of an architectural style that is unique to this past of the world.
|Day 8: Sangla – Kalpa||(Cycling Approx 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our cycling journey towards Kalpa. Within the village visit the Narayan-Nagini Temple, which is a remarkable example of local craftsmanship and the Hu_Bu-Lan-Kar monastery. With all the majesty of the high Kinner Kailash is a 79-foot high rock formation that resembles a Shivling. It changes colour as the day passes.
We stay overnight in Kalpa.
|Day 9: Kalpa – Puh (2837 M)||(Cycling Approx 40 Kms)|
After breakfast paddle down towards Puh a beautiful small town located above NH 22. This town is well known for its natural beauty and lush green fields, vineyards, apricot and almond orchards. The ride is a bit challenging but during riding with breathtaking views which will give you power to reach your next destination. We stay overnight in Puh.
|Day 10: Puh – Nako (3662 m)||(Cycling Approx 35 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our journey towards Nako. Located in the Pooh sub-division, this is one of Kinnaur’s most fascinating villages. It has a lake surrounded by willow and poplar trees – and the village seems to be half buried in the lake’s boarders. Nako has four Buddhist temples with stucco images and murals. We stay overnight in Nako.
|Day 11: Nako – Gue – Tabo (3280 M)||(Approx Cycling 50 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our cycling towards Tabo En-route visit Gue village. The small sleepy indiscreet village in India where Mummy was preserved naturally. It is a high altitude village in Spiti Valley. Founded in 996AD, the Tabo gompa has exquisite wall paintings and stucco statues – and is often called the Ajanta of the Himalaya’, after the almost legendary art-treasure site in Maharashtra. It is the largest monastic complex has nine temples, 3 ‘chortens’, a monk’s chamber and a nun chamber. Evening to explore the Tabo monasteries where the 14th Dalai Lama held the Kalachakra ceremonies. Tabo monastery was founded in 996 AD and it is more than thousand years old. We stay overnight in Tabo.
|Day 12: Tabo –Dhankar – Kaza (3650 M)||(Cycling Approx 48 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our cycle journey towards Dhankar monetary (3894 m), it is located on the cliff top in Dhankar village. One of the five main Buddhist centre in Spiti valley, strategically built in 17th Century at highest location Dhankar Monastery (Fort) was once the capital of Spiti valley was the traditional home for the Nonos, the royals of Spiti. Perched high over the valley, this is a superb example of Spiti’s traditional architectural skills. The second highest seventh century Buddhist monastery in the world after Ki Monastery and an important center of Buddhist learning since the seventh century. Later we continue our cycle ride towards to Kaza. We stay overnight in Kaza.
|Day 13: Full Day Excursion To Kaza And Nearby||(Cycling Approx 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we can ride to a high mountain inhabited Kibber village (4270 m). It is a small village with traditional houses painted in white with red rooftops. Enroute we also visit Ki Monastery was founded in 11th century and a religious training center for Lamas (Monks) situated on a hilltop close to Spiti River. It is the largest Buddhist monastery in Spiti valley.
|Day 14: Kibber - Losar||(Cycling Approx 45 Kms)|
After breakfast we paddle down towards Losar. The last village of Spiti Valley is a picturesque hamlet adorned with the flowers on the pastures and ranches. Losar village the road is quite challenging with some steep ascents. A beautiful view of the confluence of Peeno and Losar streams from the village. Later we reach Losar village for overnight stay.
|Day 15: Losar – Kunzum La (4551 M) - Chandra Tal Lake (4300)||(Cycling Approx 15 Kms)|
We continue our cycle journey towards ChandraTal Lake (meaning the Lake of the Moon), en-route we will cross Kunzum La, which is also a high mountain pass, which connects Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti valley. We stop cycling in Kunzum la and start trek down 08 kms to Chandra Tal Lake surrounded by snows this deep blue water lake has a circumference of 2.5km. We stay overnight in camp at Chandra Tal Lake.
|Day 16: Chandratal – Gramphu||(Cycling Approx 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our journey towards Gramphu along the Chandra River. While cycling down the route it offers the panoramic view and most trilling experience and more fun is added when you will cross several challenging rivers. We stay overnight in camp.
|Day 17: Gramphoo – Manali||(Cycling Approx 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our journey towards Manali. En-route we across Rohtang Pass, where a panorama of bare rock, snowfields and glacier unfolds. A gateway to the Lahaul & Spiti Valleys that offer some awe-inspiring mountain scrapes, panorama and spectacular views of the mountain. We continue our journey towards Manali. We stay overnight in Manali.
|Day 18: Gramphoo – Manali|
Full day for Leisure. You can paddle down to old Manali village, Vashist village (famous for hot spring and old Vashist Temple), Hadimba Devi Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
|Day 19: Manali – Delhi|
After early breakfast we drive 310 Kms down to Chandigarh to board the Shatabdhi train for Delhi. On arrival Delhi our representative will assist you at Delhi Railway Station and transfer you to hotel for overnight stay in hotel.
|Day 20: Depart Delhi|
On time you will be transferred to International airport for flight back home.
7.2 FX Specification Frameset
Sizes : 15, 17.5 & 20"
Frame : FX Alpha Silver Aluminium, DuoTrap S compatible, rack and mudguard mounts
Fork : High-tensile steel w/lowrider mounts, CLIX dropouts
Shifters : Shimano Altus EF51, 8 speed
Front Derailluer : Shimano Altus
Rear Derailluer : Shimano Acera M 360
Crankset :Shimano M131, 48/38/28 w/chainguard
Cassette : Shimano HG31 11-32, 8 speed
Pedal : Nylon body w/alloy cage
Wheels : Formula FM21 alloy front hub, Formula FM32 alloy rear hub, Bontrager AT-750 double-walled alloy rim
Tires : Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Lite w/puncture resistant belt, 700x35c
Saddle : Bontrager SSR
Seatpost : Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
Handlebar : Bontrager Low Riser, 25.4mm, 15mm rise
Stem : Bontrager SSR, 25.4mm,10 degree
Headset :VP Slimstak, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset : Tektro alloy linear-pull brakes, Shimano Altus levers
Grips : Bontrager Satellite