Manali Spiti kinnaur Cycling Expedition

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Manali Spiti kinnaur Cycling Expedition

Experience the Himalayas on two wheels for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that cannot be put into words. The Manali Kinnaur and Lahul Spiti Valleys in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh are a paradise for adventurers. All of this may be possible when exploring unexplored regions of the Himalayas. For this reason, cycling the world's most dangerous road is a thrilling way to test oneself during a solitary and unforgettable experience. Unlike while driving a vehicle, you may learn more about the surrounding area and its inhabitants when cycling. There are a lot of firsts to be had on this bike tour, as the landscape changes with every corner. This last encounter with natural difficulty will make an unforgettable impression, but travelling at a leisurely pace will be the best way to take in the breathtaking scenery.

When riding long distances, it's important to be well-prepared and have enough of stamina. This is a long-distance walk, spanning hundreds of kilometres from the high mountains of Manali, Lahoul Spiti, Kinnaur, and finally ending at Rampur, a historical town in the Shimla valley. The route passes through a variety of landscapes, from lush and green to semiarid and isolated valleys. Reaching the desert plateaus and rifts of the Spiti valley required traversing high mountain peaks such as Kunzum Pass (4558 m) and Rohtang Pass (3980 m) on long roads constructed of stone gravel and sand. Traveling through stunning mountain scenery, you'll see ancient Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, and lavish traditional homes on this exciting journey. You'll be riding through the secluded valleys of Himachal Pradesh, far from the madding crowds of the metropolis. It could be the perfect trip to compare the food in urban areas with the food available in rural areas at high altitudes, which is only accessible for a limited time each year. In other words, whether it's pouring rain or blazing hot, you can still go on a tough and exciting bike ride.

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₹ 55,000

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➽ Itinerary of Cycling Expedition

Get to Naggar, where you'll finish off any necessary documents and stock up on travel essentials. Take a brief ride into the distance in the afternoon to become used to the environment. There will be a hotel stay for the night.


Prepare to go for Manali by car, and do so promptly after breakfast. From Manali, ride your bike along the paved road to Marhi, passing through villages, apple orchards, and beautiful green woods. Fair road condition, but heavy summertime traffic creates delays and backups. Although bicycles pose no threat, riders should use caution and stay on the side of the road. Some of the most beautiful pine, birch, and oak forests may be seen along this route. The view from the peak is spectacular. The trail is generally steeply uphill. Today's ride isn't too far, but it's a good chance to get used to the altitude. After a hard journey, we made it to Marhi. Overnight accommodations will be found at one of Marhi's makeshift lodges or camps.


The first ten kilometres of today's ride are rather flat, but when we cross Rohtang Pass, it's all downhill to Gramphoo. At Gramphoo, we make a right and go into the Spiti valley. After leaving Gramphoo, the trip becomes more challenging, although the terrain is still manageable for most vehicles. It's a shock to the system to leave the lush slopes of Manali for this desolate landscape. There are a few frigid creeks to ford before we reach Chhatru, a popular resting place for hikers and travellers. We'll keep trekking up the treacherous path until we reach Chhota Dara, where we may pitch our tents for the night. You may find peace and quiet at Chhota Dara, which is encircled by beautiful sandstone and granite mountains that are often covered with snow.


You'll have to make a few more stops like this on the way to Batal, but the journey will resume the next morning. It's possible that there may be multiple icy rivers to ford along the bumpy roads along the route. We have to go through the pass to access any settlements beyond Batal. The next day consists of rocks and gravel. After a few miles, we will turn left at the point where the route divides into two, one heading to the lake and the other to the Kaza. Tents staffed by private adventure companies have sprung up along the trail leading to the Lake to provide assistance to visitors. We can ride our mountain bikes the two km to the lake from the main road. Chandratal Lake is sometimes referred to as "Moonlake '' because of its crescent shape and the beautiful effects it creates as the full moon rises over the mountains. We'll have lunch in Chandratal and then go back to the Batal for the rest of the day. Spend the night in the campgrounds, marveling at the gorgeous stars in the clear sky.

The ascent and crossing of Kunzum pass is easier if you get an early start. Once you reach the pass, which is bordered by gravel and stone, the going eases down a little. Once we go over the Kunzum la, we'll be in awe-inspiring sandstone landscapes and incredible rock formations. As we near the foot of the Kunzum pass, the rough road finishes and we begin a mild ascent. After passing through a few small towns, we entered a broad, dry valley that led us to Losar. The people are humble, and the environment is pristine. Nearby the town is a monastery where visitors may pay their respects. When we stop, whether it's at a campsite or a home stay accommodation, we'll give our riders a chance to experience local culture up up and personal.


The journey from Losar to Kaza today is just breathtaking, with beautiful scenery on both sides of the valley and a refreshing breeze that fills the lungs with gratitude. Today's ride is less challenging than yesterday's along the Spiti River. Stunning panoramas of verdant valleys and barren mountains unfold before us as we continue our journey. After days of off-roading, the return to paved roads will be a thrilling trip. Kaza, the valley's administrative centre, is surrounded by historic Bhuddist monasteries like Dhanker, Ki, and Kibber, all of which we want to visit. After we've had a chance to refuel and take a break, we'll go off to see some of the monasteries in the Kaza area. Camping or staying with locals is planned for the evenings.


From Kaza to Tabo, you should expect to encounter more desert riding conditions. The trail has some gentle ups and downs towards the middle. The route will go along the Spiti River, so riders may expect some downhill sections. You'll be breathless and captivated by the scenery, which consists of raging rivers, ice desert mountains, and brisk winds. The route's few population centres must be taken into account. In Tabo, a highland desert, you'll find the second-largest Bhuddist monastery in the Himalayas. The Tabo gompa, perched at an altitude of almost 3,000 metres (10,500 feet), is a sight to see. Take a trip to the Tabo monastery to see the paintings for which it is known. It's been dubbed the "Ajanta of the Himalayas" for its impressive architecture. Take in Tabo's stunning environment by spending the night there.


After breakfast, you should get on your bike and go in the direction of Nako. The terrain is mostly upward until reaching Sumdo, after which the riding quality gradually improves. A terrifying swath of ricocheting rocks is set to roll through Sumdo before Shialkhar. Except for that one landslide, the trail is in great shape. The landscape is changing again as we approach the Hangrang valley in Kinnaur. Nako is a beautiful lakeside town. Hangrang Valley is the name of the valley in which Nako is situated. A few of the other settlements in the valley are Chango, Leo, Hango, Shalkar, Sumra, Yangthang, and Malling. To yet, only Nako has developed into a viable tourist hub with even basic services. The architecture and manner of life of the people who live in this high altitude environment may be seen by visiting Nako Lake and the mediaeval town. Stay the night at Nako in a tent or hotel.


The road condition between Nako and Khab is satisfactory. The road conditions vary after Khab, becoming both excellent and terrible due to landslides. The confluence of the Satluj and Spiti rivers may be seen near Khab. A trip to Pooh on bicycle takes many hours. Pooh is an old village home to the ancient Lotsaba-bai-lha-khang Temple. Roads improve and deteriorate during the race. While initially steep, the slope softens as it continues downward. Despite the easy terrain, today's journey is very lengthy. If you have the time, you should go sightseeing in the Rekckong Peo region. Peo, or Reckong Peo, is the district capital of Kinnaur and is situated in the Himalayas. This quiet town is famous for its apple orchards and generally pleasant atmosphere. Both the Kailash Mountain and the Shivaling Rock, two of the Himalayas' most famous landmarks, may be seen from Reckong Peo.


Today's travel to Shimla, amid one of Himachal Pradesh's most picturesque valleys, takes place over well-engineered highways that link several settlements in Kinnaur. We'll be passing via Sarahan, a picturesque Sutlej Valley settlement whose apple orchards are watched over by the towering Shrikhand Mahadev mountain (5227m). Additionally, Sarahan is the primary access point to Kinnaur. Rampur Bushehar was formerly the capital of a powerful princely republic in the Shimla hills. See the six silver doors of the ancient Bhimakali Temple. Both Hindu and Buddhist styles may be seen in the temple's design. Tourists flock to see this incredible sight. We'll reach our day's final goal of Rampur by continuing to cycle ahead. Rampur, one of Himachal Pradesh's major cities, hosts the annual Lavi Mela every November. Ancient buildings in the city are reminiscent of the grandiose Himalayan style seen elsewhere. We'll be spending the night at a tent hotel.


Day of departure from Rampur; pack your bags full of wonderful memories. We will split up for the day after breakfast. Our best wishes are with you as you return home from your vacation and continue to follow your dreams of seeing the Himalayas.


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➽ Preparation for Cycling Expedition

You must be well prepared mentally, physically, and spiritually for the magnificent Himalayan expedition, as you know any high expedition requires careful preparation. So, here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready for your cycling expedition:

⦿ Physically –

The physical demands of a bicycle tour need a month of training prior to embarking on any given riding excursion. Strengthen your legs to the proper level by regularly cycling 70-100 km and working out to increase your endurance. Mountain routes are steep and frequently followed by downhills since riding on plains is quite different from riding in the mountains. If you're used to biking in the mountains, 100 kilometres on the plains will seem like a breeze. Therefore, if you smoke, you should give it up and undertake breathing exercises twice a day to strengthen your lungs and help you acclimatise to the circumstances while remaining resilient on the journey. Get out and play, try some Yoga, or do anything else that gets your heart pumping.

⦿ Mentally –

As essential as physical training is for a cycling journey, so too is mental preparation. Enjoy your regular activities, maintain a healthy diet and sleep schedule, and unwind before embarking on a cycling adventure. Put your mind at ease by avoiding making any rash assumptions about the vacation. Meet together with your closest friends before setting off on your bike excursion to gain inspiration and de-stress before the journey. Your pre-trip preconceptions will prove to be unfounded once you join the group and discover the other cyclists. As the journey progresses, so will the traveler's mental readiness. There will also be mental repercussions from the physical difficulties. So, when you bike, pay attention to different areas of your body and purposefully relax them. One of the best ways to keep one's mind in good shape is to just take it easy and enjoy the journey.

⦿ Technically-

Get the right size cycling shoes and you'll be ready to ride for hours. You should equip yourself with a high-quality protective headgear, riding gloves, a watch (if you have one), elbow and knee pads, a puncture repair kit, LED lights, lubrication of any sort, a hydration bag, and spare brake and gear cables.


➽ Things to Carry

  1. Shoes: You may either ride in regular sneakers or invest in a pair of cycling-specific shoes. Flip-flops, worn at the campground, are as practical as a pair of sport shoes since they are lightweight and airy.
  2. Clothing: Take along some cycling attire, including shorts, t-shirts that can withstand perspiration, a fleece, a down jacket, a wool hat, gloves, and some underwear.
  3. Sanitary: Sunscreen with an SPF of 30-50, lip balm, cold cream, moisturiser, body lotion, hand sanitizers, TP, wipes, antibacterial powder, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a quick-dry towel. Personal items like toilet paper, etc.
  4. Socks: Pack a few pairs of athletic socks in addition to your nighttime woollies.
  5. Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
  6. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses when riding.
  7. Lunchbox & Water bottle: Each person has to bring their own lunch and water supply (either in a bottle or a Hydration Pack). Plastic Bags / Garbage Bags,
  8. Raincoat/Ponchos: Because snow and rain are so prevalent at high elevations, everyone must always have a poncho on hand.
  9. Cycling Gear: A spare tube, a puncture repair kit, a headlamp, a water bottle, and protective knee and elbow protectors.
  10. Day Pack: with water proof cover. 25 to 30 ltr.
  11. Electronics: Optional Camera, USB Cable/Solar USB Charger, USB Charger/Earbuds
  12. Energetic dry ration: Candy bars, lemonade bars, gels, dried fruits,
  13. Documents Required:
    a) Registration Form
    b) Signed Medical Certificate by a registered MBBS doctor
    c) NOC form (by trekker)
    d) 2 Passport size photos
    e) Photocopy of Valid I.D. (PAN is not allowed)


➽ How to Reach

How to reach Manali:

Delhi and Manali are linked nicely. You may travel from Delhi to Manali in 12 to 14 hours via overnight bus (approx 540 KMS). Online ticket reservations are available at and Tip: Given the distance between Delhi and Manali, the majority of Volvo private buses depart Delhi between 5 and 8 p.m. At 8.30 p.m., the final government bus departs from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Between Rs. 1,200 and Rs. 1,800 are charged by Volvo buses each sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Buses depart from Manali for Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m., same like the return trip. You should expect to arrive in Delhi any time between six and ten in the morning. Plan your subsequent trips just after midday, leaving ample time for bus delays.

 How to reach Naggar:

Naggar is 18 kilometres from Manali, and there are several buses that operate every 15 minutes. Alternatively, one may get out at Patlikuhal, which is 5 kilometres from Naggar on the right bank highway. Between Kullu and Manali is Patlikuhal. To get to Naggar, you may take a cab or a local bus from Manali or Patlikuhal.

The closest train station is:

Ambala (350 miles) and Chandigarh are the closest railway stations (310 kms). Advice: From Chandigarh to Manali, regular buses and Volvos run in the evening. Volvo buses from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa charge between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1,200 every sector.

The closest airport:

The closest airport to Manali is Bhuntar, which is 52 kilometres distant. From Bhuntar to Manali, taxi services are available and cost between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 2,500. Air travel between Bhuntar and Delhi is convenient. Airlines providing flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu include Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines.

➽ Trip Cost Includes

  1. Guide from our team who is both experienced and proficient on a mountain bike and has a thorough familiarity with the area.
  2. Transport vehicle for all of our tools and supplies.
  3. There will be a backup vehicle available.
  4. Repair technician for simple issues.
  5. Equipment essential to mountain biking.
  6. All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour will be vegetarian.
  7. Staff include chefs, cooks, and helpers.
  8. Shared tents, sleeping bags, and mats
  9. Along the way, we'll be carrying oxygen tanks, first aid kits, pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, and other essential medical equipment.
  10. There will be three or four people to a tent, depending on the size of the party, and three or four people to a hotel room.
  11. Camping fees, wildlife fees, and forest permits.
  12. Certificate of Completion.

➽ Trip cost Excludes

  1. Equipment for riding mountains, including a bike and a protective helmet.
  2. Tips, phone calls, and other individual expenditures.
  3. Insurance for oneself or the money needed to pay for a rescue mission.
  4. Buying things for oneself (bottled water, canned drinks, chocolate, dried fruits, etc.)
  5. Feeding yourself to and from the trailhead.
  6. Replacement costs and repairs to the bicycle are not included in the rental fee.
  7. To ride a rented bike from Manali back to Manali would cost as much as renting two motorcycles.
  8. While staying at the hotel Peak Rovers arranges for in Leh, guests are expected to pay for their own meals and housing.
  9. Please bring any necessary bike tubes or other replacement parts; we will supply a mechanic.
  10. GST of 5%.



➽ Special Casual Leaves

Government employee can avail the benefit of special casual leave when u join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rule of the pay commission, special casual leave can be availed for up to 30 days in a calendar years for trekking and mountaineering expeditions through a register organization. Himalayan adventure trips are a register adventure tour operator register with Indian mountaineering foundation and Himachal Pradesh tourism. Candidates have to apply for leave at least 30 days before the trek/expedition start.



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What kind of exciting journey can you expect to have while the Himalayas are all around you? Most of us probably picture going on a long hike or scaling a mountain. But a small bike adventure through the alleys of Naggar, Manali, is even more exciting. The Himalayan Adventure Trips crew gave me an unforgettable experience over the course of three days and two nights during my Navratri holidays. It was my first time doing anything like that, and I was blown away by the freedom of riding a bike around the city while taking in the majesty of the surrounding mountains. We also had a fantastic day at Jana Falls. The gorgeous hillstation of Manali is the perfect setting for a new riding journey, and learning about the local culture is essential. The efforts of the Himalayan Adventure Trips staff were commendable in every way. Feel free to go out into the unknown.

Prachi Bhatt

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  1. maria

    The cycling route from Manali to Spiti Kinnaur is a breathtaking adventure that takes you through stunning landscapes of valleys, rivers, and mountains. The route is challenging with high altitude passes, but the stunning views make it all worthwhile. The cultural experiences and interactions with locals add to the charm of the journey. A must-do for seasoned cyclists seeking an adventure.

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