MANALI TO CHANDRATAL CYCLING
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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Manali to Chandratal cycling
Cycling from Manali to Chandratal might be an excellent choice for an enjoyable weekend excursion if you are interested in riding through the forest while experiencing the changing weather conditions. Cycling from Manali to Chandratal takes place over a route that is only available for a few months at a time and contains some of the most challenging terrains in the world. The path fulfils all of our hopes and ambitions as it travels over the Rohtang Pass and into the barren landscape of Spiti. Although though you could get a sore behind from cycling on routes that are absolutely rough, the breathtaking views that you get to take in more than make up for the discomfort. It links the breathtaking vistas of Manali's valleys with the more arid environments of Spiti. Cycling on the nicely paved roads that cross over the top and ride downward, the journey starts in Manali and continues to its destination. At Gramphoo, where the paved road comes to an end, we make a sharp bend to the right to enter the Spiti valley. As you go on, the rough terrain will start to make your bones rattle. Read More
It is the principal watershed from which the Chandra River emerges, and it travels through the Spiti plains until reaching its confluence with the Lahoul River near Tandi. Because of the stunning scenery around the lake, hikers, explorers, and those who just like nature regularly visit the area. At a height of 4300 metres, the lake is located in the highlands, which is an appropriate height to experience the high altitude environment. Pilgrims go all the way around the lake because they believe it to be sacred and they do it since they live nearby. One may look up and observe Buddhist flags fluttering freely through the air, which spreads positive energy across the area. The lake is 3 kilometres across, and completing the roundabout should take between two and three hours. Seeing a relaxing view of Chandratal Lake as the last stop of the trip can be just what the doctor ordered. The journey comes to an end in Baatal, and before arriving there, we make our way back using a 4x4 vehicle.
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Itinerary of Expedition
After arriving in Manali, finish up any outstanding paperwork and go shopping for trip-related supplies.
Get an early start, make sure all of your items are packed, and then get in the van to begin the trip to Manali. At Manali, once we have taken a group picture and checked our bikes, we will go off. During the way to Marhi, the trail passes through a number of settlements as well as apple orchards and dense forests. The path winds its way upward, offering more breathtaking views of the valley below. As we make our way into Gulaba, we get get a good look at the massive Hanuman Tibba structure. As you cycle closer and closer to Marhi, you will see that the vegetation is changing. Although though it is a relatively short path, it might prove to be an effective means of acclimatisation before continuing on to higher elevations. We are scheduled to arrive in Marhi in the afternoon, and once we do, we will immediately set up our tents for the night.
In the morning, we will ride our bikes across the Rohtang Pass and then into the Spiti and Lahoul valleys. The Rohtang Pass can be seen quite well from where we are camping. To traverse the top will take around two to three hours of time. The Rohtang Pass is the highest point on the route, and from there it is all downhill until we reach Gramphoo, a little break a few kilometres before we reach Koksar. We are going to go around to the right and enter the part of the map that contains the unplanned travels. The road leading farther out from here is rugged, and there are streams and floods interspersed throughout, but the trek itself is not very difficult. The journey is arduous, consisting of stone gravel and sand, and it seems to stretch on forever. Chota Dara is where we will spend the day, and it is a breathtaking spot in the middle of rusty mountains that has very little vegetation.
The moment has come to make our way closer to the picturesque Moon Lake. Before we reach Baatal, where there are no people and we won't see another one till we reach the Chandratal Lake, we will go through a number of the stopovers. After travelling for a few more kilometres, the road will fork into two distinct paths, one of which will take you to Kunzum Pass and the other to Moon Lake. Your buttocks will continue to be jarred till we reach Lakes as a result of the rough paths. In order to accommodate travellers on their way through the region, a number of camping places have been set up a few kilometres before the lake. While the road dead-ends a kilometre before the lake, we are allowed to ride our bicycles as near to the water as we can go. The brilliant emerald lake gradually shows up after being drawn in by the pristine beauty of the area. It is an extended lake in the form of a crescent moon that is three kilometres wide. When circumambulating, one may use a drone to gain an aerial view, which can be used to compute the form and size of the object. The lake, which serves as an oasis in the midst of the harsh deserts, maintains its green tint throughout the day. There is nothing there except a barren wasteland, with the exception of the plant life that is flourishing successfully beside the river flow. Before heading back to Baatal, we'll kill some time exploring the area surrounding the lake. Tents will be our accommodations for the night at Baatal.
Prepare to make the journey back to Manali through the Rohtang Pass by gathering your belongings. It will take roughly four to five hours to get in Manali, and once there, visitors will be able to go for any location of their choosing.
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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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Socks: Pack a few pairs of athletic socks in addition to your nighttime woollies.
- Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
- Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses when riding.
- 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,
- Raincoat/Ponchos: Because snow and rain are so prevalent at high elevations, everyone must always have a poncho on hand.
- Cycling Gear: A spare tube, a puncture repair kit, a headlamp, a water bottle, and protective knee and elbow protectors.
- Day Pack: with water proof cover. 25 to 30 ltr.
- Electronics: Optional Camera, USB Cable/Solar USB Charger, USB Charger/Earbuds
- Energetic dry ration: Candy bars, lemonade bars, gels, dried fruits,
- 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 www.redbus.in and www.hrtc.gov.in 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
- Guide from our team who is both experienced and proficient on a mountain bike and has a thorough familiarity with the area.
- Transport vehicle for all of our tools and supplies.
- There will be a backup vehicle available.
- Repair technician for simple issues.
- Equipment essential to mountain biking.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour will be vegetarian.
- Staff include chefs, cooks, and helpers.
- Shared tents, sleeping bags, and mats
- Along the way, we'll be carrying oxygen tanks, first aid kits, pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, and other essential medical equipment.
- 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.
- Camping fees, wildlife fees, and forest permits.
- Certificate of Completion.
➽ Trip cost Excludes
- Equipment for riding mountains, including a bike and a protective helmet.
- Tips, phone calls, and other individual expenditures.
- Insurance for oneself or the money needed to pay for a rescue mission.
- Buying things for oneself (bottled water, canned drinks, chocolate, dried fruits, etc.)
- Feeding yourself to and from the trailhead.
- Replacement costs and repairs to the bicycle are not included in the rental fee.
- To ride a rented bike from Manali back to Manali would cost as much as renting two motorcycles.
- While staying at the hotel Peak Rovers arranges for in Leh, guests are expected to pay for their own meals and housing.
- Please bring any necessary bike tubes or other replacement parts; we will supply a mechanic.
- 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.
➽ Provided By The Customers
Climbing Hanuman Tibba in August 2019 with Good Company
In the company of Hat, Sameer, Arun, and I climbed to the summit of Hanuman Tibba (at an altitude of 5932 metres). With Shera at the helm as the chief guide, along come Vishal, Panna, and Jaggi, who work together to form a tight-knit, effective, and amiable unit. The majority of our time was spent in a high-quality 4-person tent; the given gear was not brand new but adequate, with the exception of a few small difficulties with one of the sleeping bags. Both the meal and the hot beverages were delicious. Manu was simple to get in touch with before to our adventure, and he answered all of our questions (there weren't many) thoroughly. Basically, my time spent on adventure with Himalayan Adventure Trips was both personally rewarding and professionally enriching.