Srikhand Mahadev Trek

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Srikhand Mahadev Trek

Situated in the Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh, the Shrikhand Mahadev trek becomes a site for pilgrimage in the month of July. Pilgrims from all around the country flock to this holy site to witness the miraculous 75 feet tall Shivalinga situated on the summit of the holy peak. The name Shrikhand Mahadev owes its name to Lord Shiva and it towers at 5250 meters above sea level. To reach the base camp at Jaun, one has to start from Shimla and make their way through Narkanda and Rampur Bushahr and enter Kinnaur valley which is known for its Apples and it is also considered that the best apples in the world come from this region. The long drive to Jaun is long and tiring but as we start with our trek you are immediately transported into the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva surrounded by mystical mountains of the Himalayas. The view from top of the summit is simply breathtaking as you can view different regions of Himachal Pradesh from that altitude. You can spot Kullu valley, Jorkanden and the Rangrik ranges of Kinnaur with the view of Sutlej river flowing. Shrikhand Mahadev can be defined as one of the toughest and challenging treks the Himalayas has to offer so it is recommended that only experienced trekkers who have been to at least one trek above 15,000 feet above sea level. Prior preparation is also advised for this trek.


➽ Itinerary of Cycling Expedition

You will be asked to meet at your designated pick up spot at Shimla from where you will board your vehicles. We will make our way through Shimla and then enter into the scenic hill view outside the hustle and bustle of the city. We will make our way through some famous towns like Narkanda which is a popular holiday destination and then reach Rampur Bushahr which is an important city in the region for trade. From there we will enter Kinnaur valley. You can see the change in culture from a completely Hindu dominated society in Shimla and change into a mix of Hindu and Buddhist culture as we enter Kinnaur. This is prominent in Kinnaur region as it is very close to Tibet. Our long journey by road will take around 9 hours so we will reach Jaun at around 4 pm or 5 pm in the evening. Overnight stay at Homestay in Jaun.

We will wake up early in the morning and begin our trek after having some hot and nutritious breakfast at our Homestay. From the very beginning of the trail the trek is a steep ascent, this can be taken as a training from Day 1 itself to prepare you better for the summit push later on during the trek. As we trek towards Thati Weel we will come across Kurpan river, we will take this river as our guide and follow it upstream to reach Bharati Nala. The flora surrounding our trail is full of coniferous trees consisting of Deodar and Pine. From Bharati Nala we will continue our upward climb towards Thati Weel and it will take us another 4-5 hours from Bharati Nala to reach Thati Weel through the dense alpine forest. We will reach the campsite late in the afternoon where we will be welcomed with some hot tea and snacks. Take evening time with leisure and take a stroll around the magnificent landscape. Overnight stay in tents at Thati Weel.

Today, we have an early breakfast and depart for our next campsite at Kunsha. We will be gradually gaining altitude. It will take around one hour to reach Thachdu, till Thachdu you are still the tree line and the flora is coniferous. After Thachdu you leave the treeline behind and move towards Kalighati named after the Hindu Goddess Kali who is the wife of Lord Shiva. The locals of the region consider this place to be a place of power. After Kalighati our descent begins towards our campsite at Kunsha. We will reach Kunsha in the afternoon. Rest in the evening. Overnight stay in tents at Kunsha Campsite.

We will begin with our ascent early in the morning. The view of the sunrise in the mountains hits an individual on a different tangent with its mesmerizing beauty. The day is going to be tough as we would be gaining altitude and the trail is nothing but a steep uphill climb. After a couple of hours into the journey we will see Bhimshila or Bhim Dwar which the locals believe that it was carved out by none other than Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers from the epic Mahabharat. Take some rest at Bhim Dwar and take in the rich scenic beauty of the area. After taking some rest we will continue on our steep journey and climb towards Parvati Bagh. An interesting thing that we are going to encounter today is the Brahma Kamal. On reaching Parvati Bagh we will see our campsite being set up. Take as much rest as possible as the next day is going to be the most challenging day of them all and will have to start even before the sun rises. Overnight stay in tents at Parvati Bagh campsite.

The day of reckoning has finally arrived and we will be making our push to the summit. We will wake up at 1 am at night and start getting ready for our summit attempt in a few hours. At 2 am we will serve a quick meal which will give us energy to climb till the Shivalinga at the summit of Shrikhand Mahadev. We will depart from our campsite at 3 am sharp and not waste any time as we would be trekking for at least 12 hours today to reach the summit and then come back down to Parvati Bagh. Our trail today is steep but much steeper than the previous days of the trek so far. On top of that we will have to cross some tricky boulder sections which need some careful navigation to cross. We will also pass through a field of Brahma Kamal. On reaching the summit you will be completely mesmerized by the view that the mountains project. We bow our heads in respect in front of the 75 feet Shivalinga on top of the mountain and take in the vivid beauty of the mountain ranges that surround the regions. After taking some pictures of the successful summit we will begin our climb down to Parvati Bagh. We have always thought that climbing up is the hardest part but you will soon realize that climbing down is equally taxing if not more. After our tiresome journey to the summit and back to the base camp we will rejoice and celebrate with our success. Overnight stay in tents at Parvati Bagh campsite.

After our tiring endeavor the previous day we will wake up rested and fulfilled with our accomplishment. We will have our breakfast depart on the route that we took to reach Parvati Bagh and now this time we will be going downhill. We will pass the magnificent Bhim Dwar on our way down. The rest of the route is also the same till we reach Thati Weel. Overnight stay in tents at Thati Weel.

We will take the same route back to Jaun after having breakfast. We will follow the same route beside Kurpan River and reach the village of Jaun. Overnight stay at Homestay in Jaun.

After having breakfast we say goodbye to the Himalayan Adventure Trips team and hope to see you again in the mountains.


➽ 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.


Cost Per Person

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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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