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Mountain Biking Spiti .

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Destinations : Shimla, Sangla, Kalpa, Tabo, Manali, Mandi, Delhi

The cycling expedition from Shimla to Manali is one of the ultimate challenges and full of fascination. This pioneering tour takes you through the most beautiful places of northern India – the former Kingdom of Spiti. Most people in Spiti are Buddhists. Colorful gompas dominate the villages and village life.
Lahaul and Spiti is the largest district in Himachal Pradesh with high mountains and narrow valleys bordered by Ladakh to the north, Tibet to the east, Kinnaur to the southeast and Kullu valley to the south.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

  • Less touristy part of the Himalayas – Spiti Valley .
  • Paddle across the high Himalayan passes on Kunzum la 440m .
  • A moderate to Challenging grade .
  • Visit to Tabo monastery .

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SPITI

Day 01: Delhi Arrival
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Upon arrival at Delhi airport meet our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay .

Day 02: Delhi –Kalka – Shimla (2205 mts)
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Board the morning Shatabdi express train to Kalka at 07:40 AM and change at Kalka for further ride on Toy Train at 12:10 PM to Shimla. Arriving at 05:20 PM .

Day 03: In Shimla
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In Shimla Day at Leisure in Shimla. Take a stroll at the Mall Road, visit nearby bazaar.

Day 04: Shimla – Sarahan (1920 mts) – 6-7 Hrs
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Drive to Sarahan; famous for the Himalayan views it offers and the Bhimakali temple. Here we assemble our Bikes and road test those around the Village
The Gods were generous when they gave Sarahan its settings. Located halfway up a high mountainside, the road to Sarahan winds past flowering pine trees that give way to stately oaks. The fields and orchards that surround the small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral perfection. Above Sarahan, a many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs.

Day 05: Sarahan – Wangtu/Bhabha Nagar 42 Kms 4-5 Hrs
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Today we cycle on the Road to Bhabha Nagar whole terrain is Smooth , Normally a transit point for Bawa Pass Trek. Its our first day on wheels.

Day 06: Wangtu – Sangla (2680 mts) – 43 kms 4-5 Hrs (Height 700m up) Terrain Changes for final ascent of 15 Kms. We have an option to use support vehicles to cover the part of Ascent
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For six months every year, the Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti emerge from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to man
Your discovery of the lesser – known Himalayas can begins in the Sangla Valley. Overnight stay in tent.
One can walk to Rakcham village (the signature walk of the valley) or optionally ride to Chitkul 3460m; the last border village (20 kms one way).

Day 07: Sangla – Kalpa (2960 mts) – 50 kms 4Hrs (Ascent Up 300m up) Terrain is Smooth/ Moderate
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Kalpa was known as Chini back in the days when it was the regional capital; Kalpa has changed little in the last 500 years. It is said that as and when Lord Dalhousie wanted to take a break from his hectic schedule in Shimla, he would come here on his horseback.

Day 08: Kalpa – Pooh (3662 mts) – 76 kms 6 Hrs (Ascent 600m up) Terrain is Smooth
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Cycle to Pooh. Pooh is a small village in Spiti valley with a small cantonment. We ride through barren mountains
Overnight in Pooh.

Day 09: Pooh – Nako Village 3000m 42 Kms Terrain is Smooth/Last 7 Km gradual Ascent
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Nako lake, although small in area, it is one of the lakes in the high altitude in this region. Apart from the lake is the village of Nako another gem. You can hike around the lake and town. Climb from the road, so on to point where the Spiti river visible.

Day 10: Nako Village-Tabo (3500 mts) – 67 kms 6 Hrs (Descent 100m down) Terrain is Smooth
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We enter the Spiti valley today. The terrain will leave you breathless and speechless. From lush green valley of Kinnaur, we move to rock-hard cold desert mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold winds that account for the sparsely populated villages. At a height of 10,500 ft this high altitude desert is home to the second most important Buddhist monastery in the entire Himalayan region – the Tabo Gompa. It is now 1008 years old and is rumored to be the place the Dalai Lama will finally settle in.

Day 11: Tabo – Rangrik (3640 mts) – 57 kms 5-6 Hrs (Ascent 150m up) Terrain is Smooth
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Ride through Kaza, the capital of Spiti Valley. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in “Kim” in these words: “At last they entered a world within a world – a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains… Surely the Gods live here.
Optional Cycle to Ki monastery, Kibber. Later ride back to Rangrik for overnight stay.

Day 12: Rangrik – Losar (4076 mts) – 50 kms 5-6 Hrs (Ascent 400m up) Terrain is Smooth/Moderate
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A long day in the cold desert of Spiti. Overnight camping in Losar.

Day 13: Losar – Batal- Manali (3200 mts) – 30 kms ride 3-4 Hrs (Ascent 500m Up & Descent 1400m Down) Terrain is Demanding. Drive 112Kms 4-5 Hrs
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We enter the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh after crossing the 4500M high Kunzum La. Chandra and Bhaga rivers confluence at Gramphoo to Chandrabhaga River.
After lunch at Batal pack our bikes and drive to Manali over the 3978M Rohtang pass and enter the Kullu district of Himachal. Today we move from the barren landscape of Lahaul to lush green landscape of Manali. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 14: Manali – Chandigarh 320 Kms 09 Hrs
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Morning drive to Chandigarh.

Day 15: Chandigarh –Delhi ( 220 Km ) 06 Hrs
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After breakfast drive to Delhi. Upon on arrival check-in hotel.

Day 16: Depart Delhi
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