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About The Tour:
A 17 night mountain bike tour including 13 days of unlimited fun on bikes to one of the remotest regions of Himachal Pradesh in  Kinnaur & Spiti valley. It involves visiting remote valleys, villages and crossing over high mountain passes Kunzum Pass (4550 m) providing spectacular views of picturesque snow capped peaks, rugged terrain and old monasteries. Before you venture into the journey of exploring the beauty and tranquility of Kinnaur & Spiti valleys, take a small break in Shimla, which was once the summer capital of India during the British era. The tour ends in Manali, which has an alpine feel. The right machine for the journey is really a question of preference. Mountain bikes fitted with 26 x 1.5 tyres, which will have you speeding along on the paved sections (about 50% of the road is sealed). Come prepared for every type of weather imaginable from scorching sunshine to freezing blizzards, even in mid-summer.
Highest Altitude gained: Kunzam Pass 4558 m
Places covered(17 nights): Delhi, Shimla, Sarahan, Sangla Valley, Kalpa, Nako, Tabo, Dhankar, Gungri, Kaza, Kibber, Ki, Kunzum Pass, Rohtang pass, Manali, Naggar
Operational period: 15th June to 30th September
 
 
Day 01: Arrive Delhi/ Shimla (380 kms/ 11 hrs)
Arrive Delhi early hours of the morning and direct transfer to the railway station for the 5 hour train journey in air-conditioned carriages to Kalka.  From Kalka the train is made up of ancient ‘first class’ coaches to cover the 96kms to Shimla for most exciting part of this journey.  Although the distance is only 96 kms, the journey takes 5 hours as the train ascends 7000 feet passing through 103 tunnels and along numerous viaducts – the railway is a marvel of Victorian railway engineering.  Arrive in Shimla in time for tea, and after such a long journey you’ll be relieved to hear the rest of the day is yours.  Dinner and overnight at East Bourne Resort.
 
 
Day 2: Shimla
Today we visit a few places around Shimla like Advanced Studies and Jakho Temple. This day would also give you an opportunity to assemble your bikes and a test ride. Evening free to explore the market. Overnight at hotel.

 
 

Day 3 : Shimla/ Narkanda (65 kms)

Depart early morning for Mashobra from where a 23 kms ride on gravel and tarmac mountain road brings us to Fagu. It is the national highway from here on which we follow up to Narkanda, at first a gradual straight ride to Matiana, where we stop for lunch, from where its a mild ascent up to Shilaru, where it becomes steep for the next 10 kms to Narkanda. Overnight at hotel.




 
 
Day 4 : Narkanda/ Sarahan (90 kms)
An early morning visit to the ‘HATU’ Peak and Temple where after feasting on the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the Sutlej valley, we descend back for breakfast. This is Apple country and we ride through some of the most spectacular and rich villages of Kotgarh and Thanedar known for their large Orchard holdings and being the first villages in Himachal where Apples were grown. We stop for the occasional tea in the village and thereafter resume our ride through orchards and glades, a soft descent to Nirath, by the side of the river Sutlej known for its replica of the Sun Temple. A short visit to the temple, and we continue further on National Highway 22 to Rampur where we stop for Lunch and buying essentials. It is a 40 km ride to Sarahan. From here on a level road up to Jeori following the River Sutlej from where it is an ascent of 17 kms, through some amazing country strewn with magnificent views of the Srikhand range of the Himalayas to Sarahan. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel. (TEMPLE GUESTHOUSE SUGGESTED)

 
 
Day 5 : Sarahan/ Sangla (80 kms)
Early morning visit to the most famous landmark of Sarahan, The Bhimakali Temple, built by the Bushahar kings. Return to the hotel for breakfast before visiting the bird park to see the endangered beautiful Western Tragopan, the King of the Birds and grand views of the Srikhand Peak and the twin peaks of Gushu & Pishu. We cycle down till Jeori where we get ready to take on the road to Kinnaur on our Mountain Bikes. This is the entrance to Kinnaur, and once again we are on the trail of the Sutlej valley. We see the deep gorges the river cuts and come to the first of the spectacular cliffs, where the road is cut through a rock and the fall is almost a thousand feet, straight into the Sutlej flowing like a torrent down there. The road from here is quite level up to Wangtu where we cross the bridge to come to the left bank of the river. This road is quite notorious for the havoc it wrecks during the monsoon because of the loose soil breaking down and causing landslides. It is a gradual ascent to Tapri, where we see the Sutlej in its most ferocious mood with the sound of the rocks moving with it making it seem like a stone crusher. A level ride to Karcham where the Sutlej meets the Baspa River and we also turn to follow the Baspa’s course for almost 18 kms of ascent where at the end awaits a pleasant surprise with the Baspa or the Sangla valley opening out in front of us. Overnight in HOTEL.

 
 
Day 6 : Sangla
The Sangla Valley looks most beautiful in the fresh air of the early morning with the vistas surrounding it lending it a heavenly aura. It is in these moments we pay a visit to the Kamru fort, which used to be the crowning place for Bushahar kings and which now houses the Kamakshi temple the deity which was bought from Guwahati. Take a walk up to the temple and then return to base camp for breakfast. Chitkul the last village on the Indian side bordering Tibet is 26 kms from here and our ride entails following the course of the Baspa through some of the most pristine countryside. Packed lunch at Chitkul and then a walk through the fields finds us in unison with nature. After a frenzied session of photography of the imposing peaks and the village, we are ready to head back, this time with our bikes perched on the jeep, for a nice evening ahead at the HOTEL. Overnight in HOTEL.
 
 
Day 7 : Sangla/ Kalpa (51kms)
Its time today to bid adieu to the beautiful Sangla valley and move on further to discover the joys and the enigma of the rest of Kinnaur. An early morning ride from our base camp sets us for Karcham through the winding road which starts to climb just after the Karcham Bridge. Here we come to the right bank of the Sutlej and a good fun ride brings us to Powari, where there is a diversion to Reckong Peo, the District Headquarters of Kinnaur. Here we stop for lunch, before ascending to Kalpa through a zigzag Mountain road. The Kinner Kailash, the holiest and the main mountain range in this part of Kinnaur seems just at hand, no wonder Kalpa is famous the World over for its grand views of the mountain ranges. We ride to another of the most spectacular cliffs in Kinnaur, The Roghi Cliffs, where all the thermals of the valley pass, and the drop is almost 1500 m, the sight of the Sutlej and the vehicles on the road below being a testimony to the fact that we are at Roghi. The evening is spent complete with a visit to the Reckong Peo Monastery and Chini, which used to be the district headquarter earlier and was famous for Lord Dalhousie’s preference for the place as his summer abode over Shimla. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 8 : Kalpa /Nako (122 kms)
Today we depart early morning, amidst scenes of grandeur and ride to Jangi & Morang where our innerline permits get checked. From here Puh is another 32 kms which is again an exciting ride. Khab a little ahead of Puh is the place where the Spiti river meets the Sutlej and from here Nako is 30 kms uphill. Here we board the vehicle to get to Nako and set up camp for the rest of the evening. Nako is famous for its Lake and the Tashigong Monastery. Overnight in tents.

 
 
Day 9 : Nako/ Tabo (69 kms)
After a morning excursion of Nako we depart crossing the treacherous Muling stream and the road descends gradually to the riverside and continues up to Chango 3100 m a sizeable village. 5 kms from here the National Highway crosses over to the right bank of the Spiti River above which lies Shialkhar. 8 kms past Shialkhar the road crosses the River again and we are past Kinnaur. This is Sumdo where the Parechu River coming from Tibet meets the Spiti River. Here the National Highway wanders off to end near Kaurik, and the Sumdo – Kaza road assumes the role of guiding the traveller up the valley of Spiti. This area of Spiti is known as Sham. Hurling, 3125 m is the first village of Spiti. 15 kms from here is Lari 3240 m from where the Pride of Spiti, the Tabo Monastery 3280 m is only 4 kms. On arrival set up a camp. Overnight in tents.

 
  Day 10: Tabo
Day free for rest and explore the magnificent monastery complex of Tabo. Overnight in tents.
 
 
Day 11: Tabo/ Dhankar/ Kungri (50 kms)
Almost 20 kms away from Tabo is Sichling 3400 m from where a 7 km link road climbs steeply to Dhankar 3700m, high up on the left bank of the River Spiti. This is challenging country for mountain bikers however it is very rewarding. Dhankar was Spiti’s old capital and has great views of the Mane rang Peak 6593 m. A stiff climb of less than an hour brings us to Dhankar Lake which seems tiny despite a 2 km circumference amidst the vast undulating pastures surrounding it. Dhankar is also famous for its Monastery. Later we continue to visit Lalung Monastery and village. Lalung is a small monastery but very old and has beautiful stucco images. Continue towards Pin Valley. Evening free to explore Kungri village and Kungri Monastery. Overnight in tents.
 
 
Day 12: Kungri/ Ki/ Kibber/ Kaza (48 kms)
We start early today from Kungri to Kaza which is almost a level ride. It’s a good ride from Kaza to Ki monastery dominating the surroundings from its perch, on a hilltop, which points to its 13th century construction. Just before this, along the main road on the left bank, the Shilla joins the Spiti after its confluence with Ratang and there is the Ki village 3750 m on the Ki Kibber road. The pasture country gives the appearance of a plateau of undulating meadows high above the main valley. The road ascends slowly but interestingly to Kibber village 4120 m laying its claim to being the highest village in the world with electricity and a paved road! This is the Parilungbi valley, left of the Spiti. Further east is Gete 4320 m and Tashigong 4380 m. in the Bhar region of the Spiti valley. Breathtaking views of the Kanamo peak 5974 m and the moonlike landscape is an image that will be etched in your memory forever. It’s the perfect place to set up camp for the evening and enjoy the experience of high pasturelands in the night. Evening explore the small town of Kaza. Overnight in HOTEL.

 
 
Day 13: Kaza /Losar (58 kms)
Along the main road, which is more dirt track than tarmac, 6 kms from Kaza is Rangrik 3680 m, backed by the jagged, rocky cliffs on the right side of the valley followed by the green oasis of Khurik 3750 m, Sumling 3750 m, and Moorang 3775 m after which the Gyundi flows in to the Spiti. The road up till here is mostly gravel and uphill in some places, however this high country and the adrenalin rush subdues our tiredness. We enter the least populated part of the Spiti valley called Tud. Losar 4079 m the highest village in this part of Spiti is our abode for the night. On arrival set up a camp. Overnight in the tents.

 
 
Day 14: Losar/ Chattru (62 kms)
Kunzum Pass 4558 m, one of the highest mountain passes in Himachal Pradesh is only 22 kms from Losar. The ascent to the pass is steep and takes about 2 hrs so an early morning departure from Losar is recommended. This is one of the most outstanding sights in all of Spiti, the Westward view from Kunzumla top, the peaceful, flower bedecked slopes in the foreground are backed by an awesome vista of rocky massifs and hanging glaciers in the Lahaul valley. This is the Chandra valley and our ride mostly level, except for the road, which is gravel. Taking it easy we are headed to Chattru, crossing Chotta Dhara. This place is an interesting geological zone for studies as three mountain ranges meet here and the formations are some of the most amazing in the world. Further down the Chandra valley, facing some steep cliff walls is Chattru where we camp for the night, our last camp before heading down to Manali. Overnight in tents.

 
 
Day 15: Chattru/ Manali (81 kms)
16 kms from Chattru is Gramphoo where two roads go each way around the valley, one west to Keylong in the Lahaul valley, and one north to Rohtang La (3980 m) the entry to The Kullu valley. It’s a steep ascent to Rohtang pass from Gramphoo and is one of the most popular destinations near Manali. The summit of the pass turns into lush green meadow in summer studded with violets and varieties of wild Himalayan and Alpine flowers. A few km of descent and we reach Marhi from where it’s a steady descent until we reach Manali. We check into our hotel and spend the evening reminiscing of our sojourn over the Himalayas. Overnight at hotel. (SUGGEST HOTEL PETERHOF)
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Day 16: Manali
Morning half day city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisht Village and Tibetan Monastery. Afternoon visit Naggar Castle and Roerich Art Gallery. Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 17: Manali/ Chandigarh (300 kms/ 9 hrs)
Transfer by surface from Manali to Chandigarh railway station to board the late afternoon train to Delhi (6 hrs).  Overnight Delhi.

 
  Day 18: Leave Delhi
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to UK.

 
 
 
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