About The Listing
Type of Trip : Cycling
Level : Medium
Location : Himachal Pradesh
Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights
Trip Start : Manali
Trip End : Manali
If you are looking for a short challenging cycling ride with panoramic Himalayan views then this is the ride for you! Though short on duration this one doesn’t lack grandeur in any way because you ride along a memorable trail through a high altitude region, leading to a true jewel of the mountains, Chandratal Lake.
- Stark & stunning trans - Himalayan landscape of Lahaul & Spiti valley.
- Riding to Chandratal (Moon Lake) at 4300m, surely one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayas.
- Cycling in a very less trafficdensity area (rare in India!).
- Opportunity to ride with like-minded people.
Day 01: Manali (2,000mtr).
You’ll reach Manali and check into Johnson Lodge. In the post lunch session you’ll take your cycles out and go for an acclimatization ride around Manali. Not only you get your muscles ready for the ride ahead but you’ll also feast your eyes on the natural delights for which Manali is famous. Overnight stay will be at Johnson Lodge.
Day 02: Manali – Marhi (3350m, Cycle/38 kms).
Today after breakfast you will set out on the road leading to the famous Rohtang pass. This road is the one which goes to Ladakh and Lahaul & Spiti regions. It’s an uphill ride all the way and you will do it in short stages. You’ll have lunch enroute and reach your destination, Marhi towards late afternoon. Marhi is 16 kms short of Rohtang Pass. You will camp here for the night. Overnight stay will be in camp.
Day 03: Marhi – Rohtang Pass (3950m) – Chotta Dharra (3800m, Cycle/47 kms).
Get ready for your first views of the Trans Himalayan ranges today. After breakfast a climb of 16 kms will bring you to the top of Rohtang Pass (3900m) which offers rewarding views of the Pir Panjals and the Trans Himalayan ranges. Rohtang pass at 3950m separates Kullu, from the exotic charm of the Lahaul Valley. In Tibetan Rohtang means "a heap of dead bodies" and the pass stands true to its notorious name. The pass becomes all the more hazardous to negotiate due to frequent avalanches. The summit of the pass turns into lush green meadow in summers studded with violets and varieties of wild Himalayan and Alpine flowers. Butterflies of numerous and rare kind and variegated hues also draw the attention of the visitor. At the highest point on top to the right as one faces Lahaul, is a small stone enclosure and a water spring which is the principal source of the River Beas; .the other, Beas Kund is at the head of the Solang Nullah. The place gained religious significance because of sojourn of Beas Rishi (the famous Vyasa Rishi, author of the epic Mahabharata). To the left of this pass is the little lake Sarkund. On the 20th Bhadon (early September) every year a large number of people visit this lake with the belief and hope that an early morning bath in it will cure all their ailments. From Rohtang Pass you will descend 11 kms to Gramphoo from where a left diversion will get you into the Spiti valley. The offroad starts from here and riding another 21 kms will get you to Chotta Dharra. Overnight stay will be in camp.
Day 04: Chotta Dharra (3800m) – Chandratal (4300m, Cycle/39 kms).
This is glacier country! You trace the course of the Chandra river till Batal (19 kms) through undulating road, trying uphills and rocky flats. The gruesome climb begins from Batal diversion up to Chandratal. From the base of Kunzum Pass the pristine lake is 20 kms. Though the ride is going to be demanding today but rest assured you will be treated to sights never seen before. For people not wanting to ride a certain section the support vehicle is going to be there to hitch a ride. Upon reaching the lake you set up camp. Spend rest of the day soaking in the natural beauty of this jewel in the mountains, Chandratal. Overnight stay will be in camp.
Day 05: Chandratal (4300m) – Kunzum La (4650m) – Manali (2000m, Cycle/20-30 kms & Drive/5-6 hrs).
Today after breakfast you drive down to Batal and from there drive further 12 kms towards Kaza and reach the Kunzum La at 4650m. You’ll spend some time at the pass taking pictures and enjoying the views all around. From Kunzum La you’ll again get on your cycles and enjoy a downhill ride till Batal and further on to Chotta Dharra, if so desired. You’ll have lunch there and drive back to Manali via the famous Rohtang pass. Overnight stay will be in Johnson Lodge.
Day 06: Explore Manali by day and depart in the evening.
It’s a beautiful day in Manali. This day is reserved for exploring Manali. In the evening you’ll check out from Johnson Lodge and leave Manali. Trip ends!
- All meals.
- Support vehicle.
- Mechanic support.
- An equipped vehicle with oxygen cylinder and high altitude first aid kit.
- Permit fees.
- Personal expenses.
- Camera fee.
- Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
- Return fare or road transport expenses from Manali.
- Alcoholic beverages.
Terms & Conditions
- Cancellation 30 days prior to departure: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
- Cancellation 21-30 days prior to departure: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
- Cancellation 14-21 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
- Cancellation less than 14 days prior to departure: no refund.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. What type of cycle is recommended for this expedition?
The roads generally are not suitable for bikes fitted with road tyres (slicks), even though some sections are in reasonably good condition. There will be sections higher up that will be in poor condition due to snow/slush from the winter months, possible landslip, and use of the road by heavy vehicles at times. Hybrid bikes with 'chunky' mountain tyres are most suitable. Riders should also bring a range of spare parts which may include; chain links or chains, spare tyres and pump, at least 4 spare tubes and puncture repair kit, cables, pedals and a good tool kit. Though there would be a mechanic accompanying you carrying a good repair kit and spares but it is still necessary for everyone to bring some spares; this also ensures you have parts that will fit your bike. There will be a staff member to assist with running repairs when you are biking. As a general rule, less complex or high tech bikes are easier to fix and obtain parts for if necessary. If you plan to buy a new bike before the trip, make sure you are completely familiar with it prior to departing. You should fit at least 2 one liter water bottles to your bike. Water will be available from the back up vehicle.
2. Is there medical back up on the tour?
Yes, the trip is accompanied by qualified paramedics and HAPS.
3. What is the sleeping material provided in the tent?
You get a cotton wool mattress, a trekking mattress of foam, a sleeping bag. If you still feel cold after the arrangements they do give you blankets and duckback hot water bottles.
4. Are any spare cycles carried on the bus, incase of a major cycle breakdown?
Yes we do, though these are Firefox targets. We have a mechanic accompanying us who does carry some spares.
5. Is there any physical preparation/ diet, that needs to be done, to reduce the chances of altitude sickness?
The simplest things are the most difficult. In this scene lets keeping it to the basics. No smoking, no drinking. If you do, then please reduce. Stick to your regular diet, increase carbs, greens. At least 5-8 ltrs of water everyday and other liquids (citrus). Mix your cycling with aerobics and swimming. As such there is no golden thumb rule to avoid High altitude sickness, the mantra is to go high on fluids. Lots of water helps. The ride is slow paced which aids in acclimatization.
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