Kinnaur and Spiti Mountain Biking Tour (19N/20D)
This thrilling expedition of 800 meters is an ultimate challenge even for the most experienced mountain bikers. This mountain biking tour includes 15 days of unlimited fun, biking to one of the remotest regions of Himachal Pradesh. We cross Kinnaur and Spiti valley during this trip. The journey comprises of visiting isolated valleys, villages and crossing high mountain passes (Kunzum and Rohtang Pass). During this tour we see wonderful views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain and old monasteries. Be completely ready for all types of weather conditions.
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Our representatives come to the airport to pick you up and drop you at the hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Delhi, Drive to Shimla (367 kilometers)
On this day we visit the famous places in Delhi such as Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple and Qutb Minar. By evening we start our trip towards Shimla.
Day 3: A Day of Rest in Shimla
This is a day of rest and refreshment in Shimla. You can also do some sightseeing in Shimla and return back to the hotel for rest, where we stay the night.
Day 4: Shimla-Narkanda (64 kilometers) (2708 meters)
Our cycling tour starts today. Narkanda has become a must-visit for people coming to Shimla in summer. It is an ideal retreat to find solitude. From here you can view the snowline, the fertile area growing apples and potatoes and the dense forests. It is also famous for skiing and overnight camps.
Day 5: Narkanda-Sarahan (90 kilometers) (2165 meters)
Sarahan is a tiny and beautiful village in the Sutley valley surrounded by apple orchards and dominated by the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak (5227 meters). It was the anient capital of Rampur Bushehr, one of the biggest princely states in the Shimla Hills. Here you can visit the Bhimakali temple which has six silver-coated doors. It is a mixture of both Hindu and Buddhist styles and attracts tourists from all over the world. Afterwards we camp overnight here.
Day 6: Sarahan-Sangla (80 kilometers) (2680 meters)
On this day we enter Sangla Valley - the most beautiful and romantic valley in Kinnaur District. It continues for a stretch of 95 kilometers and has green pastures n either side of the river. The meadows close to the river are filled with flower and fruit orchards. Here, you find barren ranges filled with snow all year round.
Sangla is situated at an elevation of 2680 meters.Here the Bering Nag Temple and monastery are worth visiting. A famous fair Pulaich is celebrated here every year during August-September. The wooden houses here are an example of fine wooden architecture. The saffron farm is at a kilometer's distance from here. We stay overnight at the camp.
Day 7: Sangla - Explore Sangla Valley and Chitkul Village (3460 meters)
Chitkul Village is the last inhabited village in Sangla village. It is surrounded by green fields and mountain peaks which makes it look like a fairy tale. Here you see quaint, little houses, temples and Gompas. After this, we stay overnight in our camps.
Day 8: Sangla-Kalpa (51 kilometers) (2960 meters)
Kalpa is at a distance of 51 kilometers from Sangla and is surrounded by vineyards on all sides. They are protected from wild animals with the help of large sheep-dogs, specially trained for the purpose. This place is also famous for Kinnauri shawls and caps. We stay overnight at our camps here.
Day 9: Kalpa-Nako (122 kilometers) (2950 meters)
Nako is situated at an altitude of 3662 meters in Hingraj Valley. It is the largest village here and quiet famous for the same. Animal rearing is common in this region. Yak, kine, horses and donkeys are reared here in abundance. Experience all of this and return to the camp, where we stay for this night.
Day 10: Nako-Tabo (69 kilometers) (3050 meters)
At the right side of Spiti River is an ancient village which is flanked n either sides with lofty hills. It is the home to a famous monastery - Tabo monastery which is 1000 years old. It has exquisite frescoes and statues and is often called the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Visiting these, return to the camp for the night.
Day 12: Tabo-Dhankar-Kaza (48 kilometers) (3600 meters)
Dhankar is the ancient capital of the Spiti king. It is the most incredible Gompa situated high on the barren, rocky mountain slopes. Kaza is situated on a foot of steep ridges. It has a population of 781 only and a traditional fair is celebrated here every year in August. Finally we come back and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Kaza-Ki Monastery-Kibber Village (37 kilometers) (4205 meters)
On the 13th Day we visit the Kye Gompa. The Gompa is high on the mountain and looks like a pyramid. It belongs to the Gelupga sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Kibber is one of the highest, permanant inhabited village and has a semi-bowl shape. The small gompa is worth a visit. Later we visit Kaza, the headquarter of Spiti valley. Finally come back and stay the night at the hotel.
Day 14: Kaza-Hikim (4115 meters) and Comic Villages (4389 meters)
The trail to these villages is totally off-road and it is a favourite route for people interested in fossils. Near Comic village is the famous Thangyud monastery. Seeing all of these we come back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15: Kaza-Lozar (58 kilometers) (4079 meters)
Lozar is the last habituated spot which tourists can find after ascending through the course of the Peeno Stream. It is worth a visit because of its location at 4079 meters. The population of the village is 242. There are 4 shops, a school, a post office and a health centre. We stay overnight at the camp.
Day 16: Losar-Kunzum La/ Chandertal Lake (34 kilometers) 4270 meters
We drive through several villages of Spiti over the Kunzum Pass, (4551 meters). Our way leads us further to the beautiful Chandratal Lake at an altitude of 4270 meters. Chandratal, which means the Lake of Moon, is shaped like a half moon and is set on a large meadow of edelweiss within a lower ridge and the main Kunzum range. We stay at the camp overnight.
Day 17: Chandertal to Chatru (50 kilometers) 3560 meters
Our way is along the rapid Chandra River which passes through the dry mountain desert with snow covered mountains on both sides. You get a view of Shigri Glacier - a mountainous mass of solid ice, more than a kilometer wide and extending over a distance of ten kilometers. On this day we stay at the camp.
Day 18: Chatru to Manali (81 kilometers) 2050 meters
Here you get a nice view of the magnificent Himalayan peaks. We drive through the Chandra valley, then uphill over the Rohtang pass (3950 meters), the gateway of Lahaul, Spiti and Kullu. In the evening we reach Manali where we stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 19: Rest and Relax in Manali, Back to Delhi by Evening
Enjoy Manali which has lush green surroundings. You can take some rest on this day or go for local sightseeing.
Day 20: Journey back home