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Spiti Valley Cycle Tour

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Cycling

  • Region: Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti

  • Grade: Challenging

  • Duration: 09 days

  • Max Altitude: 4551m

  • Batch Dates: Custom Trips Only July - Mid Sept

Spiti Valley Cycling Trip Overview

Biking through some of the remotest parts of Himachal Pradesh, this trip gives you a myriad of experiences. You start from Manali, go through alpine forests and meadows till you cross Rohtang Pass into the more arid Lahaul valley. At Gramphoo, you take a deviation on to the Spiti Road and bike along the Chandra River. After the layover day at Chandertal lake, you make your way pass Kunzum La, the gateway to Spiti and now bike along the Spiti River. Spiti is the cultural and religious mirror of erstwhile Tibet. Experience ancient monasteries dotted across brown valleys, interspersed with green villages. It is the High Himalayas at their best.

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Manali.

The participants arrive in Manali. Take the day to get acclimatised with your bike and for last minute preparations.

Day 02: Manali - Marhi (3400m)
Distance: 35km
Duration: 5-7 hours

The journey starts from the smooth roads of Manali. We take a series of hairpin bends to leave the Pine and Deodar forests surrounding Manali, cycle through the villages of Palchan, Kothi and Gulaba to reach the alpine meadows at Marhi - the base of the Rohtang Pass. Camp here for the night.

Day 03: Marhi - Chatru (3400m)
Distance: 50 km
Duration:  6-7 hours

We start the day with a steep climb to the top of Rohtang Pass at nearly 4000m. The descent from the pass is the beginning of the mix of metalled and unmetalled roads that we go on for the rest of the trip. The road forks at Gramphu, one goes to Leh and the other leads to Spiti. We follow the Chandra river here on to reach the camping grounds at Chatru.

Day 04: Chatru - Chandratal (4110m)
Distance: 44km
Duration:  8-9 hours

We continue to ride along the Chandra river and pass numerous nallas on the way, including the infamous Pagal Nalla. The road today offers expansive views of the Chandrabhaga mountain range as we make our way to Batal. We leave the highway at Batal and start the journey to Chandratal. The lakes emerald waters are surrounded by gravelly mountains. On a still day, view the reflection of the surrounding mountains on its clear waters. Camping at the lake is not allowed. We camp a few kilometres away and spend the evening at the lake.

Day 05: Chandratal
Take the day to explore the area around Chandratal. There are a few smaller waterbodies around the bigger lake. Spend the day hiking around or relaxing in the sun by the lake.

Day 06: Chandratal - Kunzum La - Losar (3700m)
Distance: 44km
Duration: 7-9 hours

Our hardest day on the trip. We start the day from Batal by making our way up to Kunzum Pass at 4551m. We spend some time at the pass and view various glaciers and mountains from here. Kunzum Pass is the gateway to Spiti. Make our way downhill to Losar village cycling along the Spiti River. There are a few shops and guesthouses in the village.

Day 07: Losar - Rangrik (3600m)
Distance: 50 km
Duration:  5-6 hours

An easy day of riding along Spiti River. Vast views open up today and the remoteness of Spiti is a palpable presence. The road gets much better as we approach Rangrik.

Day 08: Rangrik - Kibber via Kee Monastery (3900m)
Distance: 20 km
Duration:  5-6 hours

We cycle up to Kibber village, the site of the Kee Monastery, a famous landmark that has come to represent Spiti. Visit the Kee Monastery and spend some time with the monks. Kibber is a fairly large village. Overnight camp at Kibber.

Day 09: Kibber - Kaza
Distance: 20 km
Duration:  1-2 hours

Our last day of cycling. We reach Kaza, the biggest town in Spiti by midday. The trip ends at Kaza. From here you have the option of taking a vehicle back to Manali through the route we cycled or continue South, through Kinnaur to reach Shimla.

Cost Includes

  1. Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Sleeping bags (Holofill) and Carry mats.
  2. Nutritious, high-calorie, vegetarian food.
  3. Guide, cook and camp helpers.
  4. Logistics Vehicle like tempo traveller to carry all our equipment.
  5. Participants are not expected to carry any loads other than your personal knapsack containing water bottle,camera and trail layers.
  6. Two people will be accommodated in one tent.
  7. Hotel accommodations in Manali on Day 1 in a budget hotel.

Cost Excluxdes

  1. All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  2. Food in Manali and Kaza
  3. Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover.
  4. Mountain bike. (You could get your own cycles or could also rent from us.)
  5. Accommodation in Kaza on Day 9

Things you need to get

Clothing:

- Good quality waterproof jacket

- Waterproof trousers

- Balaclava (thick fleece)

- Sun hat

- Cycle mitts

- Warm gloves - mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.

- Mid-weight fleece top

- Cycling tights (looser, "trackster" fit rather skin-tight lycra),

- Shorts

- Long sleeved shirt

- Travel trousers

- 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)

- Cotton tee-shirt for around town

- Long sleeved thermal top

- Thermal long johns

- 2-3 pairs underwear

- 2-3 pairs of standard socks

- 1 pair warm sock

Footwear:

- Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD's, if applicable (bring spare cleats)

- Trekking shoes and climbing shoes

- Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp.

Pack:

- Main bag - soft shell duffle bag to be kept in the logistics vehicle. 
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.

Accessories:

- A bike helmet

- Dark glasses (the sun is very strong),

- Camera

- A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),

- travel insurance policy

- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper

- Repair Kit (needle and thread).

- Headlamp/ Torch.

- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each.

- Plastic Packing covers.