A classic biking tour exploring the remote valleys of Himachal Pradesh. From the picturesque and verdant Kinnaur valley to rugged, semi-arid Spiti and Lahaul, this exciting trip journeys through incredible mountain scenery, visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries and traditional villages en route. Cycling is the perfect way to appreciate the majesty of the landscape at a gentle pace, to get close to the environment and the people who live here.
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Starting from Delhi we drive through the northern plains to the enchanting hillside town of Shimla, summer capital of the British Raj. After local exploration, we will proceed north along the Hindustan-Tibet road to reach Sarahan and its famous Bhimakali temple.
We start our biking adventure from Sarahan, passing through the beautiful Kinnaur valley along Sutlej river. The lush green environs and apple orchards gradually peter out, to be replaced by the barren mountain landscape of the Spiti valley, home to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of Dhankar, Ki, Kibber and Tabo. Tabo is popularly known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas for its magnificent wall-paintings and frescoes.
Biking through the higher reaches of Spiti, we will pass incredible rock formations and dramatic sandstone scenery before crossing the Kunzum La (4,551m) and descending into the comparatively green Lahaul valley. We will continue along the Chandra river passing through traditional villages as we climb towards the Rohtang pass (3,979m) to enter the lush Kullu valley.
After a day relaxing in delightful Manali, we will drive to Delhi en route visiting some popular sites around Chandigarh en route, including the extraordinary Rock Garden of artist Nek Chand.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places visited, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel, free afternoon and evening. Overnight Hotel
Drive to Shimla, check into hotel. Overnight Hotel
Drive to Sarahan, visit Bhimakali temple. Overnight Guest House
Cycle from Sarahan to Wangtu (47km cycling, with some steep ascents). Overnight Guest House
By bike through Wangtu to Ribba (52km cycling). Overnight Guest House
Cycle from Ribba to Puh (47km cycling). Overnight Guest House
Cycle from Puh to Chango (65km cycling). Overnight Guest House
By bike from Chango to Tabo (42km cycling). Overnight Guest House
Cycling from Tabo to Kaza, visiting visit Tabo and Dhankar monasteries en route (48km cycling). Overnight Guest House
Explore Ki and Kibber monasteries and villages on bikes, or take a rest day for relaxation. Overnight Guest House
By bike from Kaza to Hansa (45km cycling). Overnight Guest House
Short cycle from Hansa to Losar with some steep ascents (10km cycling). Overnight Guest House
Cycle from Losar to Chhota Dara via Kunzum La pass (4,551 metres; 48km cycling). Overnight Camp
By bike from Chotta Dara to Marhi, crossing Rohtang pass (3,978 metres) with some steep ascents and rapid descents (60km cycling). Overnight Camp
Cycle from Marhi to Manali, with some rapid descents (35km cycling). Overnight Hotel
Manali local exploration and sightseeing on bikes (20km cycling). Overnight Hotel
Drive to Chandigarh, free evening. Overnight Hotel
Drive to Delhi, stopping of at Rock gardens and Pinjore gardens en route. Overnight Hotel
Delhi, morning sightseeing, evening departure transfer to the international airport.
Flexibility Guaranteed! Using the above itinerary as a guide you can fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have. On receiving your enquiry we will respond with prices and work with you to create a truly personalised holiday experience that is in your budget and personal style.
Suitable for families with young children
Highest Point (Max altitude)
5-7 hours activity per day with steep uphill and downhill sections or high passes. Some days at high altitudes, good level of physical fitness recommended.
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