A classic biking tour exploring the cold dessert mountains and remote valleys of India. Located in the north eastern region of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley is the land between India and Tibet. It is called as a paradise for cyclists with its breathtaking landscapes and rich tibetian culture to soak into.
Starting out at the altitude of 2700 meters above sea level, the route through Spiti Valley takes you as low as 980m and as high as 4590m. The route offers some challenging terrains, few difficult passes to scale such as Rohtang pass (at 3979 m) and Kunzum pass (at 4590m), off roads to no roads in some places.
Day 1 – Tapri to Sangla (30 kms, altitude 1691 to 2703 m)
The beauty of Tapri and sangla is for six months every year, the Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti emerge from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to man. Your discovery of the lesser-known Himalayas can begins in the Sangla Valley. You will be travelling to one of the most beautiful valleys of Himalayas, Sangla valley also known as Baspa valley because of river Baspa. Once you enter the border of Kinnaur you will be passing through beautifully engineered roads that take you to different villages of Kinnaur district.
Day 2 - Sangla to Kalpa (40 kms, altitude 2703 to 2250 m)
Kalpa is a beautiful place overlooking the Kinner Kailash in the vicinity of famous apple orchards of Kinnaur. It is said that as and when Lord Dalhousie wanted to take a break from his hectic schedule in Shimla, he would come here on his horseback. The views of the Kinner Kailash range are some of the most spectacular in the Himalayas. You get a complete panorama from behind the Chorten (Tibetan Pagoda) at the top of the hill.
Day 3 – Kalpa to Pooh (63.5 kms, altitude 2300 to 2701 m)
Poo, or Pooh, also known as Spuwa (altitude 2,662 metres or 8,736 ft), is a small town in Kinnaur district, Poo is 58 km from Powari village along National Highway 22. It is known for its natural environment, green fields, apricot orchards, vineyards and almond trees Inscriptions suggest that Poo was an important trading center in the early 11th century.
Day 4- Pooh to Nako (40 kms, altitude 2750 m to 12014 m)
Nako is situated at an altitude of 12014 ft above sea level with the back drop of Reo Purgyal, the highest mountain in Himachal Pradesh. Nako is famous for its lake; Guru Padmasambhava has his footprints on a rock nearby and is revered by Buddhists all around the world. Vehicle ferry also included to cover 121 Kms.
Day 5 – Nako to Tabo (69 kms, altitude 3621 m to 3250 m)
We will be entering Spiti valley at Sum do and little further we will take the link road to Gyu Where you will be visiting the famous mummy of the old monk. Later cycle towards Tabo, also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Lotsawa Richen Zangpo, the renowned translator is said to have built this monastery. At a height of 10,500 ft this high altitude desert is home to the second most important Buddhist monastery in the entire Himalayan region - the Tabo Gompa.
It is now 1008 years old and is rumored to be the place the Dalai Lama will nally settle in. Interestingly the statues are very similar to that of Alchi monastery in Ladakh. The terrain will leave you breathless and speechless. From lush green valley of Kinnaur, we move to rockhard Cold Desert Mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold winds that account for the sparsely populated villages.
Day 6 – Tabo to Kaza (52 kms, altitude 3279 to 3777 m)
Kaza is the capital of Spiti Valley. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in "Kim" in these words: "At last they entered a world within a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from o the knees of the mountains... Surely the Gods live here.
Day 7- Kaza to Losar (58 kms, 3675 m to 4086 m)
A long day in the cold desert of Spiti. Later drive towards Losar, the last village of Spiti Valley towards Lahaul.
Day 8- Losar to Chhatru (62 kms, altitude 4000 m to 4547 m to 3314 m)
We enter the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh after crossing the 4500M high Kunzum La. Chandra and Bhaga rivers con uence at Gramphoo to Chandrabhaga River.
Day 9- Chhatru to Manali (78kms, altitude 3983 m to 1888 m)
Ride over the 3800M Rohtang pass and enter the Kullu district of Himachal. Today we move from the barren landscape of Lahaul to lush green landscape of Manali.
Payments and terms:
The cost for the tour is Rs.48, 000/- (Rupees Forty Eight Thousand only).
- - Rs. 10000/- for Cycle Rent
- - Rs. 10000/- Own Cycle Transportation Including Packaging.
Account Details :
- - Account Name : ICYCLE SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED
- - Bank Name : Axis Bank
- - Account Number : 918020092158708
- - IFSC Code : UTIB0003473
- - Branch : Neeladri Road
- - Address : No 227, Electronic City, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560100