Total Duration – 8 Nights / 9 Days (Ex Leh) Maximum Altitude – 3303 m/ 10900 ft Grade – Challenging Best Season – January to feburary Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Leh; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 65 KM. Things to Pack: Rucksack 60 ltr, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes and Gum Boot, a warm jacket, warmer, woolen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, extra socks (2 pair,cotton or 2 pair, woolen), water bottle(Thermal Flask), torch(with extra battries), cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, walking Stick medicines that you usually use. Rates are excluding GST of 5% Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements The chadar trek is a winter trail trek in zanskar region of ladakh, in Jammu and Kashmir. In the local language chadar means blanket. The Chadar Trek is done on the frozen Zanskar River which provides an access trail to the Zanskar Valley and is used by locals and tourists during the winters seasons. The walls both side of the river rise vertical cliffs up to 600 m high and at some places the zanskar river is only 5m wide. During the summer this river becomes a perfect location for river rafting expedition and during the winters it transforms into an ice sheet where the Chadar trek is performed. For many years Chadar trek attracts tourist from all over the world and it is one of the most exciting and challenging trek. The trek is approximately 105 km on feet, an average trekker completes a distance of 15-17 km everyday. First one have to reach leh, then leh to chilling 3-4 hours drive. Chilling is the last motorable place. From chilling to tilat do is I hour trek. Following day tilat do to gyalpo is about 9-10km. and takes 4-5 hours to reach gyalpo. The other day group has to walk for 5-6 hours from gyalpo to tibb cave. Tibb cave to Nyerek is 9 hours walk. The trek is performed on ice sheet all the way and gives most exciting feel to someone who does the chadar trek. From nyerek we go back to tibb cave and then to gyalpo, to tilat do. Tilat do to chilling and take vehicle to reach leh. So one can try to do the chadar trek but have to wait till winter has come and river frozens . The best time to do the Chadar trek is January to February, when the temperature drops down to -30 to -35 degrees which makes the Zanskar Lake look like a mesmerizing crystal lake. The zanskar locals used the frozen river as for transportation of food material and to reach the nearest town or to their villages. But later this route become an adventurous trek route to those who like to push their limits. Every year many of the people come and experience the toughest and the most adventurous Chadar trek. CHADDAR OVER THE TURQUOISE ZANSKAR IS A FABLED DREAM – Hear Chadar trek story from one our participant. How to Reach LEH Flight is easiest mode of transport. Delhi is center destination. From Delhi there are flights till Leh which fly once daily. Jet Airways, Air India & Go Air offers flight services between New Delhi & Leh. It is very much preferred to make your bookings well in advance as there are surge in pricing after a period of time. Due to snow-capped mountains it’s highly impossible to take road transport. So much preferred is flight. Trek Preparation Chadar Trek is one of the most thrilling & glamorous trek in the world. This trek is done in -15°C and -30°C which is one of the most challenging thing. You need to be mentally as well as physically prepared yourself to survive in such an atmosphere. Your fitness is important although trek is not exhaustive. You need to cope up & be strong to handle such extreme weather conditions at this high altitudes. 3-4 kms of jogging or equivalent workout to this is required. Increase your stamina by doing it every day for 1-2 months. You need to increase you daily walk to make sure you do not strain yourself during trek. Additionally you can train yourself by avoiding hot water, warm clothes & blankets in your own city for couple of months before the trek. Plan the trek well in advance and start building your stamina, strength and lung capacity. Acclimatization is important. You will get a day for this. Try and get acquainted with nature as much as you can. Avoid using heaters in room in Leh before the trek. Drink lot of Liquids (warm water, soup, tea) during trekking days. Embrace the climate & don’t just jump inside blankets. Soon the climate will become bearable & it would be fun.
Region: Leh Total Duration – 7 Nights / 8 Days Maximum Altitude – 6153 m/ 20182 ft. Grade – Challenging Best Season – July to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On expedition – All meals included Distance – 50 KM. Things to Pack: Rucksack, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes, a warm jacket, Gloves, warmer, woolen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra socks, water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, Walking Stick medicines that you usually use. Mount stok kangri is one of the finest peaks made by mother nature especially for those who have always aspired to be a climber but never have had the opportunity before. For starters, stok kangri is the highest peak in the stok range of the himlayas. Stok kangri is particularly famous as an initial non technical expedition into high altitude mountaineering. It is known to be one of the trouble free 6000 m. trek in the world, never the less a demanding expedition into high altitude mountaineering. Your trek starts with the arrival from Delhi to Leh. Trekking in Leh is the best option for trekking in India and therefore it attracts tourist from every corner of the world. Leh the capital of Ladakh is situated at the height of 3500-3800m.above sea level and the most adventurous place for the passionate trekkers. Spend some time to acclimatize in the local atmosphere. Leh is the place where you get the perfect combination of natural elegance with cultural beauty. The trek starts from Stok village.The whole path to the Stok Village is full of natural magnificence and flourishing green trees. Once we started you will reach Mankarmo in 4-5 hours. We will spend a night at Camp. Next day hike to the Base Camp. The entire trail has engulfed many ridges so you can feel the swift change in the scenery. Base camp is set up in a grassy area, it is a place that gives enchantment to everyone. Staying in mesmerizing location in the tents gives a life time experience. Following day rest and adequate knowledge about all the possibilities and challenges of the trek will be given by the Guide/Instructor. In the morning you will trek to summit Stok Kangri. Ascend climbing for 9-10 hours and you will reach at the top of the ridge. Standing at the summit, you can view to your north the Karakoram Range, the Zanskar Range to your south and the Indus valley below. At your front, the extensive and open ground provides you an imperial feel. This trek offers you the incredible trekking experience that you will never forget. Descend back to the base camp, stay overnight. Back to the roadhead. Depart to you preferred destinations. Rates are excluding G.S.T. @ 5% Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements
Cycling is an anchor to ones life. The motion of the pedals makes one to feel excited. The weight of the helmet on your head makes you feel secure. High speeds and the winds in the face gives you a sense of freedom; and the absolute control hunching over the front wheel and the brakes gives a sense of power. Riding cycle makes you adventurous and makes you feel complete. If you are looking for a new challenge in cycling, come across to the Manali-Leh route. If you are looking for an adventure filled cycling trip in picturesque settings, there cannot be a better route than this one. Cycling 500 km over high altitude mountains, crossing some of the highest roads in the world, is no mean challenge, especially because the roads are non-existent at some places. One has to be prepared physically and mentally to complete this journey. And so, with physical fitness, mental resolve and a truckload of excitement, start your journey with Himalaya destination. The overnight bus journey from Delhi to Manali is comfortable, safe and takes 14 hours to reach the destination. One has to get off at Patlikuhl a few kms. further from Kullu and take taxi or bus to the camp at Larankelo, about 8 km. from Patlikuhal. At the camp you will meet the rest of the group, consisting people of varying ages and the organizers. Moreover, the times that you were to face together invariably brings out the best in people. The experience you will get during these ten days goes beyond anything words can explain. If there are the daunting challenges of continuous up slopes, biting cold winds, and uncertain weather, there are also the joys of riding miles of down slopes, getting the first glimpse of the destination and the spell bounding beauty of the mountains. The ride starts from Manali climbing up to Marhi then over Rohtang top to Sissu and so on passing by different locations and high passes such as Bara lacha la, Lachung la, Nakee la, Tanglang la and then the highest Khardung la. The route takes you through vast grounds of Sarchu and the plateaus of the endless More plains to nomad villages on the way. You might get a chance to see wild animals like Blue sheep, Ibex, Yaks, Marmots, wild horses etc. As we reach Rumsey the landscape turns to a bit greenish side which feels like awesome after days of seeing arid nature. Every morning you will wake up wondering what challenges the day would bring and every night you will go to sleep with the satisfaction of having lived up to another challenge. It would be more appropriate to say that each day will amble away as we pedal through it and yet in no time we find ourselves in Leh. Then to the highest motor able pass at Khardung-la at the height of 5600m. by cycle, demands a great stamina to excel at the top and less oxygen makes it more difficult to ride. But at the end once you reach the pass all the fatigue vanishes by conquering it. The feeling throughout the expedition is outstanding and one should do it once in a life for sure.
Total Duration – 10 Nights / 11 Days Region – Parvati and Spiti Valley Grade – Extremely difficult Maximum Altitude – 5319 m/ 17451 ft Best Season – Mid June to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 78 KM. Things to Pack: Rucksack, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes, a warm jacket,warmer, woollen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra socks, water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, walking Stick medicines that you usually use. Rates are excluding GST of 5% Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements Details Have you ever looked at a river, a stream or a waterfall and wondered where did all this fierce flowing water come from? Have you ever wished to see its origin? If you have ever pondered over these questions, you are at the right place. Rated as one of the most coveted treks by experienced trekkers, Pin Parvati Pass is challenging, brutal and absolutely mesmerizing. This pass links Parvati Valley in Kullu with Pin Valley of Spiti. It is a 1 kilometer walk to a height of 5300 mts that comes with its share of beauty and challenge. The trek takes you to and across many glaciers, specifically the origin of the Parvati and Pin rivers. This trans Himalayan trek takes you to the natural hot water spring at Kheerganga, alpine meadows, many waterfalls pouring down from monstrous mountains, pilgrim Mantalai lake, glaciers, finally the dry and magnificent Spiti. The trek involves steep slopes, gradual climbs, barren mountains, monstrous weather and high altitude. Continuous rain and snowfall makes the walk more difficult than it may seem. Rock climbing, snow trekking, waterfall crossings and wading through water bare foot is a common occurrence. One would require utmost stamina and fitness to complete the trail. Pin Parvati trek is the most beautiful and adventurous, because of its high Pin Parvati Pass which separates the pin and parvati valleys. Trek that takes one from the parvati valley in kullu to the pin valley in Spiti across the 5319-meter Pin one need to be extremely fit and very well prepared for this trek as there is absolutely no habitation along its entire length. Trek commences from Gwacha, a tiny hamlet high up the parvati valley, past manikaran. From there the route follows the Parvati river upstream for three days with night halt at Kheer Ganga (Hot water spring). Pandupul (Steeped in the Pandava mythology) and Mantalai. One passes through amazing forest of Betula (Bhojpatra) and walnut, make a few risky river crossings on wire suspended baskets. Only person you may now meet are the migratory gujjars and gaddis. On the way, u find rich fauna and flora with flowers and spices as well as fossil rich rocks. Treeline is crossed just before pandupul. Mantalai is a huge glacial lake at 4116 meters. It is the source of the Parvati. It is an awesome sight with glaciers flowing down to it from all sides. From here it is another two days of hard climbing to the Pin Parvati Pass. The saddle of the pass is covered with a permanent ice-field and must be crossed with great care as it is criss-crossed with crevasses. Fifth day campsite is far below the pass, on the banks of the infant Pin river at 4200 meters. It takes four more days to reach the first village on the pin side Mudh. The entire stretch from the pass to mudh is in the Pin Valley National Park, which provides a haven for many rare species- snow leopard, spiti wolf, ibex and bhural. So be prepared to enter the land of the ibex and Snow leopard. A road has now reached mudh, 12 kms. Beyond which is sagnam/Mikkim(3600meters) a twin village located at the confluence of the pin and the paraiho. From here it is a spectacular drive of 35Kms. To Kaza, and then on to Manali over the Kunzum and Rohtang Passes.
Total Duration – 4 Nights / 5 Days Region – Kullu and Spiti Valley Grade – Moderately difficult Maximum Altitude – 4227 m/ 14600 ft Best Season – Mid June to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 50 KM. Things to Pack: Rucksack, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes, a warm jacket,warmer, woollen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra socks, water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, walking Stick medicines that you usually use. Rates are excluding GST of 5% Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements Details Hampta is the eastern – most pass on the Pir Panjal range which divides the valleys of lahul, Spiti and Kullu. This trek route is the shortest line between the Chandra and Beas rivers and was the favored route before the road over the Rohtang Pass was constructed. Hampta Chandra Taal trek is surrounded by magnificent Himalayan peaks, Deo Tibba, Indra Asan, and Indra Kila. Hampta pass is a popular destination for trekkers & campers accessible on foot from sethan about 5 days. This is one of the most beautiful and feasible trek for all trekkers, Leads through the meadow of flowers, pine forest, oak and Rhodo, Over the Hampta pass 4200 mtrs to arid and dry Chandra valley as Compare to kullu Valley. First reach manali, drive to Prini. Trek starts through Prini village, ascending to jobdi nala via taxi offers extensive view of the Kullu valley. Easy walk of two hour to the campsite just after the road head. The trail begins by flat from jobri nala to chhika walking through the forest of Mapple, Silver Fir, Pine and Oak, paved by the grass and stone and fields of the wild flowers. One can have à cup of tea in a small teahouse on the way, which will refresh you. a gentle ascending walk of an hour ends at the first days camp site- Chikka(3500m.). A pleasant meadow between high bluffs, just above the tree line: common to see a couple of gujjar encampments there. Stay at beautiful campsite in chhika. As we start on the following day, after an hour once have to cross the river than hiking through zigzag uphill on snow and moraines brings you to the balu ka ghera camp site after full day trek. Balu ka ghera offers magnificent evening and twilight views that one cannot forget .High altitude valley often have great lights in the evening and mornings. Next day the trail begins to ascend towards the mighty Hamta pass from balu ka ghera to shea gohru camp. As we go higher to 4000m.the oxygen level starts to decrease and weather can cause any situation. The trail is steep incline till the pass on ice, snow, along glacial lakes and rocky valley. After the incline and passing over the hampta pass, one can enjoy the view of magnificent Himalayan peaks, Deo Tibba, Indra Asan, Indra Kila. The view of the north – Lahul and spiti is Amazing.2000 feet straight below is the Hampta stream, emerging from the hampta glacier to the east and flowing north wards to the Chandra valley. Descent is initially very steep, but then it is a lovely walk of about three hours on the alpine grasslands on right bank of hampta to the Chandra River. In between descending down one can have snow slides alongside on the route. As we arrive at shea gohru landscape is quite different and desolate. Shea gohru is located aside of a river and has very cold temperature with strong winds which makes this place coldest campsite of the whole trek. The trail from Shea Gohru to Chatru (3360m) descends towards the left bank of the river and have to cross it once. Soon the Chandra River and distant valley of Lahul/ Spiti come in to view. After 5 hours of descending to river bank slopes down from the high cliffs all around chatru, is an ideal location for the end of the day. Rest at Chhatru till next day. In the morning after breakfast drive to Chandra Taal Lake. Take magnificent scenery of the lake surrounded by bald peaks vast meadows on the banks of the lake, is a perfect site to explore and hang around. Drive back to chatru. Drive to Manali through Chandra valley over Rohtang pass (4050 m.) the gateway between Lahul/ Spiti and Kullu “valley of the Gods” Descending by snake-curved road through the pasture of wild flowers and forest of silver Oak, Fir, Popular and waterfalls will accompany till Manali.
Region: Manali Total Duration – 12 Nights / 13 Days Style Of Trip – Climbing Maximum Altitude – 5932 m/ 19450 ft. Grade – Moderate to Difficult Best Season – June to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Hanuman tibba is a wonderful pyramid peak rising at 5940m, located at Beas Kund glacier in Dhauladhar Range, in the North of Manali above Solang valley. It is famous among climbers and adventure seekers. The peak demands fair amount of endurance and stamina to conquer it. The importance and the popularity of the peak could be understood with fact that the Western Himalayan mountaineering institute at Manali, used to take its participants of advance course to this summit.This peak is more clear when you travel to Rohtang pass. It is not the highest peak in Manali region but as other peak it gives suitable peak climbing experience. For Hanuman tibba expedition we set off our trek from Solang valley. Reach dhundi through deodar oak birch trees by taxi. From dhundi to bakar thach between beautiful meadows to Beas Kund lake in couple of hours. A tiny lake which is the source of the river Beas is holy to the locals and is known as Beas kund. Beas kund to tentu gully is 2-3 hours trek . We set up base camp below tentu gully to shorten the distance towards gully and set up our base camp for upcoming days. On the next day load ferry over tentu gully. After load ferry we cross Tentu la pass and establish advance base camp. It takes 4-5 hours to cross the tentu pass. The gully is ultimate test for the climbers.The trek is steep and slippry at the top of the gully. After crossing the tentu pass we walk half an hour and reach near to a small lake, fix our camp for overnight stay. The campsite is surrounded by the rocky mountains, so the rock falls are randomly noticed and heard even when you are asleep. The place is safe because the camp is at ideal distance from the cliffs. Next morning climb on morains and glaciers for almost a day will testify the spirits of the climbers. We try to go as near to the peak to set up summit base camp below the Hanuman Tibba. One can see the Peak clearly and find the safe route to the summit while having a cup of tea and snacks below.Next day early in the morning probably in the dark we attempt to the summit. The peak is climbed via South - West face. The view up at the summit is out of this world. The peak is surrounded by many snow covered peaks like Deo tibba, Inderkila and other lesser elevated peaks. A little of technical ability but the stamina requires to climb this summit. After summit head back to summit camp. In the morning descend back to the base camp. Take a rest for one day and next day trek back to Dhundi. Back to Solang Valley, drive to manali. Things to Pack Send with Confirmation and inquiry.
Maximum Altitude – 6001 mtrs Best Season – Mid June to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included. Things to Pack: Rucksack 60 ltr, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes and Gum Boot, a warm jacket, warmer, woolen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra socks (cotton or woolen), water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, sanitizer, towel, walking Stick medicines that you usually use. Deo Tibba is a beautiful 6001m. High peak situated in the Pir Panjal range of mountains in the Manali region of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at Duhangan Nalla and Malana glacier. Deo Tibba consists of an extensive ice cap, the actual climb being a snow hump accessible on the edge of the ice plateau is reached. It also has the beauty of being just over the 6000 m. high mark which is a great achievement for any climber. According to the Hindu religion Deo Tibba is the assembly site of the Gods, where Indra the lord of all Gods and also the God of war and weather carries out a meeting from his throne. As to the mythology the Gods sit on top of the dome shaped peak. Mt. Deo Tibba expedition is suitable for professional trekkers and climbers who have ample knowledge of snow, ice and mountaineering techniques. The road head for the trek to base is Jagatsukh village just 6 kms far from Manali. From jagatsukh to khanol by taxi and then trek starts stopping at chhika in an hour. After chhika we hike up leaving tree line behind till Pandu ropa. After Pandu ropa we reach seri in 4-5 hours. Seri is a huge pasture ground surrounded by the peaks. Seri to tenta is about 3-4 hours. It is a 3 or 4 day approach walk to base camp depending on where base camp is established. One possibility for base camp is located near a glacier lake called "Chandra Tal" close to the main glacier that falls off the south-east face of Deo Tibba. This is at an altitude of 4500m/14850ft. It is quite a high base camp and depending on the rate of acclimatization, the base camp may be set lower at around 4070m/13430ft. This will mean the camp at the Col that is spoken about below becomes Camp II with Camp I at 4500m/14850ft.Moving on to Camp One at Duangan Col (Duangan Pass) the route crosses the Deo Tibba Glacier takes a steep slope of between 45 and 55 degrees for around 300 m. The climbing is mixed on snow, rock and ice to cover this portion of the climb to the Col (pass). For safe travel ropes will need to be fixed for most of this section. After reaching Duhangan Col. Camp One can be set at the Col, or a little further on at the base of some more technical ground known as the Pitton Ridge. The Col is generally preferred but also depends on the general conditions at the time. Many climbers make a direct ascent from this high camp to the summit via the Pitton Ridge which faces east. The ridge is quite steep and again requires fixed rope for safe travel for around 150 m. Soon after climbing the rock of the Pitton Ridge you move onto the snow field. From this point on, Deo Tibba and its neighbour Indrasan are visible. For climbers moving at a good pace it is only an additional 2 hours from this point onwards following the left side of the upper glacier. Because of Deo Tibba's giant snow dome covering it, is a relatively easy final ascent with few crevasses to negotiate. The slope steepens to around 50 degrees just below the summit for about 50 m. The summit itself is quite a wide expanse able to accommodate all climbers. After summit get back to the camp II, camp I and to base camp. Next day descend back to chhika. Camp for a night. Reach khanool in an hour, drive to jagatsukh or to manali by taxi.
Region: Manali Total Duration – 7 Nights / 8 Days Style Of Trip – Climbing Maximum Altitude – 5289 mtrs (17353ft). Grade – Moderate Best Season – June to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Things to Pack Day pack, good sports shoes,sweat proof t shirt, cap , UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra socks, water bottle,Spoon,Plate,Mug,Lunch box(for pack lunch) torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, medicines that you usually use. Situated in Beas Kund area of Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 5289m, Friendship peak is an ideal non-technical trekking peak for those with limited or no mountaineering experience but requires good fitness. Surrounded by several other peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Shetidhar,Indra Asan and Deo Tibba. The summit of the Friendship peak offers spectacular panoramic views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. Drive to Solang by a taxi. From solang to dhundi moderate walk. Easy walk through the forest of Pine, Maple, Walnut, Silver fir and Oak. From Dhundi to Bakar thach is a highland meadow, a leisurely walk of 2-3 hours will lead to the Beas Kund. We set up our base camp around or above the lake. Spend the following day around the camp practicing movement on snow and ice. Get familiar with the use of your equipment. Learn the techniques and how to arrest a fall on the slope. Wake up early in the morning and after a quick bite get ready for the climb up to the summit. It’s best to be up at the summit early in the morning to make the best of the weather and get good views. At the summit one can see in the west of Dhundi the highest mountain of the Dhauladhar Mt. Hanuman Tibba 5940 m. is erected, on the east Deo Tibba 6001 m, and Indra Asan 6100 m. can be seen if the weather is in your favor. Once Friendship peak is summated at 5394m., Descend down to the base camp. Next morning start to Dhundi, the roadhead and drive back to Manali. Overnight hotel in Manali.
Region: Nepal Total Duration – 12 Nights / 13 Days Maximum Altitude – 5361 m/ 17590 ft Grade – Challenging Best Season – Feburary to May Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite
Mt Chandra bhaga 13 and 14 is a magnificent peak on the Dhaka glacier that is visible from Chandra tal and is a popular with climbers who want to climb in Himachal Pradesh. The approach is from Batal from where you can see the immense Bara Shigri glacier across the valley. From top of the peak you have a great view of the Kunzum Range, the magnificent Chandra tal Lake and the Chandra River. The undulating terrain is very harsh comprising of boulders, marine and difficult to access without a proper guide due to sheer remoteness. Trek Highlights Total Duration 16 Nights / 17 Days Region Spiti. Style of Trip Climbing. Grade Moderate to Difficult. Maximum Altitude CB-13 6264m. And CB-14 6078m. Best Season June to October Accommodation Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food On Expedition– All meals included
Cycling is an anchor of my life. The motion of the pedals soothes me. The weight of the helmet on my head makes me feel secure. High speeds and the winds in the face give me a sense of freedom; and the absolute control hunching over the front wheel and the brakes give me a sense of power. My cycle makes me feel one with myself and the Universe. It makes me feel complete. I was looking for a new challenge in cycling and came across the Manali-Leh route. If you are looking for an adventure filled cycling trip in picturesque settings, there cannot be a better route than this one. After checking out many tour operators online, I decided to go with Himalaya Destination as it seemed the most reliable. Cycling 500 km over high altitude mountains, crossing some of the highest roads in the world, is no mean challenge, especially because the roads are non-existent at some places. One has to be prepared physically and mentally to complete this journey. I cycled 45-50 km every day on the plateau where I live to prepare for the mountainous terrain of the Himalayas. And so, with physical fitness, mental resolve and a truckload of excitement, I started my journey. The overnight bus journey from Delhi to Manali is comfortable, safe and takes 14 hours to reach the destination. I disembarked at Patli Kuhl from where I was whisked away to the camp at Larankelo, about 25 km from Manali. At the camp I met the rest of the group, consisting of nine people of varying ages (including a couple who had a daughter my age!) from Mysore and two college boys from Akola, and the organisers. All the inhibitions I might have had about having come alone vanished. They were all very warm and friendly. Moreover, the times that we were to face together invariably brings out the best in people. What I experienced during those ten days goes beyond anything words can explain. If there were the daunting challenges of continuous up slopes, biting cold winds, and uncertain weather, there were also the joys of riding miles of down slopes, getting the first glimpse of the destination and the spellbinding beauty of the mountains. Every morning I woke up wondering what challenges the day would bring and every night I went to sleep with the satisfaction of having lived up to another challenge. I wouldn’t say that the days flew by, because they didn’t. It would be more appropriate to say that each day ambled away as we pedalled through it and yet in no time we found ourselves in Leh.
Manali Cycling Highlights Region: Manali Maximum Altitude: 10,000 feet Difficulty: Easy Best time to visit: Between Jan / Dec Duration: 3 nights / 4 Days Mountain biking in Manali is a great activity for the adventure loving people. Manali is connected well with the surrounding villages and prime destinations. So the byclyling can be done easily in every part of the valley. In the summer there is not much hustle and bustle on the roads. Only in Manali the traffic is bit slow and packed with jams, otherwise the roads are free to ride a bike anywhere in the valley. So one can ride around and explore on his bike with ease. For that one has to approach to the camp in Naggar, which is near to the snow range and is also connected to the main highway. From the base camp one can take the bycycle and go to the recommended tracks with proper gear and information. It is good to trek on bycycle because you can see the surrounding more closely than travelling by a vehicle. Cycling amongst snow covered mountain ranges is absolutly a lifetime experience. Cycling in the Himalaya gives you feeling of warmth from cold and filters your lungs with amusing hard work. Mountain biking is good sport which makes your health better with the fun of riding bike. During the mountain biking expedition one will visit multiple tourist destinations explored by thousands of visitors. First we will brief you with important information of riding mountain bikes, then acclimatization ride to nearby places, so that you get familiar to the bikes. In the morning ride to manali about 22 km each side and its popular sites such as Hadimba temple at dhungri, Budhist Monastry and to the Old Manali. The group will ride safely following the leader. All these places are nearby from manali and can be accessed easily. After the scheduled visit ride back to the camp following the same route. Next day we ride to the ancient village Jana. Which is 11km.far. On the way to Jana the ride goes gradually high from deep forests to open valleys. As the height increases scenery is eye catching and the mountains become greater, the valleys are left below. The Jana is a well populated village with traditional houses and old culture. In Jana the most attraction now a days is the local cuisine served by the local food stalls. One can enjoy eating delicious traditional food. The waterfall alongside the food stalls creates the cool atmosphere. There are also some adventure activities like Zip line, Repppeling etc. Having enjoyed the delicious meal, we return back to the camp. Night stay at camp. The group will be provided breakfast, after that they can proceed to their further journeys. To enjoy precisely the person should have proper gear (warm jackets, trousers, gloves etc.) as well as the mountain biking gear. All and all one should come and enjoy the mountain biking in the lap of Himalayas.
Region: Manali / Parvati Valley Total Duration – 3 Nights / 4 Days Maximum Altitude – 3700 mtrs / 12030 ft. Grade – Easy to Moderate Best Season – December to April Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Naggar ; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 25 KM. Details The Chanderkhani Pass located in the middle of lush green Kullu valley is the most famous trek of Himachal Pradesh. The Chanderkhani Pass trek is done in any season. But the trek done in winter has a different charm and experience. In winter the trek offers great views of snow laden forests, mountains, meadows, peaks like Inderasan, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba and some prominent ranges such as Bara Banghal Range, Pir Panjal Range, Priyadarshini range. This trek can be done by anyone, even those who have been less to the mountains. The trek starts from Naggar. Naggar lies on the left bank of the river Beas, at 1700m., an ancient town and former capital of Kullu (till 1460 AD). Rich culture, traditional houses, great temples and beautiful locations are the specialty of Naggar. One can enjoy visiting Art gallery, Naggar Castle and many other places in the surrounding. Situated in the middle of the Kullu Manali valley Naggar is approachable even in the heavy snowfalls. In winter the snowfall turns this valley into heaven. The trail for Chanderkhani Pass actually starts from the Rumsu village. Rumsu is an ancient tribal village just few km’s above Naggar. The trail to the pass passes through in the middle of the village. The temples in the village have beautiful intricate carvings. Houses made with wood and stone are interesting to see the rural architecture. The huge Deodar trees can be seen in the middle of Rumsu village. These trees sited in the surrounding of the temple, are meant to be sacred and holy trees as in the whole valley. These trees are so huge that it takes a bunch of people to circle it around. Going further from Rumsu the trail brings us to the initial uphill through the forest. The trail till the campsite is full with dense forests of deodar, pine and oak trees. One can encounter huge trees en route too. While climbing up we reach at the place called Stelling, a pastoral meadow which normally is covered with snow in winter. Have lunch and spend some time at Stelling cause further on the snowy trail will start. The conditions and the ratio of snowfall will decide the beginning of snow trail. It could start from the woods above Rumsu village or further up from Stelling or below. So snow will appear somehow on the trail sooner or later. Treading on the snow is not easy as beautiful it looks in a picture. Though walk slowly and steadily that you won’t slip or fall. Few ups and downs then we reach at Ghon Kradi. Our first day s camp at Ghon Kradi, is mainly a little meadow with huge trees all around and abandoned shepherds shelter. ‘Ghon-Kradi’ in the local dialect means ‘Hammer and the Axe’. It is one of the places from where locals used to collect wood for winter. A bonn fire is appropriate on such chilly temperature in the evening. So spend a beautiful night with lighting up the camp fire at Ghon Kradi. After Ghon Kradi an enchanting trail to Naya Tapru will continue. The route to Naya Tapru consists of great snow on the way up with trees and its branches almost immersed and wrapped with snow. Some smaller trees and a lot more vegetation is seen lost under the great snow. Walking on the deep snow could be a challenge, but with strong will and endurance one can easily pass these obstacles. As you go up the trail, the whole of the Beas valley opens up to you. You begin to see the Dhauladar Range beyond the Beas valley in all its snowcapped glory. The terrain leading uphill is slightly steep on just below the Naya Tapru (9,970ft). However the scenic beauty around would make one to forget fatigue and discomfort. At naya tapru you can have soothing views of most of the Himalayan ranges from a great distance. After spending quality time at Naya Tapru we head back towards the campsite at Ghon Kradi. One should reach the camp by the late afternoon. Stay another wonderful night at Ghon Kradi making Bonn fire on the snow.. Next day climb down to roadhead following the same route till Rumsu. From Rumsu ride back to Naggar by local conveyance.
Region: Manali Total Duration – 3 Nights / 4 Days Maximum Altitude – 3878 mtrs / 12800 ft. Grade – Easy Best Season – May to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Manali ; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 30 KM. The Beas Kund trek is one of the most popular treks in Manali which takes one to the origin of the river Beas at an altitude of 3690 mts. and many of the ancient glaciers located around it. Mythology has it that Beas Rishi meditated here and wrote the epic Mahabharata, A magical place. Beas kund is surrounded by the peaks of Hanuman Tibba, Ladakhi peak, Manali peak, Muker beh, Sheti Dhar peak and the well known Friendship Peak. There are cascading waterfalls on the way and crystal-clear lake called as Beas Kund. The route to Beas Kund starts near Solang nallah. The trail to Beas kund from Solang Nallah is approximately 15 kms long. A jeep road goes up to Dhundi from Solang Nallah where the SASE, Manali, has a study unit. Route to Beas Kund is three days average trek, that will take us through snow fields (in winter) moraines, meadows, over boulders and glaciers. From Dhundi to Bakar thatch - a highland meadow is a leisurely walk of 2-3 hours. The next stop on this trek is Beas Kund a holy lake located in the lap of massive mountain ranges. Base camp to Hanuman Tibba is ahead of Beas Kund. As we start after two hours of gradual trek, the trail goes uphill for a short distance on moraines, and then traverses over a glacier field to the Beas Kund. After reaching Beas kund we can see many glaciers around, which many of these glaciers were formed millions of years ago. Some are black, covered with debris fallen from up the mountain slides, some blue or green which are meant to be the oldest and some newly formed glaciers. Most of the glaciers are melting so fast each year and falling apart because of the global warming. The trek to the glaciers, distance can be near or far from Beas kund and depends on the season which you are trekking. When one reaches up to the glacier, the origin and the source of water flowing down to the valley, can see the clear effects of the misbalance humans have made to the nature. Once we approach the glaciers mouth, the information to the participants are given precisely that how we can preserve these precious glaciers and decrease the effects and the bad habits made by us. Glaciers are essential part of the human kind, because humans and all the creatures on earth cannot survive without water, thus we should not pollute the nature as we gonna die before or after the death of glaciers. So this kind of awareness treks, the real concern of our life should be made by people who have good knowledge about mountains and are in adventure field from years. In the end we should act as preservers not as destructors, because many of the things on earth have become extinct. Things to Pack: Rucksack, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes, a warm jacket,warmer, woollen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra socks, water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, walking Stick medicines that you usually use. Rates are excluding GST of 5% Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements
Region: Parvati Valley Total Duration – 5 Nights / 6 Days Maximum Altitude – 4182 m/ 13800 ft Grade – Moderate. Best Season – May to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 48 km. Things to Pack: Rucksack, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes, a warm jacket, Gloves, warmer, woolen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, rain jacket, extra socks, water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, Walking Stick medicines that you usually use. Rates are excluding GST of 5% Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements Details Sar pass is one of the most popular trails in Shivalik range. Sar, in local dialect, means a lake. Sar Pass is a moderately challenging trek in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, situated at an altitude of 14000 ft, it can be considered as a great introduction to high altitude trekking. This trek is also very popular amongst Indian trekkers. Sar valley overlooks the beautiful Parvati valley abundant in natural treasure. The valley is surrounded by snow clad mountains, perennial streams, waterfalls, and lush green forests. It is the seventh heaven for any adventurous traveler and nature lovers. The base camp for Sar pass trek is at Kasol. It is surrounded by snow capped mountains temperate climate and elegant pine forests. It resembles much the beauty of molten gold in the first and last beams of sunlight. It is truly breath taking to watch the sunset or sunrise from this point. Kasol is the base for most of the trekking trails in the Parvati valley. It is also called as the little Israel of India. So Kasol offers a genuine Israeli food and such other cuisines like Indian, Continental etc. Kasol is located near to the Manikaran, a holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs. Manikaran also has the hot water springs which are known widely. The serene meadows on the way are a sight to see. After driving for about an hour the trail commences. The trail is packed with dense forests, streams, waterfalls and rocky terrain. The trail to the camp is moderate but steep at the end. Camp is at remote village Grahan. It is as picturesque as its predecessors. Grahan is an ancient village with traditional Himalayan houses surrounded by rhododendron trees. The ascent after Grahan is steep and strenuous. Slow and steady pace of walking is advisable as it assures good acclimatization. Minh Thach is the next campsite, where locals used to graze their livestock. Then we reach Nagaru, which is the last camp before reaching Sar pass. It is a freezing site because of the gusty winds and cold nights. After a long and arduous trek, the sight that Sar pass offers seems like an illusion in it’s beauty and spirit. The top of the Sar pass offers a magnificent view of Himalayan Peaks and meadows. The descent down to Bishkeri is moderate through rhododendron forests. Bhishkeri is a striking meadow campsite with multiple flowers and birds species. One can rejuvenate himself by spending a night at this place. From Bishkeri to Barshaini is a exciting downhill terrain through lush green forests. On the way twin villages Pulga and Tulga will pass by. Then cross the river Parvati and climb for a while till road head at Barshaini. Take bus or taxi to Manikaran. From here depart to your preferred locations. Trekking, after all, is about the joy of solitude and silence, as much as it is about forming everlasting friendships. If you are interested in doing this trek, minus the fanfare of fixed departures, you can book with one of the local operators in the Great Wide Open Adventure Travel Network and cross the Sar Pass, with just your own friends for company. The trail is accessible between April to October every year.