- Total Duration – 6 Nights / 7 Days
- Style Of Trip – Cycling
- Maximum Altitude – 3700 mtr.
- Grade – Moderate to strenuous
- Best Season – June to November
- Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite
- Food – On trek – All meals included
- Distance – 250 Km
A cycling expedition from Manali to Chandratal is great experience through lush green valleys to the arid Spiti valley. The beautiful Chandratal lake is the destination for this ultimate route. The chandertal is named after two words chandra, meaning Moon and the tal is the lake. So it is called moon lake as its crescent shape. The lake is about 4km. long in distance and half a km. wide, creating a mesmerizing landscape located below the bald brown mountains at the height of 4,300m.The blue water of chandratal lake will take your breath away and reaching here on bycycles gives you another level of feel. It is one of india's best cycling route in terms of natural beauty. So one must do cycling trip on this route, anyone who is not into cycling.
The route starts from manali. As on the first day we cycle about 40 km. on the manali leh highway. The route passes by the wild forests of oak, coniferous, birch trees till gulaba. The incline on this days trip is gradual but with numerous curves on the way. One has to cycle his side because turns are blind at some point and have to be alert as vehicles arrive. The forest range is left behind as we reach near to the first camp at Marhi. Marhi (3.300m.) is located few km. below the Rohtang pass. On can see the road and the pass clearly from marhi. Next day we will ride about 45 km., pass the Rohtang top (13000ft.) and further downhill till Gramphoo. After Gramphoo the trail is moderate but unmetalled road along the river Chandra. Our destination is Chhatru (3,200m.), a desolate stop yet beautiful as its broad valley location. Chhatru is popular camping site among trekkers coming from Hampta pass or going forward to the lake or to Spiti valley. . It is a colder spot as the chilling winds come by the river. The place has both sides the mountains with the scree. There are some shops who prepare local food and rent shelters to the travelers passing by. As the sun rises next morning and the light on the bald mountains on one side and the other with darker shade creates a spectacular contrast. The route from chhatru to chandertal is moderate to steep at some points about 45km. After hours of riding we reach at the road end, from where we walk a little to the lake and the blue lake starts to emerge in front of us. The surroundings of the lake offers a great landscape that is unforgettable. If the weather is sunny one can see the reflections of the blue sky, mountains which is picturesque. Spending some time and exploration we ride back to chhatru. Following day we wind up the camp and leave by the taxi to Manali.
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.
Rates are excluding GST of 5%
Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements.
What is included in the tour
- Mountain Bikes
- Highly advanced & Skilled Mountain biking guide from Himalaya Destination, who has ample knowledge of the route.
- Logistics vehicle to carry all our equipment.
- Mechanic for any basic problems.
- Puncture kit and other Basic tools for Mountain bike.
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
- Basic First aid Kit.
- Forest Permits, wild life fees and camping charges.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any expenses of personal nature, tips, phone etc.
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trail head.
- Damage & changes of part
Fix Departure tariff 14,000/- excluding GST of 5%
Tariff For Customized Group Per Person
14,000/- (above 10 Participant)
17500/- (6 – 10 Participant)
25,000/- (3 – 5 Participant)
Day 1: Reach Naggar:
Arrive Naggar where you would be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Naggar is an ancient village of Kullu District just before 18 KM of Manali. Today, we would spend the day in Naggar itself to acclimatize to the high altitude. This is absolutely necessary and is most important for the days ahead. Overnight in the hotel/Camp.
Day 2: Manali to Marhi (1,0800 ft. ; 7 – 8hrs) Approx 40 kms
Day 3: Marhi to Chatru. (11,100 ft ; 5 – 6hrs) Approx 45 kms
DAY 4: Chatru to Chandratal. (12,000ft ; 7 – 8 hrs) Approx 43 kms
DAY 5: Chandratal to Chatru. (11,100ft ; 6 – 7hrs) Approx 43 kms
Day 06: Chatru to Marhi. (10,800ft ; 5 – 6hrs) Approx 45 kms
Day 07: Marhi to Manali. (1800m/6000ft ; 3 – 4hrs) Approx 40 kms