Travel number: 29
Bicycle Tour Through The Green Mountain State of Himachal
15 days also possible in 7 days as a travel module Bicycle Tours / MTB
Number of participants: from 2 people
Requirements: 5 von 10
Most of the time we drive on well-developed and paved roads. Sometimes there are quite steep uphills and downhills. Although the ascents are long, it is often only very leisurely uphill. Only in one day it is only on unpaved road and here one must ride really carefully especially during the descent.
Sacred mountain lakes, idyllic villages, and Tibetan culture
A bike tour through the Indian mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. We drive partly on well-developed side roads, partly on dirt sand roads and thus get to know the region of the Indian Himalayas from a very special point of view. As we ride through the mountain villages, we are very close to the locals and get a good insight into their everyday life. It goes through apple orchards and forests, up to green pastures with fabulous viewpoints, on snow-capped mountains and to beautiful mountain lakes. On this tour, the Himalayas show their most beautiful side. With Manali as our starting point, we start from one of India’s most popular tourist destination. Here you can visit the famous Hadimba temple as well as the village of Vashisht with its hot sulfur springs. On the way we stop at the holy Prasher lake, camp in the idyllic village of Barot and pass the famous paragliding village of Billing. We conclude the tour in Mcleod Ganj. Here the Dalai Lama has his government in exile and we let ourselves be dragged along by the colourful hustle and bustle of the Tibetan-influenced village.
This tour is a bit challenging due to the ups and downs in the mountains. Sometimes it goes through small streams and over boulders, another time we drive for miles (but mostly not very steeply) uphill. We will always be on small roads or jeep tracks off the highway. It is always possible to complete sections with our escort vehicle.
This tour is only possible on request as a bike tour from Manali to Dharamshala!
Day 1 Arrival in Delhi
We welcome you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. Depending on your condition and time of arrival, you can get into the Indian hustle and bustle or simply relax from the long journey. (overnight stay in the hotel)-/-/-
Day 2 Delhi sightseeing overnight Volvo bus journey to the 14-hour-long distant Manali
In the morning we explore Old and New Delhi by foot, metro and rickshaw. Then you take the bus to Manali overnight. (Overnight jorney in a bus) B/-/-
Day 3 Manali Arrival and sightseeing by bike (approx. 32 km)
We visit Manali’s surroundings by bike. It goes to the Solang Valley, 8.7 miles away. From here, a half-hour walk leads to a temple. If you like, you can go on a paragliding flight. In the afternoon we reach the village of Vashisht. There are hot natural sulfur springs that invite you to take a relaxing bath. Then we go to Manali on the market. We conclude our tour with a visit to the famous Hadimba Temple. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 4 Manali-Naggar- Jana (37 km)
We follow the road of Manali on the right side of the river Beas. We cross many small villages, rice fields and apple orchards until we reach Naggar. In the 16th century, the village was the capital of Kullu. The castle, now a so-called “Heritage Hotel”, is the only proof of Naggar’s glorious past. Here in Naggar is also the former house of the famous Russian artist Nicholas Röhrrich. Now it’s a beautiful museum.
While the way to Naggar goes almost only downhill, the 13 km lead to Jana, our next destination, steep uphill. Jana is one of the oldest villages in the Kullu Valley and has a rich tradition. Here, at a small waterfall, we have the opportunity to taste still real traditional food of the region while enjoying the view down into the Kullu valley. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 5 Jana -Kais- Kullu- Kandi Top- Kandi Base (62 km)
First it goes for 2 km uphill on unpaved road. From here it goes down via serpentine to Kais with its monastery. Continue on a village road past Kullu, the district capital, to Buntar and then for 5 km on the main road to Bajaura. Here we turn onto a small paved road and set off on the continuous ascent to the 2500 meter high Kandi Top. We enjoy the great view before we set off on a 6 km long descent. Here we will pitch our tents and spend the night. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 6 Kandi Base-Prashar Lake-Kandi Base (34 km)
It goes steadily up to the holy Prashar lake at 2730 m. The path is long and strenuous, as it is mostly unpaved. On the lake is a three-storey pagoda-shaped temple from the 13th century. It is said that a baby had created it from a single tree. It was dedicated to Saint Prashar, who meditated here on the lake.
On the lake there is a floating island. Nobody knows how deep this lake is. After a picnic at the lake we go down to the camp. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 7 Kandi Base- Barot (70 km)
On small roads it goes down through tiny villages and then for 7 km steep uphill. For the next 40 km we drive on a beautiful road always on the ridge of the mountains with magnificent views to the right and left. Then it goes down and on along the river Uhl to Barot. Barot is a popular tourist and picnic spot. There is also a trout breeding station here. 30 km of the river can be used for fishing. (Overnight in the camp) B/L/D
Day 8 Barot – Bir (50 km)
Today, we have a wonderful route, both in terms of riding and landscape.
The first 16 km goes steadily uphill to the end of the road. Then we leave the road and continue on a small path. We cross the river on a bridge, then have to carry our bike up for a few hundred meters and then ride on an unpaved jeep track through the remote village of Rajgunda and on through deep forest until we reach Billing at 2400 meters altitude. Billing is a popular place for paragliding. International competitions are regularly held here and records are set.
We can either parachute down to our destination Bir or roll down the 18 km down the road. Bir is a peaceful village and Tibetan refugee settlement. (Overnight stay at the hotel) F/M/A
Day 9 Bir-Jia (60 km)
On small side roads we drive through the Kangra valley. We pass small villages until we reach our hotel in Jia. (Overnight stay at the hotel) F/M/A
Day 10 Jia- Mcleod Ganj (48 km)
Our last stage by bike. The last kilometers go up to Mcleod Ganj, a small village that nestles on the Dhauladhar mountain range. This is where the Dalai Lama lives and with him many other Tibetan refugees. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-
Day 12 Leisure in Mcleod Ganj
The day is now free to visit the Dalai Lama Temple and the Buddhist Museum. You can also go to the nearby Bagshu and walk to a waterfall. In the evening we take the night bus to Delhi. (Overnight on the Volvo Bus) B/-/-
Day 13 Arrival in Delhi and flight to home country
Early in the morning we reach Delhi and check into our hotel. Until the return flight, we have time for a little more sightseeing in Delhi or an optional trip to Agra to the Taj Mahal. B/-/-
(An extension of the tour with trips to Rajasthan or South India is possible)
- Transfer to and from all airports within India
- Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Manali and Dharamshala
- Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali/Dharamshala to Delhi
- Before and after the bike tour (Delhi, Manali, Mcleod Ganj) typical middle class hotel with breakfast (for single rooms extra 200 euros)
- All accommodations during the bike tour (always in the comfortable two-man tent, in Bir and Jia in the inn)
- During the bike tour full catering
- Accompanying vehicle
- English-speaking travel guide
- local guide, driver, cook, helper during the bike tour
- Kitchen tent and sleeping tent
- filtered water during the bike tour
- Mountain bike
- international flight
- unmentioned meals and drinks
Best time for the tour is from April to November!
1450 Euro per person for 2 participants
With a higher number of participants, the price per person decreases!
We offer this tour only from Manali and to Dharamshala. For more information and prices contact us!
Information about our bike tours in the Himalayan region
- Guide and team
On all our bike tours we have at least one (for larger groups of 6 participants two) mountain bike guide and mechanic with us, who take care of our guests and their bicycles.
Our all guides speak English.
In addition, there is a local team consisting of a chef, helpers, drivers.
All our team members have been working with us for years, are very friendly and always strive to prepare our guests for a great Himalayan experience. Their English is rather mediocre or non-existent, but this is not necessarily a hindrance to communicating with them.
2. Bicycle routes
The bike routes are designed for the skills of our guests and are all feasible for a person with a good fitness level, unless otherwise mentioned. The daily routes are between five and eight hours long (with breaks) and an average increase of around 500-800 metres of altitude is completed.
In between, rivers may have to be crossed. The roads range from well-developed tarmac roads to stony jeep slopes. The ascents are moderate, but long, with the long descents up to 50 km. The roads are connecting roads and are also used by tourists in cars, motorcyclists and trucks. Traffic is moderate, but you should be careful. In India, the left-wing driving commandment applies. So it would be better to give priority to all other road participants.
We provide you with our own trek or Scott bikes. These bicycles are rental bicycles. We have bicycles in the sizes “Small” and “Medium” and also some bikes with a large frame. All bikes have hydraulic brakes and nine-speed gear. Otherwise, you can also use your own bike. Helmets are mandatory.
4. Daily routine
7: 00 Get up with tea
7:00-9:30 Dismantling of the camp
8:00- 9:30 Start Tour
13:00 Lunch on the way
15:00-17:00 Arrival at the camp and camp construction
5. Altitude and altitude sickness
This is a very important topic that should not be underestimated, especially during our bike tours in the Indian Himalayas. At altitudes above 3500 m, our body has to slowly get used to the low air pressure, which also causes less oxygen to enter our lungs. The first signs of altitude sickness are headaches, which are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. It becomes problematic when water accumulates in the lungs and brain and edema occurs. Then only the immediate descent to lower altitudes will help. In order to prepare for the heights on our tours, we will either spend a few nights at high altitudes before the tour or slowly climb up during the tour to acclimatize. If we notice that there are problems with our guests (each person is otherwise able to acclimatize, regardless of age, gender and fitness level), either the entire tour group or the participant returns with a team member. In addition, it makes sense to take an emergency drug for altitude sickness. For this, it is best to get advice from the pharmacy or the travel doctor. We will also have oxygen with us.
Each tour participant is responsible for taking personal clothes and items with him. We are travelling with escort vehicles and the luggage will be transported with it. A small day backpack for the camera and something to cover can make sense. The escort vehicle will always be close to us. Click here for the packing list for our bike tours in the Himalayas.
During the tour there will be a vegetarian full catering. Water is either boiled or we have a water filter with us.
Breakfast (daily selection):
- Oatmeal porridge/muesli/cornflakes/Indian porridge
- Indian Breakfast/Toast/Eggs/Jam/Butter/Cheese/Honey/Chocolate Spread
- Sliced fruit/vegetables
Lunch (mostly lunchbox), sometimes warm in the camp
- Sandwiches/Indian (rice, chapati, vegetables)/eggs/potatoes
- French fries/Indian snacks
Dinner ( Mix of Indian/Chinese/Continental)
- Vegetable dish
- Lentil dish
8. Accommodation and Camp
We have very comfortable and spacious two-man tents. Our mattresses are real bed mattresses and about 20 cm thick. Our sleeping bags are freshly washed and have a very good quality with comfort zone up to -5°C (extreme zone -20°C). It is recommended to bring personal indoor sleeping bags.
In addition, we have a spacious dining tent with tables and chairs, a kitchen tent for the team, a toilet tent, and a shower tent.
In the Himalayas, temperatures fluctuate widely. While it can get warm up to 25° C during the day and the sun is not only warming but also very intense (sun protection is a must), it can also cool down significantly below the minus straight at night, especially in the months end of September and October, as well as in June. There may also be weather changes with snow on the passes. Sometimes it can also get very windy.