Here is a list of the five best cycling trips in the Himalayas.
Surrounded by the majestic Greater Himalaya, Lahaul, Kullu and Kinnaur ranges, Spiti remains an arid landscape and is a geologist’s paradise. It records every geological age from the Pre-Cambrian to the recent, in pristine formations. This is quite a challenging trip to do as it involves cycling throughout in the high altitude region. You get to explore the Spiti valley and cycle all the way through Lahaul upto the superb Moon Lake(Chandrathal).This cycling tour is true adventure and offers the best of best visual delights- definitely a rarity in one’s lifetime.
Autumn in the Himalayas is mesmerising no doubt, but to experience it as you ride through the region is sheer pleasure to the senses. The Shimla- Chandigarh cycling route is easy and anyone with reasonable fitness can do without a trouble. The ride is through forest trails soaking in the beauty of the Shivalik hills and through the base of Morni hills. A thoroughly enjoyable ride indeed!
Cycling the Manali –Chandratal route is challenging but the panoramic view of the Himalayas makes every effort worth the ride. Chandratal is like a jewel of the mountains. The pristine lake is located in the cold desert of the Spiti valley remains out of bounds for seven months in a year, roads open only between the months of May and September. Legend has it that fairies often descend from heaven to dwell in this serene lake. If you are lucky to be there on a full moon night, then rest assured you have reached heaven itself!
This is a trail that’s unique and beautiful like no other. You ride through sites that have green slopes and snow capped peaks, through terraced slopes of corn and tea. The landscapes are beautiful throughout with a combination of rough route and tarmac to ride on. Uphill ride could test your endurance while the downhill is exciting. Over a course of 4 days of riding, you would cover a total of 290 kms in the superb Kangra Valley. Buddhist monks and enclaves, prayer flags adding o the charm of the place, cycling here is a pleasure and an adventure alike.
Manali – leh route is a famous cycling route no doubt, it is the most exhilarating ride one can experience ever. Through spectacular passes and landscape, you get to ride on dirt track and tarmac over some really tough climbs and exciting descends. For the tough climbs though, one could use the vehicular support and then ride downhill that’s all fun and adventure. You get to cross four main passes in this route and a lot of thrilling off-roading. For a serious cyclist, this is the ultimate ride across the Himalayas!