We arrive in Dehradun at around 6:00 a.m. here we will check into a hotel for freshening up and breakfast. At around 8:30 a.m we drive for about 30 mins to reach the starting point of our ride which is a couple of Kms outside Mussoorie. We check our bikes and gear and set out on our ride. Today we ride for around 7 hours with pit stops & lunch break. Today’s ride section is through one of the finest mountain road as we pass Dhanaulti, Kanatal & Chamba. Most of the ride is on a ridge with great views on both sides. There are mesmerizing views of the snow capped Himalayas from several vantage point. You will be riding at an average altitude of 2100+mts. and will cover a distance of around 60 kms today with 25 kms being uphill and rest being level and moderately downhill. At around 4:00 p.m we will reach the H.E.L lodge at Sursinghdhar where we stay for the night. All your exhaustion (if any) is sure to vanish the minute you reach this scenically located lodge at Sursinghdhar. Small hike around the lodge will do your senses a lot of good (optional). Bonfire, light music & a sumptuous dinner under the star spangled sky is how we end the day.
Wake up to a stunning sight of the sun rising from behind the famous Nanda Devi Mountain. Morning views from the lodge are to die for. Enjoy the fresh mountain air with a hot cuppa masala tea and the birds playing the orchestra. We will have breakfast at 7:30 a.m and by around 8:00 a.m start on our ride for the day. Today we will be riding for about 40 kms (3-4 hours). The ride section has about 10 kms uphill and rest is pure downhill rush. The ride today is through beautiful forested region with nice views all around. You start from the lodge and then ride towards Chaurani and then from there to Gaja and end the ride at Khadi. One can experience the thrills of downhill ride for extended periods today. We end the ride at around 12 have lunch and from where you could continue ahead towards your onward destination.
While conceptualizing GIO Weekenders first thing we wanted to sort out was transport. It is according to us a very important factor. We use only 2 kinds of vehicles
We conduct all our treks following the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ policy and try to keep our impact minimal. We will request you to participate in this initiative by first knowing more about it and finally contributing by adhering to the tenets of this policy. You are sure to enjoy this kind of mountain travel where you don’t compromise on any personal comforts and yet help nurture & preserve a habitat which is beautiful and a source of joy, happiness & life to many
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
Post monsoon season (Sep – Nov) is a great time to be in the mountains. Sky is clear which means good views all around and also around this time evenings are not very cold. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (14 – 22 deg) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (6 to 14 deg)
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required
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02Days |Jan to Jun,Sep to Dec|Easy
Day 01: Dehradun - Mussoorie - Dhanaulti - Kanatal - Chamba - Sursingdhar Lodge [Cycling - 7 hrs/60kms]
Day 02: Sursingdhar Lodge - Charani - Gaja - Khadi [Cycling - 3-4 hrs/40kms]
Other than the splendors of the Himalayas that you experience on this ride, it is also the accessibility of the trail that makes this ride quite enjoyable. The ride starts about 3 kms before Mussoorie along the bypass and takes you through some absolutely pristine locations like Suakholi, Buraskhanda, Dhanaulti & Kanatal. All these places are just small establishments. Riding distance for day 1 is about 60 kms out of which around 25 kms is going to be uphill and the rest is level and moderately downhill.
We will be riding for a long distance on the ridge line with fantastic views on either side of the trail. Highlight would be the close look at some of the snow capped Himalayan giants like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Bandarpoonch, Chaukhamba (4 massifs) & Kedar peak.You will surely enjoy riding through deodar & oak forest sections along the route. We will be for most times riding above 2100 mts on day 1. Big attraction of this ride is the spectacular setting of the Himalayan Eco Lodges (H.E.L) Sursinghdhar, where you stay the night. This extremely comfortable lodge overlooks the giant Tehri dam & lake and has a superlative view of the snow capped Himalayan ranges right in front
Day 2 ride we warn adrenaline junkies, if any in the group, to hold their horses and not completely let loose on the long & inviting downhill sections. Today we will ride for about 45 kms out of which about 12 15 kms would be moderately uphill while rest is downhill. The ride today is through a beautiful forest section which seems to be completely cut off from everything and has thick mixed forest almost all along the trail. There is about 8 kms of riding on non tarmac road where one will need to ride a bit carefully. Time permitting one can extend the ride and go down further towards Rishikesh
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal|