Cycling in Uttarakhand | MussoorieDhanaultiKanatal Cycling Tour - GIO Adventures

Cycling: Mussoorie - Dhanaulti - Kanatal - Sursingdhar


Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.



  • Accommodation of your preference (Single Or Double Sharing Bases) in Himalayan Eco Lodge, Sursingdhar
  • All meals, snacks & tea/coffee beginning with breakfast on Day 01 to lunch on Day 02.
  • Ride Mechanic.
  • Service Tax


  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Cost of spare parts
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance


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

  • Custom made 9 seater Tempo traveler – we only have 8 people sitting in this
  • Toyota Innova with 3 bucket seats and all front facing seats – we put a max of 4 people in one vehicle
  • We ensure that the vehicles are in very good condition, absolutely clean from inside and that the drivers drive safely at all times

Our Pledge and Plea

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

Why Us

    We offer you a great variety in terms of destinations and activities and have designed our trips to be hassle free and fitting very well into your weekend schedule
    We are a company born in the Himalayas and are very much from the Himalayas. We have been running outdoor/adventure trips into remote areas of the country for close to 14 years now with a enviable safety record
    We are a group of 100 + people mostly from different regions of the Himalayas. Love and respect for mountains and a genuine liking for anything adventurous is the common thread binding us. Our team is led by our MD, Nalin Khanduri who hails from a small village in the Garhwal Himalayas, who says he wasted 8 years of his life studying engineering, management & working for corporate. Apart from that little misadventure he has spent the rest of his time totally in the outdoors. His has impeccable knowledge of the Indian Himalayas and his love for the outdoors is unmatched. Most of the instructors and guides have trained at reputed mountaineering schools and have a minimum of 4 to 5 years of hands on experience
    We run our trips in small group sizes only. This ensures that one doesn’t feel claustrophobic and the service levels are high throughout. Another great feature is our policy to run all departures whether we get full numbers or not. So even if it’s just you who is booked on a trip, we will run it for you.
    With a big inhouse team of instructors, self owned equipment & our expansive infrastructure we are able to keep costs low and pass on the benefit to our clients. GIO has a policy of transparency with regards to its pricing and prices are clearly mentioned with all inclusions/exclusions. There are no hidden costs anywhere
    We are very proud of our clients and also very thankful to them for entrusting us with the responsibility of their safety and enjoyment.
    We have many attractive offers for the GIO community members on a very wide variety of trips throughout the year. One gets discounts not only on our trekking, rafting, cycling, multi sport, skiing & wild life trips but also on stays at our 9 lodges/camps. For more information please refer to our GIO Community page on our website.
    Our team is ably backed by our infrastructure to ensure great delivery. We have a big fleet of rafts, support vehicles, imported cycles, best quality camping & climbing equipment and offices to help you plan and book your trips in Delhi, Dehradun, Bangalore & Ahmedabad. We also own & run 9 lodges/fixed camps in the Himalayas (
    Being from the mountains we realise the dangers of high impact tourism on our ecology and try to run our trips in the most eco friendly manner with as low impact as possible


  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* 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

  • Your Bike – an entry level Mountain bike is ideal
  • Helmets
  • Knee Guards
  • Elbow guards
  • Personal Medicine kit
  • Cycling shorts
  • Cycling Jersey
  • Extra pair of T shirts
  • Basic cycling toolkit and spares. A L key should see you through.
  • Gloves
  • Please ensure that your luggage is not huge. Suitcases are a strict no. A 70ltr bag should see you through
  • A bike box is necessary to pack your bike, for transportation.


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.


02Days |Jan to Jun,Sep to Dec|Easy

Sketch Itinerary

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

Duration 2 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal

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