Cycling in Spiti | Spiti Cycling Tour – GIO Adventures

Spiti on Wheels [Price on request]


DAY 01: CHANDIGARH – KAWALAG (SHIMLA, 1700m) Drive/3 hrs

In the afternoon (12:00 noon) we will meet at a pre designated place in Chandigarh. From Chandigarh you will drive up to a quaint village called Kawalag near the hill town of Shimla. Check into the scenically located and very comfortable luxury camp of ours at Kawalag Evening is at leisure and one can just walk around and soak in the natural beauty. Overnight in the campsite.

DAY 02: KAWALAG (SHIMLA) – KALPA (2800m) Drive 255 kms/5-6 hrs

Today we will drive to the former capital town of Kinnaur, Kalpa via Narkanda (2690m). Kalpa is a beautifully located township in the laps of the Kinner Kailash mountain. It has beautiful mix forest all around and has a couple of old wooden temples and a large chorten creating a very soothing picture. Late afternoon you could take a walk or cycle around in the town. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 03: KALPA – NAKO (3600m) Drive/122 kms/3-4 hrs – TABO (3050m) Drive/10 kms & Cycle/50 kms/4-5 hrs

We start early and drive from Kinnaur into Spiti. This drive will take about 3 hours to reach Nako. We will spend some time here and visit the Nako lake. From here till Tabo is 60kms and you will have the option to ride some part or the whole distance. From Nako till Sumdo it’s a level ride and from there you will ascend to a pass and then ride all the way down to Tabo. This small monastery town of Tabo plays host to one of the holiest monasteries considered to be more than a 1000 year old. Towards evening you can visit the ancient monastery which also treasures great samples of Buddhist art. Overnight in a guesthouse/hotel.

DAY 04: TABO – LINGTI (3400m) Cycle/59 kms/5-6 hrs

After breakfast we will set out on our bikes and ride along the Spiti river till Sichling. From here we will pedal towards Dhankar Monastery. This spectacular Gompa is built on a 300m high spur and overlooks the confluence of Spiti & Pin rivers. We will visit the gompa and have lunch here. Thereafter we continue riding towards Lhalung village and monastery and from there we ride further down towards Lingti. Overnight in tents.

DAY 05: LINGTI - KAZA – KYE – LIDANG (3470m) Cycle/55 kms/6-7 hrs

We will drive till Kaza and from there ride for about 12 kms to reach the ancient Kye monastery. We will spend some time at the monastery and get ready for a steep uphill ride as we gain around 600m in 22 kms to reach Langza (option of riding or travelling by support vehicle) to start the ride under the shadow of the Chau- Chau Kal Nilda, the highest peak of Spiti. From here we ride a short distance on a level gradient to reach Komic Gompa, after visiting the gompa we will continue riding towards Demul in the Lingti valley and we end today’s ride at Lidang. Overnight in tents.

DAY 06: LIDANG – KIBBER – GETE – KAZA (3800m) Cycle/30-36 kms/3-4 hrs

We board the vehicles in the morning and drive towards Kibber (4270m). This drive will take about 40-50 mins or so. From Kibber we will ride for about 6 kms to reach the beautifully set village of Gete. You will explore this beautiful village and see the Spiti way of life at very close quarters. After some time we will get on our bikes and enjoy the thrilling downhill ride towards Kaza. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 07: KAZA (3800m) – Rest/Rafting (optional 25 kms/3-4 hrs)

Today you will explore Spiti by river. You will go on a memorable rafting trip on the Spiti river. Apart from the thrills you will see the landscape from a totally different perspective while running the river. You will finish the run and have a picnic lunch by the river. Depending upon availability you will spend the evening and night at a riverside camp. For people not wanting to raft the day can be spent the way they want to with everyone meeting towards the evening. Overnight in a camp/hotel.

DAY 08: KAZA – LOSAR – CHANDRATAL (4300m) Cycle/61 kms/7-8 hrs & Trek/1-2 hrs

We start early for the 61 kms of riding today, as we traverse the length of the Spiti valley along the Spiti river, to reach Losar. Most of the riding today is on tarmac with great sights all along. You will get into the waiting vehicles at Losar and drive to a point close to the Chandratal lake (Moon Lake). From here we will trek 4 kms to the lake and camp on a meadow above the lake. The Chandratal lake with its turquoise green water & snow clad mountains in the background is a truly enchanting location. Overnight in tents.

DAY 09: CHANDRATAL – CHATTRU – MANALI (2000m) Cycle/41 kms/5-6 hrs

Today we ride through a very interesting area, through a trail cut through the Chandra river and melting glaciers, as three major mountain ranges of the mighty Himalayas meet together – The Pir Panjals, The Greater Himalayas and the Zanskar range. A 41 kms ride through this region is bound to remain etched in your memories forever. You will board the vehicles at Chattru and drive towards Manali via the famous Rohtang pass. Check into a hotel. Evening at leisure in Manali. One can roam around the market and do some shopping. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 10: MANALI – CHANDIGARH (280 kms/7-8 hrs)

After breakfast we set out on the drive to Chandigarh. Trip ends here.



    Manali & Kaza: In Standard Rooms in good mid category hotels like Johnson’s Lodge or similar in Manali and Hotel Sakya Abode or Snow Lion at Kaza
    At all other locations, we would be setting up camps using alpine tents. All tents would be provided with sleeping bags, camping mattresses, etc. There would be dry pit toilets put up at all campsites
  • ROAD TRANSFERS: We will provide road transfers from Chandigarh to start point of the ride and also from Manali to Chandigarh. This vehicle will stay with the group throughout and can be used whenever required during the ride
  • GOOD QUALITY MOUNTAIN BIKES (if opted for): We would provide 21-gear Merida or similar mountain cycles to each rider for the duration of the trip. These cycles are maintained in good condition and are used specifically for these trips. For those taking the cycles from us, we will also provide the relevant safety gear like a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. But you are free to get your own cycle for the trip.
  • SUPPORT VEHICLES (for riders & equipment): There would be a support vehicle for all riders. This support vehicle travels along with the rider through the course and can be used for luggage, spares, as well as for riding to the camp after the ride finish. In times when you don’t want to ride on the cycle this support vehicle is always at bay. In addition to this there will be a big truck to carry the bikes and camping equipment
  • MEALS: The food served during the trip is a mixture of Indian, Chinese and Western cuisine, freshly cooked by the kitchen team travelling with the group. The emphasis is on providing a high-nutrition/energy mostly vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. We will provide meals starting from breakfast on Day 2 till lunch on Day 9.
  • FIRST AID BACKUP: A basic medical kit is always available at hand to all the riders with at least a couple of our team guys being able to administer basic first aid. A couple of oxygen cylinders would be carried for any emergencies.
  • CYCLE MECHANIC: There will be a cycle mechanic travelling along with the group. He will be able to handle basic problems and will carry basic spares with them (tubes, gear wires, puncture kits, etc.). These spares are available to be purchased by riders who are bringing their own cycles.
  • PERMITS: All required local Permits for the ride would be arranged for


  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, entry charges, etc.
  • Bottled water, Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc. – our support vehicle will carry all this so one can purchase against payment
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Cost of transferring your personal bikes till Chandigarh and back. This can be arranged by us at an additional cost
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances


  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >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


Transport Options (Delhi – Chandigarh – Delhi)

For travel to Chandigarh and back one can choose between air, rail & road. Chandigarh airport is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Chandigarh that cost about Rs. 200 – 500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 4/5 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same


Spiti & Lahaul are high altitude regions in India with a minimum elevation of about 3000m. This dry cold desert area experiences hardly any rainfall as the high Himalayan ranges block the Indian monsoons. Spiti is surrounded by ranges of the Greater Himalaya in a semi circular arc, separating it from Lahaul on the west, Kullu to the south and Kinnaur to the southwest. These ranges prevent the moisture laden monsoons from reaching the region, thus creating in Spiti, a bleak and arid landscape in common with Ladakh and Tibet.
In summers (June - Aug) the day time temperatures would further rise to about 18-25°C. The sun can be very strong during the day while the night temperature would hover around 14-18°C. Autumn (Sep - Oct) is when the temperatures start to fall again and hovers between 10-15°C in the day time and will go sub zero in the night.
Best time for trips in this region is mid June to September


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

  • Sufficient warm clothing for evenings, which can get quite cold
    • 1 waterproof jacket (also acts as a windproof)
    • 1 pair waterproof trousers
    • Thermals (upper & lower)
    • fleece/Woolen top
    • lowers/trousers
  • Shorts (for riding – your choice)
  • T-shirts – 3/4
  • Sneakers
  • Floaters
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)
  • Torch/headlamp
  • Personal Medical Kit (there will be medical back-up for emergencies) with the following:
    • A general painkiller
    • Anti-inflammatory pills
    • Antiseptic – iodine/beta dine drops
    • Bandages, plasters, medical tape
    • High factor SPF sun block (minimum 30)
    • Lip balm with SPF 15+
    • A course of general antibiotics - see your doctor for advice
    • Imodium or similar gut-immobilizer
    • At least a dozen sachets of re-hydration mixture
  • Safety-approved Bicycle Helmet (for those bringing their own cycles)
  • Knee / Elbow pads (for those bringing their own cycles)


The ecology of the Indian Himalayas remains fragile not only in terms of the flora & fauna but the very people who inhabit its many regions and with the increased pressure on its limited resources, the sustainability of this great biodiversity is threatened by a deluge of visitors with little or no understanding of the myriad issues facing the land and its people.
GIO Adventures has initiated a number of long term sustainable initiatives that would enable us to preserve this ecosphere better and be of assistance to the local population. These actions include:

  • Using completely local resources and support for all trips, including provisions and porters so that we generate local employment and provide a good price for their produce. We also often endeavor to use their homes if the clients so wish to stay along the trail.
  • GIO Adventures is a company that strictly operates under the guidelines of Leave No Trace in the Indian Outback, with proper planning in terms of route, locations and campsites. All the waste is collected under biodegradable and non-biodegradable categories and the latter is carried back into regular habitation where they can be properly disposed.
  • All our trips strive to respect the local traditions of the regions that we visit and we impress on our clients the importance of doing so. This also provides our clients an insight into the cultural diversity of the Indian Himalayas.
  • GIO Adventures setting up the first trekking village in the country – GIO Adventures is committed to the development and conservation. We are, in partnership with a village in the Himalayas called Sankri trying to set up the first trekking village in the country. We will train the locals on various aspects of responsible tourism and provide them assistance to set up a commercial & eco friendly set up in the village. We do not encourage financial aid but volunteer work and aid in form of trekking/other equipment for locals will be appreciated


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.

10Days | Jun to Sep| Mod+| Max Alt: 4650mts (Kunzum La)

Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Chandigarh Kawalag (Shimla, 1700m) Drive/3 Hrs
Day 02: Kawalag (Shimla) Kalpa (2800m) Drive 255 Kms/5-6 Hrs
Day 03: Kalpa Nako (3600m) Drive/122 Kms/3-4 Hrs Tabo (3050m) Drive/10 Kms & Cycle/50 Kms/4-5 Hrs
Day 04: Tabo Lingti (3400m) Cycle/59 Kms/5-6 Hrs
Day 05: Lingti - Kaza Kye Lidang (3470m) Cycle/55 Kms/6-7 Hrs
Day 06: Lidang Kibber Gete Kaza (3800m) Cycle/30-36 Kms/3-4 Hrs
Day 07: Kaza (3800m) Rest/Rafting (Optional 25 Kms/3-4 Hrs)
Day 08: Kaza Losar Chandratal (4300m) Cycle/61 Kms/7-8 Hrs & Trek/1-2 Hrs
Day 09: Chandratal Chattru Manali (2000m) Cycle/41 Kms/5-6 Hrs
Day 10: Manali Chandigarh (280 Kms/7-8 Hrs)


This is a true Soul Journey. Spiti & Lahaul with its stark arid landscapes presents a picture one gets to see very rarely in ones lifetime. Visual delights aside, you ride in a region soaked in unique culture and history and which opens up only for a few months every year. Along the trip, as you ride through the wonderful vistas of the high altitude Hindustan-Tibet Road you come across small settlements with ancient monasteries, chortens, mani walls, fluttering flags, prayer wheels & Buddhist monks, leaving an image which is sure to last a lifetime.).

Spiti is surrounded by ranges of the Greater Himalaya in a semi circular arc, separating it from Lahaul on the west, Kullu to the south and Kinnaur to the southwest. These ranges prevent the moisture laden monsoons from reaching the region, thus creating in Spiti, a bleak and arid landscape in common with Ladakh and Tibet.

Cyling in Spiti Lacking vegetative growth, the exposed terrain is a geologists paradise. It records every geological age from the Pre-Cambrian to the recent, in pristine formations

This is a challenging trip and requires one to cycle in a high altitude area. You will set out on your bikes near Nako, in Spiti valley and from there on move along the Hindustan-Tibet border road. From Nako you ride to Tabo, famous for its ancient monastery. Next few days you will ride through several settlements and monasteries before pedaling to the district headquarters at Kaza. From Kaza we ride through monasteries and villages close by and also go on a memorable rafting trip (optional) on the Spiti river. Having explored the Spiti valley we set our eyes on the Lahaul valley and ride all the way to the stunning Moon lake (Chandratal). We will camp here for a night and next day ride towards the beautiful hill town of Manali to finish this the 'once in a lifetime' trip.

Cyling Manali to Baralacha la Most of the times we will be riding on mostly empty roads, a luxury in India! There will be support vehicles with the riders and you will have the flexibility to decide which stretch to ride and what stretch to plonk yourself in the support vehicle. You can also get partners who are looking at minimal riding or no riding.

Duration 10 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh - Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

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