• CYCLING TOUR MCLEOD GANJ - PALAMPUR ( KANGRA VALLEY )

  • Region - Uttarakhand
  • Base Camp - Mcleodganj
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Altitute 2100m
  • Stay Rooms/Tents
  • Difficulty Moderate+
Trip Detail

The Mighty Dhauladhars towering high over rice paddy fields, small villages with cobbled paths sprung up around ancient temples, tea gardens, a reservoir almost like an inland sea, a trail that passes through forests of Chir pine, meandering roads and jeep tracks, curious onlookers, Buddhist enclaves and monks, prayer flags dotting the skyline Welcome to the Tour of Kangra. A trail like no other!

The Mighty Dhauladhars towering high over rice paddy fields, small villages with cobbled paths sprung up around ancient temples, tea gardens, a reservoir almost like an inland sea, a trail that passes through forests of Chir pine, meandering roads and jeep tracks, curious onlookers, Buddhist enclaves and monks, prayer flags dotting the skyline Welcome to the Tour of Kangra. A trail like no other!

The beautiful valley of Kangra is a gentle, often magical showcase for natures splendor. Verdant green slopes vie for attention with snow-capped peaks; evident conifers are thrown into relief by terraced slopes of corn or tea. Trees, heavy with fruit stand in a hundred orchards. In restless brooks, gamboling trout catch the sunlight. And everything is painted with a vivid floral palette. To the north the imposing dhauladhar range flanks the valley and Dharamshala clings to its side.

This is our course for the 4 days of magical cycling through some of the best of Himalayan Landscapes. A 260 kms circuit which winds its way through the meandering roads of the Kangra valley. Well, a mountain bike is ideal and Hybrids wont fall far back behind. The surface is 70% tarmac with the rest being off road and jeep tracks. The course of the ride is a mix of uphills and downhills with a few flat sections. The downhills are exciting and the grueling uphills would surely challenge your endurance. The average riding altitude is 1300mts (4940 ft).

Detail itinenary

Arrive during the day in McLeodganj. We will have an orientation ride and/or a short trek depending on the time available, around Mcloedganj, Dharamkot and Naddi. During the day, we will also get familiar with the cycles and also get to know the team for the days ahead. Overnight in a hotel.

The day starts with a thrilling downhill ride till Gaggal, past tea gardens and a Chir forest. At Gaggal we exit the highway and take on to the backcountry trails as we go past small villages to reach Jawali on the banks of the Pong Reservoir to set up camp.

Ride along the banks of the Pong Reservoir, through offroad terrain to reach Nagrota Suriyan and further to Guler. Follow the winding tracks of the Kangra Railways to reach Ranital, affording great views of the Dhauladhars. A small uphill climb of 11 kms brings us to the ridgeline, from where we descend to reach Andretta to set up camp for the night.

Past mustard fields and jeep roads, we ride towards Paprola, a small village on the Kangra railway route. We meet the highway at Baijnath and ride further towards Billing, famous for the landing ground for paragliding enthusiasts and also has a beautiful monastery.

A short ride today on the ridgeline, just above Billing through a deodar forest. Let the breeze caress your cheeks as we ride towards Palampur through backcountry roads and descend 21 kms to reach the end of the ride. From Palampur transfer to Mcleodganj by vehicles.

Price Info

ACCOMMODATION

  • McLeodganj: In good mid category hotels in standard rooms
  • 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. Also we will have a mess & kitchen tent to make your camping experience enjoyable.
  • ROAD TRANSFERS: We will provide road transfers wherever required after McLeodganj.
  • 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, 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 dinner on Day 1 till lunch on Day 5.
  • 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
  • SERVICE TAX
  • 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
  • Cost of transferring your personal bikes till Manali & back. This can be arranged by us at an additional cost
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
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