Trans-Himalaya

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53 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
3265 Km
avg 80 Km
Hosted

There are seven continents, five oceans, but only one Himalaya

This 3,300km ride will take cyclists from Kashmir to Kathmandu. Along the way they will pedal over passes as high as 5,000m, spin past remote forts and Gompas (Buddhist Monasteries), visit heavenly Himalayan hill stations, search for elusive snow leopards and tigers, take yoga lessons in Rishikesh and marvel at the snow-capped mountain views in the Nepalese town of Pokhara before a final push to Kathmandu and the finish in Nepal's capital.

This exciting Himalayan adventure begins in historic Srinagar, nestled in the Kashmir Valley, and known for its colourful houseboats and floating gardens. The ride begins with a long climb up out of the lush green scenery of Kashmir and into the barren landscapes of Ladakh. After a rest day in the small, friendly town of Leh, the cyclists will cross two 5000m passes and spend most nights sleeping at altitudes well above 4000m. On the first day out of Leh they will pedal past remote forts and Gompas (Buddhist Monasteries) perched dramatically above the Indus River. The riders will splash through icy, glacial streams and be captivated by some incredible rock and sand formations, climb over the Talang Pass (5328m) and descend 500m through the 22 hairpin turns of the famous Gata loops.

After recovering with a rest day in Manali, one of the Indian Himalaya’s most pleasant hill stations, the riders will return to the arid Himalayan plateau and climb over the Kunzum Pass (4590m) where they will marvel at the otherworldly Kunzum Stupas before descending to the Spiti River Valley. This area is known for its wildlife – wolves, snow leopards, golden eagles, ibex, marmots and blue sheep – so the riders should keep their eyes open. Cyclists can visit the small village of Tabo with its Gompa, one of the most significant in Tibetan Buddhism before pedalling through the scenic Kinnaur region whose old capital, Kapla, is said to be the winter home of the Hindu God, Shiva.

Two rest days in Shimla, the summer capital of British India will allow riders to experience the famous ‘toy train’ whose 100km route passes through 102 tunnels and over 845 bridges! Also close by is the planned city of Chandigarh, designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. Leaving Shimla the riders will pedal through some of the Indian Himalaya’s most beautiful scenery - misty pine and oak forests and a wide variety of beautiful rhododendrons - before enjoying a long descent into the holy city of Rishikesh, perched on the banks of the Ganges River.

Cyclists now spin into India’s first National Park, the Corbett Tiger Reserve, beautifully situated in the Himalayan foothills. A rest day allows the riders a chance to explore the incredible variety of wildlife in the park – tigers, elephants, sloth bears, macaques, crocodiles and much more. The route returns to the gorgeous rolling hills, twisting past temples, lakes and small villages, an area locally known as the ‘Land of the Gods’. Descending from the Himalaya, the route crosses into Nepal, stopping for a rest day in Bardia National Park, home to endangered rhinos, elephants and tigers.

Riders spin eastward through the flat plains of Nepal’s Teri region to Lumbini, the reputed birthplace of the Buddha before turning north and climbing up into the stunning Mahabharat Ranges passing through the medieval town of Tansen with its charming cobblestone streets before arriving in Pokhara for a rest day. After some rest and relaxation, perhaps sitting by the lake and watching the rising sun illuminate the Himalayan peaks, the riders will face a challenging 800m climb to Bandipur, one of the country’s most charming locales and the epicentre of Newari culture. The last 3 riding days to Kathmandu will take the riders onto some isolated rural roads and tracks, giving them an opportunity to experience local life before descending into legendary Kathmandu and the end of this astonishing expedition.

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Tour Location

Country:
India|Nepal
Region:
India North
From:
Srinigar
To:
Kathmandu

Tour Information

Guiding:
Hosted
Duration:
53 Days
Level:
Mod/Advanced
Terrain:
Big climbs
More Options:
Double Occupancy
Tour Language:
English

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
3265 Km
Riding Days:
41
Month(s):
August|September|October
Departure:
18 Aug - 7 Oct 2021

Additional Information

Booking Conditions:

A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour

Inclusions

52 Nights in hotels
Most dinners
Most breakfasts
All roadside lunches
Experienced chef
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Sweep rider
Security as needed
Bike mechanic
Medic
Local support
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum

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