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MTB Nainital | 20 - 23 Apr 2017 | 145kms | 3N4D

Day 1: Day 1 is also known as the registration day. Riders will have to formally register themselves at the venue by 6 PM. Arrival and check in at the resort in Jim Corbett. Everyone congregates by evening. This is followed by rider briefing, where the riders will be informed about the route and the race structure for the next two days. Riders will also collect their rider numbers on day 0. The day ends with dinner and informal interaction between the riders

Day 2:
Places Enroute: Kotabagh and Vinayak
Day 1 of the race the riders will start the day bright and early at 6:00 am with a cup of stiff mountain tea and light breakfast.
The race begins from Ramnagar/ Bhelpadao. You head to Nainital which is 75 to 80 kms away from Ramnagar with approx. 20 kms flat and the rest of the terrain being a mix of major ascent and partial downhill. Enjoy the wilderness in the meandering lanes penetrating through the dense forest with the breath-taking backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas. Check in at the resort in Nainital and retire for the day.
Day 1 of the race the riders will start the day bright and early at 6:00 am with a cup of stiff mountain tea and light breakfast.
The race begins from Ramnagar/ Bhelpadao. You head to Nainital which is 75 to 80 kms away from Ramnagar with approx. 20 kms flat and the rest of the terrain being a mix of major ascent and partial downhill. Enjoy the wilderness in the meandering lanes penetrating through the dense forest with the breath-taking backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas. Check in at the resort in Nainital and retire for the day.
Nainital has earned the epithet of ‘Lake District’ of India. It is said that the left eye (Nain) of Sati fell here and formed the emerald eye-shaped lake. In the evening you could simply pedal in the serene Nainital Lake and watch the cares of the modern world slip away. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 3:
Places Enroute: Pangot, China Peak
The second day of the race will commence post breakfast and briefing for the day, rider’s flag off to Kunjakhadak China Peak at an altitude of 2512 M (8242 ft) above sea level. This is the highest point of the race. There would be portions when the riders will have to carry their bikes on shoulder at times, 5 kms of single-track off-road. A total of 45kms off-road ride, amazing single-track with great flow, tons of jumps, and fast terrain.
In the evening, cheer for yourself and the winner in the felicitation ceremony and prize distribution. Let yourself loose and bask in the glory of your accomplishment. Dinner and overnight at the resort in Nainital.

Day 4:
Post breakfast check out from Nainital.
It’s time to wish adios to the royal forest of Deodhar trees, the blissfully undiluted silence, the crisp air laden with the scent of pines, and finally the enthralling ambiance of the Himalayan range and retrace your path back home. Reach Delhi and proceed for your onward destination.

WTH Manali to Leh Ride | 12 - 23 Aug 2017 | 11N12D

Day 1 : Manali
Congregate at Manali and steep up your anticipation of one of the most Epic days of your life ahead of you. Stay overnight at Manali.

Day 2 : Manali - Marrhi Nallah- 40 Kms.
Manali, nestled on the foot of the giant Rohtang Jot (Mound Of Skulls) on the bank of the Beas river, is an evergreen area with Pine & Deodar Trees surrounding the town. We will start early and cross the Beas river over Manali town bridge in the middle of the market & proceed to Palchan the Army Check post. The Beas river flows on the left side of the road. Passing through a small Hamlet town we take the first set of hairpin bends on the Serpentine road on the road to Rohtang. Be prepared to a total contrast in weather from the partly sunny Manali. There will be fog and mild rain. Overnight camp stay at Marhhi.

Day 3 : Marrhi - Rohtang - Koksar - Sissu - Gondla - 70 Kms
The 17 Kms to Rohtang jot is all ascend. After a welcome cup of tea in one of the little Parachute cafes on the Pass ride downhill till Koksar bridge. If the weather is clear there are some scenic views of snow- covered peaks & Glaciers in the far horizon. As we descend there is change in vegetation, the tree line seems to be getting away from us making way for small bushes. We are in the foothills of the Pir Panjal range. After crossing the check post follow the river flow till Tandi. At certain points we will abandon the bank, climbing uphill but we will be moving more or less along the river. In case the sun is out weather can be warm & Humid, but the nights will be cold being on the riverbank & open area. We will encounter some unmetalledstretches of road today after Koksar till Gondla, & cross a few mountain streams flowing over the road. Overnight Camp stay.

Day 4 : Tandi - Keylong - Gemur - Jispa - Darcha - 45 Kms.
At the confluence point of River Chandra & Bhaga cross the bridge & proceed uphill to Keylong town. Enroute is Gemur as we ascend the serpentine road into a gorge. Ahead lies the Jispahamlet town as we come out of the gorge & descend downhill. The Ibex hotel at Jispa is the last comfortable hotel till we reach Leh town. It's again a green belt for sometime where you will see many shepherds and their sheep scattered on the hillsides. We are almost in the Land of Lamas now. Infact Keylong does support a small Gompa. After crossing Jispa one is definitely in an isolated region & in far horizon you can distinctively see the bareness of the Higher Himalayan ranges. Overnight camping at Darcha.

Day 5 : Darcha - Patseo - Baralacha La - Bharatpur - 55 Kms.
Darcha can be considered the gateway to the Higher Himalayas as we cross the bridge & proceed on the hairpin bends uphill. Now it is going to be all ascend till we come to the cantonment area of military garrison of Himmatnagar, Appx - 20 Kms ahead. For next 10 Kms we are into the flat area & then down hairpin bends of Patseo & Zing Zing Bar as we move into the harsh terrain of the arid mountains. The sun suddenly seems hotter than before and the atmospheric pressure make the ride today a bit more challenging. But there are little signs painted in yellow on the rocks - When the going gets tough the Tough get going! - boosting our Spirits as we ascend the heights of the Baralacha Pass - 4892M & Suraj Tal Lake. The Icy blue water & the origin of the river at the top of the bend that brings us closer to the Pass is a post for the road construction worker toiling hard everyday to maintain the roads as best as they can under the harsh conditions. It is time now for mountain river crossings. Twice we wi ll be in the middle of water. We will descend down to the gorge area of Bharatpur, a small make shift Tent accommodation area & night halt for the Truck drivers on their way with fresh supplies to the higher regions. Overnight Camp.

Day 6 : Bharatpur - Sarchu - 4253 M - Brandy Nallah - 35 Kms.
The Day starts with an easy ride on a flat road, downhill & then entering a gorge descending to the bridge connecting to the Sarchu Plateau. Cross over the bridge & we move ahead ascending a small uphill road making us move to the plateau area & now ahead lies another vast stretch flat ground with shepherds and their mountain goats. There are a number of features of arid landscapes with some beautiful scenery, a delight for photographers who are looking for high rise mountain ranges, bearing water marks & erosion of soil clearly indicating that the area was under water a few million years ago. The area is sparsely green, the wind is chilly & fast blowing here. We are at the Traffic Check post, which is the entry point into Ladakh. Another 20 Kms ahead on the base of the Gata loops hair pin bends we will camp for the night at Brandy Nallah. The road though metalled is very bumpy with flat stretches of barren land on both sides.

Day 7 : Brandy Nallah - Gata loops - Naki la - Lachungla - Pang - 57 Kms.
After an easy day yesterday we now move to scale the Gata loops, 23 hairpin bends bringing us top of the mountain feature. We ride up hill, over an easy slope only to cross the Naki La pass, descend down into the gorge to an isolated military garrison area & then ascend again to the height of the Lachulung la - 5065 M. After Naki La we are almost on an unmetalled stretch of gravelly road all the way inside the gorge of Pang. Overnight Camp.

Day 8 : Pang - More Plains - Tanglangla (Base Camp) - 47 Kms .
Eight Kms uphill from the Bowl-like feature of Pang we come to the plateau area of the More plains. Changpas, the Nomadic people who tend their yaks here and a few wild asses are the only sign of life on this isolated and long road. This belt not only barren but is known for fast blowing winds, sandstorms & extreme temperatures in the early morning and evenings. Fresh stream water can be considered a scarcity in this area though you might find some isolated mountain streams flowing down from the Tanglangla. The ride is easy going being a flat plateau area, but the road, which stretches on ahead, is not as smooth as it looks. There are tiny bumps all along! O/Nt Camp at the base of Tanglang La.

Day 9 : Tanglangla - Rumtse - Gya - 50 Kms.
We proceed early to scale the World's second highest motorable pass, Tanglang la - 5,360 M. The ride for the next 17 Kms is a challenge for even the fittest of riders, weather being cold early in the morning, with gravelly stretches of the road consuming extra energy, riding over the altitude of 17,000 Ft will be an acid test for the mind & Body. Reaching the top is a very satisfying experience & then it's all down hill with smooth gradients till the base of the Pass. After crossing a small mountain river it is time to find civilisation again! The Chortens along the road in the villages announce our arrival in the heart of Buddhist culture. The greenery changes the landscape, and the red coloured mountains surrounding us and reflected in the river only add to the beauty as we hit Rumtse and Gya for Overnight Camp.

Day 10 : Gya - Upshi - Karu - Leh - 61 Kms
For next 20 Kms we ride on some metalled & unmetalled stretches of roads & cross over the Upshi bridge across the river Indus. The river originates in China & crosses over into India somewhere in the higher regions of these great Himalayan ranges. The road condition improves considerably as we follow more traffic from the cantonment area & local villages going to Leh. Ahead lies the Thiksey Monastery & the Chortens Garden before we finally enter Leh Town. The ride is easy & we can expect to reach Leh by evening. Overnight Hotel Leh.

Day 11 : Day At leisure
A much required day for relaxing & maintenance of the Bicycles. A comfortable bed, hot water and a relaxed day is the only way to be after the tough conditions we have ridden over in the last few days!

Day 12 : Fly Delhi
Early morning transfer to Leh Airport Fly to Delhi. Arrive & check in the Hotel. Spend the day at leisure and take the International flight back home, or extend your stay to other destinations.

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