Downhill Mountain Biking Overview

Mountain biking from the worlds highest village

Lowering is a rock climbing technique to descend. If the belayer at the bottom gives you the wrong instructions, you’re basically screwed with nowhere to go. In mountain biking you are your own belayer and you are most often than not responsible for your own fall. The rider marks his own route with his eyes and guides his bike with his knees and shoulders. Unlike rock climbing the mountain biker isn’t safely lowered with a secure rope. But if you do reach the bottom with the bike and yourself in one piece, no one can take away the bragging rights you have earned — specially if you have just mountain biked down from the world’s highest village!!!

For the monks living at the Komic monastery the road from Komic to Kaza is the only connection between the world’s highest village to the outside world. The road down to the Spiti valley from Komic is an adrenaline junkie’s delight and the descent from the monastery at Komic to Kaza is more than 1000m.
The mythical road, the ever-present danger, the dizzying elevation and the beautiful landscape means that it really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Downhill mountain biking is an extreme sport like bungee jumping and skydiving. The difference here is that there is no expert guide controlling your propulsion and you are completely on your own. The rider at all times needs to judge the difficulties that can be involved in continuing a descent. You can reach speeds of over 75kmph on the high speed sections of the road and on entering the Spiti valley you would realize why Rudyard Kipling called Spiti “a world within a world”.

Mountain biking in Spiti is an unparallel experience and the road from Komic to Kaza is the only connection between the world’s highest village to the outside world. You can reach speeds of over 75kmph on the high speed sections of the road and on entering the Spiti valley.

Mountain biking from spiti valley to ladakh

Mountain biking is a sport which consists of riding bicycles off-road generally over rough terrain using specially adapted mountain bikes. This is perhaps the perfect way to see the exotic sights of Spiti where you enjoy the timeless culture and distinct flora and fauna. Mountain biking through Spiti you will cross through rarely visited rural villages to experience a well preserved and traditional way of life. Our expedition is planned so you can keep in contact with the local people while enjoying the indescribably beautiful region.

To say that mountain biking in Spiti valley is scenic is an understatement. Starting from Shimla, we bike down to the roaring Sutlej River through a gorge on the Hindustan Tibet Highway before entering the arid Spiti valley. The altitude gets higher and this is as challenging as it can get especially when we get on the main Manali – Leh highway.

The Himalayas would definitely be on your biking map and depending on your fitness and time we offer day trips and multi day expedition style trips. We use Trek 3-series mountain bikes and on our expeditions and our camping equipment is either North Face or Mountain Hardware.

Our tours are specially designed to take you deep into the culture and lifestyle of the local people and show you the best trails in the Himalayas, where most mountain bikers rarely get a chance to ride!

ITINERARY

Day 1 New Delhi to Shimla (transfer by car)
Day 2 Rest day
Day 3 Shimla to Narkanda
Day 4 Narkanda to Saharan
Day 5 Saharan to Kalpa
Day 6 Kalpa to Pooh
Day 7 Pooh to Nako
Day 8 Nako to Kaza
Day 9 Rest day
Day 10 Kaza to Losar
Day 11 Losar to Koksar
Day 12 Koksar to Jispa
Day 13 Jispa to Patseo
Day 14 Patseo to Sarchu
Day 15 Sarchu to Pang
Day 16 Pang to Debring
Day 17 Debring to Lato
Day 18 Lato to Leh

For cyclists who would like to explore Spiti independently we also have the option of giving our mountain bikes to them on rent. Along with the bikes the riders are also provided with helmets and gloves.

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