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  • Spiti - Cycling

    Hello All,

    I m planning to ride in Spiti - Kinnaur valley this month end. (June 26th- July 7/8th)

    Can I get some suggestions about the plan I made and the halts I have chosen.
    I have 2/3 buffer days in hand.

    I will be very grateful if someone can let me know the climatic conditions there (It will help me a lot in packing clothes).
    I m ready with clothing for a hot sunny day and a rainy day.But very confused about the cold climate.


    My plan goes as below.

    Day -0- Reach Shimla from Delhi overnight




    Day 4- Reckong Peo to Pooh (67 kms)





    Day 10 - Gramphoo to Manali (69 kms)
    Sayi mera naam, Cycle chalana mera kaam.

    Nightfury -
    Schwinn Frontier Sport
    Fawkes -
    Cannondale CAAD 8 -2013- Tiagra

    My first bicycle tour to Spiti Valley

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    Re: Spiti - Cycling

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    As i mentioned earlier. Losar to Gramphoo is tough, with the climb to Kunzum on that day. And the roads after that not exactly speed friendly!

    Also if you have more days, there is a lot to explore in Spiti like the Pin Valley, Ka-Kibber-Komik, Chitkul and a host of other places, which are not on the main route, but deviate here and there a bit. Try those as well.

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    Hot sunny day!!! I don't think you will get these much

    Your requirement for woollens depends on your general capability of handling cold. Since you are from Chennai i assume that won't be very high!!!

    Most importantly carry as little as you can, every kg makes a difference.
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

    Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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    • #3
      Re: Spiti - Cycling

      Thank you Monk.

      I will consider splitting Losar to Gramphoo and visiting other places too.

      Can you be please little more precise on the climate.
      Yes, in here even in December and January there is no need of woolen :P, so I m not able to estimate the thermal wear properly.

      Packing more woolen obviously will add weight . So it will help if you can give me an idea on how cold it can get.
      I have a pair of thermals for nights and hand/leg warmers to wear while riding.

      Packing what else can help me ?


      Thank you once again.
      Sayi mera naam, Cycle chalana mera kaam.

      Nightfury -
      Schwinn Frontier Sport
      Fawkes -
      Cannondale CAAD 8 -2013- Tiagra

      My first bicycle tour to Spiti Valley

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      • #4
        Re: Spiti - Cycling

        In the sun you will get sunburnt if you are not careful, most people need to wear sunglasses. I tried for a day, after that i just rode without. Early mornings and nights are cold. In places like Losar and Batal, the puddles of water are frozen by morning. So yes below freezing temperatures. Carry thermals, a light windcheater for riding and a thicker jacket for the evenings.

        Again, i cannot say what you will require, but i was comfortable in tracks, tee and my windcheater. Places where it got very cold, i used my shawl, which is phenomenal. I didn't have or need any fancy winter wear. But will this be sufficient for you, i do not know!
        Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

        Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

        Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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        • #5
          Re: Spiti - Cycling

          I have completed cycling from Shimla to Rohtang pass.

          I'm really thankful to you Monk for the suggestions and Dummies guide.It is my everyday reference while riding.
          My initial plan changed after meeting with Prakash. I will write about trip in a separate thread.

          Here is shot glance of what happened.

          Day-1 : Shimla- Kufri (Got exhausted after the uphill and stopped at Khufri)
          Day-2 : Kufri-Narkanda-Baghi-Sungri-Bahli
          Day-3 : Bahli-Taklech-Darangathi-Mashnu-Rampur (Took lift between Taklech to Darangathi and from Mashnu to Rampur)
          Day-4 : Rampur- Bhavanagar
          Day-5 : Bhavanagar- Sangla (Took lift after Tapri to cross the landslide and few kms in landslide prone area on the way to sangla)
          Day-6 : Sangla-Chitkul-Sangla-Powari (Took lift till recong peo due to fear of Dogs as written in Monks blog, saw nearly 30-40 dogs on the way)
          Day-7: Recong peo- Pooh
          Day-8: Pooh-Nako
          Day-9: Nako-Tabo
          Day-10:Tabo-Kaza
          Day-11: Kaza-Losar
          Day-12:Losar-Batal (Didn't visit chandra tal due to bad weather)
          Day-13: Batal-Rohtang pass (The zero visibility due to rain and and slippery road made me to take lift till Manali).

          Monk Thank you once again. You really helped me maintain my spirit throughout.
          Sayi mera naam, Cycle chalana mera kaam.

          Nightfury -
          Schwinn Frontier Sport
          Fawkes -
          Cannondale CAAD 8 -2013- Tiagra

          My first bicycle tour to Spiti Valley

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          • #6
            Re: Spiti - Cycling

            Originally posted by sayi89 View Post
            I have completed cycling from Shimla to Rohtang pass.

            .
            Congratulations on completing the ride successfully. Great to know. Do share your travelogue with us
            Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

            Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

            Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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            • #7
              Re: Spiti - Cycling

              For some suggestions based out of my experience checkout below link :

              http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/bicycles...ti-lahaul.html


              For travelogue :

              http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/3...ml#post1166710
              Sayi mera naam, Cycle chalana mera kaam.

              Nightfury -
              Schwinn Frontier Sport
              Fawkes -
              Cannondale CAAD 8 -2013- Tiagra

              My first bicycle tour to Spiti Valley

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              • #8
                Re: Spiti - Cycling

                Congrats on your achievement. Ride on!
                A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                My Ride To Sunderbans -
                Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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