Rhotang Pass MTB Tour, Indian Himalayas
Rhotang Pass (3979m) is 51km from Manali on the highway to Leh. The top of the pass offers a spectacular panoramic mountain view. You'll see fabulous glaciers and peaks framing the winding Chandra river flowing below. This is an ideal add-on to to one of our treks from Manali or as a warm-up to our Manali to Leh cycling tour.
An amazing day out
You’ll be picked up early in the morning from your hotel by your guides with your bikes and equipment. If you are riding up to Rhotang Pass, they will help you get started and ride with you out of Manali towards the pass. If you’ve decided just to enjoy the downhill, they’ll put you in the Jeep and drive you up to the pass (approx 1 hour).
The ride up to Rhotang Pass is a windy 51km with stunning views looking back down the valley towards Manali. These views get better every kilometre you climb, making the pain in the legs totally worth it by the time you reach the top.
Once at Rhotang Pass you’ll be able to stop and celebrate your achievement, take some photos and sit down for some lunch before jumping back on your bikes for the downhill. Depending on your preference, our guides can take you either straight back down the road, or show you some local mountain biking trails so you can spice things up a bit!
You’ll ride straight to your hotel door, where your guides will take your bikes and leave you to have a beer or two - you will have earnt it!
About the area
For many, the Himalaya are synonymous with Nepal, but vast tracts of this magnificent range form the northern borders of India. From Ladakh in the northwest through to Darjeeling and Sikkim in the east, these beautiful mountains offer a diversity of scenery and culture unmatched anywhere.
The Himalayas stretch across six nations: Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are the source of three of the world's major river systems, the Indus basin, the Ganga-Brahmaputra basin and the Yangtze basin. The Himalaya mountain system is the planet's highest and home to the world's highest peaks with over 100 separate mountains exceeding 7200m.
Surrounded by high peaks in the beautiful green valley of the Beas River, with mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet. Backpackers come to hang out in the hippie villages around the main town; adventurers come for trekking, climbing, mountain biking, canyoning, paragliding, rafting and skiing; and Indian families and honeymooners come for the cool mountain air and a taste of snow. - Lonely Planet
The Rohtang Pass is a natural divide between the humid Kullu Valley which has a predominant Hindu culture and the arid, high altitude Lahaul and Spiti Valleys which are predominantly Buddhist. The Pass offers beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks, Lahaul Valley and the Chandra River. The twin peaks of Geypan are also visible from Rohtang. - Travel.india.com
Please contact us for total cost. The cost will vary on your exact itinerary.
The price of the tour includes:
- Lunch and snacks for the day
- Experienced local English-speaking guide
- Support crew including Jeep
- First Aid support with oxygen in case of emergency
- Bike hire - Trek MTB
The price of the tour excludes:
- Travel Insurance
- Accommodation in Manali
- Additional meals
- Any additional purchases, if required
Fuelling your ride
The tour includes a packed lunch and snacks. You'll stop along the way at tea stalls for a cup of hot chai and a snack, and the guides will have bananas and chocolate bars on hand the whole day, should you need a little more to get you up to the pass.
Due to the altitude and climbing, this is a challenging tour and requires a good level of fitness (if you're only riding down, then not so much!). We can provide you with a training program written by Fitness Adventures' founder and Exercise Physiologist, Andy Pedashenko, to help improve your fitness prior to the tour - all you need to do is ask.
Due to the short amount of time at high altitude, Acute Mountain Sickness is unlikely, however we do recommend you spend a few days in Manali to acclimatise prior to completing the return ride.
This is fully guided tour with vehicle support at every stage of the tour. Under no circumstances will a rider be left alone. All guides are trained in first aide and there will be a complete first aide kit including oxygen in case of emergency. There will also be mechanical help available at all times and a spare bike if required along the route.
Equipment and Bikes
The cost of this tour includes the hire of a Merida Matt 40 mountain bike and helmet. Please bring your own shoes, gloves and cycling kit. If you wish to bring your own bike, please let us know.