Average daily distance: 70km (43 miles)
No. of days cycling: 11
Vehicle Support: 100%
Terrain and route: approx. 50% tarmac, 50% unsurfaced. Extended periods at high altitude (av. 4000m). The first few days are spent acclimatising and exploring around Manali. There are six high passes along the route. Temperatures are normally warm in the sun but nights can get down to -4?C.
8 nights hotels, 8 nights camping.
Accommodation in this region is often basic, but hotel rooms all have en suite facilities and electricity and water supply is reliable. When camping we use 2 person alpine tents along with toilet, mess and dining tents.
16 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners included.
Although the vast majority of the route is on paved roads, many of these are in poor condition so we have chosen to grade the trip 'Off-Road'. There is little technical riding and the majority of riding is on tracks/roads of fairly good condition. The surface of the roads over the high passes is often nonexistent and there will be rough sections and maybe muddy sections crossing the high passes, particularly the Rhotang.
The altitude should not be underestimated and presents a considerable challenge. Some of the riding will be at above 5000m and there will also be some steep and long climbs. There is always the option to enjoy the scenery from the bus. Some off-road experience is advised.
This is a classic cycle journey. A good level of fitness is definitely required. Please see the introductory pages of the Cycling Brochure for more important information on classification and grading.
Normal group size and age
Normally 7 to 15, plus leader, driver and local staff. Minimum age 18.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
In order to provide a more accurate cycle holiday grading system, where a cycling trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Challenging/Tough. Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide to your cycling holiday only. In all cases you should refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
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