Pindari Glacier Mountain Bike Tour
Our Pindari Tour features everything you would expect from world class mountain biking, loads of grin factor fast flowing singletrack, techi climbs and massive descents, all set amongst breathtaking Himalayan scenery. The trip comes highly recommended by MTB legends including multiple World Champ Tracy Moseley, Enduro Star Micayala Gatto and MTB shutterbug legend Dan Milner. Beat that..
Pindari Mountain Bike Tour Highlights
Dive down our favourite trail on earth from Pindari Zero Point.
Ride right into the heart of the Himalaya with outrageous views.
Experience Kumaoni culture and hospitality at it’s best
Super food and great off the bike experiences.
14 Nights 10 Nights Hotel/4 nights trekking hut
Group Size: 4-8
Flights: In/Out New Delhi
Days riding: 11
Pindari Glacier MTB Tour
Heading high into the Indian Himalaya this breathtaking tour takes in mile after mile of singletrack as it runs through glacial valleys and over rocky passes bringing you up and close to the Himalaya reaching its zenith at the extraordinary snow bound setting of Pindari Glacier. The tour takes us on some of the most challenging and scenic trails on earth. This is mountain biking for those who truly love the mountains.
DAY 1: Arrive Delhi. Hotel day accommodation provided. Day A.C train to Khatgodam. Short transfer Nainital for overnight luxury lakeside stay.
DAY 2: Nainital: Kilbury and Bowaligaon trails. Climb China Peak to ride outstanding forest trails. Overnight Nainital. 30km/4 Hour
DAY 3: Nainital- Ratighat. Epic day in the saddle features 2000 meters vert of stunning valley descending along the Noflyzone trail to Ratighat. Overnight at Kasar Devi and knockout Himalayan views. 30km/4 Hour
DAY 4: Almora-Patlabaga. Mind- blowing forest singletrack as we head to the famed Himalayan views of Khausani. Overnight Khausani. 25km/4 Hour
DAY 5: Khausani: Bajnath Super D Uplift. A simply storming 10 km of descending. Uplift day so ride as many as you can. Overnight Khausani 10km/1 Hour
DAY 6: Khausani–Bageshwar. A forest trail descent leads us to Someshwar before we climb steadily to the Garri China Pass. From the Garri China Pass it’s an incredible 1400-meter technical singletrack descent to the sacred temple town of Bageshwar. Epic riding. 45Km/6 Hour
DAY 7: Bageshwar-Khatti. We start with a tough climb from Song to Loharkhet before swapping cycles for trekking shoes as we climb up over 3000m to the Dhakauri Pass. From Dhakauri we descend over 800 meters of technical vert down to the Pindari valley before a traverse leads us to our overnight stop at the remote village of Khatti. 25Km/6 Hour
DAY 8: Khatti-Phukiya. A big day in the saddle as we follow the outrageously beautiful Pindari Valley as climbing steadily on singletrack into the heart of the Himalaya. We stay in trekking huts at Phukiya. The last rest point before the glacier. 16Km/5 Hour
DAY 9: Phukiya-Pindari-Khatti. The scenery is simply otherworldly as we ride to zero point for a view of the Glacier. We retrace our tire tracks and enjoy what must be the most astonishing descent anywhere on earth. It is that good. Overnight Khatti. 25Km/7 Hour
DAY 10: Khatti Rest Day. Rest those weary legs in the idyllic village of Khatti or trek to the unrivalled Himalayan viewpoint of Pangot Top. Overnight stay Khatti.
DAY 11: Khatti-Bageshwar. The trails just keep flowing as we traverse above the valley to Kharmi Top with Himalayan views our constant companion. Its tough technical descending all the way to the valley bottom before we join the main track back towards Bageshwar. Overnight Khausani. 45km/4 Hour
DAY 12: Nanital: Snow View Tech. Himalayan riding at its best with the jaw- dropping downhill of Snow View Tech. 1300 meter of singletrack vert. Overnight Nainital.12Km/ 2 Hour
DAY 13: Nainital-Kaladunghi. We climb China Peak then its 2000m descending on outrageous trails to Kaladunghi forest and the Gagentic plain. Overnight at Jungle Resort Kaladunghi. 30Km/5 Hour
DAY 14: New Delhi. A.C Train Ride back to Delhi. Time to explore Delhi’s nightlife. Overnight Delhi
DAY 15: New Delhi. Transfer to airport for return flight home
2019/20 Pindari Glacier (New Delhi) 14 Night
2019 September 29th £1295/£1445* Available
2020 May 17th £1295/£1445* Available
2020 September 27th £1295/£1445* Available
We have a range of shorter duration Uttarakhand Singletrack tours available from September 2019-November 2019 and April 2020-June 2020
*Double or Twin/Single Occupancy
Pindari Glacier Tour Info
A warm mountain biker’s welcome to you all. We look forward to riding with you on one of our upcoming tours. Our Pindari Tour features everything you would expect from world class mountain biking, loads of grin factor fast flowing singletrack, massive climbs and even bigger descents, technical sections, drop offs and rock gardens all set amongst breathtaking Himalayan scenery. The trip comes highly recommended by both World Champ Tracy Moseley and MTB shutterbug legend Dan Milner amongst a host of others.
Who should come?
Suitable for riders with good MTB experience, comfortable on black graded trails with a good fitness level. Riding will be physically challenging with some long technical descents suiting fit experienced mountain bikers with a taste for adventure. We suggest you need to be familiar with riding black graded trails to maximize enjoyment of this tour. There is an element of carrying to do so those who like a physical challenge will be tested. Basically the more cycle fit you are the less pushing you will have to do. Distances vary with the longest day around 50 km but as we get to altitude; above 2500 meters; things get tougher, at these heights anybody; regardless of fitness; can find climbing difficult. We will be cycling at altitudes of up to 3800 meters so there could be a risk of mild altitude sickness.
*If your flight arrives/departs on any other day except stated arrival/departure dates we can arrange for a cost-price pick up/drop.
Personal travel insurance
Snacks, soft drinks etc
You can apply for an E-Visa with a 60 day stay-limit
If you are visiting India for a longer duration then a 6 month tourist visa could be worth considering but they are more expensive.
In the UK the link is below.
Get in touch with your GP well in advance of your departure for latest information on vaccinations and any other medical considerations.
For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries
Get insured. It is a condition of our trips that you are adequately insured. Policies must cover mountain biking and the potential risks of a mountain bike holiday. If your usual insurance doesn’t cover mountain biking then consider specialist coverage such as Snowcard — specialists in winter sports, ski, activity and adventure travel insurance.
We need a copy of your insurance ready for us on arrival or send us on a copy via e-mail prior to the trip.
Tours start and finish in New Delhi. New Delhi is well served by international airlines with most offering New Delhi as their cheapest entry point into India. Check airlines for luggage allowance and what their policy is regarding cycles. We recommend Emirates with a 30kg baggage allowance.
All nights in the major towns are in outstanding mid range hotels and guesthouses. For nights spent on the Pindari Glacier Trail accommodation is more spartan with rooms simple yet clean and cosy with most having attached western toilet and hot water available in a bucket system. However on some occasions guests may be required to share a common toilet or washroom. All rooms are available on a single or double basis.
There is a wide and excellent choice of western and Indian dishes available in all the larger towns. Meals in the trekking huts/tea houses are excellent using whatever local produce is available that day so expect freshly made vegetable curries, rice, chapatti with occasional meat dishes. On all days we provide breakfast and lunch.
We will have vehicle support wherever possible so those who have had enough of the climbs can recover in the vehicles or avail porter assistance. The back up vehicles will carry all sleeping bags, evening clothes, rucksacks etc so you only need to carry your daypack. We will have porters and donkey caravans to transport your equipment in the more remote areas.
Days should be clear and sunny with daytime temperatures in the mid 20C on the lower altitude trails but getting progressively cooler as we climb higher. Night times will be cool to cold. So bring that extra layer.
Your bags need to be of the soft pack variety i.e. rucksack or sports bag to allow them to be easily carried by porters, donkeys etc. No hard cases please. Bike bags will be stored at our second nights accommodation and we will be re united with them on the night before we return to Delhi.
Bringing Your Own Bike/Bike Kit
As ever make sure your bikes are in tip-top condition before bringing them out. If you are unsure a part will survive the trip then replace or get it serviced by a bike shop. Performance bike parts are hard to obtain in India but we do have small stocks of spare parts.
Let us know in advance what bike you are bringing out and if there is anything specific to your bike that we might not have spares for.
Bringing your own bike then bring
Spare Mech Hanger
2 spare sets of brake pads
Hydration pack with space to store extra cycling layers.
A waterproof in case of showers.
If you have any doubt on what you need to bring out with you as spares then just let us know.
We have a range of great bikes available from Nukeproof so contact us now for details with bike hire from £250 for the full tour.
Please bring your own pedals and compatible shoes if you renting one of our bikes and are riding SPD. All bikes are supplied with saddles which might be a bit on the sporty side so it could be worth bringing your own if you have a comfortable saddle that your are used to. Please also bring your own ride kit/helmet/gloves etc.
We would also recommend bringing both long sleeve and short sleeve tops, temps can vary day by day, We would also recommend shoes that you can also walk in so non-exposed cleats and non- aggressive tread patterns works best; so comfortable for photo stops, the odd walk out to view points and tackling the more tech sections if you don’t fancy riding them.
Non ride kit to bring
Warm evening clothes, duvet jacket or heavy duty fleece.
Hydration packs should be of a large size to provide storage space for unneeded and extra clothing as temperatures can vary dramatically through the day. Head torch
Universal electric plug
Good quality sleeping bag
Good quality waterproof jacket
Mix of long sleeve and short sleeve riding tops in case of sunburn
Universal electric plug
High factor sun-cream
ATM’s are available in all our destinations. Visa is the most widely accepted. Food items, snacks, gift items are all well priced so expect to pay £5 for an evening meal or just over £2 for an alcoholic drink.
Airport exchange rates are usually very poor so if you are exchanging money here then just change small amounts. There are money changing facilities near to our arrival hotel in Delhi.
Our Mountain Bike Kerala do not expect tips but our riding guides, drivers and local staff would greatly appreciate them if the service is excellent. For a rough guide then consider from £50 to cover riding guides and back up team and £1-£2 per day for hotels/trekking hut staff etc if the service and food has been great.
All days except for the 4 nights spent in trekking huts have phone and internet connectivity.
India’s Timezone: (GMT +05:30)
India’s Electricity: 230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. 2 pin type.
There are recharging facilities at all the hotels and usually for short periods on nights spent in trekking huts. The electricity supply is not 100% reliable but it is usually only off for short periods of time. If you have camera/Gopro etc then consider bringing extra batteries or a power bank for charging.
We have a great range of MTB clothing available including long sleeve and short sleeve tops, t-shirts, buffs, shorts and socks all in our great looking shop.
All our riding gear is designed and made by our in-house Greenfrogindia team and is available both on tour and from our online shop so you can buy anytime before or after the trip. Look out for these and our great range of cycle-recycle products including sleek looking wallets, passport holders, pouches and phone protectors made from reclaimed innertubes.