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?
The 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 fitter you are the less pushing you will have to do. Distances vary with the longest day around 80 km but as we get to altitude; above 2500 meters; things get tougher and fitness plays an even greater part. 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. You do need to consider the inherent risks of mountain biking and in particular mountain biking at altitude before deciding if this tour is for you.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRIP.
All Nights Accommodation
Packaged drinking water
*If your flight arrives/departs on any other day except stated arrival/departure dates you will be liable to pay for cost of aiport pick up/drop off.
Snacks/Tea Breaks/Beer etc
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.
You will need a valid visa for India. Check online for latest status for India Visa.
Get in touch with your GP well in advance of your departure for latest information on vaccinations etc
Get insured. It is a condition of our trips that you are adequately insured. Policies must cover mountain bike and the potential risks of a mountain bike holiday. If your usual insurance doesn’t cover mountain biking then consider specialist coverage such as http://www.sportscoverdirect.com/
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.
WHAT TO BRING
Warm evening clothes, Camel backs/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. You will also need to bring.
Universal electric plug
Good quality sleeping bag
Bring extra batteries for electrical things like camera’s, head cams etc. We will have nights with no or little electric supply.
As ever sure your bikes are in good condition before bringing them out. If you are unsure if a part will survive the trip replace it or take your bike to be serviced. Performance bike parts are hard to obtain in India but we do have small stocks of spare parts if things go wrong.
Contact us now about availability of Nukeproof Mega AM bikes for this tour
BIKE SET UP
Maxxis Tyres. 2.3 wide profile tyres with thick sidewalls.
Full suspension All Mountain Bikes.
BIKE STUFF YOU NEED TO BRING
Spokes specific to your bike.
Spare Mech hanger.
2 spare sets of brake pads
Camel back with space to store extra cycling layers.
Riding shoes that you can also walk on so non exposed cleats and non aggressive tread patterns works best.
ATM’s are available in all our destinations. Visa is the most widely accepted. Cash and Travellers Cheques can be exchanged at the airport Foreign Exchange booths. Food items, snacks, gift items are all inexpensive; expect to pay £3-5 for an evening meal or around £2 for an alcoholic drink.
LOCAL EXPENSES, KITTY AND TIPS
We use a kitty system for mineral water, snacks and local tips etc to be collected at the start of the trip. Please have 2000 Rupees as kitty money ready for tour start. Our guides do not expect tips from Mountain Bike Kerala guests but they would greatly appreciated feel free to tip at your discretion if you feel the service has been good.