Area: Nainital, Uttarakhand
Highest Altitude: 7,382 ft./ 2,250ft.
Duration: 6 Nights and 7 Days
Season: March, October and November
Grade: Moderate to Difficult
Day 1: Kathgodam - Pangot (6,375 ft)
You will be received at the Kathgodam railway station and driven to Pangot (41 km drive). Here, you will meet the team, you r group leader and the support staff. Later, you will receive an orientation program, briefing and your cycles will be checked. After that, you will be taken on a short trek around the camping site. Dinner and overnight at camp site/cottage.
Day 2: Pangot - Kwarab (Warm Up)
Today you will cycle for 69 km (approx. 5 hours). This is a warm-up day. The initial trail is an uphill drive and later it is a gradual descent till Kwarab. We first start with an 8 km stretch that takes us to Nainital and the Himalayan view point. From here, we get a spectacular view of the Himalayas. From there we descend for 7 km and reach Nainital Mall Road side. After taking a short break here, we descend further for 12 km towards Bhowali. From there, we get the longest stretch for the day. The 41 km long trail to Kwarab is fairly easy one and you can enjoy the scenic beauty along the ride. We camp at the bank of Kosi River and relax and recharge ourselves for the next day.
Day 3: Kwarab - Jageshwar (Tough Day)
Today is a challenging day of 50 km ride which is mostly uphill. We start with the Khwarab - Almora Bypass and ride 9.3 km downhill. Our destination is Almora zoo and from there we ride towards Chitai Temple. From there, we ride 7 km of descend to a small village called Petshal. From there we ride towards Barechhina and the trail is a mix of steep and gradual ascent of 4.4 km. Barechhina is famous for its cave painings. From there we ride towards Panwanaula and Aartola which is a fair mix of ascents and descends. From Aartola we descend to our campsite in Jageshwar. At campsite you can relax and share your day and experience with other rider.
Day 4: Jageshwar - Binsar (OFF-road trail)
Today is the off-road day of the biking adventure. Your leader and guides will give you all the necessary instructions and briefing to make the ride smooth and enjoyable. We will ride for 35 km in totoal today and the off-road trail is for 11 km. First we start the ride from Jageshawar to Aartola, a 3 km uphill ride on the road. From Aartola our off-road hourney begins. We take the descending trail of around 11 km in the deep forest till Dhaulchhina. We will not have the back-up vehicle for this stretch. From Dhaulchhina we ride to Binsar, a mix of ascending and descending track. We camp at Binsar. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 5: Binsar - Sauni Binsar
Today we ride for 66 km and it is also the most scenic day of the entire trip. We start the ride from Binsar and descend for 15 km for Kosi. The next stretch is tough, though the scenic beauty of Ranikhet erazes the challenge. The 32 km long trail which is mostly gradual and steep ascend takes us to the beautiful land of Ranikhet. From Ranikhet the trail to Tarikhet is an easy descend and from there our campsite is just 3 km away. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 6: Sauni Binsar - Jim Corbett National Park
Today is the final day of our biking adventure. The trail is an easy, mostly downhill 74 km long. From Sauni Binsar we ride towards Bhatrojkhan Top, which is a mix of ascends and descends for 9 km. Then we continue our ride towards Mohan which is mostly 36 km of descend. Later, we have a 29 km of flat ride that takes you through the lush green forest till we reach our campsite.
At night, all will be debriefed and certificates will be distributed for completing the 355 km long trail.
Day 7: Depart from Jim Corbett National Park
After breakfast, we check out from the resort. You may take a return bus or train from Ramnagar Bus stop (15 min drive) or Kathgodam railway station or Haldwani Bus stop (2 hours' drive). Drop can be arranged on prior intimidation and extra cost.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Kathgodam railway station is at Pantnagar and is about 53 km from Kathgodam.
Kathgodam railway station is well connected with daily trains from Dehradun, New Delhi and Lucknow.
Kathgodam is well connected to Delhi (275 km), Lucknow (50 km) and Dehradun (288 km). There are daily bus transits between these stations by the state transport corporation.
These are the equipment and gears you need to carry for the bie trip:
1. Accommodation (as per itinerary)
2. Meals on trip (Veg + Egg)
3. Trip Equipment (Sleeping bags, mattress, Kitchen & dining tent, utensils, tents)
4. Permits and entry fee
5. First aid medical kit, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
6. Qualified leaders and staff
7. Transportation from Kathgodam railway station on Day 1
8. Cycle Mechanic and repair kit
9. Back up Vehicle
10. MTB on rent (as per request)
1. Any kind of personal expenses
2. Food during transit
4. Cycle accessories
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under head
Mr. Pant has a qualified team and they have been in the field of expedition and trekking for more that 8 years. His mountaineering CV includes expeditions to Mt. Plateau (7287 Mts), Mt. Kamet (7756Mts), Siachen (with the Indian Army), Mt. Nun (7100 Mts), Mt. Satopanth (7075 Mts), led IMF expedition to Mt. Changbang , Mt.Panwalidwar and many more. At the young age of 22, he was already a guest instructor at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM). Given all his credibility, he is authorised by the Government to undertake these kind of activities.