If you like nature, sport, and action, this is the absolute right thing for you. You have to bear in mind that you have to be quiet sportive and fit to do this tour. If you’re not, there are other options too.
In Manali, several shops rent out mountain bikes, and the prices range from 500 to 800 INR. From Old Manali, it’s about 11 km to the Solang Valley, and there are two ways to choose of. One is alongside the Manali – Leh Highway, and the other one is more on the side on smaller streets. I would definitely recommend taking the second option as it is quieter and less dangerous with fewer vehicles.
The road is not to be underestimated. From Manali, it just goes up for 11 km straight and not only a little, at times the rise is very steep. I recommend having a lunch break at the Rid Inn café and restaurant with some fantastic food and views.
After the lunch break, you can continue your ascent to the Solang valley and enjoy the fantastic views on the snow-capped mountains. When you arrive at the top, you will find a cable car which is used in winter for skiing and in summer to go hiking up the mountain. The price is 650 INR, and it takes you up to 3200 meters above sea level. The way down is a lot easier, and so I needed only 40 mins to drive all the way down vs. over 4 hours to go up. That’s how steep it is.
If you don’t feel fit enough to go by mountain bike you can also choose a tour which goes the same way but with electric mountain bikes or you can simply go by motorbike. Best time to do the activity is from June to September after those streets might get covered in snow and it gets freezing.
- Total countries I visited until now: 40
- Planes: 25
- Busses: 49
- Trains: 19
- Boats: 24
- Km driving: 8000
- Km running: 3252