Monday, July 1, 2013
National Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition – Leh - 2013
The route of mountain biking is of scenic beauty and cultural diversity of Leh. This is a place with stunning beauties and sights, apart from being the centre of Tibet-Buddhist culture for ages. Leh is the land of medieval Gompa perched on roaring heights, gentle people, high altitude-deserts, quashing rivers, high peaks and passes. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the country. The people are a mix of the Tibetan, Balti, Dard and Aryan ethnic strains. The first day of this route will be biking from Leh to Nimo. You will see beauty of Indus river in your biking route. The next day onwards route is very beautiful and enjoyable up to Nurla which is located at a height of 10,020ft provides an awesome and breathtaking view of some most beautiful snow clad mountain peaks. Next day the route is up to Lamayuru located at 11,800ft. Lamayuru is a very high altitude deserted area of Leh and famous for 10th centuries old gompas (Buddhist Temple). You may also meet simple Buddhist people who are proud of their land, culture and heritage.
Purpose: The purpose of the program is to expose the YHAI members to a high altitude unspoiled area of Leh with a sense of love for nature and outdoor recreational activity aiming at promoting adventure in tandem with national integration.
Rs.7500/- per head.
In case you are unable to join this biking expedition you will get a refund of Rs.3750/- provided your request is received directly in the National Office at least 15 days in advance from the date of your joining. Any unforeseen event /strike or natural calamity will not be considered as a cause of cancellation. Refund will be given after completion of the program.
HOW TO REACH
Route-1: from Srinagar 434km via Sonmarg, Zozila Pass & Kargil. J&K State Road Transport Corporation operates regular bus services between Srinagar and Leh on this route with overnight halt at Kargil.
Route-2: from Manali 474km via Keylong, Baralacha, Tanglangla & Upsi. Himachal Pradesh Tourism, HRTC and J&K SRTC operate daily Deluxe and ordinary bus services between Manali and Leh. The bus journey between Leh and Manali with an overnight halt at Keylong or Darcha.
Air India, Jet Airways and Go Air have daily flights from Delhi.
The closest railway stations are Pathankot or Chandigarh, both at least three days away by bus.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG
Cotton Shirts, Slacks, Cotton Pants, Sun Cap, Shoes, Socks, Enameled or Steel Mug / tumbler, Plate, Spoon, Water purifying tablets, Pen knife, Needle, Thread, Rain sheet, Spare buttons, Goggles, Cold cream / Vaseline, Soap, Toilet Paper, Towel, Medicines which you normally use at home, Camera with extra batteries.
Equipments Provided by YHAI:
1. Mountain Bike 2. Helmet 3. Knee Cap 4. Elbow Guard 5. Biking Gloves 6. Knap Sack
Day 1: Reporting at Leh Base Camp (11,500ft)
Day 2: Orientation and Basic Bike Rules and Safety Tips
Day 3: Visit to Monasteries & local sight seeing in Leh by Cycles
Day 4: Ride to Basgo Camp (10,500ft) – 38km – 6hrs (approx.)
Day 5: Ride to Nurla Camp (10,030ft) – 47km – 7hrs (approx.)
Day 6: Ride to Lamayuru Camp (11,320ft) – 35km – 6hrs (approx.)
Day 7: Ride to Nurla Camp (10,030ft) – 35km – 6hrs (approx.)
Day 8: Ride to Basgo Camp (10,500ft) – 47km – 7hrs (approx), transfer to Leh Base Camp, by transport.
Day 9: Group breaks after Breakfast.
SAFETY & SECURITY
Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into the planning of mountain biking routed for your safety. Our field staff and experienced camp leaders have been visiting the area to check all details. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, the Youth Hostels Association of India cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.
Notice for Participants:
1. Smoking, use of alcohol and narcotics of any desciption is strictly prohibited during the course of the program.
2. Deviation from the set route of the program is not permitted. If participants may wish to join any other activity, they may do so at their own responsibility and risk only after finishing the program and checking out.
3. Stay other than YHAI Camp is not allowed for the entire duration of the camp.
4. This is an environment friendly trek. Do no litter any wrappers or spoil the trial in any way. In case you find any wrapper, plastic bag or anything left by trekkers on the way, please carry the same with you and deposit at the base camp.
5. Burning of wood during camp fire is strictly prohibited. Import of any bio Non- degradable Material in Himachal Pradesh is an offence.
Participants, who successfully complete the trek and abide by the discipline of the program, will be awarded certificates.
Justice T.P.S. Chawla Memorial Adventure Scholarship for Girls
YHAI announces Justice T.P.S. Chawla Memorial Adventure Scholarship for underprivileged girls for participation in YHAI adventure activities. Deserving participants may apply to the National Office YHAI supported by relevant document / certificates.
Special Casual Leave
No special casual leave is applicable for mountain biking program.
After the completion of each trekking expedition, a photography competition will be held for which attractive cash prizes and certificates will be awarded. You may also send your entries in the form of colored slides or prints on the following subjects: Nature-birds, Flowers, Scenic Beauty, Camping and Trekking. The size of the prints should be 8” x 10”. Please give brief details of the location of the subjects and also your name, address and group number on the reverse of the photograph. YHAI has the right to retain/use even the entries which are not selected for awards due to acknowledgement/compensation. Last date for submitting entries is 10th October’ 2013.