Walk to Himalayas Biking Challenge

Walk to Himalayas Biking Challenge


  • Race Fees

    Race Participation  Accommodation & food from 10 November 2016 (dinner) to 13 November 2016 ( breakfast)

    Last Date: 10-11-2016

    INR 7500
  • Uttarakhand Locals

    Race Participation  Accommodation & food from 10 November 2016 (dinner) to 13 November 2016 ( breakfast)

    Last Date: 10-11-2016

    INR 6000
  • Women cyclists

    Race Participation  Accommodation & food from 10 November 2016 (dinner) to 13 November 2016 ( breakfast)

    Last Date: 10-11-2016

    INR 6000
  • Students

    Race Participation  Accommodation & food from 10 November 2016 (dinner) to 13 November 2016 ( breakfast)

    Last Date: 10-11-2016

    INR 5000

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About The Event

About Uttarakhand:

India – One Country, Many worlds. An abode of contrasts, conundrums, mystery and wonder. In ideas and stature. In tourism appeal and pure beauty. In historical and cultural resonance. And, certainly, in the scope of its attractions. Vast dimensions, geographic and cultural diversity defines this sprawling country - India as a veritable United Nations unto itself. It is arguably one of the world's emerging "next places to go." In this country's puzzle board of 26 states, one state that has emerged as a compelling destination for travelers all over the globe is, Uttarakhand. Unbelievable, Untouched, Unspoilt…that’s Ultimate Uttarakhand. Vast, vivid and wonderful, Uttarakhand is a world of grandeur, finery and exquisite pleasures; a world inspired by ancient myths; a world created for romance, relaxation and rejuvenation in one majestic setting. What makes Uttarakhand a holidayer’s delight are the sketches of Kumaon and Garhwal. Enchanting, captivating in their own ways. Mesmerizing, spellbinding to the last kilometer. Unspoilt, untouched and unbelievable. If Kumaon is a green table spread, Garhwal is a challenger’s delight. If Kumaon plays host to clear lakes, chirpy forests, floral rainbows, Garhwal flaunts its snow-clad peaks, quaint retreats and infinite mountain rivers. If variety is life then Uttarakhand is life- be it, dresses, languages, artifacts, dance and music, landscape or cuisine. All desires can be fulfilled under its canopy. The fairytale snow clad mountains, the shy romantic Pine and Deodar trees that find the melodious river frolicking its way down from the Himalayas into the lap of lush fields, mischievous…all form undoubtedly India’s most beautiful canvas. It’s our goal to place before you the remarkable scenes of this Celestial paradise, Uttarakhand where nature leaves you spellbound, flaunting her beauty with absolute grace and mystery. We welcome you to experience and to enjoy to the full the wonderful natural diversity Uttarakhand has to offer. There is something for everyone to do, whether it is angling, hiking, trekking, camping, overnight wilderness trailing, mountain biking, or simply resting and relaxing and watching the cares of the modern world slip away. So come along in this journey beyond the ordinary and discover UTTARAKHAND as others can only begin to imagine.


About Us

Welcome aboard!

Thanks for taking the time to find out a little more about us. We are a travel house based from Mumbai and are a bunch of passionate travelers who help you explore Himalayas and Wildlife Reserves of our magnificent India! Be it Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim or Himachal we help you unfold the most unique memories! Photograph a panorama, stroll on a bed of ice, and enjoy the iridescent beauty over a cup of hot chai... Cozy up in the most comfortable accommodations, surrender to Mother Nature, lose yourself outdoors and let your spirit fly... Be it a relaxed holiday or an action packed adventure and aquaventure, a romantic set out or a corporate tour, we are committed to taking care of all your travel arrangements and to making your trip an experience of lifetime. We design for you the time of your life, your way! Unlike travel agents, we are like minded friends designing not just a vacation but a wholesome experience for you to remember forever! We are not here for mere business. We are a passionate bunch of travellers with our roots in Himalayas, so it helps you to explore this land even better with us. We have our quest for exploring unmapped, uncharted places. We visit the places ourselves, stay in the hotels. So before we recommend anything to you, we have already been there, done that. With more than eight years of exploration behind us, we have developed a vast network of experts and contacts across India. We tap into these resources when crafting our itineraries to create unique and exciting opportunities for our clients. A resolute commitment for quality is at the core of our DNA. We are dedicated to ensure your travel is customised and taken care of precisely. The immaculate detail to which we customize your trip is what makes us unique. Be it recommending some local cuisine or taking you on late night jungle drives to share the thrills we have experienced or suggesting a local pundit in a 7th century ancient temple - we help you unfold the most unique memories. Once you have been spoiled with world-class comfort, savored the scrumptious local cuisine and indulged in best of adventure with us, you'll find it more than a little difficult to return to your everyday life. So come and explore the most beautiful destinations. Be it leisure, adventure (trekking, wildlife trips etc.) we will ensure you have the most memorable trip of your lifetime! Our Sustainable Travel Philosophy As an organization that seeks to inspire others to care about the planet. Walk to Himalayas is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit - its environment, culture, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. We strive to protect the sites we visit, support local economies in our choice of accommodations and services and increase our clients' understanding and appreciation of people of varied customs and traditions through meaningful cultural exchange.

“small steps towards a big difference”

Race Profile

Arrival 10th November 2016, Almora, Uttarakhand

Flag Off 11th November 2016, Almora, Uttarakhand

Closing Ceremony 12th November 2016, Almora, Uttarakhand

Race Type Cross Country MTB

Terrain Type Off-Road,Broken Tarmac, Rocks, Sands, Mud, Tarmac, Single-track

Race Distance 82 km

Pace Moderate

Highest Altitude 2000 M (6561.68 ft) above sea level

Lowest Altitude 1400 M (4593.17 ft) above sea level

Total Days 3

Riding Days

2 Stay Type Tents (Triple Sharing)

Itinerary Day 0 10th November 2016:-

Arrive at Kathgodam station, followed by a road trip to Kosi Valley Retreat. Get freshen up followed by an interaction with other riders. This is the Registration day By early evening leave for a small ride. Evening a brief induction about the ride and then have your dinner. Retire for the day.

Day 1 11th November 2016:-

Early morning have your breakfast. Followed by an induction for the day. Ride to Gananath (11 km + 11 Km) Elevation of 1400 – 2000m Grab your packed lunch before leaving from the hotel. An off road ride with an uphill of 9 km and 2 km flat terrain. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayas while riding. Pass through the rhododendron forest and enter the village Bajal and Darmia. While returning the ride becomes a downhill ride of 11 km. At night have your dinner and relax for the day at Kosi Valley Retreat.

Day 2 12th November 2016:-

Post breakfast. Ride to Aera dev (30 Km + 30 Km) Elevation of 2000m Grab your packed lunch before leaving from the hotel. A blend of different elevation from 7 km flat road to 28 km uphill to 14 km tarmac road followed by 28 km downhill. The 1st 7 Km is along the kosi river followed by an uphill to Hiranacheena village. The off road train passes through the forest, one can spot Deers, guinea pig and to add on more trill it’s also a part of leopard zone. Enjoy the scenic views of the Himalayas while riding. An old Shiva temple on a ridge top commanding surreal views of the entire Himalayan range in Kumaon and all popular hill stations around. At night have your dinner and relax for the day at Kosi Valley Retreat.

Day 3 13th November 2016:-

Post breakfast, check out from Kosi valley Retreat.


Training and Nutrition Guide In preparation for the event, we have created training and nutrition guides to ensure our participants are at their peak physical and health condition ahead of the ride. WTH Biking has designed a fourweek training plan to get you fast and fit and to improve your sustained, sub- threshold power. The team at WTH have produced a nutrition guide to complement your training efforts to help get from start to finish.

Registration Race Category

There are following participating categories in WTH Biking Challenge edition 3 2016 – —

Men Solo —

Women Solo —

Student Solo (14-18 years)


The fee is subsidized for locals from Uttarakhand and Women Riders in adherence to our long term goals of promoting the sport in Uttarakhand and among women. The fee is subsidized further for students, again keeping the same vision in mind.

Race Fees 7,500 INR Uttarakhand

Locals 6,000 INR

Women cyclists 6,000 INR

Students 5,000 INR

What does it include?

 Race Participation

 Accommodation & food from 10 November 2016 (dinner) to 13 November 2016 (breakfast)

 Technical support & nutrition during the race

 Backup support, rescue & medical services during the race

 Photographs

 All travelling during the event

 Above all, an unforgettable adventure. Available at additional cost –

 Bike Rental – Rs. 800 per day per cyclist

 Transportation to and from Kosi Valley Retreat.

What does it not include?

 Your travel expense till Kosi Valley Retreat on the start of the event.

 Your travel expenses from Kosi Valley Retreat to Delhi on the last day of the event.

 Any kind of damage to the cycle, the repairing cost would have to be borne by the cyclist

 Any extra or miscellaneous expenses during the event.

 Air Fare-Train Fare

 Medical expenses or Insurance of any kind.

 Tips, Laundry, wine, liquors, items of personal nature.

 Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per program and any extra running would be charged.

 Any expense arising out of unforeseen circumstances, strike or any other natural calamities or emergency evacuation expenses.

 Any other item not included in the cost section.

Prize Money We are pleased to celebrate this festival of cycling by offering:-

MEN Winner 15,000 INR

First Runner Up 10,000 INR

Second Runner up 5,000 INR

WOMEN (Provided total no of women are seven)

Winner 15,000 INR

First Runner Up 10,000 INR

Second Runner Up 5,000 INR

STUDENTS Winner 8,000 INR

First Runner Up 5,000 INR

Second Runner Up 3,000 INR

Handy Notes

 Participants would have to reach Kosi Valley Retreat by 10th November 2016 by evening.

 The Departure would be on 13th November 2016 post breakfast.

 This package is inclusive of all meals from 10th November 2016 dinner to breakfast on 13 th November 2016.

 Participants will have to arrange transport to reach Kosi Valley Retreat. WTH would assist post knowing the exact group size.

 3’o clock will be the cut off timing for the race on both the days;

11th and 12 th November 2016 Every participation is commendable and valuable. Giveaways that make the race special

 Participation certificate,

 WTH jerseys

 Goodies

 And loads of memories and sense of accomplishment which is priceless!

The ride is a great way to get connected to other bike-friendly and bike-curious folks across the country. So treat yourself and your all-mountain/freeride bike to the raw beauty and awesome thrills of mountain biking on the trails of the Rockies!


Rules and Terms & Conditions

The Terms and Conditions detailed below apply to all entrants participating in the Walk to Himalayas Biking Challenge. On registering, YOU AGREE to the Terms and Conditions of Entry and Rules of the Event below.

1. The participant does not have priority over either road or off road users and will ride sensibly and legally at all times with consideration to other riders and all other users of the route. The participant acknowledges that the route(s) are widely used by walkers, horse riders and families with small children and dogs.

2. The participant is fully responsible for their actions whilst attending the event. This includes the event premise and during the ride itself. Walk to Himalayas does not accept responsibility for the actions of the participant nor the consequences of such actions.

3. Each participant, upon signing on, agrees that they are physically and mentally capable of riding the distance they have chosen. If, during the event, they decide to change their route and distance, then all consequences of this action are theirs.

4. All participants under the age of 18 shall have had a consent form (during signing on) completed by their parent/guardian and riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the entire ride.

5. The participant agrees to receive Pre Event and promotional communications from Walk to Himalayas. All riders MUST sign-on at the event HQ at least 30 minutes before the event start time and the number board allocated should be fixed to the bike and visible at all times.

6. Each participant accepts full responsibility for any fees or costs incurred or arising from the need for repatriation.

7. It is mandatory that all riders wear a safety approved cycling helmet. Any rider not wearing a helmet will be disqualified from the event and could be liable for damages if involved in an accident on that basis. The rider must accept this as a condition of entry. WTH reserves the right to refuse entry to the event to anyone with inappropriate equipment or clothing.

8. The Participant confirms that they understand and accept that they are responsible for the roadworthiness and safe working order of their own cycle, that the use of triathlon handlebars or similar is prohibited, that lights (front & rear with adequate battery life) must be used during hours of dusk/darkness and that no accompanying vehicles are allowed to follow riders.

9. During the event there will be warning signs at appropriate points on the trails or roads. Absenceof these signs does not signal that there are no dangers approaching and it is the individual rider’s responsibility to make a decision regarding whether to ride a section or not. The marking of the route does not necessarily indicate that the trail or road is rideable and the participant is deemed to make their own decision about whether to proceed on bike, foot or not at all.

10. WTH reserves the right to shorten or alter the published route at any time. Participants do not have the right to claim a refund if the route is shortened.

11. Participants understand and accept that whilst all reasonable effort has been made by WTH to make the events safe and enjoyable, WTH does NOT accept liability for any accident, damage, theft, injury or illness to entrants, spectators, or any other person, vehicle or property whatsoever. Participants agree that NO liability whatsoever shall attach to WTH, promoting organisations, members of the promoting organisations, landowners, event officials, volunteers, or event sponsors in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by the participant in or by reason of the event HOWEVER CAUSED.

12. By entering the event location you agree to be filmed / photographed and to the use of your image in any footage used by WTH or any official sponsors for their own publicity in any media worldwide.

13. All riders must report to the finish, even if they retire. Not doing so will mean that a search may be organised and the subsequent cost will be billed to the rider.

14. Event entry fees cannot be refunded or transferred under any circumstances.

15. WTH reserves the right to cancel any event, due to extreme weather conditions, strikes, trade disputes, breakdowns, government or political action, interruption of transport, acts of war or terrorism, acts of omissions by a third party for any other reasons whatsoever outside of WTH control. In such an event, each participant’s entry with be automatically moved to the rescheduled event. If a Participant cannot make this event, they can carry their entry to another event organised by WTH of an equal or lower ticket value within the following 6 month period. No refunds will be issued.

16. Every rider affirms that he/she is in good health. He/she declares that he/she is physically fit and capable to participate in the event. Every rider understands it can be a strenuous day out with significant amounts of climbing and distance to be cycled in order to complete the course.

17. Every rider has to acknowledge that he/she has read and understand this entire waiver of liability and agrees to be legally bound by it. This is done when registering on the day of the e