Confirmed Dates 2007. The lines are open!

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Apologies for the delay. Cara’s just finished the first round of her medical courses in the US (specialising in wilderness emergencies, handily) so we’ve finally had time to works things through. This post is to confirm that we’ll be running the trips as we’ve listed, albeit with a couple of date changes, and are now officially taking bookings for the 2007 season. If you’re thinking about a trip, drop us a line and we can have a chat. Don’t delay ! (-:

The reason we’ve tweaked the dates is simply to allow an extra day per trip to deal with any unexpected weather or altitude issues. It’s a long way to travel. Our rides are tough, but they’re not races. Easing the time pressure means we can all get on with enjoying things all the more. And get some extra riding in! As a result, the trips have inched up just a little in price to reflect this. We’ve tried to be cunning and place them on weekends where we can, so you don’t have to take an extra day off work…

Manali-Leh, via Wari-La, 12 August-31st August: £795 (jeep-supported)

We’ll be running the classic Manali-Leh ride with minimal jeep support for 2007. And adding an extra sting in the tail by exploring the Patan Valley, venturing off the Morei Plains and looping round to take in two *bonus* 5000m+ passes in the Nubra Valley en route to Leh. Want to hit all the big passes in one go? Then this is the trip for you.

Spiti and Lahaul Epic, 2nd September-17th September: £750 (jeep-supported)

Spiti Valley is beautiful, quiet and very remote. It’s also riddled with jeep tracks and noodles of singletrack. Aside from a few tweaks and an extra day of riding, this trip will be running pretty much unchanged; it’s the most mtb orientated of the rides and we keep finding new challenges to throw in. There’s some mean switchbacks and optional technical bits for added flavour.

Manali to Dharamsala, via Sach Pass, 18th September to 3rd October: £750 (jeep-supported)

After posting details of the ride here and getting such a positive response, we’re really pleased to be running a new trip that ventures into the quiet Pangi and Chamba valleys. It’s a more *chilled out* tour; it’s a little lower in altitude, the roads are (a little) better and it’s set in a part of the Indian Himalaya where tourists rarely travel.

We hope to run all the trips with 8 people. As usual, jeep supported will be minimal and we have our excellent Spitian and Ladakhi crew to help transport kit and rustle up delicious local delicacies.

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We’ll put a post up in the New Year to keep you informed with how the trips are filling up. Opodo.co.uk is a good starting point to gauge flight prices, though if you’re coming from outside the UK, it’s best to enquire locally.

We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, have a Cool Yule and a festive New Year. We’re heading north in a bike-packed van for a white, trail-rich Christmas…

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