Rogi Village —-> Kalpa —->Pangi Village
Armed with 3 rucksacks, 3 mountain bikes, a pick-up truck and one of the best mountain bikers from Himachal Pradesh to guide us, we set out towards the Kinnaur district to look for picturesque short trails to ride on. A few landslides, sudden downpours, one mountain pass and a lot of nasty bumps later, we arrived at the district headquarter – Reckong Peo.
After the back-breaking journey, we longed for some peace and quiet and decided to climb up towards the tiny yet beautiful village of Kalpa. As we started the climb the clouds suddenly made way for the sun revealing one of the most majestic sights we had ever seen – The Kinnaur Kailash. The 6500 meter peak, stood tall in all its glory, leaving us speechless for a few minutes before , the clouds took over again. That brief glimpse of the giant ensured we remain in Kalpa for the next 3 days, hoping to catch another glimpse before we set off to find a cycling route that was overlooked by the Kinnaur Kailash.
We finished the rest of the journey in silence looking eagerly in the direction of the Kinnaur Kailash, hoping to catch one more glimpse of our new found hero. We reached Kalpa and found ourselves surrounded by Apple orchards.
The next morning, we spoke to the locals and found out that Kalpa was between two villages, on either side of the mountain, with a single road that ran between them.
If you happen to cycle this unbelievably gorgeous 20 km stretch dotted with apples orchards, and overlooked by the mighty Kinnaur Kailash, an intermittent drizzle makes for a picture perfect setting as you’re likely to be treated with a rainbow too!
Never had a tarmac road appealed to us as much as this stretch to nirvana.