A mountain biking expedition that spans 80kms through the challenging trails of the Kumaon Himalayan range. Set up camp and live at different locations everyday. Experience multi-terrains as you cycle through the rolling hills—on roads, off-road tracks and dense forest trails. Slush, rocks, mud and dirt.
Learn the technicalities of riding in the wild—how to regulate speed over turns and balance your weight going up and down hills. Get real familiar with your bike…dismantle it, maintain it and even learn how to fix punctures! An intensive session to plan out everything—from menus, ration and utensils to contingency food plans—before we pack and load the jeeps. Learn to share the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, firewood collection and resource management along the way.
DAY 1 Reach the Uroli campus, settle in and set expectations with a brief orientation DAY 2 Safety briefing with an introduction to cycles, equipment and safety gear. Plan and pack for the expedition. DAY 3 Bike for 16 kms (mainly off-roads) through pine forests to reach Sirmauli. Set up first campsite. DAY 4 Bike on challenging off-road trails and mountains covering 15 kms to reach Kakri Ghat. DAY 5 Ride 16 kms through the beautiful trails that cut across the Kumaon Himalayas. Conquer challenging uphills. Camp at Banarghat. DAY 6 Reach Devbani after riding 15 kms on off-road forest trails and tarmac roads. Hike for 2 kms to the local temple. DAY 7 Bike 8 kms to Sitlakhet campus. Relax with some games and delicious food in the evening. DAY 8 Travel back to Delhi.
Being well fed and hydrated is crucial to staying energised for the demanding days. There is wholesome and nutritious food for every meal on campus and in the course of the expedition. Water, soup or juice is provided during hydration breaks through the day. The instructor team comprises of certified outdoor experts including wilderness first aiders, female instructors and a bike technician. A doctor is also present on the Coorg campus to attend to medical needs at any time. SAG (support and gear) vehicle travels with the group throughout the journey and carries all essential supplies, rations and equipment needed for the program.
Groups depart from Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 2 at 7:00pm by AC buses till Kathgodam. Onwards journey till campus is by Non AC bus. Groups will arrive on campus for breakfast. On the way back, we reach Indira Gandhi International Airport at 5:30am. Outstation participants fly into Delhi on the departure date. Inme provides airport pick-up-and-drop service and meals at an added cost. Contact us for details.
This program might be more demanding than the usual physical activities you’re used to. We recommend a little jogging, stretching and exercise a few weeks before the departure to gain the flexibility and agility needed to truly enjoy the experience. Do this wearing the shoes you want to carry for the program—it’ll help break into them.