About Race

Considered to be one of the toughest races in the world, Hero MTB Himalaya is not for the faint hearted. A race that takes the riders through the untouched parts of the Himalayas, bustling towns and villages, across streams – all set amidst the beauty of the mighty Himalayas. With a total elevation gain of almost 50,000 feet in the previous edition, even the most experienced riders found the altitude challenging.

The Timeline

28th September to 7th October, 2017
  • 27th,SeptRecommended Arival
  • 28th,SeptOfficial Registration
    Registration: 12:00-7:00 pm / Race Hotel
    + Registration Documentation
    + Medical Certification & Insurance
    + Rider Docket Distribution
    Rider Briefing: 7:30 pm / Race Hotel
    + Race Route & Rules Briefing
    Dinner: 8:30 pm / Race Hotel
  • 29th,Sept Flag off
    Breakfast: 6:30-7:30 am / Race Hotel
    Start: 8:00 am / Race Hotel
    Flag Off: 9:00 am / The Ridge, Shimla
    + Chief Guest Speech & Flag Off
    End: 6:00 pm / Race Campsite 1
    Presentation: 7:30 pm
    Dinner: 8:00 pm
  • 3rd, OctRest Day
    DAY 6 STAGE 5
    Breakfast: 7:00 am
    Start: 8:00 am / Race Campsite 3
    End: 6:00 pm / Race Campsite 4
    Presentation: 7:30 pm
    Dinner: 8:00 pm
  • 7th,OctClosing Ceremony
    Breakfast: 7am
    Start: 8:00 am / Race Campsite 1
    End: 5:00 pm / The Ridge, Shimla
    Flag in: 5:30pm / Dharamshala
    + Podium Finish + Prize distribution
    Closing Ceremony & Dinner: 7:30
  • 8th,OctRecommended Departure


A pure adventure race set amidst the Deodar forests demand pure concentration, power of will and a strong spirit to ride through one of the toughest terrains you have ever experienced. It is not just the technical tracks, but also the altitude you have to reckon with. A distance of approximately 650 kms is covered in 8 riding days. The camp is set at a new base each day – sometimes in meadows at the base of mountains in Kullu Sarahan and the fields at Khegsu. The experience is made complete with the school programs that are conducted at camps and in other schools along the route.

An experience and a race that can’t be missed, you will be a part of one of the toughest races in the world. We don’t say that. The riders do.

A race that is bound to test your will power and strength of character, apart from your riding skills will leave an indelible mark in your mind and an unforgettable experience in your memories.

Ride Hard!

13th Hero MTB Himalaya 2017

Race details

Start Place Shimla Himachal Pradesh
Race Type Cross country multi-stage MTB Endurance race
Total days 9
End Place Dharamshala
Number of slots 80
Stay Type Hotels( First & last day), Tents & Campsites( Race Days)
Race Categories Open Men Solo, Open Women Solo, Team of Two, Open Masters Solo, Open Grand Master Solo

The Track

Location: Indian Himalayas

Track Details

Terrain type
Off-road ,Broken Tarmac, Gravel , Rocks, Mud, Sand, Lose Rock
Total Elevation Gain
16,000 m
Highest Alt
3250 m/10662 ft
650 km approx