Spiti Valley Motor Bike Expeditions is an excellent way to explore the lesser known regions of Himachal Pradesh.
This motorcycle tour includes unlimited fun and challenge in one of the remotest regions of Himachal Pradesh, via Kinnaur and Spiti Valley. You cross over two high mountain passes Kunzum La (4551m) and Rohtang Pass (3980m). En route you also get to see picturesque and isolated villages and get to meet the local people.
The tour starts from Manali and then continues to the Trans Himalayan Regions of Kinnaur Valley andSpiti Valley etc. These trips involve visiting Remote villages, Old monasteries, High Mountain passes etc. to feel the culture and passing through the rugged train. It involves experience the remote cultures and the people.
The tour has a combination of camps and guesthouse stays which is not available on some other routes.
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Day1: Arrive in Manali (50kms)
On reaching Manali, check-in to the hotel and relax till afternoon. Have your lunch and then leave for your motorbike ride. Go all the way riding on the Himalayan through the rough roads along the Valley. There are tricky bends and stretches on the road which will help you know the torque characteristics of the bike. Enjoy the ride to the beautiful Valley. Later, come back to the hotel and have a comfortable stay.
O/N Stay & Dinner at Manali.
Day 2: Manali to Tirthan Valley (97kms)
Start off the ride and head south, riding with the Beas River by our side. We head towards TirthanValley, it’s along the Thirthan River in Banjar. Valley is the entry point to Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), famous for its rich bio-diversity. We stay at our river touch campsite in homely atmosphere.
O/N Stay & Dinner at TirthanValley.
Day 3: TirthanValley to Sarahan (124kms)
Leave the Tirthan valley and ride along the GHNP, climbing up towards the Jalori Pass (10,800 feet) through dense Deodar jungles. This is a challenging part of the day’s journey because the road goes from bad to worse towards the top, with some tricky curves thrown in as well. After the descent from Jalori pass, we reach the beautiful town of Sarahan, famous for the Bhimakali Temple. The hotel at Sarahan where we stay for the night enjoys a grand view of Mount Srikhand.
O/N Stay & Dinner at Sarahan.
Day 4: Sarahan to Kalpa (103kms)
Ride on the famous Hindustan-Tibet Highway along the Sutlej river. A tarmac road with easy riding conditions with beautiful views of the Sutlej, it helps us reach Kalpa comfortably. Kalpa is the main town of Kinnaur district, home to the delicious Kinnaur Apples. Kalpa also offers a spectacular view of one of the holiest mountains in India – Kinner Kailash.
O/N Stay & Dinner at Kalpa.
Day 5: Kalpa to Tabo (149kms)
After an early breakfast, we continue riding upwards along the narrow valley within which flows the Sutlej River, in awe of Himalayan shadows and with newfound respect for the Border Roads Organization. After some grueling stretches of dirt tracks and water crossings, we enter the barren land of Spiti Valley. The landscape changes from lush green to rocky and then to barren.
O/N Stay & Dinner at Tabo.
Day 6: Tabo – Dankhar – Kaza (90kms)
Visit Tabo monastery (10,010 feet) in the morning. This monastery is famed for its vast collection of frescos and stucco paintings and is called the “Ajanta of the Himalayas”. We also visit Dankhar monastery (12,774 feet), one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The monastery is built on a high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. Dankhar was the capital of Spiti valley until the necessities of modern life forced it to shift to Kaza.
O/N Stay & Dinner at Kaza.
Day 7: Kaza
A well-deserved rest day, you may use today to just chill out or check out the town. There are internet cafés in Kaza for you to go online from, if you so wish. It’s a good idea to get enough rest for the upcoming rides in the next couple of days.
O/N Stay & Dinner at Kaza.
Day 8: Kaza – Kibber – Komic – Kaza (50kms)
Kaza (11,980 Ft) is the capital of the Spiti region. Today’s highlight is the ride to the Kibber (14,200 feet) and Komic (14,830 feet) villages, the highest altitude villages in the world to be populated all year round. The village of Hikkim (14,435 feet) has the highest Post Office in the world (Pin Code 172114). It’s a good idea to mail a postcard from this Post Office as a souvenir of your journey. Finally, a visit to the beautiful Ki Gompa (aka Kee, Key), the largest monastery in Spiti, wraps up the day’s ride.
O/N Stay & Dinner at Kaza.
Day 9: Kaza to Chandratal lake (170kms)
Today’s ride is special because we ride over Kunzum La (15,050 feet), the highest point of the journey. The pass offers magnificent views of the Chandra-Bhaga range of mountains. Getting close to our destination, we ride on a dirt track to reach the Chandratal lake. Since vehicles are not allowed near the lake, we have to hike for 20 minutes from our campsite to this pristine Himalayan lake. We stay in swiss tents at the campsite.
O/N Stay & Dinner at Chandratal lake.
Day 10: Chandratal lake to Manali (116kms)
It’s the last day of the ride, but the initial section is quite rough and has many water crossings that will test your riding skills to the max. After crossing Batal, we behold the amazing sight of Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the Himalayas after Gangotri. Once on the Manali-Leh Highway, we have a comparatively smooth ride till Manali via the picturesque Rohtang pass (13,990 feet).
Tour ends in Manali.
Total distance: 949kms
Season: June to October
Duration: 11 days
This tour will be arranged on request only. Minimum Group size 4 people and above.
All riders must have a motorbike license and some experience.
- 500 cc Royal Enfield
- Suv as a backup vehicle. In case the pillion gets tired, they can travel in the Backup Vehicle as well.
- Basic Spare parts for the Bikes
- Tour Guide
- Support Vehicle
- First Aid Equipment
- Breakfast and Dinner as mentioned in Itinerary
- Accommodation as mentioned in Itinerary
- Oxygen in the unlikely event of serious altitude sickness
- Inner line permits for military controlled areas around Kinnaur & Spiti.
- Flights- International or Domestic, taxes, surcharges and handling fees
- Travel insurances
- All Lunches
- Personal Expenses
- Cost of Major bike repairs in case of any damage.
- All that not included in “Tour Includes “Section.
ABOUT THIS TOUR:
In fact we only expect you to bring
- Good crash helmet
- High Factor sun cream 30+ minimum
- Lip Balm
- Waterproof bike boots, shin and ankle protection
- Protective trousers
- Protective Jackets
- Protective gloves
- Wind proof and water proof trousers and jackets
- Scarf or bandana to keep dust out of your nose and mouth
- Warm Fleece
- Lots of thin layers
- Warm hat
- 6 pass port size photos
In the Himalayas the weather can change at any time. During the daylight the temperature can be as high 30’c. But at night it can dip down to -5’c although it will most likely be around 0’c. It is important to bring layers rather than one big warm fleece.
If a tour is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/un forseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Phoenix Expeditions will issue a expedition voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same tour or another tour in the next one year.
The cancellation charges are as under:
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — 75% refund.
- Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
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