Spiti Valley Motorcycle Tour (12D/11N)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Tough
Min Group Size Large Group
**This package is for residents of India**
Pillion Tariff – INR 47,000
Total kilometers for this adventure ~ 1,400
Riding Days – 8
Road Conditions – Mix of tarmac, broken tarmac, dirt roads, snow, & black ice
Did you know that the Upper Himachali region was once under the sea? Yes, millions of years ago the Tethys’s sea surrounded the region and is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. Our Spiti motorcycle tour takes you through some of these spots – Chitkul, Spiti Valley, and Jibhi valley- as we ride through the gorgeous terrains across Himachal Pradesh.
The Spiti valley and surrounding regions are one of the least populated regions in India and are the gateway to the northernmost reaches of the nation. Along the northern route from Manali, the valley lies in the North-Eastern section of the Indian state Himachal Pradesh and forms part of the Lahaul and Spiti district.
Lahaul and Spiti district is surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Rohtang Pass, at 13,054 feet (3,979 m), separates Lahaul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley. Lahaul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet (4,590 m). A road connects the two divisions but is cut off frequently in winter and spring due to heavy snow.
The valley is likewise cut off from the north up to eight months of the year by heavy snowfalls and thick icing conditions. A southern route to India proper is periodically closed for brief periods in the winter storms of November through June, but road access is usually restored a few days after storms end via Shimla and the Sutlej in the Kinnaur district.
Chitkul is a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. During winters, the place mostly remains covered with snow and the inhabitants move to lower regions of Himachal. According to a recent study by the Centre of Atmospheric Sciences at IIT Delhi, Chitkul has the cleanest air in India.
**COVID negative certificate that is max 72 hours old from the date of travel required for all travelers
**All tariffs are on a per-person basis**
- Stay on all dates on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast and dinner on all days
- Services of a mechanic throughout the tour
- Professional lead rider and a sweep rider
- First Aid kit and Oxygen cylinder with the trip leader
- All inner line permits
- Goods & Services Tax (GST)
- Assistance in bike rentals
- Route planning and trip management
- 24/7 assistance on call
- Your flights, transfers, etc.
- Cost of motorcycle, and fuel for motorcycles
- Lunch and other meals not mentioned in Includes
- Single room accommodations
- Motorcycle upgrades other than what is mentioned
- Alcohol, cigarettes, and personal items
- Anything not mentioned in the includes list
- Early check-in or late checkout at the hotels
- Entry fee at monuments
- Any damage due to use or accident to rented motorcycles
- Cost of repairs, spare parts for rented motorcycles
Arrive in Chandigarh
Arrive in Chandigarh and check into your hotels. Ensure that you reach in the first half so that we collect your bikes, do a pre-ride checkup, and interact with the group. In the evening, we can go around Chandigarh and see some sights.
Chandigarh to Narkanda (180 kms, 8 hrs)
The first ride of the tour is to Narkanda as we leave Chandigarh after breakfast and cover 180 kms in the day. It’s a hot ride as we travel across flatlands, mostly through national highways, and reach Narkanda in the evening. We check into our hotels and break for the day.
Narkanda to Sangla (160 kms, 7 hrs)
After breakfast, we start from Narkanda to enter Kinnaur district at Rampur. Kinnaur is a mountainous district, ranging in altitude from 2,320 to 6,816 meters, and is also one of the smallest districts in the country in terms of population. By late evening we reach Sangla, located on the banks of the Baspa river. Overnight at Sangla.
Sangla to Chitkul to Kalpa (100 kms, 6 hrs)
After breakfast, we leave for Chitkul the last village close to the Tibet border on the India-Tibet Road. Chitkul is extremely scenic with meadows and fields againts the backdrop of the mountains and the river flowing through it. Later we drive to Kalpa and reach by late afternoon. The Kinnuries have unique customs and attire.They follow a syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism, and many temples in Kinnaur are dedicated to both Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses. Explore Kalpa and Reckong Peo in the evening. See the majestic views of the Kinnaur – Kailash mountains, visit the temples and monasteries and experience the life style of the Kinnauries. Overnight at Kalpa.
Kalpa to Kaza (210 kms, 7 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Kaza. On the way we stop at Nako and explore Nako village and the beautiful Nako lake. Nako Lake (12,014 ft above sea level) is a high altitude lake on the border of Kinnaur and Spiti. It forms part of the boundary of Nako village and seems that the village is half buried in the lake’s border. The lake is surrounded by willow and poplar trees. Nearby are Buddhist temples, a foot like impression ascribed to the saint Padmasambhava and several caves where it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated and gave a discourse to followers. Later leave from Nako and stop by at Tabo on the way to Kaza. Reach Kaza by evening.
Kaza-Key-Dhankar-Komic (100 kms, 5 hrs)
Today we ride to the beautiful Key Monastery. Key Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Lahaul – Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas. In the architectural definitions given to various monasteries, Key falls in the ’Pasada’ style which is characterised by more stories than one and often plays the role of a fort-monastery. Situated on a hilltop it enjoys splendid views with the mountains all around and the Spiti river flowing down in the valley. Later we visit Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake. By afternoon we reach Komic village. Komic village has been declared as the highest inhabited village in the world. We stay at a village homestay near Komic and experience the Spitian village life. Overnight at Komic village Homestay.
Komic-Chandra Taal via Kunzum Pass (110 kms, 5 hrs)
After breakfast, we ride towards the pristine and beautiful Chandratal Lake crossing the magesticKunzum Pass at 15,060 feet above sea level. Visit the lake and later stay in tents near the lake. Overnight at Chandratal.
Chandra Taal to Kasol (200 kms, 8 hrs)
Today we ride from Keylong to Manikaran with the topography starting to change from dry and sandy mountains to forested hills as we climb down to the lower Himalayas.
Stay in Kasol
Relax your body and soul immersed in hot springs. Enjoy the beauty of the green Himalayas of Kasol.
Kasol to Chandigarh (300 kms, 10 hrs)
Another long day ahead as we cover 300 kms across 10 hours to reach Chandigarh. Ride through Bhuntar and Mandi and culminate our ride in Chandigarh.
Stay in Chandigarh
This is a day for you to return your rental bikes or to ship your personal bikes. That will be a time-consuming process and once it’s done, we party at night or go around Chandigarh city for some shopping.
Depart from Chandigarh
This is the last day of the Spiti Valley motorcycle tour. All motorcycles will need to be returned and post check out, you can leave for your home city.
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Every tour is personally delivered by both our trip leaders, who will be your tour guides and trip leaders respectively. Here is an intro to our team
You can get your own bike if you like. If you rent, the choice is entirely yours. Once you contact us, we can provide you with a list of motorcycles from brands such as Royal Enfield, Bajaj, KTM, BMW, Hero, Honda, etc. Pricing will depend on the motorcycle you select.
In the Himachal region, you will get a mix of tarmac, dirt roads, slushy terrain, and mountain passes. The rest of the places, we will be riding through good stretches of state and national highways.
Well, we will provide you with bottled water throughout the tour.
We try to blend in homestays, hotels, and resorts in each destination to balance comfort with the local experiences. All your accommodations will be clean, hygienic, comfortable and safe.
While driving, we should have access to public toilets/hotel toilets. But there will instances where there are none and you will have to answer nature’s call in nature.
Different countries and companies have their own policies, but you should pick one that covers you for your entire period of travel. The policy should also cover you for riding motorcycles, unexpected curtailment of the holiday, medical expenses arising overseas, loss or damage to luggage & property and personal liability claims against the participant and emergency evacuation. We highly recommend this for foreign citizens.
We carry a basic first aid box with us and encourage you to carry your own medicines as well. In case of an emergency, we take you to the closest available medical center. We would also request you to share any pre-existing medical conditions and allergies, if any with us.
Yes, you can.
July 24, 2021 - August 4, 2021