Spiti Bike Tour

Royal Enfield bike tour to Spiti via Kinnaur, with rides to Ki, Tabo and Chandratal

INR 
31,000.00

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The above prices are for two riders sharing one 350cc Royal Enfield Classic. The rooms are also on a twin-sharing basis. The prices are for a single person.

Ride a Royal Enfield through alpine forests of Himachal Pradesh. Visit Sangla Valley and the apple belt of Kinnaur and tour the magical Himalayan land of Spiti, with Buddhist culture, high-altitude villages and fantastic landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau

One of the lesser-known rides in the Greater Himalaya is to Spiti, in north-eastern Himachal Pradesh. Once known as the forbidden land, this magical mountain kingdom borders Tibet, and along with the district of Lahaul, is one of the pure Buddhist regions in all of Himachal. There are two routes to get to Spiti. One is from the south, from Shimla, through Kinnaur and the other is from the north, via Manali and the Rohtang pass. The southern route climbs gradually through alpine terrain and the higher reaches of Kinnaur before the landscape changes from lower Himalaya to that of the sand-colored terrain of the Tibetan Plateau.

The northern route from Manali sees more abrupt changes in terrain. Once you cross the Rohtang Pass (4000m), you are in the boulder-strewn valley of the Lahaul that runs along the furious Chandra river. This is one of the most awesome motorcyling tracks in the world. In olden times you would have had to trek this route to Spiti. Even now the route is little more than a dirt track, carved out by the occasional trucks who do the route from Kullu Valley to supply Spiti. 80 km from Rohtang pass is the beautiful Kunzum pass (4551m). Buddhist prayer flags and wide open meadows on the top make this a spectacular mountain pass.

In Spiti there are numerous mountain villages, still living the same lifestyle they have for hundreds of years. There are old monsteries in Ki, Dhankar and Tabo and you can visit the highland villages of Kibber, Langza and Demul, where time has stood still and the landscape is that of an alien, mysterious and beautiful land that time forgot. You can do both routes to Spiti, but the best way is to start from the south and finish in the north in Manali.

Day 01: Arrival in Manali
Day 02: Manali - Sojha (ride)
Day 03: Sojha - Sangla (ride)
Day 04: Sangla - Nako (ride)
Day 05: Nako - Kaza (ride)
Day 06: Kaza - Ki - Kibber - Langza (ride)
Day 07: Kaza - Chandratal (ride)
Day 08: Chandratal - Manali (ride)
Day 09: Departure from Manali

Day 01: Arrive in Manali
Stay: Celebrity Inn / A-Star Regency or similar

Arrive in Manali by bus, car or flight. Check into your hotel and relax, in the afternoon we will get together for the ride briefing and prep. You will get your riding kit and tips and suggestions on how to ride in the Himalaya. Say hello to your Royal Enfield - this machine will be your best friend for the next few days! We will then go for a short test ride through Kullu Valley and prepare for our ride to the fabled Forbidden Kingdom. Have dinner at the hotel and sleep early so we can wake up fresh for the first leg of the Spiti ride.

Day 02: Manali - Sojha (ride)

Start riding south toward Kullu. At Aut we cross the Beas river into the Banjar valley and begin a steep climb through thick pine forests toward Jalori Pass. This is the heart of Himachal Pradesh, uncommercialised and heavily forested, with small, quaint villages every few kilometres, clinging atop hills the way they have for hundreds of years. We stay the night in Sojha village, just below Jalori Pass.

Day 03: Sojha - Sangla (ride)

Today is a nice long ride, and we traverse Shimla district to enter the famous Himachali apple belt of Kinnaur. We take a quick look at Sarahan temple and later in the day turn off to the right into Sangla Valley. This valley, bordering Uttarakhand to the south, opens up into a wide open valley and gives us fantastic views of the upper Himalaya. We spend the night in Sangla Valley.

Day 04: Sangla - Nako (ride)

We go back toward Kinnaur and exit the Sangla Valley. Today we will begin our climb into the stark mountains of the upper HImalaya. Shades of green begin to drop behind and we start seeing the beginnings of Spiti. Nako is the first point in the valley, and we spend the night here.

Day 05: Nako - Kaza (ride)
Stay: Deyzor Inn or similar

Now we have entered Spiti. On the way to Kaza, we stop at the 800-year-old monastery at Tabo and explore its many treasures and Buddhist artifacts. We reach Kaza, a busy market town and the district headquarters of Spiti later in the day. This town will be our base camp for a couple of days. We grab some cappucinos and cake at the German bakery and start the evening with some beers under the Spiti stars.

Day 06: Kaza - Ki - Kibber - Langza (ride)
Stay: Deyzor Inn or similar

Today we explore the moonscape highlands that lay on the ridges above Kaza town. We ride out to Ki monastery, a few kilometres north of Kaza. The monastery comes into view in the distance, a cluster of ancient structures perched upon a short hill, with Ki village spread out below at the base, a view straight out of a fairy tale. We ride all the way up to the Ki Monastery and take a walk through the ancient walls, passageways and rooftop terraces that make up the monastery.

Next are the high-altitude villages of Kibber and Langza. These villages rank amongst the highest-inhabited villages in the world. Life is simple here, mud-wall villages, kids playing along stony pathways and green fields of barley striking a sharp contrast against the stark Himalayan desert landscape. It is an other-worldly experience, being here in the Spiti highlands with these tough, cheerful people.

Day 07: Kaza - Chandratal (ride)
Stay: campsite

It is time to continue our journey from this magical land, though the trip is far from over. The toughest and most beautiful part of the ride is still ahead. We ride north up the Spiti valley. At the end of the valley we cross the last village in Spiti at Losar. From here the patchy tarmac of Spiti gives way to a complete rock-strewn dirt track. This is true adventure motorcycling country! We climb up the Kunzum Pass, with snow-capped peaks getting closer. We stop at the top, prayer flags and a chorten paint the top of the pass with vibrant colors and light up the mountain top. It is a beautiful mountain pass, Kunzum. We descend the other side into Lahaul Valley and a few kilometres later see the turn-off to Chandratal. 14 kms on and we reach the lake. We camp by the crystal-clear waters of the lake and enjoy dinner under the stars.

Day 08: Chandratal - Manali (ride)
Stay: Celebrity Inn / A-Star Regency or similar

Today is the best part of the ride. We ride down the mighty Chandra river after grabbing chai at Batal, at the beginning of the Chnadra valley. The Chandra is an angry and energetic river and we ride along rocky tracks through this bare and beautiful valley. There are no trees around, only slate-colored rocks and craggy cliffs climbing away into the sky. We reach Chhatru a couple of hours later and stop for a while to stretch our legs and take a quick stroll through the grassy meadows along the river. We grab lunch here and then start our climb to the Rohtang pass. Straight up north lies Ladakh, but that is another ride, another day.

We turn left to the top of the pass. Expect some bad weather - Rohtang is the gateway to the green Kullu Valley and the top of the pass is frequently covered in a wet mist. We ride down from the pass, negotiating many hairpin bends on the way down. Reach Manali town later in the day. Celebrate with beers and stories of the Spiti ride over dinner. Shower and clean up the dust and prepare for our return journey. We hope you enjoyed the ride!

Day 09: Departure from Manali
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INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COST 
- One 350cc Royal Enfield Classic, to be shared by 2 riders.
- All accommodations on twin-sharing basis in Manali, Spiti and campsites along the route.
- Breakfast and dinner (MAP Plan) on a buffet system.
- Back-up jeep and mechanic
- Costs of permits in Spiti

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COST
- Petrol costs are not included. All riders will have to pay for their own fuel expenses.
- Transport to and from Manali.
- Alcohol and other beverages and snacks.

NOTE:
- This is a high-altitude adventure. Guests should be fit and should refrain from excessive alcohol and tobacco intake.
- Guests should be prepared for any changes in schedule caused by unforseen circumstances caused by weather and road conditions.
- Our team is trained to handle medical emergencies and we carry an oxygen cylinder and first aid kit on all our trips.

Transport from Delhi to Manali
- Volvo bus tickets are available @ Rs 2200 for a return trip (Delhi - Manali - Delhi)