Spiti Valley Motorbike Safari

Day 01: Delhi – Manali (560 Kms / 10 Hrs)

Pickup from the airport and drive to Manali by car / tempo traveler. The drive from Delhi to Manali is almost a 10 hr drive and you can expect to reach Manali in the evening depending upon your flight arrival in Delhi. Check in at the hotel.

 

Day 02: Manali (Test Rides and Excursion To Hadimba And Vashist)

We will test ride the bikes to get familiar with the machines. Visit the 16th century Hadimba Temple and ride around Manali. Maintenance and servicing will be carried at the end if it.

 

Day 03: Manali to Shoja (110 Kms / 6 hrs)

Following a post-breakfast briefing, we will ride down the Kullu Valley’s smooth tarmac, accompanied by views of gorges and waterfalls. Turning from the main road, we will soon be spiralling up into lush, forested mountains to our overnight stop at Shoja and a relaxing drink with the sunset.

 

Day 04: Shoja to Sangla via Sarahan (202 Kms / 8 hrs)

Today we leave the comfort of Shoja and head for our first high pass – Jalori La (3223m). Winding through isolated villages, riding beside raging rivers, our route carries us to the picturesque hilltop village of Sarahan, where we stop for tea. A short hop, but challenging nonetheless, thanks to uber-twisty roads with some of the wildest drop-offs you’ll find anywhere. From Sarahan we drop back into the Sutlej Valley, then head east alongside the Baspa River into a valley of indescribable beauty. At Sangla you’ll find very special tented accommodation in fields of flowers, with mountains completing the idyllic views.

 

Day 05: Sangla to Kalpa (70 Kms / 3 hrs)

Spend the morning walking in the Valley, or kick back and relax. After lunch we’ll be heading back down to the main road by the River Sutlej and then up the other side of the valley to the hilltop town of Kalpa. Views over the nearby mountain ranges are stunning and, when the weather is clear, the perfect triangle of Mount Kinnaur Kailash, said to be the summer home of god Shiva, stands proud of the range.

 

Day 06: Kalpa to Tabo (163 Kms / 7 hrs)

A big day, an epic ride, so an early start. From Kalpa, we again head up the River Sutlej, through rapidly changing geography. At Jangi Police Post the Inner-line, and another world, is entered. Soon many-hued mountains rear all around… and on along a most challenging road, to the magical scenery of Spiti itself. We spend the night at Tabo, where an ancient monastery (circa 996AD; one of the world’s most important Buddhist sites) nestles in a valley of awe-inspiring grandeur. Rest is found at a surprisingly comfortable hotel, where you can reflect on what will almost certainly have been one of the most challenging and rewarding days of your life.

 

Day 07: Tabo to Kaza (47 Kms /3 hrs)

Spend the morning resting or exploring Tabo and its monastery, before a gentle ride along a boulder-strewn valley carrying a cobalt river. You will be reeling at the spellbinding beauty. Kaza is a small, but relatively modern (for the high Himalaya) trading town, where you’ll find an abundance of shops, a comfortable night’s rest and even the internet.The headquarters of Spiti sub-district, Kaza is on the bank of river Spiti. In earlier times, it was the capital of Nono, the chief of Spiti. It has a Buddhist Monastery and Hindu Temple.

Day 08: Kaza to Komic to Kaza

We’ll be using the day to visit a couple of Spiti’s most enigmatic monasteries. Set above Kaza at over 4000m is Komic Monastery, where we’ll join the monks for morning tea in one of the world’s highest human settlements. The ride is via a steep, mainly dirt road and once again the views are of epic proportions. Ki Gompa is our next stop, a fairytale castle-monastery again with awesome views. After taking a look around, we will descend again to the Spiti River and head back to Kaza for dinner.

 

Day 09: Kaza to Manali (200 Kms /9hrs)

Early morning ride following the Spiti River up to the village of Losar, around 60km further up the Spiti Valley. We will climb dirt roads over the highest point of the tour, Kunzum Pass, at 15,000ft. From there on we will take a diversion to visit the Chandertal lake at 4270 m and 7 km from Kunzam Pass, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire Himalayan region. Surrounded by snow, this deep blue water lake has a circumference of 2.5 km. River Chandra flows very close to the lake. We travel on through remote territory, amid icy mountains with only a few scattered villages along the way, until the famous Rohtang Pass is met. Here we ascend again to nearly 13,000ft and as we plunge down the other side, everything changes… suddenly we are out of the altitudinous desert and into a greener world of pine forests and waterfalls. At the foot of busy Rohtang is Manali, and an extensive menu. Motorbike safari ends.

 

Day 10: In Manali

Day free for rest or OPTIONAL paragliding tour.

 

Day 11: Manali to Delhi

Leave by car / tempo traveler to Delhi the way you came and you’ll be taken to the delhi airport.

Motorbike Safari: Spiti Valley Motorbike Safari

Duration: 10 nights / 11 days

Best Time: June to September

Physical Challenge: Moderate to Challenging

Total Distance: 1000 kms

 

Moderate to Challenging

Motorbike safari is a one of a kind extreme sport of riding to the limits and beyond. The Road to Ladakh offers superb biking conditions, tough climbs, endless descents, and maximum of-road potential for the die-hard adventure lovers. Ride a classic Enfield Bullet through India’s spectacular Himalayas – Ladakh. Ride the highest motorable road in the world and visit some of the finest monasteries and experience the immense beauty of the Trans Himalayan region of Ladakh.

 

Solid riding skills, a sense of adventure and flexibility are a must when taking part in our Himalaya expeditions, which cover around 2400 km and considerable altitude differences. Road conditions vary from freshly paved to rough tracks.

 

About Spiti

The Spiti Valley is an extraordinary place. Hugging the border with Chinese-controlled Tibet, the valley lies almost entirely above 10,000ft. Located in the rain shadow of the vast Tibetan Plateau, this region is classified as desert, so there is less snow than elsewhere in the high Himalaya, allowing people to eke a living at greater altitudes. Climbing into this area is like visiting another planet – a near-treeless world where fairytale monasteries of great antiquity cling to impossible slopes. Things may have become busier since Rudyard Kipling first clapped eyes on the place, but this is still a place less visited. Sensitive political territory, much of Spiti lies in a restricted border area requiring an ‘inner-line permit’, which we obtain on your behalf.

 

Culturally as well a geographically, Spiti is more Tibetan than Indian, more Buddhist than Hindu. There are references to the religion everywhere and dozens of fascinating monasteries set among the mountains, several of which we will visit. Although tourism is now contributing to the area’s economy, the average Spiti-dweller will live an agrarian life; herding livestock and growing barley and wheat during the very short summer: June to September. For the remainder of the year the valley is cut off by snow and it is too cold (down to -35ºC) to do much but sit indoors, weave, knit and drink the local brews.

Spiti is a world apart from modern India and to visit here by motorcycle is a privilege reserved for the adventurous few.

Package includes

• 1 persons riding (Rider / pillion) Enfield 350cc / 500 cc motorbikes with fuel

• Mechanic / One backup vehicle with spares

• First aid kit / Portable oxygen

• Professional and experienced tour guides

• A Class Hotel / Resort/ campsite accommodation on twin sharing basis

• inner line permits

 

Package does not include

• riding gear (PLEASE SEE THE LIST)

• Insurance

• any kind of personal expenses or optional tours / extra meals ordered

• tips, insurance, laundry, phone calls

• any kind of drinks (alcoholic, mineral, aerated)

• anything not specifically mentioned under the head “package includes”.

 

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

• Airfare

• Any meals/services not mentioned above

• Charges for video and still cameras

• Liquor, soft drinks, beverages, etc

• Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.

• Expenses arising from unexpected fuel hikes, and any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

• Medical or Travel Insurance

• Costs towards evacuation of customers for medical or any other reason

Ladakh Safari reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason which might not be in the best interest of your safety, like dangerous water levels, landslides, extreme weather conditions etc.

 

Our rider gear list below offers essential items which the riders must carry for Himalayan tours:

• HELMET (with a good vent)

• LIP BALM – SUN CREAM – SUN BLOCK

• FULLY PROTECTIVE JACKET (winter)

• WARM CLOTHING (wear after the ride)

• FULLY PROTECTIVE TROUSERS (winter)

• LONG & SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT (wear after the ride)

• GOGGLES & SUN GLASSES

• WARM SOCKS

• RIDING BOOTS (with shin & ankle protection)

• WARM FLEECE (top & pants for those cold evenings in the Himalayas)

• GLOVES (both winter & summer)

• PERSONAL CLOTHING

• ONE PIECE WATERPROOF OVER-SUIT

• THERMALS

• CAMERA

• SCARF – TURTLE NECK – BANDANA (neck protection)

• CAP & HAT (hat for those cool evenings)

• Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage

 

Note: Please keep your personal items to a minimum (besides the essentials) so that your bag (No hard shells please) is light and easy to carry.

 

Documents

• Full motorcycle license – valid

• You are required to bring your travel insurance policy with you on tour. Please print off a photocopy and keep it safe

 

IMPORTANT

• Travel to any part of the Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other destinations because the whole region lies over 2600 meters (8500 ft). People in good health should not get alarmed by this but if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, you must take the advise of a doctor who has experience with the effects of altitude. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on this expedition.

• Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more, even though the rafting not of a very strenuous nature.