- These rates cover motorcycle rental and standard accommodations. Fuel is not included.
- Each departure requires a minimum of 10 persons. If the bookings fall short of this number we can either refund your payment (minus any bank transfer charges) or move you to another departure. We will inform you of any scheduling changes at least 3 months before your departure date.
- This tour starts and ends in Manali.
Spiti, once fabled as the forbidden land, is a part of India where the Tibetan Plateau crosses over into India. High-altitude deserts, lunar landscape, wide-open valleys and ancient Buddhist monasteries make this a motorcycling paradise. There are some tough dirt-roads to negotiate through Lahaul Valley, but the grassy meadows over in Spiti are a handsome reward for the riders who dare venture on their motorcycles into this corner of the Himalaya.
Day 1: Arrive in Manali
Day 2: Manali – Shoja (Banjar valley)
Day 3: Shoja (Banjar Valley) - Sarahan
Day 4: Sarahan - Sangla - Kalpa
Day 5: Kalpa - Nako
Day 6: Nako - Kaza
Day 7: kaza - Kibber - Kaza
Day 8: Kaza - Chandratal Lake
Day 9: Chandratal Lake - Manali
Day 1: Arrive in Manali
Breakfast in the Himalayan foothills and we drive through Himachali towns like Mandi and Kullu. We get into Manali later in the morning and check into our hotel for a rest and shower. The bikes will be waiting in the hotel driveway and we march out with our coffee mugs for a briefing session. What, no ABS!? You get a few pointers into the more quirky habits of the Enfield – 350cc motor pumping out only 19bhp, a long vertical engine with a strap-on external gear-box and a clunky gear-shift to boot. We’ll have an equipment check (to make sure the baggage handlers at Heathrow did not pack off your riding mittens to Cairo) and once everyone is kitted out, we go off for a warm-up ride through Kullu Valley. We’ll tackle tarmac for a few kilometres to get everyone used to their Enfields and then a bit of dirt, cause dirt - and tons of it - is what you will encounter on the ride to Spiti. An early dinner with discussions on the route and tips on high-altitude mountain travel and we hit the sack early.
Day 2: Manali – Shoja (Banjar Valley) (ride 106km)
Today we have an easy ride down the Kullu Valley. The valley is famous for apples, plums, pears and beautiful alpine topography. We ride down to Kullu town and go past Bhuntar airfield. After Bhuntar we cross over the Beas river at Aut into the Banjar Valley. The roads are fine till Banjar. After that the route becomes quite steep as we climb towards Jalori Pass (3134 m) and we need to ride all the way up till Shoja village, a beautiful mountain village located amongst thick cedar forests. We stay for the evening at Banjara Camps.
Day 3: Shoja to Sarahan (Ride 124 km)
After breakfast we do the final climb up to Jalori Pass (3134m). This pass remains closed in winters for months due to heavy snowfall. After we cross Jalori Pass the road descends downwards and we reach Ani, a small township. In the afternoon we finally reach Sarahan and check into our hotel. After lunch we can visit the famous Bhimakali Temple and explore its unique architecture, which is believed to be 800 years old. We spend the night stay at a hotel in Sarahan.
Day 4: Sarahan - Sangla - Kalpa (97km)
Today we start our ride early. The roads are a mix of good tarmac and broken patches. The Sangla Valley (also called Baspa Valley) is named after the river Baspa. The valley is famous for its quality apples and trout fish found in the Baspa river. You can enjoy the beauty of the Sangla Valley while riding along on your Royal Enfield, the low-revving engine thumping lazily in the afternoon. After a long ride through the valley we reach Sangla, a small township. Here you can find ATMs, a petrol station, restaurants and shops. You can park the bikes and go for a walk around the place and experience the Kinnauri culture of this valley. After hanging around for some time in Sangla, we ride towards Kalpa towards our hotel and check-in for our night stay.
Day 5: Kalpa - Nako (117 km)
After an early breakfast we ride from Kalpa towards the main highway for Spiti. The topography gradually changes from green to harsh, rocky mountanous terrain. As we reach Nako (3625m) you can see the village below the Reo Rurgyal Mountain Range. Nako has a small lake called Nako lake, the gem of this village, and the main attraction here for many tourists. Nako Monastery dates back to the 11th century and is yet another attraction of this village. Apples and sun-dried apricots are the main cash crop of this village. After exploring Nako you can relax in your tents at the campsite.
Day 6: Nako - kaza (112 km)
On the way to Kaza we visit Dhankar Monastery which dates back to the 12th century. It is built on top of a ridge, a precarious and strategic location that overlooks the confluence of the Pin and Spiti rivers. After exploring this magnificent monastery we ride to Kaza. Kaza is the main marketplace for all of Spiti. Here you can make calls, check e-mails, etc. In the evening we stay in our guesthouse in Kaza, with dinner and beer out in the garden, under the stars that light up the Himalaya.
Day 7: Kaza - Kibber - Kaza
Next morning we ride to Ki Monastery, one of the biggest and oldest monasteries in Spiti valley. Ki looks like it is out of a fantasy story, with the fortress-like monastery located on top of a short hill and Ki village lying at its base. After spending a good time at this complex, we ride to Kibber Village (4400m), the second-highest village in the world with electricity and a motorable road. We ride back to Kaza in the evening and spend the night in Kaza.
Day 8: Kaza - Chandratal Lake (95km)
Today we ride to Chandratal Lake (4300m). From Kaza to Losar the road is fairly rough tarmac. Losar is the last inhabited place in Spiti valley. After this it is all wild Himalaya all the way to Manali. After we exit the Spiti border, right after Losar, the road turns into a dirt track, strewn with rubble and small rocks, so you need to ride cautiously from here onward. After Losar we have to cross our second pass of the tour, the Kunzum La (4590m). It is a beautiful pass and you get the feeling of climbing up to the sky, through the Greater Himalaya. We reach our destination - Chandratal - in the afternoon (chandra = Moon, tal = Lake). We spend the night at a campsite by the crystal clear waters of the Chandratal.
Day 9: Chandratal Lake - Manali (140 km)
This is the last day of our tour and we set out for Manali after breakfast. The roads here are very bad, we have to ride slowly and carefully. On the way we cross Batal and Chattru. This ride is probably the most beautiful part of the ride, through the truly wild parts of the Himalaya. Finally we reach Gramphu and climb all the way up to the Rohtang Pass (3978m). After crossing Rohtang we have to decend down 51 km to reach Manali. Its a visiual delight to see again all that greenry which was missing the past many days during our stay in the Spiti valley. After reaching Manali we check in to hotel rooms, relax and freshen up for a get-together in the evening.
The tour includes:
- 350cc or 500cc Royal Enfields for riders, tour leader and tour guide.
- All hotel, guesthouse and camping charges on multiple-sharing basis with breakfast, and dinner included.
- Bungee cords for strapping on your day pack.
- Backup pickup truck with mechanic. All your luggage goes in the truck.
- First aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
- Food and lodgings for the tour guide and back-up crew.
- All taxes are included in the tour price.
- Tour price includes all permits and toll charges.
The tour does not include:
- Alcoholic beverages and lunch
-Personal expenses like telephone, laundry, table tips, cold beverages (juice, alcohol ) etc
-Any damage/ change of spares done to the motorbikes are payable as extra
- All riders will be expected to pay their own fuel bills at petrol stations. The kitty will pay for spare fuel that we carry in the back-up truck - we will need to top up tanks in Pang and Sarchu and there are no petrol pumps in this area.
- Helmets, gloves, jackets, boots, strap-on luggage and other riding gear – riders are advised to bring their own.
- Please ensure that you have the appropriate medical insurance from your country of origin and that it covers activities of this nature.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.will be charged extra.
- Transportation to and from Manali is not included