Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Loction : Central Himalayas and Greater Himalayas—Kinnaur, Spiti and Kullu Manali
Best Season : Mid June to Early October
Category : Cultural, Nature and High Adventure Motor Biking Tour
Covering : Delhi > Shimla > Kinnaur Valley > Spiti valley > Kullu Manali Valley
You can take it : As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice)
Special About Tour :
The Most popular Motor Biking Tour, takes you through Riding on these off beat routes of Himalayas to explore the beautiful valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti Himalayas. We ride our 500 CC Royal Enfield Motor Bikes through one of the most isolated, remotest and vibrant regions of the Himalayas. Is a deserted mountain valley located high in the Indian Himalaya mountains. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, the land between Tibet and Ladakh. The valley lies in the North East of the Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh, and forms part of the Lahaul and Spiti district. We start our ride from Shimla- the historic summer capital of the British Raj to Kinnaur valley also known as the tribal valley of Himachal Pradesh and further continue to the Beautiful high altitude Spiti valley of Indian Himalayas.
Spiti’s mountains form a part of the Central and Greater Himalayas and several peaks are over 6,000 metres providing unparalleled panoramic views from the valley. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated and isolated regions in India and is famous as the off beat tourism destination in Himalayas. The valley is also known as the tribal valley of Himachal- the Tribal People (hardworking mountain tribes) follow the same Buddhist culture as that of Tibet and Ladakh. For centuries people in these remote valleys lived largely isolated from one another, holding and preserving the treasures and secrets of ancient civilizations untainted by modernity unmatched outside these mountains.
While following the Indian Tibet border road weride at your own pace discovering amazing mountain beauty, miles of serene rural dirt tracks and tranquil dirt roads, high altitude lakes, high mountain passes hidden away from the bustle of town life and well off the tourist track. You will ride through lush-green terraced fields, small villages with ancient Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries and shrines still preserved after many centuries.
Brief Itinerary : Delhi > Shimla > Sarahan > Sangla > Kalpa > Nako > Dhankar > Kaza > Kunzum Pass > Chandertal Lake > Rohtang Pass > Manali > Delhi
You will be met from your flight to Delhi International Airport by Summit Safari’s representative / your tour guide, and he will accompany you to your hotel in New Delhi. Rest of the day free at rest after a long flight.
Today it is along but interesting day of journey from the plains of India from Delhi to The Foot Hills of Himalayas to Shimla. Early in the morning, you will be assisted to board the super fast Shatabdhi train from New Delhi (07:30 AM) to Chandigarh (11:10 AM). Breakfast will be served to you on this first class train. On arrival at Chandigarh railway station we will be met by our drivers and they will drive us to Shimla, in the Foothills of Himalayas. We will arrive Shimla by 3:00 P.M where on arrival you will be assisted to the government office for the process of making the inner line permits, which would be required for your further journey into upper Kinnaur and to the Spiti valley. Evening free to walk around Shimla- the erstwhile “Summer Capital of India”. Overnight stay in hotel in Shimla.
Today we will meet our team, guides, mechanics, helpers etc and the Royal Enfield Motorcycle that you will ride for the next several days to the Indian Himalayas. After an exhaustive briefing by your ride leader / tour escort we will be taking a short ride (2-3 hrs) around Shimla, in an effort to know your motor bike properly and to get familiar with its controls and riding conditions on Indian Roads. If you feel to do some adjustments in your motor bike, the accompanying mechanic will do the final adjustments for you in the evening. The rest of the day is free for leisure or sight-seeing. The evening can be spent taking a walk on The Mall, soaking-in the charm of Shimla and visiting the Ridge, scandal point of Shimla, Christ Church of Shimla.
After breakfast we will start our ride on The Royal Enfield Motor Bike to Sarahan a beautiful village in the country sides of Shimla, on our way to deep into the Himalayas. We will be following the Indo- Tibetian Border Road (National Highway No. 22) till a small village Jeori from where we will ride uphill to Sarahan. Today it is a ride of 8-9 hrs, through the beautiful villages of Fagu, Theog, Matiana, Narkanda and Rampur. En route we will have many comfort breaks and photo stops. We will visit the Hattu peak (10,000 feet) at Narkanda, from where you can have a spectacular view of the mighty Central Himalayas. We will stop for lunch on the way to Rampur and reach Sarahan by evening and check in your hotel. Sarahan, the tiny village offers the splendid views of Shrikhanda Mahadev Peak (5,155 metres). The major attraction in Sarahan is centuries-old Hindu temple of Goddess Bhimakali. Steeped in legend, the temple complex is a resplendent example of hill architecture. Sarahan is also the gateway to Kinnaur valley. Overnight stay in hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the famous temple of Bhimakali at Sarahan. This is the same temple in which human sacrifices were made about two centuries ago. After visiting the temple we will continue riding our 500 CC Royal Enfield motor Bikes to Sangla (4-5 hrs). We drive down from Sarahan to Jeori (NH -22), yesterday where we left the Indo – Tibetian Borer road. Today we will enter the Kinnaur valley. Riding along the fierce Sutlej river flowing in the gorges below we will reach Karchham from where leaving the Indo –Tibetian border road behind, we will take a road in to the beautiful Baspa valley. Riding on the challenging mountain road for another 18 km on the narrow winding road with hair-raising gorges & cliffs high above the Baspa River gushing below we will reach Sangla village by late afternoon. The valley is also known as the Baspa Sangla valley, after river Baspa which flows through the valley and it is the part of Kinnaur valley. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in comfortable luxury tented accommodation in Sangla.
After breakfast we will make an easy start and will take a short ride to Chitkul village, another quaint village in the Baspa Valley. Chitkul is the last village on the Indian Border with Tibet (Chineese occupied Tibet) and offers great views of snow clad peaks of the Kinnaur region. The village of Chitkul is like something from a fairy tale, and you will have a chance to walk slowly around it. We will return back to Sangla for lunch and rest of the day is free to have some rest, just to enjoy the views from your beautiful campsite in the lap of Himalayas or if you are interested, you can take a walk along the Baspa river to visit village Batseri, where we will visit the beautifully carved old temples and Buddhist monasteries. You will have plenty of opportunity to speak to the local people in these valleys, and our guide will be happy to interpret. The landscapes are stunning, and you will have plenty of time to enjoy them .Second night in the same comfortable luxury tented accommodation in Sangla.
After breakfast we will start our ride back down to Karchham NH-22 and will continue on the Indo Tibetian Road to Recong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur valley. 07 km above Recong Peo is the village of Kalpa. You will check in to your hotel. And after some rest you may wish to take a walk to Kalpa village and a ride to the nearby Roghi village. These villages are covered with thick pine forests and are famous for apricots and apples. The finest view of the Mt. Kinner Kailash (6,000 metres) can be had from here. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast we will ride further down to Recong Peo and will meet The NH 22 at Powari to Nako .Today the mountain landscapes start changing from green to rocky barren and brown landscapes. Riding along the Sutlej we will reach Akpa// Spello village, where our Inner Line Permits will be checked at a Police check post. Another 35 km ride will bring us to Khab, the confluence of the Sutlej and Spiti rivers. Leaving Sutlej behind, from this point we will be riding high along the Spiti river to reach Nako, a village situated near the small but beautiful Nako Lake (3,660 metres). After lunch we will take you for a walk in the village with your guide and visit the Buddhist monastery related to guru Padmasambhava (a great Buddhist scholar, whose teachings spread to Tibet from India), we will also visit Nako Lake, the residence of His Holiness The Dalai Lama ji. This is first of the many high altitude lakes visited by you on this tour. Rest of the time you are free to enjoy a wonderful view of the whole Nako village with the Himalayas as the backdrop of the village. Overnight in fixed tented camps with attached toilets in Nako.
Today after breakfast we will continue our ride through the higher Himalayan valleys. Enroute we will cross “Maling Nala”- a major water cross on road, the beautiful villages of Chango, Sumdo, Shalkher. Today we will be entering the beautiful Spiti valley which is also known as the cold desert of the Himalayas (as this area is cut from rest of the world due to heavy snow in the winters). Our inner line permits will be checked in Sumdo again at the police check post. After finishing with the process of inner line permits we will continue our drive to Dhankar village and monastery and en route visit the Gue village which is also the last Indian village on Indo-Tibetan boarder. Here we will be visiting the naturally preserved mummy of a Buddhist monk which is about 600 years old, which was discovered here while building the road. Later on we will continue our ride to Dhankar and enroute we will visit the Tabo monastery which is the oldest monastery in the Himalayas. After lunch we will continue our ride further to Dhankar village where we will stay in a guest house for one night.
After breakfast we will visit the Dhankar village, monastery and the ruins of Dhankar fort, which presents the magnificent views of the Himalayan Mountains with the village and pin valley below. Later on we continue our ride Kungri Monastery in Pin valley. Kungri monastery in the Pin valley is the most famous one which houses old relics and paintings and is the main center of the Nyingma-pa sect of Buddhism in Spiti valley. Kungri provides unmistakable evidence of tantric cult as practiced in Buddhism. Among the villages, Sagnam and Mud are the most beautiful. Further we drive back to Kaza where we will check in at your hotel. Kaza is the head-quarters of the Spiti sub-division and we will be staying here for two consecutive nights. Here we would be able to use facilities like Internet & long distance phone calls again that we left behind at Kalpa.
After breakfast we will start our ride to Langza and Komic village (4,275 Metres / 14,026 feet), considered to be one of the highest villages in the world. Later on we will return back to Kaza and will continue our ride to Kee Monastery and the village of Kibber. We will visit Kee Monastery and will have a walk around Kibber village, before we ride back to Kaza. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in Kee / Kibber village. Second night in the same hotel in Kaza.
After breakfast we will ride further into higher Himalayas, today we will cross The Kunzum Pass (4,551 metres / 15,000 feet) and will reach at the second High Altitude Lake on your tour. Enroute we will pass by some of the very beautiful villages of Spiti Valley , will cross a couple of water streams (glacier melts) and will ride over Kunzum pass (4,551 metres / 15,000 feet) the first mountain pass of our tour. On the other side of the Kunzum pass, just before a couple of kilometers before Batal a rough road leads you to the Beautiful Chandertal Lake also known as the “Lake Of The Moon”. Just 1-2 kms before the lake we will camp at a pasture land as, the Motor bikes / Vehicles are not allowed beyond this point & camping is no longer permitted near the lake. Here, the accommodation will be at a “make-shift” camp-site in “dome” tent (sleeps two each). Sleeping bags will be provided. Dinner & breakfast will be basic “camping meals”. Call of nature will have to be answered in a small toilet tents or “in the open”, as per your preference. Rest of the day is free to walk around the beautiful Clear water “Chandertal Lake”.
After breakfast we will ride down into the Lahaul Valley, along the Chandra river, originating from a glacier near Baralacha La. The road from Chandertal all the way to Gramphu (where it meets the popular “Manali-Leh highway”) offers some of the most thrilling riding experience we will have on this tour. This stretch of the journey has several big & small water crossings challenging enough to test your grit & determination. After Gramphu we start our climb to the famous Rohtang Pass. From rohtanng we ride down to another side to kullu valley and reach manali in thye next 2-3 hrs, as we plunge down the other side, the views start changing very fastly from brown to green with pine forests and water falls. Overnight in Hotel In Manali.
Today you will make a late start after a leisurely breakfast. You can choose to ride around Manali or to have a rest. We will ride and take a 3-4 hrs tour to naggar village and castle. Naggar used to be the old Capital of Kullu. We will sip a cup of tea in Naggar castle and later on return back to Mnali. Evening is free to explore the Old Manali village by foot, or you can do your final shopping of the Himalayan craft. Second Night in the same hotel in Manali.
After breakfast we will make an early start this morning (07:00 AM) and we will drive you to Kalka / Chandigarh (9 hrs) to board the super fast Shatabdi Express (air conditioned) train to Delhi. Board the train from Kalka in late evening (5:40 PM) and reach Delhi by night (10:00 PM). Dinner is served to you on this first class express train. Reaching Delhi railway station you will we transferred to the hotel. Overnight at Delhi.
Today after breakfast at your hotel, you will be assisted and will be transfer to the international airport at New Delhi to board your return flight. In case you have a flight at night or in late evening than you may wish to go to visit the Connaught place market where you notice typical Georgian buildings and market centres. This place is named after Duke of Connaught. You can have a choice to have your lunch in a local restaurant in New Delhi and later on we will transfer you to the international airport at New Delhi to board your return flight.
This is where the tour ends. However, if you wish to stay longer in Delhi or want to take extension tour, we can make arrangements for you to be transferred to the airport at a later time.
End of the services and the tour…!
This is the itinerary for a tour which we run regularly. It can be altered & Customised and we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. You can get an idea of your holidays from the mentioned tours. We do not club our clients to groups. We suggest, plan and organize only tailor-made, personalised tour holidays to India for each client. Either you can make your own group, we would be happy to organize a personalise tour for your private group. Our Knowledgeable tour escorts is with you throughout the trip to all the famous sights and wherever required a local knowledgeable guide is provide on spot for your tour to make history and culture come alive through the stories that unfold throughout the journey. The itinerary is planned carefully , in such a way that you get enough time to acclimatise properly while riding Royal Enfield motor bikes to The Great Himalayas and to relax or to make walk in the local area and to experience the authentic life of the people living in these remote parts of Indian Himalayas.!
You will follow the itinerary as a private tour, accompanied by one of our excellent Guides/ tour escorts through out the trip. Internal travel chauffeur-driven luxury jeep / car.
Shimla and Leh Ladakh is one of the most favorite tourist destinations of Himalayas, but Kinnaur and spiti valley in the central Himalayan region are still anoff beat route for travellers. There are no star category hotels in the valley. In some places, in the remote valleys of Himalayas only fixed tented accommodation is available with basic food (hygienic food) and accommodation which is quite neat & clean.
On your tour, you stay in comfortable mid range A class Indian hotels with neat and clean fixed tented accommodation at some places in the high Himalayas. We would like to discuss and make suggestions about accommodation at the time of planning your holidays with us.
Meals plan: Bed + Breakfast + Dinner only.
Cloths: Cottons with Warm Woollens.