Lahaul And Spiti Motor Cycle Tour - 14 Days
Riding In The Land Of Gods / Lahaul and Spiti
13 Nights – 14 Days
Riding distance : 1200 KMS / 750 MILES | Tour Dates : 26TH AUGUST To 08TH SEPTEMBER
Altitude : 240 M – 4550 M / 790 FT – 15020 FT
SHIMLA – NIRATH SUN TEMPLE – SARAHAN – BHIMAKALI TMPLE – SANGLA VALLEY – CHITKUL VILLAGE – BASPA RIVER – KALPA – NAKO LAKE – TABO – DHANKHAR – KAZA – KI MONATERY – KIBBER THE HIGHEST VILLAGE IN THE WORLD WHICH IS CONNECTED BY MOTORABLE ROAD AND IS THE HIGHEST HABITATED VILLAGE IN THE WORLD (4205 M / 13793 FT – CHANDRATAL LAKE – KUNZUM LA – ROHTANG LA – MANALI
HIMACHAL PRADESH, the region of eternal snow peaks, encompasses regions of great diversity, both on the cultural and the natural level. In the south, the Himalayan foothills have deep lush valleys, like those of Kullu or Kangra, surrounded by peaks that sometimes go over 6000m of altitude. Habited in majority by Hindus, these valleys are resplendent with temples and natural sanctuaries. In this region, you will also find Shimla, which was in the past the capital of British during summer, and Manali, a hill station adopted by the Hippies for the nonchalance of its inhabitants and its charas (hashish), The south is separated from the north by the imposing principal the Himalayas chain above which extend Lahoul and Spiti. Close to Tibet, these regions where Buddhists of Tibetan origin live have some of the oldest monasteries of the Tibetan world.Though most of the ride covers asphalt roads but given the topography of Himachal Pradesh, we are likely to cross rocky and sandy terrain, so we expect our participants to have a penchant for adventure. We expect the riders to have an experience with biking.
ARRIVE IN DELHI
We will meet you at Delhi Airport and transfer you to your Hotel. Because fellow group members may be arriving on different flights, we will wait to meet the fellow group members on the next day at the breakfast table and the staff at the dinner table.
DELHI – CHANDIGARH – SHIMLA. (2205 M / 7280 FT) (120 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
An early morning air-conditioned express train will bring you to Chandigarh, at the footsteps of the Himalayas, in about 4 hours. Breakfast is served in the train & is inclusive in the fare. From Kalka a 3 hour road journey in an AC Car will bring you to the erstwhile “summer capital” of India. Post lunch you’ll meet your Royal Enfield Motorcycle, your ride for the next several days. After an exhaustive briefing by your ride leader you’ll be taking a short ride in an effort to know your bike better and to get familiar with its controls and riding conditions in India.
SHIMLA – SARAHAN. (2315 M / 7640 FT) (175 KMS / 5 – 6 HRS)
After breakfast it’s time to kickoff your motorcycle journey into Kinnaur, Spiti&Lahoul;. You’ll be leaving Shimla riding up the Hindustan-Tibet Highway (NH-22) towards Rampur. We will visit the famous ancient sun temple at Nirath a small town on the highway. We leave the NH-22 at Jeori, from where an 18 Km road winds up the mountain to Sarahan, home to the legendary Bhimakali temple, dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of former Bushahr State.
SARAHAN – SANGLA. (3450 M / 11390 FT) (100 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
Today’s ride is comparatively short but challenging nonetheless. Back-tracking till Jeori, you’ll take the NH-22 again towards Kinnaur. Riding along the fierce Sutlej river flowing angrily in the gorges below you’ll reach Karchham. At this turning point, a road continues towards Spiti and another turns towards the Baspa Valley and on to the beautiful village of Sangla. This is another 18 km stretch of narrow winding road with hair-raising gorges & cliffs high above the Baspariver gushing below.
SANGLA – CHITKUL – KALPA (2760 M / 9100 FT) (100 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
After enjoying a quite morning in the lap of Sangla valley you’ll saddle-up once again, first for a short ride to Chitkul, another quaint village in the Baspa Valley. Chitkul is the last village on this road towards border with Tibet (China) and offers great views of snow clad peaks of the Kinnaur region. After spending a little time here you’ll return to Sangla for lunch and shortly afterwards leave for our next destination, Kalpa. Again backtracking to the NH-22 at Karchham you’ll continue on the road towards RecongPeo, nestled 7 km above which is the village of Kalpa.
KALPA – NAKO LAKE (3662 M / 12085 FT) (115 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS).
As you ride further up the Hindustan-Tibet highway, the mountain landscape starts to change from green to rocky & barren. Still riding along the Sutlej you’ll reach Spello where your permits will be checked at a Police check-post. Another 35 km ride will bring you to Khab, a small village at the confluence of the Spiti& Sutlej rivers. Leaving Sutlej, from this point on you’ll be riding along the Spiti river to reach Nako, a village situated near the small but beautiful Nakolake (3660 M). This is first of the many high altitude lakes visited by you on this tour. The location of this village is remote & infrastructure is basic.
NAKO – TABO – DHANKHAR – KAZA (3600 M / 11900 FT) (150 KMS / 5 – 6 HRS).
Today’s ride will take you further up into higher mountains (& across the infamous “MalingNala”, your first major water crossing) and down to Chango where you’ll enter Spiti Valley. We will visit the TaboMonastery. After having lunch at a restaurant nearby we will further ride to Dhankhar, the ancient palace of Spiti on the top of the cliff after visiting the Palace we ride further to Kaza.
KAZA – KI – KIBBER – KAZA. (50 KMS ROUND TRIP)
Today we ride to visit Ki Monastery &Kibber; village situated at a height of 4205 M / 13890 FT the highest situated village which is connected by motor able road and have its own polling stations at the time of election.
KAZA – KUNZUM LA (4550 M / 15020 FT) – CHANDRATAL. (4270 M / 14090 FT) (100 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
Continuing up the Spiti Valley & further into higher Himalayas, today you’ll arrive at the High Altitude Lake on your tour. After crossing the high pass (Kunzum La, 4550 M) and a couple of streams (glacier melts) you’ll reach the beautiful & desolate lake of Chandra Taal (4270 M). A “chilling” yet “intriguing” experience, nevertheless.
CHANDRATAL – ROHTANG LA(3980 M / 13135 FT) – MANALI ((2050 M / 6765 FT) (150 KMS / TIME DURATION WILL BE GIVEN IN MANALI SEEING THE ROAD CONDITION OF ROHTANG PASS)
Continuing up the Spiti Valley & further into Lahoul Valley, We gradually start going up the zigzag road to climb Rohtang La 3980 M. After crossing the Rohtang La we descend down to Manali the town which gets maximum number of honey moon couple.
MANALI – GOSHAINI (1370 M / 4500 FT) (110 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
Today is our last day of riding. We stay reach Goshaini a small village leaving behind the main highway.
REST AT GOSHAINI.
GOSHAINI – CHANDIGARH – DELHI
After early breakfast we drive to Chandigarh by a small bus (300 KMS / 6 – 7 HRS) to board the evening super-fast train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi by late evening and transferred to Hotel.
Transfer to the Airport to board the flight back home.