See some of the oldest monasteries in India such as Key, Dhankar, Tabo, and Nako Sakeya. Visit Chandra Taal which is the highest lake, Komic which is the Asia’s highest village, and the last inhabited village called Chitkul, near the Indo-China border. The sheer scale of untouched beauty in this area makes this adventure completely worthwhile, not to mention the interesting characters and fascinating cultures you will experience along the way.
The accommodations will be camping around a bonfire.
Contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines the ancient with the modern.
You will head to Shimla via express train and stop en route in Kalka, which sits at the footsteps of the Himalayas and offers some breathtaking views. You will stay overnight in Shimla.
Here, you will kick-off your motorcycle journey further into the Himalayas, towards Rampur. You will wind up the mountain to a beautiful “forest lodge” amidst lush greenery at an altitude of about 2850 meters.
You will continue your journey by riding along the fierce Sutlej River flowing in the gorges below. Once you reach Karcham, a road continues towards Spiti and another turns towards Baspa Valley and on to the beautiful village of Sangla. This is another stretch of narrow winding road with hair-raising gorges and cliffs high above the Baspa River gushing below. Comfortable camping will be in a beautiful setting by the river.
After enjoying a quiet morning in the lap of Sangla Valley, you will saddle up once again for a short ride to Chitkul, another quaint village in Baspa Valley. Chitkul is the last village on this road towards the border with Tibet (China) and offers great views of snow clad peaks of the Kinnaur region. After spending a little time here, you will return to Sangla in time for lunch. The evening is at your disposal to take a walk along the Baspa River or just enjoy the view and the setting from the camp. Overnight will be in Sangla.
You will continue on the road towards Reckong Peo, nestled 7 kilometers above the village of Kalpa. You’ll spend the day in the village walking around the apple orchards and taking in the stunning views of the Kinnaur Kailash.
You will start the day with a visit to Ajanta of the Himalayas because the Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery is popularly known. You will then be driven towards Kaza via Lingti valley. Explore the Lhalung and Dhankar monastery, followed by a mountain biking session from Kye Monastery.
Today, you will head into the remote high altitude villages of Spiti and visit the Langza which is famous for its fossils. Then, you will visit the Hikkim, known for the world’s highest post office, and Komic, the highest motorable village in Asia. You will then have lunch by the river and stroll around the market exploring local handicrafts, shops, and mingling. You will stay in Kaza for the night.
You will head towards the Spiti Valley and further into higher Himalayas where you’ll arrive at the second high altitude lake on your tour. After crossing a high pass and a couple of streams (glacier melts), you’ll reach a pasture land, 4 kilometers away from the beautiful and desolate lake of Chandra Taal. Vehicles are not allowed beyond this point and camping is no longer permitted near the lake shore. Here, the accommodation will be at a “basic” campsite in “alpine” tents (each for two).
After breakfast, you will head down into the Lahaul Valley, along with Chandra, a river originating from a glacier near Bara-lacha la. The road (or the lack of it) from Chandra Taal all the way to Gramphu offers the most thrilling riding experience of the tour. This stretch of the journey has several large and small water crossings, challenging enough to test your grit and determination. The scenery will start to turn a lot greener as you head down the Rohtang Pass to the town of Manali.
You will board the vehicle for your drive towards Delhi where you will stay for the night.
Departure from the airport or onward travel.
Notes: Extreme Bike Tours can change the tour itinerary without notification if required to deal with any issues that may arise in the countries operate in, very often due to adverse weather conditions. The itinerary will not change much but if Extreme Bike Tours can make it better, Extreme Bike Tours always will.
The Spiti Valley is located in the Himalayan mountains, Northeast India. The name ‘Spiti’ means “The Middle Land” and so it’s named as it lies between Tibet and India. As one of India’s most remote locations, the Spiti Valley landscape is very rugged with challenging terrain. On this rugged tour, you will be visiting some of the hardest to reach destinations on earth, all on a motorcycle. Some of the highlights include: