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10 Days Motorcycle Tour to Spiti Valley, India

  • Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

10 Days Motorcycle Tour to Spiti Valley, India

  • Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

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In the Spiti Valley, you will have a great mixture of paved and unpaved roads with numerous stream crossings. It is an ideal place for an adventure motorcyclist. The landscape here is stunningly beautiful and changes harmoniously from lush green to barren mountains to lush green again. During this tour, you also visit Buddhist monasteries, ride across high-altitude passes, visit the highest villages in the world, and ride to Chandra Taal Lake, a beautiful high-altitude lake in the Himalayas!

Highlights

  • 110 kilometers per day
  • Royal Enfield Standard 500cc motorcycle rental
  • Ride across high-altitude passes and to Chandra Taal Lake
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries and the highest villages of the world
  • Ride on a variety of road types across Spiti Valley
  • Experienced road captain and mechanic
  • Daily delicious dinner and breakfast
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 riding days
  • English
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During the tour, you will be staying at hotels and guesthouses. Near Chandra Taal Lake, the stay for the night will be in swiss tents at a campsite. And in Tandi, your stay will be in bamboo cottages. Accommodation during this tour is offered on a twin-shared basis. Single occupancy is also available for an additional cost.

Day 1: Monday - Arrive in Kullu

You need to arrive, either by Volvo bus or flight to Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU), at the designated hotel in Kullu by 12 p.m. At the hotel, you will meet the Ride of My Life team and your co-riders. After lunch, the road captain will brief everyone on the route and the day-wise plan.

Day 2: Tuesday - Kullu to Jibhi

You will start off the ride and head south, riding with the Beas River. You will then head towards Jibhi, a small village situated in the Tirthan Valley. Before checking into the riverside guesthouse, you will take a detour on a dirt track nearby to get accustomed to the Royal Enfield and the terrain that you will encounter later in the tour.

Day 3: Wednesday - Jibhi to Rampur

On this day, you will leave Tirthan Valley and ride along the Great Himalayan National Park to cross the stunning but steep Jalori Pass, at 10,800 feet of altitude, through picturesque Deodhar woods. This is a challenging part of the day’s journey because the road goes from bad to worse towards the top, with some tricky curves thrown in as well. After the descent from Jalori Pass, you will reach the busy town of Rampur, located on the bank of River Sutlej.

Day 4: Thursday - Rampur to Kalpa

Today, you will ride on the famous Hindustan-Tibet Highway along the Sutlej River. A tarmac road with easy riding conditions with beautiful views of the Sutlej, this road will help you reach Kalpa comfortably. Kalpa is the main town of Kinnaur District, home to the delicious Kinnaur Apples. Kalpa also offers a spectacular view of one of the holiest mountains in India, Kinner Kailash.

Day 5: Friday - Kalpa to Tabo

After an early breakfast, you will ride north along the narrow valley within which flows the Sutlej River, in awe of Himalayan shadows and into the high altitude region of Himachal. After some grueling stretches of dirt tracks and water crossings, you will enter the barren land of Spiti Valley. The landscape changes from lush green to rocky, and then to barren.

Day 6: Saturday - Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar

Today will be an easy riding day, you will visit Tabo monastery in the morning, at 10,010 feet of altitude. This monastery is famed for its vast collection of frescos and stucco paintings, it is called the Ajanta of the Himalayas. You will also visit Dhankar monastery at 12,774 feet, one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The monastery is built on a high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. The second half of the day will be reserved for rest.

Day 7: Sunday - Kaza - Hikkim - Komic - Kaza

Kaza, at 11,980 feet, is the capital of the Spiti Region. Today's highlight will be the ride to Hikkim, at 14,400 feet, and Komic, at 14,830 feet. These are the highest altitude villages in the world to be populated all year round. The village of Hikkim has the highest post office in the world. It is a good idea to mail a postcard to yourself and your loved ones as a souvenir of your journey. Finally, a visit to the beautiful Ki Gompa, the largest monastery in Spiti, wraps up the day's ride.

Day 8: Monday - Kaza to Chandra Taal

Today's ride is special in many ways, with the ever changing landscape which will leave you mesmerized. You will also ride over Kunzum La, at 15,050 feet, the highest altitude of the ride. The pass offers magnificent views of the Chandra-Bhaga range of mountains.

Getting close to your destination, you will ride on a narrow dirt track to reach the Chandra Taal Lake. Since vehicles are not allowed near the lake, you will have to hike for 25 minutes to this pristine Himalayan lake. The stay for the night will be in swiss tents at a campsite.

Day 9: Tuesday - Chandra Taal Lake to Tandi

The initial section of the ride will be quite rough and have many water crossings that will test your riding skills to the max. After crossing Batal, you can behold the amazing sight of Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the Himalayas. Once on the Manali-Leh Highway, you will have a comparatively smooth ride till Tandi. Your stay will be in bamboo cottages with an incredible view of the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers.

Day 10: Wednesday - Tandi to Manali

Nature will be at its best on the last day of the ride. You will cross the scenic Rohtang Pass down to the sight of lush green Himalayan mountains and waterfalls that appear out of nowhere. After the descent from the pass, you will ride into Manali, a popular hill station in the Himalayas. You will have a few rooms for you to freshen up before you take the evening bus out of Manali.

Advanced riders

  • Can ride for five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions
  • Ride across three high-altitude passes
  • Ride to Chandra Taal Lake, a beautiful high-altitude lake in the Himalayas
  • Visit some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries for a rich cultural experience
  • Visit the highest villages in the world to remain populated year-round, Hikkim and Komic

Literally meaning “the middle land,” Spiti is so called because it is surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. Located in the Trans-Himalayan region of the main range of Himalayas, it also lies between the former empires of Bushair, Kullu, Ladakh, and Tibet.

Spiti is predominantly a Buddhist region populated with people of Tibetan stock. The valley is one of the least populated regions of the country. The Gompas in Spiti are a sight to behold just by virtue of their location. Their position in the society is unique and they are major guiding forces of people’s daily life.

Spiti is a land of contrasts. With negligible annual rainfall but with heavy snowfall, patches of green fields amidst barren landscapes, it is a feast for the hungry eyes of a traveler. Apart from mountains and valleys, Spiti has a unique storehouse of shale and an unmatched geological collection of fossils. Some of the rock faces tell stories about the geological history of the Himalayas. In some valleys, the effects of tectonic thrust, which created the Himalayas, can be seen and studied.

On this tour, you will be served hygienic vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Daily breakfast and dinner are included.

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All tolls and entry fees
  • Daily dinner and breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking road captain
  • Mechanic throughout the tour
  • Royal Enfield Standard 500cc motorcycle rental
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Fuel for the ride
  • Lunch on all days
  • Optional rental for helmet, knee guards, and magnetic tank bag
  • Personal expenses
  • Refundable security deposit for the motorcycle of 10,000 INR
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU).

Arrival by bus

You can get to Kullu by taking a Volvo bus.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Danijela Milutinovic
    10 out of 10

    "It has been two months since my friend and I done the Ladakh tour with Ride of My Life team and I am still filled with amazing memories. Riding over the Himalayas is really a ride of your life. It was an experience one can hardly put into words. The Ride of My Life's team was incredible too. They helped us in any situation. They were very professional and friendly too. In fact, I feel like I have a new family over there. Thank you, Gaurav, Kanika, Sachin, Vikas, Manish, and all the support crew, I hope we meet again next year!"

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  • Review by William Ruehl
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing experience! Love these people! Everyone involved, from the top to the bottom, is first class. Can't wait to go again."

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  • Review by David O'Connor
    10 out of 10

    "Just completed a 10 day tour with Ride of My Life with a private group of 13 riders. The group had varied levels of riding skill and came from Turkey, South Africa, Ireland, Germany Belgium and the UK. I can not sing the praises of the ROML team loud enough, they were very professional and extremely flexible. The whole organisation of the tour was excellent from hotel bookings and route planning, as well as the pace of the trip and the camping organisation. Food was excellent and not a Delhi Belly in sight. All equipment was provided and was top notch for camping although if you like your comfort I would recommend an inflatable mattress, the ones provided are adequate but basic. As for the bikes, you just have to love the Royal Enfield, not only for the unique experience of riding one, but for its ability to take on this rough environment. There were no major issues and the ROML team checked and tweaked the bikes every evening, making sure they ran perfectly every day. All in all we had a wonderful, memorable experience and would highly recommend these guys to anyone who wants to have The Ride Of Your Life!!! We will be back next year to explore more of this incredible country with them."

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  • Review by Jermaine Middleton
    10 out of 10

    "Ride of My Life truly lives up to their name! They are an organization comprised of GREAT people. Every aspect of the trip was perfect, from my initial contact with the company, to the final day on the bike. I've visited India before, and I can say that there customer service is top notch. I can't give a higher recommendation for a company to ride with."

    "Ride Of My Life team, thanks for the ride of Mt life. I'm looking forward to my next ride with you!"

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  • Review by Jay Bhavsar
    10 out of 10

    "I recently completed my dream ride from Manali to Leh. It is everyman's dream to be a rider of such a challenging terrain like Leh. If you're in a search of biking adventure, Ride of My Life will be the best option among all, especially when you have riding captains like Manish and Vikas. The accommodation and food were truly up to the mark. It was a memory for a lifetime. Thanks a ton, team Ride of My Life. I hope I will join you guys very soon for the next trip."

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  • Review by Malcolm Thomas
    10 out of 10

    "Just back in NZ from my tour with Ride of My Life team and completed the SM2 tour. What an amazing tour with a wonderful bunch of fellow "bikers"."

    "The entire ROML crew were fantastic and made our trip a very enjoyable, memorable couple of weeks."

    "I'm so glad I chose to ride with these guys. They are motorcyclists and adventurers first and foremost and really understand what makes bikers tick and have created a fantastic package. "

    "The bikes and backup is brilliant. The team asked regularly if everything was OK and always sorted any issues out straight away."

    "I'm already looking at more tours with ROML and I'm sure I will be back for another ride with ROML in the future."

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  • Review by Colin Halliday
    10 out of 10

    "Just got back home after doing the 13 day Ladakh ride. Had an absolutely amazing time. The Ride of my Life crew are very professional yet at the same time fun loving and truly seem to enjoy their 'job'. The Enfields are simple yet sturdy machines and surprisingly ideal for the type of terrain you ride. Though the ride is guided you have a lot of freedom to start and stop, ride at a pace that suits you and even use the bike once the days riding is officially over to do extra sight seeing."

    "It's a real adventure, challenging at times but always a lot of fun with this team."

    "Thank you to the whole team :-)"

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  • Review by Rashmi Dungdung from India
    10 out of 10

    "Memories last for a lifetime...and this Team is doing a great job cz they bring amazing people together with whom you create memories...and ofcourse the Adventure ..the bonding...the experience ..It's for you all to witness...You will surely cherish it forever."

    "Accommodation,Breafast,Dinner everything is sorted so all you have to do is have fun..."

    "Cheers to the team...All the Best for future ventures...Ride of my life.... Truly"

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  • Review by Ajith Krishnan from India
    10 out of 10

    "I had the pleasure of leveraging the Ride Of My Life team to complete my bucket list Motorcycle trip to Ladakh. Having just completed the Aug 2016 SM2 with my wife as pillion, the ride was everything that was promised. Adventure, fun and camaraderie! We had a great experience with Manish and team. Made many unforgettable memories and great friends."

    "The motorcycles were in very good condition with a very good support team. Accomodations were very good especially despite the infrastructure limitations in the region."

    "Despite being in a group, we had plenty of freedom to stop to take photographs or just soak in the scenery, when we chose, where we chose."

    "To those who are on the fence trying to decide if you want to do this on your own and probably reduce your expenses, by all means consider your options. Do note that going with this experienced team implies that all worries of accomodation, route planning, dealing with emergencies, handling tolls and paperwork etc (which are incidentally very very common) are all taken care of. Just show up and ride! What could be simpler."

    "Would definitely consider the ROML team when i plan my next motorcycle trip"

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  • Review by Sameer Surnis from India
    10 out of 10

    "My friend and I did a ride in July 2016 from Leh to Manali. The ride was indeed a once in a lifetime event for us. The itinerary was very professionally designed. The food and accommodation were excellent. The captains, Vikas and Sachin, were awesome. Guru and Gaurav Jani, you are supreme! Jai Nonu!"

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