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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!
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.
You need to arrive, either by Volvo bus or flight, at the designated hotel in Manali 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.
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.
You will leave Tirthan Valley and ride along the Great Himalayan National Park, to cross the stunning, but steep Jalori pass (10,800 feet) 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 ride on the famous Hindustan-Tibet Highway along the Sutlej river. A tarmac road with easy riding conditions with beautiful views of the Sutlej till Kalpa. Kalpa, a small town is home to the delicious Kinnaur Apples. Kalpa also offers a spectacular view of one of the holiest mountains in India - Kinner Kailash.
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. Your stay tonight is in Swiss tents with attached toilets in the small but pristine Nako Village, near the Nako Lake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gaurav is a national award winning filmmaker who gave up making commercial films a long time ago to follow his passion. Since the last 11 years, he has been traveling solo across India and making documentary films about remote places and indigenous people. Two of his films, Riding Solo to the Top of the World and One Crazy Ride, have won awards at film festivals worldwide. His third film, Motorcycle Chang Pa is about a one-year journey to the Changthang plateau in Ladakh. Gaurav brings with him his years of travel experience and knowledge of the most remote and breathtaking regions of India.
Vinod's interests lie in motorcycle travel, photography, and technology. An avid photographer, he has done several motorcycle rides to different parts of India and abroad, especially in the Himalayas. Vinod has an uncanny knack for planning a ride to the bone without killing the romance and footloose nature of travel itself. His zest for perfection and meticulous planning is the backbone for designing the ride flow of all tours. He is also a member of 60kph, Motorcycle Travel Club, India, and was an integral part of the award-winning motorcycle documentary One Crazy Ride.
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.
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