10 Days Motorcycle Tour to Pangi Valley, India

Motorcycle Tours in India

Ride Pangi Valley's road, dubbed as the world’s most dangerous road. At times, you will be riding on the edge of a narrow and unpaved road with a straight drop of thousands of feet in the valley below. This adventurous ride also covers the challenging and mythical Sach Pass and camping experiences on some of the most beautiful and unusual locations. If you are an adventure motorcyclist and looking for a dose of adrenaline, this ride will be a religious experience for you!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 800 kilometers / 497 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 kilometers / 62.14 miles
  • Meals: all breakfasts and dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Manali
  • Off-road practice in Manali before the tour
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan dual-sport 411cc motorcycle rental
  • Travel from Manali to Dharamsala across the beautiful Pangi Valley
  • Ride on the most dangerous roads in the world
  • Experienced road captain and mechanic
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Accommodation

During this motorcycle tour, you will stay on a twin-­sharing basis in hotels. Single rooms are also available for an additional fee. A personal tent, sleeping bag, and mattress will be provided when camping. Near Chandra Valley, you will stay in bamboo cottages.

Ride of My Life India Motorcycle Tours Itinerary

Day 1: Monday - Arrive in Manali

You need to arrive in Manali either by Volvo bus or by flight to Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU) from New Delhi. Once in Manali, you will need to head to the designated hotel by 12 p.m., where 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 - Motorcycle orientation and off road practice

On this day, you will get the hang of riding a Royal Enfield on the varied terrain of the Himalayas that you will be encountering later in the tour. Any adjustments to the motorcycle according to your preference and riding posture will be done by the mechanic.

Day 3: Wednesday - Manali to Tandi

You will wake up early in the morning to ride on the world's highest road, the Manali-Leh Highway. As soon as you leave Manali, the climb for the 13,051 feet high Rohtang Pass will start. After Rohtang, the road descends into the Chandra Valley and becomes rough and muddy, giving you the sense of adventure that lies ahead. Your stay will be in bamboo cottages with an incredible view of the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers.

Day 4: Thursday - Tandi to Killar

The real treat starts today; narrow roads, water crossings, and remote villages await you. You will leave early and divert from the Manali-Leh Highway towards Udaipur. After Udaipur, the road becomes blissfully dusty and rough. You will ride on a road hundreds of meters high and along the narrow gorges of the Chenab Valley amidst pristine landscapes and waterfalls. You will take a detour towards a basic hotel in Killar Village, which will be your base for two nights.

Day 5: Friday - Killar to Kistawar Road to Killar

Today is the day to wake up with a grin on the face as you will be riding through some of the most challenging ‘roads’ you would have ever ridden on, leading to the ‘World’s most dangerous road’. This experience is not for the faint-hearted, as one glance down the valley is bound to give you goosebumps. After taking in the beauty and clicking sufficient pictures, you head back towards your hotel in Killar for yet another challenging day tomorrow.

Day 6: Saturday - Killar to Bairagarh via Sach Pass

On this day, you will cross over to the other side of the River Chenab towards Chamba, via Sach Pass. The initial ride will be through raw yet beautiful forest roads, which eventually lead to extremely steep and twisty roads towards Sach Pass at 14,500 feet high. Descent from the pass offers you majestic views of Chamba Valley. Your stay today is in a hotel in a small village with basic amenities.

Day 7: Sunday - Bairagarh to Dalhousie

From this day, the roads will get better as you ride towards the busy Chamba Town. After taking a diversion towards Dalhousie, you will halt for the day at a nice hotel. After the adventure, you are free to indulge in shopping or sightseeing or just rest.

Day 8: Monday - Dalhousie to Dharamsala

After a short but eventful ride through Jot Pass, at 7,500 feet high, you will reach McLeod Ganj or Little Lhasa, where the Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered. This is also the home of the Dalai Lama. Once you check into the hotel, you can choose to visit the Dalai Lama temple or the local market before the party in the evening.

Day 9: Tuesday - Dharamsala to Manali

After riding for days in middle of nowhere and on rough roads, today, for a change, you will be on the smooth national highway along the Beas river and back to your hotel in Manali.

Day 10: Wednesday - Departure from Manali

It is time to say goodbye after an adventure of a lifetime and endless stories to share. Your hotel is paid for till 12 p.m. on this day. You can choose to take a luxury bus to Delhi or Chandigarh or a flight from Kullu–Manali Airport (KUU) for your journey back home.

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

Included excursions

  • Explore Pangi, Chenab, Chandra valleys
  • Ride on challenging high passes and water crossings
  • Ride on the most dangerous road in the world
  • Visit Mcleodganj, home to the Dalai Lama
  • Visit remote villages in India

Guides

Gaurav Jani
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 Panicker
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.

Location

Pangi Valley, in the upper part of Chamba District, is a remote region placed between the Middle and the Greater Himalaya. The valley remains landlocked for about six to eight months due to heavy snowfall. During late summer and fall, it can be accessed through several passes, which provide a challenge to serious trekkers and travelers.

The people of Pangi are often called the Pangwals and practically all the people live in small and fairly isolated villages. Almost everyone in Pangi is directly or indirectly connected to agriculture and livestock. Life is still dictated by the cycle of seasons and the acts of sowing and reaping. Due to the geographical isolation and the weather, the communities are expectedly inward looking. People here are mainly Hindu with a small population of Buddhists.

The elevation in the region varies from 7,000 feet to 11,000 feet above sea level. Roads are poor, with few of them surfaced and covered with dust, boulders, mud, sand, and water streams. The valley is believed to be rich in minerals like iron ore, limestone, and mica.

Food

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All tolls and entry fees
  • Camping equipment: Tent, sleeping bag, and mattresses
  • Cooking team to prepare meals
  • Daily dinner and breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking road captain
  • Mechanic throughout the tour
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan dual-sport 411cc motorcycle rental
  • Separate backup truck for cooking and support teams
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials

What's not included

  • 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
  • Travel to Manali and from Dharamsala

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Tour information
  • Motorcyclists with touring experience will be admitted after screening by the road captain.
  • Minimum number of riders required is 8.
Wednesday September 5, 2018
(10 days / 9 nights)

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