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!
The maximum participants in the group is 14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On this tour, you will be served hygienic vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Daily breakfast and dinner are included.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU).
You can get to Kullu by taking a Volvo bus.
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