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9 Day Old Silk Route: Spiti Valley Premium Guided Motorcycle Tour in India

Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

India Guided Motorcycle Tour

The ride through the snow cladded mountains screams for perseverance, courage, and determination. You need to be gregarious enough to soak the familiarity of the sparse mud hurts and the vast blankets of snow. Let's test your enthusiasm to ride along the turquoise water sheltered proudly between the snowy young mountains. Let's walk you through the kingdom of magic standing tall with these gallant terrains. Dream Riders Moto touring invites you to skip a heartbeat and breakthrough these amazing meadows of lively mountains. Prepare your body for the soulful spirit of the Himachal.

Key information

  • Terrain: 60% paved, 40% unpaved
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield 500 CC)
  • Mileage: 980 kilometers / 609 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 - 210 kilometers / 62 - 130 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent: helmet, knee guards, and jacket
  • Meals: daily breakfast and dinner

Meet the guides

Ronak & Hiren
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Manali
  • Visit 1000-year-old monastery and Lama training center at Kee Monastery
  • Experience the Magnificent Cold Mountain Desert, also known as a Middle Land
  • Photographers Paradise and one of India's highest Motorable road in India at Kunzum
  • Enjoy cold breezy winds at crescent-shaped, remotely located Chandrataal Lake
  • Balancing through rocky and knee level water flooded nallahs
  • Ride through caved roads in the Himalayan mountains
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bhuntar Airport (US$27 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

You will stay at hotels and tents that have been associated with The Dream Riders Group for a long and relied on for the best services. In Manali, you will stay at the Laurent & Banon Resort or similar accommodation. Next, you will be accommodated at The hidden burrow or Similar in Jibhi, at hotel The Grand Shambala in Kalpa, at Hotel Maitreya Regency, at Hotel Sakya Abode, or Similar at Kaza. Meanwhile, you will spend the night in Moon Lake Camp or similar accommodation in Chandratal.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Manali

Welcome to the doorway of wanderlust - Manali. The team will assist you to reach the hotel. After checking in, you are free to wander around the city if you wish. You will see the team's faces again in the evening for the induction program where they prepare you for the 'not for everyone' trip with a healthy discussion on roadmap and pitfalls. The motorcycle will be allotted and let you test the motorcycle. Please inform the team of adjustments if any. After you feed your tummy at the hotel. The Dream Riders Group recommends good sleep before the 1st riding day.

  • Transfers: not included (on request available)
  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: dinner

Day 2: Manali – Jibhi (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

Do not tarnish your image on the very first day. The lavish colors of the grand town Kullu turn into rural charm as you ride past Bhuntar. The green valleys are breath-taking as you ride along the river till Jibhi. Take a comfortable nice nap in the lap of the mountains.

  • Accommodation: Swiss tent / standard hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 3: Jibhi – Jalori Pass - Kalpa (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

Kinnaur Valley has always been mentioned as a magical kingdom in Hindu mythologies. One can not skip praising The Gateway of Kinnaur. You will find roads that are not as smooth as yesterday. Of course, you need not worry about the motorbike chain getting dirty, they have a mechanic with you. If you like the narrow hillside roads, today you will fall in love with roads accompanied by the Satluj river Gorge; the roughest path will be served in the desert.

  • Accommodation: Swiss tent / standard hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 4: Sangla – Chitkul - Kalpa (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

After breakfast, get ready to ride up to the last village before China. Devour the magnificent views of the valley of the Chitkul and take a walk around the river. You ride on the path where true off-roading or honestly, no roading starts. The mountains follow the same color code of roads craggy brown. Hold your handle well since you will experience the usual fishtail and occasional jumps.

  • Accommodation: 4 star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast

Day 5: Kalpa – Tabo – Naki – Kaza (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

When you start today, you wish to ride slowly to devour the scenery blue Spiti and Snow mountains. Any way riding slow not an option, you are duly forced by black ice and landslides. Why the roads of NH 505 in such a state? Well, the credit goes to the surprises – slush, rolling stones, and confident freezing temperatures. Although, the road grows merciful to the derriere later. The Kazigs (hairpin turns) and the snow-capped mountains confuse you where to look. You know the correct answer. You reach freezing land Kaza in the evening. There There! You are in the Capital of The Spiti Valley.

  • Accommodation: 3 star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 6: Kaza Local (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

The city itself is bliss separated into old and new Kaza by Kaza Nullah. Today you are out to visit some of the less explored locations high on the east side of Spiti Valley. You are very versed with atrocities of the road so no need to mention them again. The Chau Chau Kang Nilda seems to be close enough to touch at Langza and do not forget to collect sea fossils. Leaving Langza, you reach yet another high-altitude village Hikkim, loaded with many "highest in the world" awards. You can see the ruins of the Tangyut Monastery destroyed in the 1975 earthquake. Finally, you head to the highest motorable village Komic before heading back to your nest in Kaza.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 7: Kaza - Chandratal (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

You get to explore local avenues in the morning – Kaza Monastery, Key Monastery, and Kibber Monastery. Among these, Kibber Monastery, established in the 11th century, has the largest concerning numbers. On the other hand, Key Monastery offers a breath-taking view of Spiti Valley from the aloft rock.

Later when the sun sits right on the head, you direct their handlebar towards The Chandra Tal (Moon Lake). Unlike before, the Spiti river flows on the right, later again on the left. You ride on the Manali road until Kunzum Pass. Afterward, you take an 8 km long "road of stones & water", accompanied by meadows. At last, you reach the Colour Changing Lake, which sits in the lap of The Himalayas (14000 feet). Sit at the bank and witness the ultimate time-lapse of The Moon Lake.

  • Accommodation: Swiss tent
  • Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 8: Chandratal - Manali (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

After being mesmerized by the sunrise and good breakfast, you gear up to leave for Manali. The road seems soothing to the eyes and comfort to the back for a while. You will take Batal road via Kunzum pass. Soon after it turns into the dream of an off-roader and a nightmare for a cruising rider. Big boulders hurdling your path in the water stream is not what everyone dreams of. You ride further to conquer the Rohtang pass before you reach Manali. You enjoy the moments of the trip at the dinner table at the hotel.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 9: Manali – hometown

After breakfast, check out from the hotel as per the policy. The team will bid adieu from this point. You bid farewell to each other and cheers the moments of togetherness. You will depart with memories and friends for life. Here onwards, you leave for your lives and cities.

  • Transfers: not included (on request available)
  • Included meals: breakfast

Skill level

Intermediate

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • 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

Guides

Ronak Upadhyay

Hiren Patel

Location

This tour will cover various destinations in India including Manali, Jibhi, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, Kaza, and Chandratal. Here is the list of mountain passes: Jalori Pass and Rohtang Pass

Food

During this tour, you will be offered a vegetarian breakfast with eggs or omelet and dinner. Food will be typically Indian and Tibetan and, at some places, non-vegetarian (depending upon availability). For special dietary requirements, it is a good idea to communicate it with the organizer before making a reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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

Things to do (optional)

  • River rafting at Manali
  • Paragliding at Manali
  • Local barbers/head and face massage experience
  • Shopping from the Tibetian style markets and fascinating village shops

Spa treatments

Spa is only available at Manali at an additional cost.

What's included

  • Royal Enfield 500 CC motorcycle for the tour
  • 8 nights accommodation (Swiss tent / 3 to 4-star hotel)
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Experienced road captain
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Oxygen cylinder and basic medical amenities
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
  • All inner line permits for restricted area
  • Activities and visits to make the experience truly memorable

What's not included

  • Applicable government GST tax
  • Your two-way travel to and from Manali or Kullu Airport (KUU)
  • Lunches on all days
  • Fuel for the ride
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Indian visa
  • Spa treatments
  • Personal Expenses (snacks, bottled water, juice, porter, etc.)
  • Any spares consume during the ride
  • Monument entry charges
  • 10,000 INR refundable security deposit for the motorcycle
  • Upgrade to a Royal Enfield Himalayan – INR 6,000 per motorbike
  • Single occupancy add-on: INR 20,000
  • Optional rental for the helmet, knee guards, and jacket
  • Anything not mentioned in tour inclusions
  • Any hotel, subsistence, or other cost incurred prior to the official start date of the tour and after the official end date of the tour

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). you can book an onward flight to Bhutan Airport (KUU) or you can easily book a Volvo bus seat for an overnight journey. Normally, a semi-sleeper Volvo bus charges approximately 1500 INR per ticket starting Delhi and takes nearly 12 hours. A private taxi charges 13,000 INR for the same. On request, the arrangement can be made for the additional cost.

Airport: Bhuntar Airport Airport transfer available: Bhuntar Airport (US$27 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
9 days / 8 nights
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Custom dates

The Dream Riders Group can arrange a private luxury tour for the group more than four riders on their requested date.

Tuesday July 13, 2021
(9 days / 8 nights)

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