Spiti Tour2020-05-19T14:32:36+00:00

Seven Valleys of Spiti Motorcycle Tour

The Spiti region, one of the most impressive high valleys in the world, is the destination of our spectacular Seven Valleys of Spiti Motorcycle Tour. Deep in the Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti is close to the border with China and one of the remotest corners of India. Rugged mountain ranges and high passes have helped protect its millennia-old culture like no other in the world. Who could ask for a better setting for a unique adventure in the saddle of a motorcycle?

The Spiti motorbike tour starts in Dharamsala, the home away from home of the Dalai Lama. Dharamsala has been the seat of the Tibetan government in exile since 1960 and has become a center of Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Thousands of Tibetans still live there today, especially in Upper Dharamsala, which is home to numerous monasteries and Tibetan teaching institutions.

From Dharamsala, we’ll follow the Sutlej river through Spiti Valley to the very top. We’ll wind our way higher and higher, from dense primeval evergreen forests to the 4,890-meter Baralacha La Pass and the 4,420-meter Saach Pass. It’s a ride through an unreal landscape, marked by the ruggedness of the Himalayas, unique wildlife and the beauty of untamed nature, a part of the world almost forgotten by civilization.

Literally translated, Spiti means the “middle country”, the land between Tibet and India. It is also known as “Little Tibet” – locals and Tibetans in exile live together here in harmony and freedom. Both ethnic groups are followers of Tibetan Vajrajana Buddhism, and outsiders can hardly tell the difference between them. Tibetan monasteries such as Kye Gompa adorn landscapes that, with their endless expanse, beauty and snow-capped mountains, can easily hold their own with Tibet.

Spiti Valley Motorcycle Tour Highlights

  • Phantastic rides through remote Himalayan valleys
  • Visit of the Dalai Lama temple in Dharamsala
  • All highlights of the unique region Spiti “Little Tibet”
  • High valleys Sangla and Chandler, Solang Valley at Rothang Pass
  • Campfire at the wild river Tirthan
  • Visit the more than 1000 years old monasteries Kye, Lingti and Dankkar
  • Visit of the Bhimakali Temple of Sarahan
  • The old seat of kings in Naggar

We tackle seven road passes on this Himalayan motorcycle tour in the Spiti valley:

3.280m | Jalorie – Pass
4.550m | Kunzum La – Pass
4.890m | Baralacha La – Pass
4.450m | Saach – Pass

We will pass through these 7 valleys:

Kullu, Kinnaur, Sangla, Spiti, Lahaul, Pangri, Chamba

19.09. – 04.10.2021

Enfield Bullet 500: 2.980€
Pillion: 2.580€
Single Room: +580€

16 days / 15 nights / 13 riding days

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Seven Valleys of Spiti Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi and sightseeing

Arrival in Delhi, connecting flight to Dharamsala.

During the day there will be time to relax or visit the Norbulingka cultural center. The Norbulingka Institute was founded in 1995 to preserve Tibetan culture, art, crafts and literature. Today, it is home to numerous workshops of artists and craftsmen, as well as a gallery. Buying the beautiful handicrafts for sale there are a great way to support Tibetan culture and Tibetans in exile. In the evening, we’ll get together for a welcome dinner at the Roof Top Bar.

Dharamshala

Day 2: »Warming-Up-Tour to Billing«

Today, we’ll start with a warm-up ride on our Royal Enfield motorcycles to Billing, the launching point of the paragliders that can be seen high in the sky when the weather is good. We’ll reach Bir in the afternoon. Located at an altitude of nearly 1,500 meters, Bir is a center for ecotourism, meditation and courses on spirituality, with Buddhist monasteries, a settlement of Tibetan refugees and a large Tibetan pagoda.

Distance covered: approx. 100 – 140 km, Bir

Day 3: Kandi Pass to Naggar

Crossing the 2,100 meter Kandi Pass, we’ll ride into Kullu Valley to Naggar, where we’ll spend two nights.

Naggar was once the seat of the Rajas of Kullu for 1,400 years. We’ll visit the fortress of Naggar, the Krishna temple and the Roerich Art Gallery. Nicolas Roerich was an early 20th-century Russian painter and eccentric who settled in Naggar. His former residence is now a museum and gallery.

Distance covered: approx. 140 km, Naggar

Day 4: Tour to Solang Valley

We’ve lined up a day trip to Solang Valley at Rothang Pass and a visit to the bazaar of Manali for today. We’re deliberately leaving out the ride up Rothang Pass, as the road has gotten steadily busier in recent years – often with traffic jams kilometers long.

The highlight in old Manali is the bazaar with its colorful stalls, oil massages and handicrafts.

Distance covered: approx. 90 km, Naggar

Day 5: Ride to Tirthan Valley

Today we’ll ride into idyllic Tirthan Valley, which is quite close to the Great Himalayan National Park. The Tirthan flows through the valley – a river that rises from the glaciers of Hanskund, a snow-capped peak that towers over the valley. Here we can savor unspoilt nature, go trout fishing and enjoy a campfire on the banks of the rushing river.

Distance covered: approx. 100 km, Thirthan Valley

Day 6: Over Jalorie Pass to Rampur

Today we’ll take on the steep 3,280-meter Jalorie Pass, followed by a long descent into Sutlej Valley with its huge hydroelectric power stations. Passing through the district capital Rampur, we’ll reach the Bhimakali Temple of Sarahan.

Distance covered: approx. 150 km, Sarahan, Kinnaur

Day 7: Ride to to Sangla Valley

The serene Sangla Valley is our destination for the day. The ride up is spectacular – a breathtaking mountain road carved into the sheer face of the rock. We’ll explore the high valley of Sangla as far as Chitkul and spend the night in a charming hotel in the picturesque village of Batserie with its Shiva Temple, a place of magic for the locals.

Distance covered: approx. 90-140 km, Sangla Valley

Day 8: The mountain village

The morning begins with paperwork – applying for our “Inner Border Line Permit” at the district administration in Kalpa, as the following days will take us close to the Chinese border. We’ll then head up to the mountain village with the best view of the Himalayan giants surrounding the mighty mountain Kinauer Kailash, with its majestic 6,023 meters. We’ll spend the night in a new, well-appointed hotel.

Distance covered: approx. 80 km, Kalpa

Day 9: Along the Spiti river

Today we’ll follow the Spiti River and ride up to the sacred Lake Nako. In the afternoon, the 1,000-year-old monastery of the same name and relaxing by the lake is on the program.

Distance covered: approx. 100 km, Nako

Day 10: Let’s go to Spiti!

We’re approaching the climax of the tour: Spiti. We’ll ride through the wild Spiti Valley and visit Kungri Monastery in Pin Valley National Park. In the afternoon, we’ll reach the small district town of Kaza overlooking the Spiti River. Kaza is surrounded on all sides by soaring mountains. The beautiful old town and the Tangyud monastery, built like a fortress, are both worth a visit. We’ll settle in for three nights at the cozy Sakya Abode Guest House.

Distance covered: approx. 130 km, Kaza

Day 11: Day tour to the largest monastery in Spiti

Today: a day trip to the monasteries of Kye and Kormik, which are located at an altitude of almost 4,500 meters – the highest monasteries in the Himalayas to be inhabited all year round. The iconic Kye Gompa, perched on a rock, is the largest monastery in Spiti and dates back to the year 1008

Distance covered: approx. 90 km, Kaza

Day 12: Enjoying rugged tracks and beautiful scenery

Lingti and Dankar, situated at an altitude of 3,890 meters and more than 1,000 years old, are Buddhist monasteries that we will be visiting today. We’ll enjoy the rugged tracks and beautiful scenery and have plenty of time for photos. This is some of the best riding the Himalayas have to offer.

Distance covered: approx. 90 km, Kaza

Day 13: Cross the upper Chenab Valley

We advise being well-rested for today’s adventures: We’ll take on the wild Kunzum La Pass (4,550 m) and cross the upper Chenab Valley on a challenging track – a guarantee that you’ll sleep well tonight in our hotel in Sissu on the Manali-Leh Highway.

Distance covered: approx. 135 km, Sissu

Day 14: Through Lahaul to Keylong

We’ll ride through Lahaul to the district capital Keylong and spend the night in a cozy guesthouse in the middle of the small town. Keylong is the administrative center of Lahaul and the town snakes along a green mountain flank. In Keylong, you can visit the small bazaar – or kick back and relax.

Distance covered: approx. 70 km, Keylong

Day 15: The new Highway Leh – Manali

An easy ride awaits us today, heading out onto the freshly expanded Leh-Manali Highway, up to the 4,890-meter Baralacha La Pass. The landscape there couldn’t be more rugged and otherworldly. Several rivers that are vital to the valleys below rise here, fed by glacier water. The trip to the emerald Suraj Tal (Sun Lake) is a definite highlight. In the old local language, Baralacha means “the summit at the crossroads”, as it was once part of an important trade route.

Distance covered: approx. 150 km, Keylong

Day 16: Drive through the Chander Valley

From Keylong, we’ll ride through Chander Valley. The scenery and roads are becoming rougher and ever more spectacular and truly defy description. We’ll have simple accommodations in Killar tonight.

Distance covered: approx. 125 km, Killar

Day 17: The Saach Pass

Today we have a breathtaking ride up to Saach Pass, cresting at 4,450 meters. This pass was only expanded to a road a few years ago, and it’s still far from finished. It’s the greatest biking adventure of this tour!

Distance covered: approx. 85 km, Saach Pass-Bairagarh

Day 18: Back to civilization

Motorcycling at its finest. Today we’re returning to the world of creature comforts, spending the night in a colonial-style hotel in the old hill station of Dalhousie.

Distance covered: approx. 105 km, Dalhousie

Day 19: To the seat of the Dalai Lama

The last leg takes us through the lush green foothills of the Himalayas to the seat of the Dalai Lama and home of many Tibetan Buddhists.

Distance covered: approx. 135 km, McLeod Ganji

Day 20: Enjoy a free day!

A day off to relax, go shopping, and of course visit the Dalai Lama Temple and a Tibetan school. Dinner will be served in a Tibetan rooftop restaurant.

Distance covered: approx. 20-50 km, McLeod Ganji

Day 21: Flight back to Delhi

Flight from Dharamsala to Delhi, where a transit room will be available at the Ibis Hotel. We’ll stop in at the Royal Enfield Store in Saket – if you’re looking for Royal Enfield memorabilia, this is the place. At our farewell dinner at the K-Boulevard, we’ll raise our glasses one last time!

New Delhi

Day 22: Time to say goodbye!

The return flights home are usually scheduled for the early morning hours.

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Questions & Answers

Included Services2020-01-15T09:02:35+00:00

Included Services

  • All airport transfers
  • Domestic flights Delhi – Dharamsala and Dharamsala – Delhi
  • All accommodations in double/twin rooms, with en-suite bathroom. Mid range options and guesthouses (always best possible hotels at the destinations).
  • Breakfast, lunch snack, dinner (without beverages)
  • Drinking water in the service vehicle
  • Rental motorcycle Enfield Bullet 500 cc with comprehensive insurance with a retention of EUR/US$ 500, motorcycle touring kit, electronic starter Bullets
  • Seats in the service vehicle for pillions
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide on own motorcycle
  • Experienced motorcycle mechanic (spare rider who can ride your bike in case of need)
  • All road and bridge tolls, entrance admission fees for sights for the entire program

Excluded services:

  • International flights from/to Delhi
  • All beverages (beside drinking water which is always carried in the service vehicle)
  • Optional tips for guide and mechanic, souvenirs, shopping
  • India tourist e-visa (around € 65)
  • Travel rescission costs and repatriation insurance
Do I need a visa for India?2019-12-18T06:33:21+00:00

Visitors to India need a tourist visa, which you must obtain in advance.
Visas are not issued on arrival.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of your stay.
The e-Tourist Visa costs around 20 to 80 euros and you can apply for it online.
Important note: The terms for the e-Tourist Visa can be found here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
The visa application itself can be found here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info1.jsp

What do I need to bring along for a motorcycle tour?2020-01-06T11:30:46+00:00

You will definitely want to bring your riding suit with protectors and a helmet. You will also need motorcycle boots or lighter riding shoes and gloves. While your gear should be breathable in hot climates, you need to be ready for anything at high altitudes and in the Himalayas. We recommend winter gloves, warm socks, liners for jackets and trousers, a scarf and face protection. Rain gear is a good idea if your riding suit is not waterproof.
Please note that we do not hire out clothing. We believe that your own riding gear will fit best and thus give you the best protection. If you forget anything, we’ll find a solution, however. We often have spare gear with us, or we can point you in the direction of a shop.

Do I need travel insurance and travel health insurance?2019-12-18T06:24:21+00:00

We always recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover costs incurred if you need to cancel the trip due to illness or other reasons. When shopping for travel health insurance, make sure the policy covers the potentially high cost of medical evacuation to your home country. Both forms of insurance can save you a lot of money in an emergency and we recommend them unreservedly. In many countries, your national motoring organization can provide the coverage you need.

What should I keep in mind when riding with a passenger?2019-12-18T06:24:20+00:00

Riding two-up is almost always possible. In difficult terrain or on rough tracks, every passenger has a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle to keep things relaxed for both rider and pillion.

Do pillion passengers have a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle?2019-12-18T06:24:16+00:00

Yes, all passengers have a guaranteed seat. In bad weather or challenging riding conditions, they can switch to the support vehicle at any time – and back to the bike when conditions improve.

How big are the groups? What’s the minimum number of participants?2019-12-18T06:24:15+00:00

Groups generally consist of 8 to 14 riders and 2 to 6 passengers. The minimum number of participants is 6 riders.

What’s the Classic Bike Adventure travel team like?2019-12-18T06:24:12+00:00

Our European tour guides are skilled motorcyclists and inveterate travelers who love India. They’re resilient in the face of stress and know the history and culture of the regions they cover. Our Indian mechanics are experienced Enfield specialists who all speak English and are happy to help with any technical problem, great or small.
A stand-in rider is always available. More information on our travel concept is available here.

What kind of bikes will we ride?2019-12-18T06:24:12+00:00

We ride 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets manufactured from 2014 to 2017 that feature electric starters, 5-speed gearboxes with the gearshift on the left, front disk brakes, roomy and rugged leather saddlebags, crashbars, 19” tires and twin horns.

What do I need in the way of documents?2019-12-18T06:24:09+00:00

You will need your passport, national driving license, international driving license and flight ticket. Please be sure to make photocopies of all of your important travel documents and carry them separately. They can be invaluable in an emergency.

What are the import regulations for India?2019-12-18T06:32:08+00:00

Up to 200 cigarettes and 2 liters of alcohol may be imported duty-free. All international cigarette and spirits brands are available in India. Customs checks of arriving tourists have become considerably less strict in recent years.

Do I need a driving license?2019-12-18T06:24:05+00:00

All riders must have a valid motorcycle driving license issued in their home country. An international driving license is also required. Be sure to contact the relevant authorities in your home country well in advance for more information on obtaining an international driving license.

Will I need maps?2019-12-18T06:31:37+00:00

Simple street maps are often available locally. The best road maps are available from the German publishers Reise Know How and Nelles. These are only available in specialized bookstores or online.

Where can I stow my bags?2019-12-18T06:24:02+00:00

Your baggage will be carried by the support vehicle. Please don’t pack too much – remember: less is more. From time to time, we’ll have to carry our baggage over short distances to the hotel. Baggage is not insured, so please be sure to purchase your own baggage insurance for the trip if necessary. Your personal items for the day are best kept in the saddlebags or your daypack. Tank bags – including magnetic ones – can be used on the Enfields, but we don’t provide them.

Do I need to buy an Indian SIM card for my phone?2019-12-18T06:30:59+00:00

European SIM cards now work almost everywhere in India. You’ll need patience if you want a local SIM card, as the registration takes a minimum of three days, and in some regions it is not possible at all.

How much is the deposit for the bike?2019-12-18T06:24:00+00:00

Riders must make a deposit of USD/EUR 500.00 in cash for their bikes. The deposit will be refunded when the bike is returned in good condition. The deposit corresponds to the comprehensive insurance deductible for damage to the rented bike and damage or injuries to third parties caused by the rider.
(The deductible is payable in such cases!)

Important note: The deductible also applies to damage or injury to third parties. In practice, the rider is initially liable for the full damages. The costs are later refunded by the insurance company, minus the deductible.

What are the specs of the bikes?2019-12-18T06:23:59+00:00

Technical specifications: Single-cylinder four-stroke, 499 cc, 16 kW (28 bhp) at 4,600 rpm, 178 kg, 80 cm seat height, 123 kph max.

Our Enfields were manufactured from 2013 to 2017 and are well-maintained. Naturally, some of them bear the minor battle scars typical of touring motorcycles. Technically, they are all in top shape and perfectly suited to the planned tours. They’re tremendous fun to ride, and their handling is safe and predictable after a brief familiarization period. Our average speeds on the tour range from 40 to 60 kph, depending on the road conditions and traffic.

On which side do you ride in India?2020-01-14T22:21:09+00:00

Indians drive on the left. The flexible and generally considerate driving style of the locals makes it easy to adjust to riding on the “wrong side” and coping with traffic conditions that initially seem chaotic. The behavior of pedestrians and cyclists, and the frequent presence of animals on the road call for considerably more attention, however. Extreme caution is required around children.
Further information on traffic and riding can be found here and here.

What kind of food and drinks will we be having in India?2019-12-18T06:29:54+00:00

Western food is generally not available, so we’ll be having simple, often vegetarian meals as well as regional specialties throughout the tour. Hearty breakfasts will not always be available. We can promise you a wide range of cuisine, with a special emphasis on local specialties. In general, a lot of curry is served in India, and little meat – chicken being the most common non-vegetarian food – but plenty of vegetables, legumes and rice. Indian cuisine is generally well-spiced, easily digestible and not overly hot. Vegetarians will have no problems in India.
Indian beer is not always up to international standards. The most common brands are Kingfisher, Castle and San Miguel. The local Chang beer is quite effective but requires a bit of getting used to. Wine – when it’s available – is even more of an acquired taste than Chang. Mineral water and beverages such as Coca Cola can be purchased anywhere and must be carried individually.

Should I bring Indian rupees to India, or are US dollars preferable?2019-12-18T06:29:18+00:00

You are not allowed to bring Indian currency into the country or take it out. You may bring the equivalent of up to US$ 5,000 in foreign currency into the country without prior notice. We recommend bringing euros in €50 and €100 notes. Please make a note of the daily exchange rate to avoid getting a bad rate at the airport. American Express Traveler’s Cheques are no longer in common use and will cause unnecessary hassles. Credit cards (Maestro, Visa and MasterCard) with PINs can be used for cash advances from ATMs in many towns.
You will need the equivalent of around €100 to €150 for drinks, lunch and tips per week.

What’s a typical day on the road like?2019-12-18T06:22:49+00:00

A travel day normally begins at 8 am with breakfast. Around 9 am, after a short briefing by the road captain, it’s time for the day’s riding, the mileage of which can vary quite a bit. Plenty of time will be available for lunch and coffee breaks, of course. Depending on the day’s mileage, we’ll reach the destination hotel between 3 and 4 pm.
Since our tours vary considerably, we may also hit the road at 8 am on high-mileage days – which is also nice, because then we have the whole day ahead of us.

What’s the time difference?2019-12-18T06:28:18+00:00

Indian standard time is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.

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