Spiti-Valley (Himalaya)

Until the year 1992, Spiti Valley was blocked for foreigners because it is geographicall close to China. It was only 20 years ago that the region started to become a tourist destination.

Pricing

Price
per rider in shared twin/double room: €2,500.00
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room: €2,175.00
per person single room (surcharge): €375.00

Features

Features
14 x overnight stays in a hotel
1 x overnight stay in a tent
14 x breakfast
14 x dinner
Rental Motorcycle: We will provide each of you with a Royal Enfield Motorcycle for the duration of the trip and the planned itinerary.
Operating materials (petrol/oil): petrol and oil for the specified tour as well as any road duties incurred are taken over.
An escort vehicle is available for luggage in groups of four or more self-propelled vehicles.
Mechanic Service
Tour guide: Each tour is accompanied by a German or English speaking guide. Please enquire
Other travel expenses: We will pay all entrance fees for visits included in the itinerary. Special fees for the use of photo or video cameras are excluded.
Airport transfers in India: On arrival you will be picked up at your destination airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport) and transferred to your hotel. On departure we will bring you back to the airport in time.
Not included features
Everything that is not specified under inclusions
All prices are exclusive of flights and travel insurance.
Travel Insurance Package: Travel Cancellation Costs Insurance Holiday Guarantee (Travel Interruption Insurance) Travel Health Insurance Emergency Insurance Travel Accident Insurance Luggage Insurance
Single occupancy surcharge: Almost without exception, Indian hotels have double rooms. Nevertheless, it is possible to occupy the rooms individually. Please refer to the price lists of the respective tour for the calculated surcharges.
Visa fees
Drinks: Drinks are not included in the tour price.
Tips: Tips are very important in India. It goes without saying that the waiter and the hotel boy are given a few rupees.

More details

More details
Total distance: approx. 1665 km
Daily distances: approx. 100 - 250 km (except on the arrival and departure days)
Road condition: Little asphalt, lots of scree, mud, sand, river crossings
Riding skills: This trip to Lahaul and Spiti is not for beginners and inexperienced riders. The level of difficulty is very high.
Climate: In September the temperatures during the day are between 10-16 degrees.
Hotels: You stay in good, well-kept Indian middle-class hotels in double rooms with shower or bathtub and WC.
Minimum number of participants: 4 people. If the minimum number of participants has not been reached by 6 weeks before the start of the trip, we will refund the amounts paid in this case. Maximum number of participants: 12
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The positive effect was, that the Tibetian-Buddhist culture was maintained and developed without disturbing influences from the outside. Adventure tourists people interested in Buddhist culture love to visit this destination, but because of its remote location and climatic challenges, travelers need to bring along a strong condition, toughness and the readiness to live without the usual comfort for some days.

That is valid especially for our bike tours to this remote part of India. Just like the Ladakh tour, this trip to Lahaul and Spiti is not suited for beginners and unexperienced bikers. The roads are in a state which makes the term "road" questionable. Sudden rainfalls may wash away parts of them, and you find yourself surrounded by nothing but mud. You may quickly reach the limits of your possibilities.

Those who nevertheless want to pick up this challenge will be rewarded by one of the most spectacular landscapes that India has to offer. The people, due to their Buddhist way of life, are extremely friendly, interested in contacts and ready to help. The visit of the monasteries mediates a deep insight into the self-understanding of the Buddhist followers.

The Spiti tour is an experience that touches everyone deep inside and that no one will ever forget.

Routing

Day 1

Outbound flight

Starting from Frankfurt, there are comfortable direct flights to Delhi, but also from other European airports. You'll arrive in the middle of the night in Delhi, where our team members will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the hotel. Who chose to book a flight that arrives next morning will drive to Chandigarh directly from the airport. We recommend flights that arrive during the night.

Accommodation in New Delhi

Day 2

Arrival in New Delhi and transfer to Chandigarh

After breakfast, the car will bring us to Chandigarh (appr. 250 km). There the bikes are waiting for you.

This submontane city is the capital of two federal states, Punjab and Haryana, and is specially well suited as a gate for discovery of the Himalaya. After the split-off of Pakistan in 1947, also Punjab was divided. The former capital of Lahore now belonged to Pakistan. Therefore Nehru engaged the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier for planning a totally new city. Chandigarh cannot be compared to any other Indian city. For example, it is divided into areas according to functions. There are strictly separated parts for shopping, housing and restaurants. Chandigarh means literally "bastion of the goddess Chandi" (the Sanskrit word "garh" means bastion).

Accommodation in Chandigarh

Day 3

Chandigarh - Shimla (ca. 135 km)

After breakfast, we mount the bikes and start on our first tour. The ride to Shimla, one of the most well-known hill-stations of India, gives us a first impression of what we can expect during the coming days. Curve after curve, we come up to 2200 m above sea-level. In the afternoon, we'll arrive at our hotel where we may recover from our first day on the bike in India.

After breakfast, we mount the bikes and start on our first tour. The ride to Shimla, one of the most well-known hill-stations of India, gives us a first impression of what we can expect during the coming days. Curve after curve, we come up to 2200 m above sea-level. In the afternoon, we'll arrive at our hotel where we may recover from our first day on the bike in India.

Accommodation in Shimla

Day 4

Shimla - Sarahan (ca. 170 km)

Right after breakfast we mount our bikes and turn East. We stay on the same height. Our goal for today is Sarahan (2165 m). The road is lined by beautiful flower meadows and hill slopes with many little rivers and creeks. Sarahan is situated in a beautiful location on a hill above the Satluj river valley. The Bhimakali temple, a building constructed in the Indian-Tibet style, is culturally significant.

Accommodation in Sarahan

Day 5

Sarahan - Kalpa (ca. 100 km)

After breakfast, we ride along the Satluj river across very adventurous roads until Kalpa, a small village located apart from the highway on appr. 2700 meters. Now we entered the Tibetian-Buddhist part of India. In Kalpa, we find some examples of old Tibetan wood houses. The 1000 years old temple unfortunately became a victim of the flames in 1959. By their own efforts, the inhabitants built a new temple at the same sight. If the weather is clear, we will have a wonderful view of the Kinner Kailash, the holy mountain for Hindus and Buddhists.

Accommodation in Kalpa

Day 6

Kalpa and/or daytrip to Lippa (ca. 105 km)

Kalpa is one of the most beautiful places in Kinnaur, and the relaxed atmosphere invites one to take a walk, or just relax and be impressed.

Who wants to have more action, might enjoy a special experience: From Kalpa, it is only about 50 km to Lippa, one of the most unusual villages in the region. Time seems to have stopped some centuries ago. The inhabitants proudly underline that they honor their traditions and lead a life in harmony with nature. This excursion only is possible if the Inner Line Permits are handed out in time.

Accommodation in Kalpa

Day 7

Kalpa - Nako (ca. 140 km)

Breakfast. Now it starts to get hairy. The road hardly can be called such anymore. Some parts are without asphalt. But there are also perfectly maintained sections. We've reached the mountain desert of Spiti and will now be accompanied by the Spiti river, raging deep below in its bed. Rough mountains, rubble and lots of dust dominate the landscape. Before reaching Nako, two more Tibetan settlements are part of the program.

Accommodation in Nako

Day 8

Nako

Nako is a true jewel. You may take endless walks along the narrow streets of this small village. A new surprise will be there for you after each turn. The temple, one of the 108 gompas built in the 11th century by Ringchen Zangpo, is kept in shape by a single monk who comes from Kullu and organizes several pujas per day.

The surrounding mountains have lots of trails, inviting to take a short easy hike. From above, you have a spectacular view over the snow-covered mountain peaks.

Accommodation in Nako

Day 9

Nako - Kaza (ca. 130 km)

Breakfast. We continue on our way into the Spiti Valley, a cold desert landscape similar to the one in Ladakh and Tibet. Our next stop is Kaza, the largest town in Spiti with appr. 3200 inhabitants and also the merchandise center of the region. Kaza lies aside the Spiti river, about 3650 m high. Travellers like this place because of its relaxed atmosphere (and the German bakery!). Some time ago, the old Gompa had to be replaced by a new, very colorful monastery which was inaugurated in 2009.

Accommodation in Kaza

Day 10

Daaytrip to Kibber and to the monasteries Kee and Komic (ca. 85 km)

After breakfast, we'll ride up to Kibber (4270 m), until recently the highest village of the world with a road and electricity connection. Meanwhile there are several other villages claiming the same advantages. Nevertheless, this beautiful Tibetan village is worthwhile a visit. Half way, we find the monastery Kee (Kye) which was built, like so many others in this region, by Zingchen Zangpo. Here you can admire the room where the 14th Dalai Lama stays overnight when he visits this region.

Before riding back to Kaza, we move our bikes towards the mountains and ride on a very adventurous road to one of the highest monasteries of India, the Komic-Gompa.

Accommodation in Kaza

Day 11

Kaza - Sissu (ca. 155 km)

Breakfast. If you believe the ordinary travel guides, one of the most difficult roads of India is waiting for us. Indeed, today's trip will be the most adventurous of the whole tour. The road just has enough room for one bus. On one side, steep mountains, on the other side, deep abysses. Fortunately, the Himalaya road constructors have provided large parts of the road with good asphalt. But today's ride is nothing for people with weak nerves.

The Kunzum Pass, 4551 meters above sea level, separates Spiti from Lahaul. On the other side of it we'll ride in the direction of Keylong, after having mastered a rather tricky water passage. In Sissu, on the banks of the lake with the same name, we'll stay in a camp with stationary tents.

Accommodation in Sissu

Day 12

Sissu - Nagar (ca. 110 km)

Breakfast. The Rotang-La not only separates Spiti Valley from Kullu Valley, but is also a meteorological divde. Let's see if the gods are on our side. Before reaching Nagar, our goal, we cross Kullu Valley, the fruit and vegetable garden of India. We'll spend the night in the former royal palace which has been beautifully restored by the government and turned into a hotel. From here we have a gorgeous view over the valley, and on the other side we'll recognize the mountain range of the Himalaya.

Accommodation in Naggar

Day 13

Nagar - Rewalsar (ca. 115 km)

Breakfast. Today's goal is Rewalsar. Again we cross fertile agricultural land and fruit plantations. There is no lack of curves. Rewalsar is located at the lake with the same name. It is a very religious town, Hindhus, Buddhists and Sikhs peacefully live with and next to each other. The town's landmark is the gigantic Padmasambhava statue, which is surrounded by numerous thrilling fairy tales and myths.

Accommodation in Rewalsar

Day 14

Rewalsar - Chandigarh (ca. 170 km)

Breakfast. We ride back to Chandigarh where our journey started.

Accommodation in Chandigarh

Day 15

Chandigarh - Delhi (ca. 250 km)

Breakfast. Meanwhile we are so well acquainted with the Indian traffic that we can master the ride back to Delhi by motor bike, without engaging in the city traffic. Shortly before entering the city we'll change to four-wheel vehicles.

Accommodation in New Delhi

Day 16

Flight home

Congratulations, you have mastered one of the most demanding tours in the program of Wheel of India. If you liked it, please come back to "Incredible India"! There is so much to discover yet in this extraordinary country.