Spiti Valley (Himalayas)

Until 1992 the Spiti Valley was closed to foreigners because of its geographical proximity to China and only about 20 years ago the region was gradually developed for tourism. Thus Tibetan Buddhist culture could be preserved and developed here without disturbing influences from outside.

Pricing

Price
per rider in shared twin/double room €2,500.00 $2,781.14 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €2,275.00 $2,530.84 ?
per person single room (surcharge) €375.00 $417.17 ?

Features

Features
14 x overnight stay in hotel
1 x overnight stay in a tent
14 x breakfast
14 x lunch or dinner
Rent a motorcycle
Operating materials (petrol/oil)
Service vehicle
Mechanic Service
Tour guide
Airport transfer in India
Transfer by car or minibus to Chandigarh
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
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It is recommended to take out travel cancellation insurance, travel health insurance and travel interruption insurance.

More details

More details
Total distance approx. 1665 km
Level of difficulty: very high
min: 4 - max: 12 drivers
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Visa
Swiss, Austrian and German nationals require a visa to enter India. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months. Obtaining a visa is relatively uncomplicated. A visa valid for six months or an e-Visa valid for 30 days is sufficient.
Vaccinations
No vaccinations are required for India. A valid international vaccination passport is required from persons entering from areas with yellow fever (certain countries in Africa and Central and South America). However, it is generally recommended to be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid fever. As there are many different aspects to be considered in each individual case, it is always advisable to seek personal travel health advice from a doctor or pharmacist experienced in travel medicine in good time (about 4 to 6 weeks) before the trip. Here too, we recommend that you seek medical advice in good time.
driving licence
You need a valid German and an international driving licence of class 1 or A. Please note that the international driving licence is only valid in combination with the national driving licence.
Minimum number of participants
You will find the minimum number of participants next to the respective travel description. As an organizer we have a right of withdrawal if the minimum number of participants has not been reached 6 weeks before the start of the trip. In this case, we will refund the amounts paid on account.
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In practice, however, we always try to carry out the trip with fewer participants in your interest, if you agree. in this case, there is no service vehicle available and we charge a staggered small group surcharge:
1 participant: 10% of the travel price
2 participants: 5% of the travel price
3 participants: 2,5% of the travel price
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Half double room
For single travellers we offer the possibility to share a double room with another traveller. If there is no "half" double room available at the time of your booking, we will charge the single room supplement. You will be refunded as soon as a double room partner is found.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Although Spiti is now a popular destination for adventure travelers and those interested in Buddhist culture, visiting this region, due to its difficult accessibility and harsh climate, still requires strong physical condition, stamina and the willingness to give up all the comforts you are used to for a few days.

This is especially true for our motorcycle trip to this remote part of India. Like the Ladakh tour, the trip to Lahaul and Spiti is not for motorbike beginners and untrained riders. Some of the roads are in a condition that makes the term "road" seem more than questionable. Sudden rainfall can wash away whole sections of road and you can find yourself in a muddy and muddy landscape. These circumstances quickly make everyone feel the limits of their resilience.

Those who are not deterred by this and can realistically assess that they are up to the challenge will be rewarded by one of the most spectacular landscapes India has to offer. The people are extremely friendly, sociable and helpful, influenced by their Buddhist attitude to life. The visit of the monasteries allows the interested guest a deep insight into the self-conception of the followers of the Buddhist teachings.

The trip to Spiti is an experience that moves everyone deep inside and that no one will ever forget.

Tour schedule

Route

1. arrival

From Frankfurt there are convenient direct flights to New Delhi, but you can also reach the capital of India from other European airports without any problems. Mostly in the middle of the night you will arrive in Delhi and will be picked up by our staff at the airport and brought to your hotel. Only those who have chosen a flight that does not arrive until the next morning have to drive from the airport by car to Chnadigarh immediately. We recommend the flights that arrive at night.

Overnight stay in New Delhi

2. arrival in New Delhi and transfer to Chandigarh

After the breakfast the journey by car to Chandigarh (approx. 250 km) starts. The Royal Enfields await you there.

The city at the foot of the Himalayas is the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana, and is particularly well suited as a gateway to discover the Himalayas. After the secession of Pakistan in 1947, the Punjab was also divided, the former capital Lahore was on the Pakistani side. Nehru then commissioned the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier to plan a completely new city. Chandigarh can therefore not be compared with any other Indian city. For example, it is divided into functional districts, i.e. there are strictly separated shopping, residential and restaurant districts. The name means something like "fortress of the goddess Chandi" (Sanskrit "garh" = fortress).

Overnight stay in Chandigarh

3. Chandigarh - Shimla (about 135 km)

After breakfast we take over the bikes and start our first tour. The drive to Shimla, one of the most famous hill stations in India, gives us a first impression of what to expect in the next few days. Curve after curve we swing unceasingly up to about 2,200 meters. In the afternoon we reach our hotel and can recover from the first motorcycle ride in India.

Shimla used to belong to Nepal and was annexed to its colonial empire by the British in 1819. It developed into the summer residence of the colonial government. The architecture is therefore influenced by the British architectural style of the 19th century. A stroll through the famous "Mall" is definitely recommended.

Overnight stay in Shimla

4. shimla - sarahan (about 170 km)

Right after breakfast we saddle our bikes and turn east. We're maintaining at about the same level. Along beautiful flower meadows and mountain slopes with many small streams and rivers we reach Sarahan (2165 m). The village is picturesquely situated on a slope above the Satluj river valley. Culturally important is the Hindu Bhimakali temple built in the Indian-Tibetan style.

Overnight stay in Sarahan

5 Sarahan - Kalpa (about 100 km)

After breakfast, today's route always takes us along the Satluj River via adventurous roads to the small village of Kalpa. It is located a little off the highway at over 2,700 meters. We are now in the world of the Tibetan Buddhist part of India. In Kalpa we still find some of the wooden houses built in the old Tibetan style. The temple, which is over 1000 years old, became a victim of the flames in 1959. The inhabitants had built a new temple on the same spot on their own initiative. If the weather plays along, we have a great view from Kalpa to the Kinner Kailash, the holy mountain of the Hindus and Buddhists.

Overnight stay in Kalpa

6. calpa and/or day trip to Lippa (approx. 105 km)

Kalpa is one of the most beautiful places in Kinnaur and the relaxed atmosphere invites you to stroll, hang out, marvel and be amazed.

If that is not enough, we offer a very special experience: From Kalpa it is only about 50 kilometres to Lippa, one of the most unusual villages in the region. Time seems to have stood still here centuries ago. The inhabitants proudly point out that they are still completely attached to their traditions and have maintained a harmonious life with nature. This excursion is only possible if the Inner Line Permits are issued in time.

Overnight stay in Kalpa

7th Kalpa - Nako (about 140 km)

Breakfast. Now things are getting hairy. The road is increasingly losing its claim to be called such. Asphalt withdraws completely at times. However, there are always perfectly repaired sections. We have reached the high desert of Spiti and are now accompanied by the Spiti River, which rages deep below us in its bed. Rugged rocks, scree and lots of dust dominate the landscape. Before we reach Nako, two more Tibetan settlements are on the agenda.

Overnight stay in Nako

8th Nako

Nako is a real gem. One can endlessly stroll through the winding alleyways of the small place. A new surprise is hidden behind every bend in the road. The temple, one of the 108 gompas built by Ringchen Zangpo in the 11th century, is run by a single monk. He comes from Kullu and holds several pujas a day.

The surrounding mountains are criss-crossed by numerous footpaths and invite you to take smaller, easier hikes. From the top you have an overwhelming view of snow-covered peaks.

Overnight stay in Nako

9 Nako - Kaza (about 130 km)

Breakfast. We penetrate further into the Spiti-Valley, a cold desert landscape similar to Ladakh and Tibet. Our next stop is Kaza, with about 3200 inhabitants the largest town in Spiti and also the commercial centre of this district. Kaza is situated on the Spiti river at an altitude of about 3650 m. Kaza itself is popular with travelers for its relaxed atmosphere (and its German Bakery). The old gompa had to be replaced some time ago by a new, extremely colourful monastery, which was inaugurated in 2009.

Overnight stay in Kaza

10th day trip to Kibber and the monasteries Kee and Komic (approx. 85 km)

After breakfast we drive high up to Kibber (4270 m), until recently the highest village in the world with road and electricity connections. In the meantime, there are several other villages that have challenged his position. Nevertheless this beautiful Tibetan village is worth a visit. Halfway there is Kee (Kye) Monastery, which like so many in the region was built by Zingchen Zangpo. Here you can also admire the room in which the 14th Dalai Lama used to stay overnight when he was in the region.

Before we ride back to Kaza, we turn our bikes again towards the mountains and ride on an adventurous route to one of the highest monasteries in India, the Comic Gompa.

Overnight stay in Kaza

11 Kaza - Sissu (about 155 km)

Breakfast. If one believes the usual travel guides, the most difficult road of India awaits us today. And indeed today will be the most adventurous day of the whole trip. Most of the times, the driveway is only so wide that there is space for a bus. On one side it goes steeply down and on the other side it goes up as well. Fortunately, the Himalayan road builders have paved large parts of the road with good asphalt. But even so this day is not for people with weak nerves.

The Kunzum Pass, 4551 meters above sea level, separates Spiti from Lahaul. On the other side, after we have mastered a not so easy water crossing, we will drive a bit towards Keylong. In Sissu, on the lake of the same name, we stop and set up camp with stationary tents.

Overnight stay in Sissu

12 Sissu - Nagar (about 110 km)

Breakfast. The Rotang-La not only separates the Spiti-Valley from the Kullu-Valley, but is also often a weather divide. Let's see if the gods favor us. Before we reach our destination, Nagar, we cross the Kullu Valley, the fruit and vegetable garden of India. We stay overnight in the former royal palace, which was lovingly restored by the government and converted into a hotel. From here we have a beguiling view over the valley on one side and on the other side we can see the Himalayan mountain ranges.

Overnight stay in Naggar

13 Nagar - Rewalsar (about 115 km)

Breakfast. Today Rewalsar is on the agenda as a stage finish. Like yesterday, the route takes us through fertile farmland and fruit plantations. Sufficient curves are also provided. Rewalsar is situated on the lake of the same name. It is a very religious city, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs live peacefully next to and with each other. The landmark of the village is the gigantic Padmasambhava statue, around which many exciting stories and myths entwine themselves.

Overnight stay in Rewalsar

14 Rewalsar - Chandigarh (about 170 km)

Breakfast. We drive to Chandigarh, the starting point of our journey.

Overnight stay in Chandigarh

15 Chandigarh - Delhi (about 250 km)

Breakfast. Meanwhile we are so familiar with the Indian road traffic that we can manage the trip to Delhi on our motorcycles. But we will spare ourselves the traffic of the capital. Just before the gates of Delhi we change to four-wheeled means of transport.

Overnight stay in New Delhi

16. return flight

Congratulations, you have mastered one of the most challenging journeys in the Wheel of India program. If you liked it, come back to "Incredible India". There is still much to discover in this extraordinary country.