Through the Buddhist valleys of Kinnour and Spiti

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The two twin valleys of Spiti and Lahaul in the north-eastern corner of Himachal Pradesh offer spectacular wild nature. The Lahaul Plateau is bordered by the rivers Chandra and Bhaga.

Pricing

Price
per rider with two or three participants €3,399.00 $3,781.24 ?
per pillion passenger with two or three participants €3,199.00 $3,558.75 ?
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Reduced prices with a higher number of participants:
from 4 participants per rider €2,199.00 $2,446.30 ?
from 4 participants per pillion passenger €1,850.00 $2,058.05 ?
from 6 participants per rider €1,799.00 $2,001.31 ?
from 6 participants per pillion passenger €1,549.00 $1,723.20 ?
from 8 participants per rider €1,599.00 $1,778.82 ?
from 8 participants per pillion passenger €1,399.00 $1,556.33 ?

Features

Features
Own motorcycle Royal Enfield 500 CC for the whole tour
petrol, oil and all spare parts
Fully comprehensive insurance with 500 Euro excess
English speaking local motorcycle guide
german speaking tour guide, please inquire for English speaking tour guide
Support vehicle for luggage and spare parts
Helpers and mechanics
All fees, entrance fees, customs duties, permits
Accommodation in mid-range hotels/guesthouses in double rooms or in deluxe camps in tents with double beds and attached bathrooms with electricity and hot water depending on availability
Meals as advertised (F: breakfast, M: lunch, A: dinner)
Volvo Bus Delhi/Manali and Manali/Delhi
Sightseeing in Delhi
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
Flights
Visa fees approx. 45 Euro
Not mentioned food and drinks
Tips if necessary
Private insurance (health insurance, travel cancellation insurance etc.)

More details

More details
Number of participants: from 2 persons
Good riding skills on a motorcycle are a prerequisite. Partly it goes over boulders, through streams and soft sand.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Dry and very cold, it is surrounded on all sides by high mountains. There are many glaciers, the largest of which is the Bara Shigri Glacier. The two valleys are also very interesting for their Buddhist culture and art. The monasteries, which were impressively built on steep cliffs, are still very well preserved and serve as a deposit of ancient paintings, wood carvings, thankas and golden images of Padmasambhava.

The people here are friendly and like to demonstrate their traditional dances and ballads and tell their stories.

The valleys lie at an altitude of over 3000 metres. Summers are cool and pleasant with green grass, alpine flowers and barley fields.

Spiti lies in the rain shadow and is therefore perfect for a visit during the monsoon season from July to September.

On this tour you will get a great insight into the rich culture and life of the Spiti people and maybe you will be lucky to spot some rare animals. (snow leopard, blue sheep, Tibetan wolf).

Kinnour is surrounded by Tibet and lies in the northeastern corner of Himachal Pradesh. Only recently the beautiful district was opened to visitors. Here there are lonely green valleys, fruit plantations and remote villages.

This tour offers pure riding pleasure on lonely, but also very challenging roads! Lots of loose scree, crossing small streams and lots of dust are the challenges of the local roads! A landslide that blocks the road for hours is nothing unusual here and is part of the experience. Have fun!

-Itinerary:

Day 1 Start of the journey and arrival in Delhi

Day 2 Delhi sightseeing and night ride to Manali by Volvo bus

In the early morning hours you will arrive in Delhi and be taken to the hotel. We use half the day to explore New and Old Delhi by metro and rickshaw. In the afternoon we start with the air-conditioned Volvo bus to Manali (night ride, 14 hours) (F/-/-)

Day 3 Arrival in Manali ( 2050 m ) and small test ride with the motorcycles

Early in the morning we reach Manali and check into our hotel. Today each participant will be assigned a motorcycle. On a test ride we will explore Manali's surroundings together. (Overnight stay in hotel) (F-/-)

Today we get our Enfields and make a small test tour through the Kullu Valley. It's going into the Solang Valley. (Overnight stay in hotel) -/-/-

Day 4 Manali to Jhibi 104 km

From Manali the route leads through the Kullu Valley to the small mountain village of Jhibi. Only a few tourists come here and one has a little peace to relax. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 5 Jhibi to Saharan 123 km

Sarahan is a tiny but beautiful village in the Sutley Valley. It is surrounded by apple plantations and dominated by the Shrikhand Mahadev peak (5777 m). It was the ancient capital of Rampur Bushehr, one of the largest empires in the mountains of Shimla. Here we can visit the Bhimkali Temple with its 6 silver gates. This consists of a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist elements and is world famous. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 6 Saharan to Chitkul 112 km

Today the tour takes us into one of the most romantic and beautiful valleys of Kinnour: the Sangla Valley. It is 95 km long, the pastures on both sides of the river are green and full of fruit trees and flowers. The mountain ridges are covered with snow all year round. The wooden houses in the Sangla Valley are an example of the unique architecture.

Chitkul is the last inhabited village in the Sangla Valley. You feel as if you were in a fairy tale: green fields, high, white mountain tops, temples and monasteries... (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 7 Chitkul to Recong Peo to Kalpa 77 km

Recong Peo is the capital of Kinnour. Here we get our official permission to continue our journey.

Kalpa, 51 km away from Sangla, is a good place to buy scarves and the typical Kinnour caps. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 8 Kalpa to Nako 123 km

Nako, situated at an altitude of 3662 m in the Hingrang Valley, is the largest village in the area. Here yaks, horses and donkeys graze peacefully side by side. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 9 Nako to Tabo 68 km

On the right side of the river Spiti is the ancient village of Tabo, flanked by high mountains on both sides. Here is one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries: more than a thousand years old, the Tabo Gompa has exquisite frescoes and stucco statues. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 10 Tabo to Kaza 97 km via Dhankar and Kungri Monastery

To visit the 14th century Kungri Monastery, we ride into the narrow Pin Valley.

Dhankar is the ancient capital of the Spiti King. The incredibly beautiful monastery is located between high rocks. Kaza is the district capital of Spiti. It is worth visiting the local market. Every year in August a big folk festival takes place here. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 11 Kaza to Kibber/ Ki/ Komik back to Kaza 90 km

Today we visit the famous Ki Monastery. It is the largest monastery in Spiti and taking part in the daily morning prayer is something very special! You should also try the traditional butter tea! Kibber was for a long time the highest permanently inhabited village that had electricity and was connected by road. In the afternoon we will descend again to Kaza. Then a road leads us up to the two villages Langza and Komik. The path is unpaved and the area is famous for its fossils. In Komikik is the Thangyud Monastery and in Langza the highest post office in the world. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 12 Kaza to Chandratal Lake 100 km

First we go to Losar, the last inhabited place in Spiti, before we climb up to the Kunzum Pass. It is inhabited by 242 people, there are 4 shops, a school, a health centre and even a post office! Then we climb the Kunzum Pass (4551 m). We enjoy the descent down the dirt road and then turn off to the Chandratal lake. "Chandra" means moon and "valley" means lake. The beautiful lake has the shape of a half moon. (Overnight stay in luxury camp) F/-/A

Day 13 Lake Chandratal to Manali 126 km

It goes along the rough Chandra River. The road is crossed by small streams and there is a lot of loose rock! We fight our way through the dry mountain desert and enjoy the beautiful view of the Shigri Glacier, the largest in the area. Today we climb up the Rothang Pass (3950 m), the gate to the Kullu Valley. We enjoy the view of the green valley and make our way down to Manali. (Overnight stay in hotel) F/-/-

Day 14 Manali to Delhi

After a relaxing day in Manali, the night bus will take you back to Delhi in the afternoon (14 hours, overnight stay in the bus) (F/-/-)

Day 15 Arrival Delhi and flight to Germany

Early in the morning we reach Delhi. A hotel room is available until your flight. Until then they use the last hours in India for some more sightseeing and shopping. (F/-/-)