Motorcycle Tour
Hidden Himalayas

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This Himalayan motorbike tour will take you through one of the most stunning parts of the planet – the Spiti Valley. On your trusty Royal Enfield you will ride along epic roads, scything through the incredible landscape of the lower Himalayas.

Pricing

per rider in shared twin / double room $2,828.00
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room $2,558.00
Single room (surcharge) $412.00
Motorcycle Insurance $216.00

Features

Royal Enfield 410cc Himalayan
Twin share accommodation as per itinerary
Fuel
All meals as per itinerary
GPS tracking.
Support vehicle/s carrying your luggage, spare parts, tools etc.​
Western tour leader (trained as a wilderness first response medic, the tour leader also has the service of a 24/7 consulting doctor back at base)
Local guide
Mechanic/s
Airport pickup
Private coach/minivan from Delhi to Shimla
Welcome pack
All entrance fees & special riding permits
Part profits donated to Charity
1 tree planted on your behalf
Not included features
Personal travel insurance
International flights
Indian visa
Alcohol
Motorcycle damages (a £500 deposit is required to be 'held' on your card. See 'optional extras' for a damage protection plan)
Domestic flight from Kullu to Delhi
Everything not listed as included

More details

Standard: Mid-range
Medical Support: Riding medic & consulting doctor
Average Difficulty Level: 5/10
Terrain: Roads with varying levels of surface quality. Approximately 70% paved, 30% unpaved.
Distance: 915km
Duration: 11 days (7 riding days)
Fly In: New Delhi, India (DEL)
Fly Out: New Delhi, India (DEL)
The motorbikes: The latest fuel injected Royal Enfield Himalayans.
Support crew: A local guide, mechanic/s, support vehicle/s, driver/s and a western tour leader trained as a wilderness first responder. A substantial medical kit is carried in the support vehicle and there is space for people to sit/lay if they cannot ride. We also contract the service of a consulting expedition doctor.
Average daily ride hours: 5 – 8 with plenty of drink / photo stops.
Suitable for pillion riders? Yes, but it will be a rough ride in places!
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The Spiti Valley sits beautifully surrounded by an enormous collection of mountain ranges that cover Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul and Tibet.

Travelling over some of the highest roads on the planet, this Himalayan motorbike tour will take in everything from riding incredible valleys where the roads and rivers often share the same routes, to the bustling streets of Manali and camping in the ancient village of Nako.

If you want a truly jaw-dropping adventure – this is the one for you!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Outstanding natural beauty everywhere we go.

The World's highest motorable village & post office – ride up to Komic village at 4,587m and send your family a postcard from the world's highest post office!

Glamping – stay in an amazing hillside campsite with stunning views over an ancient village.

Tackle rough roads that double up as rivers.

Hundreds of hairpin mountain turns – everyone knows they’re good fun!

Visit the oldest monastery in India, over 1,000 years old.

Stroll the Tibetan style markets at Kaza to pick up some souvenirs.

Visit Shimla - the old summer capital of British India.

Try a spot of paragliding or white water river rafting at the end of the trip (weather permitting).

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: Welcome to Delhi

The first day of our tour gets everyone together in the vast and utterly unique city of Delhi. If you’ve never been to India before, the sights and sounds from the moment you leave the airport are a true assault on the senses. It’s frantic, noisy, fragrant, colourful and chaotic all at the same time and we love it!

After checking into the hotel it’s a chance to meet your fellow riders and for your Ride Expeditions tour leader to give you a full briefing of the adventure ahead. After that we’ll head out for a welcome dinner at an excellent restaurant.

Accommodation: 4* hotel.

Meals: Dinner.

DAY 2: Coach to Shimla 360km

After breakfast at the hotel we will board our private coach/minivan and head for the hills! The journey to Shimla is a comfortable 9-10 hour trip on good roads. Sit back and enjoy the views as we begin the climb into the Himalayas.

Shimla is simply a beautiful and fascinating town that was the old summer capital of British India. We’ll arrive at the hotel mid-afternoon where our support team will be waiting with the trusty Royal Enfields. You can relax enjoying the view from the hotel or take a stroll and explore the town’s attractions, an interesting fusion of Indian and old British.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 3: Shimla – Sarahan 165km

The first day of riding on this Himalayan motorcycle tour and boy. is it a good one! We leave the chaos of Shimla behind and quickly find ourselves on beautifully paved winding roads that are simply a joy to ride! We descend 1300m to a river valley for a delicious lunch in an air conditioned restaurant (it will be hot down in the valley!).

We follow the river upstream towards Sarahan, the gateway to the Kinnaur region. The road hugs the side of the enormous cliffs, with massive overhangs and tunnels through the rock. With a deep valley to the left of the twisting road, this is one of the roads you see on YouTube and wonder whether you would ever ride such a stunning road – and now you are right there!

Before dinner there’s time to chill out, visit the intricately carved Bhimakali Temple, do a bit of shopping in the packed and fascinating village shops, or even go for the local barbers/head & face massage experience!

Accommodation: Hillside hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4: Sarahan – Sangla – Kalpa 170km

Dropping back down into the valley, we follow the crashing river all the way to the vast hydroelectric dam at Karcham. Leaving the main road, we cross the river here for a truly awesome climb up the side of the valley towards our lunch stop at Sangla. After a delicious lunch of Tibetan mo-mos and noodles, we retrace our steps back down the hairpins in the afternoon, dropping down to the valley floor to follow the Sutlej River towards Kalpa.

It’s another climb to get to the Kinner Villa Hotel but again the views are worth it. After dinner the hotel will light up the altar fire on the terrace – perfect!

Accommodation: Hotel with spectacular view across the valley.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5: Kalpa Rest Day

With such a scenic backdrop, Kalpa is a good place to spend a rest day. We also need to take a trip down into the town to get our permits sorted for entering the Spiti Valley region ahead of us, so it’s a chance to shop and try out the local restaurants while we wait for the wheels of Indian bureaucracy to turn. They turn, but sometimes they turn quite slowly!

The views across the valley from the hotel are breath-taking, with the sacred peak of Kinnaur Kailash piercing the skyline at 4,650m. A walk around the hills surrounding the hotel is a rewarding way to spend your time before resuming the riding the following day.

Accommodation: Hillside hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

DAY 6: Kalpa – Nako 100km

Refreshed and bushy-tailed, we’ll be on the bikes nice and early for the next stage of our journey. Following the river for a good while, it’s through the border check for those important permits before we then start to climb, and we don’t stop until we reach a staggering 3,600m above sea level, where the air is thin and pure, providing you are not behind an Indian truck!

The ever-present roaming cows that will have been a common part of your journey up to this point have now been replaced by wandering donkeys and goats, so it’s best to look well ahead as you take in the scenery. Our destination is the incredible village of Nako, a green jewel in a barren landscape and a place that feels locked in another time. Narrow streets are lined with ancient houses where the livestock live below the family dwellings and bright faced children play in the tiny lanes that dissect the village.

We’re staying in massive safari style tents and after dinner in the cosy clubhouse we’ll sit round the fire pit under a vast star-filled sky.

Accommodation: Safari-style tents.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7: Nako – Kaza 115km

We guarantee you won’t want to leave this beautiful village, but as it’s not far to ride until our next stop we’ll allow a bit more time in the morning for more exploring and photographs.

Once back on the bikes, the road climbs for an hour or so before plummeting down a set of around fifty hairpin bends to the valley floor again.

With beehives lining both sides of the roads, we head west through more epic scenery heading for a lunch stop at Tabo. The village has the oldest recorded monastery in India at over 1000 years old and it’s an incredible building that you will want to visit.

We follow the river as it opens to an enormous wide flood plain, the water nearly half a mile wide at times. We’re heading for Kaza at 3700m, another village that gets snowed under in the winter. Our hotel overlooks the busy village around a peaceful garden, so it’s time to relax as we stay here for two nights.

The main street is just below the hotel so there’s a chance to buy some essentials, souvenirs and maybe get those bike boots polished for 150 rupees – bargain!

Accommodation: Town hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8: Kaza – Komic – Kaza 60km

While not quite a rest day, it’s a relaxed schedule today. After breakfast and a bit of chill time we’ll fire up the bikes at around eleven o’clock.

The route is a loop up to Komic – the highest motorable village in the world and a chance to post a letter from the highest Post Office too. The climb is incredible as we scythe up the valley walls before the terrain opens up to high plains scattered with tiny houses with their traditional buckthorn stacked roofs. The area is also littered with fantastic fossils, so don’t be surprised if the enterprising children are ready to sell you souvenirs! For a few rupees and those winning smiles – it’s hard to resist.

We’ll lunch at Komic, officially the highest motorable village on the planet and then drop down again taking a different route that will take us past a huge Buddha statue that overlooks the valley. Selfie Time obviously…

Accommodation: Town hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9: Kaza – Keylong 190km

Without doubt, this will be one of the most epic days of riding you will have ever experienced. We leave Kaza nice and early, cross the Spiti river and start heading west for the money shot of the trip. After passing through a tiny checkpoint, we start an incredible climb through a truly beautiful valley. As the altitude increases, the temperature drops, but the scenery keeps getting better.

At the very top of the pass there is a vast Buddhist shrine and, if we are lucky, Yaks for those selfies! The road drops swiftly down to the valley floor and a hearty lunch at a tiny stone café. But don’t be thinking the superlatives are over because in the afternoon we’ll be following an amazing route alongside the river, through water splashes, boulder fields and actual rivers are part of the road. Climbing again through a valley that could be straight out of Lord of the Rings’ Middle earth, by the time we reach the main road again you’ll know you’ve ridden something special.

Accommodation: Town hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10: Keylong to Manali 115km

After such an epic day, it’s hard to imagine more to come, but the road back to Manali over the famous Rohtang Pass is pretty special. The route climbs to nearly 4,000m over roads that vary between smooth tarmac and Dakar rally terrain as it heads to the top of the pass, with massive Himalayan vultures soaring alongside.

After lunch on the pass, the road slices down through the cool forests towards Manali before following the River Beas the final stretch to the hotel.

Now that’s an adventure!

A final farewell dinner is in order at an excellent restaurant, followed by a garden camp fire where we can share stories of the epic ride we’ve all completed!

Accommodation: 5* hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 11: Flight to Delhi

A short flight will take us back to where it all began: New Delhi (please confirm flight times with a member of our team before booking your return flight home from Delhi!).

It’d be a shame for you not to visit the Taj Mahal whilst you are over here – let us know if you need any assistance and we can put you in touch with a local travel agent.

If you intend to stay longer in Delhi…

Accommodation: Not included.

Meals: Not included.