MOTOR BIKE EXPEDITION TO LAHAUL & SPITI

MOTOR BIKE EXPEDITION TO LAHAUL & SPITI

Overview

 

Spiti valley lies in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, a Himalayan state in India. Spiti means The middle land, in reference to it lying between mainland India and Tibet.

Spiti is cut off from the rest for India from November to May every year due to heavy snowfall. This means that on the tour we have 30-70 mix of paved and unpaved roads with numerous stream crossings. An ideal place for an adventure motorcyclist. But this ride is not just about adventure, the landscape is stunningly beautiful and changes harmoniously from lush green to barren mountains to lush green again. You also visit some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries for a rich cultural experience, ride across three high-altitude passes, visit the highest villages in the world to remain populated year-round and to top it all off, ride to Chandratal lake, a beautiful high-altitude lake in the Himalayas.

A motorcycle ride to the remote Spiti valley is by no means easy, but using our experience we have crafted a route that lets you have a comfortable stay after each days gruelling ride and return home saying you had the ride of your life.

What we Provide

  • All accommodation for 9 nights {from DAY 01 at New Delhi till DAY 9 at Manali} (twin/ triple sharing basis) in comfortable hotels/ guest houses or camps in scenic & off beat destinations
  • Breakfast & Dinner at gourmet eating joints on the way
  • Chai/ Coffee & cookies twice a day (11am & 5pm)
  • Inner Line Permits and Wildlife fees for restricted areas for Indian Nationals
  • Basic First Aid Kit & medicines
  • Services of certified & experienced guides/ instructors for high altitude trekking/ biking/ jeep safaris in the Himalayas
  • Services of Wilderness Medicine Institute Certified guides/ instructors from NOLS,USA http://www.nols.edu/wmi
  • Services of a Royal Enfield trained specialist mechanic for the full duration of the trip

Itinerary options and pricing:

  • 9 Nights/ 10 Days INR 25,000/- per person for riders/ pillions
  • INR 35,000/- per person in a SUV (4 - 5 people per SUV/ all front facing)

Exclusions

  • Any Air/ bus/ taxi/ jeep fare
  • Service Tax @ 9%
  • Lunch; we eat at dhabas along the road & pay directly there & then
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, internet, wifi, telephone/ fax calls, bed tea, mineral water, aerated/ alcoholic beverages, juices, entrance and camera fee at monuments/ museums, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions & itinerary above
  • Cost of petrol & spare parts of any kind
  • Traffic fines, vehicle servicing & or maintenance etc.
  • The cost of motorbike rental (if applicable)
  • Any entry fees, any tips, porter/ pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the participants during the sightseeing, rafting, paragliding trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond our control
  • Additional accommodation & or food charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey

Other Terms and Conditions

  • 100% Payment in advance
  • The program schedule / route/ mode of transport might be changed due to unforeseen circumstances or for the safety of the group; the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final & binding in this regard
  • In case any participant falls sick during the tour, the expenses for medical treatment, travel & porter charges etc. will be borne by the concerned individual
  • During the tour, the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final and binding
  • I AM ADVENTURE shall not be held responsible for any accident, illness and loss of valuables or such other unforeseen events during the tour

Cancellation Policy:

  • Upto Sixty (60) days or more before the tour departure; 100% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Between Forty-five (45) days to Fifty-nine (59) days before the tour departure; 75% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Between Thirty (30) days to Forty-four (44) days before the tour departure; 50% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Twenty-nine (29) days or less before the tour departure; No refunds
  • The above are subject to a deduction of Rs.2,100.00 towards administration charges

FULL ITINERARY
DURATION: 10 Days

Day 01

Reporting at New Delhi & Orientation

Day 02

New Delhi to Shimla (310 km), Stay at Shimla

Shimla is the present day State Capital of Himachal Pradesh and the former 'summer capital' of
British India. Its several attractions include two recently built monasteries.
The Geluk-pa sect has one at Sanjauli and the Nyingma-pa one is at Kasumpti.

Day 03

Rest day at Shimla (check bikes/ gear up)

Visit the Jakhoo Temple - This temple of lord Hanuman is situated at a height of
around 8500 ft. in the east of the historical ridge ground in Shimla city.
Stroll around the mall road, lined with numerous café’s, restaurants, hotels, small eateries etc.

Day 04

Shimla to Reckong Peo (235 km), stay at R’Peo

Cross Rampur on the way - Built by the waters of the Satluj, this was the capital of the
erstwhile princely state of Bushair and even today is an important trading center.
Rampur also has an old Buddhist temple.
Reckong Peo is the district headquarters of the Kinnaur district.
There are 33 Buddhists monasteries and temples in Kinnaur and the Nyingma-pa,
Druk-pa and Geluk-pa sects are well represented.
Recknong Peo has a recently built gompa where his Holiness the Dalai Lama
conducted a 'Kalachakra' ceremony in 1992.
The ancient settlement of Kalpa with spectacular views lies just above Reckong Peo.
Here is the Hu-Bu-lan-kar gompa said to have been founded by
Rinchensang-po (950-1055 A.D.).

Day 05

R’Peo to Kaza (190 km), stay at Kaza

Today we ride past the scenic village of Nako - On a side-road bifurcating near Yangthang, the village of Nako is built around a lake. On its northern side are 4 Buddhists temples with stucco images and murals. Within the village, two temples house large prayer wheels. Near Nako is a rock where a footprint-like impression is ascribed to Padmasambhava.
This is the base for the trek to Pargail peak and is en-route to the Thashigang monastery,
where an image is said to grow hair.
Tabo will be our next stop en-route - Tabo is in arid Spiti where there are thirty monasteries spread over its rugged terrain. This is the largest monasteric complex in Spiti and has nine temples, 23 'chortens', a monks chamber and a nuns chamber. The Tabo 'Chos-hKhor' or Doctrinal Enclave, was founded in 996 A.D. by the great teacher Rinchensang-po and is renowned for its breathtaking murals and stucco statues.
This has been declared a 'World Heritage Site' by UNESCO. In terms of sanctity in
Trans Himalayan Buddhism, this is regarded as next only to the Tholing monastery in Tibet.

Day 06

Rest day at Kaza (check bikes/ gear up)

After a hearty breakfast, set out for local sightseeing, exploring Kaza and the neighboring
attractions. Kaza has the administrative offices for Spiti. It has accommodation and essential facilities. The Ki (Kye), Hikkim (Tangyud), Komic and Langja monasteries
are accessible from Kaza.
Kye Monastery - This labyrinth of rooms and corridors once formeds a fort. It houses valuable 'thanka' paintings and offers a panoramic view of the area.
Some scholars believe this to have been built by Dromton (1008-64 A.D.). Others differ and place its origins in later centuries, but by and large, most concur that it was built before the fifteenth century. In the architectural definitions given to various monasteries, Ki falls in the 'pasada' style which is characterized by more stories than one
and often plays the role of a fort monastery.
Kibber – 11 kms from the Ki monastery is the highest permanently inhabited village of the region connected by a motorable road and has a small Buddhist monastery.
Check the bikes for the ride up the Kunzum La the next day.

Day 07

Kaza – Chandra Tal (84 km), stay at Chandra Tal

Today we start our day a bit late as the distance is less
We meet the Chandra Tal today, traversing the Kunzum La (14300 ft).
En route, pause for paying visits to the beautiful and peaceful temple @ Kunzum La.

Day 08

Chandra Tal – Manali (120 km), stay at Manali

Ride through the mighty Rohtang La (13140 ft) & reach Manali.

Day 09

Rest day at Manali (check bikes)

In Manali, get ready for local sightseeing and visit Hadimba temple, Manu temple and
then the hot springs, where you may take dips at the Vashisht.
Check the bikes.

Day 10

Manali – New Delhi

Take the roadway from Manali to Delhi riding through the NH1, treating the eyes with
soothing scenic pastures on either side of the highway.

Tour Concludes

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