EagleRider India’s tour explores the hidden heart of the Himalayas that is aptly called “Spiti” meaning “Middle Land”. Located in the northeast region of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the enchanting valley is surrounded by rugged mountains that add to the incredible sense of wonder and adventure. Engaging an ancient culture, beholding the million stars by night and riding through one of the most spectacular motorcycle routes during the day, this is a ride of a lifetime!
Tour Captain :
Your Tour Captains for this ride are the Dynamic Duo – Samar Sodhi and Trigun Vir Singh Pathania. Two longtime friends who have an inexplicable passion for two wheels. Trigun has been riding for over 40 years and has lived the quintessential “Crocodile Dundee” life. A naturalist, he has lived, ridden and driven vehicles in extreme temperatures of both the hot and cold desserts of India. With over 2 million miles under his belt Trigun has ridden through Europe and Africa as well as all across India.
Samar gave up the corporate life with a dream to steer experiential holidays in India and thus became the owner of the EagleRider India franchise. A thorough motorsports enthusiast, he has also extensively lived, ridden and driven in different parts of the globe. Samar has been an integral part of one of the world’s highest and toughest rally, Raid de Himalaya, since its inception, and it has given him the best survival skills. Add to that he is a foodie who can cook up a delicious meal in the middle of nowhere.
Samar and Trigun’s combined knowledge and skills will ensure that this ride will be like no other.
Tour Region: Himachal Pradesh
Tour City where the tour begins: Shimla
Tour Rates: ————
Tour Includes: Royal Enfield 500 cc motorcycle, Airport Transfer at Shimla and Manali, 10 nights’ accommodation (mix of hotels/camps/home stays), All meals, Welcome Dinner, Tour Captain travelling alongside in a motorcycle, Half shell Helmets for rider and pillion, Sweep Support Vehicle, Mechanic with spare parts and repairs expertise enrooted, Inner Line Permits, Monument entry fees, Fuel for motorcycle for the entire tour, Medical First Aid, Pressurized Altitude Chamber, Portable Oxygen Canisters, Farewell Gala Dinner.
Not included in this tour : Travel to Shimla and return from Manali (can be arranged on prior request), Personal or travel insurance; Laundry, tips, room Service, souvenirs, personal expenses or personal expenses incurred beyond our control such as bad weather, flight cancellation, road closure, landslides, etc.; Anything not mentioned specifically in inclusions above.
High and Low Temperature : High 78 Low 40
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Currently Active : Yes
Tour available in seasons : Two Fixed Departures; 24th May 2019 to 2nd June 2019 and 30th Aug 2019 to 8th Sep 2019
Day 01: Arrive at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Welcome by EagleRider India welcoming committee.
We start our Incredible Spiti tour in the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. Once the summer retreat of the British rulers it has now become one the most visited tourist destinations in India. After your arrival at Shimla and check in to the hotel we will spend the rest of day getting to know each other and the bikes you will be riding.
Day 02: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
After breakfast we start us ascend from Shimla. It is an easy 4-hour ride on mostly tarmac roads winding through the amazing pine and cedar forests. We’ll stop for lunch along the hillside before reaching Narkanda, a small town on the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road. Narkanda is also a popular winter skiing destination.
Total kms travelled: 63 kms
Day 03: Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh
We start our day after breakfast and head onto the road towards Sarahan also known as the “Gateway to the Kinnaur region”. Sarahan (2165m) is a beautiful little village of Himachal Pradesh surrounded by fields and orchards with dozens of small streams gushing past. It is steeped in ancient legends and houses the famous Bhimakali Temple. Deep down the alley flows the river Sutlej and across lies the snow-clad Srikhand peak.
Total kms travelled: 100 kms
Day 04: Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh
Today we head to Sangla, a small town in the Baspa Valley also known as the Sangla Valley. Of all the valleys of the Sutlej, the Sangla valley is perhaps the most beautiful. It certainly is the most famous. Sangla boasts of growing the world’s best quality apples. We ride along countryside roads dotted with quaint village homes. You will ride into Sangla with the view of the Himalayas ever so often around the many bends and turns.
Total kms travelled: 85 kms
Day 05: Sangla, Himachal Pradesh
After a glorious sunrise and breakfast, we set off to explore the must visit village of Chitkul (3450m) known to be the last inhabited village at the Indo-Tibet border. The Indian road ends here. The orchids, mountains, meadows, huge rocks, river, jungle, grasslands all add to the wonder of this place. We ride along the narrow village roads of this tiny hamlet with beautiful landscapes and locals with broad smiles before heading back to Sangla for the night.
Total kms travelled: 60 kms
Day 06: Sangla, Himachal Pradesh
From Sangla we travel towards Nako today. We cross Kalpa, a sleepy hamlet where few travellers go. Just below Kalpa is Reckong Peo where we stop to get our inner line permits to continue upwards to the Spiti Valley. Another picturesque ride day with some brilliant landscapes. We will be encountering mostly tarmac and some amazing sections winding around the desert hills. Our stop for the night will be at Nako.
Total kms travelled: 150 kms
Day 07: Nako, Himachal Pradesh
After breakfast we explore Nako which is the largest village at an elevation of 3625 meters and has a sacred lake at its centre. A few kilometres away from the famous Nako monastery is the Chango Gompa, a prayer wheel more than 500 years old and is make of Yak skin. The road would be a mix of gravel and tarmac as we make our way to Kaza. On the way we will cross a beautiful hamlet of the Himalayas – Tabo, famous for the Tabo Monastery that is said to be more than 1000 years old and among the holiest.
Total kms travelled: 112.6 kms
Day 08: Kaza, Himachal Pradesh
After exploring Kaza we reach Kibber and see the Key Monastery, located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4166m. The famous Key Monastery is the largest in the Spiti Valley. After a tour of the monastery and lunch we will head out to our stop for the night at Losar. It is a soothing, peaceful and absolutely delightful village. A visit to the Spiti valley is incomplete without visiting this heaven like place. The road leading to Losar has breathtaking beauty with magnificent views and different coloured mountains.
Total kms travelled: 58 kms
Day 09: Losar, Himachal Pradesh
We can start our day with a big breakfast and enjoy the glorious views at Losar. We ride from our hotel in Losar and go to the famous Chander Tal (4298m) or Lake Moon, a name it gets from its crescent shape. Accessible only in summer this lake remains frozen through most of the winter months. Surrounded by gigantic Himalayan mountains on all sides you will be awestruck by the sight of this lake that changes colour with the sky. We enjoy the afternoon around the lake before heading back on the road to Sissu (3120m).
Total kms travelled: 50 kms
Day 10: Sissu, Himachal Pradesh
Spend the morning paragliding, checking out this quaint little sporting village and enjoy the different cuisine offered up at small eateries. Leave by noon for an easy tarmac ride to Mandi.
Total kms travelled: 85 kms
Day 11: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Today we pack our bags and say our goodbyes. We make our way to the airport at Bhuntar with our hearts overwhelmed with the beauty that is Incredible Spiti and memories to cherish for a lifetime.This entry was posted in Guided Tour, India