Arrive In Manali
You need to arrive either by Volvo Bus, or by flight till Bhuntar airport in Kullu from New Delhi at our designated hotel in Manali by 12 noon, where you will meet the Ride of My Life team and your co-riders. The road captain briefs everyone on the route and the day-wise plan. Post that, you will be handed over the Himalayan motorcycles which you would be riding for the rest of the tour.
Manali To Jibhi
We start off the ride and head south, riding with the Beas River by our side. We head towards Jibhi, a small village situated in the Tirthan Valley. Before checking into the riverside guesthouse, you take a detour on a dirt track nearby, to get accustomed to the Royal Enfield & the terrain that you will encounter later in the tour.
Jibhi To Kalpa
We leave Tirthan Valley and ride along the Great Himalayan National Park, to cross the stunning, but steep Jalori pass (10,800 feet) through picturesque Deodhar woods. This is a challenging part of the day’s journey because the road goes from bad to worse towards the top, with some tricky curves thrown in as well. After the descent from Jalori pass, we ride on the famous Hindustan-Tibet Highway along the Sutlej river. A tarmac road with easy riding conditions with beautiful views of the Sutlej till Kalpa. Kalpa, a small town is home to the delicious Kinnaur Apples. Kalpa also offers a spectacular view of one of the holiest mountains in India – Kinner Kailash.
Kalpa To Nako
After an early breakfast, we ride north along the narrow valley within which flows the Sutlej river, in awe of Himalayan shadows and into the high altitude region of Himachal. After some gruelling stretches of dirt tracks and water crossings, we enter the barren land of Spiti Valley. The landscape changes from lush green to rocky, and then to barren. Your stay tonight is in Swiss tents with attached toilets in the small but pristine Nako Village, near the Nako Lake.
Nako To Kaza Via Dhankar
Being an easy riding day, we visit Tabo monastery (10,010 feet) in the morning. This monastery is famed for its vast collection of frescos and stucco paintings and is called the “Ajanta of the Himalayas”. We also visit Dhankar monastery (12,774 feet), one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The monastery is built on a high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. The second half of the day will be reserved for much needed rest.
Kaza – Hikkim – Komic – Kaza
Kaza (11,980 Ft) is the capital of the Spiti region. Today’s highlight is the ride to Hikkim (14,400 feet) and Komic (14,830 feet) villages, the highest altitude villages in the world to be populated all year round. The village of Hikkim has the highest Post Office in the world (Pin Code 172114). It’s a good idea to mail a postcard to yourself and your loved ones from this Post Office as a souvenir of your journey. Finally, a visit to the beautiful Ki Gompa (aka Kee, Key), the largest monastery in Spiti, wraps up the day’s ride.
Kaza To Chandertaal
Today’s ride is special in many ways, what with the ever changing landscape which will leave you mesmerised. We also ride over Kunzum La (15,050 feet), the highest altitude of the ride. The pass offers magnificent views of the Chandra-Bhaga range of mountains. Getting close to our destination, we ride on a narrow dirt track to reach the Chandratal Lake. Since vehicles are not allowed near the lake, we have to hike for 25 minutes to this pristine Himalayan lake. The stay for the night will be in Swiss tents at a campsite.
Chandertaal Lake To Tandi
The initial section of the ride is quite rough and has many water crossings that will test your riding skills to the max. After crossing Batal, we behold the amazing sight of Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the Himalayas after Gangotri. Once on the Manali-Leh Highway, we have a comparatively smooth ride till Tandi. The landscape changes again from barren to lush green. Your stay will be in bamboo cottages with incredible view of confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers.
Tandi To Manali
Nature is at its best on the last day of the ride. We cross the scenic Rohtang pass down to the sight of lush green Himalayan mountains and waterfalls that appear out of nowhere. After the descent from the pass, you ride into Manali, a popular hill station in the Himalayas. We will have a few rooms for you to freshen up before you take the evening bus out of Manali.
(1). Note: The helmet, gloves and other personal equipments may kindly bring your own.
(2). Before starting the tour from Manali, clients will have to make a security deposit of Rs. 4,000 per bike. Once the tour comes to an end, the full amount will be returned to the client at the ending point provided there is no damage to the bike.
(3). This is the itinerary for a tour which we run regularly. It can be altered, and we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. The itinerary is planned in such a way that you gain altitude gradually , you get a good and proper time to acclimatise properly while travelling through the Central Himalayas . Every day there is enough free time to make walk / or to relax your own so you could experience the people and culture from much close on the tour.
(4). In case you require accompanying tour escort / local guide with you please tell us and we will be happy to arrange local, knowledgeable guide for your tour, as per your choice.
(5). Please do not hesitate to collect any travel information from us, before working a final tour programme for yourself. We would be glad to provide you all the travel information and hotels details etc. at the time of planning your holidays with us, before you book your tour with Incredible Himachal Holidays. Being local, we can provide you with a wonderful private, personalise, tailor-made holiday tour in India at a cheaper cost than the standard package / group holiday that you might find elsewhere. We believe in delivering the service, more than- promised to our clients.