This extraordinary journey begins with your arrival in Delhi, where our representative will greet you and ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel for relaxation and preparation. As the sun rises on the second day, a train journey awaits, whisking you away to Chandigarh, and from there, a private car escorts you to the charming hill town of Manali. Awe-inspiring landscapes and thrilling roads lay the foundation for this adventure of a lifetime.
Experience the spiritual essence of Spiti Valley as you visit the Key Monastery, the highest village of Komik, and the ancient Tabo Monastery, often referred to as the “Ajanta of the Himalayas.” The route then leads you to the tranquil village of Nako, nestled by a serene lake. Continue your ascent to Kalpa, offering a breathtaking view of the majestic Kinner Kailash mountain range, and uncover the captivating Kamru Fort and Sangla Valley’s ethereal beauty.
Embark on a full-day excursion to Chitkul village, surrounded by the Himalayan panorama on three sides. Bask in the unparalleled beauty of the landscape and the picturesque village of Chitkul, a true hidden gem. The journey then leads to Sarahan, where you’ll witness the captivating Aarti ceremony at Bhimakali Temple. Shoja, a tranquil Himalayan hamlet, becomes your next destination, offering serene walks, birdwatching, and an intimate connection with nature.
As the adventure draws to a close, return to Manali via Kullu Valley, savoring the final leg of this unforgettable journey. Immerse yourself in the charm of Manali before embarking on a comfortable overnight Volvo Bus journey back to Delhi. Arrive in the capital city, greeted by our local representative, and enjoy leisure time for independent activities before bidding farewell, enriched with the memories of this captivating Himalayan escapade.
Manali: This vibrant hill town serves as the starting point of your adventure. Surrounded by stunning landscapes, Manali provides a blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Explore its markets, temples, and enjoy the thrill of embarking on a journey that leads to some of the most remote and enchanting destinations.
Chandertal Lake: Also known as the “Moon Lake,” Chandertal is nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas. The journey to this pristine lake takes you through the rugged terrain, offering mesmerizing views of glaciers and mountains. A trek to the lake adds an element of adventure to the experience.
Kaza: Situated in the heart of the Spiti Valley, Kaza is a charming town surrounded by barren mountains. Discover the rich Tibetan culture as you visit the Key Monastery and the world’s highest village, Komik. The unique landscapes and serene monasteries create an aura of tranquility.
Tabo: The Tabo Monastery is a treasure trove of ancient art and spirituality. Often referred to as the “Ajanta of the Himalayas,” it houses intricate murals, sculptures, and artifacts that date back over a millennium. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a testament to the region’s deep-rooted Buddhist heritage.
Nako: This quaint village sits by the tranquil Nako Lake, offering picturesque views and a sense of serenity. With its ancient monasteries and untouched beauty, Nako provides an authentic Himalayan experience.
Kalpa: Nestled against the backdrop of the majestic Kinner Kailash range, Kalpa offers panoramic views and a glimpse into traditional Himachali culture. Explore the local temples and absorb the serene beauty of this lesser-known gem.
Sangla Valley: Known for its lush greenery and stunning landscapes, Sangla Valley is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The Kamru Fort and the village of Chitkul provide insights into the region’s heritage, while the towering mountains and the Baspa River offer a serene atmosphere.
Sarahan: Famous for the Bhimakali Temple, Sarahan is a spiritual and cultural destination. Witness the Aarti ceremony at this ancient temple, surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan views.
Shoja: A hidden Himalayan hamlet, Shoja captivates with its untouched natural beauty. Enjoy walks, birdwatching, and the simplicity of rural life, away from the bustling city.
Delhi: Your journey concludes in the vibrant capital city of India. With its historical monuments, bustling markets, and modern infrastructure, Delhi offers a contrast to the serene landscapes you explored in the mountains. Take time to explore its rich history and diverse culture before bidding farewell to this unforgettable adventure.
Detailed Tour Plan
Day 01: Arrive Delhi International airport
Day 02: Delhi = Chandigarh – Manali by surface (alt 2000 m.) (Approx 310 kms/09 hrs journey)
Morning departure transfer with packed breakfast to catch the train to Chandigarh, on arrive at Chandigarh station then proceed Manali by private car. In the evening check in the hotel in Manali.
Day 03: Manali/ Chatru / Chandertal (Approx 116 kms/ 7 hrs)
After breakfast interaction with cruise staff, later we start our motorbike adventure on Royal Enfield to Chandertal over climbing Rohtang Pass (3980 m) and then meandering our way down to Gramphu.
From here we drive along the Chandra river. From Gramphu to Chandertal Lake is a dirt road but very scenic providing views of Bara Shigri Glacier and CB ranges. On arrival check in at camp at base of Chandertal Lake.
Day 04: Chandertal / Kaza (Approx 170 kms/ 6-7 hrs)
Early morning by walk (1 hrs one way) to visit Chandertal (The moon lake – 4270 m) which is of exquisite beauty between a lower ridge and the main Kunzum range, the outlet being into Chandra river. Enjoy the charming scenery and drive to Kaza over Kunzum Pass (4558 m) and passing some beautiful villages of Spiti valley.
On arrival in Kaza check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 05: Kaza
After breakfast, you will ride to Key monastery and world highest village Komik (4587 meters).
Later come back to hotel and time free for personal activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06: Kaza/ Pin Valley/Tabo (Approx 85 kms/ full day)
An excursion visiting Pin Valley, the land of Ibex and Snow Leopards. Here we also visit Gungri Monastery.
After the visit we continue our ride to visit the old monastery at Lalung village and then continue to Tabo village & monastery.
Tabo monastery was founded in 996 AD by the great teacher Richensang-po, Tabo is renowned for its breathtaking murals and stucco images – and is often called “The Ajanta of the Himalayas”. The largest monastic complex in Spiti, the old section has 9 temples, 23 chortens, a monks chamber and a nuns chamber.
Day 07: Tabo/ Nako (Approx 90 kms/ 3-4 hrs)
Day 08: Nako/ Kalpa (Approx 125 kms/ 6 hrs)
Early morning visit the village, the Buddhist temples with stucco images and murals and a rock where a footprint like impression is ascribed to Padmasambhava. Later we drive from Nako to Kalpa enroute visiting confluence of Satluj & Spiti rivers at Khab.
Kalpa village is located in backdrop of Kinner Kailash mountain range. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of day free to explore Kalpa village. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Kalpa/ Sangla (Approx 103 kms/ 6 hrs)
Travel by from Kalpa to Sangla en route visiting Kamru Fort & village. We further travel to Sangla, on arrival install at camp.
Day 10: Sangla/Chitkul/Sangla
Full day excursion to Chitkul Village, A spectacular sight of Chitkul village and its surrounding left you speechless. 270 degrees of snowy, jagged panorama and 90 degrees of the arid boulder panorama, the Himalayas cover this village from all the sides and that view is breathtaking.
Day 11: Sangla/ Sarahan (Approx 198 kms/ 6-7 hrs)
Travel from Sangla to Sarahan. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening witness the Aarti ceremony at Bhimakali temple.
Day 12: Sarahan/Shoja (Approx 140 Kms / 05-06 Hrs)
Morning drive to Soja (called Sohja) is a Himalayan hamlet (8500 ft asl) 5 kms short of Jalori Pass. The area is blessed with exceptional Himalayan beauty and is excellent for walks, treks, bird watching and a nature centric experience.
On arrival installation at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 13: Shoja
Morning after breakfast walking tour to Serolsar Lake (5 kms – half day) through thick forests. Bird watching around the area in the evening.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14: Shoja/Manali (Approx 110 Kms / 04 Hrs)
Morning depart to Manali, en route visiting Kullu Valley, on arrival, installation at hotel.
Day 15: Manali Departure
Morning free to explore the Manali town, afternoon in time departure transfer to Bus stand to catch the Volvo Bus to Delhi. Overnight journey in the Bus
Day 16: Arrive Delhi in The Morning
On arrival, welcome with our local representative and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities, Evening in time departure transfer to International airport to catch the flight to onwards destination .
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
Q: What is the duration of this tour?
A: This tour spans over a duration of 16 days, allowing you to explore the diverse landscapes and destinations in the Himalayas.
Q: How physically demanding is this tour?
A: The tour involves motorbike rides through varying terrains and altitudes, which can be physically demanding. Participants should be in good health and have some riding experience.
Q: What is the highest point reached during the tour?
A: The tour takes you to the Kunzum Pass, which is situated at an altitude of 4,558 meters, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Q: Are there opportunities for cultural exploration?
A: Yes, the tour includes visits to ancient monasteries such as Tabo and Key, offering insights into Tibetan Buddhist culture and art.
Q: What are some of the highlights of the tour?
A: The tour includes visits to Chandertal Lake, Kaza, Sangla Valley, and more, offering a mix of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and adventure.
Q: What type of accommodation is provided during the tour?
A: Accommodation varies between hotels and camps, providing both comfort and an authentic experience of staying amidst the mountains.
Q: Is acclimatization taken into consideration?
A: Yes, the itinerary includes acclimatization days and gradual altitude gain to ensure participants adapt to the high altitudes safely.
Q: What kind of vehicles are used for transportation?
A: Private vehicles are used for transfers between destinations, and Royal Enfield motorbikes are provided for the motorbike adventure segments.
Q: Is this tour suitable for beginners?
A: While some riding experience is recommended, beginners with a strong interest in motorbike adventures and the willingness to learn may also participate.
Q: How can I make the most of leisure days during the tour?
A: Leisure days offer opportunities to explore the local culture, take short hikes, enjoy scenic walks, or simply relax amidst the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas.
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