Day 01: Arrive Manali
Arrive Manali and check in to the hotel arranged for you. Tea will be served on arrival meanwhile when having tea we will meet the team and discuss the program.
The afternoon we head out for an acclimatization ride around the town whilst enjoying the nature. Overnight stay at Manali hotel.
Day 02: Manali to Banjar (93kms 3 to 4 hours of ride)
Today after breakfast we begin our motorcycle ride towards Banjar Valley.
Banjar is also known as the “Valley of Tranquility”, Banjar is famously known for its beautiful scenery, lakes, meadows, and its thick forest.
Overnight stay in a Hotel.
Day 03: Banjar to Sarahan (139 kms 4 – 5 Hours of ride)
We continue our journey to Saharan “the gateway to Kinnaur”. Known as the land of fairy tales and fantasies, Kinnaur has a spectacular terrain of a lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow-clad peaks, and cold desert mountains. Kinnaur is extremely rich in flora & fauna and the culture and language are different from other parts of the state. Criss-crossing one of the most picturesque valleys of the region, we follow the road to Sarahan which composes pictures of pastoral perfection, as the apple orchards gardens of rare medicinal herbs, a variety of wildflowers and fields surround the small hamlets with their slate-roofed houses. A visit to Bhimakali temple is planned. The temples’ unusual architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a resplendent example of Pahari hill style.
Day 04: Sarahan to Chitkul (106 kms 4 hours of ride)
Head to Chitkul through the beautiful Sangla valley surrounded by thick forests, apple orchards, rushing waters and towering Himalayan ranges. Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border and is renowned for its houses with either slate or wooden plank roofs, a Buddhist temple and a small tower.
Day 05: Chitkul to Kalpa (62kms 3 hours of ride)
We take the road to Kalpa, one of the biggest and beautiful villages of Kinnaur. Situated at the height of 2758 m above sea level and 110 km from Sarahan, Kalpa is the main village of Kinnaur. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range. These are spectacular sights early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light.
Day 06: Kalpa to Nako to Tabo (150kms 5 hours of ride)
Ride to Nako. On the route an amazing change of scenery awaits you. From the greenery of the scenic valleys, you’ll move to the stark magnificence of the high cold desert. We’ll make a halt to Nako, 3600m altitude, where you’ll be immediately absorbed by the traditional atmosphere and architecture. Founded in 996 AD, the village looks like it hasn’t changed in hundreds of years. On the programme, visit of the old temples, founded in the 10th -11th century with fine sculptures and frescoes and a walk through the village and near its small and beautiful holy lake. After the visit, head to Tabo and visit one of the most important Buddhist monasteries of the region. Founded in 996 CE, Tabo is the largest monastic complex of Spiti and has been declared a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. It is here that the 14th Dalai Lama held the Kalachakra ceremonies in 1983 and 1996.
Day 07: Tabo to Kaza (48 kms 1 hour ride)
Gear up for the ride to Kaza, capital and regional headquarters of Spiti valley. With freckles of green over a dry, weather-beaten face, Spiti is a cold desert where the monsoon rain never comes. It is characterized by stark beauty, narrow valleys, and high mountains. A century ago, Rudyard Kipling in Kim called Spiti “a world within a world” and a “place where the gods live” – a description that holds true to the present day.
Day 08: Kaza to Kibber to Komic to Kaza (day around kaza)
From Kaza, we’ll start riding to Kibber, the highest village of Asia. On the way, we’ll stop to “Key Monastery”, the largest monastery and most colorful in Spiti Valley. Established in the 11th century, the monastery has ancient Buddhist scrolls and paintings. Before reaching our next destination, we’ll make a halt in Langza village where we’ll climb to the large and colorful Buddha statue overlooking Spiti valley and nicely contrasting with the dark brown mountains and stark blue sky. We follow our route towards Kibber. Located at an altitude of 4300m, Kibber has only 80 houses and plenty of cultivation that contrasts sharply with the arid backdrop of lofty hills. We take the road again in direction of Komic where, if we are lucky, we’ll be able to find some fossils near the streams flowing from the mountains. After our archeological excavations, back to Kaza.
Day 09: Kaza to Chandratal Lake (94 kms 3 hours ride)
We take the road in direction of the next mother’s nature masterpiece! Chandratal Lake or “Moon Lake” is a breathtaking place situated at a height of 4300 m. The sweet water lake is around 2.5 km wide. It can be visited only during the three summer months. For the rest of the season, the lake remains cut off and frozen. This lake, changing color with the color of the sky, is surrounded by Chandra Bhaga mountain range which forms the perfect backdrop. This magic view will take your breath away.
Day 10: Chandratal Lake to Manali (137kms 5-6 hours ride)
Back in the town of adventure through the beautiful valley of Manali. The rest of the day is yours to visit Manali and its surroundings which will always astonish you with its natural and cultural wealth.
Day 11: In Manali (Departure).
End of the tour. In the morning, you are free to do some shopping for the family and friends. Shawls, Tweed jackets, costume jewelry, Tibetan handicrafts are the local arts and crafts that you can find easily in Manali and for a reasonable price. After lunch, a transfer to the New Delhi airport or Manali bus station will be organized by our team as per your schedule.