Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya - To the Gateway of Tibet

Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya

To the Gateway of Tibet


William, travel designer

This out-of-the-way motorbike tour is one of our most exclusive Himalayan experiences. A demanding itinerary, accessible for just a few weeks in late summer, for bikers with nerves of steel. Between two worlds, you’ll ride through changing landscapes from a lush green land to a rocky desert world. Slender mountains, deep valleys, high passes, and little Buddhist monasteries perched on mountain flanks – and you’ll feel you are touching the stars by Chandra Taal, a large high-altitude lake of indescribable beauty.

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Period September
Duration 14 days incl. 10 days riding
Available extensions
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From €2,750/pilot

Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 13 stages - 838 miles

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D1 / Arrive in Delhi

Your first day is all about a smooth arrival in Delhi: you’re met at the airport and transferred to the hotel in the city center. Your room is available from noon onwards. You have two options: you can stay at the hotel and rest after the flight or go out and explore India’s bustling capital.

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D2 / Delhi - Naggar

You have a free morning in Delhi. We meet at 3 pm at the hotel hall where you will be transferred to the bus station. Departure for Naggar by night bus at around 6 pm. Night in a comfortable and air conditioned bus.

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D3 / Naggar - Thirthan Valley - 53 miles

We start our ride after lunch, so as to refresh and rest a little. This is a short first day to get used to our Royal Enfields and take them for a few short rides on mountain roads surrounded by forests. We enjoy one invigorating curve after the other before arriving in the remote valley of Thirtan.

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D4 / Thirthan - Sarahan - 105 miles

We take the opposite direction of Thirthan before we reach the Jalori pass (3100m). After a nice descent into the valley of Sutlej, we ride along the river to Sarahan, which marks the gateway to the Kinnaur.

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D5 / Sarahan - Sangla - 99 miles

We climb up Sutlej Valley on the famous Hindustan-Tibet road. At the end of the leg, we leave the main valley and take a narrow track that winds its way deep into a rocky gorge, ultimately opening up into a scenic alpine valley until we reach Sangla, a beautiful village at 2,500 m altitude.

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D6 / Sangla - Nako - 112 miles

We ride through Sutlej Valley and carry on towards the Tibetan plateau. As we ride up towards the northeast, the lush green landscapes make way for starker, more barren scenery with the Sino-Tibetan border not too far away. On the last part of this leg, Upper Himalayan landscapes unfold before us.

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D7 / Nako - Kaza - 75 miles

We push on into Spiti valley. We cross many villages en route, where Buddhism is omnipresent before we arrive at Tabo in time for lunch. Still heading north, we reach Kaza, the “capital” of Spiti at 3,600 m altitude.

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D8 / Kaza and its surroundings - 45 to 60 miles

We have a "rest" today and only take the bikes for a short ride. We visit the impressive Dhankar Gompa, a monastery perched high up on a ridge, before heading to the tiny village Lallung. We head back to Kaza for lunch.

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D9 / Kaza - Kibber - 31 miles

Another short but action-packed riding day, which leads us to the high-altitude village of Kibber (4,200 m). En route, we stop off to visit the wonderful Kye monastery, a few miles away from Kaza. We visit Kibber, a village surrounded by mountains that tower over 5,500 m altitude.

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D10 / Kibber - Chandra Tal Lake - 112 miles

We head back down near Kaza and continue northwest. We cross the Kunzum pass (4,600 m), which separates Spiti and Lahaul. We take a rest at the pass to admire the colourful Tibetan flags fluttering in the wind and the breathtaking beauty of the glaciers surrounding us. On the last part of this leg, we take a bumpy track to Chandra Tal Lake at 4,200 m altitude, an unforgettable moment!

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D11 / Chandra Tal Lake - Manali - 124 miles

The most trying day awaits us with lots of tracks and rocks. We head back down to Chandra Valley before crossing Rohtang pass (3,900 m), a border between two worlds: on one side is stark Tibetan beauty and on the other, the lush Kullu Valley, known as the “Valley of the Gods”. The road down to Manali (at 2,000 m altitude) is impressive with its endless hairpin curves.

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D12 / Manali and Kullu Valley - 71 or 25 miles

We visit the charming, green Kullu Valley. Your tour leader will adapt the riding day according to your fatigue and what you want to do. We pass traditional villages and orchards. Then we go back to Manali, where some souvenir shopping is in order!

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D13 / Manali - Delhi

You can have a free day in Manali, where you can make any last-minute purchases and take one last walk in the Himalayan foothills. In the evening, we take a “Deluxe” night bus to Delhi.

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D14 / Delhi - International airport

Your bus is expected to reach at around 7.30am this morning so plan your flight accordingly. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to visit the bustling Indian capital, do some shopping or visit one of the Royal Enfield stores. You are transferred to the airport, where our services end.

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Available extensions

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Taj Mahal / 2 or 3 days

You're taken to Agra from New Delhi in a private vehicle with driver. During 2 or 3 days, visit the fabulous Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Red Fort of Agra.

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Varanasi (Benares) / 2 days

2​ days to discover the sacred town of Varanasi. ​An English-speaking guide​ ​shows you around ​the Buddhist city of ​Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist cities.​ As the sunsets, you take a stroll along the Varanasi ghats​ and​ attend Aarti, a daily worship ritual.​ ​On the second day, you t​ake a boat tour at sunrise​, visit the University, Bharat Mata Mandir​ and the rest of the city.​

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From September 4th 2022 to September 17th 2022
From June 11th 2023 to June 24th 2023
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