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

Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya

To the Gateway of Tibet


Travel into the remote Kinnaur and Spiti Valleys for an extraordinary adventure along the surreal trails bordering Tibet.

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He splits his time between leading tours and running our Delhi office. But of one thing's for sure: his love for motorbikes is undivided!

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
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 2580€/pilot
2280€/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 13 stages - 1350 Km


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D1 / Arrive in Delhi

Airport pick-up and transfer to your hotel in the centre of Delhi. Free time, then sleep at the hotel.

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D2 / Delhi - Nalagarh

Depart very early for Nalagarh by private vehicle, through the lush green scenery of the Punjab, India’s most fertile region. Settle into the fort in Nalagarh, a village in the Himalayan foothills.

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D3 / Nalagarh - Shimla - 120 Km

We acquaint ourselves with the Enfields, before riding along mountain roads to Shimla: a hill station in the heart of India, and in bygone days the summer capital of British India.

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D4 / Shimla - Sarahan - 170 Km

The road winds through the Himalayan foothills to Sarahan, and its old fortified temple devoted to the goddess Kali. Sarahan is the gateway to the mythical Kinnaur Valley.

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D5 / Sarahan - Sangla - 160 Km

We ride up the Sutlej Valley, then take a trail that leads into a head-spinning gorge. Then along the Baspa River as far as the superb village of Sangla, overlooked by an old fort. We visit traditional Kinnauri villages in the Baspa Valley.

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D6 / Sangla - Nako - 180 Km

We continue towards Tibet. Verdant landscapes give way to a world of stone and rock. The road is dizzying, and the scenery increasingly arid. We’ll visit Nako, a typically Tibetan village, arranged around a small lake.

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D7 / Nako - Kaza - 120 Km

Depart northward, into the Spiti Valley. Reach Tabo, whose monastery is one of the most ancient Tibetan Buddhist landmarks. Still heading north, we arrive in Kaza, “capital” of the Spiti region.

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D8 / Kaza - 90 Km

A slightly less intense day. We set off to visit the terrific ridge-perched gompa in Dhankhar, before continuing to the tiny village of Lallung. Free afternoon; you could go for a walk in the village or a motorbike ride to the little Komik monastery.

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D9 / Kaza - Kibber - 50 Km

We set off towards the perched village of Kibber, and visit the superb Kye monastery. Then continue, on a mountainside trail, to Kibber, one of the highest villages in the Himalaya (4,200m/13,079ft). Tour of the village, surrounded by high peaks (above 5,500m/18,045ft).

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D10 / Kibber - Lac Chandra Tal - 180 Km

Back down towards Kaza. We cross Kunzum pass (4,600m/15,090ft), which divides the regions of Spiti and Lahoul. We discover Chandra Tal, “Lake of the Moon”, set in a mind-boggling landscape.

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D11 / Chandra Tal lake - Naggar - 200 Km 

Back down through the Chandra Valley, then over Rohtang Pass (3,900m/12,795ft), the frontier between two worlds: on one side, the rocky world of Tibetan culture; on the other side, India and the superb Kullu Valley, "Valley of the Gods".

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D12 / Naggar - 80 Km

We visit the upper Kullu Valley, green and full of charm. A visit of the fort and the Naggar temple, before having a break for lunch. Back to Manali in the afternoon.

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D13 / Manali - Delhi

Free day in Manali then an overnight journey to Delhi by comfortable, air-conditioned bus.

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D14 / Delhi - International airport

Early morning arrival in Delhi. In the afternoon, we will retain only one or two hotel rooms for storing luggage or taking a shower before the late night transfer to the airport. End of our services.

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The riders' opinions

GregoryEvans
Wonderful experience with great company

“My group of 12 friends had a wonderful experience riding in the Himalayas with Vintage Rides. From the fantastic Pierrey our tour guide to the work done by the backroom staff to ensure this unique experience went without a hitch, this a very experienced and highly recommended company to put your trust in for such a journey. Will definitely use them again at some time in the future - perhaps Mongolia.”

Daphne
Spiti Valley - Absolutely fantastic!

“Absolutely fantastic. The pre-trip organization and communication was stellar. The itinerary and accommodations were well planned and our guide, mechanic, and support driver collectively allowed for a trip where any risk of stress was quickly replaced with nothing but pure delight. I took the Spiti Valley tour ("Gateway to Tibet") which offered otherworldly views and rich cultural exposure. The remote area was particularly enjoyable as even when compared to other Himalayan routes there was very little traffic... truck or otherwise (The last thing I want to do is to go to a remote location to be stuck endlessly maneuvering around slow trucks). I sing the praises of Vintage Rides at every possible opportunity. I've ridden motorcycles all over the world either independently or with a tour group and this trip was tops! I wish I had sooner discovered Vintage Rides and they will certainly be my choice again. Vive la Moto! (If you like to see the video of the trip it is at advmotorbike dot com under "global moto"... it will say in image more than my words can convey!)”

Symen Kromkamp
Himalayan ride to Leh

“I found the ride through the Himalayan Mountains to Leh from Manali excellent. Vintage Riders did an excellent job in making this ride a success. I would recommend them to an rider who would go with them.”

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