Himalayan Moto Adventures

The Middle Himalayas:

A 2-week Itinerary of Himachal's Shimla, Kinnaur, Kullu & Lahaul regions

Tour Map
Riding Days - 11+
Distance on m/cycle - 1200* Km (Riding starts/ ends at Shimla. New Delhi - Shimla by Express Train/ Bus Coach)

* Our tour prices are in INR (Indian rupees). The forex conversions are for indication only. Please write to us for exact quote in any currency other than INR.

Below is a day-by-day itinerary of the tour. This is how we expect the tour to flow, but as you know adventure happens! Dive in and get excited!

You shall be joining the tour by boarding an express train from the New Delhi Railway station (ETD 0700 hrs). The 4 hour journey will bring you to Kalka (at the foot steps of the Himalayas). A 4 hour bus/coach journey from here will bring you to Shimla (capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh & erstwhile “summer capital” of India).

Today you’ll meet your Royal Enfield Motorcycle, your ride for the next several days. After an extensive briefing session by your ride leader you’ll take a short ride in an effort to familiarize yourself with the bike and riding conditions. Today’s ride is short but challenging. You’ll be riding up the Hindustan-Tibet Highway (NH-22) towards Theog.  Leaving the NH-22 at Narkanda, you shall follow the narrow & winding road up the mountain to the "Hatu peak" and the famous Hatu Temple at the altitude of 3292 M.  After enjoying the spectacular views of the high Himalayan ranges from there, you shall ride the last 10 km on a beautiful district road lined with apple orchards as it winds up & down the mountain to a beautiful “forest lodge” amongst lush greenery. Tonight you'll be at an altitude of about 2480 M.

Heading further along the NH-22 you’ll continue towards Kinnaur, where you'll ride alongside the fierce Sutlej as you reach turning point Karchham. Here, a road continues towards Spiti and another turns towards the Baspa Valley and on to the beautiful village of Sangla. This is another 18km stretch of narrow winding road with hair-raising gorges & cliffs high above the Baspa river gushing below. Accommodation is in a comfortable tent camp at a beautiful setting on the banks of the river.

After enjoying a quiet morning in the lap of Sangla valley you’ll saddle-up once again, for a short ride to Chitkul, another quaint village in the Baspa Valley. Chitkul is the last village on this road towards the border of Tibet (China) and offers great views of snow clad peaks of the Kinnaur region. After spending a little time here you’ll return to Sangla in time for lunch. The evening is at your disposal to take a walk along the Baspa river or just enjoy the view & the setting from the camp.

We'll backtrack to the NH-22 at Karchham and continue on the road towards Recong Peo, where you'll end up in the village of Kalpa. You’ll most likely be spending the day absorbing the stunning views of the “Kinner Kailash” and reminiscing the past few days after you left Shimla. Or perhaps walking around this lovely village & its apple orchards. 

Back-tracking eastwards, today you shall head over the Jalori Pass (3200 M) towards the Kullu valley.  The days ride is one of the most spectacular with views of dense Cedar & Pine forests.  A few kilometers down from the pass, Shoja & Jhibi are small hamlets popular a stop for those travelling between Shimla and Manali with numerous little lodges & home-stays sprinkled along the road.

From Jhibi, the day's ride will take you further down towards Kullu valley and to the banks of the Beas river.  As usual, we try to stay off the highway as much as we can and take the scenic route to Manali.

Situated along the banks of River Beas at the northern end of the Kullu valley, Manali is a popular tourist destination attracting thousands of Indian tourists in the summers who want to beat the heat of the plains.  It will be a well deserved rest day with options of local sightseeing and shopping for souvenirs.

Heading north from Manali, you shall take the longer & scenic route up to the famous "Rohtang" pass (3978 M).  Meandering down from here on the other side of the mountain ranges you'll reach the banks of the "Chandra" river at Koksar.  After Koksar its a relatively smooth ride till Jispa (20km ahead of Keylong). On the way, the Chandra & Bhaga rivers meet at Tandi (which is also the last fuel station before Leh) & together form the Chandrabhaga river which is renamed as “Chenab” in Jammu & Kashmir state.  Bye-passing Keylong town, we shall continue on the Manali-Leh road for another 25 kms to arrive at our day's destination of Jispa.  

Jispa is small village, mainly serving as a convenient stop-over for those headed to Leh (Ladakh).  You shall be staying in a lodge at this beautiful location right on the banks of Bhaga, a river originating from Suraj Taal (Sun Lake) also near Baralacha La. An extra day has been placed here for it's  scenery & charm and can be filled with walks around the village or to the nearby monasteries and an old palace.

Day 11: Jispa - Sissu (100 Km) From Jispa, you shall first ride further up the road towards Ladakh to enjoy some spectacular Himalayan scenery on this stretch of the road and then head back to Keylong (the district headquarters you by-passed on our way in).  This small town has an interesting bazar and our favourite spot for some "momos".  Riding further, you’ll arrive at a small hamlet of Sissu, on the banks of the Chandra river. The hotel here has a spectacular setting and offers the opportunity to take short hikes in the beautiful surroundings.

On the way back towards the Kullu region, you shall be travelling through the newly opened "Atal tunnel" below the Rohtang pass.  At a length of 9.02 km, it is the longest highway single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet (3,048 m) in the world (when completed).  You shall keep heading south from Manali, back-tracking along the banks of the Beas towards Banjar again. Riding down the Kullu valley past Naggar, you'll leave behind the Beas and turn south-east towards Banjar at Aut. From here, a 28km long path lined with apple orchards leads you to your destination, a small hamlet called Nagini, on the edge of "The Great Himalayan National Park".  Nagini and it's surrounds offer some interesting experiences including fishing for trout in the Tirthan river, village walks and a short trek to a small but beautiful waterfall.

The penultimate days ride is another spectacular journey along the Beas, through the apple orchards of the region, past several picturesque villages down to the village of Tattapani on the banks of river Sutlej. Tattapani (as the name in local dialect suggests) is famous for it's a Sulphur "hot spring" and you shall get every chance to have a dip in its refreshing & rejuvenating waters at the resort you'll be staying at.

You’ll saddle-up yet again and for the last time on this tour for your journey back to Shimla. The evening can be spent taking a stroll on The Mall and doing some souvenir shopping. A farewell dinner is organized at a popular restaurant in the city.

It’s time to say your goodbye’s to fellow travelers & the Himalayas. You’ll be taking a 3-hour car ride down the Shivalik range (also have the option to take an hours joyride on the UNESCO Heritage narrow gauge railway from Shimla) to its footsteps at Kalka, where an Express Train will take you to New Delhi (in about another 4 hours). Dinner is served in the train & is inclusive in the fare. If you’ve purchased a “Farewell” add-on you’ll be transferred to the hotel where your accommodation has been arranged.

  • 14 nights accommodation in double or twin-bedded rooms/tents incl. Breakfasts & Dinners
  • AC Bus Coach/ Chair car Express Train transfers between New Delhi & Shimla
  • Transportation for Local Sight-seeing (to selected locations)
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 EFI rental motorcycle including fuel
  • Experienced motorcycle mechanics
  • English-speaking Ride leader & support crew
  • Support vehicles with driver (for luggage, gear & occasional passengers)
  • Tents, camping gear & provisions (for contingencies)
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
The regular price of the tour is per person on the basis of twin-share accommodation. “Twin Share” means sharing either a “double bedded” OR a “twin bedded” room with either your companion (wife, husband, partner, friend etc.) or another member of the tour of the same sex (as assigned by us). However, an unaccompanied participant’s “twin-share “ booking is accepted only on the condition that if no roommate is available, the participant accepts that a single accommodation price be charged over and above the tour price. If you don’t want to share a room you can purchase a single accommodation add-on. In fact, we recommend booking a "single" accommodation if you're a light sleeper or a loud snorer yourself. Single Accommodation is subject to availability. Please book early or check with us. We also reserve the right to impose a “single accommodation” price on a participant, like a minor participant or an unaccompanied participant, if he/she cannot be accommodated with another member of the tour due to any reason(s). Further details will be available for your perusal in the terms & conditions appended to the tour registration form.
  • Transfers to/from Airports/Railway stations
  • Travel Insurance policy covering use of motorcycle
  • Motorcycle damage deposit or damage waiver (optional)
  • All Lunches, All drinks / beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Vaccinations and personal medication
  • Visa fee for India
  • Travel/ Holiday insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, tips, gifts, telephone or fax services, emergency evacuation costs, fines Entry fees and camera fees for museums, forts, temples, monuments and other such places Anything not explicitly mentioned in the “What’s Included” section

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Also take a look at the itineraries of our other tours in the region --->>

Himalayan Grand-1

Ride your Royal Enfield through the mighty Himalayas over some of the highest passes in the Spiti Valley & Ladakh (upto 5320 M). Spend 3 whole weeks among spectacular Himalayan scenery & test exactly what you’re made of. We have created an itinerary with a little bit for everyone; from serious riders to those who like to immerse in culture & tradition. A motorcycle journey you will remember for the rest of your life ! Riding starts and ends at Shimla (2200 M).

Himalayan Grand-2

This is a repeat of the Himalayan Grand-1 tour, being our most popular itinerary of the region. Starting the motorcycle ride at Shimla (2200 M) you will be ascending gradually everyday. From Sangla valley (2800 M), to Kaza (3680 M), to Tso Kar (4500 M) and over some spectacular high passes like Baralacha La (4900 M), Lachulung La (5060 M) & Tanglang La (5320 M). We guarantee loads of adventure and a holiday of a lifetime !!

The Spiti Circuit

The shorter of the 2 versions of our Himalayan Moto Adventures but very popular nonetheless. This 2-week itinerary has a good variety of motorcycle riding, scenery and culture; the beautiful Sangla-Baspa valley and it’s apple orchards, imposing snow-capped peaks of Kinnaur, the monasteries & “out of this world” landscape of the Spiti Valley and lush green vistas of the Kullu region. Riding starts and ends at Shimla (2200 M).

Packing list:  *On all our tours the space on the support vehicles is limited.  Hence, we request that you limit your baggage to 25 KG.

    • Driver’s license*
    • International Driving Permit
    • Travel insurance**
    • Protective Riding Gloves
    • Riding boots
    • Riding jacket & pants
    • Helmet
    • Rain suit
    • Riding goggles
    • Balaclava
    • Eye drops
    • Sunscreen
    • Torch/Flashlight
    • Thermal underwear
    • Insect repellent

    Suggested

    • Sleeping bag/liner***
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Scarf/Bandana
    • Ear Plugs
*Full and valid for  min 411cc motorcycle
**Must cover riding motorcycle overseas for leisure

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