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Spiti Valley Bike and Backpacking Trip

(5135+ Reviews)

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Delhi to Delhi

Backpacking Trips

11 Days

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Overview

A bike trip to Spiti valley where you get to traverse through some of the most mystifying valleys of Himachal is a dream for many travelers. The reason why Spiti is on the bucket list of many, be it adventure enthusiasts or people looking for a peaceful retreat is that, in its embrace, Spiti Valley holds both calm and chaos. 

The rugged terrain, harsh weather, and high altitude make it a challenge for people to reach Spiti but the valley rewards them with beauty and peace that one won’t find anywhere else. 

The perfect embodiment of Tibetan culture, the word “Spiti” itself means the middle land and signifies the importance of this winter wonderland that is nestled between India and Tibet. 

The cold desert mountain that is covered in a heavenly blanket of snow melts to give way to all the riders who wish to drive on the trans-Himalayan roadways making it the best time for a bike trip to Spiti valley

During the summer months, since the average temperature during the daytime in Spiti is 15-16 degrees Celsius, the weather becomes pleasant making it far more comfortable for travelers to indulge in activities without worrying about the cold weather seeping through layers of clothes. 

Apart from the golden charm that the summer sun adds to its eternal beauty, the people of Spiti also celebrate many festivals during these months, allowing outsiders to get a closer look at the rich, vibrant culture that locals have preserved for centuries. 

This Spiti valley bike trip during summer initially starts from Delhi where the group gathers before embarking on this journey but the true starting point of this road trip is Jibhi. 

Nestled on the banks of the Tirthan river, away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities, Jibhi is a tiny haven in Himachal Pradesh that serves the purpose of rejuvenating your mind and soul before you take on this adventurous bike trip to Spiti. The lush green meadows, sparkling waterfalls, and echo of bird songs make your time here peaceful and comforting.

As we embark on our journey to Spiti Valley on our bikes, we will be traversing many highways and byways that provide scenic views of majestic mountains, cobalt blue skies, and stunning canopies of wild forests making the long drive from Jibhi to Chitkul seem short and sweet. 

Providing you with a breath of fresh air, quite literally since it has the cleanest air in the entire country, Chitkul is popular among travelers for being the last village in India. Located at the banks of the Baspa river, Chitkul is indeed the last village on the Hindustan-Tibet trade route. During winters, the village is covered in snow but even when the snow melts away, the wooden houses and apple orchards covering the vast expanse of the valley make Chitkul a beautiful sight to behold. 

The next stop in our bike and backpacking trip to Spiti is the breathtaking Kalpa. 

A small village nestled in the Sutlej river valley, close to the town of Reckong Peo where we will make a pit stop to take a closer look at the rich culture, Kalpa has many scenic views to captivate travelers. One is the suicide point, named so because of the cliff surrounded by rugged mountains. The view from the suicide point is definitely to die for as it’s the vantage point for the magical view of the Kinnaur valley along with the trans-Himalayan ranges. 

In its embrace, Kalpa holds an extremely special destination that is sought by many travelers which is the 3000-year-old Kalpa monastery. A cultural heritage, the monastery is the symbolic representation of the rich history and spirituality associated with Buddhism and its influence on the region of Himachal. 

On top of a clip, with spurring rocks as its foundation, The Dhankar Monastery beckons you closer with its age-old charm and the rugged landscape that mimics the shape of the moon. Originally built as a fort, the monastery overlooks the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. 

As we move forward on our Spiti valley bike and backpacking trip, we unravel the many mysteries that stay hidden in the Land of Lamas. One such hidden gem is the Nako village, a remote destination located on the Indo-Tibet border in the trans-Himalayan regions. With mystical waterfalls and lakes such as Nako lake, this tiny hamlet is a much-needed breather that you will need after being on the road for so long, driving your bikes with the winds blowing on your face. 

Our next stop is the largest as well as one of the oldest monasteries in Spiti, dating back to 996 C.E., The Tabo monastery has its roots going back to the Tibetan monarchy. The religious, as well as political history associated with the monastery, can be found in the documentation on the walls, along with thangka paintings, frescoes, murals as well as preserved statues. The monastery has been deemed a national treasure and is protected by ASI. 

Before reaching our next destination, we would pay our respects at the Kungri Monastery. Built-in 1330, it is Spiti’s second oldest monastery and is notable for its sword dance performed by the bushes cult belonging to the village of Mudh. The monastery has also managed to preserve silk paintings depicting various Buddhist deities, along with huge statues as well as sacred Tibetan texts. 

We will also be traversing through Pin valley and Mud village which is located on the bank of Pin river with the towering Pin Parbati ranges surrounding it. The village also serves as the backdoor for the Pin valley national park where many endangered species such as the snow leopard, Ibex as well as alpine and cedar trees.

At an altitude of 11,890 Ft, situated along the banks of the Spiti river is Kaza, the core of Spiti that connects the valley to neighboring districts. Along with being the commercial center of Spiti, it also serves as the site for many vibrant festivals and fairs that are organized throughout. Kaza is also the ideal base camp for trekkers, mountaineers as well as bikers who intend to explore the valley beyond its reaches. 

This bike and backpacking trip throughout Spiti is specially curated to make sure that travelers get to have a closer look at the slow-paced life in Spiti and to bridge the gap between the distinct yet similar cultures. 

Buddhist influence is omnipresent in the valley and the symbolic icon of its significance, as well as influence, stands tall in the form of the Kee Monastery, locally known as the Kye Gompa. The oldest as well as the largest monastery in Spiti where you can find murals, relics, and thangka paintings still preserved. All of them being an ode to monastic architecture. The monastery also has images of Budhha as well as a sacred text that tells the story of Buddhism and its roots. 

Other attractions that we will be exploring during our Spiti bike trip include the Chicham Bridge which is at the staggering height of 13,500ft, known as Asia’s highest bridge as well as one of the highest remote villages in Spiti where you can have the chance to stumble upon a snow leopard, as they roam the premise surrounding the village quite often. 

We will also be visiting Hikkim, the world’s highest post office, situated at an elevation of 14,400ft, from where you can send a letter to a loved one as well as enjoy the picturesque view of the valley that surrounds you. We will also visit Komic village which is the world’s highest village connected by a motorable road.

Langza, popular for its abundance of fossils as well as the 1000-year-old colorful Buddha statue is also a must-visit when on a backpacking trip to Spiti as the experience is not only enthralling but peaceful too. 

Among other beautiful destinations, a crescent moon-shaped lake is also something that you will find only here in Spiti. The Chandra Taal, also known as the moon lake is a scenic lake where you can spend some peaceful moments as we conclude this trip and start our journey. 

In a nutshell, Spiti valley has more to offer than just lofty mountains and rugged terrains. But it’s only when you have driven on the impassable roads of Spiti during this bike trip will you finally discover the Spiti that we love and are positive that you will too. 

Itinerary

1

Day

Delhi to Jibhi | Overnight Journey
2

Day

Jibhi Arrival | Bike Introduction | Day at Leisure
3

Day

Jibhi to Chitkul (214 Kms)
4

Day

Chitkul to Kalpa (60 Kms)
5

Day

Kalpa to Dhankar (200 Kms)
6

Day

Dhankar to Kaza (40 Kms)
7

Day

Spiti Sightseeing Day
8

Day

Kaza to Chandratal (90 Kms)
9

Day

Chandratal to Manali (125 Kms)
10

Day

Manali Leisure Day
11

Day

Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends
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AC Volvo Bus from Delhi to Manali and return.

Transportation in Tempo Traveller from Jibhi to Manali.

Himalayan BS6 Bikes.

Bike Rent & Fuel from Manali to Manali.

Temporary lodgings for bikers to freshen up in Manali. 

Surface Transfer from Aut to Jibhi for people traveling in tempo travelers. 

Riding Gears:  Knee guard, Elbow guard, Helmet, Riding Jacket - Level 2.

Note: Due to comfort and safety reasons, we recommend you all carry your own Riding Gears for the ride. The Gears which we provide are of standard size so there can be some discrepancies regarding the sizes.

Accommodation on sharing basis as per itinerary. 

Meal Plan: MAP Plan (Total 16 Meals - 1 Meal on Day 2 (D) + 2 Meals on Day 3 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 4 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 5 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 6 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 7 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 8 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 9 (B+D)+ 1 Meal on Day 10 (B))

The Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.

The Bike Marshal will guide you throughout.

*Travel Insurance

Spare Parts of a Bike (Personal Expense)

Toolkit

Backup Vehicle

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Permits Required

First Aid Kits

Oxygen Cylinders

Oximeter

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Things To Pack

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Rucksack:

You must pick a good quality backpack with a comfortable fit and straps that won’t give you shoulder pain. You can check out your nearest Decathlon store for a good trekking backpack.

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Day Bag / Day Pack:

When you head towards the summit, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one on the campsite.

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Hiking Shoes :

Durable footwear designed for rugged terrains.

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Floaters or Sandals:

Although the entire trek requires a good quality shoe, you still need to let your feet breathe to avoid chafing and blisters. When you are at the camp, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.

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Tees / Tshirts:

You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.

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Poncho:

A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from rain.

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Quick Dry Towel:

A quick dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.

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Sanitizer:

Essential for maintaining cleanliness while trekking.

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Sun Cap / Hat:

A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.

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Sunscreen SPF 40+:

To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

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Water Bottle (Re-usable):

Hydration is extremely important when it comes to trekking. Carrying a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.

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Personal Toileteries:

A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.

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Personal Medication / First Aid:

A few cuts and bruises are almost inevitable when you are on a trek so carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, etc is necessary.

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Sun Glasses / Reading Glasses:

Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.

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Charger:

To keep your electronic devices powered during the trip.

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Power Bank:

Ensures your devices stay charged when there are no outlets.

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Personal Documents & ID's:

Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, Drivers License.

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Laundry Bag (Waterproof):

In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in polythene. However, make sure that all the plastic that you are carrying into the woods leaves with you. Don’t litter in the mountains.

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Track Pants:

A good pair of track pants made of polyester will let your skin breathe. They’re lightweight, dry easily, and comfortable to walk around in. You can easily avoid chafing and rashes by investing in a good pair of track pants.

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Trekking Shoes:

A good trekking shoe is comfortable, provides ankle support, and has a good grip as well. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.

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Cotton Socks:

Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.

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Woolen Socks:

A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.

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Woolen Gloves:

Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands and also provide a better grasp on trekking poles.

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Main Jacket:

It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry a heavy jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.

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Woolen Cap:

A woolen cap will help prevent cold when you ascend to high altitude. You can also cover your ears to avoid any pain and discomfort you might face in them when going at high altitudes.

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Hoodie:

A versatile layering option for various temperatures.

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Scarf / Balaclava:

Along with sun rays and chilly winds, you also get hit by dirt and grime during treks which is why it's important to carry a scarf or balaclava so you can cover your face when needed.

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Head Lamp:

You can’t rely on moonlight when you are in the mountains. A torch or even a headlamp with a fresh pair of batteries is always a good idea to bring along.

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Trekking Pole:

The trekking pole assists in more than one way. It saves energy while also providing stability and helps you to maintain proper balance.

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Camera:

This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trek. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.

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Riding Gear:

If your trip involves biking or motorcycling.

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Moisturiser & Cold Cream:

To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

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Lip Balm:

Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.

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Sanitary Pads:

Essential for feminine hygiene.

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Insect Repellent:

Guards against pesky bugs and insects.

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Cash:

Emergency funds for unexpected situations.

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Thermals:

Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when going on a high-altitude trek.

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Snacks / Dryfruits / Energy Bar:

Provides quick energy on the go.

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Positive Attitude:

The most important item for a successful trek or trip, keeping your spirits high and adaptable to the challenges of the journey.

FAQs
How to Reach Spiti Valley From Manali?
Is It Safe to Visit Manali in December?
How Much Time it Takes to Cover the Shimla to Kaza Distance?
How Much Time it Takes to Cover the Manali to Spiti Distance?
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