XPRESSION HIMALAYA || RUSTIC HIMACHAL, SPITI AND KINNAUR
CATEGORY || ROAD TRIP, MOTORCYCLING
MONTH || JULY TO OCTOBER
LOCATION || Shimla, Jalori Pass forests, Spiti, Kinnaur
DURATION || 15 nights
GRADE || Easy
ACCOMMODATION || A grade hotels and camps on twin sharing basis
MAX GROUP SIZE || 16, Minimum 6
If you love the open road, the outdoors and live with your bike, then “Xpression Himalaya – Rustic Himachal” is for you. It’s an ode to bike lovers and road adventurers. As we present “Xpression Himalaya” to outdoor lovers, we must maintain the fact that it is a motorcycle adventure through the spectrum of the western Himalayas. Every monsoon, in India, as the Higher Himalayan passes become navigable, the uncharted interiors start humming with activity. The skies are azure; the glaciers are melting, the rivers run freely, and these high deserts with their wide open vistas are welcoming to adventure seekers from around the world.“Xpression Himalaya” starts from Shimla and winds its way following the course of the Jalori Pass to Manali. From there We journey north towards Kinnaur from hereon and meet the cold desert of Spiti at Tabo monastery. It is an exciting trip through these valleys and we finish at Shimla.
“Xpression Himalaya” is not like just another bike expedition. The organizers have spent years on the road, and after much deliberation have worked out the best trip for biking. The roads are long, meandering and there are a lot of switchbacks and curves. The grand vistas of the Himalayas are resonating and the journey will echo for a long time to come.
This one starts from Shimla and for the first three days takes to the roads less traveled. This is interior Himachal and we get a glimpse into the mountain life as we off road through hidden valleys and thick forests, ultimately reaching Manali. From here onwards we would start our exploration of the Spiti valley, camping by Lake Chandratal, crossing over the Kunzum pass to reach the heart of Spiti at Kaza. We visit over 1000 years old Monasteries (Tabo) and kriss kross over the splendid mountain road from Spiti towards Kinnaur, meeting the Sutlej river at Khab. The transition of the landscape is stunning and now we are riding over the old Hindustan Tibet road, through Kinnaur to reach Narkanda and finally back to Shimla.
Day One Orientation Ride ~ Shimla
Arrive in Shimla in the morning and check into Camp Redwoods. After breakfast and a brief orientation session about the trip set out for an acclimitisation ride towards Mashobra and Baikhalty, a ride of about 60 kms. Evening is free at the camp.
Distance ~ 60kms
Altitude ~ Shimla 2200mts
Day Two Shimla ~ Narkanda ~ Thanedar ~ Duttnagar ~ Nirmund ~ Kullu Saraun
We start early morning hitting NH 22 and riding till Narkanda (70kms). A winding ride of 6kms gets us to Hatu Peak (2900 mts) where we seek blessings at the Hateshwari Mata Temple. Ride down the road and proceed into the heart of Apple country at Thanedar from where we descend to Duttnagar, meeting the river Sutlej. We cross to the other side of the river at Beri and ascend 12kms to reach Nirmund. The ride from Nirmund to Baghipul (16kms) is exciting and the last section of the day (12kms) to reach Kullu Saraun at the base of Bashleo Pass is all Offroad.
Distance ~ 160 Kms
Altitude ~ Narkanda2400mts, Kullu Saraun 2450mts
Day Three Kullu Saraun – Baghipul – Nither – Kandagai – Shamshar – Jalori Pass – Jibhi – Gadah Gushaini
Wake up to breakfast and thereafter gear up as we get set to ride through one of the most beautiful interiors of Himachal Pradesh. Most of the day we are riding through small villages and thick forests. Caution – The cliffs before Nither. We climb to Kandagai and then descend towards Shamshar. The 29kms climb to Jalori pass is spectacular and we again advise caution as we descend towards Inner Seraj. Cross the Bridge at Jibhi and ride 24kms to reach our camping ground at Gadah Gushaini.
Distance ~ 172 Kms
Altitude ~ Kandagai 2900mts, Jalori Pass 3300mts, Gadah Gushaini 2650mts
Day Four Gadah Gushaini – Chattri – Magru Gala – Janjehli – Bagsad – Kanda – Pandoh – Kullu – Manali
We are in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh and to say that todays ride is most exciting. Its a tough offroad section as we start from Gadah Gushaini and ascend to Chach Galu. The descend is again Caution, as we reach Magru Gala and start towards Janjehli, a paradise and less touristed village. Ascend to Kanda village and then descend to meet NH 21 at Pandoh. The ride from Pandoh to Manali is fairly Simple. Check into Johnson Lodge or Similar.
Distance ~ 183 Kms
Altitude ~ Magru Gala 2700mts, Janjehli2650mts, Manali 1800mts.
Day Five Manali – Rohtang Pass – Batal – Chandratal Lake
The day when we enter the Trans Himalayas, crossing Rohtang Pass early morning and then descending towards Gramphoo. We enter the Spiti Valley here (the other road leads to Lahaul and further to Leh). Its tough conditions as we tackle streams, stones and rocks through a terrain where The Pir Panjals, The Zaskars and Trans Himalaya meet to form amazing geological creations. No one wonder our route is laden with glaciers and snow capped peaks all around. We reach Batal where we catch the glimpse of Bara Shigri Glacier the biggest in India. From Here Chandratal Lake is 18kms.
Distance ~ 160 Kms
Altitude ~ Rohtang Pass 3900mts, Batal 4000mts, Chandratal Lake 4300mt
Day Six Chandratal Lake ~ Kunzum Pass ~ Losar ~ Kaza
Bid adieu to the Lake of the Moon early morning and retrace the road till base of Kunzum Pass. A climb of 7kms from the base brings us to Kunzum pass 4500mts and we descend to reach Takcha, a favored grass spot for the Spitian Chamurthis (wild horses). The valley widens up and there are straight stretches of road that lead us to Losar and beyond small villages to reach Kaza. O/N Hotel Tashi Delek or similar.
Distance ~ 110 Kms
Altitude ~ Kunzum Pass 4500mts, Losar 4100mts, Kaza 3600mts
Day Seven Kaza ~ Kye Monastery ~ Langza ~ Komic ~ Demul ~ Lingti ~ Lallung ~ Dhankar
We explore the Spiti valley today as we set forth in the morning first riding into Kye MOnastery. The ascent to Langza is 24kms from here. Langza houses fossils which date back to pre historic times as the Spiti valley was a sea in those times. The Tethys Sea. We proceed further to Komic and then into the Lingti Valley reaching Demul and descending to Lingti. The ride from Lingti to Lallung and Demul is spectacular with the Manerang Peak looming at the distance. O/N Hotel
Distance ~ 110 Kms
Altitude ~ Langza 4200mts, Dhankar 4000mt
Day Eight Dhankar ~ Tabo ~ Sumdo ~ Chango ~ Nako
Our first halt today is Tabo Monastery, over 1000 years old. The roads and the scenery withstanding we continue further to visit an ancient mummy unearthed recently at Giu. The Spiti river flows along ferociously as we zip past Shialkhar and sumdo to reach Kinnaur at Chango – famous for its apples. A climb of 23 kms brings us to Nako – an oasis in the desert.
Distance ~ 120 Kms
Altitude ~ Nako 3662mts, Ka 3598mts, Yangthang 3800mts, Chango 3658mts, Tabo Monastery 3050mts
Day Nine Nako ~ Khab ~ Pooh ~ Kiran Khud ~ Jangi ~ Rarang ~ Kashang ~ Peo ~ Kalpa
Experience the transition in the landscape, culture and people as we trace the road toaday starting from Nako and Reaching Khab after crossing the Ka Loops. Khab is the place where Sutlej enters India and Meets the Spiti River. Now this is the NH 22 also known as the old Hindustan Tibet road. We ride towards Pooh and crossing Tinku Glacier and Spillo we take the ascent towards Kangi. The Kinner Kailash Peaks are looming large and we continue our journey, descending towards Kashang Waterfall and then a steep climp to Reckong Peo and further to Kalpa. O/N Hotel
Distance ~ 128kms
Altitude ~ Kalpa 2800mts, Khab 3000mts
Day Ten Kalpa ~ Karchamm ~ Sangla ~ Rakchamm ~ Chitkul ~ Rakchamm
Take the Highway 22 till Karchamm and start the ascent towards Sangla valley, which many Himalayan Authors describe as the most beautiful of Himalayan Valleys. Continue further till the border village of Chitkul and musings thereafter proceed back to Rakchamm for night stay. O/N Rupin River View
Distance ~ 120 Kms
Altitude ~ Chitkul 3400mts, Rakchamm 2700mts
Day Eleven Rakchamm – Karcham – Wangtu ~ Jeori ~ Sarahan ~ Daran Pass ~ Taklech ~ Bahli ~ Sungri ~ Khadrala ~ Baghi ~ Narkanda
The road today is rugged, rocky however through some most invigorating scenery. For a while we retrace the path till Karchamm where we meet the NH 22 and past Taranda Cliffs we continue till Jeori where we ascend to Sarahan. Seek Blessings at the Bhimakali temple and after an early lunch we proceed to meet the Old Hindustan Tibet road yet again as we ascend towards Daran Pass (Daranghati) Descend to Taklech and continue the journey on a ridgeline road dotted with apple orchards to reach Baghi. Descend and reach Narkanda. O/N Hotel
Distance ~ 190kms
Altitude ~ Sarahan 2400mts, Daran Pass 2900mts, Baghi 2600mts, Narkanda 2400mts
Day Twelve Narkanda ~ Matiana ~ Dharampur ~ Thaila ~ Mashobra ~ Shimla
Our last day of the trip and we do it in style. We take to the main highway till Matiana and then take to the road less taken as we descend towards Thaila past small villages of Dharampur. This is at the base of Shalli Peak (The highest in Shimla town). We begin the Ascent from here and a beautiful countryside road brings us to Mashobra. Shimla is just 9kms from here. We check into Camp Redwoods for refreshments. Those wanting to Stay can relax back and the others can bid their goodbyes and continue their journey further.
Distance ~ 110kms
Altitude ~ Matiana 2300mts, Thaila 1100mts, shimla 2200mt
Double Occupancy Basis: Rs.48,000 Per Person
Including Bike Rental (for the whole trip) Fuel not included
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Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. Spiti & Lahaul are high altitude regions in India with a minimum elevation of about 3000m. This dry cold desert area experiences hardly any rainfall as the high Himalayan ranges block the Indian monsoons. Spiti is surrounded by ranges of the Greater Himalaya in a semi circular arc, separating it from Lahaul on the west, Kullu to the south and Kinnaur to the southwest. These ranges prevent the moisture laden monsoons from reaching the region, thus creating in Spiti, a bleak and arid landscape in common with Ladakh and Tibet.
In summers (June – Aug) the day time temperatures would further rise to about 18-25 °C. The sun can be very strong during the day while the night temperature would hover around 14-18 °C. Autumn (Sep – Oct) is when the temperatures start to fall again and hovers between 10-15 °C in the day time and will go sub zero in the night.
Best time for trips in this region is mid June to September
Transport from Delhi to Shimla and Back if you are hiring motorcycles from us.
Cost without transport includes
Accommodation of your preference (Single Or Double Sharing Bases) hotels/camps, Breakfast and dinners, Evening snacks, Ride Mechanic, Service Tax
Does Not Include:
Transport from Delhi to Shimla and from Shimla to Delhi, Any personal expenses (Tips, Medicines etc), Insurance, Any expenses raised due to natural occurrences, Cost of spare parts.