Spiti Valley Bike and Backpacking Trip
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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 the outsiders to get a closer look at the rich, vibrant culture that locals have preserved for centuries. This Spiti valley bike trip during summers 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 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 regions 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 the 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.
The group will assemble at the pick-up point by 07:00 PM. We'll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing session will be conducted. After which, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Jibhi
The travelers who opted for the Tempo Traveller option, will get off at Aut Tunnel and head towards Jibhi directly. The travelers who opted for a Bike Trip will head down for Manali to collect their bikes, followed by a test run. After which, they will head to Jibhi as well. Upon reaching Jibhi, we will check into our designated hotel where we will have dinner and spend the night.
After spending a peaceful night and waking up to the sound of birds chirping, we will have breakfast. . Afterwards, we will head out towards Chitkul which is renowned as the last village of India. En-route, we will be traversing through many byways where you will get a glimpse at some extremely beautiful views of mountains, valleys and green meadows. Upon reaching Chitkul, we will check in to our respective rooms. Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Chitkul.
After breakfast, we will head towards Kalpa which is known for its scenic landscapes En-route Kalpa, the small town of Reckong Peo town, serves as the perfect pit stop. If the weather gods are in your favor, you will be able to catch a glimpse of Kinner Kailash Peak. Upon reaching Kalpa, after spending some leisure time, we’ll head out to visit the 3000 year old Kalpa Monastery and the Suicide Point which offers a picturesque view of the Kailash ranges. Post-check-in, Dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Kalpa.
After an early morning breakfast, we will head towards our next destination, Dhankar. En-route Dhankar, we will be traversing through Nako Village and pay our respects at the Tabo Monastery. After checking in, we will have dinner served followed by an overnight stay in Dhankar.
Post breakfast, we will head towards Kaza. En-route we will visit Kungri Monastery in Pin valley followed by a visit to Mudh Village. Check in at Kaza, followed by dinner and overnight stay.
Post breakfast, we’ll start our Spiti sightseeing tour. We will visit the Key Monastery, the Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge) and Hikkim (the highest post office in the world). After that, we’ll move towards Komic village (one of the highest villages in the world located at an altitude of 4600 meters). We’ll also visit Langza and see the iconic Buddha statue. Finally, we’ll head back to Kaza where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
After an early morning breakfast, we will head to Chandratal or Batal. Midway, we'll visit the Kunzum Pass for a sightseeing tour. Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Chandra Taal.
Breakfast will be served in the morning before we start our return journey. En-route, we'll be passing through the iconic Rohtang Pass. We'll reach Manali by the evening where we will leave our bikes as we will be continuing our journey via Volvo from here onwards. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Manali
Post breakfast, the group will enjoy a Leisure Day at Manali. The travelers are advised to spend their time by going for cafe hopping, market shopping, local sightseeing, and more. Later in the evening, we will take an overnight bus from Manali to Delhi.
The group will reach Delhi by early in the morning and part ways with fond memories.
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Spiti trip has been amazing. All the accommodations and services provided by JustWravel were really great and comfortable. Will definitely pick JustWravel for my future expeditions.
views. There will be some places that'll make you speechless and you'll want to just sit and appreciate the beauty of nature. Would definitely plan next trips with Piyush and justwravel! :D
Great Experience! We took Justwravel's road trip package to Spiti Valley. The package is well organized covering main sightseeings and places to visit. All the accommodations and travel arrangements were comfy and included most of the promised amenities. Special thanks to Piyush Rawat, our coordinator, he managed and acted his best in all the situations. His jolliness added more fun to the trip. Although many destinations were covered in a short period of time, the trip was relaxing. Thanks for such memorable moments of our lives.
Spiti valley was a life time experience. Justwravel had been a good choice for the trip. It had managed professionally with minor ups and downs. Most of the places were covered. The hotels and homestays had good hygienic facilities and conditions. Overall it was a good experience!
It was my first solo trip with Justwravel and I couldn't Have asked for anything more. They gave me everything beyond expectations. The food, the people, the travel everything was superb. Once I came back I felt like I left my home and family there. Looking forward to more exciting trips with them :)
I had the pleasure of visiting spiti this time with justwravel accompanied by Mr.Nishant Bhardwaj from the company .It was a nearly organised,well crafted trip where even small things were taken good care of.They add a personal loving touch in addition to the services they provide.I would recommend this to everyone ,whether going on a solo trip like me or going with friends / family .
Transportation in Tempo Traveller from Jibhi to Manali.
Bike Rent & Fuel from Manali to Manali.
Riding Gears (Knee guard, Elbow guard, Helmet).
*Note: Due to comfort and safety reasons, we recommend you all carry your helmets for the ride. The helmets which we provide are of standard size so there can be some discrepancies regarding the sizes.
Accommodation on a Triple sharing basis as per itinerary.
Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast + Dinner, starting from Day 2 Dinner till Day 10 Breakfast)
The trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.
Delhi to Manali Bus Tickets and Back.
Spare Parts of a Bike (Personal Expense)
First Aid Kits
Early check-in at the hotel.
Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.
Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed travel.
Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.
Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
Any other services not specified above in inclusions
Vehicle servicing or maintenance cost and security deposit per motorbike of Rs. 10,000/-. As per the deposit policy (This is refundable at the end of the trip if there is no damage or spare parts required.)
THINGS TO CARRY
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Policy and Terms
No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 59 days to 45 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within15 Days to 8 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 7 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
You are not eligible for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand.
There would be no refund provided in case some problems occur due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving on that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.
If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.
JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).
Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.
Q. What Will Be the Group Size for This Spiti Valley Tour?
We prefer a smaller group size consisting of only 15-18 participants. The reason being that smaller batches are better in terms of collaborative group experience and trip coordination as well. You’re more likely to gel up with everybody in a short group as compared to a group that has more participants in number.
Q. Who All Will Be Accompanying The Group During The Spiti Valley Tour?
We have fully qualified and functionally trained Trip Leads, Assistant Trip Lead, Driver accompanying the group during all our journeys. Apart from that, Local Guides and Porters (personal expanse) will also be tagged in if required on a trip/trek.
Q. Being The Only Girl In The Group, Will The Journey Be Safe For Me As Well?
Yes! You should board with us on the departure date without any hesitation being the solo girl traveling alone. The reason is that we will make sure to take care of your experience during the whole journey. Additionally, all our trip leads are trained to deal with a number of situations and they’ll be there for you during the trip.
Q. What Necessary Items Should I Pack For The Spiti Valley Tour?
Once your booking is confirmed, an email confirmation will be delivered to you which will include all the necessary information including booking details, trip details, and a brief packing list.
Q. What Type of Ground Transportation Will Be Used on the Trip?
We will make sure that you’re comfortable during the whole journey and that is why we hire the best in class vehicle according to the terrain and need. Some of the on-ground vehicles that you might travel in will be Tempo Traveller or taxis such as Innova, Bolero, Tata Sumo, e.t.c.
Q. Do I Need to Buy Trekking Shoes for the Spiti Valley Tour?
Since we do not have any trekking to do while on the journey, you might not need trekking shoes specifically. But still, a good pair of shoes that have proper soles and are equally comfortable is recommended.
You might need a good pair of shoes when traveling to Dhankar Lake and Chandratal lake. A Quechua or forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will also do.
Q. What Are the Washroom/Toilet Facilities on the Spiti Tour?
We will be staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays-we have constructed washrooms with proper running water and sanitation facilities.
Q. What Will Be the Type of Accommodation?
It depends on the tour. On the Spiti tour, we are staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays.
Q. How Many Travelers Will Be Staying in One Room?
We offer both Double sharing and Triple Sharing rooms. Depending on the package you book, you will be provided with the accommodation accordingly.
Q. How Can I Book a Trip With You?
After selecting the trip, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you through the booking process.
Q. What Type of Food Is Served During the Trip?
We provide nutritious, hygienic, and healthy food during the trip. But in case, you have some preferred food type such as Jain Foods, Only Vegetarian or any other type then we can make arrangements beforehand. But make sure to inform the same to your handler at the time of booking.
Q. How to Get Safe Drinking Water on the Trip?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, make sure to fill your bottles with the same. Do not try out water that is stable, always go for running water.
Q. Can We Change the Itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it as well.
Q. Can You Customize the Trip According to My Preferences?
Yes, we can customize any trip as per your preferences. Once you show interest in the same, a dedicated handler from JustWravel will be assigned to you for the same.
Q. Do You Prefer I Should Bring Some Medicines With Me?
Yes, it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the Spiti trip. Although, for common symptoms and even more, we have first aid boxes and all our trip leads have basic knowledge about basic paramedics practices.
Q. Diamox Is Advisable or Not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor for the same.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problems on the trip then please consult with your trip leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. What Will We Do if It Rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents, and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Can I Take My Child Along on This Trip? What Is the Age Limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek/trip. The minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
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