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Spiti Valley Biking and Backpacking Trip

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If adventure flows in your veins and your heart skips a beat every time you hear about a road trip on the Himalayas, this Spiti Valley Backpacking and Biking Road Trip awaits you. We call you for 11 days filled with surprises from 9 places on the vehicle of your choice. 

Believe it or not, we are going on a rendezvous of rolling hills, stunning landscapes, offbeat locations, and dramatic enlightenment of our inner self. From insane views from the last inhabited village of India to the highest post office, you will cross paradisiacal monasteries, beautiful temples and babbling rivers. 

As a traveller, it would not be easy, but the thrill and adventure will keep you going. The road will take the following route: Delhi -> Jibhi -> Chitkul -> Kalpa -> Dhankar -> Kaza -> Spiti -> Batal -> Manali

This is going to be too exciting, and we sincerely want you to join us. Here is a brief itinerary of the Spiti Valley Backpacking and Biking Road Trip with Plan the Unplanned: 

Trip Highlights

  1. Meet fellow travellers and kick off your journey from Delhi to Jibhi.
  2. Enjoy the heavenly Cedar and Pine forests in Jibhi.
  3. In Chitkul, eat apples, play along the side of river Baspa, and enjoy snow-clad mountains.
  4. Eat snacks at India’s Akhiri Dhaba in the Sangla Valley.
  5. Meditate in Kalpa Monastery and go to Suicide Point.
  6. Exploring Kungri Monastery, Pin Valley and Mud Village in Kaza.
  7. Go to attain peace in Key Monastery in Spiti and see the breathtaking views from the Chincham bridge – India's highest bridge. 
  8. Also, go to the highest village in the world – Komic village.
  9. Go shopping, cafe-hopping, talking, exploring in the local market of Manali.

Highlights

Day 1: Departure from Delhi to Jibhi with an overnight journey.

Day 2: Arrival at Jibhi, introduction to bikes, and leisure time for the day.

Day 3: Drive from Jibhi to Chitkul, covering a distance of 214 kilometers in 10 hours.

Day 4: Drive from Chitkul to Kalpa, covering a distance of 60 kilometers in 3 hours.

Day 5: Drive from Kalpa to Dhankar, covering a distance of 200 kilometers in 7 hours.

Day 6: Drive from Dhankar to Kaza, covering a distance of 40 kilometers in 4 hours.

Day 7: Sightseeing day in Spiti.

Day 8: Drive from Kaza to Chandratal/Batal, covering a distance of 100 kilometers in 5 hours.

Day 9: Drive from Chandratal to Manali, covering a distance of 250 kilometers in 12 hours.

Day 10: Leisure day in Manali.

Day 11: Arrival in Delhi, and the tour ends.

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Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

After meeting, shaking hands with each other, and settling in the bus, trek Leaders will brief about Spiti Valley Backpacking and Biking Road Trip. Strangeness or any shackle of fleeting doubts will disappear into thin air after the initial introduction. Then, you will be free to explore things yourself. We will leave Delhi at 7:00 pm and will reach Jibhi in the morning.  


*The pickup point would be RK Ashram or Majnu Ka Tila (tentative).

Sightseeing in Jibhi

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Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

Participants who opt for the Traveller option will get down at Aut Tunnel and head towards Jibhi. As for others, you will head to Manali to collect bikes. Later, after the test run, all will move towards Jibhi. 

Jibhi is a small hamlet famous for fishing, hiking and birding. It’s also a hotspot for offbeat trail lovers. Amidst the Cedar and Pine forests, as you will make yourself comfortable, let the sunset into the hills. If you have time, take a stroll around, and Jibhi will not disappoint you. 

The evenings are colder, and so we will return to our homestay by sunset. After dinner, rest for the night and gear up for the trek that follows the next day.

Bike

Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we start to the last inhabited village of India – Chitkul, which is 215 km from Jibhi. We will finally reach the magical Chitkul. Snow-clad mountains, green-red apple orchards, deodar trees, and the gurgling Baspa river contribute to the beauty. 

Mathi Temple and Chitkul Fort are sightseeing locations and of religious and historical significance. Take a halt at India’s Akhiri Dhaba in Chitkul and sprawl through the beautiful Sangla Valley.

You can enjoy the sunset on the way to homestay. Post-check-in, a delicious dinner will be served in the evening. Stay here for the night and slip into a deep slumber in Chitkul’s atmosphere. 

Chitkul to Kalpa (60 Kilometers 03 Hours Drive)

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Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

Post breakfast, we will be on the road to Kalpa. It lies at a distance of 60 km from Chitkul. Midway we will make a stop at Reckong Peo town. It is a chief village of the Kinnaur region, nestled at the height of 2,768 m and is famously known as “the abode of god”. It also serves as the entry point to Kalpa. As we head towards Kalpa, if the weather is clear, Mount Kailash boldly will offer its panoramic views. 

In Kalpa, we will spend the rest of the day in Kalpa Monastery and Suicide Point. This will mark the day as complete, and after a healthy dinner, we will spend the night here.

Bike

Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

After early breakfast, the group will start at Dhankar. It is at a distance of 200 km and is approximately a seven-hour drive. On the journey, we will stop at Tabo Monastery and Nako Village

Later after check-in, dinner and conversations, we will call off the day and sleep. 

Bike

Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

Dhankar to Kaza is the journey of inner realisations. It is known as the largest township in Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Beautiful rocky mountains covered in all shades, crystal clear rivers, peaceful monasteries improves not only the beauty of Kaza but gives it a different angle altogether. What else should we say? Go and find out yourself. 

On the way from Dhankar to Kaza, we will stop at Kungri MonasteryPin Valley and Mud Village

Slowly the sun will set, and following nature’s rules, we will have our dinner in magical Kaza and stay overnight here. 

Bike

Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

We will start the day with a stroll at Key Monastery and Chicham Bridge (Asia’s highest bridge). Later, we will visit Hikkim – the highest post office in the world. 

We will then go to one of the highest villages in the world, marooned at the height of 4600 m and connected by motorable roads; Komic village will surely surprise you. 

Finally, we will go to Langza – the most beautiful village in Spiti Valley – known as Fossil Village. 

Later, we will head back to Kaza, have dinner, play, dance, repeat, and last sleep. 

Bike

Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

Head start the day with an energetic breakfast. Move to Chandratal or Batal, midway stop at Kunzum Pass. The whole distance is 100 km. Later, we will serve dinner that will follow an overnight stay.

Bike

Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

Manali is at a distance of 250 km and is an 8 hours dashing ride. Additionally, we will pass the Rohtang pass on the way. We will reach Manali in the afternoon. There is so much to do in Manali that will keep you occupied for the day. 

Post dinner, we will either take a stroll of the town or play at the homestay, whichever the group will decide. 

Bike

Homestay

Accomodation on sharing basis for both men and women

Breakfast, Dinner

The group will be left at their discretion. You can engage in activities that you love doing the most – shopping, cafe hopping, sightseeing, talking to locals, or just taking a break from everything and meditate in a nearby temple. 

Then later in the evening, we will start our journey to Delhi.

Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

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Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

We will reach Delhi early in the morning. With heavy hearts and sweet smiles, it is time to bid goodbye with bundles of memories. 

We will ensure that your Spiti Valley Backpacking and Biking road Trip with PTU will not be the last one. You are our companion, and taking you on such trips is always a pleasure. Meanwhile, check out our other itineraries. We will wait for your call. Till then, keep living each second of your life and keep inspiring. 

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!

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Inclusions

  • Selected Two-Wheeler for the trip

  • Transportation from Jibhi to Manali (Tempo Traveller)

  • Fuel for the trip duration according to the itinerary (if applicable)

  • Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary

  • Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast+ Dinner, starting from Day 2 Dinner till Day 10 Breakfast

  • Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour

  • Delhi to Manali Bus Tickets and Back

  • Spare Parts of Bike (Personal Expense)

  • Toolkit

  • Backup Vehicle

  • Mechanical Support

  • Permits Required

  • First Aid Kit

  • Oxygen Cylinder

  • Infrared Thermometer

  • Oximeter

Exclusions

  • 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. 5,000/-. As per the deposit policy (This is refundable at the end of the trip if there is no damage or spare parts required. The refund would be credited after 7 business days)

THINGS TO CARRY

  • Down Jacket (Main jacket)
  • Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
  • Raincoat/ Poncho
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Inner Layer
  • Tshirt or Fleece
  • Trek Pant
  • Extra pair of Socks
  • Woolen Cap
  • Rucksack (At least 40L)
  • Extra pair of Clothes
  • Undergarments
  • Slippers
  • Power Bank
  • Torch
  • Water Bottle
  • Tissue Roll
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Medicines
  • First Aid Kit
  • *Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season



Policy and Terms

Here's the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days - 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days - 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days - 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days - 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date - No amount would be refunded.
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
  • Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions c

Frequest Questions

Q: I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?
A: Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.

Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/

Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.

Q: Do I have to carry luggage all the way during trekking?
A: Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)

Q: Do you have Washrooms during the trek?
A: Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails has a washroom facility during the trek.

Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

Q: Would I be able to postpone to the future in case I do not attend the trek on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

Q: What makes the Spiti Valley highly recognized?
A: The Spiti Valley is renowned for its scenic landscapes and rich cultural history. One of Spiti's most well-known sights is Tabo Monastery. Spiti's monasteries are well-known for their magnificent paintings, historic temples, and many stupas.

Q: Spiti Valley - is it a dessert?
A: The Spiti Valley, also known as Piti in Bhoti, is a frigid alpine valley high in the Himalayas, in the northeastern region of the Himachal Pradesh state in northern India. Spiti refers to the region that is between Tibet and India and means "The Middle Land."

Q: What is the best time to visit Spiti Valley?
A: Not just because of the lovely weather, but also because there are fewer tourists, the summer months of March to June are said to be the finest for visiting Spiti. The best time to visit Spiti is from October to February if you're looking for that ideal winter getaway.

Q: How challenging is the Spiti Valley?
A: The Spiti valley is an outstanding adventure location because of its very difficult terrain and breathtaking scenery. There are areas of India that are bordered by perilous lanes that are covered in frozen snow for most of the year.

Q: What are the mobile networks working in Spiti Valley?
A: In the Spiti Valley, which includes the villages of Kaza, Tabo, Dhankar, Pin Valley, Key, Kibber, Langza, and Komic, only the BSNL or MTNL mobile network is functional. Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone are the only networks that operate in Spiti Valley.

Q: How to reach Spiti Valley?
A: By Air The closest airport is Kullu Airport. To get there, one may take a cab or rickshaw from the airport. By Rail The closest railroad station is at Shimla. To go to Spiti, one can rent cabs and Jeeps. The location may also be reached from the station by bus. By Road Since Spiti lacks an airport or a railroad, only roads may be used to go there. In Spiti, the roads are largely open all year round. In any event, considering that parts of the routes are six months blocked, one can verify the itinerary.

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