PIR PANJAL HIGHLANDER (SPITI-PANGI)

TRIP DATE :

July- August

DAYS  :

11 N -12 DAYS

TYPE OF ROAD :

GRAVEL  40%, OFF-ROAD 60%

LEVEL OF DIFICULTY :

9/10

TEMPERATURE :

5 TO 25

 

 Itinerary:

Day 1: Manali – Sarahan (230 km)

Day 2: Sarahan – Kalpa (110km)

Day 3: Kalpa to Tabo (160km)

Day 4: Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar, Komik, Key and Kibber.

Day 5: Kaza – Sissu (176km)

Day 6: Sissu to Killar (150km)

Day 7: KIllar to Bairagarh via the Sach pass (70km)

Day 8: Bairagarh to Khajjiar (110km)

Day 9: Khajjiar to Mcleodganj

Day 10: Mcleodganj to Billing (90km)

Day 11: Billing to Manali (200km)

Day 12: Manali to Kullu airport drop

 

About Pir panjal-Spiti

Think you’ve done it all? Conquered all the toughies? Thought you’ve seen all the off-road activity that you could think of? Come along for our Pir Panjal – Spiti bike tour. This roller coaster ride will take you from the toughest terrains in the Spiti valley to the stark and relatively unexplored Pangi valley. You will conquer the Kunzum pass and the mighty Sach pass. This region is off-limits for more than six months of the year due to arctic conditions and snow.
The Spiti valley is visual eye candy. Lofty mountains, snow capped peaks, amazing vistas at each turn. There is probably nothing that compares to it in amazing-ness. The Pangi valley really needs no introduction whatsoever. Lofty mountains, snow capped peaks and amazingly vistas dot the high mountainous region of Pangi. Experience watefalls that cascade onto the road, glaciers, extreme off-roading and much, much more on this one of a kind adventure trip to Pangi and Spiti.

This trip takes you from Manali on mountain road to Kinnaur. From Kinnaur you enter the very remote, dry and mostly barren valley of Spiti which has the Tabo, Ki and Dhankar monasteries.

You cross the Kunzum La (15,155ft) into Lahaul and then take the extreme road to Pangi. You will visit the famous Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries in Spiti.

 Including;-

  • Rental of Royal Enfield 500 cc / Himalayan 410 cc bike / Suzuki Gipsy 4×4 for the trip
  • Experienced guide on bike
  • Experienced mechanic with spare parts
  • Pick up and drop off from Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU) for the entire group in one go
  • Backup Jeep
  • Medical backup with Oxygen
  • Border entry fee with all inner line permits to restricted / protected areas
  • Things-to-carry list with map
  • 11 nights’ good accommodation
  • Daily 3 meals for 11 days
  • All trip photos
  • LWR stickers for your Jeep, motorcycle

Excluding;

  • Extra days
  • Extra bike, Jeep, or cab rent (if any)
  • The fuel of bike / Jeep
  • Extra guide fee, camera and video fee, tips, insurance, laundry, and phone
  • Any expenses of personal nature or optional tours
  • Any damage, fine, or cost
  • Domestic air flight ticket
  • Extra food like starters, lunch, and dinner all over Pay N Eat (if outside the venue or package)

Cost for foreign nationals

US$ 2,350

Cost for Indian nationals

Detailed Itinerary :

Day 1: Manali – Sarahan (230 km)
The ride from Manali to Sarahan is nothing short of outstanding. Share a peak with an ancient Hindu temple on the mountain top at Sarahan. Sarahan is a beautifully located township amid mountains with Shrikhand Mahadev peak (5155m) in the background. Overnight at Sarahan.

Day 2: Sarahan – Kalpa (110km)
Ride to Kalpa on the famous Hindustan Tibet road. Apply for the Inner Line Permit here and spend the evening enjoying a grand view of the majestic Kinner Kailash peak.

Day 3: Kalpa to Tabo (160km)
We ride to the world famous Tabo monastery after breakfast. This 7 hour ride will take us through the Kagiz – a set of 18 hairpin bends that take you from 12,500-14,000ft in a matter of minutes. Also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas, the Tabo monastery is a Unesco world heritage site. An ordinary mud structure on the outside, this amazing monastery is covered with frescoes and effigies made with excruciatingly detailed features. Overnight in tents at Tabo.

Day 4: Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar, Komik, Key and Kibber.
We ride to the famous Key (Ki) Monastery today. Considered the de-facto image for the Spiti valley, the Key(Ki) monastery is the oldest and the largest monastic complex in the region and offers unparalleled views. As we start from Tabo after breakfast, we will take a brief halt at the Dhankar monastery and see the amazing view of the Pin valley road from the top of the monastery. We will take a small ride to Kibber to see the world’s highest inhabited village and stay overnight at Kaza, the district headquarters of the Spiti region.

Day 5: Kaza – Sissu (176km)
The Kunzum pass is the sentinel of Spiti. It is the gateway to the Lahaul valley form the Spiti side and bears a welcome note to Spiti from Lahaul. We cross this mighty pass as we depart for the destination of the day. After we ascend from this pass, we will take a detour towards the crown jewel of the Lahaul valley, the Chandratal Lake. The source of the Chandra river, this mesmerizing lake offers unparalleled views. From the lake we move towards the first leg of our off road experience on the Batal – Sissu road. We will cross the entrance to the Lahaul valley via Batal, Chhatru, Gramphoo and move towards Sissu. The road will cease to exist post Batal. There will be numerous water crossings and the condition of the road is mostly unpredictable. We stay the night at a guest house flanked by a majestic waterfall.

Day 6: Sissu to Killar (150km)
There are many reasons why we consider this trip to be legendary. The road to the the Pangi valley is one of them. From the boring tarmac at Sissu, we will move towards Udaipur, a small town that also houses the ancient Trilokinath temple. The road will give way to a dirt path covered with rocks and innumerable water crossings as we make our way towards Killar, the small mountain town that is the district headquarters of the Pangi region. Dotted with waterfalls that cascade onto the road, glaciers that follow you all through and lofty peaks that seem to be everywhere, the green Pangi valley is a sight to behold.

Day 7: KIllar to Bairagarh via the Sach pass (70km)
This short trip is not for the faint hearted. The most outstanding and rewarding off-road experience awaits as we take this short 70km ride to the mountain town of Bairagarh. You will encounter every obstacle you can think of on this ride. Although the distance is only 70km, it can take up to 10 hours to cover this region that is stark, rugged, relentlessly brutal when it comes to road conditions with everything from mud to slush to rocks to glaciers to waterfalls to ice-covered gravel paths. The mighty Sach pass divides the ride uphill from Killar and the ride downhill to Bairagarh via Satrundi into two. Almost always snow clad, the Sach pass is majestic. With views of multiple ranges, this pass offers sights that few other passes can. The ride from here to Bairagarh is dotted with water crossings and a ride through dense forests as we reach our destination for the day.
Day 8: Bairagarh to Khajjiar (110km)
A leisurely ride to Khajjiar will not take more than 5 hours. We ride from Bairagarh to the town of Chamba and take the small detour to the glade of Khajjiar. Also known as “mini switzerland”, Khajjiar offers unparalled views. Overnight at an alpine guest house.

Day 9: Khajjiar to Mcleodganj
The small village of Mcleodganj is the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Home of the Dalai Lama, this small village gives you ample time to relax as the ride is short and quick. You will have the entire day to yourself to sight-see or to relax in the innumerable cafes that dot this small village.

Day 10: Mcleodganj to Billing (90km)
Billing is the world’s 2nd most popular paragliding destination. We stay at a tea garden resort with an option to indulge in paragliding, if weather permits.

Day 11: Billing to Manali (200km)
We ride to the same town we started from. Manali will give you time to relax, rejuvenate and get ready for the trip back home.

Day 12: Manali to Kullu airport drop
We take your leave at Kullu airport with warm handshakes and happy memories.

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