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Spiti Valley Backpacking and Biking Road 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.

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Trip Details

  • Start & End PointStart Point: Delhi, End Point: Delhi
  • Duration10 Nights/11 Days

Price 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 Kits
  • Oxygen Cylinders
  • Infrared Thermometer
  • Oximeter

Price Exclusions

  • Early check-in at the hotel.
  • Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.
  • Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay 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.
  • Riding Gears for the rider which can be hired (Knee pads and Elbow guards – Rs. 750/- for the whole trip)
  • 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.)

Group Size

  • Max number of People 10
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 4 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, a full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)

Things to Carry

Gears

  • A rucksack bag and a day pack
  • 3-litre water bladder or water bottles
  • A sun cap and a woolen cap
  • UV protected sunglasses

Clothes

  • One cotton long sleeves and 2 short sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 heavy Thick jacket/down jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • At least 2 long pants (trek pants and cargo pants are favourable)
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 2 pair of socks
  • A small towel
  • A rain jacket or a poncho

Footwear

  • Above-the-ankle waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good grip
  • Flip flops/sandals 

Medication as per Doctor’s recommendation

Personal Accessories

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Paper soap, or sanitizer
  • Sunscreen minimum of spf40 , lip balm, cold creams
  • Body spray
  • Led Torch Light

Spiti Valley Road Trip – 8 day itinerary

Day 0 –  On the Road

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.  

 

Day 1 –  Sightseeing in Jibhi

 

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.

Day 2 - Surrender to nature in Chitkul

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.  

Day 3 – Going to the quaint village: Kalpa

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.

Day 4 – Kalpa to Dhankar

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. 

Day 5 – Dhankar to Kaza

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 Monastery, Pin 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. 

Day 6 - Spiti Sightseeing

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 village 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. 

Day 7 - Kaza to Chandratal/Bata

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.

Day 8 - Chandratal to Manali

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. 

Day 9 - Manali sightseeing

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.

Day 10 - Ending the trip with loads of memories

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. 

 

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers 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/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely 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 accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

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.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

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

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

What is the temperature of Chandratal?

Chandratal lies at the height of 4250 m above sea level. Its temperature generally goes negative. In summers it ranges from -5 to -10 °C and in winters it goes down till -25 °C.

What is the best time to go to Spiti Valley?

Spiti Valley mostly remains cold. May-July is the best time to visit Spiti Valley.  

Is it safe to trek in Jibhi?

Yes, it is safe to trek to Serolsar lake. The trek is easy-moderate in difficulty, and the trail is well-marked from the beginning to the end.

When are other offbeat locations near Jibhi?

Jibhi is a package. Shangarh, Shoja, Chehni Kothi, Gadagushaini, Bahu, Seraj, Sach and Bathad are some nearby offbeat locations. As these are not famous, you will not find many homestays or hotels.

What is the best time to go to Jibhi?

Spring or summer is the best season to spend time in Jibhi. The best time to visit Jibhi is from March to July. 

Is there snowfall in Jibhi?

Snowfall occurs during the cold season. It starts to snow in mid-December and continues till mid-March.

How to travel from Delhi to Spiti by flight?

The distance between Delhi and Spiti is 712 km. Spiti doesn’t have an airport. Although, you can fly to Chandigarh or to the nearest airport that is in Kullu. From there, hire a private or public vehicle to travel to Spiti.

What type of food will you provide during Spiti Valley Backpacking and Biking Road trip?

We provide sumptuous and healthy vegetarian meals during the whole trip. But if you have your preferences, feel free to hop into a cafe or nearby restaurants.
 

 

I don’t know how to ride a bike. Is taking a bike mandatory?

No, taking a bike is not mandatory. The choice of vehicle is on you: You can hire a bike or opt for a bus service.

What is the weather and temperature of Kaza?

Kaza is also known as the cold desert. The temperature of the place drops to negative in winters. May to October is the ideal time to visit Kaza.

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