Experience the pleasures and excitement of mountain biking on a delightful journey through the scenic locales of Himachal Pradesh. On the Spiti valley bike trip enjoy riding in it's purest form while exploring the stunning terrains of Kinnaur and riding along the alluring River Chandra. On your way from Delhi to Spiti valley, you would come across several quaint villages that would make you want to leave Delhi forever.
As you make your way towards the breathtaking Spiti Valley on this adrenalin-pumping bike ride, you would be overwhelmed with a lot of emotions. A whole lot of exciting adventures, socio-cultural experiences, and wondrous natural beauty are awaiting you. The captivating mountain air and stunning views are calling you. Are you prepared?
Table of Contents:
- Best Time to Travel
- Detailed Itinerary
- Petrol pumps and ATMs
- Things to Carry
- Summing Up
Best Time to Travel
The best time to do the Spiti valley bike trip would be from June-July (before rains) or September to mid-October (after rains). That is when the autumn colors of Spiti are in full bloom. The orange leaves on the trees and the perfect weather enhance the beauty of Spiti to a very large extent. The temperature during that time might be somewhere around 2 degree Celsius so carry thick woolens.
Day 1/Day 2: Delhi to Shimla
On the first day of the Spiti valley bike trip, you would have to reach Shimla. Most people often wonder as to how to reach Spiti valley from Delhi. The easiest way would be to first reach Delhi or Chandigarh and then a ride to Shimla. If you choose to ride to Chandigarh from Delhi, you can opt to stay there for the night and on the next morning, proceed ahead towards Shimla via Solan and Kalka. Delhi to Chandigarh can be achieved in 5-7hrs depending on your stops. Many expert riders also reach directly Shimla from Delhi. We suggest doing this only if you are comfortable riding long distances and experienced in riding in hills.
Once you reach Shimla, stay there for the night. You could explore the city if you make it by the afternoon.
Day 3: Shimla to Sarahan
On this day of your Spiti valley road trip, you would be heading 160Kms to Sarahan. The ride on this way is fairly gentle and would take you through the beautiful streets, stunning greenery and magnificent mountains. This is the day when you can get used to riding the bike and understand the landscape all around you. Sarahan is a lovely and serene hill-village and you would be dumbfounded by the stunning surrounding.
Upon reaching Sarahan, check into a hotel and remain there for the night. A few people also choose to head directly to Sangla while only stopping for lunch at Sarahan. If you have time, explore Sarahan for the day or if not, head to Sangla directly which is another 100 Kms away from Sarahan.
Day 4: Sarahan to Sangla
On the fourth day of your Spiti valley bike trip, get up early and grab a quick breakfast. After that, visit the famous Bhimkali temple and then proceed towards the stunning Sangla valley. At Sangla, you would get to see the change in landscapes from beautiful green mountains to desert-like sight. The road would bring you to the Sangla Valley from where the views of the surroundings are absolutely splendid.
The valley is surrounded on all sides by forested slopes and offers fabulous views of the high mountains. Sangla is a major town in the valley and has ATM’s, petrol pumps, hotels, restaurants and various shops. Camp at Sangla for the night.
Day 5: Sangla to Kalpa
On the Spiti valley route, you would come across several charming villages. One of them being the beautiful Chitkul village located on the banks of Baspa River. It is the first village of the Baspa Valley and the last inhabited village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. Chitkul is about 30Kms from Sangla and an easy comfortable ride.
This is also where the Indian roads come to an end. The place is definitely worth a visit and would leave you stunned with its beauty and simplicity of the locals. Make your way back to Sangla and visit the Kamru Fort before heading to Kalpa. Upon reaching Kalpa (about 50Kms ride from Sangla), watch the stunning sunset over Mount Kinner Kailash. Have your dinner and stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 6: Kalpa to Tabo via Nako
Start your day early and experience the vistas en route over the Hindustan Tibet Highway. Visit the confluence of Satluj and Spiti River at Khab and have a look at the Leo Purygal Peak from the Khab Bridge. Proceed towards Nako which is a beautiful town on the banks of a lake. Have your lunch there. A few people like to remain there overnight at camps. If you have time, you can do that. Tabo is about 160Kms from Kalpa and typically a good enough ride for a day.
When you proceed further ahead towards Tabo on the Spiti valley road, you would have to cross the dreaded Malling Nalla. After Chango – Sumdo, you would enter the beautiful Spiti Valley. Upon crossing that, make your way towards the Geyu Village to visit the famous 500-Year-old Mummy. Set up a camp near Tabo town and retreat for the night.
Day 7: Tabo to Pin Valley via Dhankar
On this day of your Spiti valley bike trip, visit the Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake. Have lunch there and then get ready to proceed further on the Spiti valley roads. Enjoy the spellbinding vistas all day long. Explore The Pin Valley which is said to be a heaven for photographers. The clouds seem extremely close from here and all of the mountains have different colors and textures.
You could choose to stay overnight at the mud village in Pin Valley. Have dinner under the starry sky surrounded by the most stunning views.
Day 8: Pin Valley to Kaza
On the eighth day of the Delhi to Spiti valley by road trip, you would be heading to Kaza which is the headquarters of Spiti Valley. Check into a hotel and have lunch there. After resting for some time, visit Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang during the second half of the day.
Ki is a very beautiful monastery while the others are places on the Spiti valley roads where you can have a pleasant ride while admiring the beauty of the surroundings. Have dinner and retire for the night.
Day 9: Explore Off Beat Places near Kaza
Spend this day of your Spiti valley bike trip by exploring the places near Kaza. Visit Langza from where you would get an excellent view of the Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak. Near Langza, there’s a statue of Buddha which looks down the valley.
At Komik, there’s the Tanggyud monastery which is one of the highest and most important monasteries in the Spiti Valley. Komic itself is the highest village in the world which is connected with the motorable road. If you wish to move away from the hustle and bustle of Kaza, Losar is the place to be at. Have dinner and spend the night at either Kaza or Losar.
Day 10: Kaza or Losar to Chandratal via Kunzum Pass
Your Spiti valley bike trip would remain incomplete without a visit to the Chandratal Lake. Visit the mesmerizing Chandratal via Kunzum Pass and enjoy a relaxing day there. There are various camps at about 2.5 km from the lake.
You could stay there or head to Battal where there’s a PWD guest house. However, there’s no electricity at the guest house. Stay for the night at one of the camps near Chandratal or in a guest house at Battal.
Day 11: Chandratal to Manali via Rohtang Pass
This is the day when your Spiti valley bike trip basically comes to an end. Head to Manali from Chandratal via Rohtang Pass on this day. The ride on this route is truly breathtaking. You would be driving through Battal, Chattru, and Gramphu. Once you reach Manali, you can explore the city a bit and then check into a hotel for the night.
Day 12: Manali to Delhi
On the last day of the trip, you can get up early and visit a few popular attractions like the Solang Valley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Bhrigu Lake and much more. Once done, begin your journey towards Delhi and from there, back home.
Remember to include a few buffer days in case of road closure due to bad weather conditions or landslides. Weather is rather unpredictable in the hilly areas and therefore it is best to travel with a few days of time in hand.
Petrol Pumps and ATM’S
There are a few petrol pumps after Shimla on the Spiti valley route where you can refuel your bike. Theog, Narkanda, Jeori, Rampur, Rekong Peo, and Kaza. The one at Kaza is one stop that you shouldn’t miss as there is none ahead till Manali. You can find ATM’s only at Rampur, Shimla and Reckong Peo. There is no ATM in Spiti Valley or at Kaza.
It would be wise to carry enough cash while you are on any trans-Himalayan trips as the ATM’s in these places are limited. Even you find an ATM, there are high chances that it might become un-operational or go out of cash at any time.
Things to Carry For the Spiti Valley Bike Trip
Jot down all the things that you are going to need before heading out for the Spiti valley bike trip. We have listed down a below a list of basic things which you are going to need for the trip. You may add a few things as per your requirement but remember that you are going to be riding a bike. So, only pack the things which are absolutely necessary. You would be able to explore and enjoy the Delhi to Spiti valley trip without any worries when you know you have everything.
Get a sturdy rucksack as suitcases or trolley bags aren’t allowed if you are going through some travel agency. Moreover, they can be extremely difficult to carry on a bike so a rucksack or saddle bags are the most favorable options.
You would need to pack clothes that would keep you warm and protected from the wind and snow:
- One warm woolen jacket and two light jackets
- Two to three pairs of thermals
- Warm ear covers, head covers, and forehead covers
- About six to eight pairs of warm socks preferably woolen ones and two woolen hand gloves
- Five to six T-shirts and two to three pairs of jeans or track pants whichever you feel is comfortable for you
- Windcheater or a tracksuit
- A pair of comfortable flip-flops and one or two towels
- Raincoat or a poncho. This is very important as even if it’s not raining you could use it to protect yourself from the mud and water on roads
The riding gear is compulsory both for the rider and the pillion rider.
- Full face helmet
- Riding Jacket with armor
- Biking Gloves, elbow pads and knee pads (You could get this on rental basis if opting for a rental bike)
- Boots and boots cover
- Four copies of your ID proof (Voter ID card or Aadhar Card) for all the members
- At least two printouts of the Itinerary and Spiti valley bike trip
- A valid driving license of the rider
- All the important documents of your bike in case you are bringing your own
- Copy of visa, passport and the international driver’s permit for the foreign nationals
- Mobile charger, Powerbank, camera
- Sunglasses, zip-lock bags, safety pins
- Water Bottle, lock for your bags, pen and a small diary (if you wish to jot things down of your trip from Spiti valley bike trip)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, and cold cream
- First aid kit and personal medicine kit
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- A basic bike repairing kit in case of emergencies
- Energy bars to keep you going
Other than these, pack essential toiletries and you would be good to go.
Gear up for the most exciting trip of your life. Also, prepare yourself to be stunned by the beauty of nature in its purest form. Make sure that you have planned everything properly and you would be good to go.