A bike trip to Spiti valley is an achievement in itself and I do not think there is anyone who will disagree with this. Riding your motorcycle for several days; through some of the most challenging roads in our country; while covering almost 1500 kilometers in total is no easy feat. Once you complete it, it will leave you with memories to last a lifetime and stories that you will be telling for several years to come. No matter how many times you return to Spiti then, your first journey will always be your most memorable one. So if you are planning to ride on Spiti Circuit shortly, make sure that you make the most out of your time because this is not something that you will be doing very often.
But is that all? Can you just kick start your motorcycle and be on your way to Spiti Valley? Definitely not. Spiti is a place where the living conditions are harsh and the weather is unpredictable and unforgiving. A trip here must be meticulously planned and well thought of to ensure that your journey remains hassle-free. Tourists (bikers as well) have died while completing the circuit in Spiti which should give you an idea about how serious your preparation should be.
Bike Trip to Spiti Valley: Journey of a Lifetime
This is the travelogue of my first bike trip to Spiti valley. I have been to the valley a few times after this as well but as they say; your first journey always remains the most memorable one. A friend of mine accompanied me for the journey and we both rode to Spiti on a single Royal Enfield Electra 350CC. In this series of articles, I will provide a day by day detail of the journey while covering several important aspects of the trip. My account of the journey may be from a few years ago but the updates and information that I am going to provide about the route is the most recent and updated one. So go through these articles and by the time you finish, you will have a fairly good idea about how you should be planning your trip.
Sometimes, where to go becomes a really confusion question while finalizing the trip. It becomes an even bigger problem when you have a few people joining the ride; because then everyone have their own preference and inputs. Before this trip, I had been to Ladakh twice but never to Spiti. As a matter of fact, no one from the group had been to Spiti at all. Though Spiti was on my list of “places to visit” but at that time; for reasons unknown to me as well; even I was not keen on riding to Spiti. My inclination was more towards the Swargrohini trek but none of the others was in a mood for trekking.
Number 1 choice on the list at that time I remember was Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers. Second choice was to trek to Swargrohini and Satopanth lake, 3rd choice was to revisit Ladakh and last of all was the Spiti Valley. But as fate would see, it rained very heavily in Uttarakhand in the week before our trip. Several roads collaped and were shut down. This put Hemkund Sahib, Valley of flowers and Swargrohini off our list. Now the big question was whether to go back to Ladakh or see Spiti.
I brought up this confusion with a friend of mine who was not a traveler at all actually. What she suggested though totally makes sense. I still remember her words, “You have been to Ladakh twice. Why go back there again? Go see something new”
This totally made sense and hence the final decision to go to Spiti was made. Motorcycles were serviced well in advanced and an Itinerary for 9 to 10 days was laid out. A total number of 6 people were part of the original plan but as it mostly happens, as the D-Day started to get closer, people started to drop out. The last as a matter of fact cancelled their trip just half an hour before the ride. In the end, the last person standing was I myself and another good friend, Narender Bisht.
My First Bike Trip to Spiti Valley
Machine was my trusted Royal Enfield 350CC.Itinerary decided on earlier was a bit different but the final journey turned out to be in the manner below. Click on the links to read the journey for that day.
Delhi to Narkanda – Day 1
Narkanda to Sarahan – Day 2
Sarahan to Chitkul – Day 3
Chitkul to Kalpa – Day 4
Kalpa to Nako – Day 5
Nako to Kaza -Day 6
Kaza to Kibber / Kaumik / Langza / Hikkim to Kaza – Day 7
Kaza to Chandratal – Day 8
Chandratal to Manali – Day 9
Manali to Delhi -Day 10
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