Frontier bike adventure trip dossier
Day 01: Arrival in
Delhi international airport. Transfer to hotel for refresh. Ride on train New
Delhi – Chandigarh, depart New Delhi railway station. Arriving at Chandigarh railway station , drive to Manali by jeep
7-8 hrs. jeep will pick up from Chandigarh railway station. Arrival in Manali, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Full day in Manali. Sight seeing around Manali. Visit Vashisht
hot spring water, Hadimba temple, Manu temple at Old Manali.
Day 03: Manali
Day 04: Manali –
Losar ( 4000 mtrs. ) 150 kms. 6-7 hrs, jeep , drive.
Manali nestled on
the foot of Rohtang pass on the bank of River Beas. Leaving Manali behind our jeep tour to Losar in Spiti valley. We pass
village of Palchan. Ascent begin after palchan village as we pass through Pine and Deodar forest. We follow the right bank
for Beas River. Gentle ride on hairpin bends to Marhi. Enroute a magnificient
view of Hanuman Tibba peak.
From Marhi 16 kms to Rohtang pass is all ascend. Rohtang pass which is one of the most important passes
on the Manali-Leh Highway. A good view of Pir Panjal range all around. Peak rising above 6000 mtrs & Sona pani glacier. Later 16 kms down to small hemlet of
Gramphoo tea shop where a road leads to Spiti valley along the right bank of
Chandra river. 17 kms further to Chatru. Before chatru we cross the bridge and along the left bank of river until chota Dara.
along right bank
of Chandra river enroute a spectacular sight of Bara Shigri glacier. Arrive at Batal 4000 mtrs. A small tea shop which awaits
for all bikers, trekkers and climbers. A 14 kms short trek leads to Chandra tal lake. We proceed towards Kunzom pass on hairpin
bends riding steadly. From pass first glimpse of Spiti valley. Towards west a CB 13 and CB 14 peaks rising above 6000 mtrs.
We ride down to valley following a Spiti river which originate for this pass. a level road after Takcha campsite we continue
to first village of Losar. Which is most beautiful and high village in Spiti valley Camp
Day 05: Losar –
Rangrik, 6 hrs. bike.
Shortly after Losar
we cross bridge and follow the Spiti river on left side. Easy down stream to
village of Hanse and Kiato. After Kiato we cross bridge and gentle ascend to a small plains. A level road towards Hal village.
Enroute we pass small villages before arriving at Rangrik village. Which is biggest
village in Spiti valley. Far at otherside of Spiti river Kee gompa can be seen which is rising above a small hill and dominating
Buddhism is Himalayan frontiers. Overnight camp at Rangrik bridge. A beautiful campsite beside Spiti river.
Day 06: Rangrik – Kee – Kibber – Gete – Tashi Gang – Rangrik , 6-7 hrs.
today after leaving
camp cross the Rangrik bridge and we take left hand road which leads to Kee monastery. The most stunning sight in Spiti valley.
Approx. 8 kms to Kee village and further to gompa. Visiting gompa we ride towards Kibber village , which is highest village
in Spiti at 4205 mtrs. From Kibber we take jeep uphill and pass through Gete and Tashi Gang high altitude village above 4400
mtrs. Visiting Tashi Gang we ride down to Gete and from here a one hrs trek down to Kee monastery. And again we ride on bike
to Rangril camp site for overnight stay.
Day 07: Rangrik –
Langza – Hikkim – Komic village – Rangrik. 5-6 hrs. ride downhill.
Today after breakfast
we take jeep upto Langza, Hikkim and Komic village situated above 4400 mtrs. And above Langza a magnificient view of Shilla
peak rising above 6500 mtrs. These 3 village is a favourite place to find for fossils. From last village of Komik we ride
downhill to Rangrik campsite. Spectular sight all on the route as we could see Spiti valley down. Overnight camp at Rangrik.
Day 08: Rangrik –
Kaza – Pin valley, half day bike, half day rest at Pin valley.
Today we ride back
towards Kaza. Sub headquarter of Spiti sub division. And continue riding downwards following left bank of Spiti river. Arrive
and Attargo. We cross the bridge and enter to Pin valley. Which is known as Pin valley national park. At Pin valley we visit
Kungri gompa and short walk towards Sagnum village crossing bridge at Mikkim. Retrace back to campsite.Overnight camp.
Day 09: Pin valley
– Lalung - Dhankhar gompa – Tabo 7 / 8 hrs. bike.
Today we ride back
to attargo and short riding after we ride uphill to visit Lalung and Dhankar gompa. Which has a spectacular sight rising above
hill. Dhankhar it was old capital of Spiti valley. A ruins of Queen’s fort still remaining at site. We ride down and
join the main road and passing through Sichling and some beautiful village enroute finally we arrive at Tabo. Which has ancient
monastic comples. It’s a 1000 yrs old monastic complex . overnight camp.
Day 10: Tabo –
Losar – Kunzom la – Chandratal lake 4270 mtrs. 6 hrs. drive and trek.
Today we ride of
jeep back to Losar the first village before Kunzom la pass. We drive to Chandratal lake which is 14 kms from Batal. A rough
road leads to lake. Overnight stay at Chandratal lake. Or we trek down to Chandratal from Kunzom pass which is 8 kms easy
Day 11: Chandratal
- Gramphu – Keylong 3350 mtrs. 50 kms. Drive 64 kms. and bike 50 kms
Today from Chandratal
we take jeep to Gramphu at the foot of Rohtang pass and downhill until arriving at Koksar check point. Small cluster of Dhaba
tea shops at this plac and we cross the bridge and following the right bank of Chandra river. Enroute we stop at Gondhala
to see the ancient fort. An oasis of green fields,all along the route. We arrive Tandi - the confluence point of River Chandra
& Bhaga cross the bridge & proceed uphill to Keylong town. Overnight camp or hotel.
Day 12: Keylong –
Jispa – Patseo 3800 mtrs. – Baralacha la – Sarchu 4200 mtrs. – Lachulang la – Pang (4500 mtrs) 201kms. Drive by jeep.
Today after Keylong
, good sites all around we ride through Gar valley. Arriving at Satingiri the Tod valley start we pass Gemur, Jispa as we ascend the serpentine road into a gorge. Ahead lies the Jispa hamlet town as we come
out of the gorge & descend downhill. We arrive at Darcha 3300 mtrs. Which is starting point of most major trekking to
Zanskar. We gently ride uphill later the bad road, loose rocks on route until
After Patseo the
road passes through few high altitude lakes and there are many camping sites near these lakes. After a level stretch across
large meadows such as Zingzingbar a gradual ascent up the Bhaga river leads to Baralacha Pass (4892 M) the snow covered peaks
of CB range and Mulkila ranges are visible. At baralacha loose rocks on route
and bad road until Kelang Sarai. Bharatpur offer some tented tea shops. Later
ride through plain until Sarchu campsite.
Today all along good
conditaion road as we enter in J & K state. We arrive at Tak after
crossing Brandy and Whisky bridges. We ride uphill to cross Gata loops and up to Nakeela pass. enroute we stop for a while
at Lachulung La top (5065 M) the third pass is reached after crossing the Tsarap Chu river. Arrive Pang which serves as a
popular lunch stop. You will find many small parachute-made restaurants served by local Ladakhi women. Overnight camp at Pang.
Day 14: Pang –
Tso kar (4268 mtrs) 60 kms. Or Sumdo. Bike, 6 hrs.
8 kms uphill from
the Bowl-like feature of Pang we come to the plateau area of the More plains. Which leads us to more plains for 24 kms. Changpas,
the Nomadic people who tend their yaks here and a few wild asses are the only sign of life on this isolated and long road.
This belt not only barren but is known for fast blowing winds, sandstorms & extreme temperatures in the early morning
and evenings. Fresh stream water can be considered a scarcity in this area though you might find some isolated mountain streams
flowing down from the Tanglangla. The ride is easy going being a flat plateau area, but the road, which stretches on ahead,
is not as smooth as it looks. There are tiny bumps all along.
After we leave the
main route and follow a dirt road which turns right hand to Tso kar and Karzok Tso Moriri lake. We visit the Tso kar lake
and Thugje gompa above village. Overnight camp.
Day 14: Tso Kar –
Sumdo - Karzok , Tso Moriri lake 86 kms. Bike, 7 hrs.
Today leaving Tso
kar behind we cross Polokongka la pass and visit through Puga village. Which
has a hot spring water. Finally arrivaing at Sumdo, a road leads to Mahe bridge on Indus river. We take the right hand direction
to Karzok. Enroute we pass Kiagar tso and finally arrive at Tso Moriri lake. Riding along the lake we reach Karzok village.
Situated on the banks of lake. Overnight camp.
Day 15: Karzok :
rest day. Explore around the lake and visit
Karzok phu to meet Changpa nomads.
Day 16: Karzok (Tso
Moriri) – Taglang la – Gya. 2-3 hrs jeep, 4-5 hrs. riding 50 kms.
Today an early departure
to scale the worlds second highest pass Taglang la – 5360 mtrs. we ride on Jeep and follow the same route Sumdo, Puga
, Tso Kar until more plains. Where we road diverge to Tsokar and Taglang la pass. we start biking at the foot of Taglang la
pass. 17 kms biking uphill to cross Taglang la pass. which is quite challenging for even the fittest riders. Reaching the
top is a very satisfying experience & then it's all down hill with smooth gradients till the base of the Pass. The Chortens
along the road in the villages announce our arrival in the heart of Buddhist culture. The greenery changes the landscape,
and the red coloured mountains surrounding us and reflected in the river only add to the beauty as we cross Rumtse –which
offer tea shops and Gya Miru for overnight camp.
Day 17: Gya - Upshi
– Hemis - leh 3500 mtrs. 61 kms. Bike. 5 hrs.
For next 20 Kms we
ride on some metalled & unmetalled stretches of roads & cross over the Upshi bridge across the river Indus. The river
originates in China & crosses over into India somewhere in the higher regions of these great Himalayan ranges. The road
condition improves considerably as we follow more traffic from the cantonment area & local villages going to Leh. Ahead
lies the Thiksey Monastery, Shey monastery & the Chortens Garden before we finally enter Leh Town. The ride is easy &
we can expect to reach Leh by evening. Overnight hotel.
Day 18: Leh sight seeing.
Visit Stok palace,
Leh palace, Shanti Stupa. Spituk monastery.
Day 19: Leh sight
seeing: Leh – Alchi – Likir – Rizong – Leh , 6-7 hrs. jeep Alchi and Likir: These two monasteries
are located near Saspol on the Srinagar-Leh road. They house many gigantic clay statue of Buddha in various forms. The primary
attraction of these monasteries is , however, their 1000-year old wall painting which make a visit more than worthwhile.
Alchi Gompa, located
near the small village of Saspol. It is one of the earliest monasteries built before the invading wars began in the 15th century;
Alchi was built on lowlands, rather than on a hilltop as others were, in order to protect them from marauding armies. The
rambling monastery has six main buildings, the Dukhang or main assembly hall, the Sun tsek or three-tiered temple; the adjoining
Manjusri Lha-khang and Lotsawa Leh-khang temples; the Lha-khang Soma or New temple and the Kanjur- Lha-khan.