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Road Trip to Spiti Valley

Why Travel with Palampur Bikers Club (PBC)…?
PBC is a travel club started by travel enthusiast who hail from a small town called Palampur in the Himalayan state of Himachal, India.

We have been traveling extensively in Himalayan terrains from many years and extending our expertise to other travel enthusiasts across the world. We know what separates a good road trip from a lifetime of memories. It goes without saying that we live by our tagline “Some call it adventure , We call it life”. Travel is our way of life and we go beyond the expectations to make the journey memorable. When you decide to travel with us , you are no longer a client , but a part of PBC family. It is the reason that whoever has traveled with PBC have become our friend for life.

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – 30th April
Safety briefing in the morning and an early start from Delhi to reach Shimla by late evening. Breakfast and lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Shimla.
Total Distance Traveled : 360 kms Approximate Travel Time : 8 / 10 hrs

Day 2 – 1st May
Today we will move further and leave the crowd behind and drive thru Narkanda, Rampur to reach Rekong Peo. Breakfast and lunch on the way. We enter  Kinnour and cross Karcham – Wangtoo dam to reach the picturesque town of Rekong Peo. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Rekong Peo.
Total Distance Traveled : 227 kms Approximate Travel Time : 7 / 9 hrs

Day 3 – 2nd May
Today we will leave the nice tarred roads and enter into what is called as the “world’s most treacherous road”. We explore Nako lake on the way and cross the notorious Malling Nala to reach Kaza. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kaza.
Total Distance Traveled : 200 kms Approximate Travel Time : 10 / 12 hrs.

Day 4 – 3rd May
We will have an early start today. Breakfast at hotel and we move to explore places around Kaza. We will visit village Losar and move as far as the road is open to wards Kunjum Pass. On the way back we will visit Kye monastery and Kibber village. We return back to Kaza before night fall. Dinner and overnight stay at kaza.
Total Distance Traveled : 160 kms  Approximate Travel Time : 7/8 hrs

Day 5 – 4th May
After breakfast at hotel we move to explore 3 sky villages of spiti valley , langza , hikkim & komic. Hikkim has the world’s highest post office at 4,400 mtrs while village komic holds the record of being the highest motor able village in world. (4587 mtrs)
Total Distance Traveled : 70 kms  Approximate Travel Time : 7/8 hrs

Day 6 – 5th May
After breakfast at hotel we move to explore Dhankar monastery which lies just on the outskirts of Kaza. After exploring the monastery we move ahead and enter in Pinn valley. We explore Mud and Sagnam village today and return to Kaza in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza.
Total Distance Traveled : 100 kms Approximate Travel Time : 7/8 hrs.

Day 7 – 6th May
We start our return journey today. After the breakfast at hotel we start our journey via Tabo , Nako , Puh to reach Rekong Peo by evening. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Rekong Peo
Total Distance Traveled : 200 kms Approximate Travel Time : 8/10 hrs

Day 8 – 7th May
Rise early today to see sunrise in the backdrop of majestic Kinner Kailash. Breakfast and lunch on the way. If time and conditions permit explore Bhema Kali Temple at Sarahan. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Shimla.
Total Distance Traveled : 227 kms Approximate Travel Time : 7/9 hrs

Day 9 – 8th May
A relaxed morning today and we move towards Delhi after breakfast. Lunch on the way.
Total Distance Traveled : 160 kms Approximate Travel Time : 7 / 8 hrs.

Last night stay at Delhi is not included in the package , however can be arranged on request at an additional cost.

Travel options:
1. You can bring your own motorcycle/Car ; Meals and Stay will be arranged by us.
2. We can help you renting out a motor cycle (Royal Enfield 350, 500cc) as per your needs.
3. You can opt to travel by a shared vehicle – Vehicle Type luxury

To join the trip , follow the below mentioned steps:

1. Fill the below joining form with all the necessary details.
2. We review your form and get back to you with approximate cost.
3. Transfer the booking amount to secure your seat.

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Bulls ride to WHITE Spiti

Preface

White Spiti was always on cards since last few years but as with my Ladakh ride, this one was also destined to be done on 2 wheels and not on 4.

The plan was born after me and Aditya did Ladakh in June 13.Our confidence was high after doing Ladakh and we wanted to see Spiti in its best color – WHITE. The original plan was to do it in March but got delayed till mid-April. The delay actually worked in our favor as we were able to explore more places which would not have been possible in March. The plan started with 8 riders but many backed out during the course of time; but the mad 2 did not budge. Riding to Spiti in March/April is a mad idea and rightly so; very few brave souls have tried this on motorcycles.

Rangrik

There are number of reasons why it is a mad idea. First the Temperature during this time is around zero to minus 10 and the entire valley is full of snow. Second, you never know how far you’ll be able to reach as snow clearing process takes its own sweet time; you can get stranded in middle of nowhere. Third, you never know when you will come across section of black ice which could be very dangerous. Still if you decide to ride, on the positive side you will see what very few have seen in person; Walls of snow on either side of road; Semi frozen river stream and waterfalls; heaps of snow in the entire Sipiti Valley; World’s highest motor able village Komic and much more. It was this; the eagerness of looking at something special which won the battle of positives and negatives.

Armed with Aditya’s Thunderbird 500 (TB Baby) and mine Classic 350 (Jr.BlackBull), we were determined to see White Spiti. Did we see what we wanted to see…..? I will let the below picture answer that.

Day 1 – 18th April 2014
The plan was simple, no bookings, no exact destinations, just reach Kaza in 3/4 days from Delhi; explore around and see how far we can go. When you say you don’t have a plan, still there is a plan, and the plan was to reach Rampur/Sarahan on day 1. Yes, this was an ambitious day 1 plan since both of us had done Ladakh and we were pretty confident about it. I guess up there in heavens, sitting quietly, God noticed that 2 mad souls are getting overconfident and made a cunning plan with nature to make us realize, nothing is easy until it’s done.

Day 1 Route Map

The Keys
Keys

The Journey Begins
Spiti Ride Begins

We started our journey on 18th April @ 04:30 hrs from Delhi. As we rode out of the parking to main road, the rain gods came to greet us; they said “Hello you 2 fellas, I’m coming with you too, and I thought well this is going to be an interesting ride. Our first stop was before Akshardham Temple for Petrol, tank full was done for both and we were staring @ slight drizzle gradually turning into heavy rain. We continued and by the time we reached Geeta Colony flyover, heavy winds coupled with rain forced us to stop. We took shelter under the flyover thinking that rain will subside soon. We were wrong, it did not stop soon and we ended up waiting for almost 2 hrs under the flyover.

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting for rain Gods to have some mercy on us
Rain in delhi

We resumed our journey around 0700 hrs with slight drizzle still going on. As we moved out of Delhi rain gods left for a brief moment. We stopped for breakfast @ Zhilmil Dhaba karnal around 0930 hrs and cherished on the yummy paranthas and tea. We resumed our journey around 1030 and were cruising well above 90 kmpl when the unthinkable happened; Jr.BB was hit hard from behind and for a moment I thought it’s over. It was some miracle that I and Jr.BB were still on 2 wheels and managed to stop without a fall. I was in immense pain and my left leg was hurt badly, I had no idea what has happened. Meanwhile, Aditya who was just riding behind me stopped and had a look @ my leg. The first look at injury was bad but further inspection revealed that it’s not broken and only the skin has peeled off. First aid was out and the wound was taken care of with some savlon and bandage.

While doing the bandage Aditya told me what has happened. It was Aditya’s TB Baby who had hit Jr.BB; now how bad is that, two people going together banging into each other. Me and Aditya were cruising around 90 kmpl with Aditya driving on the verge of lane 2 and 3 and I was on lane 3.This is a good diagonal riding position as I can see him in my rear view mirror and in case of emergency braking by front rider the rear one can pass by without bumping into the front.

In theory it’s a good position to ride, however things change in split seconds in real time. Actually there were 3-4 things which happened at the exact moment which caused this accident. In lane 1, a Mercedes was speeding above 100 kmpl and an idiot in Alto was trying to overtake it from lane 2. At the same moment I suddenly slowed down looking at Police barrier in front when the Alto idiot forced Aditya to come in straight line with me. Aditya was in straight line with me and as I slowed down suddenly, it was inevitable and Bang. Thankfully, TB Baby and Aditya did not suffer any damages. We then had a look @ Jr.BB for any damages, left indicator holder was broken and the indicator was dangling with the wire. Rest everything seemed fine until we resumed the journey; the rear wheel was not rotating freely and it seemed like something is holding it .It was feeling like when you try to accelerate while holding the brakes down. So something was not right .We stopped again and inspected what was causing it. With no signs of any damage we decided to get it checked by mechanic @ kurukshaetra which was 3-4 kms ahead.

By the time we found mechanic in kurukshetra, smoke was coming out of the rear wheel. The mechanic dismounted the rear wheel and did a thorough check; finally the culprit was found. The drum shorter had cracked and that was jamming the rear wheel.

The cracked Drum Shorter
Drum-Shorter

Fortunately the replacement drum shorter was found in Kurukshatra and we were lucky to get the original RE shorter and the indicator supporter as well. After the problem was resolved we resumed our journey around 1500 hrs from Kurukshetra. We stopped for late lunch after crossing Parwanu in HP and reached Shimla by 1930 hrs. We had no intentions to roam in shimla so settled in for roadside hotel. We were tired like hell; we started @ 0430 hrs from Delhi and could only manage to cover 370 kms in Day One due to rain and accident. It was a real hard day for a 10 day ride. What’s in store for the day two, no ideas, but will get there and see.