Challenging, inspirational, diverse and incredibly scenic ride through 'Little Tibet'
The condition of the roads varies annually, but there is always a challenging element to this tour. Nerve needed for big roadside drop-offs.
Tarmac: 75%; dirt 25% (varies according to winter and monsoon damage).
Overall: approx' 1100km
Shortest day: 40km
Longest day: 200km
3 days travelling
9 days riding
2 off-bike days
Depends on road condition, but can be tough on passengers.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation is, on the whole, pretty decent and varies greatly over the route, from the rough and experiential, to nicer places. No shortage of surprises...
Included meals: all breakfasts; 1 dinner. Food elsewhere is extremely inexpensive.
Toy train to Shimla (If available); Shimla's colonial past and bustling present; the ancient Hindu temple at Sarahan; camping in beautiful Sangla Valley (if we can get there); huge mountain views at Kalpa; mystical 1000-year-old monastery at Tabo; night in one of the world's highest villages; try out Tibetan-style living for a night; markets, mayhem, temples and great food in Manali; crazily-steep Jalori Pass.