Biking in Lahaul - Spiti

#1 Feb 16th, 2010, 19:47
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Hello folks!

I am planning a bike ride to Leh from Delhi sometime in early September this year. I have a 20-day window to squeeze everything in, hopefully saving a couple days in the process for recuperation.

Regarding this, i have the following questions, the answers to which i am hoping to get here. So help me please.

* My first priority is to explore the surroundings of Leh, so while going i will take the Manali-Leh Highway. On the way back however i would want to (time permitting) take a detour from Keylong and reach Shimla via Kaza and Tabo. How long do you think the ride from Keylong to Shimla would take at a semi-hurried pace?
* I have a Machismo 500 which is amazingly powerful and is blessed with a very responsive engine. I have driven to Pushkar and back with a pillion rider at an average speed of 100 kmph, going up to 130 kmph (speedo) on empty stretches. The mountains however are entirely different...is it possible to do the trip (including Nubra Valley, Pangong, Tso Moriri) with a pillion?


More questions will come to mind later, and i will add them as and when they do make an appearance.

In the meanwhile, however, it would really be super if someone could drop in with the answers.

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#2 Feb 17th, 2010, 16:40
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One of the important things about journey to Leh or Spiti is to go in groups, so that you have something to fall back on in case of problem. Problem could be in terms of simple things like trouble with the bike. You never get stranded for days, as a truck or something would pick you up, but it may ruin bulk of your plans.

It takes 4 days from Manali to Shimla via Spiti if you do it in a bit of hurry. 6 to 7 days is a good number to keep.

You can allocate 2 days each for Nubra, Pangong and Tso Moriri. You can leave from Leh on the morning of Day 1 and headback next morning. It s possible to go to Nubra and come back in just one day (same with Pangong), but it can be extremely stressful in a bike.

All the best.
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Hello,

Dont you think sept is little late , instaed Aug mid is a good option , anyway I am interseted to join you . I have pulsar 180 and I love it.
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Originally Posted by arunchs View Post One of the important things about journey to Leh or Spiti is to go in groups, so that you have something to fall back on in case of problem. Problem could be in terms of simple things like trouble with the bike. You never get stranded for days, as a truck or something would pick you up, but it may ruin bulk of your plans.

It takes 4 days from Manali to Shimla via Spiti if you do it in a bit of hurry. 6 to 7 days is a good number to keep.

You can allocate 2 days each for Nubra, Pangong and Tso Moriri. You can leave from Leh on the morning of Day 1 and headback next morning. It s possible to go to Nubra and come back in just one day (same with Pangong), but it can be extremely stressful in a bike.

All the best.
I know the validity of what you are saying here...but the thing is the joy i feel while travelling alone is unmatchable. I guess i am a bit stuck up on certain issues, which are not conducive to good riding. Also i have seen that riding in groups is a noisy affair and i am a peace loving person. Lol... silly, but hey, works for me!
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Originally Posted by Heaven.Riders View Post Hello,

Dont you think sept is little late , instaed Aug mid is a good option , anyway I am interseted to join you . I have pulsar 180 and I love it.
I have huge problems getting leaves in august, so i decided on early Sept. Roads will not be a problem. In fact, the towns will be less crowded and the "feel" of the places will be at their best. Also its been 14 years since i have last seen snow. hence...
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Originally Posted by bsenroy View Post I have huge problems getting leaves in august, so i decided on early Sept. Roads will not be a problem. In fact, the towns will be less crowded and the "feel" of the places will be at their best. Also its been 14 years since i have last seen snow. hence...
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Well,last year if you had been in Spiti on the 8th of September you would have got stuck for days, for example. Same if you had been there on 19th September 2008,at least a week of good rest,stuck in the snow.
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Originally Posted by voyager61 View Post Well,last year if you had been in Spiti on the 8th of September you would have got stuck for days, for example. Same if you had been there on 19th September 2008,at least a week of good rest,stuck in the snow.
That bad, eh?

I am averse to the idea of returning via the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar route. I desperately wanna do Lahaul and Spiti with ladakh. Lets see!
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I've seen beautiful Septembers too,so it's a matter of luck.
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hi to everyone,
I am planning a bike ride to nubra valley from dehradun , possibly starts for 24th june. My route plan is Dehradun - chakrata - rampur - sarahan - chitkul - kalpa - kaza - tabo - losar - keylong - pang - leh - khardung la - hundar. returing route is a bit change like Hundar - pangong lake - agham - shakti - gya - pang - keylong - manali - kullu - shimla - solan - paonta sahib - Dehradun. According to me this is a 15 day route & we are ready for it. We means we are 4 persons on different bike, i have a apache rtr 160 FI , one CBZ extreme, one pulsar 180 and one yamaha FG16.
Can anyone tell me about my route difficulties , where to stay in my route & where not , what precautions would we have during high altitude & journey, any problem with our bikes like my bike is FI so that any problem facing with it . Please tell me useful tips.

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