Alpine Ride

The Himalayan Alpine Ride

Summary

The ride is set in the foothills of the Himalayas, crossing several passes at almost 3000 mtrs. The route lets us enjoy twisty tarmac, remote gravel roads, apple orchards and the old world charm of ancient Himalayan villages. Native hospitality, cedar forests and amazing trout filled streams fill the days with a truly local flavour. Overnighting is at a mix of small, but comfortable, hotels, evocative homestays and even campsites.

Tour Region:                                           Himachal Pradesh

Tour City where the tour begins:      Shimla

Tour Rates:                                               ————

Tour Includes:                                      All meals, Hotel stays

Not included in this tour:                    Transportation to and back from Shimla, Room Service,

Laundry and all personal purchases.

High and Low Temperature:  Maximum 88 f/ Minimum 53 f

Total kms travelled on the last day: 1349 kms (approx.)

Currently Active:                                 Yes

Tour available in seasons:               April to June; Sep to Dec

Day 01: Arrive at Shimla

Welcome by EagleRider India welcoming committee, escorted to respective hotel, post the below program, Dinner.

The first day will essentially be familiarizing with the motorcycle and a short ride into country roads to get used to the riding on the ‘left’ of the road! A mix of twisty tarmac and gravel roads set in cedar forests will set the stage for the days ahead. In the evening a Riders Briefing on what to expect – local customs, food, the effects of altitude and amusing trivia from previous rides shall conclude the day.

Total kms travelled: 121 kms

Day 02 : Shimla

An easy 4 hrs. ride is slated for the day. We climb from Shimla (2155 mtrs) to Narkanda (2760 mtrs) through a mix of pine and cedar forest roads. Mostly tarmac these roads will meander through amazing Himalayan scenery that evokes a feeling of travel in a time gone by! A lunch break in a meadow near an old village will be among the curiosities visited. By evening we should have scaled the lookout point on the Hatu Peak (3400 mtrs) for photographs before returning to our hotel for the night.

Total kms travelled:161 kms

Day 03 : Narkanda

We go back in history today as we ride the Old Hindustan Tibet trade route. The road takes the backtrails riding a ridge for kilometres towards the magnificent Himalayas in the distance. Used for trading salt and Tibetan wool in the old days we follow the road for almost 40 miles and eventually break away to the River Satluj below where we meet Highway 5 and Rampur Bushair. Our hotel is within the compound of the old Bushair palace built in traditional mountain style.

Total kms travelled: 129 kms

Day 04 : Rampur

The day’s drive is short but will take much longer in terms of time. A 100 miles today. The initial part will be rough mountain roads and later smooth tarmac. The last part of the day’s ride will be up a fabulous gorge upto the hanging valley formed by the Baspa river. Sangla lies at an elevation of 2700 mtrs and is surrounded by amazing mountain rockscapes and scree filled slopes. The Baspa thrashes its way down at the very foot of the Hotel Batseri where we will be quartered for the night.

Total kms travelled: 161 kms

Day 05 : Sangla

An easy day spent riding up to Chitkul – the last outpost before the Chinese border. The early morning light is ethereal and to ride between the firs and streams is an elevating experience. The distance is short but by the time you return to Hotel Batseri 4-5 hrs will go by. Just catch your breath and recharge for the days ahead. The day will also be spent caring for the motorcycles!

Total kms travelled: 25 kms

Day 06 : Sangla

An early departure after breakfast will see us ride back along the NH 5 till Rampur from where we veer off to the orchard hamlet of Kotgarh, famous for the apples brought in by the famous missionary Samuel Stokes. Built in 1843, St Mary’s Church still stands, a little building but still a curiosity.

Total kms travelled: 153 kms

Day 07 : Kotgarh

Leave after breakfast and ride down into the Sutlej Valley. We take the beautifully narrow tarmac road up the Jalori Pass (3050 mtrs) and then descend once more into the Tirthan Valley. A small detour to Gushaini and we are in an angling reserve. The Tirthan river is stocked with brown and snow trout and fishing is permitted!

Total kms travelled: 113 kms

Day 08 : Gushaini

Easy departure for Parashar Lake after a lazy breakfast. We take tarmac roads for the most part using highways, smaller country roads and finally some dirt tracks to reach the tiny mountain lake named after a Hindu sage! The number of rice grains you pick from the bowl there will decide whether your wishes will come true or not! The campsite for the night at an altitude of 2750 mtrs should have a glare free clear night sky.

Total kms travelled: 97 kms

Day 09 : Parashar Lake

The day’s ride will be mainly tarmac with a bit of gravel. The altitude will drop drastically to 1500 mtrs. Bir is the paragliding mecca of Northern India and home to many airborne sportsmen. The afternoon will leave daylight for those interested in going for a tandem ride.

Total kms travelled: 121 kms

Day 10 : Bir

Spend the morning paragliding, checking out this quaint little sporting village and enjoy the different cuisine offered up at small eateries. Leave by noon for an easy tarmac ride to Mandi.

Total kms travelled: 97 kms

Day 11 : Mandi

The last day will see a ride with both tarmac and gravel. We will take the back roads to Shimla. On the way we are back into the cedars and pine. Riding past the small lake at Tattapani is an opportunity for a natural hot water spa. Then onwards to Shimla and the end of the ride.

Total kms travelled: 174 kms

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