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Old 3rd March 2012, 17:23   #1
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Folks,

Simple plan - Ride as far as possible into Spiti - ideally upto Nako or such on day 2.

Broad plan:
8 Mar - ride out early morning (like 2am). Try and get as far as possible. Jeori would be the ideal stop, and Rampur is okay.
9 Mar - Reach as much into Spiti and chill out (stop for the day by 3pm).
10 Mar - Ride as far back as possible. Narkanda is the targeted stop for the day.
11 Mar - easy ride home, touch hatu if possible, else delhi border by 5pm.

Oh and did I mention the missus? She's coming as pillion. jalva is joining in on his CBR with his missus as well.

The plan is for a mostly boringly hectic ride-ride with a fairly disciplined riding day that starts at 7am and least possible breaks. This is not a count-the-butterflies or shutterbugs' ride.
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Hmm, trying to rekindle the spirit of the good old days eh

Have a good ride!
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Thanks. Actually i'm not taking the car up there till I get some rally mods done on it including sump guard and such like. This is 4 days, so much more convenient to take a bike up there and explore!
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You can easily do Nako on second day and chill out for that day, i suggest walk around the place, do some trekking and then start back around 12 the next day, Nako is a beautiful place i could stay there for weeks
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Folks,

Simple plan - Ride as far as possible into Spiti - ideally upto Nako or such on day 2.

Broad plan:
8 Mar - ride out early morning (like 2am). Try and get as far as possible. ............................

The plan is for a mostly boringly hectic ride-ride with a fairly disciplined riding day that starts at 7am and least possible breaks. This is not a count-the-butterflies or shutterbugs' ride.
Looks like a ride, ride and ride holiday. Been eons since I did one like this. Would love to hear the tale and see some clicks.

Happy and safe riding.

--Ramky
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Why no touch Kaza & come back at least with an extra day?
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It'll be tough. See my pics of the ICE Ride on FB. Was done last feb - march.

All the best!! IT's one of the best rides I had
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You can easily do Nako on second day and chill out for that day, i suggest walk around the place, do some trekking and then start back around 12 the next day, Nako is a beautiful place i could stay there for weeks
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Looks like a ride, ride and ride holiday. Been eons since I did one like this. Would love to hear the tale and see some clicks.

Happy and safe riding.

--Ramky
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Why no touch Kaza & come back at least with an extra day?
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It'll be tough. See my pics of the ICE Ride on FB. Was done last feb - march.

All the best!! IT's one of the best rides I had
Thanks to everyone for their wishes. It was interesting. We went till 6 km short of Puh (?) but ice had come down and it was impassable for a two wheeler. In the end we managed Gurgaon - Jalori - Puh return to Kalpa - Gurgaon. Jalva was a stud and his CBR flew all through. Our bike had aged and was plagued by electrical unreliability and non-existent shockers (the wife was troubled no end!).

Here's the pictures.
The ice wall.
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The morning scenes next day at Kalpa (took 15 min+ choke to start).
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CBR saying - No - I don't want to go anywhere. Can't you read my lips?
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Ice Vistas (all melted by 11am):
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Treacherous roads
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The mountains (sorry, I had 18-55 only, no zoom!)
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Then we got late riding onto Narkanda and took almost an hour for the last km or so. Why? See for yourself. The wife walked up - I was half afraid of getting crushed by a skidding truck (many such folks passed us).
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Some clicks at the hotel in the morning:
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In sum and substance - its worth visiting in winter if your bike is in shape. Summer cannot even come close to such vistas
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If we were to drive from Delhi to the Spiti Valley in mid April, What all areas would be inaccessible? I havent done any research on the Spiti circuit yet. Was just trying too see what would be the best way to spend a week's break in April.
Was thinking of just driving around and going to Old Manali or Dharamsala. But now feel adventurous. Thinking of renting a Zoom Scorpio so that should help us reach places.

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If we were to drive from Delhi to the Spiti Valley in mid April, What all areas would be inaccessible? I havent done any research on the Spiti circuit yet. Was just trying too see what would be the best way to spend a week's break in April.
Was thinking of just driving around and going to Old Manali or Dharamsala. But now feel adventurous. Thinking of renting a Zoom Scorpio so that should help us reach places.

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Not really sure this year, but in 2012, we were told that most of Spiti would be open around April (from Shimla side).

as for a vehicle - the predominant vehicle in those parts is the humble Alto carrying entire families returning back to Spiti.
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*cough*
Another holi, but four years later. The same dreams come up. Should work not hit the fan - I plan to re-attempt Spiti between March 23-27. Any folks game? Anyone whose already made plans? Thanks.
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