Tucked away from civilization, hidden from the bipeds, rests a surreal mountain scape in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh – Spiti. At an altitude of about 4500m, Spiti has many unexplored riding zones.
The past couple of years I’ve been wandering in this region, looking for trails and cliffs to ride off of and have started to see more in each visit. Having dug out some trails with ace trail creator Steve Storey a few seasons ago, my visit this time was circled up.
Joined by my team buddy Ajay Padval and videographer, Kaushik Sinha, we drove through the dry landscape, riding some marked and some previously untouched mountains. Camping, living in village homes, bunking in our truck, Spiti kept us powered up for our visit’s entirety.
Huffing up the hill with our bikes followed by drifty descents at altitudes made riding in Spiti interesting! A week of spinning in, Spiti Valley has only shared its dusty crust. What’s hidden in this valley, only time will tell!
Words/Photos: Vinay Menon