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The Highest Eco-School in the World

Approaching Phey village, there is always something so very soothing and beautiful about Ladakhi villages

Approaching Phey village, there is always something so very soothing and beautiful about Ladakhi villages.

One of the most inspirational discoveries of this trip was finding Secmol campus, an eco-school in every sense. The getting there was a 20km cycle down the truck-heaving 'highway' past the army barracks that litter the outskirts of Leh. The dusty ride continued past the airport where rumbling airbuses hovered above my head and the serene Spituk monastery clung desparetely to a rocky outcrop.  Following the mighty green-grey Indus river I arrived in Phey village, where the school is located on cut platform alongside the Indus.

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They Ran, We Cycled

On the way out of Leh, passing picturesque Ganglas village.

On the way out of Leh, passing picturesque Ganglas village.

The marathon itself is certainly the world's highest and arguably the toughest at an altitude of 3524m, while the Khardung-la Challenge can no doubt be the toughest high altitude race ever. An elite endurance race for anyone wishing to push their limits at oxygen deprived altitudes in beautiful landscapes, its not surprising that it only attracts a handful of runners (for the moment!), around 30.

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Residential Rumi: A Himalayan Dogumentary Part II

Rumi dog almost at the top of the Taglang-la pass (5300m) snacks on an egg. He ww

Our Himalayan hound Rumi dog who followed us for 200km to Leh in 2012. Here he is almost at the top of the Taglang-la pass (5300m) having an egg & chapati snack break.

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” Poet Rumi


It has to be said that one of main motivations for wanting to return once more to Ladakh is summed up beautifully by poet Rumi's quote above. Last year our trip was enhanced by one special and unexpected member - Rumi-dog. We met him a few days from Leh near Tso Kar and he ran with us all the way over 5300m passes, through snow storms, and even when we dispairingly thought we'd lost him he would turn up at camp.  He was partially named after Rumtse village but like the poet, Rumi-dog, taught and reminded us all of,the beauty of  'when you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.' And it is with these very strong feelings I just knew I had to see our Rumi boy again. To see this story click here 'Roaming Rumi - A Himalayan Dogumentary' 

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and the pedaling continued: Sarchu - Leh

And so we pedaled on... more passes, road sign entertainment and enchanting views.

And so we pedaled on... more passes, road sign entertainment and enchanting views.

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Himalayan Cycling Food

Food is what keeps everyone pedaling and for good reason. Here Richard and Colleen arrive at campsite at the end of a long day. A an afternoon snack of freshly cooked chilli bites and tea wait them, soon to be followed by a dinner that is impossible to beat at this alitude

Food is one of the reasons that keeps everyone pedaling, and for good reason.  Here Richard and Colleen arrive at campsite at the end of a long day. An afternoon snack of freshly cooked chilli bites and tea await them, soon to be followed by a dinner that is impossible to beat at this altitude or any other for that matter.

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