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Day 4: The descent to Chamba

Lush and bountiful we relished most of the 113km down from 4400m to Chamba some 3000m below!

 

The next morning, we headed down a seemingly never-ending 113km to the more tropical climes of Chamba. Despite a rainy start we enjoyed having gravity on our side and whizzed through at least 5 vegetation zones: high altitude, flower meadows, alpine, deciduous forest and sub-tropical. Although downhill (mostly) it took a good 7hrs30 of surprisingly hard work. I have always found cycling at lower altitudes much tougher as  besides the much hotter temperatures, the humidity is so high and feels a lot harder than cycling higher, in 02-thin air at cooler, drier temps.

 

More magnificent meadows as we descended to the plains


One of my favourites, the light blue poppies.


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Exquisite and memorizing views.


Once again dwarfed by the landscapes - down into the deciduous with an abundance of himalayan mountain dew.


We descended for about 20ks before seeing the first villages.


Breakfast stop, chilli omelette and 'Slice' mango juice.


Our 'friends' were already tucking into their purchases from the "English beer & wine shop" - more like pure whiskey!


More fabulous descent.


Himalayan villages shed new light on the meaning of 'accessible'.


Clothes collage.


Glad to be back on bitumen.


Sweat-drenched another coke stop was in order.


The outskirts of the tropical town of Chamba known for its impressive number of temples.


The final 20 km into Chamba involved a rather sneaky 7km climb, just to ensure we would never get to comfortable at 996m. Here is the cricket oval at Chamba, one of the many relics of the British Raj.


Farewell to the Himalayas, a 14hr bus drive back to Dehli via Pathankot marked the end of another fabulous trip.

Spain and the 'supermarket' bike
Day 3: Finally, Crossing Sach Pass (4400m)

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Comments 7

Guest - fatima cachalia on Sunday, 25 November 2012 22:39

Awesome!!! Until next time…

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Awesome!!! Until next time… f
Guest - Hettie gets on Monday, 03 December 2012 00:51

What a contrast - so green and lush, after the more stark scenes of the higher altitudes... as always, beautiful dear B! Thanks for sharing ... and yes, until next time! I'll start packing my armchair travel backpack! Much love, xHx

What a contrast - so green and lush, after the more stark scenes of the higher altitudes... as always, beautiful dear B! Thanks for sharing ... and yes, until next time! I'll start packing my armchair travel backpack! Much love, xHx
Guest - pankaj thakur on Sunday, 09 November 2014 16:52

thanks for visiting... Visit again my town

thanks for visiting... Visit again my town
Guest - Ram Thakur on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:29

Hi Bridget! Can't help commenting on your travelogue. Came across it by chance. I come from the region you traversed on your 4th day (Churah Valley) though I've lived most of my life (69 years) outside it, working as a teacher. I have taken my students on several treks towards Sach Pass in the past 25 years. However, I've never been into Pangi Valley beyond the Pass, so your images of your climb to it from Kilar side looked fascinating. What a fantastic adventure! Hats off to you!!

Hi Bridget! Can't help commenting on your travelogue. Came across it by chance. I come from the region you traversed on your 4th day (Churah Valley) though I've lived most of my life (69 years) outside it, working as a teacher. I have taken my students on several treks towards Sach Pass in the past 25 years. However, I've never been into Pangi Valley beyond the Pass, so your images of your climb to it from Kilar side looked fascinating. What a fantastic adventure! Hats off to you!!
Guest - ritualholiday4gmailcom on Saturday, 30 January 2016 17:14

Very inspiring.. Planned many times but did't execute yet.it gives me a lot of inspiration to start exploring this beautiful world.. Going to book chamba tour package with Ritual Holidays.
find best deal for chamba tour package

Very inspiring.. Planned many times but did't execute yet.it gives me a lot of inspiration to start exploring this beautiful world.. Going to book chamba tour package with Ritual Holidays. find best deal for chamba tour package
Guest - Shalen on Monday, 14 March 2016 20:50

Hi, i found your blog some day back while looking for Sach Pass and I really enjoyed reading about your journey. I have met you at SECMOL some years back. I am the guy with spectacles who was pasting the cards on the wall while you were discussing about climate change in the hall. Remember ?? I am also thinking to go to Sach Pass this year in the first week of September, I have some questions regarding. Can you help me ?

Hi, i found your blog some day back while looking for Sach Pass and I really enjoyed reading about your journey. I have met you at SECMOL some years back. I am the guy with spectacles who was pasting the cards on the wall while you were discussing about climate change in the hall. Remember ?? I am also thinking to go to Sach Pass this year in the first week of September, I have some questions regarding. Can you help me ?
Guest - Bridget Ringdahl on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 17:56

Julay Shalen
Would be more than happy to help ... amazing. I do remember you.. just took a quick look at my photos.. ;-)
Send me your questions

Julay Shalen Would be more than happy to help ... amazing. I do remember you.. just took a quick look at my photos.. ;-) Send me your questions
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