Month: Aug 2010

The long Roll up Rhotang (4000m)

After rainshowers all night we were pleased to see gaps of blue in the whispy clouds veiling the pine and deodar forest that creep up the mountain slopes. We headed to the halfway point of Marhi around 37km from Manali. This is the only real spot to break this 50km climb of just under 2000m up to the 4000m pass. [caption id="attachment_588" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The pelaton: me, dale and leeanne…

Manali apples

[caption id="attachment_582" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="After a 14hr bus ride from Dehli we were relieved to arrive in Manali - the loftier, cooler, prettier, less polluted, noisey alltogethernicerspot where we could sample the lovely sweet and tart apples a pride and joy of the state of Himachal Pradesh."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_583" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Day-tripping through the apple orchards - not bad for a little 30k acclimatisation cycle to Solang."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_584" align="aligncenter"…

The Cloudburst

During our 7 hr overlay in Mumbai we watched in the neon-lit departures lounge, pictures of flooded Ladakh breaking the news. It was all in Hindi, but there was no mistaking that it was where we were heading too.  Some hindi-speaking passengers confirmed that indeed it was Ladakh and that a massive cloudburst lasting less than 20minutes had sent torrents of mud and boulders down the mountains flattening everything in their path. More than…

Back to Ladakh: Heading for the Himalayas Part 2

In a couple of days we will be heading off once more the alluring Himalayas of North India. This time if will be a little different. We will be guiding two groups of 8 cyclists along a section of the 2500km we covered last year. That section is none other than the Manali-Leh Highway, a roughly 700km stretch of chocolate slab road that crosses 3 passes over 5000m and another…