Month: Oct 2010

The Khardung-la Clamber (5600m so they say!)

[caption id="attachment_830" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The fabulous views to distract on the way up the Khardung-la Pass overlookng Leh and the Zanskar range. Its a tough slog, all 40km of it rising 2km above Leh (3600m - 5600m). It took me a total of 4hrs48min to get to the top, and that was pretty good going!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_831" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="BRO (Border Roads Organisation) once again supported us all the way…

The Capital of the Kingdom – Leh

[caption id="attachment_810" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The final kilometres of entertainment. Stok Palace can be seen as a speck in the distance."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_811" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Seems as if Shelley supports this one "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_812" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The final 5km"][/caption]   [caption id="attachment_814" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Oriental Guesthouse where we relaxed for the following days and were so well looked after by Phuntsok and her family. Note how the beautfil garden…

A sobbering welcome to Leh

[caption id="attachment_786" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Stakna Monastry 'stacked' up on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Indus plains. Until this point, there was no real evidence of the devastation that lay ahead except for the sinisterly swollen Indus."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_787" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The first petrol station we had seen since Keylong some 6 days behind us."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_788" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Shey village provided the first evidence that things were not as it…

Children of Shara and the Cyclists

[caption id="attachment_761" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Now only 2 days from Leh, it seemed as if the Road Sign writers had really picked up pace and where getting a little philosophical and melancholic"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_762" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Taking a break from the hot, dry and dusty conditions. While we were essentially still following the 'downstream' of the Indus, it didnt feel anything quite like it. An 84km ride we were all too…