Month: Oct 2011

The Nakee-la and Lachalunga-la passes

Once over the Rohtang, the wet forested pass at 4000m and Baralacha-la just under 5000m, the road climbs out of the Sarcchu plains up the double pass of the Nakee-la (4950m) and the Lachalung-la (5060m). [caption id="attachment_1424" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="On the way up the infamous 21 'Gata loops', roadside humour keeps the spirits high on this 23km ascent from 4250m to 4980m to the Nakee-la"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1425" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="I…

The team

Before I take you over the next pass, I will introduce you to this years team - both cyclists and support crew ! [caption id="attachment_1383" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="14 of us in total including carlos and myself. Charles from just down the road in the Dargle; behind Aulo the italian ragazzo from the south coast; next to him Mike from down under NZ; Alex (next to me) our biathlete and daily…

A campsite with a view

Campsites with astounding views are aren't hard to come by in the Himalayas. The landscape is simply so overwhelming that almost every spot you choose to bed down for the night will offer views of crumpled mountain masses sprinkled with snow and high altitude flowers. Here are some of my favourite spots along the Manali Leh Highway. [caption id="attachment_1368" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="The campsite at Patseo, 7km from the start of…

Baralacha-la (4900m) – the pass where many roads meet

[caption id="attachment_1358" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="The Baralacha-la pass literally means the pass where many roads meet -a crossroads of Ladakh, Lahual, Spiti and Zanskar regions and was part of an ancient trade route that has been used by travelers for centuries.  "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1359" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="The two great rivers of Lahaul are also borne here, the Chandra and the Bhaga arising from snowfields on either side . Just below the summit…

The Passes – Rohtang (Rotties)

This is the third time I have been privileged enough to have cycled the legendary Manali-Leh highway, a roughly 600km most unsurfaced road which connects the foothills to the great crumpled mass of mountains called the himalayas. Each time I am, as amazed and in awe as the last. Instead of documenting this trip in a diary format I will rather highlight some aspects under different entries. Starting off with…

Dehli’s Belly

A trip to the himalayas isn't complete without a trip to Delhi, in fact its pretty difficult to avoid one of India's delirious chaotic cities in the 'getting there'. Spending time in Delhi's belly is almost essential to truely appreciate the himalayan spectacle in every sense. The chaos, hectic humidity and noise pressure of 1.2 billion people only make the mountains seem even more beautiful when you eventually arrive after…