Month: Oct 2013

and the pedaling continued: Sarchu – Leh

[caption id="attachment_2179" align="aligncenter" width="512"] And so we pedaled on... more passes, road sign entertainment and enchanting views.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2180" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Ubiquitous yaks hanging out in surreal landscapes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2174" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Tip and topple, we saw this brand new digger being transported by truck the day before. As we climbed the 32 km up the Nakee-la pass we had literally and luckily missed the delivery![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2175" align="aligncenter" width="512"]…

Himalayan Cycling Food

[caption id="attachment_2152" align="aligncenter" width="512"] 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.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2156" align="aligncenter" width="512"] For…

Remembering old friends of Chumigiarsa village

[caption id="attachment_2139" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Every year we take a rest day in Sarchu and since 2011 have taken the hour and half long walk to the remote village of Chumigiarsa. I love returning as I have got to know some of the wonderful people who live in this very extreme environment. I can only at marvel at their resilience and ability to survive in these really harsh conditions. This year…

Manali-Leh Highway 2013: Rhotang Pass (4000m) to Baralacha-la (4980)

[caption id="attachment_2099" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Quaint Old Manali and Doongri village, mark the start of the legendary Manali-Leh highway. Although my 5th time along this 600km epic route it never ceases to leave me in awe and amazement.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2101" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Our friends and tour partner Ravi Thakur with his wife Rekha and little Reva, Aba-le and Abi-le at home.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2103" align="aligncenter" width="346"] Little Reva like all himalayan babies…