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The Adventures of El Pancito: First Chariot Micro-Adventure

It was a matter of time that young Gabriel Gonzalez Ringdahl (aka El Pancito*) would head off on a micro-adventure** by bicycle. Having completed a 7km hike in the Darkensberg at 3mths, a 70km cycle trip at 6mths seemed like a moderate start to his cycling adventures. We tested the Thule Chariot so generously given to us by our friends Carla and William when he was around 3mths,  however despite…

Chamser Kangri, all of 6622m – Changthang Ladakh

It seems true that once you have been high, you always want to go higher (and  that is coming from someone who hates heights, freezing temperatures and exposed, risky edges.) Chamser Kangri is one of the many 6000m peaks in Ladakh that are less risky in that it is regarded as a so-called trekking peaks. That sounds about right for me, altitude is enough to deal with. We climbed it in…

The Highest Eco-School in the World

One of the most inspirational discoveries of this trip was finding Secmol campus, an eco-school in every sense. The getting there was a 20km cycle down the truck-heaving 'highway' past the army barracks that litter the outskirts of Leh. The dusty ride continued past the airport where rumbling airbuses hovered above my head and the serene Spituk monastery clung desparetely to a rocky outcrop.  Following the mighty green-grey Indus river I…

They Ran, We Cycled

The day we decided to tackle our final challenge of cycling up the highest motorable road in the world, the Khardung-la pass (5600m) was also well-timed for the 2nd Ladakh Marathon. This year over 2200 runners took part in one of the 4 events: the full 42km marathon, 21km half marathon; the 10km fun run and the ultimate event of all, the 72km Khardung-la challenge. The marathon itself  is certainly…

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…