Day 4: The descent to Chamba

The next morning, we headed down a seemingly never-ending 113km to the more tropical climes of Chamba. Despite a rainy start we enjoyed having gravity on our side and whizzed through at least 5 vegetation zones: high altitude, flower meadows, alpine, deciduous forest and sub-tropical. Although downhill (mostly) it took a good 7hrs30 of surprisingly hard work. I have always found cycling at lower altitudes much tougher as  besides the much hotter temperatures, the humidity is so high and feels a lot harder than cycling higher, in 02-thin air at cooler, drier temps.

Lush and bountiful we relished most of the 113km down from 4400m to Chamba some 3000m below!
More magnificent meadows as we descended to the plains
One of my favourites, the light blue poppies.
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Exquisite and memorizing views.
Once again dwarfed by the landscapes – down into the deciduous with an abundance of himalayan mountain dew.
We descended for about 20ks before seeing the first villages.
Breakfast stop, chilli omelette and ‘Slice’ mango juice.
Our ‘friends’ were already tucking into their purchases from the “English beer & wine shop” – more like pure whiskey!
More fabulous descent.
Himalayan villages shed new light on the meaning of ‘accessible’.
Clothes collage.
Glad to be back on bitumen.
Sweat-drenched another coke stop was in order.
The outskirts of the tropical town of Chamba known for its impressive number of temples.
The final 20 km into Chamba involved a rather sneaky 7km climb, just to ensure we would never get to comfortable at 996m. Here is the cricket oval at Chamba, one of the many relics of the British Raj.
Farewell to the Himalayas, a 14hr bus drive back to Dehli via Pathankot marked the end of another fabulous trip.

Bridget Ringdahl

Pedaling has been natural to me since the tender age of three. Cycling is practical, fun, it gets you to the corner café, across countries, continents, keeps you fit and is by far the most efficient and environmentally friendly transport option around, being virtually carbon neutral.

I live in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal which is great cycling country, within 10 minutes I can be bouncing along some of the finest single tracks in the province.

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5 thoughts on “Day 4: The descent to Chamba
  • fatima cachalia

    Awesome!!! Until next time… f

  • Hettie gets

    What a contrast - so green and lush, after the more stark scenes of the higher altitudes... as always, beautiful dear B! Thanks for sharing ... and yes, until next time! I'll start packing my armchair travel backpack! Much love, xHx

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  • Shalen

    Hi, i found your blog some day back while looking for Sach Pass and I really enjoyed reading about your journey. I have met you at SECMOL some years back. I am the guy with spectacles who was pasting the cards on the wall while you were discussing about climate change in the hall. Remember ?? I am also thinking to go to Sach Pass this year in the first…

    • Bridget Ringdahl

      Julay Shalen Would be more than happy to help ... amazing. I do remember you.. just took a quick look at my photos.. ;-) Send me your questions

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