Heading for the Himalayas

Its over four years since my last big bike trip through South America, another one beckons! (Despite a little 2 week bike-jaunt in Morocco and 13 000km of cycling around the midlands between then and now – this doesn’t quite count).

 Since I first cycled across them, I always knew I wanted to return to the Himalayas. Mountains of this scale have a magnetic effect on me and what could be more alluring (or off-putting for most 😉 than spending 2mths cycling the Highest Roads in the world?

 I plan to start off cycling the classic Manali to Leh Highway (just under 500km) crossing numerous 4000 and 5000m passes arriving in the mountain kingdom of Ladakh, the threshold of Tibet, China and Central Asia. From the wind swept town of Leh, the highest road pass in the world, the Khardung-La, an extraordinary breath-stopping 5,602m, beckons! This Pass joins the dry and barren Indus Valley to the lush Nubra Valley, from which views of the Karakoram range (home of K2) can be seen. (At least it is the highest road that actually goes somewhere useful!)

 Apart from this classic route there are numerous other high Himalayan valleys that I plan to explore as well , the more remote valleys of Spiti and Lahaul have only recently opened up to foreigners. This roughly 3 week loop heads east to Tibet then loops west again along the old Hindustan-Tibet Highway. There is also the option of heading west toward Kashmir following the luminous-green Zanskar river dotted with numerous astonishing monasteries. (Plenty of side valleys and rock hopping to keep me amused.)

This time I will set off in company, with Carlos and university friend Ben from New Zealand. Camping gear, a must! Leaving July 25.

A snippet from Google earth of the Himachal Pradesh, the area through which I plan to cycle -  a crumpled paper of landscape that will ensure there is never a dull/lazy moment on the bike!
A snippet from Google earth of the Himachal Pradesh, the area through which I plan to cycle - a crumpled paper of landscape that will ensure there is never a dull/lazy moment on the bike!

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.

Latest posts by Bridget Ringdahl (see all)

2 thoughts on “Heading for the Himalayas
  • Anna-Karin

    Hi Bridget, You are totally crazy and so coooooool. I love reading about your trips and wish I was there with you. Am looking foward to reading more and follow you on this trip. Have fun and take care! love Anna-Karin

  • Pia Sanchez

    Brigita, Carlos and Ben - you guys make my feet sooo itchy! We so enjoy your picture treats! Missing you and dogs here at home. Happy travels and see you soon. Pia and the clan at Braeside :)

LEAVE COMMENT