Tag: Cycle Touring

CapeStorm talk: Cycling the Highest Roads in the World 24/02 – A fundraiser for Funda Nenja

[caption id="attachment_1177" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Funda Nenja -literally translates from isiZulu as 'learning with the dog'. Every Friday afternoon about 10 volunteers and 65 dogs with their handlers gather in Mphopomeni township to share interspecies and multicultural communication. The vision of 'Funda Nenja' is to develop respect and compassion for all living things by promoting a bond with a dog, using dog training as a vehicle. Education on animal welfare, the…

Himalayan Tours 2011

Due to the popularity of the Himalayan cycle tours we led last year, we are running 2 more in 2011 to 'Cycle the Highest Roads in the World' in the Himalayas of Kashmir in Aug and Sept. This 17 day high himalayan experience will take you through the most spectacular landscapes of Ladakh crossing passes over 5000m. The cost is ZAR 13,100 (includes all accom, transfer, jeep support and meal…

First time riders

Most school leavers in SA head off for a week of drunken debauchery at the seaside town of Ballito or Margate. Not Timia. Just yesterday she finished her final exam of her school career and today at 5:30 am together with friends Keegan and Daniel, they set off on an pedal powered adventure to Cape Town. A trip that will no doubt have a profound impact on the way they see the world from…

The Hima-lasting days

[caption id="attachment_382" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Chandrabhagga range from the Kunzum-la pass"][/caption] The Indian Himalayas are indeed a spectacle, each day has been filled with impossibly beautiful landscapes that always seemed to get better.  We covered just over 2500km crossing 12 passes, 4 of which were over 5000m. In their enormity they dwarfed me into insignificance, in their vastness they encouraged me to be more curious. In their beauty they dazzle,…

Zanskar, the last outpost of Ladakh

[caption id="attachment_288" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Our first view of Nun, one of the 7000m giants of the Kashmiri Himalayas"][/caption] Zanskar valley, one of the more isolated and remote areas of Ladakh that has retained much of the Ladakhi (Zanskari) tradition. We cycled amoungst the giants of the Indian Himalayas - Nun and Kun (over 7000m) and alongside the snouts of giant glaciers. Stunning vibrant crimson and yellow high altitude sedges lined…

Pangong Tso (Lake) and along the Indus

  [caption id="attachment_274" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Now heres a real Munchkin. Marmots are amazing little fellows choosing to live only above 4000m. They delighted me whenever the roads got high. I thought of names for them: Milo, Molly, Marmelade and Marmite. A good start, so I thought."][/caption] The amazing salt water Pang gong Tso (lake) is around 20km long and 4km wide and is shared at by India and Tibet at…

Leh2009, Adventure, Cycle Touring, Holidays, India, Indian Himalayas, Travel

[caption id="attachment_339" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Lonely Leh Gompa"][/caption] Imposingly the Leh Palace is built on a crag overlooking the town, above it a little gompa (monastry) is perched, almost lonely against the vast blu, cloud-puffed sky. Below the old city, densely built, slowy crumbles and decays. The main bazaar is a bustle of old Ladakhi ladies selling their fabulous apricots and vegetable grown in their home gardens, chatting and knitting with…

The Great Manali-Leh Highway

After an extraordinary  2 weeks that took us out of the incredible Spiti Valley to rejoin the main route to Ladakh, the Manali Leh highway. We have crossed passes over 5300m, slept in roadside dhabbas (truck-stop tents), missed a shower for 8 days, sucked on oxygen thin air, camped alongside shimmering high altitude turquoise lakes, eaten ravenously, delighted in seeing 'blue sheep' (bharal) springing effortlessly from rock to rock in…

Lovely Lahaul – Leaving Spiti

From Spiti we crossed our first high pass, the Kunzum-la (4600m) and enjoyed the change from high altitude desert to cascading waterfalls, grassy slopes and snow peaks in the distance. The wild Chandra river and precipitous drop-offs kept us on guard all the way to the junction of the Manali-Leh highway. [caption id="attachment_178" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Lahualian summer flowers below the Rohtang pass."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_176" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="It rained all night,…

Spectacular Spiti

The Spiti valley lies close to the Tibetan border following the Tibetan Hindustan Highway. It  is an amazing landscape in its strange starkness. Scree slopes, narrow gorges, raw rock and the raging Sutlej River below in a desert like dry environment that is emphasised by the brilliant green of the sporadic pea and apple orchard culitivated slopes. Little tibetan style villages and ageing buddhist monastries cling to cliffs. Its been…