The Hima-lasting days

The Chandrabhagga range from the Kunzum-la pass
The Chandrabhagga range from the Kunzum-la pass

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, amaze and astonish. From the mossy green forested slopes of Shimla and the Rohtang pass where springs and waterfalls cascade down on every bend in the road; To the starkness of desert-like Spiti where ancient river plains are incised into spectacular sculptures; To the boulder strewn valley of the Chandra river which flows with great gust while delicate summer flowers cover the slopes. To the rumpled and crumpled, tipped and metamorphosed bands of sedimantary rocks of Ladkah and Zanskar, crammed with fossils . Rocks of crimson, green, grey, burnt orange, blinding white.  The vast open wind swept plains bound by soft curved mountains. The glacier crammed valleys of the Suru and Kargyak in Zanskar where the peaks of Nun and Kun stab the sky.

These are the himalayas rising to 8000m connected by 4000-5000m passes that we humbly crossed on our 2-wheeled horses. Prayer flags rightly adorn these kings and queens of the earth’s landscape.

Final acsent down Rohtang Pass to Manali
Final acsent down Rohtang Pass to Manali
The Rohtang descent was an incredible 2km from 4000m to 2000m in 50km
The Rohtang descent was an incredible 2km from 4000m to 2000m in 50km
The Sunshine Guesthouse in a Manali was great place to relax
The Sunshine Guesthouse in a Manali was great place to relax
Back to evergreen forests and high humidity, we headed for Dharamsala for the last days, home of the Dalai Lama.
Back to evergreen forests and high humidity, we headed for Dharamsala for the last days, home of the Dalai Lama.
We were invited for tea by Deepika, Harshita and Twinkle in Palampur
We were invited for tea by Deepika, Harshita and Twinkle in Palampur
While China celbrated 60 years of communism, Tibetan refugees in Dhramsala protested for the Freedom of Tibet and the release of Tibetan prisoners in China
While China celbrated 60 years of communism, Tibetan refugees in Dhramsala protested for the Freedom of Tibet and the release of Tibetan prisoners in China

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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  • I miss this place! great to hear about your experiences there. the tour season must be getting close?

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