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Old 20th September 2012, 18:15   #136
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Where is this last photo with the bike taken at? Looks a pretty mean mountain bike. And where are you off to for 10 days, if I may ask? If you don't want to tell now, I don't mind waiting for your next travelogue anyway, and this time a solo one too :-)
Happy biking trip. Good luck and stay safe.

This is en route to Solang from Manali - a practice and acclimatization trip and back. Also to check that everything is working fine on the cycle.

This is a Trek 4300D, bought some 4 months back.

Myself not sure how much I can go till, only practice has been for 2 months or so on the absolute flat lands of Kolkata EM bypass. So would take a day as it comes, I am out here with an open mind. IF I do see it is beyond my physical, would return back from that point - and that is true also if I see weather turning nasty. It will be October when I reach Leh, already hearing Rhotang is snowed out with the first season's snowfall.

Another pic of today enroute to Solang, muddy on a just cleared landslide.
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Hopefully this travel would bring out new interactions of different kind, already quite a few interesting stories as the journey started from Kolkata to Chandigarh in Kalka mail and from there on vehicle to Manali.

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It's sunny today after rains for days, and as I venture tomorrow out, I ask myself at this age of 40 years almost, am I pushing it too much, may be it would have been proper if I was 10 years younger?
The body is as old as the mind lets it be. I just saw the video of a 50 year old doing a base jump from the top of Mt. Shivling at a height of 6500+ meters to Tapovan and then making a perfect landing of course with a parachute. So there is no age limit .

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Meet our new member, MK - Mountain Knight [Trek 4300D] -- on a practice run, Sept 20, 2012
Awesome.

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Tomorrow I start on this solo journey and will be out of touch for the next 10 days.
Wishing you all the very best
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This is en route to Solang from Manali - a practice and acclimatization trip and back.
Zanskar trip felt as if it ended just now in 2012, kolkata was just reached and surprise, you are already off to Leh.
Is that another Epic trip in the making. Manali - Leh on a "cycle" with no motor. Man this is something. are you doing it solo or in a group. Can't wait for updates on this. How many days have you planned for this?
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Just had a conversation with ADC. He has reached Sissu, will be in Jispa tomorrow and then will be out of all contact for next six days. He is now in his most amazing self and will obviously enthral us with his experience and images when he returns back.
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Zanskar trip felt as if it ended just now in 2012, kolkata was just reached and surprise, you are already off to Leh.
Is that another Epic trip in the making. Manali - Leh on a "cycle" with no motor. Man this is something. are you doing it solo or in a group. Can't wait for updates on this. How many days have you planned for this?
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Just had a conversation with ADC. He has reached Sissu, will be in Jispa tomorrow and then will be out of all contact for next six days. He is now in his most amazing self and will obviously enthral us with his experience and images when he returns back.


Back earlier this week after an lifetime of a solo travel --

1. Bicycling the 480+ km from Manali to Leh.

2., Immediately after reaching, did the mountainnering summit trek to Stok Kangri at height of 6153 m/20182 feet in 4 days flat [Leh -Stok Kangri -Leh]

3. And then the very next day, did a full day bicycling trip to Khardung la, reaching summit at past 4, caught up in a snowstorm.

4. That day itself, took the night Tempo traveller non-stop taxi ride of 20 hours from Leh to Manali.


All these done around last week of SEptember till 2nd week of October, 2012.

September-October, though "off-season" in tourist language has been the most ideal months of travel, whether our Safari VTT rides of Ladakh and Changthang 2010 or Zanskar + Kashmir of 2011.


I took up cycling some 4 months back after a gap of some 25 years, and the whole experience finished up and would start writing the travel story - never been a travel so diverse with many experiences - from smoking weed with renegade drivers who defy odds around this time to travel over passes, to smoking pure hookah with Hariyanvi Jats to an impromptu dance with Punjabi mundas in Sarchu, to camping alone on the Tso Kar lake side and listening to short wave radio, to an impromptu celebration dance with a local family at Pang to sharing a frugal dinner with a nomad family at Whisky Nullah - and still the experience list dont end!


Some pictures as I would open up a new thread in the days to come - as of now getting up work bearings right.


Way overloaded bicycle - from tent to mattress to sleeping bag to a radio , to cameras to kerosene stove to a spare tire and tube to this and that - on the way to Gata loops
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Brutal bicycle travel over 10 days was followed immediately by a brutal mountaineering trek with a local guide to Stok Kangri - at 6153 m. - on October 9, 2012. Not bad for a 40-year-old!

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And then again a cycling the next day itself - the final hurrah! Khardung la.

Bicycle to Leh - to Stok Kangri summit trek - and then again a day trip bicycle ride to Khardung la top, which was absolutely deserted as I reached late afternoon with snow starting to fall.
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-Two sections made me push to the limits -

1. Nakeela after Gata loops

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2. Tanglanga la.

One can see the pass from 25 km away but still the long swinging uphill gradient made me reach at late evening just before the light faded away.

Had a terrifyingly cold downhill journey towards Lato, with some part of the road edge barely lighted up by head torch, later by a truck and still later by a Sumo - lighting up the road by being behind me as I came downhill in the night at over 50 kph.
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Magical solo camping beside at Tso Kar, Ladakh
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At Lachung la - "off season bicycle travel" at 1st week of October - bitter cold and not a vehicle crosses for hours.

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At Khardung la memorabilia shop. Note the Bullet biker gloves - they doubled up as cycling gloves for this bicycling travel! All images are self shot on timer.Self-Drive Exploratory Expedition->Zanskar+Unknown Kashmir-> "off-season October 2011-img_0986.jpg


Towards K - La

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Machine and Nature, Ladakh
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A 10-day cycling to Leh, followed immediately by a hard and fast trek to Stok Kangri [done in 4 days, Leh-Stok-Leh] on October 9, 2012 - night temperatures were around -10 and with wind the chill factor was much more.

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Towards Gata Loops from Sarchu

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Towards Tanglang la
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At Pang, Ladakh -- All images are self shot on timer

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Beyond Sarchu, Ladakh

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Tso Kar lake camping, Ladakh

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A pause, Ladakh - October 2012
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In my previous comment on your thread I wrote, "Keep posting these lovely and inspiring travelogues to inspire lesser mortals like us". You took it quite literally.

Eagerly waiting for the next thread. Kudos to your fitness and stamina. I am 28 and I would struggle to reach CP from Noida on a bicycle. You have definitely inspired me to get back to my fitness regime.
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Awesome ADC da. Excellent adventure.

What about the fatigue factor? Driving non stop is okay but cycling in such terrains is another ball game altogether. Please do share your experiences in how you tackled all the adversaries.
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Absolutely stunning Anirban. Just wow
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This is amazing. I couldn't believe how much you have done since your VTT trips started. Hats off to you!
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You took it quite literally.
LOL! But let me tell you the fact - if I can do it, many among us can too, this will be a journey to remember- literally - as landscapes move past at a speed of 7 kmph.

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What about the fatigue factor? Driving non stop is okay but cycling in such terrains is another ball game altogether. Please do share your experiences in how you tackled all the adversaries.
Fatigue is physical and mental. The physical part is huge as one's body adjusts to the high inclines, but the mental part is bigger one and stays with you all along the travel.

It would be wrong if I deny the no. of times I thought of going back. And that counts for the Stok Kangri summit trek too - doing it in 4 days immediately after the cycle ride was tough.


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crossing the first pass, Rhotang, did give the confidence that I can complete, self shot after Rhotang.
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Still then Stok Kangri was brutal but it felt great on the top, late of off season, Oct 9, 2012
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Would be writing it in detail during the travelogue on the way I prepared myself and the experiences itself.





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This is amazing. I couldn't believe how much you have done since your VTT trips started. Hats off to you!
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October 5, 2011, is the day when this self-drive travel goes into exploratory expedition mode. We are entering the Kashmir valley, not through the usual routes like that of Jammu-Srinagar highway via Jawahar Tunnel or by crossing Zoji la from Leh towards Srinagar - but we are taking the forest and mountain track that connects Pangi Valley in Himachal to Paddar in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hi ADC

This is an amazing trip. You have spent your time the best way. Hats off to the whole family. I must have gone through this thread 3 to 4 times. Every details are there, images are so lovely as well. This post almost gives a feel that I have just visited these places.

After having read through the travelogue I have a thousand things to ask you, but the most troubling thought I have is this.
What if a car comes from the opposite direction when you are driving the Killar - Kishtwar impossible route?

Reversing the car for about 100 Mtrs or so on this route looks like walking backwards on a rope.

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Oh!!! What a travelogue this has been. I'm spellbound to say the least. I was soon gasping for breath because each picture took my breath away with it. Simply mind blowing.

I hope to travel to atleast half these places someday. Plans are afoot. Let's see.
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