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Old 28th February 2014, 13:02   #226
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adc your Safari threads have been a jaw dropping experience to read. But this one takes the cake. I just loved reading it through out. A great expedition, and a great amount of details captured. Many thanks for sharing.
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It is good to be back in team bhp after a 5 month hiatus.
And the master is back! That pic is just awesome sir! Now eagerly waiting for the complete log.

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Pangong - Chushul - Satatho La - Kakasang La - Hor La - Mahe
How was this particular stretch?
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Old 28th February 2014, 15:55   #228
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Da, just a suggestion. Instead of posting in this thread about your latest trips, why don't you start new threads on each of your bike rides?

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How was this particular stretch?
The Kakasang la stretch connecting Chusul and Mahe was done end September 2013 around and the track was horrendous but most probably you would have to donate 1 or 2 tyres to sidewall tear. BRO has not been working on that part in 2013. Whether one can complete the stretch or not cannot be guessed or said from here, but very very careful driving one could have done in 2013. There were also quite a few dug up stretches other than the sharp rocks that was laid out.

The problem that time was that the Punjab regiment battalion based at Chusul was not letting anyone pass through. I had to take a back road on a local person's vehicle, the only person with who has a 4x4 in Chusul, at the crack of dawn to bypass them [Army] unknowingly.

At Kakasang la on September 16, 2013. This was one desolate ride for me. Not a single soul all around anywhere.
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The track up Kakasang la and near it.
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Near Hor la and the metal road starts.
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.Let it come ADC da! I am all ready and waiting.
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Whenever you start a new log on this - do keep us posted so taht we can follow. This is something amazing!
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adc your Safari threads have been a jaw dropping experience to read. But this one takes the cake. I just loved reading it through out. A great expedition, and a great amount of details captured. Many thanks for sharing.


Thanks much, it sure was one heck of a travel and bicycle ride. Few more pics as I take them out from the cards.


On frozen river Zanskar, 2014
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Stayed in caves all along
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and a great homestay at Padum, Zanskar.
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The trip was not without drama, the bicycle almost washed away during a river crossing.
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Even the Ladakh Scouts training near Chilling Sumdo were impressed! Got a call from them for a great lunch!
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Da, just a suggestion. Instead of posting in this thread about your latest trips, why don't you start new threads on each of your bike rides?
I will of course start a new thread for each new ride. Just recuperating now, just Feb 25 I was still on Khardung la top! By next week should start writing.

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adc,
You seems to have made Leh your second home! all these trips and that too on bicycle is nothing out of this world, I am scared as hell doing Leh in summer that too in a 4x4 car, you have done that all alone in winter on bicycle, eagerly waiting for all these travelogue.

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Goodness, gracious...!!!

Hatsoff to you adc.
Great courage, grit and determination

Take a bow, I am sure TBhp will stand up to applaud you.
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This is simply mind blowing stuff. I though that after the cycle ride up the Leh slopes, ADC must have started to take things a lil easy.
Not really... No.
Please start to write ASAP. Your fans are waiting.
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Excellent and it looks like you are not carrying a 2BHK this time!
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Adc sir - just wanted to thank you for providing inspiration for me to purchase a bicycle after all these years

i hope we get to hear your amazing story for the February ride for which you have posted some teasers
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A solo bicycle journey from Manali to Leh via Tso Kar. [approx 500+ km]




Way overloaded bicycle - from tent to mattress to sleeping bag to a radio, to DSLR cameras to kerosene stove to a spare tire and tube to this and that - on the way to Gata loops - but beneath all these is a fine expedition mountain bike - Trek 4500D aka Mountain Knight




I was contemplating different modes of traveling to leh since the beginning of time but seeing you doing this reminds me of a famous brand's tag line "JUST DO IT"
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Absolutely fantastic Adc.
Just got back to team - bhp after a long hiatus and now my travel season begins too!!

Absolutely fan tas tic account of your entire trip and extremely motivating.

And here is a quote from this Tlog on my Fb page... absolutely hillarious!!

There is nothing worse than a premature celebration in rarified air. - ADC @ Baralacha La

Cheers!
Talk soon.
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Hello ADC Sir,

I just joined Team-BHP. I have waited two long years to thank you wholeheartedly for motivating lots and lots of people.

Your extreme expedition influenced me to take a solo cycling trip from Chennai to Kanyakumari which in fact changed the way I look at life forever.

I salute your fortitude and humbly dedicate my yet to be posted travelogue to you.

Regards,
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Hello friends,

I plan to cycle from Manali to Khardungla in the month of September 2017. The duration of travel will be 11-13 days, which to my opinion are enough days to enjoy the breathtaking scenery comfortably and for photography as well!

The itinerary planned is as following -
Day 1 : Manali - Marhi
Day 2 : Marhi - Rohtang - Koksar - Sissu - Gondhla
Day 3 : Tandi - Keylong - Gemur - Jispa - Darcha
Day 4 : Darcha - Patseo - Baralacha La - Bharatpur
Day 5 : Bharatpur - Sarchu - 4253 M - Brandy Nallah
Day 6 : Brandy Nallah - Gata loops - Naki la - Lungalachala - Pang
Day 7 : Pang - More Plains - Tanglangla
Day 8 : Tanglangla - Rumtse - Gya
Day 9 : Gya - Upshi - Karu - Leh
Day 10 : Day At leisure
Day 11 : Leh - Khardungla
Day 12 & 13 : Day At Leisure

This is my maiden trip to Leh and I am looking for cycling partner(s) to join me or I am happy to join them for that matter. The travel dates and the itinerary could be tweaked a little.

Let me know what you guys think.

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Default Re: Cycling from Manali to Khardungla in September '17

What kind of Bicycling experience you have?
Have you ever done high altitude Bycling.

How about moderate uphill stretches like Kalka to Barog?
Manali to Mahri is a 1km Altitude gain, with extremely steep switchbacks near Marhi. Many take 7-8 hours to do this (And I am talking about experienced cyclists.

Without knowing your skill level, and what is your stamina, its impossible to tell whether you plan is doable or not.
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Thanks tsk1979 for your feedback.

Though I have never done high altitude biking before but during the last year, I have completed two week long treks with an average max altitude of 4000m. On certain days during the trek, the total altitude gain is in excess of 1000m+.

I have to maintain a comfortably steady pace.
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