We were a member of four from Delhi and a special two from Latvia to form the super six-we were on the roll!
Now, you must be hearing ” getting Leh’d” a lot of times and there’s no denial that this Himalayan landscape indeed grows on you like habit that you keep on doing till you can. Deciding on the time of getting Leh’d is crucial as for most the year, the route remians landlocked.
Known for its barren splendour, Leh can be reached from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Both the routes take you past some of the most scenic vistas in the world, we decided Leh’d through Manali.
There’s an old saying that any harsh expedition, there’s no space for anyone who does not intend to finish. Thus, more than being physically acclimatised we geared our heads together with courage on an exchange!
Manali to Jispa ( 150 km)
We already entered the Great Himalayan Premier by reaching Manali and then continued riding through the roads of the Kullu Valley. There are tricky bends and stretches on the road which will help you know the torque characteristics of the bike and will get you ready for the main road face-off. Riding through Rohtang Pass (3978 meters) is where you decide to move on or move back because the roads are not that rideable and the weather didn’t made it any better. The IYC team decided to forge and we did- further, riders from around the world and India kept us motivated with their passing company. And, where there are mountains capped with snow all around-crossing the Lahaul Valley…
First night at the PWD Tourist Guest House. There’s a lot to Jispa than being a quite hamlet at the bosom of Lahaul. It is a sweet welcome not to the Greater Himalayan landscape. En route, the mountains are bigger on this part of the highway, the view gets even more magical!
At 5000 meters, Baralachha Pass…must confess that you cannot describe any of it as an experience best expressed. The valley opens to you it’s folds one after the another. From there, head towards Sarchu which forms the border line between Kashmir and Himachal. From there, we rode towards Pang- this place is a stupendous blend of different natural formations which are seen through the roads and sand.
You will have to bike through flatlands and get into the mountain-range-horizon. Then we rode through the Tanglang-La Pass which is the second-highest motorable mountain pass in the world at the height of 5300 meters. After crossing this pass, to bike through with well-maintained roads all the way to Leh is a challenge and cautious of the break-downs. We rode through the monasteries of Thiksey and Shey which are set on the top of a hill-we spend evening chilling out at the place.
Leh is a mixed population of Muslim and Buddhist, the place houses a large Masjid and a Tibetan Gompa. You will definitely not missed out in eating at the different pit joints at the central street that serves a wide variety of cuisines. This day, we explored Leh on foot and visit the Old Fort which looks over the city.
“On every journey, we experience different cultures and diversity of thoughts.” and with one of our riders Nitin taking it along alone through the valley, we all rested with happy hearts.
With green oasis villages surrounded by thrillingly stark scree slopes, boulder fields and harsh arid mountains, the Nubra valley opens the box of surprises to you-Swiss cottages-cold desert-sand dunes-monasteries-ruins. Hunder, Diskit, Tsolding Buddhist Park are places you would love to explore to have some soul insights!
Khardung La is disputably the highest motorable pass in the world is where it gets even more chillier at 5602 meters. There’s permanent glacier ice on it’s north face and a predictable plethora of prayer flags…we rode!
We had our last stock of gas left that we filled at Leh, here all of the six set blogging their heads because we wanted to stretch further and quench the thrist of getting Leh’d. With mere faulty calculation, what appeared to be a 70kms ride to the Turtuk-the cultural hub of Balti happened to be a tedious ride under the stars for almost 90 kms. Turtuk was part of Pakistan till 1971, and thus, you will see a splendid amalgamation of cultures-overwhelming.
Breathtaking veils of nature around you. Ask your woolly wet trousers and they will tell you the story!
Surrounded completely and awed amidst the floating emptiness, we basked under the streamline clouds-happily riding!
Soft and woolly and nice to be in-the comfort of the tent is not what we are expressing here but the villagers we met. They melted as the best memories we have had everytime we got Leh’d.
Indeed, we are beginning understand that getting Leh’d is the best height till life forfeits. It’s your story-best written!
Hi All if you are planing to trek towards Uttarakhand , please contact us . we are trek organiser in Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh And Bhtan . Please visit website www.trekguru.in . Facebook page :https://www.facebook.com/Trek-Guru-192996514461995/?ref=settings Regards Trek Guru TeamNov 12, 2016