Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road!

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13th Jul 2015

The Mantras spread through the wind!!

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At Old Manali!! Who could possibly stay indoors!!

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The flow of art at old manali! ;D

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

on the way to kothi from manali!!

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Climbing up our first pass- The Rotang

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Bikers accompanied us all through our journey..

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Our first camp Marhi!

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on the way to Marhi

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Next stop- Sissu!!

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Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Camp Sissu!!

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Eye catching beauty of Sissu!!

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Day 3-> Jispa

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The lady of Keylong at the Backdrop!!

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A n epic off beat village- Keylong

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

The road we rode!! :)

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Camp Jispa!

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Need goodluck? Go burn the ferns!!

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Night spent well!!

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

We did break down but never gave up!

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Ohm diary

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Clouds of zeus!

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The glacier lake of Deepak lake

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Towards Patseo!

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Camp Patseo

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Beauty of Patseo

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Somewhere in the middle of nowhere!!

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The perfect place for tea,shelter and food

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Village of Bharatpur

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Lunch Stop

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Thunder clounds welcome us at Sarchu..

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Camp Sarchu

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The storm's in!!

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The next day

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Encountered a landslide

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The barren lands of whiskeynalla

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Built the bridge with the locals and Indian army..

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The Famous Gata loops

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Unexpected adventures!!!

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Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

That's the result of unexpected floods!!

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Natives of Pang..

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Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Heaven on Earth!

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Wild assess of the plains..

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Our small,cozy kitchen!!

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Barley Crops of Rumptse..

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Photoshoot!!

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The old remains of Rumptse Palace

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Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Our last ride to Leh was indeed a way through HELL

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A final but a happy ride to Leh

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Gompas all the way till Leh

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Khardung La atlast!!!

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Shey palace, Leh

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Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Watch tower! :)

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The Guardian of Leh! :)

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The world of Buddha...

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost
Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost
Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost
Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

Cooking crew!! The life Savers

Photo of Urban nomad presents-The Trail of Lungta,a cycling expedition to the World's Highest Motorable Road! by the_greyghost

This trip of ours had been so unusual,unexpected and adventurous that even our tour operator hadn't witnessed so many events in one trip!! All thanks to the crew which kept us fed at all intervals with amazing food!! WITH GREAT FOOD COMES GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS!!! :D

A wonderful hill station, a beauty of its own!! The best way to get to know its surroundings is through Self exploration and not through PACKAGE trips!! Hotel- Page 3 Altitude: 5,900ft

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

Visited a small restaurant owned by an old couple had our snacks and MAGGI, which was banned all over India! Felt like a rebel!! :D

Photo of Kothi, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

A misty village with places to eat, stay and a beautiful temple on top of a hill...The settlements are seasonal, with most businesses closing for winter.

Photo of Marhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Marhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Marhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

Pretty good roads with a superb view of the valley and one can enjoy this to the utmost level with his cycle!! La aka pass are snowy passes through mountain ranges,but this one is highly influenced by tourists and by lots of them, with dirty snow, traffic.. :(

Photo of Rohtang La, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Rohtang La, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

A windy village right down the valley,this village gets so cold during the winters that people move to a lower altitude before the winter set in!! :0

Photo of Khoksar, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

One green town in the Lahaul valley!! The view of waterfall across the river and opposite the town is locally known as Palden Lhamo dhar.

Photo of Sissu, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Sissu, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Sissu, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

A place with few shops providing food and shelter in front of the Tandi bridge.

One of the important villages on the highway with hospitals, houses and also a market with FOOOD!! Had home made mutton momos and noodles. At the market one finds a pretty big Mani wheel!!

Photo of Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

A village along side the river, a perfect place for camp fire along side the mountaineers' hut!

Photo of Jispa, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Jispa, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Jispa, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Jispa, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Jispa, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Jispa, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

A man-made lake right in front of our camp site known as Patseo, a place with just one shelter which provides food for the travelers!! A place worth travelling for!!

Photo of Deepak Tal, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Deepak Tal, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Deepak Tal, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Deepak Tal, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Deepak Tal, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

Had a small rest before our tough journey to Sarchu...

Photo of Zing Zing Bar, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Zing Zing Bar, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

Halted at Bharatpur for lunch... and continued our journey to Sarchu,a major halt point right on the border of HP and J&K. A place definitely not for the FAINT HEARTED!!

Photo of Sarchu, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Sarchu, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Sarchu, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Sarchu, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Sarchu, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost
Photo of Sarchu, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India by the_greyghost

Originally known as Biskey Nala but hey who hates Whiskey!! :P One barren land which leads to the Hauntingly beautiful Gata loops. Bridge had broken down -> traffic on the highway, delayed our climb by half a day or so!! Helped the army to control the traffic and also laid the sheets to build the bridge alongside the soldiers, who gave a final test to check whether the bridge was stable using a JCB!!! Like a BOSS!!

Photo of whiskey nala by the_greyghost
Photo of whiskey nala by the_greyghost
Photo of whiskey nala by the_greyghost

A place where one should never use the army truck tracks!! One can climb the loops quicker that way but will also gain altitude real fast leading to AMS!! The loops start with one of a kind temple where travelers should offer a bottle of drinking water, you can easily spot it with the piles of water bottles lying around the shrine. I hope the main purpose is to serve lost souls travelling these unforgiving landscapes!!

Photo of Gata Loops by the_greyghost

A useful stop till Rumptse!!

Photo of Pang, Leh Manali Highway by the_greyghost
Photo of Pang, Leh Manali Highway by the_greyghost
Photo of Pang, Leh Manali Highway by the_greyghost
Photo of Pang, Leh Manali Highway by the_greyghost
Photo of Pang, Leh Manali Highway by the_greyghost

Its hard to believe our eyes to see huge plains of land right in the middle of world's biggest mountain ranges!! We were so lucky that we had to view this beauty right during the sunset, A mesmerizing place accompanied by the dying light of the sun!! Drove an off road track for the next 3 kms to reach our camping site for the night in the Plains of More...

Photo of More Plains by the_greyghost
Photo of More Plains by the_greyghost
Photo of More Plains by the_greyghost

Considered as the World's second highest pass will for sure test your nerves when cycling. With a slow,steady pace one can easily conquer this pass!! These regions will test you mentally as well as physically but its all worth the view one acquires from the top of the pass :D On the bright side the range will gift you with an amazing downhill till Rumptse with perfect roads and cool winds!! :)

Photo of Taglang La by the_greyghost

A beautiful village with traditional houses, crop fields and the ancient remains of the place once stood high on these grounds!! This village was one of the very few places which had a phone booth and obviously you need to expect a pretty huge queue at the booth!!

Photo of Rumptse by the_greyghost
Photo of Rumptse by the_greyghost
Photo of Rumptse by the_greyghost
Photo of Rumptse by the_greyghost

We start from Rumptse with just a couple of hours cycling to reach our 12 day journey's destination,Leh to find ourselves in front of these rapids engulfing the entire road as a piece of CAKE!! We had to carry our cycles crossing the rapids on wet,pointy rocks...The final push towards Leh was indeed the most dangerous and adventurous one through out our entire trip!!

Photo of Leh by the_greyghost
Photo of Leh by the_greyghost
Photo of Leh by the_greyghost
Photo of Leh by the_greyghost
Photo of Leh by the_greyghost
Photo of Leh by the_greyghost
Photo of Leh by the_greyghost

The gate way to heaven!! ehh I meant Shyok and Nubra valley!:P A 40 km complete uphill ride thee most challenging ride in our journey.The views are magnificent as we wind our way higher and higher away from Leh. The first half of the ride is tarmac and the last half is rough road.It had started snowing exactly the moment we reached South pullu!! From the top we are rewarded with close-up views ahead of the Karakorums, while behind us the Ladakh and Zanskar mountains seem to stretch forever. It was literally HELL let loose for my team mates as we push harder towards the top!! We were perfectly alright with the thin air present in these passes as we had spent our whole journey on mountains.. we had a fantastic downhill ride back to Leh - a great reward for all the hard work that morning!! Altitude:18,380ft

Photo of Khardung La by the_greyghost
Photo of Khardung La by the_greyghost
Photo of Khardung La by the_greyghost
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