Provisional Dates for 2007

Chandra Tal

Here’s our trips and provisional dates for next year. We’ve decided to push them back a bit, as this summer saw an unusual amount of rain earlier in the season. For the first time the monsoon bruised its way up to Leh, washing out roads and in some cases even villages along the way. Normally Ladakh is shielded from the yearly rains that sweep through much of India by two monster passes (Rohtang Jot and Baralacha La). Climatic changes now seem to be saying otherwise… As usual, these are all challenging trips; get it touch and we’ll tell you more about what they entail.

We’ve made a few itinerary changes too. Feedback is most welcome.

Manali to Leh via Wari-la: 13th August to 31st August (jeep-supported)

We’re thinking of running the classic Manali-Leh ride with minimal jeep support for 2007, and adding an extra sting to the tail by looping round to take in two *bonus* 5000m+ passes in the Nubra Valley. Want to hit all the big passes in one go? Then this is the trip for you.

Spiti Epic: September 3rd to September 17th (jeep-supported)

Aside from a few tweaks, this trip will be running pretty much unchanged; it’s the most mtb orientated of the rides and we keep finding new challenges to throw in. There’s some mean switchbacks and optional technical bits for added flavour.

Sach Pass: 18th Sept to 2nd October (jeep-supported)

If there’s enough interest, we’d like to run a new trip that ventures into the quiet Pangi and Chamba valleys. We’ve posted some information on it here. It’s a more *chilled out* tour; it’s a little lower in altitude and set in a part of the Indian Himalaya where tourists rarely travel. Have a read, and let us know if you’re interested.

We hope to run all the trips with 8 people, plus us. As usual, jeep supported will be minimal and we have our excellent Spitian and Ladakhi crew to help transport kit and rustle up delicious local delicacies.

These aren’t set in stone quite yet, so get in touch for more information.


5 Responses to “Provisional Dates for 2007”

  1. 1 Andrew Clark November 3, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Cass,

    I contacted you a couple of years ago when you were first setting up, but ended up going to Norway instead, nice to see you are doing well. Lovely pics in the gallery.

    I’d be interested in coming along next year, probably for Manali – Leh or Sachs pass, not sure yet. I’m a tourist who enjoys rough tracks rather than a “proper” MTBer. Only managed a couple of weeks in Ireland this year so it’ll give me something to look forward to over the winter (and an incentive to get back in shape!)



  2. 2 otbiking November 3, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    Good to hear from you Andrew. Drop us a line and we can tell you more about Manali-Leh and Sach. Both rides are a mix of tarmac and unpaved roads rather than pure mtb’ing – sometimes baby-smooth, sometimes pneumatic-drill-rough… Such are the ways of the roads in this part of India, as they get a real battering over the winter. Confidence riding over rough terrain (normal width roads) and tyres to suit the conditions are a good idea. Your nice steel tourer would be fine!

  3. 3 stever November 8, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    I’m interested in the manaki leh tour
    the tandem willhave to stay in scotland
    unless I can retrofit shocks

    otherwise its thorn nomads with rohhoff hubs hopefully u can fit shocks to them
    steve rooney

  4. 4 Ron & Annette McCartan November 11, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Cass and Cara
    Thanks for a great ‘Tour of Ladakh 2006’ If you run the Sach trip 07 we’d love to join you. Annette has new ‘Bombers’ fitted and I’ll be riding the Marmotte in July. If the Sach tour doesn’t happen we’ll be doing Leh to Manali independently. However, Sach is our preference.
    Take care
    Ron and Annette

  5. 5 otbiking November 25, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    We should be confirming the dates in the next few days…

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