Archive for September, 2007

Two down…one to go!

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With the Manali-Leh and Spiti trips done and dusted, it’s just Sach Pass that lies ahead. Despite a healthy dose of mixed weather during our two weeks in Spiti and Lahaul (the whole gamut – sun, rain, hail and even snow), we were really pleased with how the trip unfolded. In fact, the white tops added drama to the mountains, and when the skies cleared, we saw the valley at its very best. As usual, our support crew (Phunchok, Motu, Norboo and Rana), pulled out all the stops to look after us, and ensure we never went hungry…  Bring on the momos and thukpa!

Plus, we unearthed a brand new slice of singletrack that corkscrewed directly down from the stunning, 1000 year old Dhankar Monastery – Dazzler’s Descent, as it shall henceforth be known, in honour of Darrel’s newfound bike prowess. Elsewhere, Kiwi Craig and his extraordinary bike skills almost tamed the infamous ‘John and Jill’s Climb’, our local 4500m singletrack lungbuster – perhaps if that donkey train hadn’t been in the way…

With everyone from the third trip here safe and sound, and our fleet of steeds primed, oiled and at the ready, it’s time for our last preparations before heading into the mountains once more.

We’ll try and get a few pics up when we’re back in Delhi, before we head off for our own adventures across Tibet in October. The one above is of us riding the singletrack round Chandral Tal. If you look carefully, you can see Marhi, our bionic hound who joined us for several days as official camp pooch. Despite being knee high to a grasshopper, she ran alongside us all the way from Gulaba (near Manali) to Kunzum La – some days, up to 50km! Of course, all this got me pining for Chandra, our Official Mascot last year in Spiti. Phuntsok’s sister was looking after him in Tabo, so I managed to squeeze in a flying visit and tearful reunion (on my part) after an early morning ride from our campsite in Sichling. Here’s the bruiser himself.

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Right now, we’re looking forward to the journey that is Sach Pass…


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