Ladakh Biking Expedition

A Journey To Top Of The World

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Ladakh tourism

 Part II Route
Kargil – Mulbek – Namika La – Lamayuru – Leh – Khardung La – Hemis – Thiksey – Leh – Chang La Pass

 

Kargil

 Prodigious view from balcony of our hotel @ Kargil (8,871ft)
Kargil, 204 kms west of Srinagar and 234 kms from Leh, is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh

 

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 Kargil
Being so close to the might of the mountains & clouds, is an enormous experience @ Kargil

 

Mulbek monastery

 Mulbek monastery
Mulbek monastery perched on a rock, Located on Srinagar-Leh road.

 

Namika La pass

Namika La pass, 12198ft
Rounded hills with snow sculpted rocks & beautiful chocolate brown landscape

As you cross Kargil , the change is dramatic and stark. The green valley suddenly becomes barren and awesome, air gets brisker.Now you are a little closer to the skies. The once forbidden land of Ladakh unfolds itself. An amazing land, top of the world.

 

Ladakh, Namika La, a windy yet scenic pass

 Namika La, a windy yet scenic pass
It is a land which has no match.
Ladakh means Land of the High Mountain Passes.
Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rain shadow of the Great Himalayas

 

Ladakh on Bike

 Descending from Namika La
It was a grand sight with black ribbon like metal led road winding through mountains side by side

 

Lamayuru Monastery

 Lamayuru Monastery (9,800 ft)
Beyond the Kashmir valley lies Ladakh, the land of unsurmountable mountains, and fascinating Monasteries.
Lamayuru Monastery is oldest & spectacular, situated about 127 kms from Leh. It located on a steep hill between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che.

 

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 Lamayuru Monastery (9,800 ft)
A tantalising glimpse of the mysterious monastery of Lamayuru, located on hillocks invites everyone.
The monastery is house to 150 monks and follows the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism.

 

Lamayuru

 Small village @ Lamayuru
Little rain reaches this dry area, where natural forces have created a fantastic landscape.

 

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 Small village @ Lamayuru

 

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 Green landscape surrounded by rugged multi color emblazoned mountains with azure skies.

 

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 Hangro Loops
Hangro Loops, the 18 loops are fast yet sharp loops with steep gorges.
Descending to the Indus valley & towards Khalsi

 

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 Brown to green, yellow to russet, and Grey to chocolate, all dazzling contrast of highs and lows

 

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

 ‘Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going’.
Road to Forbidden City Leh

It was a time for dream biking.When you come closer to Leh, you will be greeted with spectacular long – long straight roads and, your spirits will start picking up and you will feel rejuvenated by the time you reach Leh city.

 

Leh Ladakh bike Tour

 Road after Leh
Roads are devastated but a boom for off road junkies.The topography throughout the journey shoots up so abruptly that they throw off all calculations of distance – what looked to be a ten-minute crossing easily required an hour or more?

 

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 “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”T.S. Eliot
Snow which is melting fast & causing floods downstream…nature’s generosity is turning into nature’s fury….many bridges have been swept away

 

Ladakh Bike Tour

 Khardungla Pass, world’s highest motorable road 18,380 ft.
It’s unbelievable. Dream of every bike & biker- khardungla Pass.

Khardungla Pass is the gateway to Siachen Glacier (highest battleground on earth) & Nubra valley.

Height of Mount Everest – 29,029 ft
Height of Khardungla Pass – 18,380 ft
Mont Blanc, Highest mountain in the Alps, Europe – 15,774 ft
Height of Pune – 1,837 ft

 

Khardungla Pass world's highest motorable road, 18,380 ft.

The Winners Team @ Khardungla Pass, world’s highest motorable road, 18,380 ft.
“The Land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or our best friends would want to visit us” – A Ladakhi Saying.

Anand Lohokare (Bajaj Pulsar 180cc), Nikhil Upadhye (Bajaj Pulsar 150cc), Ashutosh Khandkar, Sameer Phansalkar (Bajaj Pulsar 150cc),Shrikant Shimpi (Bajaj Caliber 111cc), Shridhar Purandare (Yamaha Gladiator 125cc), Hrishikesh Tambe (Bajaj Pulsar 180cc)

 

Hemis Monastery

 Hemis Monastery.
On the west bank of the Indus river and around 47 kms from Leh.Founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630

 

Prayer wheels

Prayer wheels @ Hemis Monastery

 

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Hemis Monastery
Biggest and most affluent monasteries in Ladakh.

 

Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery
Big copper statue of Buddha

 

Thiksey

Thiksey monastery
Thiksey monastery located 17 Km from Leh is 12 storeys high & more than 800 years old

 

Thiksey monastery

Thiksey monastery
A 15 m high statue of Buddha, largest Buddha figure in Ladakh

 

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 Thiksey monastery
Which took four years to construct, made of clay and covered with gold paint.

 

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 Thiksey, Leh
Nature made landscapes & men made borders
At hilltops of Thiksey monastery casting a panoramic view of valley below & surrounded by spectacular peaks.

 

Thiksey monastery

 Thiksey, Ladakh
Situated on a splendid hill-top perch, overlooking the green valley of the Indus.

 

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 Sindhu ghat, Leh
Reveals a canvas full of colors, painting a soulful harmony.

 

Leh Ladakh

 Sindhu ghat, Leh
Sun playing hide and seek

 

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 Ladakh, which rests in the lap of Mother Nature with serene beauty surrounding it.

 

Ladakh

 Ladakh know as ‘Little Tibet’
Ladakh is blessed with some of the most fascinating and exquisite landscapes.

 

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 Tibetan style houses
Tibetan style houses – maze of mud brick and concrete flanked on one side by cream-coloured desert and on the other by a swathe of lush irrigated farmland.

 

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 Picturesque valleys dotted with small villages
Beyond these remote villages there is nothing but the extreme mountain ranges for company.

 

Changla pass

 Marvel of nature, superb ice formation on the way towards Chang La pass & Pangong

 

Towards Changla pass- third highest pass in the world (18,000 feet / 5,475 m)

 Way towards Changla pass- third highest pass in the world (18,000 feet)
Freezing cold, harsh winds and Heavy snowfall on the way towards Chang La pass & Pangong Lake.As you move towards Chang La, road conditions start to deteriorate and steepness increase.

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