Ladakh Biking Expedition

A Journey To Top Of The World

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Leh Ladakh Biking Expedition

Heaven !!! Has any one seen heaven, when he is alive? Majestic mountain ramparts crowned by snowcapped peaks, crumpling alpine slopes draining into wild mountain streams of foaming cascades of immaculate water, deep river valleys with yawning canyons & powerful rivers, blue lakes with the reflection of tranquil mountains, awesome huge glaciers and piled moraine, oasis of green fields swathe by cream-colored desert mountains that all beyond the imagination of human mind and the charm bestowed on this land by the god. That’s all I am speaking about heaven on earth i.e. Ladakh, my heaven’s bike ride. But wait for one minute, entry to this heaven is not easy, you have to pass through embarrassing conditions…Just imagine when you travel hundreds of miles in barren & no man’s land, devastated & suddenly disappeared roads, swept bridges, steel rods coming out of road, 2 feet deep snow-melts water & mud ponds, harsh and unforgiving conditions. After crossing such an abyss you can see this heaven.

One of the toughest terrains to ride in the world- Ladakh is every biker’s dream. I’m not an exception. Long awaited dream of Ladakh came true by great planning and guidance of my genius friends Sameer Phansalkar & Hrishikesh Tambe with support of other 4 team members.

We started our biking from Jammu & then to Paradise on Earth i.e. Srinagar & “Golden meadow” Sonamarg, crossing perilous Zozi la Pass, saluting tiger hill at Kargil , then Suru Valley of immense beauty, reaching most isolated area of alpine lakes amidst snow peaks of ‘Zanskar Valley’, reaching forbidden city Leh, visiting mysterious monastery in Ladakh, conquered the world at Khardungla (18,380 ft the world’s highest motorable road), then splendid vistas of scintillating ‘Pangong Lake’ lake , visiting to Lake of God ‘Tso Moriri’, meeting gigantic needles on the way at Pang & Sarchu, traversing through world’s worst & mighty Baralacha La & Rohtang pass, then ‘land of god’ Himachal via Manali, Chandigadh & finally completed at capital of India, Delhi.
During this expedition on my bike, Bajaj Caliber (111cc ) which already crossed 1,00000 Kms in December 2008 gave me best company without any single compliant though it was harsh conditions or low standard petrol. Finally there is entry to heaven only for selected persons & I am one of them. So friends take seats & get ready for story of my 21 Days & 3,000 Kms of Men, Machines, Mountains & Heaven.

Regards,

Shrikant

Road To Ladakh
was…..

a peaceful adventure,
an old new venture,

a dream with eyes open,
a scream with lips sealed,

something out of the world,
a story never heard never told,

i am back to my town
leaving something of my own

my mind, my heart is there,
High Road of Ladakh is where
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– Nitin Sharma

 

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

 

Ladakh Map

 Route Map for our Leh Ladakh Biking Expedition 
Our Route Shown in Red Color
Jammu – Patnitop – Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi la Pass – Drass – Kargil – Suru Valley – Rangdum (Zanskar valley) – Kargil – Mulbek – Namika La – Lamayuru – Leh – Khardung La – Hemis – Thiksey – Leh – Chang La Pass – Pangong Lake – Leh – Kiari – Chumathang – Tso Kar – Tso Moriri – Tanglang La – Pang – Sarchu – Baralacha La – Zing Zing Bar – Keylong – Tandi – Rohtang Pass – Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi

 

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

 First meet our team
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)

 

Dal lake, Srinagar

 Dal lake, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Visual spectacle that unfolds before u will put anything that you have ever seen in life, well just scenery.
We started our Biking Expedition from Jammu after Halt at Patnitop we reached at Sringar.

 

Bike expedition

Dal lake, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.

In Srinagar our stay was at House boat at Dal Lake

 

Dal lake, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

 Dal lake, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls

 

Dal Lake

This is indeed a heaven on earth
Next Day Morning stupendous view of Dal Lake from our House boat

Dal lake famous for encircling mountains, blossoming gardens and orchards, Shikaras and Houseboats

 

Dal Lake, Srinagar

 

Verdant hill slopes are offset by sheer rocky mountainsides and snowy summits

Journey from Srinagar to Sonamarg takes you through splendid vistas for which Kashmir is renowned
Narrow trails weaving through misty snow-clad peaks, the cool mountain air lashing against your face, and charming hill folk greeting you on the way

 

Sonamarg

‘Meadow of Gold’ Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir
“The greatest treasures are those visible to the eye but found by the heart.”

Sonamarg surrounded by dense forests, full of sycamore and alpine flowers, silver birch, fir and pine, the meadow presents a fascinating sight. It further enhanced with the snow capped mountains.

 

Bike expedition

 Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir (6,561 ft)
This is like a fantasy picture, the clouds, the mountains, the river… all in perfect harmony

 

Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir

 Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Beauty of this place is beyond the imagination of human mind and the charm bestowed on this land by the gods.

 

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 Sonamarg
Encircled by snow-covered mountains, Sonamarg is a place of enchanting beauty

 

Zozi la Pass

 Zozi la Pass (11,500 ft) Himalayan Gateway to Ladakh
Located at an intimidating 11,500 ft & 100 km from Srinagar on Srinagar-Ladakh highway. Normally inaccessible except the short summer months because they remain ice clogged. Indian Army & BRO (Border Road Organization) toiling hard everyday to maintain the roads as best as they can under the harsh conditions.

 

Leh Ladakh

 Zozi la Pass (11,500 ft)
Riding through steep valleys and deep narrow canyon under over-hangs in the mountainsides, through snow-melts waters and frozen ice-breaks, over narrow & water swept bridges and even across the abyss, this intended only for audacious bikers.

 

Leh Ladakh bike Tour

 Khalid (Ashutosh) crossing nallah. Roads are in bad condition with lots of gravel, during rain the gravel turns to slush

 

Tiger hill, Kargil

Tiger hill, Drass, Kargil (16,800 ft)
Being so close to the might of Tiger Hill, was an overwhelming experience.

Standing tall and dominating the famous Tiger Hill on the Line of Control (LoC) is a grim reminder of the Kargil war 1999.The highest peak in the region which has a clear view of the National Highway 1 D, occupied by Pakistan

 

When you go home, tell them of us & say for your tomorrow we gave our today

 “When you go home, tell them of us & say for your tomorrow we gave our today”

 

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 Kargil war memorial, Drass, Kargil
Built in the memory of fallen soldiers in the 1999 Kargil war.

Drass Second coldest inhabited place in the world, 10600 ft. Temp. (-60°C) on 09 June 95.Normally Drass experiences recurring snowfalls during winters lower the temperature to as low as minus 40 degrees.

 

Suru Valley

 Panoramic view Suru Valley, ( 9,850ft )
40 km south of Kargil

Suru Valley, Royal mountain ramparts crowned by snowcapped peaks, crumpling alpine slopes draining into wild mountain streams of foaming cascades of immaculate water, awesome glaciers descending along the Himalayan slopes to the river bed in riverine formation, maze of mud-mud brick villages surrounded by lush irrigated farmland.

 

Farms @ Suru valley

 Unique Design farms at Suru Valley

 

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 Suru Valley

 

Suru Valley

 Charming Girls at Suru Valley, Dist. Kargil
“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.”

 

Leh Ladakh photography

“A smile happens in a flash, but it’s memory can last a lifetime.”

 

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

 Time – 6pm, Temperature 3 °c, Height -11,500 ft, Spot – No man’s land surrounded with snow-clad peaks, Where – on way towards Zanskar valley, 104 km from Kargil, Nearest village – Rangdum with very rare population (22 km from this spot), Road condition – crushed, What happen – Sameer’s bike’s rear tyre punched 2nd time, Worst thing – For half an hour, one by one we tried to pump air but it was all in vain. Finally we decided to left Sameer’s bike here & move towards Rangdum with punched tire.

 

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Zanskar valley, Rangdum

Rangdum, Zanskar valley (11,500 ft)
130 km south- east of Kargil

As we moved further the road got worse and beauty got outmaneuver.
Entire View becomes entities from another world, another universe…… Surely the Gods live here.

 

Ladakh photography

 Rangdum, Zanskar valley (11,500 ft)
The farthest and the most isolated part of Rangdum surrounded by colorful hills on one side & glacier encrusted rocky mountains on other.

 

Zanskar Valley

 Panoramic view of ‘Zanskar Valley’ (11,500 ft).
The picturesque tableland adorned with small alpine lakes and surrounded by snow covered peaks.

 

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Marmots
Ubiquitous on mountain slopes all over Ladakh

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