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Himalayas again : Lahaul & Spiti

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Salil, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Salil

    Salil Himalayan Odysseus

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    Lahaul & Spiti
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    Hi again,

    This was a tour we did last in Junelast year. I have put up the detailed story in by blog (http://himalayanodysseys.blogspot.com/)
    Route : Noida - NewDelhi - Shimla - Narkanda - Rampur - Kinnaur - Kalpa - Tabo - Kazza - Chandrataal - Koksar - Tandi - Shansha - Rohtang Pass - Manali - Kullu - Chandigarh - New Delhi - Noida.

    Here are some pics from the tour:

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    In the background is the Shimla airpot runway.

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    Kinnaur : We stopped here for the night on day 1.

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    A Landslide being cleared as we wait on...

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    The bridge at Khab : Was washed away in flash floods in 2005, just as I had set out for the same trip. Might post more on that some time, or you can read it here.

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    From the other side : A high and steep 90 degree wall of a cliff

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    Tabo Monastery : An inner chapel suggests its foundation in 996 AD.
    Stayed here at the end of day 2.

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    Tibetian scripts

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    Rock formations. between Tabo and Kazza.

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    Nearing Kazza now...

    We had plans to camp for the night at Kibber, the highest village in Asia connected by road, or at Gette, the highest village in the world! After some hunting around for a good place to pitch out camp, we found this spot, above village Gette, at 4300 meters (14107 foot). We could hardly sleep for lack of oxygen in the thin atmosphere at this height. But it was all worth the moment we stepped out of our tent the next morning.

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    The next morning (Day 3).

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    After taking a few photos I decided to take my bike out and explore the surrounding hills. If freedom has a meaning to it, this must have been it. No roads to lead you, no men, no nothing; just miles of mountain slopes and meadows to traverse as you please.

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    I soon reached a point, where the mountains ended and a sheer drop started with the Spiti River flowing about 500 meters below. This should give you an idea of the vast dimensions I am talking about here. No photo can give you the feel of things as I experienced here. Right behind me was Gette village, the farms around her, glowing with the early morning rays of the sun.

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    Back at the campside, Dixit was still resting. So I decided to explore further and took the trail to Tashigang, where the it ended.

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    Tashigang

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    Came across some lovely vistas on the way back.

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    Dixit was finally up, so we roamed around a bit and finally packed up and left for Chandrataal. Had lunch at Kibber

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    The ride down from Gette.

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    On the Kazza - Losar route.

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    The Spiti River winds along...

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    Chandraltaal, a high altitude lake. We reached here pretty late in the evening, and the weather didn't look good. So put off plans to camp here, and proceeded towards Koksar, our night halt.

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    Koksar, morning day 5.

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    Rode a bit into Lahaul, and started our journey back.

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    Reached Kullu for the night and then on to Delhi and Finally Noida.

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    Hope you enjoyed the presentation... Salil and Dixit.
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  2. Damir

    Damir AKA Pudla

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    Outstanding again.:clap

    Thanks for sharing.
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  3. tintinopsella

    tintinopsella Adventurer

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    wow:clap :clap .... incredible pics... thx for sharing
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  4. aurel

    aurel Cheese&Wine!

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    Awesome :thumb

    Looks like it's a nice place to ride :clap

    aurel
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  5. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Yes. Awesome. Super Great! :thumb

    Another trip to the "big mountains" on the other side of the world... :clap

    Nothing 'resets' your days perspecive more that a quick motorcycle trip to the Himalayas before going to work.

    I love ADVrider.
    Q~
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  6. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Stunning :thumb It looks like you were on the same roads as Guarav in his Top of the World DVD.. thanks for posting.
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  7. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    :eek2 :eek2 :eek2
    :thumb :thumb :thumb

    DW
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  8. neduro

    neduro Long timer Supporter

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    Fantastic! I'd love to come ride there one day...
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  9. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    Beautiful images!! Words can't do justice to the grandeur of that place.:clap
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  10. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    :tb
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  11. Vstromdek

    Vstromdek Vstromdek

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    This Himalaya and Karakoram region is just amazing; and to do it on a motorcycle is just tits. I'm so jealous.
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  12. OnlyVees

    OnlyVees Moto-journalist

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    The phrase "the ride is rarely about the bike" comes to mind.

    Great stuff. :clap
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  13. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist Supporter

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    Amazing pics Salil :thumb

    Thanks for sharing. We have quite a variety of terrain in the North America, but nothing like this. Very majestic scenery!
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  14. Misti Hurst

    Misti Hurst Racer. Writer. Coach

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    WOW, AMAZING!

    Thank you!!!!

    Misti
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  15. OldGravel

    OldGravel Stalked by weasels

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    Gorgeous pics. Beautiful blue sky up there above the dust and pollution. Not like that yellow tinge you get in Delhi :bubba
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  16. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

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    Ok, that seals it for me. I am going over your way at the end of this year.
    Stunning pictures by the way. Will send you a PM regarding getting a bike there. Thanks for the report !!
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  17. Uzay

    Uzay Adventure Dreamer

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    wordless, amazing, what a beauty, hard to pick the best from these pics, most of them are front page material.:clap
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  18. duckbill

    duckbill Been here awhile

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    Outstanding photos! Did you actually go as high as any road in the world would allow?
    Wow! Thanks,
    Bill.
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  19. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    A. W. E. S. O. M. E.

    Awesome!!
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  20. SteverinoB

    SteverinoB EstebanarinoB

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    :ricky Your pics are beckoning...Come ride these mountains, come as soon as you can and if your good you can ride something other than an Indian Enfield ? Bikes look like Hondas or Honda knock offs? Cost to buy or rent and where you might accomplish either? Thanks for posting.

    Cheers Steve
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