Leh'15 A Ride to Remember

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other places.

Places we covered: Chandigarh – Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Khardungla – Pangong – Sarchu – Manali – Sundar Nagar – Chandigarh and many exciting pit stops.
Ride on Highest Motor-able Roads
The best 15 days of your life awaits you in Himalayas. Our journey to world’s highest motor-able road was filled with adventure, fun and moments that we will never forget. A self-discovering ride, an experience which is hard to describe in words, facing the challenges of nature, overcoming unexpected obstacles and cherishing a dream to getting that feel of fulfillment - some people call it Nirvana, we say ' Let’s RIDE ! '
Places we covered: Chandigarh – Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Khardungla – Pangong – Sarchu – Manali – Sundar Nagar – Chandigarh and many exciting pit stops in between.
Half of our team got stuck over the mountains with less oxygen levels, a night which we will never forgot. Its Indian Army who gets the cheers for clearing the road blocks at midnight & helping them get back to us.
Stay in Tents & Walk around Midnight ;)

We did the entire trip planning and execution by sharing responsibilities. 6 months planning from Jan 2015 helped us coordinate everything. 16 people on 13 bikes were in this mission on July 2015.

Kargil & Dras

A lonely town in the infamous Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir, Drass is popularly known as 'the gateway to Ladakh'. It is known to be the coldest place in India and often touted as second to the coldest place inhabited on Earth.
Accidents, break downs and natural disasters almost stopped us many times but our determination saw us through. We forgot the hardship and hurdles once we reached on top of Khardungla (18380 ft).

Throughout the ride, diverse landscapes took our breath away. But it was an evening at Tanglangla Pass 17k+altittude with lesser oxygen levels that almost stole our breaths. Some of our members got stuck in a landslide. However, the BRO and GREF came to our rescue multiple times by clearing the snow and helping us to cross and we sincerely thank them for all the help.

Our advice to anyone new to these terrains is to do your homework before you hit road. Start your journey as early as possible and try to find a halt before 4pm. Afternoon rides are most dangerous - high overflow of snow water, unexpected rain and landslides on roads make things more difficult than you can imagine. Sonmarg, Kargil, Zojila pass, Changla, Stay at tangtse, Crossing after zing zing bar and many more memories cannot be explained but has to be felt in real.

Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2.
An army jawan from Kerala, who was camping on top, was curious to see our Kerala bikes and invited us for coffee in his tent – Wow! A cup of coffee inside our Army camp on top of the world!

We drive through our borders with Pakistan as well as with China, rode around 3000KM and our hearts are telling us we will do it again...

Good Luck with Your Ride !
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Anoop Vrinda

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