Hotel Tashi Delek
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Our mammoth journey to Leh begins!
Our truck picked us up in the morning, with luggage on the roof and six of us squeezed in we were off. Almost immediately the views became breathtaking. As we zigged and zagged out of Manali we spied some vultures flying the thermals, lots of waterfalls and snowy peaks finally clear of cloud. We first climbed the Rotang pass immediately out of the town. Our driver pointed out the best spots ...
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Well, the stars have finally aligned, and I'm here in Manali ten years later, having just acquired a temperamental 1997 Royal Enfield Bullet 350, loaded with 12 extra liters of petrol to take me on the first leg of my journey...the 500km of rough road from Manali to Leh. ...
... 600 years are positioned on mountains and in areas impossible to believe reachable by human beings without modern transport, let alone the fact that these were actually built there. Colourful prayer flags litter the tops of mountains sending hope and good luck to those who mount the flags. These are best hung as high as possible or by water for the best affect or answer.
What struck me most about this amazing region is their ecological and ...
... Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal;">Our packs were heavy! Our sights were set on 4 or 5 prominent peaks up a side-valley of the Miyar - the Takdung. We hoped that at least one of these unclimbed peaks would provide a reasonable, yet technical and enjoyable, route to its summit. We were hoping for 5.10 rock climbing and easy snow/ice climbing. All we could do was hope. And start hiking.
... first pass, Shingo La. Not having a head rest was the least of my problems whilst trying to fall asleep. A full moon illuminated our way reflecting in the several puddles formed from the melting snow. It was wet and slippery, our super narrow route which sometimes run through the 2 meter high snow was no obsticle for Thukar who was unstoppable. He zoomed up over-taking ALL jeeps leading the way up to the pass. Behind us, the Yaruma river was shimmering in ...