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Jun 26, 2010 - Tso Kar and the Indus River Valley

Our ride out of Pang started off with an 8km climb, but ended up on the top of a huge plain called the Morei Plains. It was very vast and open. We started off on a good tarmac road that slowly turned to dirt and sand. We decided to camp off the Manali-Leh Hwy and go to Tso Kar lake, which is a salt water lake. There was only one legal place to camp that was mid distance to the lake, so we had no choice where to pitch our tent. There was also a seasonal tourist camp set up at this site. Instead of continuing down the Manali-Leh Hwy, we took...

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Jun 24, 2010 - The Double Pass

June 24 The Double Pass We had a couple of long days ahead of us that included riding up the Gata Loops, Nakeela La (4937m) and Lachlung La (5077m). We ride out of Sarchu in the morning following a river canyon. The road is paved and fairly flat, until we get to the based of the Gata Loops where the road winds up 21 switchbacks climbing 400m in 9km. It felt like we were never going to get to the top. After making it to the top of the Gata Loops we had another 10km of riding to get to the top of Nakeela La. The riding from here was more...

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Jun 19, 2010 - Riding Over Baralacha La

We took five days to get over Baralacha La from Keylong. We wanted to be sure that we got acclimated properly before going over the 4900m pass. Along the way, we camped for four nights at Darcha, Patseo and Zing Zing Bar. We had a good tarmac road all the way to the top, what a difference that makes on the psyche. Darcha was a quaint village and we were able to find a camp spot down by the river. At Patseo, there was a small lake and a few tents for road workers. We camped around the bend from the road workers along a stream, which turned...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Drying out in Keylong

This is the 4th day we are in Keylong. It has been a long journey to this point. We are in a guesthouse with hot running water and the weather has been behaving with only a little rain, with the last two days being sunny. We are stocking up for the next leg of our journey which is going over Baralacha pass (4918m). This pass has also been closed and the rumor is that it's currently open to motorcycle and bicycle traffic only. The road is currently cleared to one lane. It will take us 2-3 days to get to the pass. We will try and leave...

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Jun 18, 2009 - Driving the Leh-Manali Highway - Day 2 - Avalanche Delays en Route to the Pass at Baralacha La

We awoke this morning to clear blue skies, and upon learning that the Leh-Manali highway had once again opened, we left Keylong and continued our journey towards Leh. Owing to the perfect weather, we felt optimistic that we would be able to make up much of the ground we had failed to cover yesterday. Our optimism proved to be misplaced, however. Shortly before we reached the area immediately below the pass at Baralacha La, melting snow along the high snowbanks lining the Leh-Manali highway caused several avalanches which spilled onto the...

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Trip Journal

Break From the Law

Aug 1, 2007 - Manali to Keylong, via Rohtang Pass

'Rohtang' is Tibetan for 'Pile of Corpses' - very encouraging! 125km in 8 hours. Up to the pass very foggy and a little rain - visibility about 10m. Appalling road - mud-filled hairpins choked with stuck buses and trucks, very rough. Very uplifting to cross the pass and then have a fog clear run down the north side for run to lunch at Koksar - back down endelss hairpins and switchbacks. Lunch was in a dry-stone hut dhaba - rice, potato curry, dahl and ... chips! Better road at times to Keylong, except for roadworks and creek crossings....

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