Mountain biking in Leh and Ladakh

The reason I’ve been training for the last month or so is for …. drumroll….

Mountain biking in Leh and Ladakh is kind of an adventure sport if you may :)
Ladakh is a high altitude cold desert with a low level of atmospheric oxygen. And cycling at that altitude has been said to be one of a kind experience.

The entire trip is ~ 240 kms of cycling around Leh in 6 days. Add couple of days of acclimatization before the trip and 3 days of looking around the Buddhist Monastries around the place, and you get a perfect 12 day vacation :)

Throw in my iPhone (read- live blogging) and a GPS handheld (yet to buy, any recommendations?), and I’m all set to have an awesome time.

Here are some photos from a guy who went for the same kinda trip last year.

The only downside right now is the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir is really really really really bad, which means I’m mostly gonna have to fly in and out of Leh, and won’t be able to do a Leh to Delhi by Road/train. ( Still plan to catch Rohtang Pass, and Kargil hopefully )

For my friends in Delhi, it might also mean that I’ll be working out of Gurgaon office for a couple of days before my trip and a day after :)

9 more days to go…. Can’t wait !

Comments 4

  1. Nandini wrote:

    Hey, that’s awesome! Send pics, will you?

    Posted 18 Aug 2008 at 11:29 pm
  2. Sasidhar wrote:

    @Nandini, ofcourse I will :)

    Posted 19 Aug 2008 at 4:14 pm
  3. Reid wrote:

    That looks intense! And a lot of fun! I hope your bike has shocks!

    If you’re looking for a GPS handheld, I’d recommend something along the lines of the Garmin 60CSx. I’ve been using it for my shorter bike rides around the area and it’s pretty rugged, so it can survive plenty of drops. One thing about GPS devices – they eat batteries so you probably want to buy rechargeables. Plus, you’d also want to get a miniSD card with enough memory to upload some local GPS maps. Most units by default don’t come preloaded with maps, so the cost can add up. That’s all the advice I can think of for now

    Posted 19 Aug 2008 at 7:40 pm
  4. Sasidhar wrote:

    @Reid: Thanks for the recommendations.
    Bike: Firefox – Target. :)

    Posted 20 Aug 2008 at 2:07 pm

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