|Zanskar by Mountain Bike|
Nothing seems to be impossible when you plan your trip to Ladakh with Tsering from Skyhigh Treks.
Not even a mountainbike-tour through rough Zanskar, which we, 5 guys from Austria, undertook in July 2011.
First there was the plan: exploring Ladakh by mountain bike.
What followed were hours in front of the computer, viewing Google Earth and checking out rideable routes. Finally we had a clear idea about where we wanted to go.
But then there was the problem: would it be possible to do it?
We contacted quite a few travel agencies and were disappointed: it seemed as if our route would be too difficult to be organised. But then we found Tsering. He was very interested in our plans and immediately told us that it would be no problem. First we were sceptic, but now we know: Tsering is an organizing talent! Transport, tents, matresses, food, kitchen equipment, horses, jeeps – nothing was impossible. Our trip through Zanskar turned out to be one of the best things we did so far. Everything went well.
We spent a week in Leh from where we made small day trips to get used to the altitude. On the last day Tsering introduced us to the team that would take care of us during the following two weeks.
On the next day our adventure began. Early in the morning, Tsering‘s guys picked us up and we went by bus to the starting point of our mountainbike tour. The trip was rough and long, but after 17 hours we finally reached Darcha, a small village off the Manali-Leh-Highway. From here we went all the way to Rangdum and further on to Kargil – by bike, accompanied by Dorje, Mutub, Norbu, Lobsang, two horsemen and their pack animals - the best team we could get! We pushed our bikes through torrential rivers and snow fields, carried them over high passes and rode through the most beautiful landscape of this magnificent valley. And we were rewarded with delicious meals from our kitchen team, incredible views over an archaic countryside, glimpses of high mountian peaks and glaciers and seemingly endless flowtrails through remote Zanskar.
"Good morning, tea is ready!" – this was our wake-up call every morning and after an ample breakfast we jumped on our bikes and started. Meanwhile our team packed all the stuff onto the horses and followed us. Thus we had enough time to enjoy the country at our own speed, take photos, visit monasteries, talk to the friendly local people or just relax in the sun.
In the late afternoon we met again with the team, they put up the tents and cooked for us. With Dorje, our guide, we planned the route for the next day. He also was very helpful when we wanted to change our plans and timetable. Everything was so easy. All we had to do was mountainbiking! And so this trip turned out to be possible after all - and it is a highly recommendable adventure for everybody, who doesn´t mind a rough ride and looks for a mountain bike holiday off the beaten track!