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Manali to Leh cycling – What does it take?

By on May 3, 2011 in Cycling | 19 comments

It’s that time of the year again. When people start thinking about ‘the’ great Indian cycle ride – from Manali to Leh. A couple of people have written to me in the recent days asking me questions, many of which can be classified under: ‘what does it take?’ While I have replied individually, I thought it might be a good idea to post a consolidated response here. To provide a perspective, I cycled self-supported from Manali to Leh in September 2010 . Of course, riding this route once does not make me an expert. I should also clarify that I am now a middle-aged bloke, and for over a decade after college, I wasn’t really involved in any athletic activity. I also carry a torn meniscus in my left knee and a stent in my heart. Why am I telling you all this? Well, I am trying to drive home the point that while you do need to be fairly fit you do not need to be an athlete. So what does it...

Manali to Leh – Self-supported cycling trip

By on Oct 10, 2010 in Adventure, Cycling, Photography | 21 comments

After years of thinking about it and weeks of planning we finally did it. Close to 600 kms of cycling from Manali to Leh (because Tanglang La was closed and we had to take a detour at Debring and go via Tso Kar and Mahe bridge). We rode with all our gear including clothes, sleeping bags, tent, stove, utensils, food, water, cycle spares, on our cycles — an estimated weight of about 25 kgs (not counting the weight of the bikes, pannier racks, and bags. It was hard work (some of the 5000 mtr passes never seem to end), we had our share of broken bridges, riding trough streams, sand storm (yes, sand storm!), dust, grime, and cold, but by and large we did not get into any real trouble… Two riders: Sanjay Jaiman and Ajay Jaiman September 4th to 14th, 2010 This slideshow requires JavaScript.   One of them is hand propelled recumbent cycle — you use your hands, instead of...