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Cycling the Manali – Leh Highway

The 475 km Leh–Manali Highway is one of those "must dos" for a cyclist, so in September 2004 I arrived in Manali with my bike, ready to tick it off. It took 10 days of cycling, with 4 nights spent in lodgings (Marhi, Sissu, Keylong and Upshi), 2 nights in "tented accommodation" at Patseo and Pang, and 3 nights in my own tent. I spent a while in Leh after I finished, exploring the Indus valley.

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9 Sept 04
Mayflower Hotel, Manali, 2050 m
9 Sept 04
My room at the Mayflower Hotel, Manali
11 Sept 04
Palchan, 2290 m
13 Sept 04
Marhi, 3353 m
12 Sept 04
Staff bedroom, Chamba Dhaba, Marhi
12 Sept 04
Chamba Dhaba, Marhi
13 Sept 04
Marhi
13 Sept 04
Rohthang Top, 3978 m
13 Sept 04
North side of Rohthang Pass
13 Sept 04
Sissu, Lahaul
14 Sept 04
Hotel Triveni, Sissu, Lahaul
14 Sept 04
View from Hotel Triveni, Sissu, Lahaul
14 Sept 04
Above the Chandra river, Lahaul
15 Sept 04
Keylong, 3080 m
15 Sept 04
Khardang
15 Sept 04
Khardang
16 Sept 04
Tinno
16 Sept 04
Darcha
16 Sept 04
Accommodation at Patseo, 3800 m
17 Sept 04
Right fork for Zing Zing Bar...
17 Sept 04
Zing Zing Bar
17 Sept 04
Baralacha La, 4890 m
17 Sept 04
Baralacha La, 4890 m
17 Sept 04
Near Sarchu
17 Sept 04
Near Sarchu
17 Sept 04
Sarchu
18 Sept 04
The Mountain View Dhaba, Sarchu
18 Sept 04
Whisky Nala
18 Sept 04
Whisky Nala
Photo: Nancy Olson19 Sept 04
With the Drive Around The World expedition (sponsored by Red Bull) on the Lachulung La
19 Sept 04
The four Land Rovers begin the climb out of Whisky Nulla towards the Naki La, 4951 m
19 Sept 04
The Lachulung La, 5060 m
19 Sept 04
En route to Pang
19 Sept 04
En route to Pang
19 Sept 04
Pang, 4500 m
19 Sept 04
Accommodation in Pang
20 Sept 04
Morray Plains, 4760 m
20 Sept 04
Near the deserted village of Debring, Tanglang La in the backround
20 Sept 04
Nomads near Debring
21 Sept 04
Nomad tents
21 Sept 04
View from the Tanglang La
21 Sept 04
Summit of the Tanglang La, 5328 m
21 Sept 04
View North from the Tanglang La
22 Sept 04
Upshi
22 Sept 04
Matho Gompa
22 Sept 04
On the road to Leh
22 Sept 04
Stakna Gompa
22 Sept 04
Thikse Gompa
23 Sept 04
Leh
23 Sept 04
Shanti Stupa, Leh
23 Sept 04
Leh Palace and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
23 Sept 04
Padma Guest House, Leh
23 Sept 04
Stok Kangri (6153 m) from the Padma Guest House, Leh
24 Sept 04
Spitok Gompa
24 Sept 04
View east from Spitok Gompa
26 Sept 04
Indus valley
26 Sept 04
Indus valley
26 Sept 04
Thikse Gompa
26 Sept 04
Thikse Gompa
26 Sept 04
Thikse Gompa
26 Sept 04
Thikse Gompa
26 Sept 04
Thikse Gompa