GauravMan Sherchan has produced yet another incredible mountain biking video in the high, rugged mountains of the Himalayas. This time, instead of his homeland of Nepal, this video comes to us from India. Check out his detailed description of their most recent adventure:
A hot sunny summer day can often misguide the traveler about the varied weather in India. Ride up into the Shivaliks- the lower range of the mighty Himalayas and you will soon realize that you would need warm clothing even during the middle of June. The hustle and bustle of Shimla-the summer capital of the erstwhile British Empire will have a resonance of the past. The colonial architecture, the broad gauge trains, the roads and the people will soon be left behind as we ride higher and higher to the middle ranges.
Only a few kilometers from Shimla and we go back in time further to the virgin forests, mist laden peaks, steep cliffs, rural folk, apple orchards and mighty rivers in all its fury. The roads keep winding up and down, twisting along the hills which have been pushing along the Asiatic plate for millennia. The air gets thinner, our lungs breathe harder and the cold begins to hit our face with pricking precision.
The Devbhoomi (abode of gods) slowly gives way to the land of lamas as we ride up to the higher Himalayas and to Spiti-the fossil park of the world where every rock is a fossil. This high altitude cold desert is no easy place to live with only 2 persons per square kilometers spread across the region. Buddhist prayer flags give us hope and strength as we pedal along. The virgin peaks, the transparent rivers, pristine lakes and the clean air forces an adventurer to think about the things one can do here. River rafting, rock climbing, trekking, Para-gliding and mountain biking. A chance to see some of the rarest of species like the Ibex, Snow Leopard, snow cock, snow fox only adds up to the excitement.
But we are here to pedal and pedal we would…
Watch the video here: