Jacob and I had been cycle through central Asia for over 4000km. It had been a relatively comfortable existence thus far, I had not suffered from injury, experienced discomfort or saddle sores until the ride from Agra to the Nepali border. During this period, due to our Kathmandu Christmas deadline, I had very little down … More Cycle Touring Nepal. Chapter 2: The Final Leg, Kathmandu for Christmas
Nepal has been a country on my ‘Must Visit‘ list for as long as I can remember, though I had always assumed that the intent of my inevitable visit would be to tackle some form of long distance, high altitude trek or perhaps even make it to Everest Base Camp. It never occurred to me … More Cycle Touring Nepal. Chapter 1: Nepal with no Hiking Boots!?
Shimla, the capital of the north Indian state Himachal Pradesh is situated atop a ridge at 2,276 metres above sea level. During the time of the British Raj, news of the somewhat “English weather” had spread, popularity increased as Officials and their families temporarily relocated to escape the stifling heat of the Indian plains during … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 4: Shimla
During our first week in India I developed a sense of frustration, I felt that I had lost the enthusiasm for the cycle tour. We had been sedentary for some time, however, it should be said that much of this was unavoidable due to the processing time for my Indian visa in Islamabad. The preceding … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 2: To McLeod Ganj.
The trek to Rakaposhi Base Camp was the perfect break from the cycle tour and enabled me to experience more of the natural beauty that Pakistan has to offer, the only regret was that Jacob couldn’t join the adventure, although he was having a Pakistani adventure of his own in Islamabad. The 14 hour taxi … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 5: Reunited & The Road to Astore
As a stranger stepping foot into a foreign country there is most certainly courtesies that you are yet to be accustomed to, likewise, there are behaviours that, to the compatriots of such a country, may be harmless but could be perceived as invasive or rude. One example of this could be someone watching you like … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 4: Tea & Biscuits with the Assistant Director General, Mr Adeel, Projectile Vomiting, Base Camp Trekking & Digital Potty Training
Eight months of preparation, route planning and endless hours spent scouring the web researching and reading other people’s accounts of their cycle touring experiences of the Karakoram Highway, few that there are, were finally becoming a reality. The places we had read about, photographs we had admired and our dreams were unfolding. We had put … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 3: The Karakoram Highway & The Hunza Valley