In two senses, the apogee of the Annapurna Circuit is crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416 metres. Not only is it the highest point in terms of altitude, it is also the resulting sense of achievement of crossing one of the world’s highest mountain passes. To succeed will most likely depend upon the preceding days … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 4: The End of the Fellowship & Thorong La Pass
Those who know me well are aware of my deep passion for mountains. Whilst perched high up in Shimla of the Himalayan foothills, the capital of the Himachal Pradesh state, I contemplated this notion as I sat gazing out at the distant, majestic, snow peaked summits of the Himalayan range proper. The seed of this … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 3: The Ride to Shimla & A Woods Philosophy
During the 18 months leading to our departure date, with the exception of an occasional pizza base, I had almost eradicated bread and other flour based products from my diet. Throughout many central Asian countries, bread in some form is often the staple of the local diet. The glazed flat bread of Kyrgyzstan was often … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 6: Homage to The Naan Man & Rama Valley
On August 26th, the day before our departure of China, I found myself wandering the hallway of the K2 Hostel in Tashkurgan in search of a quiet spot to put my feet up and read my kindle. I had time to kill, a luxury that I had been so deprived of throughout the six months … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 1: Goodbye Mario, Hello Pakistan!