Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Himalaya by Bike

To travel slowly is supreme as little is missed and it can be done by bike. It may a while to climb those mountainous roads, imagine the adrenaline rush on the descent.

Himalaya by Bike, This is an inspirational and practical guide for the adventurous traveller who wants to take two wheels to the ultimate touring destination - the Himalaya. Cyclists and motorcyclists are just discovering the enormous potential of this mountainous region in Asia, from desert to snowline over tarmac or dirt-road, whether for a three-week holiday or a six month epic ride. Kilometre by kilometre guides detail the highest roads in the world, such as the Friendship Highway between Tibet and Nepal, Manali to Leh in India and the Karakoram Highway between Pakistan and China. Hand-drawn maps mark up fuel, food and water en route and city guides will find you a bed and bite to eat whether you're in Lhasa, Kathmandu, Srinagar or Kasghar. Author Laura Stone has spent three years researching the Himalaya on a bike; this new guide is guaranteed to illuminate, entertain and above all, inspire. Covers the mountainous regions of Pakistan, China, Tibet, India, Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan Route options - levels of difficulty - road conditions - sample itineraries for 3 weeks / 6 weeks / 2 months / 3 months / 6 months Pre-trip planning - when to go - choice of bicycle / motorcycle - kit - clothing - maps - health and safety - visas - cultural information Route guides - practical information including mechanics and bike shops, how and where to buy or hire a bike in Asia Over 80 original GPS route maps and elevation profiles.

Myself at Rumtek Monastery Indian seat of H.H.Karmapa when I was working on a Photographic archive of H.H.Karmapa, Regents, Tulkus, Lamas, Paintings, Texts, Artifacts etc. This photograph was taken by 13th Shamarpa as we waited on the roof of the Gompa for 12th Situ Rimpoche to arrive. We all did this for days, eventually he came. I climbed on to a truck by the way.
To buy the book. Himalaya by Bike

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