The Summit of Kunzum La Pass.
Shey palace can be seen in the distance.
Looking out over Leh town.
View over the Leh valley.
Rumtse is the last permanent settlement before the pass. Many cyclists spend an extra acclimitization day here.
Looking back over the Taglang La Pass.
The settlement of Debring at the bottom of the pass. After summiting the Taglang La, it’s a relief to arrive here and be able to stuff your face with food.
The windswept More Plains. Heaven for northbound cyclists and hell for the rest.
Looking down on the tent camp of Pang.
Starting the ascent of the Lachulung La Pass
Heading down to the tent camp of Whisky Nullah.
Careening down the hairpin bends of the Gata loops.
Keylong, and the first hot showers since Leh.
Looking back on the Baralacha La Pass.
Nearing the summit of the Baralacha La Pass.
Starting the more than 2,000 m. descent
Entering the Chandra River valley.
Camping near the base of the Kunzum La Pass.
Catching our breath on the Kunzum La Pass.
Looking down into Spiti valley.
Kaza is the biggest town in the Spiti valley.
Phoo Gompa in Tabo. In the center of town lies one of the most ancient Monastaries in the entire Himalaya region.
The stone and mud-brick houses of Nako.
Descending into the Baspa River gorge.
The road is carved into the cliff face.
Reckong Peo lies above the main road.
Streams cascade over the road on the other side of the valley.
The Padam palace in Rampur.
The highway passes through a variety of landscapes; from the high deserts of Ladakh all the way to Rampur’s lush green valleys.
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