Photo-Essay: Cycling Himalayas

Our cycling trip turned out to be a bus-riding trip. We drove for 30 hours, past Manali, past Rohtang Pass, until we were a third of the way to Ladakh.

We biked for about a day and a half, out of seven. We were stopped by the snow.

We biked again, and some of us got bombarded by falling rocks.

We tried to camp, but the snow forced us to stay in our hostels. The snow also almost blocked us from crossing back the Rohtang Pass. Nature is powerful. We came back quietly enlightened.

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4 A.M., everyone off in their own direction. 
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Boredom at its best. It’s a rarity these days.
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Passed Rohtang Pass, where lunch was eaten.
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New appreciation for Dal.
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Unpacks. 
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We gather; we replenish.
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Bundled up.
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Chocolate rounds for all.
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Snow, it coldens while beautifying.
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The crew, at full efficiency.
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Stillness emerges.
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The snow that put an end to our camping + biking.
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Rising with the sun. Showers, hygiene, a thing of the past. 
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Then, another 18 hours, back to Woodstock.

All Photos by Mikko Aoki Liu

Edited by Hyenjin Cho

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