The Highest Road: Keylong to Sarchu

Apr 7, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: adventure, Discover, Motorcycle adventures, travel blog, travel essays

Today was hard.  105km may not seem much, but when the “road” is mostly gravel and sand, its a long day.  Throw in some serious altitude, and it becomes grueling.

We rode our Enfields across the high point of Baralacha La at 16,000 feet (4,830m).  Usually when coming to such a height the recommendation is to acclimatize over a week, but we had places to be!  I felt the altitude, mainly noticing that my thinking was not sharp.  A dangerous thing when on a motorbike, but other than one close call front wheel slide I made it through the day unscathed, except for a nagging headache.

We camped in semi-permanent tents (although they are only accessible for one third of each year), which sat in the middle of a moonscape at 4,250 meters.  The tents were comfortable and interesting, in a basic, top-of-the-word kind of way.  The night was long, the altitude forcing any real sleep away like a howling desert wind.

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