Cycle high, sleep low. The best way to acclimatize to altitude. 🙂
Still … it’s bloody high.
Normally cold and windy, on September 14th when we were there it was sunny and mild. The Gods are smiling on me of late.
It’s 39km from the Pass back to Leh. Entirely down hill! 🙂
Dangerous? Nah! They have safety precautions in place.
Summer Holidays is the company that pioneered downhill mountain biking out of Leh.
My day trip only cost about $25. No fancy support vehicle. They pile the bikes on a jeep.
It takes about 2 hours to drive up the mountain on switchbacks.
There are plenty of slow downs as vehicles inch past one another.
Landslides and washouts are common. Heavy machinery (driven by men) and small hammers (driven by women) make repairs.