Day 16. 79km. Sarchu (4289m) – Pang (4469m)

Posted: August 5, 2018 in Cycling, India
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Today I woke fresh and well. I cycled up the Gata Loops (21 hairpin bends) and over the Nakeela Pass. The top of the next pass was in view. It was early and so I pushed on. My first 5000+m pass and oodles of amazing views.

The view down from Lachung La

The view down from Lachung La

My theory about my sickness yesterday is that my water filter contains evil bacteria. I ate almost nothing and what I did eat went straight through me. My body couldn’t get any protein to make new haemoglobin, hence the new round of altitude sickness. I’m now well fed, and free of gastro, and no headache at all. All ready to attack the double pass of Nakeela and Lachung La.

The road followed the river, with one stunning view being replaced by the next around every corner.

Leaving Sarchu

Leaving Sarchu

Road from Sarchu

Road from Sarchu

Road from Sarchu

Road from Sarchu

The Gata Loops at the start of the Nakeela Pass saw a few traffic jams as the road is only wide enough for one car.

Climbing the Gata Loops

Climbing the Gata Loops

Finally I passed the Nakeela Pass, only to see the pitiful Whisky Nalah straddling a dry creek bed just below.

Nakeela La

Nakeela La

The disappointment of Whiskey Nala with Lachung La in the background

The disappointment of Whiskey Nala with Lachung La in the background

I couldn’t stay here, and there was time, so I climbed the Lachung La and descended an extremely beautiful but bumpy road into Pang.

Lachung La

Lachung La

View down from Lachung La

View down from Lachung La

Towards Pang

Towards Pang

Towards Pang

Towards Pang

Comments
  1. valerievolk says:

    Amazing sights! Really glad to hear you were better – did you change the water filter?

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Good idea to change filters frequently, I guess, unless you are using chlorine tablets (blah).
    Such a lonely moonscape, but what views – the roads are amazing feats in such a remote area.

  3. I could sit and watch the world go by there!

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