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  • #31
    Beautiful pics there!

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Anup Abraham View Post
      OMG!!! this is the very thread that got me numb..i still remember reading it without moving anyother muscle leaving the finger and the eye....

      Good to see the Sticky post back
      Very interesting comment there.Thanks for ur encouragement brother
      HOW Mania...

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      • #33
        DAY 07
        Part - I
        ZEEMA - GURUDONGMAR




        The front tyre slid for the third time and for the third time my heart skipped a beat. However skipping a heart beat in a situation where your survival depends on every breath you takes, can be dangerous if not fatal. We have been warned time and again not to exert ourselves coz here air is at a premium and the more you stress yourself the more air you need. But in this case demand far exceeds supply. Yes we are talking about 17,000 ft and above where air is blessed with only 6%-7% oxygen. Too low for our comfort. Even our bikes were struggling to breath in this lean air. And if you thought that air was our only problem, you couldn’t be more wrong. The chilling winds coupled with the rare air made survival a tricky affair, leave aside riding. Add to it the Martian road conditions and voila!! We have the perfect recipe for the perfect disaster. Yes we have reached Gurudongmar touching 17,400 feet to be precise. But like they say.. good things in life never come easy. Very true. Even Gurudonmar was not easy. The ride to the ultimate destination of the whole trip started on the 7th day from Zeema transit camp. And some ride it was. In a word, unforgettable.

        Like every*Bike**trip here also we managed to run into a lot of people who would vehemently oppose our idea if riding to Gurudongmar on our bikes. We were told that a couple of army officers had tried the same feat on a pair of army bullets and failed miserably. But we were not army officers and these were not bullets so the logic failed to settle in. we were bikers and that’s our cast creed and culture. However we did not neglect to take safety precautions like a small oxygen cylinder for the low oxygen air up there. Plus we were fully prepared with most of the required parts and tools in case anything goes wrong. We cud only pray that nothing goes wrong. Saddling up we set off to conquer the unknown. Little did we realize that this ride would be THE RIDE of our lives.
        Anxiety, excitement with a tinge of nervousness marinated in bucket loads of adrenaline… the tastiest emotional state one can ever be in. well this perfectly describes our mental state as the scenery changed from green to brown. The vegetation surrounding us has slowly made way for a barren feature ominously overshadowing us. Gradually the human inhabitation too disappeared. We could very well feel the solitude surrounding us. Here we are, 4 bikers from the plains standing at the gateway of the Tibetan plateau. Yes we were on our way to salvation.

        As we passed the last check post at Giyagong, the words of the officer on duty were ringing in our ears loud and clear. “Beyond this point the Indian Army has no responsibility of you guys. So you are on your own. There’s no point going further. Just go back from here “. But we did not come all the way from Kolkata just to go back. So... ride onnnn. Bump, hump, screech, bang these sounds sounded so familiar. Our special thanks to the non-existent roads. We were riding on boulders, rocks, pebbles and god knows what. But it was definitely not asphalt. The lack of oxygen was quite evident by this time. A subtle dose of disorientation was creeping in. we were feeling tired for no apparent reason and always felt short of breath. Chances of judgmental errors were high and this was proved as I overshot a turn and barely managed to keep myself on the road. To prevent such hair rising moments we were riding extra focused. In spite of the pressure cooker situation our eyes were busy looking for the mystical landscapes we had seen in the websites. The magical land that has brought us from the far away plains of Bengal. With every passing turn we grew even more impatient and couldn’t bear to wait to see the land we have all been dreaming about for such a long time. Our dream was about to come true in a way that can’t be expressed in words.

        Imagine this, you are at a place devoid of vegetation and inhabitation, from where all you can see is the openness all around, feel the solitude in the atmosphere. You can see distances far and wide as far as your eyes would permit. Far in the distant horizon u can see the outlines of imposing mountains, the clear blue sky dotted with occasional white flaky clouds with their shadows adding to the dreaminess. Just as the emptiness starts to get to you, you realize that you have arrived !! yes. Gurudongmar it is. At last our dream to conquer the roof of the world have been realized. Here we are standing on a vast unending plain, surrounded by mountains on all sides.

        Welcome to the Cholhamu Cold Desert, the southern fringe of the much coveted Tibetan Plateau.


























































































        And The Best of the Lot !!!

        Last edited by burnoutz; 08-02-2009, 05:20 PM.
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        • #34
          Amazing stuff! I always wanted to visit Sikkim. Perhaps, someday soon I will. Thanks for sharing this lovely log and pictures. Bring the rest of the stuff.
          :)

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          • #35
            @aryan
            Thanks for your comments bro... sikkim is a wonderful place to ride... And recently over the last one/two years, getting permits have become easier too... best of luck for your sikkim trip !
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            • #36
              Originally posted by burnoutz View Post
              @aryan
              Thanks for your comments bro... sikkim is a wonderful place to ride... And recently over the last one/two years, getting permits have become easier too... best of luck for your sikkim trip !
              Thanks mate! I would need to consult you before I even think of commencing a Sikkim trip. You will be of immense help, I am sure.
              :)

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              • #37
                Wow nice pics there!

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                • #38
                  elixir of life

                  It's been 2 years and about 10,000 times i have seen these pictures......but today also i remember the chill,excitement and the joy of being in these landscapes......incredible though .....this trip will be an elixir of life.....
                  HOW Mania...

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                  • #39
                    The next part will be posted soon... Hold on !
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                    • #40
                      sorry for the delay guys... we were out for a month... i will be posting the rest of the story soon...
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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by burnoutz View Post
                        sorry for the delay guys... we were out for a month..
                        Can we expect another trip log soon??
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Jonak View Post
                          Can we expect another trip log soon??
                          You got it right bro! The next big thing is coming... you can check my album for the hint
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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by burnoutz View Post
                            You got it right bro! The next big thing is coming... you can check my album for the hint
                            Bring it on soon buddy!

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by burnoutz View Post
                              You got it right bro! The next big thing is coming... you can check my album for the hint
                              HOW - WOW !!!!
                              Bring it on!!!!!
                              You transported the bikes to Delhi or had a 5000km Kolkata - Ladakh - Kolkata trip?? See already I can't wait anymore.
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                              • #45
                                Day 7 - Part II : Gurudongmar to Zeema



                                Maslow's theory of need hierarchy

                                Altitude = 17400 ft
                                Temperature = -3◦ C
                                O2 content = 6%


                                Seems tough? We would like to call it "Mission Impossible Part IV". However reaching Gurudongmar was only the beginning of what we call a lifetime of adventure. We never thought that our struggle to reach the top would be rewarded so handsomely.

                                bike and ride down as fast as I can. " Jaan bachi to phir kabhi ayenge".










































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