• The Wettest Trail Ever: The Road To Kaza


    Start Destination: Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India    End Destination: Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
    Distance: 1 m    Bike: Royal Enfield ,
    Start Date: 07/01/2016    End Date: 07/10/2016

    In trying to check another destination off my list, I experienced one of the wettest trips of my life. The trip wasn’t exactly planned, but not really spontaneous. The trail we took was a 9 day journey along Noida-Narkanda-Reckong Peo-Kalpa-Nako-Tabo-Kaza(Spiti Valley)-Kunzum Paas- Batal-Chandratal- Rohtang Paas - Manali- Noida

    We started planning 12 days before the trip. Our top priority- we finalized the routes, blocked the dated and prepared our rides (Bullets). Our excitement was as high as the peaks of the Himalayas. Booze was the final thing we packed. Kidding, it was one of the first things; the final round included basic and useful medicine, health support, and dry fruits, water and rain coats.

    The ride was difficult from the get-go. None of the patches in the road were smooth, as we rode in the rain from day 1. The only stretch that didn’t give us any trouble was from Kaza to Chandratal on Day 7. However the journey from Narkanda to Kalpa was the worst. Heavy rains on Day 1 and Day 2 had caused us lot of trouble and wasted time, but with our essential gear we managed to best the weather, despite the harsh conditions. Strong winds on Day 7 in Batal, not to mention the temperature was around 2 degrees, really hampered our journey, but also urged us to move on. Crossing rivulets and open drains on day 8 from Batal towards Rohtang Paas was one hell of an experience. And, we realized, the uphill road with over a foot of water is called 'Pagal Nalla' for a reason.

    There were many scenic stops on the way, which came as a great relief. The Falling Mountains Road in the Kinnaur Valley was one of the few good stops; the loops after Nako towards Tabo were the best, beside the Kunzum Stupas.

    After the trip, the condition of my bike was great considering the terrain. Only that my bike's rear brake shoes were gone, and it was covered in dirt and grime, but that had its own charm, as it had just conquered one of the toughest terrains in the country.

    What I learned (and also advise future riders to do), is just enjoy the journey; plan according to the weather. Prepare your bikes or cars well, as getting a mechanic is very difficult in the area. Also, know your bike’s working and also the type of roads that you’ll be traveling on. If you aren’t even slightly initiated, it becomes pretty cumbersome.


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