Home CAR & BIKES 14 mountain passes in 11 months: Tandem cycling with various co-riders

14 mountain passes in 11 months: Tandem cycling with various co-riders

Most passes have unpredictable weather & permit issues. Also tandem is two people so finding a correct match is very difficult.

BHPian MeMo recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

The project was generated from an Idea after watching 14 Peaks on Netflix after doing the Guinness record of Umling La last year.

List of passes done in 11 months in tandem with various co-riders:

  • Zojila – 11649ft – unsupported
  • Namikla – 12198ft – unsupported
  • Fotula – 13479ft – unsupported
  • Norbula – 16991ft – unsupported
  • Umlingla – 19007ft – unsupported
  • Nathu la – 14,106ft – support car
  • Chelela – Bhutan – 13083ft – support car
  • Dochula – Bhutan -10,170ft – support car
  • Pele la – Bhutan – 11,154ft – support car
  • Rohtang la – 13,000ft – support car – 2-woman team
  • Baralacha la – 16,500ft – support car – 2-woman team
  • Nakee la- 15,547ft – support car- 2-woman team
  • Khardung la – 17,580ft – self supported
  • Chang la – 17,688ft – self supported – 2-woman team

Categories

  • High altitude: 8,000 – 12,000 feet (2,438 – 3,658 meters)
  • Very high altitude: 12,000 – 18,000 feet (3,658 – 5,487 meters)
  • Extremely high altitude: 18,000+ feet (5,500+ meters)

Challenges

Long bike and entry-level bike, was supported by Polygon India.

Most passes have unpredictable weather and permit issues, also tandem is two people so finding the correct match who will like this, and will have time / funds is very difficult. Many co-riders helped. Did the last four passes with female riders and it was challenging but rewarding. Included passes like Nathula, permits took four months and could do three from Bhutan too, which was a lifetime experience.

Adding a few more pictures of each pass, around the pass, road conditions etc.

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