Himalaya by Bike: A Route and Planning Guide for Cyclists and Motor Cyclists by Laura StoneHimalaya by Bike: A Route and Planning Guide for Cyclists and Motor Cyclists by Laura Stone

Himalaya by Bike: A Route and Planning Guide for Cyclists and Motor Cyclists

byLaura Stone

Paperback | November 5, 2008

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This is an inspirational and practical guide for the adventurous traveller who wants to take two wheels to the ultimate touring destination - the Himalaya. Cyclists and motorcyclists are just discovering the enormous potential of this mountainous region in Asia, from desert to snowline over tarmac or dirt-road, whether for a three-week holiday or a six month epic ride. Kilometre by kilometre guides detail the highest roads in the world, such as the Friendship Highway between Tibet and Nepal, Manali to Leh in India and the Karakoram Highway between Pakistan and China. Hand-drawn maps mark up fuel, food and water en route and city guides will find you a bed and bite to eat whether you're in Lhasa, Kathmandu, Srinagar or Kasghar. Author Laura Stone has spent three years researching the Himalaya on a bike; this new guide is guaranteed to illuminate, entertain and above all, inspire.

  • Covers the mountainous regions of <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Pakistan, <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">China, <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Tibet, <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">India, <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Nepal, <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Sikkim and <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Bhutan
  • Route options - levels of difficulty - road conditions - sample itineraries for 3 weeks / 6 weeks / 2 months / 3 months / 6 months
  • Pre-trip planning - when to go - choice of bicycle / motorcycle - kit - clothing - maps - health and safety - visas - cultural information
  • Route guides - practical information including mechanics and bike shops, how and where to buy or hire a bike in <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Asia
  • Over 80 original GPS route maps and elevation profiles
Laura Stone graduated from Cambridge University with a Classics degree. An intrepid cyclist, for most of the research across the Himalayan countries in this book she cycled solo.
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Title:Himalaya by Bike: A Route and Planning Guide for Cyclists and Motor CyclistsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2008Publisher:Trailblazer PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1905864043

ISBN - 13:9781905864041

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Cycling in the Himalayas - How to use this guidebook (1) PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP, Route options [map 1] Routes and levels of difficulty - Road conditions - Sample itineraries for 3 weeks / 6 weeks / 2 months / 3 months / 4 months / 6 months When to go (Seasons - Monsoon - Climate & Average Temperatures) Independent versus organized tour (Pros & Cons - Tour Operators in UK / N America / Europe / Australasia / Asia - Sample fares & packages - Cycling solo) Visas and permits Visas - Permits - Other permits ) Costs and money What to take (Choice of bicycle - Bicycle equipment - Kit - Clothing - Maps - Guidebooks - Photography equipment ) Health & safety (Before you go - Vaccinations - Medical supplies - Training - Political hotspots - Hazards - Women cycling solo - Altitude - Nutrition - Staying sane - Travel & health insurance) Background information (Books - Films - Websites) (2) PART 2: THE HIMALAYAS History - Geology & topography - Plants & animals - People & religions of the Himalayas - Environmental issues (3) PART 3: THE KARAKORAM HIGHWAY Facts about the region
(Introduction [map 9] - History - Geography - Climate - People - Religion - Economy - Education) Practical information (Introduction to the ride - History of the road - Which direction? - Restrictions - Safety) Islamabad (Introduction - History - Arrival - Information - Maps - Services - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings) Route guide Introduction [maps 3 & 4] - Islamabad [map 5] - Rawalpindi & Islamabad to Chilas [map 6] - Chilas to Gilgit [map 6] - Gilgit to Khunjerab Pass [map 7] - Alternative routes [map 8] - Khunjerab Pass to Kashgar via Lake Kara-Kul [map 10] - Kashgar [map 11] Kashgar (Introduction - History - Arrival - Information - Services - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings (4) PART 4: LADAKH & THE INDIAN HIMALAYA Facts about the region (History - Geography - Climate - People - Religion - Economy - Education) Practical information: Delhi (Introduction - Arrival - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings) Manali (Introduction - Arrival - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike tour operators - Moving on - Listings) Leh (Introduction - Arrival - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings) Srinigar (Introduction - Safety - Arrival - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings) Route guides: Lahaul, Spiti & Kinnaur Valleys Introduction [maps 14 & 15] -Manali to Kaza [map 17] - Kaza to Recong Peo [map 18] - Recong Peo to Manali / Shimla [maps 19 & 20] - Shimla [map 21] Manali - Leh Highway Introduction [maps 22 & 23] - Manali to Keylong [map 24] - Keylong to Upshi [map 23] - Upshi to Leh [map 24] - Leh [map 25] Leh - Srinigar Highway Introduction [maps 26 & 27] - Leh to Kargil [map 29] - Kargil to Darcha via Suru & Zanskar Valleys [map 30] - Kargil to Srinigar [map 31] - Srinigar [map 32] Crossing to Nepal Suggested routes [map 33] - Transport options - Uttaranchal (5) PART 5: TIBET & THE FRIENDSHIP HIGHWAY Facts about the region (History - Geography - Climate - People - Religion - Economy - Education) Practical information (Introduction to the ride - History of the road - Which direction? - Restrictions - Safety) Lhasa (Introduction - Arrival - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings) Route Guide Introduction [maps 35 & 36] - Lhasa to Pede Dzong [map 37] - Pede Dzong to Gyantse [map 38] - Gyantse to Shigatse [map 39] - Shigatse to Lhatse [map 40] - Lhatse to Dingri [map 41] - Dingri to Everest Base Camp [map 42] - Dingri to Dram (Nepali border) [map 43] - Dram to Kathmandu [map 53] Kathmandu (Introduction - Arrival - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings) Crossing to India Introduction [maps 53 & 54] - Kathmandu to Pokhara [map 55] - Pokhara to Banbassa [map 56] - Banbassa to Shimla [map 57] (6) PART 6: SIKKIM Facts about the region (History - Geography - Climate - People - Religion - Economy - Education) Practical information: Darjeeling (Introduction - Arrival - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings) Gangtok (Introduction - Arrival - Where to stay - Where to eat - Bike shops - Moving on - Listings) Route Guide Introduction [maps 26 & 27] 2- Darjeeling loop [maps 28 & 29] - Gangtok loop [map 30 & 31] PART 7: BHUTAN Facts about the region (History - Geography - Climate - People - Religion - Economy - Education) Practical information
Tour operators - Suggested routes [map 59] APPENDICES Religions of the Himalayas: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism) Languages (alphabets, numbers and useful phrases for cyclists ) Trekking in the Himalayas [map 60]