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    Rishikesh – Yoga Capital of the World

    On the weekend Zofia flew back to Europe to work at a conference and two friends from my hometown in Austria came to visit me. They will travel with me for a bit through India and Nepal. I picked them up at Delhi Airport and we drove directly to Hardiwar, where Marco and Anja (rockinrosie.com) were waiting for us. In the evening we attended the…

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    Floodings in Himachal Pradesh and a break from Vanlife

    After arriving in Manali we really felt that we should relax a bit. So we stayed for 2 weeks in the center of Old Manali. We finally met Roman and Florian from www.s2s.bike, who also started in Salzburg with their KTM´s. Zofia healed her pneumonia and Marco and I took care of our cars. When the weather allowed, we went hiking and mountain biking in…

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    Nanga Parbat – A different kind of adventure (by Zofia)

    Nanga Parbat is a must-see while visiting Pakistan. To have this amazing view, we took one of the most dangerous roads in Asia and a short trek to Fairy Meadows. The road wasn’t built by a government, but by local jeep drivers. And they maintain it as well. Theoretically, you can ride a motorcycle there, but it’s just not right. We decided to take a…

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    Pakistani spectators (by Zofia)

    One of the first things you need to get used to in Pakistan are crowds of staring people around you. The sight of tourists is still not common here. Seeing a tall, blond woman with a big motorcycle, even less. It is like a magnet for curious Pakistani eyes. Without a shade of embarrassment, they will come close, a meter away from you, and will…

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    Pakistan: Escort through Balochistan (by Zofia)

    When I was planning this trip, after some research, it turned out that I would be going through Pakistan. I was “a bit” concerned. “Pakistan’ sounded threatening to me, recalling war and terrorism. I knew there is one of the most beautiful roads in the world – the Karakoram Highway. But how to get there in one piece? After months of preparations and the trip…

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    The Kashmir Loop

    After the spectacular ride over the high Himalayan passes, we spent one week in Leh and enjoyed the rich Tibetan culture and the scenic nature in the high plateau of Ladakh. Zofia wanted to ride further northeast to the Chinese/Tibetan border over the Umling la pass (5880m), but that was definitely too much for the van. So we split up for 2 weeks and I…

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    The Leh-Manali Highway

    It was a difficult decision to take the road from Manali to Leh. Its average elevation is more than 4.000m and its highest point is 5.328m. My van is not made for this altitude, and internet research and most other experienced overlanders recommended not to go. But I decided to give it a try. And as I was already on 4.600m in Pakistan, I knew…