Spiti Expedition - 第一步 - 德里 - Narkanda - Sangla（643公里）
我们开始了我们的斯皮蒂探险回忆拉达克在我们心中仍然新鲜。这次我们有一个更大的群体，其中一个同伴陪伴我们来自孟买，其他人正在从德里加入我们&Narkanda。我们在两天内完成了孟买 - 德里距离（1410公里），并急切地等待我们的最后一步迈向惊心动魄的驾驶经验。所有所需的汽车支票和设备已经到了旅游（参考：Lahaul Spiti Expectition的准备）。从德里举办了一辆更多的汽车以及两个骑自行车的人进行旅游。第二天的目标是早上休假，早餐在穆斯特停止（Amrik Sukhdev - 着名的饮食联合）。我们最终确定了我们旅行的以下路线：
新德里 - 穆斯特 - 穆拉瓦尔 - 喀利巴 - 昌迪加 - 索伦 - 西姆拉 - 纳瓦兰 - rampur - KARCHAM - Sangla
We left early in the morning at 6:51 a.m. from Delhi and crossed city comfortably without getting stuck in city’s mad traffic. The trip meter at starting point was 1420 KM. After covering 61 KMs we reached our meeting point @ 8:10 a.m. We took a break of 1.5 hour and enjoyed the freshly cooked Indian Stuffed Bread (Parathas) with fresh butter at Amrik Sukhdev. After breakfast we straight away hit the highway and started cruising at a comfortable speed. We were running as per our schedule so were not in a hurry to cross the speed limits that we have set for ourselves. We crossed Panipat @ 9:52 a.m. thereby covering 91 Kms. We were comfortably cruising on highway without much of a hassle and crossed Ambala @ 11:15 a.m. thereby covering a distance of 210 KMs. Our bikers were also accompanying us and we were moving ahead together on awesome road. We took a tea break just before entering Punjab.
We entered Punjab @ 12:00 p.m. and continued our onward journey without any halt. We cruised past Chandigarh @ 1:00 p.m. thereby covering 260 KMs. Just after Chandigarh we could see the invincible Himalayas welcoming us for this sojourn. We continued on NH5 and crossed the state border to enter Himachal Pradesh. Slowly and steadily we started traversing through the hills of Himalayas. We reached Solan @ 4:15 p.m. with total distance of 310 KMs covered and took a break for lunch at Hotel Pinewood of HPTDC. It was a very beautiful property with nice surroundings and amazing view of hills. Post lunch we continued our journey with good road conditions and few rough patches. On our way to Shimla we watched the toy train crossing at a junction and it’s a symbol of old era which is still being maintained and run properly. We reached Shimla @ 6:00 p.m. thereby covering 355 KMs. As anticipated Shimla welcomed us with narrow lanes and heavy traffic, which took some time to cross.
在Shimla前穿过玩具火车– A Heritage
By the time we crossed Shimla and reached Kufri it was dusk and we have to cover the distance till Narkanda in dark. The weather conditions started to deteriorate and it was a concern for the bikers. Weather on the hills can change drastically at any time and one should always be prepared for it especially when you are travelling to Himalaya. It started raining heavily and by the time we reached biker who took a shelter under the tree they were already but. Nonetheless, they wore raincoat and continued onward journey. Before reaching our final destination of the day i.e. Narkanda (Altitude 2,710 metres) @ 8:40 p.m. after covering 419 KMs, we encountered hailstorm as well for a brief period. It was really cold there and rain has further brought down the temperature. Our other two companions were already waiting for us at Narkanda and the team got completed for Spiti Expedition. The bikers got the much needed break and we all checked into our rooms. The team sat for dinner together and it was time to get familiarised with each other. Overall, we were satisfied with our journey and achieving our target without any hassle. From next day onwards the travel will be different through varied regions of Himalaya and changing topography. We would follow the NH-22 for our onward journey. The team was all set for the road expedition which in itself is sight-seeing.
After breakfast, the team started to depart one by one towards next destination Sangla. We stayed at Mahamaya Hotel located at the centre of the town and were very satisfied with its services. The next level of driving starts from here only with changing terrain. Even though the target was set but we had to achieve the same under uncertain driving conditions of the hills & valleys. We were a bit delayed while leaving from Narkanda but did not worry about the same and started in a positive note. The bikers this time were well prepared for the rains and the conditions were overcast as well. The view of the valley as well as mountains from Narkanda was awesome. The green cover and pine trees all along the highway made our journey beautiful. We crossed Rampur @ 1:15 p.m. with total distance of 485 KMs covered and took a snacks break. It was raining till Rampur but as witnessed earlier the weather started changing with clear skies and beautiful views. The highway was following River Sutlej all along the way. We entered Kinnaur district @ 2:50 p.m. thereby covering 517 KMs and continued our journey. The carved road on rocky patches of mountain was a delight to watch. The drive through various twist and turns & the adventure of negotiating treacherous road had pumped the much needed adrenaline in us. The view to the bottom would easily give goose bumps to the experienced of all as well. We took numerous short break to imbibe the beauty of nature.
伴随着NH 22的Sutlej River
We reached Karcham @ 4:40 p.m. thereby covering a distance of 578 KMs. We were waiting for the team at this junction as we need to take a detour of 32 KMs towards Rakchham via Sangla-Chitkul road along Baspa River but due to some unavoidable circumstances we got delayed by 2.5 hours as we went back to get our team members. By the time we took the Sangla – Chitkul road from Karcham it was already 7:15 p.m. and dark. It happens when you travel on such terrains but at the end of the day all was well. We covered the treacherous & narrow roads in dark and took us more than 2 hours to cover the distance of 32 KMs. At some point the inclination was almost 45 degrees with no sign of tarmac and we drove through gravels. While returning through same road we realized the difficult terrain that we had covered previous night (will cover the same in upcoming blog). We crossed Sangla (Altitude 2713 meters) @ 8:40 p.m. after covering 630 KMs and proceeded towards Rakchham which was further 13 KMs ahead where our stay was booked in Kailash View Camp. A single lane 13 KMs with continuous ascend took 40 minutes to cover. Finally, we reached our camp site @ 9:30 p.m. with total distance of 643 KMs covered.