The route starts in Northern Pakistan, in the
town of Gilget, the inspiration for Shangri-la as described in
James Hiltons book "Lost Horizon". From the valleys
of Gilget and Hunza we headed north following the Karakoram Highway
for more than 700 miles, crossing into the far-western region
of China. From the largest market on the old silk route, Kashgar,
the road turns south toward the "Mountains of Darkness."
After crossing the Kunlun Shan Mountains we climbed up to the
desolate Askin Chin basin. More than 150 miles of riding above
16,500 feet will took us to the border of Western Tibet. We found
our way south to the ancient kingdoms of Tsaparang and Tholing,
then on to one of the most sacred mountains in all of Asia, the
Holy Mt. Kailash. From the far reaches of Western Tibet a loose,
sandy, rock-strewn track leads to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
Following a well deserved rest in Lhasa, we pointed our bikes
toward the luxuries and comforts of Kathmandu. Our minds were
filled with thoughts of apple pie and chocolate brownie sundaes
that awaited us more than 600 miles to the south.