Entering the plateau, we were greeted by relentless rolling mountains, among which stands as the natural boundary of Yajiang and Litang, Kazila Mountain, at its highest altitude of 4,718 meters. Winding on the hill roads and overlooking verdant woodlands on rising peaks wrapped by layers of thick mist, we felt as if we were walking through my butts. We also had the honor to enjoy a great view of the legendary Sisters Lake, the turquoise waters surrounded by snow-capped hills,the dual jade jewels embedded in the plateau.

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When riding motorcycles in Tibet, one will meet the eye with heavenly-beautifuls ceneries while the strenuous journey will drain the body like hell, as they said. Leaving Litang behind, the team switched to a complete off-road mode, trudging the way in dirt and mud, and finally reached Batang at 7 p.m. With an eye to even worse road conditions ahead, we decided to take one day off in Batang.

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Along the way we ran into small groups of bikers from time to time, some of whom show great interest in our rides and tried the Lifan KP motorcycles as well, which might be the most wonderful part for a tour.

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From Batang to Zogong, there were 4 mountains for us to cross in a short distance of 260km, the highest one at 5,000 meters altitude. Crossing the Sichuan-Tibet border we officially set our wheels on the land of Tibet. Climbing over 5,000 meters above the sea level, several of us began to suffer from various symptoms of altitude illness.

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Lifan KPS surprised us with amazing performance on the rough hilly roads. Its absorbers perfectly coped with the 100-bumpy roads full of pits and holes where we saw a lot of road construction proceeding alongside, and overtook other two motorcades uphill.

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Weather in Tibet can change from sunny to stormy in a blink of the eye, yet from Zogong to Rawok the biggest challenge for riders is not the altitude, but over a hundred 180° twists and turns on the mountain roads winding through the elevation drop of near 2,000 meters from Nujiang River vally to Mount Yela pass. Given the overwhelming number of curves on Sichuan-Tibet Highway and frequent mudslides during summer, it is widely known as “the Path of Death”.

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Looking back at the zigzags behind us, we relished in the pride of accomplishment. It felt like winning our very first trophy on the racing track. Strolling in Rawok where most of the houses have no electricity, we had plenty of time to immerse ourselves in the vast expanse of nature. Rawok Lake lay quietly in front of usquietly, mirroring the snowy mountains in the crystal blue water, a pure land of peace secluded from the bustle of metropolis and a real blessing for the weary hearts travelling this far.

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