We first travelled to Ladakh in 2013 when we road a Royal Enfield motorbike from Manali to Leh, returning via the high altitude lakes, unassisted. It was an incredible trip. The senses were put into overdrive, and we did have our fair share of tribulations too. The landscape and the people captivated us though, and having only spent 3 days in Leh, we swore to come back here one day. This year we fulfilled the promise and returned for 12 days, with the plan of taking it slow and immersing ourselves in the culture and the scenery, and exploring more of the region. We travelled over in late October, it was autumn and the snow was starting to fall on the peaks ahead of the winter. It was cold, beautiful and soul-rejuvenating, letting us take it all in, and stopping for a moment in our busy lives to just ‘breathe’.
Earlier this year we ventured into the heart of the Bangweulu Wetlands to document the incredible work that African Parks is doing there with the protection of the wildlife, and the involvement of the community to realise conservation on a broad scale.
Given the name Bangweulu, meaning “where the water meets the sky”, this community-owned protected wetland in north-eastern Zambia is one of the mot extraordinary wetlands in all of Africa.
At the end of October we traveled to Ladakh in India for 12 days. This was our second visit to the area after first experiencing its beauty in 2013 when we rode 1,100 km through Ladkah on the popular Manail-Leh route, then returning via the Lakes of Ladakh, unassisted on a Royal Enfield 350cc Bullet. We spent 3 days in the northern city of Leh, and swore to return and explore the area properly one day. 4 years later, we managed to fulfill our promise and spent an incredible 2 weeks exploring the surrounds of Leh, the Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and the Leh-Kargil highway. We managed to become acquainted with 3 of the bluest rivers (the Indus, Shyock and Zanskar), and watched the change of season as the poplar trees turned color in the fall, and the snow fell on the peaks. The mountains bought back a sense of balance, and calmness in our lives, combined with the mixed cultures of the Muslim and Buddhist communities that live in Ladakh.
We are working on a new travel video and hope to have it out early next year.