Lo Manthang: Exploring the Lost Kingdom on two wheels

We were done with lunch at Kagbeni at around 1.00pm. We rested a bit–a useful rule of thumb for every mountain biker to follow after a meal (dal-bhat is reasonably a large meal). It was almost 2 pm when we hopped onto our bikes. The itinerary for the day was Chele. Since we had to […]

Himalayan Marmot’s formula to survive high altitude constraints: Mutate

The Himalayan marmot (Marmota himalayana) has always fascinated scientists and alpinists who travel to high altitudes. The large squirrels dwell at elevations of 1,900–5,000 m around the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Pakistan, and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China. At such altitudes, the air is thin and temperatures regularly plummet to below zero degree Celsius. […]