“It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong”

6 deaths, 4 rolled trucks, and a spin out we found this quote being thrown around a lot…

The original plan was to make a one night trip to race up through the Himalayas and tick off India’s most northern state Jammu/Kashmir. When packing our day packs we did not realise that the clothes we had were the ones we would be wearing for the next 4 days.

Vehicle wise we also found ourselves under prepared. Being supplied a two wheel drive family car we had no idea what we were in for and neither did our driver. After an hour of navigating the snaking roads we were starting to climb the first of two summits. We had finally adjusted to the ridiculous nature of these roads and were starting to relax even with the 40ft drop looming only centimeters away. Just as we had found our zen everything went quiet, no engine revs and no chatter we all froze up like the wheels sliding across the icy road. In a matter of seconds our car had started spinning out of control catching us off guard. As we came to a halt we found ourselves lucky, spinning inwards towards the mountain instead of being thrown over one of the many cliffs.

This being the first of many hiccups set the pace for the next few days. After leaving the family car behind and hitchhiking the rest of the way we would find ourselves in situations that would be some of the scariest and most epic of our lives.

It was an experience that we lived but not one we would want to relive.




4 responses

  1. You will dine out on this adventure for years to come! As one of the “Mums”, I’m glad to hear of the dramas after the event, knowing that you are all safe ‘n sound!!

    October 28, 2010 at 7:10 AM

  2. papa dum

    ………… now you’re REALLY travelling !!!

    go get ’em gang.

    papa DUM

    October 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

  3. This is everyday life in the Indian Himalayas. When I was there I saw numerous trucks off cliffs and people killed, but it is taken as “meant to be” and for westerners the surrounding nonchelance can be disturbing.

    Stoked you guys are safe. And that you were lucky enough to get out of your temporary home town there – sometimes people get snowed in and can’t leave for 6 months!

    Continue the journey and the stories.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

  4. Pooja

    Jesus. Please be careful guys!

    October 28, 2010 at 3:16 PM

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