Ride Diary: Hatu Peak Climb

10568797_583308828445450_4508087572182797827_nOn a clear day at 10.30 am, Ashish & Devender set off from Narkanda with the intent to improve their Hatu Climb PB. At an elevation of 11152 ft, the road to Hatu Peak goes through a magnificent coniferous forest of Blue Pine, Deodar, Spruce and Fir. At the top is an intricately carved wooden temple dedicated to Hatu Mata and a spectacular view of the Himalayas.The 6 km climb started from the Hatu Peak base at 2600 m. It’s a relatively comfortable ride till the 2900 m point when one starts to feel the effects of the altitude, which are further amplified by seeing the sheer drop on the sides. The climb never gets easier and takes unrelenting non stop pedalling all the way to the top, except for a small flat section of about 200 m where the Gujjar hut is located. The two riders kept up the the punishing climb with 5 to 6 very short electrolyte breaks of ORS and water, and 5 to 6 mins of stoppages to pick up the empty plastic bottles and wrappers thrown by thoughtless tourists…gr8 work guys : )

 

It was 11.34 am when Ashish and Devender reached the top of Hatu Peak and found to their delight that they had bettered their previous timing – Ashish by 16 min and Devender achieved his target by completing it in 41 min. Exhilarated with the new PB, they took a half an hour break to visit the temple and take a couple of quick pics before heading down.

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If the climb was punishing, it’s nothing compared to the dangerous downhill. The steep and narrow turns make it difficult to corner properly and of course makes speeding out of the question. The tarmac road has large sections with loose pebbles, which prevent the tyres from getting a grip. To make matters worse, there are blind curves all over making the descent even more hazardous. With all these factors in mind, it took our brave duo 15 min to do the extremely challenging downhill and reach the base safely. A pat on the back for a great job done…way to go guys : )

Stats: Distance 6 km; Elevation Gain: 570 m ;
Time taken to Climb: 1 hr 4 min ; Time taken to Descend : 15 min

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