Tuesday, September 13, 2011

HimalayasX2011, Western China Expedition supporting IDEAS & Education Through Expeditions

HimalayasX2011, Western China Expedition supporting IDEAS & ETE (Notes)

by Brian Perich on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 3:28pm

HimalayasX2011, Western China Expedition supporting IDEAS & ETE
Lo-Fi version 1.0 shot with a GoPro Helmet Hero camera Trailer for a self-supported expedition by bicycle across western China, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas, crossing both Sichuan and Yunnan provinces....
Comments from the brief video, notes on cycling in western China, photos and foundations 
    • Murray Du Plessis: 
      Yunnan looks like the place to be in China!

    • Nathan Busch:
      Did you up that pass to the west of Chengdu? Looks like there's one pass there that goes up to 17,000 ft... (at least looking on google earth). ah, if only i'd not sworn to myself to go home in december, i think that's where i'd be headed..

    • Brian Perich: 
      ‎Nathan Busch - change plans and ride there! I rode from Chengdu to Xinjin, Luding, Erlung Mountain tunnel (eek, hell...place to die!), Shin-Do-Cheng, but that epic peak of 17000ft is probably inside Tibet, off limits this year, so I routed 857km southwest to Jolong, Mianning, Xicheng, Yan Yuan, Lugu Hu (SIchuan and Yunnan borders) and continued to Lijiang and Shangri-La (night ride was awesome with a tiny headlight!) and Deqin (Baima Snow Mountain) and in sight of Meili Mountain but there's a huge descent into the valley and up into the Tibetan border too...stopped there, this was about 2200km from Chengdu, the first half I spent in Xinjiang with the Taklamakan crossing all the way from Urumqi, Korla, back to Tian Shan MOuntains that crossed earlier along the G314 (Silk Road paved, linked to KKH Karakoram Highway) and at Luntai, you drop south 552km and cross the desert to Min Fung (a great experience, a Nan bread a day! pissing out of my rear and keep pedaling, explosive not continuous so no problem). And on to Yecheng along the southern Silk Road, to Cudi Mountains Himalayas and stopped at military checkpoint and all the way back to Kashgar! Fieww! I didn't ride Tibet and 1000's of Chinese do with many guesthouses along the way (scattered inside ofcourse when terrain gets worse) but in teams, I couldn't believe the 100's riding to Lhasa from Chengdu, Sichuan...that's the way it went.

    • Nathan Busch:
      Wow, sounds amazing... cool. Once in a lifetime thing. I don't think that pass is in Tibet, its near Zhong Shan peak (China Mountain), and not too far from Chengdu. It's not a peak, just a pass (some nearby peaks are like 20,000 feet.) I used to ride up a pass in Colorado, where I'm from, that was 12,000 ft, and there's a race there that finishes at 14,000 feet, but it looks like the Himalayas in that area are more jagged and a bit taller so it would be cool to check it out.. but I have other stuff to consider such as going back to school, etc... anyway, looks like fun.

    • Brian Perich:
      I don't use Google Earth, but I should...I rely on local maps, from my journal, Khan-Zhe-Do Mountain 4298m (14,100 feet), Mopan Shen 2200m, Lugu Hu Lake, 2785m, longest tunnel between Jolong and Mianning was 2.7km, Joling Shen 2930m, Deko Shen (MOuntain) 4032m with Sino-TIbetan yak herders,70km north of Jolong 3750m (notes: walking up the mountains), Sin-Do-Cheng 3000m, Ji Chou Shen 4320m, Baima Snow Mountain 4265m (camped here) and the most important, but overcast when I ended the expedition and didn't reach the basecamp of Meili Mountain, the place to see for sure -

    • Brian Perich: 
      Meili Mountain or Kawagebo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meili_Snow a great place off the bike for trekking, I've seen friends photos and met trekkers in Deqin on their way out there. I am alone and malnourished and near the end of the road with Tibet, overland and air it took a week to return to Korea to get an idea. I will go back and trek here, cycling through to Tibet of course, would be a winner too, but not with political and cultural tension now, need peace within to visit down the road

      Kawagebo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Kawagebo (卡瓦格博, Chinese transliteration of the name of Khawakarpo) 

      • Nathan Busch: 
        ahh, yeah, that area, i saw that on Google E, too. Right, Tibet would be a hassle what with getting visas, etc.. plus maybe dangerous. The area I saw was further North and East. I never realized til I had a whole week sitting at work with absolutely no work to do and time to use internet for fun how huge the Himalayas are, as a mountain range. Seriously, must be like 5000 km long or something. And then once u get over that ridge, the high altitude plain just keeps going for hundreds and hundreds of miles...

      • Brian Perich: ‎
        Nathan, I've googled cycling Tibet and know a few who have ridden the entire backbone of the Himalayas like Rick Gunn, also a Coloradoan. It's the epic bicycle challenge and a sacred world to explore on and offroad in Tibetan territories. If only Beijing wasn't so self-destructive in these territorial areas, we would see much more on the inside, it's a conflict zone now and perhaps always will be, also zoned to become a large Chinese holiday destination as the 100s of cyclists I met were all headed for Lhasa from Chengdu and a dozen or less a day ride the backbone from Kashgar-Yecheng-Cudi-Mazar-Sashe-lire and Honloutan-Tomar-Zitour-Ali-Zhongba-Saga-Lhaze-Shigaze-Lhasa- and on to Chengdu. How to do it legally on a bike? I don't know and there are many more military checkpoints than ever before with the disputed borders with Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nepal right on the western/southern borders.. Rick Gunn found a way and his http://www.soulcycler.com/may give some photographic insights

        Welcome to the home of Rick Gunn, photographer, cyclist and adventurer

Foundations: HimalayasX2011 expedition supports ETE Education Through Expeditions, UK where explorers meet students in the classrooms and inspire, educate and encourage learning through Global Adventure Exploration. http://www.etelive.org
Foundations: IDEAS Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, Canada, providing HOPE and community support for those suffering from IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)      http://nogutsknowglory.com and http://weneedideas.com                                                           

                               Xizang Tibetan Autonomous Region of western China
 Reaching the peak, Khan-Zhe-Do Mountain, 4298meter 14100feet

(Camera: GoPro Helmet Hero)

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Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

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Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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