Altitude Recap: Day One to Three
From September 10th to 15th, Himalayan Life CEO and Founder, Daniel Burgi, and five of his friends are biking to raise funds and awareness for education in the Himalayas. You can follow along live through our Instagram and Facebook pages. Don’t have social media? You can still see our updates by checking out our Facebook page!
Before Daniel and the team began their journey, they joined Himalayan Life’s Ladakh Children’s Home for migrant families, then, with the cheers and support of the Nepalese children, the team was sent on their way. Starting in Leh and cycling 60km to Shakti, the trek began well but gained difficulty with an elevation gain of 660m.
The second day of riding for the cyclists was one of their more challenging days. With an elevation gain of 2,104m and 106km travelled, Daniel and the other cyclists biked from Shakti to Pengong Lake. On this day, the team biked up Chang-La, the second highest pass in the world at 17,688ft. Despite all this, Daniel and the team are full of smiles.
Daniel and the other cyclists travelled 168km from Pengong Lake to Shyok with an elevation gain of 1,650m. The team then had the opportunity to take a break with a few Nepalese roadside workers where they could hear their stories of hardship and resilience. In these moments of connection, Daniel and the team were reminded of why they are riding: providing opportunities for education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.