Since childhood, I had loopy concepts of travelling to locations which had been remote and unexplored, as I used to be interested by them.
After years of doing analysis on the place to go, I lastly narrowed down my decisions to a few locations: Spiti Valley in India, Pamir Mountain in Tajikistan and Ruga Tadrart or Tadrart Rogue in Algeria.
The first vacation spot I went to was Spiti Valley in 2017. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India, Spiti Valley sits on the nation’s Himalayan border with Tibet. I used to be on a highway journey with buddies, and we drove by what was regarded as one of many deadliest roads in the world.
We began our 750km journey in Shimla, passing by villages like Sarahan, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako, Kaza and Rohtan Pass; the drive ended at Manali.
Exploring Himalaya through these routes took us to some unfamiliar but beautiful landscapes and numerous terrains, from the luxurious mountains of Kinnaur Valley and spectacular peaks of Lahul, and the beautiful deep blue lake of Chandratal.
We meandered alongside the Satluj River, after which additional alongside Spiti Valley, we noticed vibrant Tibetan monasteries.
The highest level of the highway was the Kunzum Pass, which stood at an elevation of 4,590m. It is considered one of world’s highest mountain passes that a automobile is ready to undergo.
The drive was sluggish, and there have been loads of signal boards alongside the best way that reminded drivers to watch out. Many sections of the highway had been so slender that any error in judgment would imply tumbling down the valley and into the fast-flowing river!
It was a nerve-racking expertise and undoubtedly not for the faint-hearted. Nevertheless it was additionally essentially the most thrilling drive I had ever had in my life.
About a yr later, I travelled to Pamir Mountain, which is dubbed the “roof of the world”. The route I took was a traditionally necessary one, operating alongside the Silk Road.
Pamir is among the best-kept secrets and techniques as a vacationer vacation spot; it is usually probably the most inaccessible locations in the world. My journey of 1,200km began in Dushanbe in Tajikistan. This route took me by among the most excessive terrains, perpetually subjected to landslides, avalanches, earthquakes in addition to tough climate situations.
Driving alongside the Panj River we had been usually confronted with hairpin turns and precipitous cliffs far above the water. The drive cuts by the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous area, the place we acquired to go to the Wakhan Corridor and see the snow peaks of Trans-Alay.
We stopped at locations like Khorog, Isskhasem, Alichur Murgab, Karakul Sari Tash and Sari Mogul, and ended the journey at Osh in Kyrgyzstan. We drove throughout desert landscapes, previous beautiful turquoise lakes and golden meadows, and went by mountain passes.
There had been additionally a few scorching springs, Saka tombs (or burial mounds) and outdated Kyrgyz graves, in addition to some Marco Polo sheep and ibex.
The lakes in Pamir – together with Karakul, Bulunkul, Sarez and Yashikul – had been a kaleidoscope of blues and greens.
The Kyrgyzstan border – Kyzyl Art Pass – is among the highest border crossings in the world. When I declared my passport there, the officer needed to check with a grasp record of nations for reference. I feel I could also be considered one of solely a handful of Malaysians that has ever gone by that verify level.
Finally, in 2019, I went to Tadrart Rogue. Sharing borders with Libya and Niger, its reddish environment and rock formations resemble the planet Mars.
Tourism is just not Algeria’s principal financial commerce, though its portion of the Sahara desert is in style, particularly amongst journey travellers.
Djanet, a small city in the south, was the place our journey began. It was a six-day, seven-night highway journey and the drive minimize by Tilafazo Tiseteka, Oued Innahar, Tehe Tahosaiet, Moul Naga, Ouenzaouaten, Tin Tehak, and Tin Merzouga.
The drive was superior as there was nobody else on the highway. This expertise was really distinctive to me. We went by spectacular landscapes just like the sand dunes that appeared to be greater than mountains and the black basalt formations. We additionally slept underneath the celebs.
The excessive terrain is just not the one draw although – scattered throughout this rugged panorama was one of many world’s most splendid collections of prehistoric rock artwork. It was like an open museum.
The locals who accompanied us are generally known as the Tuareg, they usually had been among the hardest folks I had ever seen. They had been in a position to stroll continuous in the desert for hours and hiked up the sand dunes effortlessly.
Tadrart is a controversial space as it’s mentioned there are immigrants who cross over to illegally dig up valuable metals. Also, some components of the Algerian Sahara are usually not accessible to foreigners as a consequence of its proximity to hostile neighbours.
According to the locals I used to be the primary Malaysian that they had met, although I used to be not completely positive if that was true. They requested me to present them the Malaysian flag I used to be carrying as a memento, and I did.
These three journeys to comparatively unknown locations really did change my notion on life, and the setting. I had finished one thing unpredictable and explored the unknown, lived in unimaginable locations, and met some fantastic folks.
I encourage any adventure-seeking vacationers to incorporate these locations in their subsequent journey plans as they’re really price visiting.
The views expressed are completely the reader’s personal.