Today’s ride starts out level, but a few km up the road after we cross the Tikke–Zam River, we begin the long ascent to the summit of the Black Mountains. Today’s climb is our first really big climb, gaining over 1460m over 40km. Lunch will be served on route depending on the time. After lunch more climbing up to small pass marked by a stupa and finally some downhill to finish the day. We will be enjoying the beautiful Phobjikha Valley, this evening, exploring the monastery of Gangtey and the village. Perhaps we will spot some Black Neck Cranes, which migrate here to escape Tibet’s harsh winters.
Cycling distance: 66km