Biking Through the Valley of Death

IT WAS APRIL 28, 2019. On my KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, I exited Penang through Bukit Kayu Hitam. The group of us, seven riders in total, were on our way to Tibet. The journey would take us 42 days, covering 15,000km in mileage.

From Thailand, we rode through Laos, Yunnan Province in China, and finally reached Tibet via the Southern Route. There, we went through Lhasa, arrived at Mount Everest and Mount Kailash and reached Pangong Lake, the epicentre of the China-India border dispute.

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Tempted to complete the Tibetan Loop, we then rode through the desert via the Northern Route on our return journey. This stretch of 1,600km was as dangerous as it was punishing. Our tour guide told me that no foreign motorcycle group had ever ridden this route before. We were the first.

An adrenaline junkie, Ong Soo Yong used to race cars for fun in the Sepang International Circuit before taking up biking which has led him on many unforgettable adventures, one of which is this harrowing Tibetan journey.

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