Mountain biking is all about getting yourself out on an adventure, and it doesn’t get more adventurous than freeriding down from the highest vehicle-accessible mountain pass in the world.
The spot is Khardung La in the Himalayas, and with a peak 18,380 feet high, it makes for a pretty formidable foe. When Kelly McGarry and Jeremy Lyttle are on the camera though, you know there’s going to be no taking easy, and as you’d expect, it makes for a pretty spectacular watch:
This edit engulfs everything that makes freeriding the romantic favourite of the mountain biking world. Exploration, exhilaration, danger, stunning scenery, it’s what the sport is all about. The riders love to do it and the fans love to watch.
The only problem these days is finding a spot remote enough to provide the full package while ensuring the terrain you’re riding is still shit hot. The lads certainly seem to have nailed it on that front though – from the dirts and rocks of the mountain to the urban segment they ride in a nearby town, it all rides smooth.
McGarry and Lyttle certainly milk the local area for all it’s got. Not only are there plenty of sick lines in there, there’s an abundance of local culture too. Kelly even stops by a barber! Not to get that long hair cut off of course, but the dude stops to gets a cutthroat shave on the street mid-ride.
Oh, and since it’s unacceptable to write an article about Kelly McGarry without showing the footage of him flipping the 72-foot canyon gap at Red Bull Rampage, here you go. It never fails to impress: