3rd Ladakh MTB Fest 2021 – Ladakh, India

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The third #LadakhMTBFest 2021 was all about speed and good times. The weekend event at #DiskoValleyBikePark in #Ladakh saw riders from #HimachalPradesh, #Maharashtra, #Uttarakhand and the local Ladakh rippers. This high altitude gathering in Ladakh is hosted by the Unexplored Ladakh crew who are also the folks behind Disko Valley Bike Park.

The Shanti Stupa looking over the chaos on wheels going down at Disko Valley Bike Park
Big sends in thin air. Vinay Menon from Pune, Maharashtra sailing over Disko hits. \\ Photo: Blackfurst Media
Ladakh MTB Fest attendees taking a breather at noon.

The Ladakh MTB Fest included, Pump Track Race for Juniors, Highest Bunny Hop Challenge, Longest Jump Challenge, a race down the berm laden trail ’15 Angry Men’ – Berm Attack along with free sessions down the Disko Valley hills all day.

Samandar Thakur from Himachal Pradesh was joined by his biggest supporters, his parents! Here’s Sam’s dad capturing the good moments as Sam clears the bar during the “Highest Bunny Hop” challenge.
“I love riding my bike!” – Samandar Thakur.

Focusing on the local scene this year, the fest was aimed at having more local riders push themselves and step up their riding level. Also an official opening of the new trails at Disko Valley Bike Park, the riders sessioned new pre-built features and new chutes.


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Unexplored Ladakh team hitter, Skaldan Urgyan dropping in on one of the chutes at Disko Valley Bike Park.


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“Where’s the beer?”

Samandar Thakur floating over the Bunny Hop bar, taking home the win.

This year’s Ladakh MTB Fest was dedicated to our brother, the late shredder Fhzal Wani from Kashmir who left us a year ago. Fhzal’s friends joined in and participated in every comp over the weekend. They rode in his memory, keeping his full throttle spirit alive.


After a weekend of thrills and spills here are the results of the comps that went down at the 3rd Ladakh MTB Fest 2021.

\\ Pump Track Race (Jr)
1: Samandar Thakur (Himachal Pradesh)
2: Stanzin Rigsang (Ladakh)
3: Namgial Dorsey (Ladakh)

\\ Berm Attack Race
1: Skaldan Urgyan (Ladakh)
2: Samandar Thakur (Himachal Pradesh)
3: Stanzin Rigsang (Ladakh)

\\ Bunny Hop Challenge
Samandar Thakur (Himachal Pradesh)

\\ Long Jump Challenge
Samandar Thakur (Himachal Pradesh)

One step at a time, the Ladakh MTB Fest is improving each year. The 2022 Fest will only be a better and radder.

Pune’s Gautam Taode and Vinay Menon during the free sessions at Disko Valley Bike Park. Ladakh MTB Fest 2021.


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