High-altitude motorcycle expedition flagged in at Leh

The Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition from Leh to Karakoram Pass was successfully completed on Saturday and was flagged in at Leh town in Jammu and Kashmir, said an official.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said: “The 14-day, 11-member Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition from Leh to Karakoram Pass was successfully completed and the expedition was flagged in at Leh today (Saturday) by Lieutenant General Y.K. Joshi, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Fire and Fury Corps.

“The unprecedented expedition that began on April 7 this year traversed over 1,000 km in the forbidding landscape of eastern Ladakh, crossing the mighty Khardung La and Chang La passes in the Ladakh Range at altitudes over 17,000 feet.”

The expedition team comprised six motorcyclists from the Army Service Corps, a major logistics service of the Indian Army, and five riders from Royal Enfield and Himalayan Motorsports Association.

“To their credit goes the historic landmark of riding to the Karakoram Pass in the Karakoram Range situated at an altitude of 18,600 feet where they reached on April 16,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion earlier at the Karakoram Pass, Lt Gen Y.K. Joshi had complimented the spirited riders on their path-breaking achievement.