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First Motorcycle Expedition to Karakoram Pass Flagged Off

Published Apr 07, 2019
Updated Apr 18, 2020

The much-awaited Himalayan Heights Expedition was flagged off  by General Officer Commanding 3 Infantry Division, Maj Gen Sanjiv Rai, SM, VSM at 10 AM from Karu Military Station.

14 days, 11 bikes and 1 dream expedition, the Himalayan Heights winter bike expedition from Leh to KK Pass will cover over 1,000 km and is likely to qualify for inclusion in the record books. This road route initially used as the Afghan trade route has never been explored by any biker in the world. The expedition is led by Indian Army team comprising riders from Army Service Corps, Royal Enfield and Himalayan Motorsports.

The Team is ready to brave all odds in the unforgiving terrain and the extreme climate of the region, to complete a motorcycle expedition to Karakoram Pass. In this 20th Anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas, such adventure activities undertaken by brave Army personnel including women officers serve to renew and rekindle the spirit of fortitude, courage and adventure synonymous with the Indian Army.

In 2007 Shri Murli Deora, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas today flagged off a motorbike expedition to Daulat Beg Oldi in Jammu & Kashmir from M/s Engineers Service Station, IndianOil’s Retail Outlet in Delhi. Sponsored by IndianOil, the expedition has been organized by the Bikers for Integration and Conservation of Environment (BICE). Shri Murli Deora, also released the expedition commemorator in the presence of Shri V.C. Agrawal, Director (HR) and other senior officials of IndianOil.

On this occasion, Shri Murli Deora emphasized that this expedition titled ‘Peaks Of Freedom’ will be a tribute to the courage, patriotism and resilience of our armed forces as the members of the expedition are scheduled to touch those Himalayan ranges where our men in uniform have made some of the greatest sacrifices during Chinese War and Kargil conflict.

He was hopeful about the expedition members forging a closer bond with the people of those regions through which they pass, promoting national integrity and spreading the message of peace. On their way, the expedition members will touch the Himalayan ranges passing through Rohtang, Baralacha La, Nakee La Lachalung La, Tanglang La, Chang La, Khardung La reaching Daulat Beg Oldi near Karakoram Pass at an approximate height of 18,000 feet, criss-crossing several Trans Himalayan passes and arduous terrain. The members of the team which comprises journalists, photographers and other professionals have chosen a village located at the northernmost tip of Ladakh as their summit.

While wishing the expedition team members all success in their thrilling venture, Shri Murli Deora complimented the nation’s premier oil company, IndianOil, for sponsoring such an adventurous mission. The Minister added that powered by IndianOil’s world class engine oils and their own undaunted spirit, these young men will surpass all obstacles and stand up to any challenge that nature presents.

Shri V.C. Agrawal, Director(HR), IndianOil in his address congratulated BICE on their resoluteness, their spirit of adventures and unquenchable desire to better themselves in leading daredevil expeditions up the treacherous slopes of the indomitable Himalayas. He said that the 13 member team which aimed to travel through difficult terrain included four ladies whom he specially saluted for showing the world that women were every bit as capable and daring as men. He further said that we at IndianOil respect such spirit, determination and dedication because we can fully empathize with it.