India: 86 girls successfully cycled from Kullu to Khardungla (18,380 ft)!
YHA India recently organised a new ‘High Adventure’ programme, called the ‘National Mountain Bike Expedition’, which saw the largest all-girl group successfully cycle 600km to the highest motorable pass of the world - Khardungla (18,380 ft).
On the 16th August 2011, the group of woman from various backgrounds took part in the expedition, which saw them cycle from Kullu to Khardung La, covering 600km. With the aim of empowering women, the group cycled together through the world’s most hazardous and difficult mountainous terrain, covering 600km and climbing Rohtang Pass (13,051 Ft.), Bara Lacha Pass (16,050 Ft.), Lachung La Pass (16,600 Ft.) Tanglang La Pass (17, 469 Ft.) and finally to world’s highest motorable Khardung La Pass (18,380 Ft.). Dr. Harish K Saxena, National Chairman of YHA India commented ‘It is a matter of immense pleasure and achievement when the 86 girls successfully cycled to Khardung La (18,380 Ft.) and completed the expedition. Participants faced lack of oxygen and high altitude sickness but successfully over came these challenges with the support of adequate medical equipment, physiotherapy and yoga classes. Never in the history of adventure sports has such a programme been organised by any organisation with such a large group ofgGirls and completed successfully. This shows the dedication and commitment of the Participants, Organizers and Spirit of Adventure among all who were associated with the program’. For all the photos, please click here.
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