High altitude biking and trekking expedition starts

Jun 04, 2015 20:45 | Chandigarh

Chandigarh,4th june (kulbir singh kalsi)To commemorate Golden Jubilee year of the Golden Key Division, a 15 member high altitude biking and trekking expedition culminated here today with flagging in by Lt Gen Amarjeet Singh, GOC, Kharga Corps. This was undertaken to showcase the indomitable will and the spirit of adventure in the Indian Army. Maj Gen MS Ghura, GOC Golden Key Division was also present alongwith a host of senior veterans who had commanded the Division earlier. The expedition was flagged off on 08 May. The Expedition Team successfully covered  a distance of 644 km in 22 days in an inhospitable mountain terrain of Himachal Pradesh traversing heights upto 4500m.  The team started the mountain terrain biking from Shimla and followed the route of Matiana- Kumarsain- Pooh- Sumdo- Kaza- Losar- Kunzum La- Batal- Gramphoo- Rohtang- Manali and carried out cycling and trekking where snow was still there, through the arduous and inhospitable areas like Kunzom La (4500m) and Rohtang Pass.    

         Besides achieving its aim of spreading spirit of adventure, camaraderie and patriotism, the team also promoted the noble and national issues such as women empowerment and environmental awareness through interaction with local youth and elders.