The Tricolour flew high on the Karokaram pass on April 16, 2019 in celebration of 20 years of the Kargil Vijay Divas, celebrated on the July 26 marking the victory of India over Pakistan in the fateful 1999 Kargil War. Press Information Bureau (PIB) released a statement detailing the mighty feat by the Indian Army's 'Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition.'
"The 11 member ‘Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition’ which was flagged off from Karu (Leh) on 07 April 2019 traversed the challenging terrain of Eastern Ladakh, across the Chang La pass and has reached the mighty ‘Karakoram Pass’ situated at an altitude of 18,176 feet on the Karakoram Ranges on 16 April 2019."
The terrain was treacherous with temperatures dipping as low as -40 deg Celsius. This team which undertaken this brave expedition to commemorate the bravery of the Indian Army which fought the Kargil War was cheered on by Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding of the Fire and Fury Corps, according to PIB.
The team comprised six Indian Army personnel, four from the Royal Enfield team and one member of the Himalayan Motorsports Association.
Lauding the efforts of the team, Lt. Gen YK Joshi had specially mentioned the two Women Officers from the Army Service Corps and the woman member of the Royal Enfield team.
Saluting the Indian Army's spirit of fortitude, bravery and adventure, this Himalayan Heights Expedition was themed ‘Remember, Rejoice & Renew’ and conducted in the Ladakh region which was witness to immortal tales of sacrifice during the Kargil War in 1999.
Pictures of the expedition were shared by the team: