The event started on 10 October 2020 from Leh, after acclimatization and training of 20 days in Ladakh. This record has never been attempted earlier and I got a cut-off time of 40 hours to get into the record books. The terrain was unforgiving, 40% of roads in bad state and the low temperature at night tested our grit to reach the finish point within the cut-off. The lowest temperature which he encountered was -12oC at Sarchu.
It was very challenging to hold the handlebar straight due to the freezing temperatures and braking on the downhill sections was actually dicey. The route has 04 high altitude passes (Taglang La, Nakee La, Lachulung La and Baralacha La) highest being at the height of 17,480 feet and the cumulative elevation gain of 29,200 feet. I had to take the longer route via Rohtang Pass as the Guinness authorities had not permitted to take the newly constructed Atal Tunnel, which would have reduced the distance by 40 km. I took 35 hours 25 minutes & 22 seconds to traverse the route and set up a new record.
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