IPS Sanjeeb Panda shares Manali-Leh-Khardungla cycling thrill

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Khardungla: A 13-member team of Bhubaneswar Cycling and Adventure Club (BCAC) led by IPS Sanjeeb Panda successfully completed their cycling trip on one of the highest motorable roads of the world.

This was Annual Flagship Adventure of BCAC on the route of Manali-Leh-KhardungLa (MLK) over an altitude of 17900ft MSL (Mean Sea Level).

The team embarked the adventure on August 2 from Manali and concluded at KhardungLa top on August 11.

“Manali-Leh-KhardungLa route is considered as one of the toughest routes of the world and rated as an extreme route by Nat-Geo Adventure. It has many extreme challenges and adventures of high-altitude in low-oxygen levels,” said BCAC team leader IPS Sanjeeb Panda.

I along with 13 members of Bhubaneswar Cycling and Adventure Club successfully completed the 10 days grueling cycling Adventure in the Himalayas covering 550 km. During the trip, we cycled under scorching heat, shivering cold, sandstorm, spine-chilling hailstorm, gravelled & almost non-existent roads, and glacial nalas, he added.

The feeling of cycling to the top of highest all weather motorable road of the world, Khardung La pass (17982 ft) cannot be expressed in words, Panda said expressing the thrill.

We covered 6 high-altitude passes namely, Rohtang Pass (13050ft), BarlachaLa pass (16150ft), NakeeLa Pass (15547ft), LachungLa Pass (16616ft), TanglangLa Pass (17582ft) and KhardungLa Pass (17982ft), he completed.

Sanjeeb Panda, Lalit Das, Ajay Nanda, Gopal Krushna Sahu, Abhimanyu Sahu, Srinivas Sahu, Sibasis Mohanty, Sudhanwa Das, Sipra Hota, Bibhu Prasad Kar, Jay Narayan Pujapanda, Manoj Kumar Prusty and Santosh Kumar Rout participated in this Cycling Adventure of BCAC.

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