September 27, 2022

World’s first solo motorcycle expedition in Northern Himalayan passes culminates

New Delhi, The world’s first solo motorcycle expedition undertaken by Kanchan Ugusandi, covering 18 treacherous passes in Northern Himalayan ranges culminated at Seema Sadak Bhawan in New Delhi on July 07. The expedition was flagged off by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh from New Delhi on June 11.

The month-long expedition witnessed many firsts by a solo woman rider. Miss Ugusandi has become the first solo woman biker to scale the Umlingla Pass, the first woman to cover the 18 passes and also the first woman to traverse a distance of 3,187 kilometre from New Delhi-Manali-Leh -Umlingla-Delhi in one go.

The expedition was jointly flagged in by Director General Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry and Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) SM Vaidya. Miss Ugusandi traversed the distance in 25 days and crossed 18 passes to include the world’s highest motorable Umlingla pass at 19,300 feet made by Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

On successful completion of the expedition, DGBR complemented Miss Ugusandi for her determination and perseverance in undertaking the expedition through extremely harsh terrain and also to honour the dauntless courage and supreme sacrifice of BRO Karmyogis for the development of road infrastructure in border areas.

The solo motorcycle expedition also played a pivotal role in promoting road and COVID safety awareness in border areas. The DGBR added that this unique motorcycle expedition demonstrates the strong resolve of Indian women, who are breaking stereotypes and taking the challenges which were hitherto not undertaken. It will also signify women empowerment, he said.

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