After setting a
worlds first and creating a new record category on Sep 2, 2003 by
traversing three of the worlds highest passes in 14 hours and 44
minutes, OutThere Adventurers embarked on creating another new record –
that of traversing four of the worlds highest roads in a single day -
Marsimik La, Khardung La, Tanglang La and Chang La.
But, unlike the 2003 effort when the record was set in a solo effort,
this time the record was attempted by a group of six motorbikers. The
successful Expedition conducted on July 31, 2004 created a new record
category – “The first team to traverse four of the worlds highest roads
in a single day.”
Putting things in
perspective ... a look around the world So, what is so special about a
bunch of crazy motorbikers riding up into the wild yonder? Let us try
and put things in perspective. Our Planet is divided into seven
continents – North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Antarctica,
Oceania and Asia. In the one fourth of this Planet that is covered by
land, are also some great mountain ranges. In every continent. Let us
take a look at the highest points in each of these seven continents.
So, what's the big
us look at the OutThere Adventurers World Record Challenge. For one,
route is considered by many as one of the toughest motorbike rides in
world! The four passes traversed by the Expedition team thus creating a
world record are the four highest roads in the whole wide world. The
of these passes are:
The highest motorable road in the world
second highest motorable road in the world
third highest motorable road in the world
fourth highest motorable road in the world
When we look at these altitudes alongside the highest
peaks in the seven continents we find that all the four passes are
higher than the highest points in Europe, Oceania and Antarctica. In
fact Marsimik La is just 700ft short of the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro,
the highest point in the African continent. That leaves the two
American continents (and of course the mighty Himalayas) with points
above the altitudes being travelled by the team during the Challenge.
Not only does the fact that these passes are higher
than most points on the seven continents, altitudes beyond 18,000 feet
is considered by mountaineers as the Death Zone beyond which there is
no possibility of the body acclimatising to the elements. The body
gradually starts deteriorating and finally with prolonged exposure
(which in some cases may be mere hours) slips into a coma and
Adventurers World Record Challenge was a tough experience for both man
and machine and stands proud as the first adventurers in the world to
have successfully realised their dream. The members of the team do not
claim immortality by being successful, but then, the key to immortality
is to first live a life worth remembering. And this Challenge is sure
an event worth remembering and hopefully, proves to be an icon for
future adventurers to walk into the unknown, carving their own
footsteps in the sands of time.
The Route The Expedition was flagged off
from India Gate, New Delhi on July 21, 2004. The OutThere Adventurers
World Record Challenge was conducted on July 31, 2004 starting at Pang
at 00:40 hours and 23 hours and 25 minutes later, the team had
completed the Challenge and had created a new world record.
The distance between Leh and Pang via the four passes
was 638kms, which is tough to cover on a single day, even in the
plains. And on this Expedition, there were treacherous roads, high
altitudes, lack of oxygen and raging rivers to be negotiated,
completing the Challenge in about 24 hours of continuous and
Much before the
time the sun decides to take a peek on the eastern horizon, the team
would have scaled the first pass – Khardung La. Retracing
the road to Leh and then on to Karu, the team will scale some steep
roads to the fourth highest pass in the world - Chang La (chances are
that it will be snow bound around this time) and then go on, across
Pangong Tso, to stand atop the world's highest road - Marsimik La which
is bound to be snowbound. After a few short minutes savouring the
awesome heights and rugged environment, the team will retrace to Sakti
from where they will go on to Wari La, the fifth highest pass in the
world. Back to Karu and on to Upshi and Rumtse along the meandering
Indus before climbing on to the third highest pass in the world,
Tanglang La, way after the sun has set. According to estimates, the
team will ride into Tanglang La around ten at night. After crossing
Tanglang La, the team carries on to Pang to complete a successful
Expedition, riding non stop for nearly 24 hours and creating a new
How did the team travel? The attempt at the four highest roads in
the world was made on six state-of-the-art TVS Fiero FXmotorcycles. TVS Motors associated with OutThere
Adventurers on this Expedition and not only provided the six motorbikes
but also sent a fully loaded service and support team headed by Victor
Obed, General Manager, along with the Expeditioners to ensure a
trouble-free Expedition. And needless to say, nothing was beyond them
and nothing was too much to handle.
And the TVS Fiero FX motorbikes travelled
on TVS Tyres. An unbeatable team which combined with the humble humans
ensured a successful attempt at a new world record.
the effort There was an Indian Army Junior
Commissioned Officer who accompanied the Expedition team authenticating
the effort. He was maintaining the detailed log book listing the places
reached and the time. The logbook was also countersigned by
police/army/ITBP/GREF personnel the team crossed on the way. The times
were logged on a HH:MM:SS format. Extensive photographs and videos were
taken all along the way to further substantiate the claim.
promotions The successful completion of the
Challenge and the setting of a new world record generated a lot of
interest in the media all over the country. Three media teams
accompanied the Expedition team on the date the Challenge was attempted
- one crew from NDTV India, one from NDTV 24x7 and the third from Auto
Car, the magazine.
The Expedition team is now travelling around the
country meeting members of the press. The clippings from the press are
being collated and will soon be put up on the site for your perusal.
Give us just a couple of more days.
film produced by us was aired multiple times on TEN Sports and was
widely acclaimed for the quality of production and the sheer grit and
determination of the six motorbikers who undertook the Challenge.
The Limca Book of
Records has officially recognised our effort and have given each of the
six motorbikers a certificate proclaiming the Challenge as a world
record. Unfortunately, the Guinness Book of World Records did not
entertain our claim since they felt that our attempt was a speed record
on a 'public' road and anyone wanting to break this record would put
other people on the 'public road' at risk.
We accept their
contention and are now embarking on a record attempt keeping Guinness
guidelines in mind. Click here
to read about it.
There have been some wonderful
photographs captured during the journey. Click here to take a look at the pictures and click here to take a look at
some of the clippings from
the immense media interest that was generated, both before and after
the Expedition. You could also read
a detailed account of the Expedition written in the inimitable
Patrick Kerr style.
Chandan was the Expedition Leader. He created and
currently holds the world record for traversing three of the highest
passes in 14:44 hours. Chandan gave up a 20-year advertising career to
set up OutThere Adventurers, an organisation involved in promoting
Patrick is also an adventure professional and runs
Indian Safaris, an outfit involved in organising fishing trips across
the country and around the world. Patrick was the co-Leader of this
Mike was another member of the team from the
communications fraternity. When he is not travelling somewhere in the
Himalayas, Mike runs one of India’s premier film production
organisations – IMAK. He was also responsible for filming this
Expedition for telecast on television. Mike had also earlier
participated in the Raid de Himalayas.
is another die hard adventurer and motorbiker who has extensively
toured the country. He joined the Dream Team from Mumbai.
is an IT Security specialist who enjoys the thrills of the cat and
mouse game between the hackers and the security specialists besides
having a passion for trying off beat mountain roads on his dirt bike.
He has undertaken many motorbiking expeditions in the Himalayas. He is
also a PADI certified Scuba diver.
Saurav is an entrepreneur and a print specialist who
lives and breathes motorbikes. He can rip apart and put together his
Suzuki Shogun which he incidentally swears by.
This is a short 11 minute
edit of the the action-packed one hour documentary that was produced on
the expedition and subsequently telecast on TEN Sports.