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Bravehearts conquer Himalayas on wheels.

THE chilly weather, high altitude and rarified air weren't enough to dampen the spirit of five daredevil motorcyclists from the Indian Air Force, who overcame the tough challenge to set two world records.

Goutam Dhar Gupta, Vikram Singh Yadav, Ravinder Singh Rawat, Tejinder Singh Kapoor and Madan Mohan Reddy crossed ten mountain passes, including three of world's highest motorable ones, in 51 hours on India's first trans- roader motorcycle Hero Impulse.

They set the records by riding their bikes at an altitude of 20,540 feet, bettering the previous record by 47 feet, at the Chang La pass in Ladakh. They started their journey on May 18 and finished two days later. It took them almost five months to get their achievement acknowledged by the Limca Book of World Records.

" It was an unforgettable experience.

In those two days, we passed through bad roads, extreme weather conditions, landslides and bone- chilling cold air. But all those things couldn't scare us as we were focused on conquering the Himalaya," said, Gupta, the leader of the five- man team on Friday.

Rawat said: " What made our situation worse was that we weren't carrying any oxygen cylinders. It was a condition of almost breathlessness but we were strong enough to survive." During their expedition, they passed through Marsimik- La pass, Chang La and Khardung La, the three highest motorable passes in the world. They then conquered Tanglang La, Horlam La, Lachulung La, Nakee La, Baralacha La, Rohtang Pass and Jalori Pass.

However, the team is not resting on its laurels. " We are planning to challenge our own record. We haven't decided on the routes but the expedition will be tougher than the one we have had," said Gupta.

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Date:Nov 24, 2012
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