Shimla: As many as 150 teams from India and abroad would participate in the 16th Raid-de-Himalaya, one of the toughest mountain car rally to be flagged off from Peterhoff Hotel, Shimla on October 4.
The motor rally being organised by Himalayan Motorsport Association Shimla in collaboration of Departments of Youth Services and Sport and Tourism, Himachal Pradesh would cover 1650 kms distance through harsh and difficult terrain at 4000 meters and drive past 11 high mountain passes, said Chief Secretary, Youth Services and Sports VC Pharka while residing over a meeting to co-ordinate necessary arrangements for organising the event.
He said that the Raid this year was a real life thriller as it would pass through some areas where temperature dips below -20 degrees Celsius and due to recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir the rally route was reviewed and revised to facilitate the ongoing relief and rescue efforts in the state, he added.
Pharka said that the state government would provide Helicopter services to meet any emergency during the event besides private helicopter would be kept ready for evacuation and care was being taken to schedule the daily movements in a manner so that all competitive sections run during day time as far as possible.
The safety plan envisages the use of roving mobile teams and mobile ambulance units in addition to the required number of fixed 'Fast Intervention Vehicles' and ambulances.
Giving details of the event, he informed that the first leg of the event would finish on October 5 at Manali after taking off from Shimla.
The second leg of the event will commence on October 6 from Manali and would pass through Kunzum La to halt at Kaza.
In the third leg, the participants would take off from Kaza on October 7 and would move through Komik, Dhankar and would again halt at Kaza.
The 4-leg after taking off from Kaza, would pass through Gramphoo, Darcha and would rest at Sarchu on October 8.
The fifth-leg of the 16th Raid-de-Himalaya would take off from Sarchu and would pass through Debring, Daat and would gain halt at Sarchu on October 9.
In the final leg, the participants after pushing off from Sarchu on October 10 would move through Keylong and return to Manali where the rally would conclude and prize distribution ceremony would be held on October 11.