Kerala man set to reach Kela pass with one feet on cycle
New Delhi: Muhammad Ashraf has travelled 4200 kilometres to reach Ladakh by riding on his bicycle with paralysed right foot. Ashraf who has arrived at the world’s second highest motorable path Khardung La at a height of 17,982 foot from sea level, is now heading to the highest motorable road in the world, Kela pass. The Kela pass which connects Pangong lake with Leh was opened on August 31.
When Ashraf rode to Kela on Sunday, the army officers stopped him 500 metres away from his destination due to heavy snowfall. Though he had to return to Ladakh, he is determined to come back only after visiting Kela pass. The Volleyball player Ashraf also aspires to ride through the dangerous cliffhanger which links Kishtwar in Jammu and Killar in Himachal Pradesh.
It was on July 16 Wadakkanchery native Muhammad Ashraf started his bicycle ride from Vadakkunnathan temple to Ladakh. It was just after he recovered from Covid and pneumonia. He had to rest for a week at Gwalior as he felt shortness of breath. Then, being curious about his journey, the Principal Accounts Secretary of Madhya Pradesh let Ashraf stay in his house. Ashraf stayed for two days each in Delhi and Amritsar where the Rotary Club helped him.
Earlier Ashraf was working in Abu Dhabi as a Computer Engineer. He sustained serious burn injuries and came back to Kerala. Now he is engaged in cycle training and sales of bicycles.
Many people supported him in his travel to Ladakh. By spending Rs 25,000 Travel Hub WhatsApp group bought shoes and spectacles as he has eye sight problem.
His mother Subaida and wife Jasmine support him in the journey. He has a son Aman Khalid.