Pune: Seven Mahindra Scorpios and a Thar that had all women at the wheels completed world’s first all-women overland drive into the mystical Mustang Valley located in the Tibetan Plateau.
The all-women fleet conquered one of the three most treacherous and challenging roads in te Himalayan belt bordering India, Nepal and Bhutan thanks to Mahindra Adventure and extreme overlanding pioneers ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB).
The expedition set off from New Delhi with eighteen adventurers, spearheaded by five women drivers, covering 3000-km over a span of thirteen days in seven 4WD Mahindra Scorpios and one Mahindra Thar.
The convoy entered Nepal via Gorakhpur, making their way into the pretty Pokhara Valley. Further, they picked their way along the tricky Himalayan roads as they made their way into the Mustang Valley, negotiating a daunting mix of terrain from river beds, rocky sections, gravel, mud tracks, slush and multiple river crossings.
An erstwhile kingdom, Mustang borders the Tibetan plateau. The Old Silk Route that descended into Nepal from the Kashgar region, wound its way through the valley.
With an average elevation of around 13,000 feet, the area hosts two of the higher peaks in the Greater Himalayas that stand above 8,000m - the Dhaulagiri & Annapurna mastiffs.