Two women will take on the Porsche Cayenne challenge on a 4,000-km Himalayan trail
Given the miles Delhi-based adventurer Nidhi Tiwari had spent behind the wheel—including an overland trip from New Delhi to London—her drive to the Himalayas tomorrow seems like a cake walk. The founder of Women Beyond Boundaries (WBB), a Delhi-based organisation that advocates women’s empowerment through mobility, Tiwari will embark on the three-week-long drive in a Porsche Cayenne to drive home the point that women shouldn’t shy away from pursuing extreme overlanding. “The dangers for women travellers are over-hyphed. In fact, dangers on the road are gender neutral. A thorough knowledge of your machine, common sense and research on the places you will be driving through helps,” begins Tiwari, who remembers towing a car full of men out of the slush when she was driving through Imphal.
“Every trip has its own challenges. On the cross-continent drive to London, it was driving through long roads for days together, but on the Himalayan trail, it will be driving through roads that are barely snow-free for two out of 12 months,” adds the mother of two, who will be driving through Zozila Pass, Zanskar, Kargil and on to Marsimik and Khardung la—the highest motorable road on Earth. On the trip, Tiwari will be joined by Neha Sadananda, who will act as her navigator. They will be using a combination of GPS, maps and inputs from local communities to navigate the terrain. Enroute, the duo will also work with local women to advocate the importance of prioritising women’s health, which they add the German carmaker is passionate about as well.
Porsche India Adventure Trail can be tracked through facebook.com/PorscheIndia
— P Peter