Ten women and two men from diverse walks of life will together attempt to conquer what is regarded as the toughest, tallest, most rugged, and unforgiving mountain ranges in the World – The Himalayas. What’s the big deal about their attempt? Well, these are your everyday city slickers who will be putting themselves and an equally urban 110cc scooter out of its comfort zone during their endeavour to reach the summit of the Highest Motorable Pass in the World!
The Himalayan Highs has been an incredibly successful activity and is entering its third edition this year. For the uninitiated, season I of TVS Zest 110 Himalayan Highs witnessed a gritty Anam Hashim riding solo and conquering the mighty Khardung La astride a TVS Zest 110. Her remarkable achievement inspired many, and as a result, season II of Himalayan Highs saw 11 women riders securing a place in the India Book of Records for being the first women-only group to scale the heights of the Khardung La on a 110cc scooter.
For season III, registrations were thrown open to all and TVS received as many as 1,00,000 enquiries, with the hopefuls wanting to be a part of this unique adventurous journey. The filtering process involved multiple stages of evaluation which focussed on physical health and psychological resilience among other vital parameters. Towards the end, the ones who were shortlisted and found fit were made to go through multi-terrain training sessions, conducted by a team of experts which included mentors from the TVS Racing Team.
The gritty bunch of 10 women and 2 men will embark on an adventurous journey in the first week of September. So who are these adventurers who’ll have their dream of scaling the Himalayas realised? Let’s go through a roll call which will be answered by individuals whose professions and personalities might be strikingly diverse but their penchant for adventure will break any barometer designed to measure that trait.