Cougar Motorsport, India’s
pioneering luxury self-drive experiences provider has announced the 9th edition
of The Himalayan Dash. This premium luxury driving expedition, which usually
witnesses participation from Senior Executives, Business Owners and other
owners of premium cars and SUVs who are driving enthusiasts, will take the
participants through the beautiful landscapes of Spiti and Ladakh. The
expedition will be held from August 29 to
September 9, 2018 and registrations are open for a maximum of 10 vehicles.
The luxurious Trans-Himalayan
self-driving expedition will be covering 3,000 km across 5 states, with the
route covering Shimla, Sangla, Kalpa, Kaza, Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Pangong Tso and
Hundar. The convoy will be led by Cougar Motorsport’s Founder Ashish Gupta. An
ex-banker and ardent motorist, Ashish is the only certified Land Rover Lead
Instructor in India and has also attended Instructor training programs on
terrains including Mud & Ruts (UK), Ice & Snow (Sweden), Sand (Dubai)
and Rock Crawl (USA). Moreover, since 2013 his company is responsible for
conducting the Land Rover Experiences in India.
Starting from Shimla, the
convoy will witness apple-laden orchards, rock-cut cliffhanger roads, colourful
fluttering flags and two-humped camel caravans, before the journey culminates
at the roof of the world in Ladakh desert.
The route for The Himalayan
Dash 2018, covering Shimla, Sangla, Kalpa, Kaza, Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Pangong
Tso and Hundar, will take you through some of the most picturesque landscapes
of the country. From the lush green forests of Mashobra and Narkanda, the
convoy will pass the famed valleys of Kinnaur & Tukpaon the old
Hindustan-Tibet highway. From here, the travellers will be left awe-struck by a
drastic change in the terrain and surroundings as the convoy will enter the
enchanting barren-lands of Spiti valley, known for its colourful festivals and
Post that, they will move to
Jispa and thereafter Sarchu across the stunning Baralacha La pass and Surajtal
Lake. From Sarchu the convoy will move towards Leh across the majestic Zanskar
range and climb up the Gatta Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends carved into
the mountainside, towards Leh. Here, the participants of The Himalayan Dash
2018 will spend a day to soak in the rich local culture & heritage and
visit some of the marvelous monasteries. Next day, they will move across Chang
La Pass to Pangong Tso Lake, a beautiful saline water lake on the Line of
Actual Control between India and China. The convoy will further traverse
through gigantic sand dunes as it will reach Hundar in the Nubra Valley, just
south of the majestic Siachen glacier. The final drive of the expedition will
be from Hundar to Leh, across the mighty Khardung La Pass, which was once the
highest motorable road in the world.
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