On Thursday, TVS Motor Company announced the successful completion of Himalayan Highs Season 3 that saw 12 riders riding to the Himalayas astride the TVS Zest 110, a city scooter. The entourage, in its third edition, saw 10 women and two men riders from across India ride the Zest 110 through some of the world’s most treacherous roads peaking over 18,000 feet. The riders covered a total distance of over 970 kilometers in a span of 11 days.
Flagged off on September 1, 2017, from Mandi, in Himachal Pradesh, the group concluded the ride on September 11, 2017, after scaling the Khardung La pass in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, considered the world’s highest motorable pass, as the final summit. The 12 riders, selected through multiple rounds of evaluation, which included physical test and psychological resilience, were Ashwini Pawar (Mumbai), Anjali Chaudhary (Uttar Pradesh), Aashraya Suresh (Karnataka), Shagufta Khan (Mumbai), Vineeta Lohchab (Delhi), Riya Roy (West Bengal), Baishali Nath (Assam), Devaki P (Telangana), Milam Shah (Uttar Pradesh), Mohit Bhardwaj (Delhi), Andre Camara (Goa) and Anjali Manoharan (Kerala).
Commenting on this feat, Aniruddha Haldar, vice-president (Marketing) Commuter Motorcycles, Scooters and Corporate Brand, TVS Motor Company, said, “The Himalayan Highs has completed its third season which has been unequivocally a resounding success. It has celebrated the human spirit and the prowess of the Zest 110, which has clearly shown that this city scooter has what it takes to take on any challenge, even a Himalayan challenge.”
The company said that the Himalayan Highs Season 3 received over 1 lakh enquiries from women and men enthusiasts. Last year, in the second season of Himalayan Highs, 11 women participants secured a place in the India Book of Records for being the largest group of women to scale Khardung La on a 110cc scooter. It is an initiative launched by TVS Motor Company as an enabler for women riders to take up long road trips on small scooters. The initiative became popular a couple of years ago when Anam Hashim from Lucknow, considered India’s youngest woman stunt rider, became the first woman on a 110cc scooter to complete the trip to Khardung La.