The Day five again started from Lower Keyrong at 9.00 am with the hope to reach Saga before evening. Once again, we were stopped, at the army check post and, the reason was the same as day four. We started to wait at the check post carrying the dreams to reach Saga within the end of the day. It was half-past noon still we didn’t get approval to cross the check post. Somehow we managed to stay with hope and, it was 4.30 pm yet we didn’t receive any permission nor the officials didn’t send us back.
At 5.00 pm team got permission to travel past check post. We started our journey towards Upper Keyrong. The road was very much skidding due to hard snow-covered road condition. It was very tough, to drive in such road condition but, adventure lovers would love to be in such a situation. It took four hours to reach Upper Keyrong.
We reached Upper Keyrong army check post at 9.00 pm and, the Chinese officials were not ready to allow us to cross the check post since there is a high pass at 5280 meters and it is not safe to travel the pass during night time. We were in a situation to reach Saga the same day since we have to complete the Guinness World Record attempt and leave China before 09-02-2020. Delay in reaching Saga would end up in a total mess.
Finally, after explaining the entire plan and issue in skipping the night travel, the officials at the check post informed us about an option to travel the same night. It was to reach the police headquarters to get permission from the head in charge. We reached police headquarters around 10.00 pm and met the person in charge at midnight and explained the entire story in detail.
After hearing our situation, he allowed us to travel to Saga at our own risk. We were overwhelmed with happiness and started our journey to Saga at 12.30 am experiencing -30 degree Celsius climate. It was around 2.00 am when we faced the next hurdle in our journey.
It was an electric car in which the team is travelling and, due to the same reason, we couldn’t use the heater since it will consume a lot of power in a quick time. It was freaking -30 degree Celsius climate with glasses opened driving in hard snow-covered road condition. No words can explain the team member’s mentality at the time of travel. Suresh Kumar Narayanaswamy was driving the car and, when we reached the high pass, the road was covered by snow for two feet. The entire team started to clear the snow. On the process, we noticed that Suresh Kumar Narayanaswamy suffered frostbite in legs.
With few medical kit and first aid, he managed to survive the situation and proceeded the journey with us. We started from the pass around 2.30 am and reached Saga at 4.00 am. It was almost a day journey from Lower Keyrong to Saga. The team had a great adventure which would be worth remembering for a long time.