The team spent the night with a lot of mixed emotions out of which fear and anxiety to complete the forty-five days long journey with great achievement made the team sleepless. Every hour was like spending a whole night and temperature drop down to -35 degree Celsius. The World Record Title is just 60 Km ahead from us. Everyone’s thought was to make the perfect move next day and achieve the record for driving an electric car (Hyundai Kona SUV) to the highest altitude.
The team was ready by 7.00 am and approached the lady officer for the journey, but she was very clear to start the travel only by 11.00 am due to the weather condition. She provided breakfast for the team and asked us to wait. Around 11.00 am eight local people, started their journey to clear the snow. Once after reaching the destination, the labours started clearing the snow. The issue everyone faced on the eight-day is the climate condition the wind was so drastic. Since the Sawola pass is a valley, on clearing the snow, the wind blowing from both side of mighty mountains keeps on covering the road on the high pass with snow in a short period. At a point of time, the team couldn’t get down from the car due to the wind blowing on the pass. The labours left the place and, only the team was waiting with hope to complete the achievement.
It was around 2.00 pm we started to lose hope since the car started to shake heavily with the drastic wind flow. We waited for the wind flow to get back to normal. Around 3.00 pm the wind flow reduced slightly the team begun to clear the snow. The increase in airflow made us feel the drop in temperature. After nearly one hour of hardship, Mr.Suresh, Mr.Mohammed Thahir, Mr.Wang Dui, Mr.Jigme Namgyal & Mr.Dawa Sherpa cleared the snow and climate paved the way for us.
Now the 100 meters journey left for the title achievement. The most enjoyable journey the team ever made in the past forty-five days. Yes, the team reached an altitude of 5771 meters in an electric car (Hyundai Kona SUV). We started recording the evidence for the World Record. It took nearly two hours to complete the Formalities. The team started the journey back to Tsochen County. It was a journey of rejoicing after achieving great success. Team Triumph Expedition was extremely proud and happy after making the impossible possible with the passion for adventure left within the entire crew. The team reached the village around 6.30 pm and thanked the lady officer for her help and reached Tsochen County to spend the night.