Wander Beyond Boundaries is a coming together of many years spent exploring small and big trails,
We are not new to off-beat and expeditionary travel. From the first cycling trip undertaken over 30 years ago, to innumerable hikes all over the country and abroad for the last three decades, to extended periods spent with indigenous communities (Deewaru, Brokpa, Konyaks, Masaai, nomads of central Asia etc.), and path breaking, first of its kind expeditions (1st All Women Expedition from Delhi to London by road, India’s 1st Overland Solo to the Pole of Cold etc.), we have been organizing overland drives & extreme overland (XOL) training programs (Mustang Overland, Himalayan XOL) for the last 3 years.
Led by Nidhi & Satty, the quest to push boundaries (both within & outside) has been an inherent need for both as they introduce people to an enriching world beyond boundaries.
Given the core team’s commitment to education, Wander Beyond Boundaries also undertakes Expeditions for Education (E4E). These are unique, first-of-its-kind attempts that not only encapsulate an adventurer’s journey, but also aim to introduce students to a remote corner of the globe that they know or study little about. The first E4E was India’s 1st Overland Solo to the Pole of Cold undertaken in 2016 wherein students from 15 schools all across the country virtually travelled with the explorer (through many Skype session), were given reading tasks and assignments about the area. Learning was huge and we hope to embark on many more such.
Extreme Overland drives are self-drive expeditions that head out to remote lands. Inherently expeditionary in nature it needs attributes such as self-reliance, adaptability, resilience, resolve etc. Historically this domain has evolved from the few forgotten wanderers who risked it all to travel the globe on terrain they did not know of and mingling with cultures they had no idea about while taking uncertainty and ambiguity in their stride.
Over time, the tribe of such over landers has sharply risen, now making the domain a discipline in itself. World over, these drives / journeys / expeditions distinguish themselves from mere road trips or overland drives (mostly major highways and a few pot holed roads etc), by the sheer fact that they are rooted through the unknown, they aspire for what may seem outlandish and unachievable and most definitely involve terrain that is remote, extreme bereft of creature comforts, luxury and the likes. Given the sheer nature of such journeys, they are premised on the fact that vulnerability, and being out of comfort seeds the beginnings of self-growth wherein learning, unlearning and relearning are part of a never-ending loop.
The greatest value becomes the expedition within an individual who undertakes such drives. WBB are pioneers in seeding extreme overlanding into India… We showcase that journeys are not just Physical (terrain, difficulty, driving, culture, food etc.) but requires an individual to undertake an equally intense journey within. * Pioneers in extreme overlanding, delivering never before experiences via self-drive expeditions. Driven over 340,000kms on extreme terrain tracks, trails and roads in 30+ countries across the world o Expeditionary, rigorous, challenging and uphold the supremacy of the human spirit * Our core strengths are extreme terrain 4wd based driving, unknown or lesser known routes exploration, extreme overland (XOL) skills training, conceptualising and leading 4WD based extreme terrain self-drive journeys o Vast exposure and skill for variety of terrain – snow, ice, mud, slush, rock & shrub and sand * Founded by Nidhi Salgame Tiwari (the 1st woman to drive a trans-continental distance from Delhi to London and the 1st Indian to drive to the Pole of Cold in North-Eastern Siberia) and Col. S Malik, SM, Retd. (an ex. Army man having served for 24 years with many years of operational experience in extreme terrain driving in Kashmir, Sikkim, Congo and beyond) * Knowledge of preventive maintenance and vehicle management – undertaken several single car expeditions without back up * Understanding of road rules and regulations in most parts of the world * Local liaison in remote corners of the world * Equipped for medical emergencies – Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician(WEMT) on board * Planning, Managing and Leading an overland expedition WBB Expedition Portfolio • First All Women Trans-Continental Expedition by Road from Delhi to London, 2015 • WBB - Porsche Himalayan XOL, 2016 • Himalayan Extreme Overland Skills Training, 2016 • India’s First Overland Solo to the Pole of Cold and on the Road of Bones, North-Eastern Siberia, 2016 • WBB - Isuzu Spiti XOL, 2017 • WBB - Mahindra Adventure ‘Mustang Overland’ - First crew of women drivers to reach Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang, 2018 • Mahindra Adventure Sikkim XOL, 2018 • Kashmir Revealed - Drive along the LOC, Dec 2018 • Muddy Tracks, Nagaland, May 2019 • Siberia Overland, Aug 2019 • Pole of Cold, Sept 2019 • Authentic Mustang, Nov 2019
An extreme terrain driver, outdoor educator, off-road jeeper and overland adventurer who specializes in extreme overlanding (XOL) and believes that mobility is key to empowerment for women.
Besides being the first woman to drive a transcontinental distance of 23,800 kms from Delhi to London, and the first Indian to drive to the Pole of Cold and on the Road of Bones in Siberia, she has a volume of outdoor and jeeping experience in the Western Ghats, Indian Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nepal, Bhutan, USA, South Africa and Kenya and has driven a variety of SUVs.
She has also been organizing XOL training programs for driving enthusiasts in the Himalayas for the last 3 years. Given the expertise, Nidhi Salgame Tiwari also drives for different automobile manufacturers who wish to expose their vehicles to extreme terrain (Porsche, Isuzu, Mahindra etc.).
Most recently, she conceptualized, organized and led Mustang Overland – which created history – the world’s first team of women drivers reached Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang, Nepal, counted as among the top 3 most treacherous roads in the world. Nidhi brings in the zeal and hunger to go where no one has, a certain raw nerve that is required to be an adventurer.
An overland driver, swimmer, kayaker, mountain biker and a true blue outdoors person, Satty has driven extensively all over India, especially in Sikkim and the North East, on some of the toughest roads and in inhospitable weather.
His off-roading skills were honed in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), a country that has less than 300 kms of paved road, where he was based for a full year. Satty’s admin and organizational skills holds us in good shape. He brings in structure that helps keep the focus.
depth of experience
An overland adventurer, off-road jeeper and outdoor educator, Nidhi specializes in long distance and high altitude driving, OTR jeeping, and outdoor education. Basically a driver at heart, having spent extensive period of time in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, what began as a quest to trek every possible trail, soon turned into leading people on hikes or outdoor leadership and then came jeeping. Originally jeeping started as a necessity to reach from one hamlet to another. The torrential monsoons in the ghats honed her driving skills. From there on, there has been no looking back.
For Nidhi, the quest to push boundaries is innate. Soon came long-distance driving. By then, a mother of two and an Army wife, her first women only drive with the kids was from Bangalore to Ladakh in 2007. From then on, drives to Ladakh, Lahual & Spiti, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and the north east have dominated her driving record. Her international exposure comes her stints in the US, South Africa, Europe and more recently the solo drive from New Delhi to London (crossing 17 different nations).
In 2015, she conceptualized, planned, and led the 1st All Women Expedition from New Delhi to London. She is also the first woman driver to drive a transcontinental distance of from Delhi to London. Post that she has driven for automobile majors like Mahindra & Mahindra, Porsche, Isuzu etc.
2016 was a landmark year for her when she undertook what she terms as “the most intense journey of her life” – India’s 1st Overland Solo to Siberia. She is now the First Indian to drive to the Pole of Cold and on the Road of Bones from Yakutsk to Magadan in north eastern Siberia.
Over the years, having questioned constantly stereotyped and having spent most of her time with vehicles on highways & remote roads typically considered a man’s domain, Nidhi feels a strong need to empower women to occupy this space. Her work with different communities has taught her that socio-economic freedom and empowerment only comes mobility. And that’s her dream for WBB.
Nidhi Tiwari – Driving & Jeeping
- Mustang Overland
- Isuzu Himalayan XOL
- Solo to Siberia
- Porsche Himalayan XOL
- New Delhi to London
- LOC & LAC Expedition
- Spiti Circuit
- Last Point Expedition
- “Land of Gods” Circuit
- International Border (IB) to LOC Expedition
- Crisscross Road Trip
- First All-Women Road Trip
- OTR Trips
- Highway Drives
WBB-Mahindra Adventure Extreme Terrain DriveDelhi – Gorakhpur – Pokhara – Mutkinath – Lo Manthang – Chhoser – Jomsom – Pokhara – Delhi
- Conceptualized, planned and led the World’s First Crew of Women Drivers to Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang, Northern Nepal, which is amongst the top 3 of the most treacherous roads in the Himalayan belt (India+Pakistan+Nepal+Bhutan put together).
- Expedition supported by Mahindra Adventure. Crew size 18, 8 vehicles all 4WD, total distance covered of about 4000kms.
WBB - Isuzu Himalayan XOL (April 2017)Delhi – Shimla – Kalpa – Pooh - Sangla - Harsil – Nelong – Delhi
- Drove an Isuzu D Max on a 10-day extreme terrain drive in the beginning of summer 2017, drive strewn with multiple land slides and diversions; finally connected Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh to Harsil in Uttarakashi
India's 1st Overland Solo to Siberia (Dec 2016 – Jan 2017)Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan – Yakutsk (North Eastern Siberia in Sakha Republic and Magadan Oblast, Russia)
- First ever drive by an Indian on the Road of Bones from Yakutsk to Magadan(called the world’s most dangerous road).
- First ever drive by an Indian to the Pole of Cold (coldest inhabited place on earth) – Oymyakon.
- First ever Solo to Siberia by an Indian Average temperature on drive -50 degrees, lowest experienced was -59 degrees centigrade.
- Distance – 5080 kms
- Time taken – 17 days
- Start & finish point:Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia
- Vehicle used: Toyota Landcruiser Prado modified to Arctic conditions
- Average driving time in a day: 12-14 hours.
WBB – Porsche Himalayan XOL (June– July 2016)Delhi– Srinagar – Kargil – Padum – Batalik – Leh – Nubra – Pangong Tso (via Shyok)– Chushul – Nyoma – Keylong – Battal – Kaza – Komic- Shimla – Delhi
- 22 day extreme overland expedition (XOL) to highlight the connect between mobility & empowerment undertaken in a premium SUV – the Porsche Cayenne. Single driver and expedition leader
New Delhi to London (July 2015 to Oct 2015)New Delhi (India) – Myanmar – China – Kyrgyzstan – Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan – Russia – Finland – Estonia – Latvia – Lithuania – Poland – Czech Republic – Germany – Belgium – France – London (UK), 2015: 23800kms
- First women to single-handedly drive a transcontinental distance of 23,800kms; also led the expedition with an all women team.
LOC & LAC Expedition (May 2014-June 2014)Delhi – Pathankot – Srinagar – Zozila – Drass – Kargil – Hambutingla – Batalik – Dha – Byama – Khaltsi – Nyoma – Leh – Khardungla – Diskit – Hunder – Koksar – Shyok – Tangste - Pangong Tsu – Chushul – Tso moriri – More plains – Sarchu – Baralachala – Darcha – Jispa – Keylong – Manali – Chandigarh – Ambala – Delhi.
- First private vehicle to take the Koksar – Shyok road; route reached Pangong lake without crossing the Khardungla. The route touched both Line of control (LOC) at Batalik and the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Chushul. Also the first circuitous route that did not touch any place twice; tricky off-road sections at Shyok, Chushul sections.
Spiti Circuit (May – June 2013)Delhi – Chandigarh - Shimla – Saharan – Sangla – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Kaza – Key & Kibber – Kunzum la - Lahaul – Chandartaal – Khalsar – Rohtang pass – Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi.
- extensive stream crossing in Lahaul which put driving and four wheeling skills to test.
Last Point Expedition (August 2012)Delhi – Chandigarh - Manali – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Baralachala – Sarchu – More plains – Pang – Tsokar – Tso moriri – Mahe bridge – Chushul – Pangong Tsu – Changla – Shakti – Karo – Leh – Khardungla – diskit – Hunder – Turtuk – Leh – Kargil – Drass – Zozila – Srinagar – Pathankot - Delhi
- Touched Turtuk near North glacier (Siachen) which is the last point on Indian soil.
- At Turtuk border post, Indian and Pakistani troops stand eye-to-eye in closest proximity (as compared to all of the LOC); area had just opened for tourist traffic; one of the first few to arrive there.
- Drive on treacherous sandy off-road stretches between More plains and Tsokar (all dirt track).
“Land of Gods” Circuit (October 2011)Delhi – Dehradun – Rudraprayag – Karnprayag – Almora – Berinag – Munsiyari – Pithoragarh – Tanakpur – Moradabad – Delhi.
- Jewel around Uttarakhand; experienced many touch off-road stretches enroute – especially terrain in Garhwal region
- Touched Munsiyari – which is a deadline on Indian soil; from here there are no roads leading ahead – it’s a trek ahead to Milam glacier and further into Chinese soil.
- Gorgeous views of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot by the side, the Panchachuli peaks stare in the face at Munsiyari.
International Border (IB) to LOC Expedition (July 2009)Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Suratgarh - Bikaner – Ganganagar – Ferozepur – Wagah – Gurdaspur – Kathua – Jammu – Udhampur – Srinagar – Zozila – Drass – Kargil – Leh – Manali – Delhi.
- Traced IB to along Rajasthan and Punjab border to trace back memories of partition, 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan.
- The contrast between areas that bordered the IB and the LOC were stark exposing the fragile relationship with Pakistan.
Crisscross Road trip (June 2008)Bangalore – Pune – Mumbai – Surat – Ahmedabad – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ajmer – Jaipur – Delhi – Moradabad – Haldwani - Nainital
- First marathon drive reached Jaisalmer in 32hours.
- Undertook journey in a WagonR. South – west – north – east (of Delhi) – the map looked like a crisscross
First All-Women Road trip (May – June 2007)Bangalore – Hyderabad – Nagpur – Bhopal – Gwalior – Agra – Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali – Rohtang pass – Keylong – Darcha – Baralachala – Sarchu – Pang – Upshi – Karu – Leh – Pangong Tsu – Leh – Khardungla – Diskit – Hunder – Leh – Kargil – Drass – Zozila – Sonmarg – Srinagar – Jammu – Pathankot – Chandigarh – Delhi.
- Many firsts on this one – first time was taking a bunch of women (mom, her sister, friends, kids!) all on one road trip where I was expected to keep all of them safe, drive on roads, I hadn’t even imagined about, change tyres, take care of repairs – was overwhelming but taught me my first lessons on road.
OTR (Off-the-road) trips – Bangalore (2004 – 2007)
- Having seen a jeep for the first time to becoming Bangalore’s first woman jeeper – the transformation was rigourous; involved many weekends of sweat, blood and stamina to endure weekend OTRs with jeep thrills (an online community of jeepers).
Highway drives (2003 – 2015)
- From the time India’s roads were single lane to some roads now being 8 lane – bridging the north-south divide overland has enthused me for long – changing landscapes, people, places – many lessons learnt indeed.