A single woman from India attempts to drive 5000 kms in the harshest terrain on earth to the Pole of Cold in the peak of winters in Dec 2016 on the “Highway of Bones” or Kolyma Highway in Siberia to showcase the grit & tenacity behind expeditioning & provide a window for students worldwide to know about this remote corner of the world.
- India’s 1st Solo to the Pole of Cold
- Expeditioner: Nidhi Tiwari
- Mode: Self-drive car modified for Arctic conditions
- Duration: 18 days
- Distance to be covered: 5000 kms
- Start & End Point: Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Siberia
- Nature of Expedition: Solo | Self-reliant | Minimalistic | Focus on reaching the remotest corners and experiencing low temperatures.
- First attempt by an Indian
- Will brave the Siberian winter and drive 5000 kms in temperature ranging from – 15 to -50 degree C.
- Route passes through Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place on earth which has seen temperatures as low as – 74 degree C.
- Road from Yakutsk to Magadon is termed “the most dangerous road in the world” is built on permafrost.
- World’s coldest inhabited region
- Its only one road, a 2000km dirt track built by gulag prisoners during Stalin’s time is known as “The Road of Bones”. It runs through the Sakha region, connecting Magadan (one of the remotest corners) on the Pacific Ocean coast to Yakutsk (coldest city on earth), the capital of the indigenous Yakut people who occupy a territory the size of India but with a population of only 900,000.
- Area has many reindeer herding tribes that inhabit small settlements and have adapted to these low temperatures.
Nidhi Tiwari is an experienced driver, outdoor educator, off-road jeeper and overland adventurer who specializes in extreme overlanding (XOL) and has pioneered the idea of using expeditions for education.
Besides being the first woman to drive a trans-continental distance of 23,800kms from Delhi to London, 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 having driven a variety of SUVs.
WBB – Porsche Himalayan XOL (June – July 2016)
Route: Delhi – Srinagar – Kargil – Padum – Batalik – Leh – Nubra – Pangong Tso (via Shyok) – Chushul – Nyoma – Keylong – Battal – Kaza – Komic – Shimla – Delhi
Highlights: 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: 23800 kms
Highlights: First woman to single-handedly drive a transcontinental distance of 23,800 kms; also led the expedition with an all women team.
LOC & LAC Expedition (May 2014-June 2014)
Last Point Expedition (August 2012)
“Land of Gods” Circuit (October 2011)
International Border (IB) to LOC Expedition (July 2009)
First All-Women Road trip (May – June 2007)