The second edition of Ford India´s ‘Discover Smart Drive Season 2’ conducted its final leg of the drive in Nepal. Gaurav and Gunjan Juyal of Bhaigiri Team emerged as winners . Ford’s DSD Season 2 kicked off with four teams driving simultaneously from Jammu, Lucknow, Mumbai and Chennai on four respective legs: North to West, North to East, West to South and South to East. For 8 days, the eight participants drove through 28 cities covering 6,400 km. By becoming the first team to complete the final leg, Gaurav and Gunjan Juyal won the event.
The grand prize for the winning duo included a Kathmandu sightseeing tour, and a thrilling Everest heli ride. As Shobiz Experiential Communications Pvt. Ltd. (the event management company in charge of managing the event for Ford) had approached Explore Himalaya to ground handle the event in Nepal, Explore Himalaya organized the prize trip for the DSD 2's winning team. Here are some images of DSD 2's Nepal journey.
Bhaigiri Team at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu
Everest Heli ride
Gaurav & Gunjan Juyal – Winners of Ford India's DSD 2
Vinay from 'Shobiz Experiential' about to bungy
With a 'singing bowl' in Thamel – Narayan (Shobiz Experiential)
Everest Heli Trek (6 Days) An elite adventure, this trip takes you to Khumbu Himal, the homeland of Nepal’s tough mountain tribe, the Sherpas. Trek to Sherpa villages that lie under the shadows of some of the tallest peaks in the world including Mount Everest and take an exciting heli tour to Kala Patthar (5242m), at the base of Mount Everest….
After arriving in Kathmandu we fly to Lukla, the ‘Gateway of Everest’. We trek for two days taking in the wonderful mountain scenery and Sherpa culture, with stopovers at Sherpa villages of Phakding & Namche ,finally arriving at Shyangboche – the site of the World’s Highest Skydiving Adventure ‘Everest Skydive’.
At Shyangboche we board the waiting Fishtail Air’s helicopter for our heli tour and fly over the towering Himalayan giants : Ama Dablam [6856m], Thamserku [6608m], Kantega [6685m] , Lhotse [8501m], Nuptse [7879m]and enter Mount Everest’s Western Cwm – a broad, flat, gently undulating glacial valley basin terminating at the foot of the Lhotse Face.
We fly close to these Himalayan giants and enter the Western Cwm. The Western Cwm, also known as the ‘Valley of Silence,’ is traversed by climbers using the southeast route to the summit of Everest. The view of the mesmerizing Gokyo Lake from aboard the helicopter is just amazing.
We stop briefly at Kala Patthar (5,545m) – one of the finest viewpoints to view Mount Everest up close and the site of the World’s Highest Cabinet Meeting (held on December 4, 2009).
After exploring and taking pictures, we leave Kalapatthar and fly towards Kongde Ri (4200m) which has the world’s highest full service luxury resort – Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde. At the resort, we sit out enjoying the panoramic views of Himalayan mountains and celebrate the completion of our Everest adventure over champagne and a sumptuous breakfast- a fitting finale to a wonderful and memorable trip.
After our meal we take the return flight to Kathmandu. Throughout your trek you will be accommodated at Yeti Mountain Homes, a chain of high end luxury resorts. At Kathmandu your address is the serene and tranquil Gokarna Forest Resort.
(Note: At high altitude , Oxygen system will always be at hand to help you deal with mountain sickness.)