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Marc Nelson And Victor Consunji Complete The Highest Motorable Road In The World

Many try to conquer the Himalayas, either by hiking or by biking. And this week, a group of Filipino power bikers conquered one of the highest motorable passes of the mountain range.

Ladakh is home to many high motorable roads that’s why it’s called the Land of High Passes—“La” means passes, and “Dakh” means many. Among the many passes and roads tucked in the Himalayas, the Khardung La Pass is known to be the highest motorable road in the world. And this challenge is what many riders are after.


Photo from @marcnelson


Marc Nelson and Victor Consunji are two of the brave spirits who took on the challenge—and conquered it. They started the trip four days ago to complete the Khardung La Pass, located at Leh in the Indian Himalayas. Aboard their huge motorbikes, they rode to the peak, which was the Khardung La Top, that stands at an incredible altitude of over 17,982 feet.


Photo from @mizziel


Photo from @mizziel


The ride to the Khardung La Top was not easy, and the heat, rain, hail, snow, and river crossings that soaked and dried their bodies and clothes to the bones made the challenge more extreme. They also lost all cellular connection so the team had to disconnect for three days to get to the top.


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But Marc, Victor, and their co-riders were equipped for these kinds of adventures. As a travel junkie and host of travel show Beached, Marc has been to a lot of places. Victor is no newbie to great adventures, too, always traveling the world and exploring new places with his wife, Maggie Wilson-Consunji, Marc’s co-host on Beached.


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Calling themselves the “Great Himalayan Trailblazers,” the group was able to defeat the harsh weather and terrain for one of the greatest experiences of their lives. They were also able to appreciate the beauty of Pangong Lake, an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 14,270 ft. The group got to Pangong Lake just in time to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, too!


Sunrise at Pangong Lake  | Photo from @rovilsonfernandez


Victor Consunji posing with his bike at the salt water lake | Photo from @victorconsunji


Also riding with Marc and Victor were fellow TV hosts Rovilson Fernandez and Mizziel Serra, director and entrepreneur August Lyle Espino, and power biker Jay Michael.  


Photo from @mizziel


Catch more of Marc’s adventures with Maggie on Beached, airing on Metro Channel, channel 52 on Sky Cable and channel 174 on HD every Saturdays, 9 p.m. Catch replays throughout the week!