What’s the very best altitude a human has pushed a automobile to? Whereas there is probably not a definitive reply, in 2021 a Lamborghini Urus made it to 5,882 meters in India.
In August this yr, my mates and I arrived in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Area. From right here, we started our journey round Tibet in eight JDM vehicles. Among the vehicles have modified engines and tuning work, and none of us knew what would occur at excessive altitude. There was just one option to discover out…
As quickly as we arrived in Lhasa, we left the town to discover Tibet’s treasures, specifically the Himalayas and the lakes. We couldn’t wait to get there.
As soon as we left the town, we noticed grasslands, residents in Tibetan clothes and their cattle. Due to the 4,000 meter altitude, August here’s a bit chilly. The clouds are like one thing out of a Miyazaki animation.
After passing by way of a kilometer-long tunnel, every little thing modified. We entered a valley and it began raining. Among the road-facing mountain partitions have been coated with iron nets to stop falling rocks from damaging autos under. It was rather more harmful than it seems to be within the photos, with the moist and winding roads nothing wanting treacherous.
After an extended drive we arrived at a temple with white-walled buildings and distinctive sample decorations.
It’s all a part of the deep and profound Tibetan tradition.
Earlier than dusk, we stuffed up all our vehicles with fuel. To see snow-capped mountains as quickly as doable the subsequent day, we needed to drive 200 kilometers at evening. This was fairly difficult as a result of some locations didn’t have road lights, and we couldn’t see rocks and potholes on the highway.
At this level, the proprietor of the Supra sadly needed to drop out of the journey attributable to pulmonary edema, a severe type of altitude illness the place fluid collects within the lungs’ air sacs making it extraordinarily troublesome to breathe. It’s one thing that may occur to anybody. Our pal needed to instantly return to a decrease altitude space, in any other case he can be in grave hazard. For our security, we carried bottled oxygen for the remainder of the journey.
We anticipated to succeed in 5,300 meters on this present day, so it was a climbing journey, like driving in the direction of the clouds.
You at all times should be on the look out and able to take evasive motion on these roads, and the proprietor of the FL5 Civic Sort R realized it the laborious method after a collision with one other automobile. Fortunately, nobody was harm and the Honda’s injury was solely superficial.
Alongside the way in which, we handed homes with Tibetan writing on them and free-roaming goats. Our vehicles and the animals collectively was fairly a sight.
Taking these images at 5,300 meters was extraordinarily tiring as a result of the air was very skinny. Even should you walked slowly, you ended up panting and shortly had a headache due to the shortage of oxygen. You possibly can see that we have been already larger than most Himalayan peaks at this location, making it one of many greatest locations to view Mount Everest from.
Later, we witnessed a beautiful scene: the world’s highest mountain – 8,848 meters above sea degree – had damaged free from the darkish clouds. By sundown, there was a crimson glow solid upon on Everest’s majestic peak. It was so large, virtually twice as excessive as every other snow-capped mountain we might see.
Just a few days later, we began to descend the mountain and head in the direction of different lakes and snow mountains. It’s laborious to say why, however I at all times really feel that photographing JDM efficiency vehicles on downhill winding roads is such a cool factor. You could have an irresistible sense of velocity and impression.
After an extended drive, we approached one other snow mountain, which our two Hondas from totally different eras sprinted in the direction of. When the F20C’s VTEC kicked in, the valley echoed with some candy consumption and exhaust sounds.
On one other day, we visited ‘Ghost Lake’ – our nickname for it. Its official identify is Rakshas, which can also be a part of Tibetan tradition. I’m undecided why it seems to be this fashion, however the lake’s water coloration was merely superb.
This distinctive geological formation is positioned in Zhada Earth Forest Nationwide Geopark. Right here, we additionally encountered numerous goats and cattle on the highway, all belonging to Tibetan residents. The animals didn’t appear all that fazed by our vehicles, so I used to be in a position to take these images surrounded by them.
Not lengthy after, the Honda S2000’s radiator was sadly punctured by a rock on the mountain highway. In no-man’s land, at an altitude of 4,600 meters and with no 4G sign, we needed to disassemble and restore it on the spot, which was an expertise in itself.
We spent 15 days on this journey to Tibet, protecting 4,000 kilometers alongside the way in which. The very best altitude we reached was 5,481 meters, with a mean altitude of 4,500 meters for your entire highway journey.
On the final day, we met two Tibetan kids who appeared solely 16 or 17 years outdated. They have been dwelling with their households on the grassland over 5,000 meters above sea degree, coaching horses for competitions. They have been very fascinated with our vehicles – particularly the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX – and requested me to file this particular second for them – and us.
I’m honored to have the ability to share this expertise with everybody. Alongside the way in which, many individuals expressed their love for JDM vehicles, that are not often seen in Tibet. Our lives could also be totally different, however our love for vehicles is identical. I can extremely advocate a go to to Tibet, China. It actually is a phenomenal place.
Stannum (SN431) Zhang
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