The Himalayan Conquers The South Pole

The month-long gruelling journey ends with success as the Humble Himalayan reaches the Geographic South Pole

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The Humble Himalayan has etched its name in the history books as it has reached the geographical South Pole in an arduous 28-day, 400km journey from 87 Degree South. The expedition was done on modified Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles as a celebration of the manufacturer’s 120-year anniversary.

The ride was carried out by Santhosh Vijay Kumar, Royal Enfield’s rides and community lead, and Dean Coxson, the brand’s senior engineer, product development. They reached the Geographic South Pole in 15 days on December 16, 2021. The riders and the crew started from Novo, Antarctica covering 3200km over nine days braving extreme cold ranging from -25 to -30 degrees, 60kmph winds, and reached the Ross Ice Shelf, which is where the expedition was actually supposed to start.

However, due to an unexpected blizzard, the team had to start their journey from 87 degree South instead of the initially planned location of 86 degree south. All said and done, with a few detours, the team managed to complete the expedition successfully. The Royal Enfield Himalayans were modified in-house with minimal upgrades to make it a more efficient snow conqueror. We’ve made a more in-depth analysis of all the modifications made.

Royal Enfield has also made sure the waste is brought back for disposal in line with its initiative ‘#LeaveEveryPlaceBetter’. Now that the feat is achieved, the team is currently travelling to the Union Glacier in the western part of Antarctica from where they will be flying to Punta Arenas, Chile.

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