Road trip. Through the Himalayas in a Unimog

A couple spends 18 month driving through the Indian subcontinent in a Unimog. Because why not?

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If you were doing an epic road trip, what vehicle would you take? For Jennifer and Peter Glas, their weapon of choice is a 29-year-old supercamper – the Mercedes-Benz Unimog 435. In fairness, they’re not pootling across the UAE or driving through the Alps – they’re tackling the world’s most famous and tallest mountain range, the Himalayas.

Jennifer and Peter have been on the road for the past 18 months, covering more than 30,000km through the Indian subcontinent and Nepal, and they’re not planning on stopping any time soon. Their most recent challenge was through the region known as “Little Tibet”, in Ladakh, Spiti and Kinnaur, where the mountain passes sit at heights exceeding 5000 metres above sea level. The roads are, to put it mildly, rugged, and your standard executive saloon would not really cut it.

The Unimog has cut it very well. It might weigh seven tonnes, but it’s conquered the highest navigable road in the world and the second and third highest mountain passes in the world. And if that’s not enough, the Glas family and their Unimog are now off to south-east Asia to continue their adventure. You can follow their travels on their website.

What’s your dream road trip, and what would be your vehicle of choice? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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