On Monday, 24th October 2016, Hoong’s Nissan GT-R has become the first supercar to reach Mt. Everest base camp located 5,380 metres (17,000 ft) above sea level.
Despite its challenging terrains which comprise of thick mud, narrowest of dirt tracks and death defying mountain passes, Hoong has managed to steer this Nissan GT-R to base camp of Mt. Everest. He set off from his home country in Singapore, steered through to China and Malaysia and across Thailand to accomplish this feat. He now looks forward to taking a different route back home in November.
Hoong has posted in-depth details of his journey on Facebook and uploaded some interesting pictures of the rugged landscapes he has had to tackle along the way. He set off from Singapore early in October and even as he has prepared his Nissan GT-R for this trek, has not offered further details of the same. It may, however, be noted from pictures that ride height is considerably increased while front bumper design is exchanged for a smaller one.
Hoong’s dream of reaching Mt. Everest base camp began 18 months prior to him setting off on the adventure. He has received plenty of support both from his family and friends while he was guided along the way by a Tibetan guide Lhakpa Tenzin. It was Tenzin who informed him that his Nissan GT-R was the first supercar to ever achieve this feat of touching Mt Everest base camp.
His return journey will see Hoong avoiding roads between Basu and Nyingchi which pose a challenge while he will spend 4 extra days to traverse through the deserts and grasslands of Qinghai and Lanzhou. He will then head on to Sichuan, Yunnan, Thailand and Malaysia and will touch home base by mid November.
Launch of the 2017 Nissan GT-R in India is slated for December 2, 2016.