An area of Nepal within the Himalayas has been chosen as the fourth of five locations for the inaugural season of Extreme E in 2021.
The pioneering electric SUV off-road racing series will head to Nepal’s Mustang District, around 250 miles from capital Kathmandu, for its Mountain round.
The location is 9,000 ft above sea level, giving drivers and teams the challenge of working in high-altitude conditions.
Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag made the announcement on Tuesday alongside Nepal’s minister for tourism, Yogesh Battharai.
“Today we are here in the heart of the Himalayas, in the Mustang Region, to announce that Extreme E will be the first race to ever be staged in the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas,” said Agag.
“The Himalayan region is a spectacular, unique environment with incredible terrain for off-road racing, which will provide the sternest of tests to the world’s leading drivers, engineers and teams.
“We are literally in the heart of the mountains here, it is an incredible place.”
Nepal ranks highly in terms of vulnerability to climate change, as the Himalayas have the largest concentration of glaciers outside the polar caps. Some two-thirds of its ice could be lost as a result of global warming.
The country is the fourth location chosen to host an Extreme E round, following on from Greenland, Brazil and Saudi Arabia for the series’ ice, rainforest and desert races.
A fifth location for a coastal event is yet to be communicated.