LONG-DISTANCE BIKER GIRL: Vaune Phan, 27, has challenged herself with 7500km of tough terrain for a solo charity ride - to Mount Everest! Image: Supplied
SINGAPORE, Malaysia - A trip of more than 7500km is a challenge for any motorcyclist, if the route leads through jungle, swampland and into the Himalayas the trip becomes tough, dangerous and a huge adventure when tackled as a solo ride.
Vaune Phan, 27, pronounced “Von“, from Singapore on her medium capacity dual-purpose Suzuki DR 200, describes herself as feminine, yes, but tough and rugged for the ride. Her trip will take her across half of Asia and into the foot hills of Himalayas to the Mount Everest base camp.
Phan has ridden motorbikes for seven years and has participated in various Enduro races. Besides her passion for motorbikes she also has an advanced open-water diving licence and loves surfing and sky-diving.
After many months of preparation the young woman will start her big adventure later in June. Phan will ride, sponsored by LiquiMoly lubricants, from Singapore via Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, China and Tibet to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
If everything works according to her plan, Phan will arrive in Kathmandu on June 28. The highlight of the tour will be riding to the Mount Everest base camp, Shigatse, 5100m above sea level. On her way she will regularly update her blog so that you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #beyondeverest.
The route is not only ambitious for the rider, but also for her equipment.
Phan not only cares about the challenge; on her route she also has another objective: raising awareness and collecting donations for the Singapore Disability Sports Council, to support people who want to participate in sport despite their disabilities.
Phan is not the first woman Wheels24 has reported on doing a solo charity ride. In March 2014 Steph Jeavons did a world tour on a Honda CRF250L in aid of raising money for a UK charity, Rally 4 life.