A 63-year-old Israeli woman, Shoshana Maizel-Reva, was killed during an expedition in India’s high Himalayas on Friday when her jeep flipped over.
Maizel, a Gedera resident, was evacuated to a local hospital immediately, despite the difficult conditions and terrain. However, she succumbed to her wounds despite efforts to save her life.
Two other Israeli females were lightly-to-moderately injured in the incident. They were transferred to a hospital in Chandigarh, joint capital of the states Haryana and Punjab.
The fourth woman in the jeep was not hurt.
Israel Radio reported Friday that the company running the expedition, Hachevra Hageographit, announced the trip would go on as planned despite the tragedy.
The Foreign Ministry stated Friday that Israeli Consul to New Delhi Eyal Siso was making arrangements to transport Maizel’s body back to Israel. Her family was informed of her death.
The women were partaking in a Desert Queen expedition, an annual jeep trek, solely for women, to exotic landscapes around the world. The journeys are a Jewish Agency program that combine competitive outdoor treks with 4WD expeditions and personal empowerment for Jewish and Israeli women. The first trek in 1999 included Jordanian and Israeli women.
After getting word of the fatal accident, one woman posted on the Desert Queen Facebook page that she herself had taken part in the Himalayan expedition a month previously and was “not so surprised” to hear the tragic news.
“The drive is on the most dangerous roads in the world, carried out by inexperienced drivers … on manual transmission vehicles on the opposite side of the road,” she said. “A training session consisting of just a few hours is inadequate” to enable participants to handle the challenging conditions.