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Rickshaw Run - Pokhara Nepal to India

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Rebekah Joy
Rebekah Joy

A reminder that the time has almost come to nab yourself a highly coveted place on the Winter 2010 Rickshaw Run. Sign-ups for the event begin 30th April 2009. 

Now this event is cool! Starting in the middle of the Himalayas in Pokhara Nepal on the 1st January (yes slightly dangerous with all those New Years Eve parties) and finishing 2 weeks later in Cochin India the rickshaw race is one of the coolest and perhaps eco friendly ways to discover this part of the world. To enter go to:

Click on Adventure Sign Up where you can see details of the Winter Rickshaw Run. Be warned the autumn 2009 event sold out in 38 second and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Only one person needs to register the team. Additional team members can be added at a later date.

You will need to pay the £895 entry fee to secure the place. If you log in to find there are no spaces left, don't give up but add yourself to the waiting list as after the initial carnage of sign up, places do come available (there are always a number of people who get a spot, but do not take it up). You will be emailed if you are awarded a spot from the waiting list.

The organizers of the race state that the winners are actually the losers, as the adventure is conducted in great haste. There is a lot to see and do and the losers are usually the winners in the end. Starting in Pokhara,198 km west of Kathmandu (mostly known as the start and finish point for the Annapurna treks) the route of the mighty Rickshaw Run changes every time to make sure it remains a challenge. Huge mountains, dirt tracks, tropical jungle and monsoons are just some of the things that challengers face. In theory the race should take two weeks but don't blame anyone else if it takes two years after all you are touring around in a three wheeled mechanical beast. With only half a horse power your humble Rickshaw probably wont even make it to the end of the race in Goa, India which is some miles away.

The actual route is open to interpretation. If you want barren desert, you shall have barren desert, if you want impenetrable jungle it is yours for the taking, if you want to force 150cc of magic up a vast mountain or take a detour to Karachi , so be it. There are a few compulsory meeting points where the 64 rickshaws in the fleet must meet up, but the rest is up to you.

Oh and a stiff gin and tonic tends not to go amiss at such junctures!!!

More information can be found at:

The Adventurists
The Independent Republic of Adventurism
70A Victoria Parade
United Kingdom


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