Himalayan Whitewater Challenge. December 3rd - 5th 2010. Trisuli River. Nepal


What is the Himalayan Challenge?
The Nepal rodeo / Himalayan Whitewater Challenge has been running annually since it's conception by a bunch of notorious rogues at the infamous "Rum Doodle" bar in Kathmandu. This year celebrates eighteen years of the Himalayan Challenge, which has become one of the most exciting WW events in the world. Established as a get together for international expedition kayakers travelling to the mighty rivers of the Himalayas, the Himalayan Challenge now attracts around 100 competitors including some of the best kayakers in the world from over twenty countries. It has also become the official selection event for local Nepalese kayakers to represent Nepal at the world championships. However, the event has remained a testament to the true spirit of kayaking, and for most just participating in the greatest party in the Himalayas is a sufficient draw.

This year's event will be supported by Peak UK, Paddle Nepal, Equator Expeditions, Far Away Adventures, Nara, TAAN, NTB and more. The challenge takes place on the holy Trisuli River, based at Equator's brand new Gorkha Beach Camp. According to Hindu Legend Lord Shiva drove his trident into the mountains to create the river when he needed to cool himself. Located 50 km west of Kathmandu, the Trisuli River has earned the reputation as one of Nepal's premium white water runs, containing several sections of quality whitewater.

Event Classes:
International Men. International Ladies. Nepali Men. Nepali Juniors and for the third successful time Nepali Ladies!! All boats welcome.

The Events:

Extreme Slalom:
A course is set out on a testing piece of whitewater consisting of 10-15 obstacles, which must be run in number order. Slalom gates, set freestyle moves, river running skills, number touch boards etc make up the course. Paddlers race against the clock and 20 second time penalties are added for missed obstacles. Usually the winner is the only paddler to complete the testing course with a faultless run.

Paddlers race from a Le Mans style mass start, head to head down a stretch of challenging class 4 whitewater. This is a pretty tough test of endurance, skill and tactics.

Paddlers take turns to perform choreographed routines on a set wave or hole ( a white wave that turns back on itself holding the kayak ) scoring highly for verticality and variety. Competitors take two 45 second rides of non stop vertical and aerial action. They progress through qualifying heats, semis, quarters then on to the weekend's highlight, the knockout finals, where the top five paddlers go heat to head, with the lowest scoring ride dropping out until there is only the winner left. Creek boats welcome and work very well in the big powerful water!!

Provisional Event Timetable:
Friday: Morning - Registration. Afternoon - Kayak Slalom Race. Evening - Party
Saturday: Morning - Freestyle Heats. Afternoon - Freestyle Finals. Evening - Party
Sunday: Morning Downriver Race. Afternoon: Lunch, then back to Kathmandu.

Sponsors So Far...
Peak UK. Square Rock. Predator

If you are interested in taking part or just partying with us get yourself to Equator Expeditions, Thamel, Kathmandu before the 27th November. Sign up and get the bus ride up to the river on Friday morning. It's a really great weekend and fun is guaranteed for everyone.

For more info keep an eye on www.peakuk.com