The 2007 Himalaya/Monsoon Rickshaw Run!


Here’s a crazy adventure for anyone looking for something a little different. It’s called the Rickshaw Run and it involves driving the little three-wheeled vehicles over fast distances and varying terrain. This year’s version will be run in Nepal, Bangladesh, and China, over a course that is 2000 miles in length, during the monsoon season no less. Some of the roads top out at over 17,000 feet in height according to the official site as well.

These tiny rickshaws have only seven horse power, and while they are common all over South East Asia, they aren’t exactly designed for going long distances. Let alone long distances on roads that range from paved to non-existant. Not to mention the amount of mud and water that will be encountered during the rainy season.

This race sounds like it would be all kinds of fun, while being all kinds of crazy at the same time. If you’re itching to go though, you should read the offical rules first, and then check out these YouTube cilps from last year’s race.

Not surprisingly, this race is being organzied by The Institute of Adventure Research who just happen to be the same lunatics who brought us The Mongol Ralley. 🙂

Thanks Gadling!

Kraig Becker

3 thoughts on “The 2007 Himalaya/Monsoon Rickshaw Run!”

  1. Hey Man,

    Really enjoyed your posts today–Spiderman…the rickshaw race…Kathmandu

    If I remember correctly Spiderman got arrested a few years back here in the states..possibly on The empire State Building..Those guys are nuts…but then again, we all are.

  2. Thanks! 🙂 Lots of interesting and different stories today to be sure. Fun stuff! I like it when I run across things that are out of the ordinary.

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