The pioneering Rickshaw Run Himalaya, tooke place in September 2017. Fourteen expendable fools tested the route for danger and delight. It turns out, that it took the danger and delight scales and tore them new bumholes. The next two editions in July and September 2018 sold out within minutes. We'll keep you posted when dates for 2019 are available.
The entry fee is £1,745. For that money you get:
- A rickshaw, pimped to your own design with insurance and all the other necessary paperwork
- Test driving, launch party and finish party
- A jerry can and a few key spare parts plus the tools to change them
- A week of some of the most underpant-stirring adventuring possible in a rickshaw
- The honour of being one of literally only a handful of people who have ever even attempted something so daft
Driving License - To drive a rickshaw in India we highly recommend these 3 things:
- A driving licence
- An International Driving Permit
- A category 'A' stamp in your International Driving Permit
The IDP is a small booklet which explains in multiple languages that someone somewhere deemed you capable of driving on public roads. The category 'A' stamp allows you to drive a 3-wheeled light vehicle (your Auto Rickshaw).
Those of you with a UK driving license have been graced by the presence of the Robin Reliant and can use your regular license to acquire the special stamp. In some other countries (Australia, USA & New Zealand for example) you may need a motorcycle endorsement on your license to get the Category 'A' stamp in your IDP.
Indian Visa - Many nationalities can buy this in advance to pick up on the border. More information on how this works and if you can use it here.
Travel & Medical Insurance - You'll need appropriate travel insurance that covers you for exactly what you're doing and exactly where you're going. We wouldn't scrimp on this one, we might make light of the dangers in our writing, but they're very real.
Fuel, Food and Lodging
You - We mentioned this is a remote part of the world right? Because the roads between the start and finish line are shut for at least half the year, there are almost no permanent features on this terrain.
Not much has changed in this respect since the ancient trade routes passed through here on the way to China.
The main source of food and accommodation is the 'Dhaba' roadside eateries, often little more than a tent with a daybed.
Your Rickshaw - Few locals up here have ever seen a rickshaw. While that doesn't mean they wouldn't be able to fix them, it does mean that spare parts are few and far between.
Fuel stops are very far apart. While you might be able to buy it by the bottle from passing locals you will definitely need to keep your jerry can filled for the longer stretches.