The Rickshaw Run
Three wheels of disaster rolling across the globe
The Rickshaw Run India
Take a 7 horsepower cake tin on wheels, stick you and two mates in it and wave goodbye with an epic party to see you on your 2000km trip of a lifetime.
This is The Rickshaw Run.
With no set route, no back-up, and no way of knowing if you’re going to make it, we let you loose in one of the greatest vehicles ever created. The only certainty of The Rickshaw Run is that you will get lost, you will get stuck, you will break down and you will help save a bit of the world.
We wrap each event up with a party of earth-shattering proportions but what is between them is all down to you. And luck – good or bad.
This is where it all began, the original Rickshaw Run. It’s the largest of its type on the planet and will test you to your limit.
The Rickshaw Run has been putting the willies up grandmothers across the globe since 2006. Not literally of course, that would be disgusting.
There are three editions of The Rickshaw Run India every year, with around 85 teams taking part in each one.
It runs between Kochi in the very south and Jaisalmer in the middle of the Thar desert up in the northwest corner.
In between is the most chaotic two weeks you’re ever likely to experience. Unless you’ve spent a fortnight in a tumble drier with Jeremy Clarkson and a basket of angry cats. Then it’ll probably be the second most chaotic.
Rickshaws are slow, smelly and fall over when you go round corners. They break down more often than an emo teenager and driving one just for a day feels like you’ve been kicked up the arse by an elephant. Somehow though, this makes them better.
For all their pitfalls, we think they are one of the greatest vehicles on the planet. To prove it we surveyed nearly some of the people at HQ and 100% agree. They are the only way to try to traverse vast countries, and if you do make it, you’ll never want to drive anything else.
Rickshaw Quick Stats
Engine: 2 stroke, single cylinder, forced air cooled
Power: 7 HP at 5000 rpm (equiv. 1 family dog)
Transmission: 4 forward, 1 reverse
Fuel Capacity: 8 ltr + 1.4 reserve
Top Speed: 55kmph (downhill)
Engine Size: 145.45cc
System Voltage: 12V , DC
Being told what to do is boring, so we created our signature ‘Unroute’.
The premise is simple. We set start and finish lines, hosting one of our world-famous parties at each. Between them you are left to your own devices, free to carve your own work of adventuring art.
Our ‘Unroute’ ethos gives all of our adventures a uniqueness that you won’t find anywhere else. Some teams group together, sharing their route. Others go it alone, venturing into the unknown as far as they can.
The one thing all the teams have in common is an arsenal of stories to tell when they arrive at the finish. That’s the power of the Unroute.
Support or lack of
The Rickshaw Run is not a guided tour. We will not be there for you when you break down in the middle of a desert or accidentally fill your rickshaw with sunflower oil.
The whole point of the Rickshaw Run is to get out of your comfort zone, learn how to overcome problems yourselves and engage with the wonderful locals who will gladly try to help you whenever they can.
If you want someone to tie your shoelaces for you, then you could always try Pontins.
The Rickshaw Run was created when Adventurists founder Mr Tom fell in love with the little beasties whilst on a jaunt in India. He came home and was heard to be repeatedly mumbling something about taking rickshaws into a desert and up some mountains.
After much deciphering, The Rickshaw Run was born. The first edition launched in December 2006 from Kochi, Kerala and snaked its way up to Darjeeling, West Bengal. Nobody knew if it was even possible.
Since these humble beginnings, the Rickshaw Run has grown almost beyond recognition. It has since spawned an evil cousin in the Himalayas and a slightly friendlier cousin in Sri Lanka. There have been more than 35 editions, and literally, tens of thousands of people have experienced the joy of driving a rickshaw around various bits of the planet.