Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) is organizing its annual event ‘Himalayan White Water Challenge 2015’ on Trishuli River from in from November 27 to 29.
According to NARA, the event is being organized to spread the message that all the rivers in Nepal are open for visitors and safe for rafting. The event also aims to promote river activities to bring more foreign tourists, officials of NARA said in a press meet on Sunday.
Participants will compete in three events – Kayak Slalom, Kayak Boater Cross and Kayak Freestyle – during the three days. They can participate in senior, junior and women categories.
Participants standing in top three positions in each category will be richer by Rs 100,000, Rs 65,000 and Rs 35,000, respectively.
“We want to spread the message that the April earthquake has not made any impact in water activities in Nepal. Tourists can still come and enjoy this adventurous activity,” Chandra Dahal, president of NARA, said. He also said the government’s decision to include 14 districts as earthquake-affected district has affected rafting business as most of the popular rivers like in these districts.
Participants from Australia, the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, India, China, Malaysia, Holland, Poland, Bhutan, South Korea and Japan have already confirmed their participation, according to the organizers. The event is expected to see participation of 70 foreigners and 100 Nepali rafters and kayakers.