White Water Challenge begins

Pokhara, November 28

The Himalayan White Water Challenge 2016, an international kayaking tournament began here at the upper Seti River from today.

A total of 60 players completed their Down River Race on the first day, while another 20 participants will take part on Tuesday. According to the organisers, Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies, the 20 participants from Karnali could not reach Pokhara on time due to technical problem and they would be allowed to compete tomorrow.

The Challenge features three events — Down River Race, Border Cross and Extreme Slalom. The Border Cross event will be held on Tuesday, while the Extreme Slalom is slated for final day on Wednesday. The event is held over the one-kilometre stretch beginning from Mardi confluence.

NARA President Chandra Dahal inaugurated the 15th edition of the Challenge. Earlier, the Challenge was held at Bhote Koshi, Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rives but this year the NARA chose Pokhara as the venue with an aim of promoting tourism apart from managing waste on the banks of Seti River.

Except for Nepal, players from the USA, United Kingdom, Japan and Spain are taking part in the event. Top three players in senior section will receive Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively, while the junior section winners will get Rs 30,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 20,000. Similarly, top three players in women’s category will earn Rs 25,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively.