Jan 15, 2014
Hike, bike and raft: AquaTerra Challenge 2013 in Rishikesh
The Outdoor Journal
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11 teams – 70 odd kilometers – 44 participants, this multi-day competition in the upper Ganga Valley saw the birth of endurance events in the scenic Garhwal hills of the Himalayas
A first-of-its-kind, the AquaTerra Challenge was organized as a charity event for the June 2013 flood victims of Uttarakhand, and with the goal of bringing tourists back to this scenic Himalayan destination.
The endurance event brought together fit enthusiasts and also less-experienced corporate warriors in teams of four. As media partner, a team of two from The Outdoor Journal also hit the trails to get a feel of the whole competition – 23k hiking, 16k cycling, 30k rafting, which required moderate physical fitness, mental acumen and the spirit of camaraderie.