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Himalayan Whitewater Challenge 2014

Posted by DesMes on January 9th, 2015 Posted in Events, Friends of Desperate Measures, Paddling News

                             Himalayan Whitewater Challenge 2014!


Riverside at the festival on the Trisuli River. Photo Scotty Hall

This year saw the 13th Himalayan Whitewater Challenge (Festival), which is Asia’s biggest whitewater rafting and kayaking event. The festival was started in 2002 by Pete Astles at Peak UK and has grown ever since. The event takes place on the Trisuli River in Nepal next to the villages of Charaundi and Fishling, of the Dhading and Chitwan district. The festival brings together kayakers and rafters from around the globe plus attracting impressive crowds of spectators.

The competition lasts for four days, with competitors arriving up to two weeks in advance to prepare for the event. The competition categories include Boater-x, Downriver Race, Slalom, Freestyle and Raft Racing.


Sal Montgomery charging in the slalom kayak event. Photo Scotty Hall

I entered the Boater X, Down River Race, Extreme Slalom and Freestyle. The competition was tough and required a lot of hard work. I was competing with people from all over world and in the final I was representing Great Britain, competing against paddlers from Nepal, USA, Canada, Netherlands and Norway. My year round training paid off and I got first place in all of these events, which made me the Himalayan White Water Champion! Which I am extremely proud of!


Sal Montgomery leading the final of the Boater X race. Photo Scotty Hall


Sal Montgomery out in front in the Down River race. Photo Scotty Hall

The Himalayan White Water Challenge brings in a lot of tourism to Nepal and the local villages in which it is held. It’s an awesome event and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Nepal at the time of the festival. Whether you are a kayaker, rafter or travelling in Nepal the festival is a great opportunity to interact with the local communities and meet enthusiastic, friendly people from all over the world.


The Paddle Nepal Rafting company boys having fun at the festival. Number 2 bib is the company owner Nim Bahadur Magar and mens number one in the competition. Photo Scotty Hall


The top ladies of the Himalayan White Water Challenge. From Left to Right – 1st Sal Montgomery GBR, 2nd Elizabeth Toby USA, joint 3rd Goma Sunuwar NP and Vera Knook NL. Photo Kurt Leitch.

I met some amazing people and had a great time- roll on next year!


By Sal Montgomery