Himalayan Rush Program

triathlon in Nepal
triathlon in Nepal
triathlon in Nepal
triathlon in Nepal
triathlon in Nepal

VSN is organising a trip for people who want to participate in the Himalayan Rush. If you join us you can not only appear at the start carefree but also enjoy a great tour through Nepal.

The Himalayan Rush takes place at the foot of the Himalayas in Nepal and is seen by many as one of the most challenging and gorgeous cross triathlons in the world. It is the adventure of mountain biking, trail running and open water swimming against the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas.

Besides the standard triathlon distance (1.5 km swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running) there is also the option to participate in the sprint triathlon, duathlon, 5km and 10km trail run. There is also the possibility to join the relay triathlon as a team.

For the triathlon we take care of the registration, all transport, accommodation and if necessary a bicycle. We also provide training opportunities in the week prior to the triathlon if desired.

Surrounding the triathlon we have compiled a very diverse tour where you can visit all the highlights of diverse Nepal in two weeks. Including vivid Kathmandu with its rich history and culture. The medieval kingdom of Bhaktapur where time seems to have stood still. Pokhara with the beautiful nature and of course the breathtaking view of the Himalayas. And the subtropical lowlands of Chitwan where we go on a safari to look for the wild animals in the jungle.

  • Price:850 EURO
  • Duration:14 Days
  • Primary Activity:Running, cycling, swimming and tour
  • Group Size:2-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accomodation:3 star / 4 star hotel
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  • Max-Altitude:1400 m.
  • Transportation:Tourist Bus / Plane / Private car
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
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Itinerary:

March 24: Departure from home country

March 25: Arrival Kathmandu International Airport

March 26: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

March 27: Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur and travel to Nagarkot

March 28: cycling in the Nagarkot area

March 29: Journey to Pokhara

March 30: Sightseeing tour  in and around Pokhara

March 31: Participation Himalayan Rush

April 1: Travel to Chitwan

April 2: Safari in the Chitwan National Park

April 3: Travel to Kathmandu

April 4: Sightseeing tour of Patan and remaining places of interest in Kathmandu

April 5: Departure from Kathmandu International Airport

April 6: Arrival home

We are a very flexible organization so if you prefer to see things differently in the program or want to stay shorter or longer, please let us know.

March 24, 2018: Today you depart for Kathmandu with a flight you must book yourself. Please give us the flight number so that we know when to pick you up. For the program we expect you on the 25th and that means in most cases that you have to leave on the 24th.

March 25: Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be picked up by VSN and taken to the hotel. The rest of the day you can already explore Kathmandu and the lively Thamel area.

March 26: You will be introduced to your local guide who will guide you through the various highlights of Kathmandu. We start with a city walk that starts in Thamel and goes through Asan to Durbar Square.

Thamel: Thamel is the vibrant tourist district of Kathmandu. Full of colorful shops and nice bars and restaurants. The mix of tourists and locals make this a pleasant neighborhood with many hidden courtyards and roof terraces.

Asan: When we walk through, we end up in the heart of Kathmandu, the Asan district. A network of small narrow streets full of shops and market stalls. This is where the Nepalese themselves do their shopping and it is also bustling with life. This has been a trading place ever since the silk route passed through centuries ago. The colorful market stalls with spices and the beautiful old buildings give the feeling that little has changed in all that time.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: A visit to Kathmandu is not complete without a visit to Durbar square. This old royal area offers more than just the the palace. Surrounding the square you will also find several beautiful temples and statues. The impressive traditional architecture gives you the idea that you stepped back in time and are walking around in the Middle Ages.

After the city walk we drive to Swayambhunath.

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): The temple complex of Swayambhunath dates back to the 5th century. It is located on top of a hill on the west side of Kathmandu and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city. This is the most important sacred place for Nepalese Buddhists. The temple complex consists of a large stupa, several smaller temples, shrines, a monastery, a few restaurants and a lot monkeys.

At the end of the day we return to the hotel where you can relax after the many impressions or explore a further on your own.

March 27: Today we start with a short ride to Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur: The village of Bhaktapur in the east of the Kathmandu valley is a cultural gem of Nepal. The city is known for its enormous culture, graceful art and traditional self-sustained lifestyle. The palaces, temples and regular houses here are all remarcable examples of pagoda style architecture. No wonder the entire city center is on the World Heritage List. From Bhaktapur it is only a short drive to Nagarkot. From this small idyllic mountain village we will enjoy our first spectacular view of the Himalayas. Especially the the sunrise is breathtaking from here so it’s good that we are staying the night.

March 28: After getting up early for the sunrise it is time to explore the area.

It is a small and relaxed village that is surrounded by beautiful nature. Today we are going for a nice cycling tour. Not just because this si a lovely area to cycle but also to get a bit used to the conditions here in Nepal. You will be accompanied by a local guide who knows all the good routes and can also adjust the route to the desired level.

At the end of the day we drive back to Kathmandu where we will spend the night.

March 29: Journey to Pokhara

We take the tourist bus to Pokhara. Along the way you have a great view of the mighty himalayas which will get closer and more impressive by the kilometer. In Pokhara you have the time to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. You can already pay a visit to the Tibetan settlement or stroll along the lake or visit the market. You can also take a boat trip on the lake and in the evening glow see the reflection of 3 of the 10 highest mountains in the world.

March 30: We have a whole day in Pokhara before the triathlon. So enough time to prepare and explore the course. But Pokhara also has a lot to offer so you can also choose to visit some of the sights such as:

Begnas & Rupa Lake: The Begnas Lake is not just a nice site it is also the starting point of tomorrows triatlon. It is located in the eastern part of the Pokhara Valley, at a distance of 15 km from Pokhara. Adjacent is the Rupa lake. It is separated from the lake of Begnas by a bridge known as Pachabhaiya. The lakes offer the perfect nature reserve due to their relative isolation and the possibilities for sailing and fishing.

World Peace Pagoda: This Pagoda is located on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Lake Phewa. It has four images of Buddha in four directions. The pagoda is an impressive sight and the location on a hilltop offers a panoramic view. It is a great vantage point with spectacular views of the Annapurna area and the city of Pokhara.

Sunrise from Sarangkot: Sarangkot is only a 20 minute drive from Pokhara. This hilltop offers spectacular views with both sunset and sunrise of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre.

International Mountain Museum: This mountain museum offers information about mountain climbing, the mountain system of the world, mountain cultures, environment, prominent people in the history of climbing, mountain geography, ecology and other exhibitions. The museum is perfectly situated because you have a view of three mountains that protrude above 8000 meters.

Tibetan refugee camps: A group of Tibetan refugees have been living in Nepal since 1959. One of their settlements is the Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Settlement in Chhorepatan, which is located near two popular sites, such as Devi’s waterfall and the Gupteshwar Mahadev cave. In this community you can visit the Tibetan monastery, the handmade carpets factory, schools, etc. Another Tibetan village is located in Hemja, 7 km west of Pokhara.

Devi’s waterfall: Locally known as Patale Chango (Hell’s waterfall) also known as Devins and Davids is a beautiful waterfall about 2 km southwest of Pokhara. According to legend, a traveler named Davy was washed away by the Padi Khola and mysteriously disappeared in an underground passage under the waterfall.

Gurkha Memorial Museum: Pokhara and its surroundings are the main homeland of the world-famous Gurkha soldiers. The museum, which is based on the British base, provides insight into their role and actions during the first and second world war.

March 31: Today is the Himalayan Rush. The Pokhara region is the home of adventure sports in Nepal and therefore also the ideal region for the triathlon. Around this time of the year it is a pleasantly mild subtropical climate and the chance of rain is extremely small. Water temperature is around 18 to 20 degrees around this time, so a trisuit is sufficient for most.

You will be brought to the start and your bike will be ready. There are changing rooms and water points along the way. But after the start it is up to you. We will be cheering along the way and waiting for you at the finish.

If you still have the strength, Pokhara is also the ideal location for a after triathlon party. The nightlife offers something for everyone and it is a great opportunity to meet other (international) participants.

April 1: Today we drive to Chitwan. From mountains and hills will slowly transform into a more tropical lowland scenery. After arrival and lunch we can already visit the elephant breeding center. Which was setup to help maintain the endangered elephant population. You can see the elephants, including young ones, but also learn about elephants and their habitat here.

April 2: We start with a canoe trip on the Rapti river. From the water we see beautiful birds and the crocodiles lying in water. We also visit the crocodile breeding center where we can see these prehistoric beasts up close. Then we go on jeep safari in the nature reserve of Chitwan. The chance to see rhinos is quite big but there are also many oher animals to see. The ultimate goal here is to spot a tiger. We end the day with a cultural dance by the local Tharu population.

April 3: Today we drive back to Kathmandu. The journey goes largely over the same road but the views are totally different now that we are approaching the mountains again, so it feels like a new experience.

April 4: We continue where we started, in Kathmandu. Only this time you will see a whole other side of the city. To begin with, we visit the two most important holy places of Kathmandu, pashupatinath and boudhanath.
Pashupatinath Temple: On the banks of the holy Bagmati river stands the Shiva temple of Pashupatinath. This world heritage site is the most important place of pilgrimage for Hindus. On the grounds there are many smaller temples next to the Shiva temple. You will also find many sadhu’s here. These holy men are followers of Shiva who especially stand out due to their colorful clothing and face paintings.
Although Pashupatinath has been on the world heritage list since 1979, it is far from an old museum. It is still central to the lives of many Nepales. Every day there are numerous ceremonies where the cremations are the most striking.
Boudhanath Stupa: It is the most important place of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa is also the largest in South Asia. This beautiful and imposing structure is surrounded by monasteries and traditional handicraft shops. The roofs of the surrounding houses have many terraces from where you can enjoy the beautiful view while enjoying something to eat or drink and watch people perform their rituals around the stupa.
Then we drive to Patan, a city that is attached to Kathmandu.
Patan Durbar Square: Patan is located on the south side of Kathmandu and is the third largest city in Nepal. It is also one of the three royal cities and therefore has, like Kathmandu, a royal square, Durbar Square. In the square you can admire impressive examples of the Newah architecture and art of the Malla dynasty.
Finally we go back to Thamel, which is near the hotel, where the best places are to enjoy a nice goodbye dinner.

April 5: Unfortunately we have already reached the end of this journey. We take you to the airport of Kathmandu for your return flight and hope that both the triathlon and the visit to Nepal were unforgettable.

April 6: Arrival at home with a suitcase full of memories and stories

Feature Price: 850 EURO

Our standard price is € 850

 

This is based on 1 person and participation in the standard triathlon. For other disciplines you get the following discount on the standard price:

Sprint triathlon = € 15 discount

Duatlon = € 45 discount

10km trail run = € 80 discount

5km trail run = € 80 discount

Estafette triathlon (with a team of three) = € 50 discount

 

The price is based on guest houses and budget hotels. Although these offer less luxury, this is a more local experience. Do you prefer something more luxurious?

For € 1200 you’ll be staying in hotels with a minimum of 3 stars.

 

If you are not coming alone a discount applies: With 2 to 4 people you get a 3% discount and with 5 or more you get a 6% discount.

 

Included are:

– All hotel stays including breakfast

– Registration Himalayan Rush

– Bike rental Himalayan Rush

– Transport from and to Himalayan Rush

– Transport between locations and airport

– All entrance fees

– Local guide

 

Not included

– Flight to Nepal

– Visa costs

– All meals except breakfast

– Insurance

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