Saturday, December 12, 2009

Nepali women are paddling!

The results of this project blows my own mind away. Less than a year after we came up with the idea of starting Himalayan River Girls we have fourteen Nepali ladies active in the club. Four of the girls that started learning kayaking in the spring are now employed with a rafting company and are supporting themselves as trainee river guides. One of them has reached her dream to be the first woman to win the Himalayan Whitewater Challenge.

Altogether ten girls took part in the five week long Nepali women´s river guide training that we organised this fall season and 21 female kayakers from all over our planet came to do a river trip with us. And the best news: Five of Nepal´s most prominent rafting companies have come forward to let us know they would like to employ these ladies.

The training programJustify Full

The river guide training organized by the Himalayan River Guide Association was a five week long program specifically designed for Nepali women to provide them with a good base of basic river guide skills to confidently take employment with a rafting company. 10 women took part in the program that contained kayaking and raft guide training as well as W.R.T. first aid, leadership, communications skills, cooking and setting camp for big groups on the riverside.

On our website you can download a full report on the program.
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The Sun Kosi river trip

Part of the training program was a 10 day river trip together with 21 female western kayakers who not only brought a lot of equipment over for the club. They inspired, encouraged and taught the Nepali girls kayaking along the way. At the end of the long journey we all went together to show "girl power" at the 3-day long Himalayan Whitewater Challenge. Whitewater Challenge 2008

The competition on the Trisuli river this year was different than any year before with more than 30 female compeditors!

3 Nepali girls entered in the kayak competition and Susmitas dream finally came true, to become the first Nepali woman to win the Challenge and got a brand new Jackson kayak! Sita (in the picture) also did very well and came second. All new Himalayan River Girls entered in the raft race as the first ever full Nepali female raft team seen anywhere!

The Club

Thanks to our sponsors we now have sixteen!!! kayaks and a lot of other gear for kayak training. With this gear the girls will now be able to practise kayaking any time, do river trips and get more girls into the scene.

The spring season is about to start, and it will be very exciting to be back in Nepal in February with new energy, ideas and visions for the club. Together with the Himalayan River Guide Association I will plan for future trainings, and start dreaming / planning for international kayak trips / competitions.

On behalf of the Himalayan River Girls and the Himalayan River Guide Assocation I would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters and especially all the girls from all over the world who came to Nepal to paddle with us and brought out all the equipment for the club.

Except for film we have hundreds of wonderful pictures to use for articles and for our sponsors to use in advertising. any information, please contact me on:

And last! Don´t forget to support the Himalayan River Girls & Adrift Adventrues Nepal in the future. We still have lots to do to make Nepal as fair as it is beautiful!

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