In December 2019, teams can compete against each other in a one-of-a-kind time trial race on land and water to win the 3rd edition of the Himalayan Adventure Challenge (HAC) from 13 to 14 December 2019 (Friday & Saturday) in Rishikesh. A brand new format changes HAC to make it more exciting and finish off as a team.
It beckons you to combine your skills, teamwork and your abilities to the fore, making it the foremost multi-discipline adventure races in India today. HAC offers three formats - a 30 km Open Challenge, a 10 km Open or Family Challenge and an arduous 65 km Zealot Challenge involving Biking, Hiking and River Rafting. It caters to the novice, the weekend athlete, the armchair adventurer, the endurance champions and even the family; making it India's premier team racing event.
Hosted by Aquaterra Adventures & Atali Ganga, the Himalayan Adventure Challenge is a new avatar of the Aquaterra Challenge, and has developed after years of testing ground for safety, fluidity, ability, and improving upon the challenge.








We started as a fundraiser to bring people to travel back to Uttarakhand. The Himalayan Adventure Challenge (previously known as The Aqua Terra Challenge) was set up to remember the June-2013 flood victims of Uttarakhand, and sought to bring people back to this beautiful part of India. The Aqua Terra Charity Trust supported the event to help bring back opportunities, choices, resources, essential services into the lives of many in Uttarakhand. The event was spread over 45 miles, and 2 days of challenge, involving a time based gruelling walk followed by a 16 mile cycling leg to the third and very exciting leg of the event – a 15 mile raft / inflatable kayak race down the mighty Ganges.
Now, we sponsor team members (free of cost) which are made up of budding youngsters from the villages in the region and from Rishikesh. Quite a few of them have gone on to win multiple race events along with many prizes.

We use a points system where times get adjusted for age and gender. This is based on age/gender adjustments for qualifying times used by international marathons of Boston, London and New York. The time to complete HAC of every individual team member is taken and adjusted. The individual adjusted times are then totalled to give the final adjusted team time. This is then used to decide HAC winners and runners-up. It means people of any age or gender have just as much chance as anyone else.

By Road:
Delhi to Atali Ganga (Race Venue)
Driving Time and Distance: 6 hrs | 270 kms (with a short-breakfast break)
Note: Try and leave Delhi between 4-5 a.m as driving time increases beyond 6 hours due to morning congestion in towns like Modinagar and Roorkee.
By Air:
Delhi to Atali Ganga (Race Venue) - Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun
This is the fastest and most convenient way of getting here. Three airlines – Indigo, Spicejet & Air India have direct flights to Dehradun from Delhi (25 min) apart from other metros. There are also connecting flights via Delhi and reaching us has never been easier. We are 1.5 hrs from the airport by road. Take the morning flights which reach Dehradun latest by 12 noon so you can reach well before the orientation starts by 2pm on Friday, December 13
By Train:
Haridwar Railway Station
We are 1.5 hrs from the closest railhead at Haridwar. The morning Dehradun Shatabdi from Delhi or the overnight Mussoorie Express are both convenient ways of getting here. The Mussoorie Express gets you here on time to enjoy a full day after a good night’s sleep on the train.

65 km Zealot Challenge (Teams of 4)

30 km Bike + 21 km Hike + 14 km White Water Rafting

The Xtra element to test your limits of endurance, complete 65 kms in 3 different disciplines in a single day!
Race fees: ₹ 18,650/- per person + 5% GST | Teams of 4

30 km Open Challenge (Teams of 4)

16 km Hike + 14 km White Water Rafting

This is the open category where you race in teams of 4. Bring your team and race against the clock.
Race fees: ₹ 14,650/- per person + 5% GST | Teams of 4

10 km Open Challenge (Min of 4 or Max of 6)

5 km White Water Rafting + 5 km Hike

Race with the family and friends. Get the youngsters (9+ yrs) to get into the outdoors, and experience the rush
Race fees: ₹ 10,650/- per Adult + 5% GST / ₹ 6,650- per Child + 5% GST
Min of 4 or Max of 6 | Children eligibility: 9yrs to 15 yrs old

HAC can help you build a Team

Don't have any friends or family as team members just yet? Don't worry, you can still take part and we'll help you build a good team with other similar participants. Just choose the option while registering and you are in!
You can also register in one of the team categories without having to fill up the details for the rest of the team and we will match you with other individuals to form the team

Race Route

65 KM Zealot - Bike Leg

65 KM Zealot - Bike Leg

65 KM Zealot & 30 KM Open - Hike Leg

65 KM Zealot & 30 KM Open - Hike Leg

65 KM Zealot & 30 KM Open - Raft Leg

65 KM Zealot & 30 KM Open - Raft Leg

10 KM Open - Hike & Raft Leg

10 KM Open - Hike & Raft Leg

So, you have decided to HAC it! Welcome aboard and now that you are signing up, here is some information that will help you plan your stay. We have two properties that are close together, and offer a great race venue. You may come in latest by lunch on Friday, 13th December 2019 for the orientation, briefing and the evening at Atali Ganga. Camp Aquaterra and Atali are the default race venue with tents and cottages set up in a forest clearing. While Atali has ensuite units, Camp has a WC complex, cots and shower stalls. Atali is India’s premier activity lodge, and the venue of the evening on Saturday, 14th December 2019. You can choose to stay at other properties in the belt, and we will arrange transfers for you.
Atali Ganga

Atali Ganga
₹ 16,000 per cottage per night for 2 persons incl GST

Camp Aquaterra

Camp Aquaterra
₹ 4500/- per tent per night for 2 persons incl GST

Roseate Ganges

Roseate Ganges

Raga on the Ganges

Raga on the Ganges

Himalayan Hideaway

Himalayan Hideaway

Taj - Rishikesh

Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa

Outline Plan for you to plan your stay
Friday, 13th December 2019 - Orientation/ Briefing
12:00 to 14:00 - All teams arrive post lunch to their race hotels / camps.
15:00 - Zealot & 30 km Open teams transfer for paddle & bike orientation / safety & practice session, pick up race kits, and clear all queries/doubts from race coordinators.
17:00 to 20:00 - Race Briefing, rules, retire to your base for an early evening.
Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Zealot & 30 km Open Challenge.
05:30 - Zealot teams transfer to Devprayag to begin their challenge. (40 km/ 90 min to Devprayag).
06:00 - 30 km Open Challenge teams transfer to race start point (approx. 6-10 km / 20 -30 mins.
07:00 - Zealot race start below Devprayag (30 second staggered start).
07:00 - 30 km Open Challenge race starts at Singtali.
11:00 - 14:00 (race end time) - Zealot & 30 km Open Challenge teams reach Malakhunti finish 15:00 - 16:00).

Note: Hard stop for all Zealot and Open teams at 15:00 if they have not started the river leg.
Saturday, 14th December 2019 - 10 km Open Challenge
13:00 - 10 km Open Challenge teams transfer for paddle & bike orientation / safety & practice.
14:00 - 15:00 - Lunch for 10 km Open Challenge teams.
15:30 - 10 km Open Challenge race starts at Malakhunti, paddle to Sarasu village and trek back to Malakhunti
17:30 - Race ends. Transfer to respective hotels.

Open challenge team should ideally be independent of Zealot/Open challenge members as some may miss the 15:30 cut off start for this leg.

18:00 - Awards and Gala Dinner with live music for all teams at Atali. Time to celebrate!
Sunday, 15th December 2019
Relax, soak in the venue, enjoy a day on the river, or hike and depart after breakfast.

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1 Only adventure race held entirely in the natural outdoors
2Offers choice of 2 adventure activities in the Open format, or 3 adventure activities in the Zealot format on Saturday, 14th December 2019
3Offers a Family format in the 10 km Open Challenge to encourage youngsters to participate with adults on Saturday, 14th December 2019
4Being a destination race, makes for a great healthy weekend
5Age and gender based time adjustments for all participants based on the Boston Marathon model
6Safety & support tracking of contestants
7The course has been tested thoroughly with participant inputs over 4 years
8Highly accessible – options from ages 9 and above
95 hours by road or 25 min flight from Delhi to Dehradun

Register for the 3rd Edition of HAC

Fields below are for Companies or Organisations Only

Team Information: Team Leader / Member 1 / Individual

Format: M/D/YYYY

Team Information: Member 2

For Individuals who don't have a team. Please select the option 'No', then the options below are not applicable for you
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Team Information: Member 3

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Team Information: Member 4

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Team Information: Member 5

For Open Challenge Team: Child - 1
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Team Information: Member 6

For Open Challenge Team: Child - 2
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Inclusions | Terms & Conditions

1. Participation Fees
2. Pre race paddle orientation on Fri, 13 Dec (for Zealot and Open Challenge) and Sat, 14 Dec (for Family Challenge)
3. Lunch and Dinner on Orientation Day - Fri, 13 Dec
4. Breakfast, Lunch and Gala Dinner with Live music on Race Day - Sat. 14 Dec
5. Transfer from hotel to race start line, all local race transfers from recommended properties listed, end of race, to gala and back to hotel after gala dinner.
6. Rafts, safety equipment, safety kayakers, route marshals etc
7. Bike rental is included in the fee for the Zealot Challenge. Participants of the Zealot Challenge, can alternatively choose to bring their own bikes, should they prefer that.
1. Accommodation
2. Transfers from Airport/Railway Station to venue and vice versa
3. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Health and Fitness Requirements
Participants must be in good health and reasonable physical condition. It is vital that participants with medical problems make them known to us well before departure. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial disorders, or if you are a severe asthmatic, or have high blood pressure, you are strongly advised against participating. The Himalayan Adventure Challenge takes place in remote areas where there is little or no access to normal medical services or hospital facilities immediately for serious problems. Rishikesh & Dehradun are the closest cities with Hospitals and Professional Doctors available. Where necessary, evacuation can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Medical and evacuation expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.

By my online signature/acknowledgement as set forth in the registration form I acknowledge and confirm the following: I waive any and all claims I may now and in the future have against, and release from all liability and agree not to sue Himalayan Adventure Challenge / Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. and its officers, employees, guides, agents or representatives (collectively its staff) or the licensor for any personal injury, death, property damage, or loss sustained by me as a result of my participation in an adventure trip with them, due to any cause whatsoever, including without any limitation, negligence on the part of Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd., its staff and licensor.

I am aware that the race, in addition to the usual dangers and risks inherent, has certain additional dangers and risks, some of which may include: physical exertion for which I may not be prepared; weather extremes subject to sudden and unexpected change; remoteness from normal medical services; evacuation difficulties if I am disabled.

I accept all the inherent risks of the proposed adventure trip and the possibility of personal injury, death or property damage or loss resulting therefrom. I acknowledge that the enjoyment and excitement of adventure travel is derived in part from the inherent risks incurred by travel and the activity beyond the accepted safety of life at home or work and that these inherent risks contribute to such enjoyment and excitement, being a reason for my participation.

I agree that if I suffer injury or illness Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd, can, at my cost, arrange medical treatment and emergency evacuation service, as they deem essential for my safety. In entering into this Agreement, I am not relying on any oral, written nor visual representations or statements by Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. or its staff or any other inducement or coercion to go on an adventure trip, hence, only of my own free will.

I confirm that I have read and understood the terms and conditions of the contract and this Agreement prior to signing it and agree that this Agreement will be binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, and successors.
Payment Terms
The prices quoted are for payment through our parent company's website (Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt Ltd / through our Payment Gateway Providers: Instamojo or RazorPay, NEFT/IMPS/Wire transfer, Cheque or Cash payable in New Delhi.
Convenience fee (bank charges) at 2% (approximately) applies on online payment modes
The race fees price is payable to Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd. at the time of registration after submitting the form on the left. You will be redirected to: to complete the formalities. If you have any questions or are unable to pay after registering, please get in touch.
Inability to make full payment entitles Himalayan Adventure Challenge to cancel your entry without notice and without refund of any deposit. All prices are quoted in Indian Rupees unless communicated otherwise via email.
If it becomes necessary to cancel your participation at the Himalayan Adventure Challenge, you must notify us immediately in writing.
Once we receive your notice, cancellation will take effect. Please note that the following charges will apply to cancellation:
  • If cancellation takes place anywhere between 30-45 days prior to the event, your full payment will be returned. A processing charge may apply at the time of refund for which you will be notified on receiving a cancellation request.
  • If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior, 100% of the race fees will be forfeited. The race fees is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.
Race Leaders/Activity Officers
Our Tour Leaders or Activity Officers take their responsibilities seriously and if they believes in his/her judgment that you should not participate in the race, before your departure, even if you pass your medical, he/she may exclude you from the race. In this circumstance, you will be offered the option of taking another trip offered by Aquaterra Adventures considered suitable for you or a full refund. If during the race the Tour Leader considers you should not participate further he/she may direct you not to continue and you must follow the Tour Leader’s instructions. In this case, you will not be entitled to any refund. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.
Delay, Cancellation Or Change Of Itinerary
Himalayan Adventure Challenge / Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. reserves the right to cancel the race prior to departure in which case participants will be given a refund in full. However, you will not be entitled to make any further claim for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes).
Route Changes/Postponement Or Delay
Himalayan Adventure Challenge / Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. may for any reason change the date of departure or conclusion of the race, or it is possible that a route change, postponement or delay (either in relation to departure or to the duration of the expedition) may become necessary due to inclement weather conditions, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the race fee (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage.

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Himalayan Adventure Challenge

Atali Dogi, Milestone 30,
Badrinath Road, Rishikesh,
Uttarakhand, India

Aquaterra Adventures:+91-11-29212641

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India's Most Exciting Adventure Race Is Back in December 2019!

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13-15 Decemeber (Friday to Sunday) in Rishikesh