Friday, July 22, 2011

Press Release: Kathmandu Kora Bicycle Challenge

60 K | 23.07.2011

In Buddhism and Hinduism a ‘Kora’ is a circumbulation, done clockwise, usually around a religious structure. It is said that a single Kora around Mt. Kailash in Tibet for example is enough for one lifetime. Kathmandu, with its myriad religious structures is a perfect location to do a circumbulation. It boasts two of the most revered Buddhist Stupas of Boudhha & Swoyambhu, and one of the top eight... temples for Hindus worldwide, Pashupatinath. This Challenge circumbulated the valley, clockwise, right at the edge of the valley, away from the hustle of the city, passing by picturesque rural settings, raising money per kilometre biked for a worthy cause.

Maxim Hooper and Shishang Khyungba Lama, both 16 years of age but from two different parts of the world, will be taking up the Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge on July 23 to raise funds for the OCCED (Organization for Community Child and Environment) Orphanage at Naxal and Samata School at Jorpati.
The charity cycling event is similar to the fund run events organized in Germany and other parts of the world.

About Max
16 year old Max came to Nepal with his mother Susan (who is CEO of SAGA holidays in the UK) about a year ago, and had a great time playing with the students at the SAMATA School and the OCCED Orphanage. On going back to the UK, his commitment to come back to Nepal and give something back was huge.

About Shisang
Also 16 year old, Shisang is a Nepalese who will be also accepting the challenge and will ride with Max. He has just completed his school leaving exams and has started his A levels in Kathmandu. He is a cycling enthusiast and a music buff. This is his first foray into Charity, and he is keen to see the results!

The ride is expected to bring in biking enthusiasts from all over Kathmandu on a first ever organized cycling Kora of Kathmandu.

Pledges can be made at 4412508 or 5000547 or by emailing until Sunday 24th July 2011. Donating from abroad can be done via the just giving page at

Chain Bikes is Nepal’s first Cycle company who has designed bikes for Nepalis. It conducts several events through its charity arm, Chain Inc to promote cycling as a pure sport in Nepal.

Socialtours is a five time responsible tourism award nominated company specializing in soft adventure. It has also mentions in National Geographic Adventure and Lonely Planet.

Participation is free for this event. Cyclist should come to Chain Bikes in Bhanimandal, Ekantakun at 0630 am on Saturday, 23rd July, get registered, and the ride starts at 0700 hours. It is expected to take about six hours in total. It’s a fun ride and there are no winners. The idea is to help Max and Shisang to complete the challenge and raise the funds for charity. Donating to this cause is completely voluntary!

We request all to support this event through participation, spreading the news, coverage of the event, and donating to the cause.

INFORMATION / PLEDGES : 4412508, 5000547


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