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Kathmandu KORA 17

Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge is an annual cycling event. Basically this is a Kora of Kathmandu, of the three main religious sites of Soyambhunath, Boudha and Pashupatinath. It has that religious significance, but it is also meant to be a circulations of the power centres of Kathmandu.

So many of you may thing why and how was this event started?
In 2011, Maxim Jones and Shashank Lama, both 16, took this challenge, in the first ever Kora organised by socialtours and Chain Bikes, and raised awareness amongst the 35 riders and raised close to half a million Rupees in funds that were given to a school and an orphanage in Kathmandu.

2012 was around 300 riders who raised close to Rs. 1m for Rukum.2013 was around 800 riders who raised close to Rs. 1.7m for Baitadi2014 was around 1700 riders who raised close to 1.5m for Pyutar2015 with 2500+ riders raised around Rs 7 lakh. I have been a part of this ride since 2015 and I will be riding this year too. This year the money collected from the ev…
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