KOHIMA, November 10: Motorsport enthusiasts with an appetite for off-road trails are in for a non-stop 3-day adventurous ride covering a distance of 120 kms (approx) across the districts of Kohima, Zunheboto and Phek in the upcoming 2nd edition of the Great Hornbill Adventure Trail (GHAT) under the aegis of Nagaland Adventure Club.
Advisor, Nagaland Adventure Club, Peter Rutsa said that the rally will be flagged off from War Cemetery Kohima on December 7, at 9 am by the Joint Director of Tourism after which the team will make its first stop at Chedema and proceed towards Dzu River and on to Dihoma, followed by Chakhabama and finally making a stop at Sedzu river. Here the teams will participate in boulder throwing contest, a shot put event with an indigenous touch, he said.
This year’s edition of the GHAT will also accommodate tourists from both the domestic and international sector where they will get to discover the interiors of Nagaland, the NAC Advisor added.
He said that the team will head towards Hibolimi Village under Pughoboto Sub-division on the December 8, where more indigenous game and competitions will be held and the team will also camp out at the village for the night.
There will also be competition where participants will hold their breath underwater for the longest duration. This is in line with Naga traditional fishing, where swimmers immerse themselves underwater to salvage fish, he said.
NAC member, Mhayibeni Gifty Jami, said that events such as pole climbing, long jump and yodelling will be heldj. Also, contest for the best traditional attire will be held for the female participants in an effort to promote the culture and traditions of the Nagas, she added.
In this edition, the participants will carry their own utensils and there will be cooking competition as well. Teams will cook for themselves and points will awarded accordingly. Additional points will be given to the team that uses fire wood instead of modern stove with canisters, informed the Advisor.
While any 4/4 vehicle and SUVs can participate, each team must have a minimum of two person or not more than four person and altogether only 25 teams will be allowed to participate with registrations on first come first basis. Registration fee for entry into the GHAT will be Rs.1000 per head.
A NAC member also informed that as per the revised COVID-19 SOPs from the Government, all participants need to be vaccinated. And for those who are yet to get vaccinated must do so 72 hours prior to the flag off.
The team will also be accompanied by a medical team comprising of a doctor and a nurse. And two mechanics as a support group.
The points earned from the various activities by each participants will be collated to the team they correspond to and the winning team will be adjudged from this.
The prize distribution ceremony will be held at the flag-in in Kisama at 2 pm.
(Page News Service)