The route, accommodation, rough roads, wild traffic, monsoon floods, cows in the middle of highways and mechanical and medical emergencies must be handled by the teams themselves.
NOW THAT'S WHAT WE CALL A POTHOLE!
A "racing" rickshaw putt-putts through a village road in heavy rain during the Autumn 2011 'Rickshaw Run' near Patna, in India's Bihar state. Organisers describe the three-wheeled auto rickshaw provided for a rally across India as "the ultimate long-distance off-road machine". Image: AFP
Some teams were robbed and beaten up in Bihar, a state troubled with Maoist rebels and bandits. Others sought to avoid the state by putting their rickshaws on a train and skipping it all together.
DOING IT FOR OTHERS: London-based 'Some Like It Hot' team John Tilly, 29, Olivia Hague, 28, and Katie Ball, 26, with their rickshaw after joining in morning prayers by the River Ganges at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. Sixty-seven teams from 12 countries were participating in 'The Rickshaw Run' from the western Indian city Goa to Pokhra in Nepal to raise money for sexual violence against women charity 'Maiti Nepal' and safe drinking water projects across India. Image: AFP.