Himalayan Hash House Harriers

A brief history

"The inaugural run for the Himalayan Hash House Harriers took place on Monday 15 October at 4.30 pm. The trail was laid by Roger Binks and Keith Robinson." These are the very first words of the very first trash reporting Nepal's first hash run. The year was 1979 and there was a turnout of eight for what was described as "a gentlemen's run". These hashes took place on a Monday night sometimes starting as early as 4pm. It seems that the pressure of work was much less in those days for Kathmandu ex-pats, The hash was closely associated with the British Gurkha officers in the early days and much beer was guzzled.

There have been many changes since then. The Himalayan Hash is now much more of a family affair with soft-drinkers in the ascendancy. The rapid urbanisation of the Kathmandu Valley means that we have to look further and further out beyond the Ring Road to find the open spaces and wild nooks and crannies that make for a good hash.

The first hash was in fact the first Himalayan Men's Hash. According to our longest standing -- and sometimes falling over hasher -- The Fox, these runs continued on Monday evenings with the occasional Saturday special. About 1985 ladies broke in and it became the fast hash. This continued until the early 1990s when it faded out due to 'dreadful mismanagement'. The first Himalayan mixed hash run was in early 1980. These runs took place on Thursday evenings and were kept to a maximum of 45 minutes. The mixed hash started to run on a Saturday after the collapse of the Monday fast runs. The two hashes were completely separate with separate mismanagements. The Monday hash was the Himalayan Hash House Harriers and the Thursday hash was the Himalayan Mixed Hash, which continues today.

Go and read trashes 1 to 100 for more details about the goings on during the golden age of hashing. For more in-depth analysis see Trashes 51-75 intro and Trashes 76-100 intro

Note: The fact that there were two hashes - the Monday men's/fast and the Thursday mixed - means that there are two series of hash runs both starting from 0001. This of course means that the numbering of trashes on the webshite is completely cocked up as men's hash 0001 does not run on into the already-posted mixed hash ones from 2001 onwards. Anyway logic and consistency have not always been one of the strong points of the hash!


Rotter (GM David Potter) and Keeled Over (Stephen Keeling), February 2008