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Nepal Marathon

Up to 1000 runners will congregate this year in the Himalayan Mountains for one of the most unique trail races you’re likely to find –  the Nepal Marathon. This trip offers the chance not only to meet your personal running goals but also to have a positive impact on the communities in Nepal with the money you raise going to development projects that you can visit during your trip.

Join with runners from Nepal and around the world as you accept the challenge of a 10k, 21k, or a full 42k loop on a dramatic and stunning course. Achieve a personal best participating in the Nepal International Marathon.

Highlights:

  • Join a racing community that knows how to step it up a notch
  • Up to 2,300m in altitude make it a challenging and dramatic course
  • Watch Himalayan sun rises everyday
  • Spend the week camping in a beautiful Athlete’s Village at the foot of the Himalayas with 150 amazing people
  • Fuel your run with delicious Nepali Thali
  • Visit, volunteer and connect with the projects you chose to run for – helping promote gender equality, provide quality education and clean water and sanitation to local areas.
  • Run through spectacular mountains in the most challenging, stunning race of your life
  • Celebrate with a huge finish line party

There are three loops to choose from.  The 10k is the most accessible and because of the location, it’s exceptional whether it’s your first race or your hundredth. The 21k loop takes you through a few mountain passes which can be a new challenge for some trail runners. The 42k loop is an unforgettable course complete with views of the Himalayas, wooded trails, stream crossings and more.  Embrace the joy that comes from running in nature and get ready for the biggest finishing line party of your life.

The adventure begins in Kathmandu. You and the group will spend a day here getting to know the projects that this race supports.  You’ll meet the people on the ground doing this good work and the people who are supported by the projects.

We love this operator because they’ve teamed up with the UN Global Goals in order to help bring awareness and much needed support to this community. The three main goals for this race are higher quality education, gender equality, and clean water and sanitation.  You’ll be working with the group to assist with these efforts while you’re there.

Once you reach the Athletes Village, your home for the rest of the week, you’ll have the opportunity to acclimatize and work within this incredible community. For two days you’ll help with the rebuilding that has been on-going since the April 2015 earthquake. The biggest priority right now is the school building. At the end of each day there’s a drink to be shared at the Sunset Bar. There’s also plenty of time for discovering some of Nepal’s culture and heritage around the valley or time to rest and keep your legs fresh for race day.

Then comes the magic of race day running a dramatic and challenging race route against the magnificent backdrop of the Himalayas!  Enquire today to learn more and book your place.

Itinerary

Day 1:

We’ll be meeting in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where we will be staying the first night of our adventure. After your flight arrives in the afternoon, you’ll be whisked to your hotel. Here you’ll get to know your fellow travellers whilst enjoying an evening of amazing Nepali food and a very special performance!

Day 2:

A full day spending time with the projects and people you’ll be supporting, really getting to know them and seeing the difference you have made first hand. In the evening we’ll be travelling up to the stunning Athlete’s Village where we will be spending the next few days living and working with the community.

Day 3:

Waking up to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas and getting into the swing of community life. The local community were badly affected during the April 25th earthquake, take on the challenge of rebuilding some key areas in just two days.

Day 4:

We rise with the sun to finish our school project as one big happy family. Seeing this project completed will be an outstanding moment for us all. We finish the day celebrating with a drink or two at our Sunset Bar.

Day 5:

We’ll be taking in some of Nepal’s beautiful views and heritage, doing some cultural visits and activities in the valley and beyond. Or just resting up and keeping the legs fresh for tomorrow’s party. In the evening will be the famous pasta party in preparation for race day.

Day 6:

The moment has come. Start line, time to run together, as a community in one of the world’s most outstanding location. The magic of Raceday. And at that finish line, we’ll have one ridiculous party with special appearances from a couple of the most famous bands in all of Nepal. Party into the night, you deserve it…

Day 7:

The race is over and you have the usual aches and pains to remind you. To take your mind off it we have organised some incredible experiences that show you the very best that Nepal has to offer. Alternatively you can return home and transfers to the airport are included.

More Details

Athlete’s Village

Where are we staying?

You’ll be staying in a beautiful spot not too far from Kathmandu. The area suffered damage to many of the buildings over the two earthquakes that hit Nepal in the spring. The town was badly hit and has struggled to recover. The community is amazing and welcoming, they are incredibly excited to be put on the map – we like choosing undiscovered gems to host our races. Stunning location, brilliant community and some super trails.

Accommodation:

Your first night will be in one our selected hotels in the capital Kathmandu. This allows us to visit many of the projects you have been fundraising for and also enjoying a simply wonderful city. Then it’s off up to our Athlete’s village at 2000m above sea level will be your home for 5 nights. Along with the accomodation noted on the website we will also have a fully stocked bar and the obligatory campfire. Expect clean toilets and showers (don’t be surprised if there are buckets), all the basic amenities but we don’t want to pamper you too much!

The entire overseas contingent will be staying in the Athlete’s Village. With 200 people giving their all to amazing projects for a week the atmosphere every night will be amazing (the cold local beer looking out over the Himalayas may well aid this).

Food:

There will be a mix of both local cooking as well as some of your old Western favourites.

Nepali food revolves around rice, dhal and gentle, slow cooked curries. Though cutlery is provided we heartily recommend you eat with just your right hand like our Nepali hosts will.

Dietary Requirements:

Don’t worry, let us know and we will sort it.

Electricity:

The campsite will be fully provided with solar power by an amazing local social business. In the Base Camp and Summit Camp options, you will have lighting and power sockets available for phone/camera charging only. However, please ensure you bring a head torch with you.

In addition there is a media tent where you can charge your laptops and tablets. Please be aware that there may be times where this is not possible. So don’t forget to have a beer and enjoy the view instead.

I’m looking to hire kit, what’s included?

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll matt
  • Pillow
  • Pixie Dust of Joy (not visible to the naked eye)
  • General Nepal & Travel Info

How do I sort out my Visa?

Yes, you can get a tourist Visa on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu.

All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Getting a visa at the airport is pretty painless with the new self-service machines.

The following fees in US dollars cash:

  • Multi entry visa valid for 15 days – US$25
  • Multi entry visa valid for 30 days – US$40

The Race

Truly unique trail race, set to a stunning Himalayan backdrop

Join with hundreds of Nepali runners as you take on this challenging and dramatic course. There’s little doubt this will be the peak of your running career

The 10km loop

Our most accessible route but no less rewarding. Just as amazing for your first ever race as it would be your hundredth. Plus we’re preparing the biggest finishing line party you have ever experienced!

The 21k loop

Winding it’s way through the mountain passes, this half marathon route so forget about your PB and embrace all that makes running in nature such an uplifting experience!

The full 42k

The ultimate distance. The ultimate course. An unforgettable marathon you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life. Himalayan views, stream crossings and woodland trails. This race has it all!

FAQs

FAQs from the Tour Operator

I’m a first time runner can I still finish?

Absolutely. This is a community race, you are running with others, for others. If you need to walk then walk, take in the sites enjoy the atmosphere, this is about the power of running not the power of a fast time. There are easier courses but if you take on the challenge forget about your miles splits and soak in that finishing line feeling you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

Nepal has a lot of hills – what about the altitude?

There’s no doubt this will be a new running challenge, the altitude will be a factor but we’ve not gone extreme here with our course. The profile of the run is between 1600m and 2200m. With the athletes village at 2000m you’ll have 3 days of natural acclimatization. We have a number of running and medical experts on hand to talk you through preparation. Prepare well and you’ll have nothing to fear.

What if I’m unable to finish the race?

We will give each marathon runner 8 hours to complete the course. This equates to running at 18 minute per mile. At this time we will collect any runners who are still out on the course and bring them back to HQ with plenty of water and hugs. If at any point you wish to stop, just make it to the next aid station to inform one of our marshals or, if you want to stop right there, let a fellow runner know to inform a marshal. There will be marathon staff roving the course to ensure everyone’s well being.

Will there be medical support?

We have partnered with the heroes at Exile Medics to ensure your safety. We aren’t exaggerating here – these guys are fully qualified doctors working in the UK, they use their own holiday time and pay their way to be involved in the experience. Not only will they be there for you on race day but throughout your time on campsite. They’ll also be using their skills to benefit the local community. See.. Heroes!

In the worst cases, we have both ground and air support to get you to the nearest appropriate medical facility.

Are there water stations along the way?

Water stations will be at least every 2.5kms and often more. They will be stocked with water and bananas. If you have particular energy bars and drinks that you love then bring them along with you. Needless to say, the remote villages of Nepal are not stocked up on those tasty Rhubarb & Custard Torq energy gels!

What will the weather be like during the race week?

November is the end of the peak season and the temperature will be ideal for running – between 12C and 18C. We expect clear skies and cool evenings, so do bring warm clothes for the campsite.

What is the risk of another earthquake?

The outstanding beauty of the Himalayas comes with certain risks – one of which being earthquakes. The result of this is clear to see and is a major reason for our presence in Nepal. There is a chance of further tremors – which are a regular occurrence and nothing to be fearful of. We will be in continual contact with our people on the ground regarding the safety of our runners.

Do I need travel insurance?

YES and there is a specific Sports Cover Direct insurance so that you are fully covered for Nepal Marathon.

The packages are covered and regulated by ‘ABTOT’ however it is obligatory for you to arrange your own personal travel insurance including for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.

Impact

You’ll visit, meet and run with the very people whose lives you are changing.

We are proud to have teamed up with the UN Global Goals. You choose the goal and we’ll provide you with a basket of amazing projects.

Which goal will you run for?

Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all:

  • Childreach Nepal
  • Global Action Nepal
  • Cerebral Palsy Nepal

Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls:

  • Maiti Nepal
  • Burns Violence Survivors
  • Shakti Samuha

Clean Water & Sanitation – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all:

  • Smart Paani
  • Clean Up Nepal
  • Street Child Nepal

The mission of the Nepal Marathon is to empower the runners to connect understand and feel the value of their contribution.

We’ve teamed up with United Nations to select 3 Global Goals that are prevalent in Nepal so all you need to do is: Choose the Goal – that you are most passionate about and within that we have partnered with a number of charities working on the front line Choose your target – the power is in your hands, how much do you want to raise…once you see the power of your efforts we know you’ll raise even more once you return home.

Visit, Learn, Volunteer: During your experience you will visit and meet with these guys.

So there’s no minimum fundraising target?

In line with empowering the runners, after you have selected the cause you select your target. What are you passionate about? What do you want to raise?

If you don’t know how much is realistic then start with £1000. You will hit this and far more! We’ll teach you how to exceed this target, your connection directly to the results and the ridiculous nature of the challenge will ensure you are blown away by the support from your community back home!

Dates:

13-19 November 2017

Prices:

There are 3 packages on offer:

  • Bring Your Own Kit – 495 GBP
  • Base Camp – Pioneer price 645 GBP
  • Summit Camp – Pioneer price 795 GBP

Included:

Basecamp Package

Accommodation

Your first night will be at a 4* star hotel in Kathmandu, where you will be sharing a room with one other like-minded traveller. The next day we will head up to our specially made pop up athletes village. It wouldn’t be Nepal if you didn’t enjoy the camping experience, but we’re making it super comfortable! You will have a large safari tent complete with mattress and bedding shared between three athletes.

This Athlete’s Village will be home to all 150 runners and staff in the shadow of the Himalayas. The camp will be alive with late night campfires and morning yoga workouts as the sun rises over the snow-capped peaks. There will be a real buzzing atmosphere as a group of amazing, socially motivated travellers from all over the world will join together as one community, around one cause.

Meals

All meals will be provided – a mixture of western and Nepali food sourced from the local area surrounding our Athlete’s Village.

Travel

All in-country transport included. This includes your airport transfer only if you arrive on one of our three recommended fights.

Summit Camp Package

Accommodation

Your first night will be at a 4* star hotel in Kathmandu, where you will be sharing a room with one other like-minded traveller. The next day we will head up to our specially made pop up athletes village. It wouldn’t be Nepal if you didn’t enjoy the camping experience, but we’re making it super comfortable! As a Summit Camp resident you will have designated warm showers and flushing toilets.

Your tent will be filled with simple amenities – we’re even building you bamboo bed! It’s basically a hotel room above the clouds. This Athlete’s Village will be home to all 150 runners and staff in the shadow of the Himalayas. The camp will be alive with late night campfires and morning yoga workouts as the sun rises over the snow-capped peaks.  There will be a real buzzing atmosphere as a group of amazing, socially motivated travellers from all over the world will join together as one community, around one cause.

Bring Your Own Kit

Accommodation

Your first night will be at a 4* star hotel in Kathmandu, where you will be sharing a room with two other like-minded traveller. The next day we will head up to our specially made pop up athletes village. It wouldn’t be Nepal if you didn’t enjoy the camping experience, but we’re making it super comfortable! As you are bringing your own equipment, you’ll find a yourself with a spot in a remarkable campsite, unlike any you’ve experienced before.

This Athlete’s Village will be home to all 150 runners and staff in the shadow of the Himalayas. The camp will be alive with late night campfires and morning yoga workouts as the sun rises over the snow-capped peaks. There will be a real buzzing atmosphere as a group of amazing, socially motivated travellers from all over the world will join together as one community, around one cause.

Not included:

  • Flights to & from Kathmandu
  • Visas
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal spending money & tips
  • Alcohol and Incidentals

Operator

We love this operator’s mission to change the world through the power of running. Their social business is designed to harness the simple power of running to sustainably build communities, bring people together around huge causes and leave a lasting impact on the world.

The experiences they create go much further than just running a race but also look to tackle the 17 UN Global Goals including quality education, gender equality and clean water and sanitation.

Runners not only get to meet their own personal running goals but also get the chance to see the impact of their time, money and resources by visiting and meeting the projects they are supporting.

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