Up to 100 runners will congregate this year in the Himalayan Mountains for one of the most unique trail races you're likely to find - the Nepal Impact Marathon.
This Himalayan marathon adventure 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 Impact Marathon.
- Run through the beautiful Shivapuri National Park
- 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
- 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.
- 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 through the beautiful Shivapuri National Park against the magnificent backdrop of the Himalayas. This is not just a race, it’s a week-long life-changing adventure. It’s is your chance to experience the extraordinary Nepali culture whilst helping to create a platform for change.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Not just a race but a week-long community engagement and world-changing adventure
- Accept the challenge of a 10k, 21k, or a full 42k loop on a dramatic and stunning course.
- Stay the week in a stunning campsite with breathtaking views
23 November 2020
29 November 2020
Living in our Athletes' Village is an unforgettable experience. Rise each morning for yoga as the sun rises over the Himalaya, spend the day working on inspiring projects in the local community, enjoy Momos and a cold beer at the Sunset Bar... then wrap up warm for a peaceful sleep.
- 6 nights’ accommodation: 1 in KTM Hotel & 5 camping in Athletes’ Village
- All Food & Water
- All in-country transport
- Race Entry (including race stash and finish line gifts)
- All organised activities
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu on arrival
- Flights to Nepal
- Travel Insurance
- Alcohol, soft drinks & incidentals
- Bring your own tent: from £495
- Base Camp from £645 (share a tent with 2 others). This is the most popular option.
- Summit Camp from £795 (share a tent with 1 other)
All meals and water are provided and included in the prices quoted.
Who is this trip for?
Anyone looking for an unusual running adventure that combines volunteering with a stunning race route.
Himalayan Marathon Adventure – 42km – The Beast Of Shivapuri
The Greeks invented the marathon, but Nepal is taking it to the next level. This distance is a brutal battle of man vs nature and will surely be the hardest but most rewarding race of your life. With 2000m of climbing on the trails of Shivapuri National Park, this 2 lap course is the ultimate test of a runners ability.
You will be pushed to your limit, you will feel like you can’t go on. But when you dig deep, when you keep moving you will earn the right proudly say you conquered The Beast Of Shivapuri.
Himalayan Marathon Adventure – 21km – Loop the Loop
A unique opportunity to run a simply incredible loop of Shivapuri National Park. Make no mistake about it, with over 1000m of climbing this is a course that is for strong runners who can take on these challenging trails.
You will take on the our Savage Summit as well as some technical descents and a thrilling waterfall crossing- it is a true test of your running ability.
Himalayan Marathon Adventure – 10km
A 10km race that feels so much further! This is a serious test for any runner. With almost 600m of climbing, finishing this race will feel absolutely amazing. Indeed, it has the hardest hill of all our distances. If this is your first running race it truly will be the best.
Running with and through the Kakani community, this is our most popular route. For the fastest runners in Nepal this will be a competitive and thrilling race.
If you are not a runner, we invite you to hike this course. The more the merrier.
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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