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 We 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
This adventure is set in the small but perfectly formed community of Kakani in Nuwakot, Nepal. Kicking off in vibrant, crazy but wonderful Kathmandu, we’ll then head up to Kakani and the Shivapuri National Park. This is where the race will be run… and it’s beautiful.
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.
Day 1 - Monday
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 start learning more of what you'll be experiencing this week
Day 2 - Tuesday
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 Athletes' Village where we will be spending the next few days living with the community. You'll arrive at twilight so get ready for a wonderful surprise upon waking tomorrow.
Day 3 - Wednesday
Waking up to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas and getting into the swing of community life. The morning Yoga session is one of the highlights of the trip, simply unmissable. For those wanting to get a feel for the terrain then you can also head out on one of our training runs. Then the project work begins, depending on your selected UN Global Goal you'll be working with organisations in the southern Nuwakot region to bring about change in their communities.
Day 4 - Thursday
We rise with the sun to finish our project work as one big happy family. You'll now be feeling far more in rhythm with Nepali life and understanding well the amazing as well as challenging sides to life in Nepal. Seeing your project through to completion will be an outstanding moment and is what makes the Impact Marathon experience completely unique. We finish the day celebrating with a drink or two at our Sunset Bar.
Day 5 - Friday
You have a big day tomorrow so time to unwind. We will have some mini-lectures and workshops around the themes of the week and your time in Nepal. We'll also create our pop-up cinema so you can watch the story of Nepal's most famous athlete, the amazing Mira Rai. Overall though, this is your day. Head into the village to buy some lunch, relax with your fellow competitors. In the evening will be the famous pasta party in preparation for race day.
Day 6 - Saturday
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: 2000m of climbing; 42km of running and 25 buckets of sweating awaits you. But get ready for a remarkable finish line moment as you take the final steps of the hardest race of your life. And at that finish line, we’ll have one ridiculous party with special appearances from the most famous bands in all of Nepal. Party into the night, you deserve it.
Day 7 - Sunday
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.
PriceFrom 545 GBP (depends on the accommodation option you choose)
- 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
What's Not included
- Flights to Nepal
- Travel Insurance
- Alcohol, soft drinks & incidentals
Trip Duration7 days
Start LocationKathmandu, Nepal
End LocationKathmandu, Nepal
Average Group Size40
- 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.
This Trip is Suitable 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.
Dates & Availability
- 11 Nov 2019 – 17 Nov 2019
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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