This running tour is a combination of urban running and holy temples. What better combination can you wish for?
We start the tour at the Narayan Chaur park and as we run through Kathmandu the participants experience the popular Hindu shrine at Nagpokhari. This is place is thought to be the lake of Snake God “Naag”.
Next up on the running tour is a fortified compound of former Royal Palace “Narayanhiti Durbar” where the Royal family was massacred in 2001. We run full circle around the palace to see the four direction entrances to the palace.
But running through Kathmandu is more than temples and palaces. It is a thriving capital city and first we visit Durbar Marg the posh area of the city. We also run through Thamel which is also called “Mecca” for tourists but in the early morning hours it is quiet and you experience this normally busy area at a peaceful state as it slowly wakes up.
Your running guide will be happy to show you the best restaurants and points of interest of Thamel. On we run, and now we run both through old alleyways and open roads, and the route is as diverse and mindblowing as the rest of Kathmandu. We run past monuments and along the Bishnumati river on our way towards our final destination – The Monkey Temple. As we reach Swoyambhunath – the “Monkey Temple” – that sits atop a small hill, runners will need to climb 365 ancient steps from the base of the hill. But trust us when we say it is worth it – The Monkey Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage sight and it additionally provides incredible view of the Nepalese capital and the Himalayas.
The pilgrims consider the staircase the only route and it is the most memorable way for any visitor to experience the “The Monkey Temple” and running to the top is a bit of a challenge and fun. This is a place from where you get a very good view of Kathmandu valley and the snow capped Himalayas. And the name “monkey temple” isn’t just taken out of the blue. You see the monkeys everywhere, so be cautious when taking pictures.
From the Monkey Temple runners will be transported back to their hotel.