RUN NEPAL: JOURNEY TO ANNAPURNA

OVERVIEW The experience of running in the high Nepali Himalayas is unmatched. The mountains seem to rise higher and higher than you can imagine. Combining that with the wholehearted, warm, and kind approach of the local communities we meet and endless trails running in quite simply some of the most breathtaking scenery you have ever seen, this experience truly takes some beating. Our trail running adventure is a perfect introduction to higher altitude trail running, flowing our way through the relative tropical rhododendron forests, where waterfalls flow and flowers grow. Before long we are gracing the higher mountain plains, craning our necks up to the skies where the clouds of burning juniper rise, with mountains towering 7000+m above. It’s spectacular. As with travel in the Himalayas the route we follow includes ‘a little bit up, a little bit down’, but we manage it perfectly for a trail running experience like no other. Dates: 2 – 14 November 2024 Price: €2,910 per person Single room upgrade: additional €210 per person

RUN NEPAL: JOURNEY TO ANNAPURNA
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RUN NEPAL: JOURNEY TO ANNAPURNA

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Dates: 2 – 14 November 2024

Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Price: €2,910 per person
Single room upgrade: additional €210 per person

Deposit: You will pay a deposit of 10% to secure your spot. Once confirmed, your tour operator will charge the remaining amount.

The booking window closes 7 days before departure date.

Terrain: Trail Running

Average daily running distance: 3 – 5 hours per day being on your feet

Longest running distance in a day: 6 hours of being on your feet

Group size: 6 to 12 participants


TABLE OF CONTENTS

What level of running is this trip suitable for?

Are there any alternatives for non-runners?

Accommodation

Dietary accommodation

Itinerary (day-to-day)

What’s included in the price?

What’s NOT Included in the Price?

See Additional Information for more details on Payment Procedure and Cancellation Policy.


What Level of Running is this Trip suitable for?

Challenging graded trail runs feature longer trails which involves some long, steep ascents, as well as steep descents which are away from civilization. The trails we travel on can sometimes reach higher altitudes up to 3,000m and follows rough and more difficult terrain. Previous experience would be advantageous, but not essential.

Suitable for runners who can comfortably be on their feet up to 4-6 hours per day (including walking). You need to have a good level of running fitness and be able to run up to distances of 20km+ in one push and be able to run back-back (consecutive) days. Some extra training before your trip may be required; previous trail running experience is recommended.

Are there any Alternatives for Non-runners?

No alternatives

Accommodation

Twin or Double Share
Single room upgrade available

Dietary Accommodation

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know about them in a comment upon your booking.


ITINERARY

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU

  • Arrival into Kathmandu
  • Group transfer to our hotel
  • Check-in and relax
  • Catch up with the rest of our team over fresh tea on the garden terrace
  • 5-10Km city Run to explore this ancient city
  • Drinks on the balcony
  • Welcome dinner ceremony at one of Kathmandu’s best-kept secrets

DAY 2 | EXPLORE KATHMANDU – POKHARA

  • Optional: sunrise yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Trail running sightseeing: Easy paced running through Thamel District – Durbar Square – Swayambhunath Monkey Temple
  • Group transfer back to the hotel with time to chill
  • Transfer to the domestic airport
  • Economy flight to Pokhara
  • Transfer to our hotel in Pokhara, check-in relax

DAY 3 | INTO THE TRAILS OF THE HIMALAYA

  • Early breakfast
  • 4WD group transfer along the mountain road to Nayapul (2.5 hours)
  • Hit the trail towards Ghandruk, approx. 2.5 hours running/hiking
  • Arrival into Ghandruk, check-in to our tea house
  • Local village exploration and relax
  • Afternoon stretch in the garden with beautiful views of Annapurna South, Himculi and Annapurna III
  • Local Nepali dinner and a briefing on the day ahead

DAY 4 | THE TRAIL TO SINUWA, VIA CHOMRONG

  • Early breakfast
  • Pack up our kit
  • Trail Run to the village of Sinuwa, via Chomrong (approx. 4 – 5 hours trail run/walking
  • Lunch in the mountain village of Chomrong which flanks the Komrong Danda river
  • Arrive into Sinuwa, check into our tea house and relax
  • Recovery stretching and taking in the mountain views over tea/coffee
  • Local dinner served in our guesthouse

DAY 5 | ONWARDS TO HIMALAYA

  • Breakfast
  • Morning stretching and preparing our kit with mountain views
  • 4 – 5 Hour trail run/hike to Himalaya village
  • This section of the trail is mostly uphill and routes through a jungle, so we will combine today with hiking to ensure we acclimatise appropriately
  • Arrive in Himalaya, check into our tea house and relax
  • Recovery stretching and taking in the mountain views over
  • Local dinner served in our guesthouse
  • DAY 6 | TO MBC
    Breakfast
  • Hiking day as the trail takes us to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3,700m)
  • 4 Hour trail hike routing uphill with outstanding mountain scenery
  • Arrive into MBC, check-in and relax
  • Local dinner served in our guesthouse

DAY 7 | MBC TO ANNAPURNA BC – BAMBOO

  • Super early start
  • Easy hike to Annapurna Base Camp (approx. 2 hours – 4,130m)
  • Sunrise of Annapurna – the 10th Highest Mountain the World
  • Soak up the spectacular views of the surrounding mountain amphitheatre- Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gandharva Chuli, Glacier Dom, Annapurna III, Gangapurna…the list goes on
  • Breakfast and relax at Annapurna Base Camp
  • Begin the downhill trail run towards the village of Bamboo (approx. 3 hours)
  • Lunch served in a village on the way down
  • Arrival into Bamboo, check-in and relax
  • Local dinner served in our guesthouse with beers and dancing to celebrate

DAY 8 | BAMBOO TO LANDRUK

  • Breakfast
  • Downhill trail running to the village of Landruk (approx. 3 hours on the trail)
  • Stop at the hot springs to relax with lunch
  • Arrival into the village, check-in and relax
  • Afternoon to chill
  • Local dinner served in our guesthouse

DAY 9 | LANDRUK TO BADAL DANDA

  • Breakfast
  • Easy morning hiking to ease us back into the trail
  • 3 – 5 hour hike/run to Badal Danda via the Forest Camp, the trail routes back through the Rhododendron forest with uphill sections
  • Check into our tea house
  • Afternoon to explore the local Sherpa culture in surrounding villages
  • Stretching and relax
  • Local dinner served in our guesthouse

DAY 10 | TRAIL TO MARDI HIMAL BC

  • Breakfast
  • 3 – 4 hours easy running to Mardi Himal BC
  • Trail routes with an initial short, steep climb as we venture out of the forest, along a grassy ridge with epic views of Annapurna South and Macchapuchre
  • Continue towards Mardi Himal Base Camp with the great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall come into view
  • Check into our lodge and relax
  • Local dinner served in our guesthouse

DAY 11 | FINAL DAY TO SIDDING & BACK TO POKHARA

  • Breakfast
  • Prepare our running kit for our last day on the trail
  • 3 – 4 hours trail running descending to the village of Sidding via terraced fields, the torrent of Mardi Khola and the friendly village of Kalimata
  • Arrival into Sidding with a stop of a local restaurant to relax
  • 4WD group transfer back to Pokhara
  • Check-in to our hotel, relax and chill
  • Nepali feast to celebrate our journey with local beer

DAY 12 | RETURN TO KATHMANDU

  • Most of the day at leisure to relax in Pokhara
  • See the lake, markets, try a massage
  • Afternoon transfer to Pokhara Airport
  • Economy flight Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Group transfer to our hotel
  • Check-in relax
  • Farewell dinner ceremony

DAY 13 | HOMEWARD BOUND

  • Breakfast
  • Last-minute shopping and exploring
  • Pack up our gear and check-out
  • Group transfer to the airport for onward flight
  • Depart

 


What’s Included in the Price?

  • 2 nights at the Hotel Holy Himalaya in Kathmandu (twin or double share)
  • 2 nights at the Big Pillow in Pokhara (twin or double share)
  • 8 nights accommodation in cosy tea-houses on the trail (twin-share with shared toilets)
  • Fully-supported trail running trip
  • Internal return flight ticket (Kathmandu – Pokhara) in Economy Class
  • Cultural sightseeing incl city trail running sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Dinner on the first and final night in Kathmandu
  • Full board throughout the duration of the trail run
  • All transfers
  • Permits and conservation fees
  • 1: 3 Guides to Runners Ratio
  • Local porterage
  • Return Group Airport transfers

What’s NOT Included in the Price?

  • International flights
  • Lunch in Kathmandu / Dinner in Pokhara on day 2 / Meals on departure day
  • All Beverages and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal bills
  • Visa fee US$30 per person for 15 days
  • Travel Insurance (REQUIRED before the trips departure – for cancellation, accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects. Ensure coverage up to 4500m)
  • Tips
  • Excess baggage beyond 15kg (for local flight)

Payment and Cancellation Policy

  • Go! Running Tours charges a non-refundable deposit of 10% upfront when you book your holiday. After the booking is confirmed, the local holiday provider will send an invoice to the runner with final payment options.
  • The deposit you pay to Go! Running Tours is non-refundable (unless the trip is canceled due to the number of participants not being met).
    Cancellation policy of the tour operator: Period before departure from when written notification is received by us: Cancellation charge per person cancelling:
    – 141 days or more: full deposit
    – 85 days – 140 days: 50% charge
    – 84 days or less: 100% charge
Trail grade:
Challenging graded trail runs feature longer trails which involve some long, steep ascents, as well as steep descents which are away from civilization. The trails we travel on can sometimes reach higher altitudes up to 4,000m and follows rough and more difficult terrain. Previous experience would be advantageous, but not essential.
Suitable for runners who can comfortably be on their feet for up to 4-6 hours per day (including walking). You need to have a good level of running fitness and be able to run up to distances of 20km+ in one push and be able to run back-back (consecutive) days. Some extra training before your trip may be required; previous trail running experience is recommended.

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