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Annapurna Marathon - Trekking and Running in Nepal

Dates: Arrival in Kathmandu 4th November 2019


What will an average day on the race be like?
It depends on the length of the day in question. Normally we’ll get up at 6 to 6.30 – it’s the best time of the day! We’ll eat a light breakfast, pack our bags (with a packed lunch), and prepare for the start. Then we run to the finish! but remember we do not run every day, we do hike, trek and run, please see our itinerary indeed for every day details.  After dinner the team leader  will explain the coming day’s route and highlights.

Where do we sleep?
We’ll either be sleeping in tea-houses, the local hotels for trekkers, or camping. Our preference is to use local hotels as this benefits the local economy – plus it is part of the adventure. This area is not yet so well developed for tourism and bed capacity can be low in places. In this case, we’ll sleep a number of the participants in tents.

How much stuff do I have to carry while running?
Enough to be safe in the mountains. While the routes are well used, and it would difficult to loose the way, it can quickly get very cold if you are only wearing sweaty running gear. In your backpack you should have – depending on the day – a certain amount of warm & protective clothing, provision for water, first aid kit and some food. It says in the ‘brochure’ you’ll have to carry a lot more – but we have provision for other equipment to be carried for you. The point is to be safe, but to keep it fun, and running with a heavy pack is less fun than with a light one.

I want to run for a charity of my choice? Can I do that?
Absolutely. You are already running for a charity,

What kind of training should I do?
Not everyone has time to do masses of training. We’d recommend a few things though. Firstly, where possible, add some hills (or stairs) to your training programme. Secondly, try to run often. A short run five days per week is often better than a long run a couple of times per week. Do some core fitness exercises, like planking – this will help with stability on rough trails. Try running with a full pack a few times too to ensure it fits well and is comfortable while running. Finally, standing on one leg with your eyes closed is excellent for strengthening ankles.

What food will be available?
We’ll be serving traditional trekking food such as dal bhat (the Nepali national dish of rice, dal and vegetables), pasta, soups, potatoes, bread, fruits, eggs, occasionally meat, and sometimes apple pie. We’ll try where possible to use fresh local goods. We’ll serve portions big enough to match your calorific needs. If you have special requirements, please let us know.

Will there be medical facilities available?
We’ll have a qualified medic running with you. There are basic medical posts at certain points along the trail. In the case of emergency, a helicopter evacuation will be arranged. There are international standard medical facilities in Kathmandu.

What about altitude? Do I need to prepare somehow?
There is no prior preparation for altitude possible. Being fit helps you to cope with the extra breathing you’ll have to do, and the extra physical work you’ll be doing. We’ve planned the days and nights to allow you to acclimatise adequately to cross the pass at 5,135m. We’ll advise you before the race, if you have not been to significant altitude before, about the symptoms of altitude sickness, treatment, hydration etc.

What is the terrain and trails like?
The trails are largely very good indeed. They are in effect local highways along which everything is carried.

How much money do I need to carry?
There is not really much to buy along the way. Beer, should you choose to buy it, will be the most expensive thing you can find as it is carried in. $15 per day will be much more than adequate for most people.

Do I need to bring energy bars, gels, powders etc. This is completely up to you, but you will not be able to buy many ‘energy’ foods along the trails. There will be biscuits and some chocolate available in small shops. There are good value muesli bars available in Kathmandu, as well as the usual chocolate items.