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Annapurna Adventure Race

annapurn adventure race

Trip dates: May 24 to June 7, 2016
Race date: June 3, 2016
Trip Cost: $2850.00 per person
Hotel and single room supplement: $400.00

A multi-sport event from the high alpine of the Annapurna Basecamp to the lush green vegetation of Pokhara. The Annapurna Sanctuary is famous for its traditional villages with warm locals and expansive, incredible views.

Race Overview

The Mount Annapurna Adventure Race Program is a 15-day excursion that includes a marathon footrace, a 55Km mountain bike, a tandem paraglide. It’s scheduled for June 2016 and is not to be missed.

  • After organizing in Kathmandu and then heading to Pokhara, the group will first trek up to Annapurna basecamp over the course of seven days.
  • On June 3, 2016, the marathon will run down from Annapurna’s basecamp at 4130 meters through ABC, MBC, Dovan, Bamboo, Chomrong, Jhinu, Landrung, Tolka, Potana and finish at Dhampus following a route through Bichchhu Khola.
  • The following day, the mountain bike race will head from Dhampus to Chandrakot to Sarankot, covering 55 km, and with views of three different 8000 meter peaks.
  • After the mountain bike, participants can take a guided, tandem paraglide flight from Sarankot toward the head of the Fewa Lake.

Backstory

The Mount Annapurna Adventure Marathon is a tribute to two of Nepal’s great pioneers, the late Dr. Harka Bahadur Gurung and Mr. Maurice Herzog. Dr. Gurung, an expert on mountain tourism, was the first Tourism Minister of Nepal and oversaw the development of Nepal’s trekking industry and opening of many previously restricted regions along Nepal’s long northern border with China and Tibet. Mr. Maurice Herzog, a mountaineering legend, was the first person to climb Mount Annapurna and the first climber of an 8,000 meter peak on June 3, 1950. Both men have contributed tremendously to the development and promotion of tourism in Nepal and our Annapurna Adventure Marathon strives to honor their sense of adventure and athletic accomplishment.

Along with our partners in Kathmandu, One World Trekking is proud to launch this new and unique multisport adventure. After a beautiful trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary, we have timed the trip so the marathon begins from Annapurna Base Camp on June 3, 2016 in order to celebrate Maurice Herzog’s great mountaineering accomplishment. Starting beneath the enormous South Eastern Face of Mount Annapurna I (8091 meters), group members will traverse, criss-cross and descend through the highland regions of the great Annapurna Range.

Itinerary

MAY 24: Day 1: Welcome to the Kingdom of Nepal and the Himalayas!
Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our local representative and transferred to our group hotel. Once at the hotel, our local agent representative will check you into your rooms and provide a brief orientation of the Kathmandu area and answer any questions you may have.

MAY 25: Day 2: Fly to the lakeside town of Pokhara at 2,690 feet. Hotel.
Today we will fly 45 minutes west to the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. On a clear day, we’ll have superb views of the Annapurna Range. Upon arrival in Pokhara we’ll transfer to our group hotel and have the remainder of the day to relax and explore this colorful town.

MAY 26: Day 3: Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus. 1 hour drive to Phedi and a 2.5 to 3 hour trek to Dhampus (5,095 ft).
After breakfast we leave our hotel and drive to the trailhead at Phedi. Our hike begins through forests of oak, rhododendron and silver birch. Looking back we’ll have panoramic views of the Phedi and Mardi Valleys with the incredible peaks of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Lamjung teasing us forward. After several hours the path soon levels out and we reach the village of Dhampus.

MAY 27: Day 4. Trek to Landrung (5,100 feet). 5 hour trek.
Today’s hike follows a path which traverses the hillsides and is gradually uphill through enchanting forests with wonderful sweeping views of the Annapurna Range. We’ll pass many small farming hamlets with traditional houses and slate roofs before a short downhill delivering us at Landrung Village near the raging Modi Khola River.

MAY 28: Day 5: To Chomrong Village at 6,400 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek.
The trek to Chomrong begins with a gradual descent to a bridge spanning the Modi Khola Village. From the bridge it is a long (but not too steep) uphill through picturesque villages and farmland to the Gurung village of Ghandrung. The views of the Annapurna Range are stunning from this village! The rest of the day we follow a very pleasant and rolling path through beautiful forest to the top of a ridge before taking an easy trail into Chomrong.

MAY 29: Day 6: Trek to Dovan. 8,200 feet. 6 hour trek.
Out of Chomrong our trail wanders past terraced farm fields as we descend to the river. After crossing the bridge, we begin a 2 to 3 hour uphill walk to Khuldi Ghar, a small settlement where our trekking permit will be checked and registered. Then it’s a 1.5 to 2 hour downhill walk through a bamboo forest to Bamboo, a small village with a few teahouses. From here, another 1 hour of uphill walking brings us to our overnight halt at Dovan (Dobhan), an isolated settlement in the midst of a forest near the raging Modi River.

MAY 30: Day 7: Trek to Deurali. 10,500 feet. 4 to 5 hours of trekking.
Today is not a long day but we do gain over 2,000 feet in altitude. We’ll be hiking through forests of rhododendron, cross several small streams by way of wooden bridges and may encounter wildlife that call these forests home. After visiting the Hinko, we’ll continue to Deurali from where will have the great views of Fishtail Mountain.

MAY 31: Day 8. To Machhapuchhre Base Camp. 12,205 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek.
Leaving Dovan the valley narrows as we enter the Gateway to the Sanctuary. We cross to the east side of the Modi Khola River before returning to the west to climb up to the area known as Machhapuchhre Base Camp, a level and grassy moraine platform with several lodges beneath the mighty north face of Machhapuchre (the Fishtail). In the afternoon we can hike the ridge behind camp to look down onto the glacier and across to the Himalayan giants of Annapurna I, II, and Gangapurna. Given clear skies, we will be able to admire sunset upon Machhapuchhre.

JUNE 1: Day 9: To Annapurna Base Camp. 13,545 feet. 3 hour trek.
Today’s hike takes us into the heart of the sanctuary at Annapurna Base Camp. It is a relatively short (2.5 miles) and fairly gentle 1,300 foot ascent to the Annapurna South Base Camp. Increasingly impressive views reward us for our efforts as we climb the last steep section before reaching the base camp area and spend the rest of the day soaking in the majestic beauty of this stunning mountain amphitheatre.

JUNE 2: Day 10: Rest & acclimatization day at Annapurna Base Camp.
Today can be used to rest, acclimate and get ready for the big day tomorrow.

JUNE 3: Day 11: The Mount Annapurna Marathon! 26.2 mile trail run.
One of the world’s highest, the Mount Annapurna Marathon covers the Olympic standard distance of 42.195 kilometers or 26.2 miles. With a 7am start time, racers will line up at the starting line (14,415 feet) in close vicinity of the famed 8,000 meter peak Annapurna I and the neighboring peaks of Annapurna South and Annapurna Fang. Leaving Annapurna Base Camp, the route passes through Machhapuchare Base Camp, Deurali, Dovan, Chomrong, New Bridge, Landrung, Tolka and finishes 26.2 miles later Dhampus Village near the High School at 5,410 feet. Award ceremony and evening celebratory meal.

JUNE 4: Day 12: Mountain bike race or non-competitive ride to Sarankot Village. Optional tandem paraglide flight back to Pokhara. Hotel.
We kick off the day with a sunrise over the Annapurna Range followed by breakfast. The 35 mile mountain bike course to Sarankot Village can be raced or just ridden at your own pace. The route follows the a beautiful trails through small farming villages and includes plenty of ups and downs. From Dhampus the route travels west to Chandrakot, picturesque point overlooking Modi Khola Valley. From here it is a southeasterly traversing path all the way (mostly down) to Sarankot Village, passing Lumle, Naudanda (danda means ridge), Simpani, Kaskikot, Pakot and finally Sarankot.

We are now directly above Phewa Lake and the Pokhara Valley with a fantastic view of three 8,000 meter peaks. So what could be a more spectacular way to end our adventure than to take a tandem paraglide flight from Sarankot and land near Phewa Lake in the valley below!

JUNE 5: Day 13: In Pokhara. Hotel.
Today is a free day to relax and enjoy the town of Pokhara.

JUNE 6: Day 14: To Kathmandu. Hotel.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to our group hotel and have the day free to spend as you wish. One suggestion is to wander the maze of streets in Thamel to people watch, souvenir shopping or just drink a beer at a rooftop restaurant.

JUNE 7: Day 15: Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Based on your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport approximately 3 hours prior to your departure time.

Important: This day-to-day schedule should be taken only as a general guide. Although we update our itineraries every year, to take into account such things as: changes to trekking routes and changes in the routing or availability of local transport, it is not possible to guarantee that any of our trips will run exactly according to the proposed itinerary. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions and difficulties with transportation, can lead to enforced changes. The trip leader will make any changes that are deemed necessary.

Course Map

annapurna adventure race course map