Annapurna running trail view
Date Fri 10 Nov 2017 (until Wed 29 Nov 2017)Stages 13
Category FastpackingAltitude 5416
Website Race websiteDistance 236 km
Elevation change ~13,000mOrganiser schulz sportreisen


20 days-travel-package – Spectacular high mountain trail running in the heart of the Himalayas
Highlights:

  • The most beautiful trek in the world as a stage-trailrun!
  • Crossing the pass Thorong La (5416 m)
  • Views on the 8000 Meter Peaks Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
  • Hot springs in Tatopani
  • Per Runner – one porter
  • Travel with an ideal balance between physical challenge and mental peace

Facts:
Total of ~236 km
between 6 to 25 km daily in 13 days stages

Date:

  • 10.11. – 29.11.2017 (departure / Arrival in Europe)
  • 09.11. – 28.11.2018 (departure / Arrival in Europe)

Price per Person 2017: € 3390,-
Extension in Kathmandu:
We are happy to give you also accommodation for (flight-related) nights before and after the tour in Kathmandu. Prices per night (incl. Breakfast):

  • € 65, – in a single room
  • € 72, – in a double room

Start of the Trailrun: Besisahar (820 m asl)
Finish of the Trailrun: Nayapul (1,070 m asl)
Transfers: From / to Kathmandu Airport – all organized by schulz sportreisen
Number of Participants: min. 5 to max. 20
Requirement: Participation in this trailrun-trip requires good physical and conditional fitness, health, trail running experience. Please adjust to very strenuous and heavy trail running passages. The nights take place in clean (sometimes very simple) nepalese mountain huts with simple sanitation. Sleeping bag required. Total height difference (ascents and descents) 14,000 vertical meters. Enough time to acclimatise to the altitude (up to 5416 m above sea level) we have scheduled. You should be aware about the low percentage of oxygen at this altitude. For someone who was already had altitude sickness, this trip is not suitable.

Included Services:

  • 1x domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • 2x transfers in buses or 4WD vehicles
  • 3 nights in hotel, 13 nights in lodges
  • 13x full board during the time of the Annapurna Circuit
  • 1x welcome dinner, 1x breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 1x Tour final dinner, 2x breakfast in Pokhara
  • Nepalese escort with guide and porters
    * 2 Nepalese guides in 5 – 10 travel operators
    * Per traveller 1 porter for luggage (max 15 kg)

* schulz sportreisen-travel accompany by Stefan Utke

  • 13 guided Trail or trekking stages
  • Trekking permit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System)

Additional bookable services:

  • International flights (for example from / to Frankfurt, Germany to Kathmandu)
  • Rail and Fly Ticket Deutsche Bahn: € 75, –
  • Single room supplement: € 240, –

Additional expenses:

  • Flight to / from Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport – KTM)
    (About us bookable)
  • For Germans: Visa on arrival USD 40, – (ca. € 38, -)
  • Tips: usually per traveller for the entire guide and porter team an amount between € 70,- and € 100,-
  • Not mentioned meals and drinks

Entry requirements:

  • Valid passport and two passport pictures for the visa.
  • The visa for Nepal can be purchased directly at the entry to Kathmandu airport.

Travel cancellation insurance + foreign travel insurance

For this trip is a travel-cancellation-insurance and a health-travel-insurance with repatriation incl. Emergency services and rescue helicopters with immediate reimbursement compulsory.

The presentation of the insurance policy before traveling in schulz sportreisen is required.
Travellers aged 65 and over need a medical Certificate to participate certifying that they are healthy and fit enough to compete this trip. The tour requires physical fitness.

Note: The itinerary can be modified for climatic or important organizational reasons.

Comfort: In the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara you are staying in hotels of typical middle class. The cabins (and in particular the first trail sections) have a very simple equipment. Please do not compare the comfort and sanitary conditions with our known standards of huts in Europe. Therefore a certain willingness and Adjustment in some simple ratios is expected from all participants. We ask for your understanding.

Information about the domestic flight:
The domestic flight is a visual flight, it could happen at any time,  that the flight is canceled due to weather conditions. In this case, you will get a private vehicle to Kathmandu: In a varied scenic drive away from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. On the way stop for lunch. Journey time about 8 hours.

Trailrun around Annapurna
The Annapurna, in the center of the Annapurna Conservation Area is with 8091 meters the tenth highest mountain in the world. In Hinduism, Annapurna is revered as a female goddess. This harvest goddess gives people food – and us a great Trail Run around this goddess!

Annapurna Circuit Trail Run – that means 236 breathtaking kilometers, spectacular trails around the imposing Annapurna massif. This trail takes you through the deepest gorge and the largest contiguous rhododendron forest in the world. A region full of natural and cultural superlatives and a unique flora and fauna.
Leisurely you run through several vegetation and climate zones. It goes up in the stunning mountainous landscape of snowy iced giants.Well acclimatized you climb the, of chorten and prayer flags adorned, 5416 m high Thorong La – one of the highest trekking passes in the world – before you reach the pilgrimage village Muktinath in the Kali Gandaki Valley. After crossing the summit of Poonhill (3195 m), you will run downhill to the Finish in Naya Pul.
Between the launch in Besisahar (820m) and the Thorong La (5416 m) are 4596 meters of altitude.
You’ll run and hike about 236 km and more than 18,000 vertical meters (uphill and down) in 13 stages. There are three of these stages that you will hike, due to the relatively thin air from an altitude of more than 3500 m.

A Nepalese crew will take care of your luggage and the route. At least two experienced guides will lead this trip. Your luggage, except your Trail Running backpack will be carried by selected porters for you.

No start bib – But fantastic trails and stunning views !
Unlike an established marathon event, there will be no race bib and no one will be named the fastest runners. This tour rather offers the opportunity to savor your loved trail running sport non-competitive in one of the most beautiful scenery in the world. As a runner, in this predominantly Buddhist dominated part of the country, you have the opportunity to find an ideal balance between physical challenge and mental rest.

Relaxation after the running-adventure
The subtropical atmosphere at Phewa Lake in Pokhara invites you to relax. Indulge yourself in one of the numerous cafes. In Kathmandu plunge into the bustle of the cultures and have time for some souvenir shopping.

“The combination of running, scenery and culture has made the trip unforgettable to me. Exactly what I wanted!” – Thomas B. – Finisher of Annapurna Circuit Trail Run 2016

Programm:

Day 1FrFlight to Nepal
Day 2SaArrival in Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 3SuDrive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar
Day 4MoStage 1: Besisahar (820 m) – Germu Phant (1,150 m), 23 km
Day 5TuStage 2: Germu Phant (2,710 m) – Tal (1,686 m), 13 km
Day 6WeStage 3: Tal (1,686 m) – Chame (2.710 m) 23 km
Day 7ThStage 4: Chame (2,710 m) – Lower Pisang (3200 m), 15 km
Day 8FrStage 5: Lower Pisang (3200m) – Manang (3,540 m), 20 km
Day 9SaAcclimatization-day in Manang (3,540 m), Optional: acclimatization tour to Praken Gompa (3,965 m), 4 km
Day 10SuStage 6: Manang (3.540m) – Ledar (4200 m), 12 km
Day 11MoStage 7: Ledar (4200m) – Thorung High Camp (4,925 m), 6 km
Day 12TuStage 8: Thorung High Camp (4,925 m) – Muktinath (3,760 m), 13 km
Day 13WeStage 9: Muktinath (3,760 m) – Marpha (2,670 m), 24 km
Day 14ThStage 10: Marpha (2,670 m) – Kalopani (2,530 m), 19 km
Day 15FrStage 11: Kalopani (2,530 m) – Tatopani (1190 m), 25 km
Day 16SaStage 12: Tatopani (1200 m) – Ghorepani (2860 m), 15 km
Day 17SuStage 13: Ghorepani (2860 m) – Poon Hill (3210m) – Nayapul (1,070 m), 24 km
Day 18MoRelax in Pokhara, optional: trip to the World Peace Pagoda
Day 19TuEarly flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, evening: Return to Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland …)
Day 20WeArrival in Europe in the morning (depending on flight schedule)


Detailed Program

Day 1: Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from Airports for example Frankfurt, Munich or Berlin Tegel (we will be happy to provide a suitable flight)
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Day 2: Arrival in Kathmandu

After you have completed all visa formalities and have passed through the baggage check, you will be picked up at the airport by your guide Gelu, who will welcome you with a schulz sportreisen-sign at the exit of the airport building. During the approximately 30-minute drive in private bus to the hotel in the district of Thamel, you can get a first impression of Kathmandu. Left-hand driving, bicycles huddle between minibuses and motorcycles honking. With some luck you spot even the first Himalayan giants on the horizon. At the hotel, you can first of all rest (depending on your flight arrival time) or stroll through Thamel, change money and go for a cup of good coffee. The district Thamel is characterized by numerous bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and outdoor stores. In the evening, the traditional welcome dinner takes place in a small cozy restaurant near your hotel (approximately 10 minutes walk). Here you can get to know each other, have time to arrive and to tune into the upcoming Trail Run adventure.

Transfer to the hotel. In the evening about 6 pm welcome dinner.
Overnight at Hotel. (- / – / D)

Day 3: Bus Ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar (Starting point of the Annapurna Circuit)

This trip takes you out of Kathmandu, then you drive through a valley, which is named as almost all valleys in Nepal after the river that flows through it, the Trishuli. After about 130 km the bus leave the Trishuli Valley and turns in the Marshyangdi valley, which leads you to Besisahar, the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trail Run.

Depending on road and traffic conditions – about 8 hours driving.
Overnight in Lodge. (B/-/D)

Day 4: Stage 1: Besisahar (820 m) – Germu Phant (1,150 m), 23 km

It’s time. The Trail Run begins. We encourage you to start easy. At first, the Marsyangdi valley is still wide. They will run on that day through a primarily populated area. Several small villages are strung together. Between the villages you run mainly through dense forests and rice fields. Depending on how you may feel run or walk. In the many small restaurants along the way you can strengthen as desired. In the beautifully situated village Bahundanda we make a lunch break. Drinking is very important so that you’ll have no problems in height. For a good acclimatization we recommend that you eat garlic soup trink ginger tea. The last kilometers of the day it’s more downhill. Finally you’ll reach Ghermu Phant. From our lodge you will have an excellent view to a waterfall.

Ascent: approx 945 m; Descent: approx 565 m; 23 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 5: Stage 2: Germu Phant (1,150 m) – Tal (1,686 m), 13 km

After a short descent and crossing a suspension bridge you pass through the small town Syange (1100m), before you follow for a few kilometers the new gravel road.
You are now in the subtropical zone.
In the second half, the trail leads through a gorge steady in a dreamlike way steeply upward. Suddenly, just before the village, the canyon widens, and you will reach Tal, situated in a deep valley and surrounded by some waterfalls. Right and left steeply rising slopes uphill. In the afternoon you have a little walk to a nearby waterfall. Enjoy your evening together at the restaurant of the lodge at a dinner.

Ascent: approx 900m; Descent approx 400 m; 13 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 6: Stage 3: Tal (1,686 m) – Chame (2.710 m) 23 km

Today, the tour takes you through Dharapani (1,990 m), where you pass a check-post. All tourists have to show their trekking permit, your permission to be able to run the Trek. Up to this point, the path runs quiet flat. Shortly after Danakyu (2,200 m), it goes through a forest and then steep uphill until Timang (2,750 m). A nice place for break appeals. From here you get to see the summit of Manaslu (8163 m) if you are lucky. From Timang you will continue on the new dirt road to Chame, which is very flat. If there are no clouds on that day, you can look at the eastern flank of Lamjung Himal (6983 m), which is in front of you.

Ascent: approx 1390 m; Descent: approx 415 m; 23 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 7: Stage 4: Chame (2,710 m) – Lower Pisang (3200 m), 15 km

At this stage, you’ll get to the apple orchards of Baratang (2,850 m). Until then, the path runs rather flat, but then follows a steep climb up to Dhikur Pokhari (3060 m).
In Lower Pisang you will get a stunning first view over some of the Annapurna mountains. The summit of Annapurna 2, 3 & 4 are now in front of you. If you´ve got some strength left on that day, you can go in the evening on a short hike up to a monastery in Upper Pisang.
(We recommend this highly due to a healthy acclimatization)

Ascent: approx 785 m; Descent: approx 255 m; 15 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 8: Stage 5: Lower Pisang (3200m) – Manang (3,540 m), 20 km

This stage will require a reward with spectacular views for your effort. First, the path runs still rather flat, but then follows the steep climb up to Ghyaru (3670m). Here we make a longer tea break to acclimatize and enjoy the fantastic view over the Annapurna mountains. The trail is undoubtedly like in dreams and will put a smile on your face. Snow covered mountain giants, stupas, mani walls, yaks and a 600 year old monastery in Braka along the way. Nepal as in the picture book. Manang can be described as the capital of the valley. At this beautiful place you will arrive in the afternoon, so that you will then have sufficient time to explore it.

Ascent: approx 900m; Descent: approx 560 m, 20 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B/ L / D)

Day 9: Rest day for acclimatization in Manang (3,540 m), Optional: Excursion to Prakin Gompa (4.000 m)

The Area around Manang is a great place to acclimatize on little excursions.
For those who still feel absolutely fit, we recommend the hike with the guide to Praken Gompa. In the ancient Praken Gompa every participant will be blessed by a Buddhist nun or monk. A memorable powerful experience. In addition you get another picturesque view of the mountains and villages. Enclosed by five six and seven thousand meters high mountains you can see the environment. You can recharge your strength only by the peace and the magic of this place. After that you will be fit for the next ascent to the highest trekking passes in the world.
In the afternoon: Visit Manang village or hike to the tea house above the Gangapurna-glacial lake.

Optional ascent to Pragin Gompa: ascent and descent: 2 km, approx 450 m, 4 hours
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 10: Stage 6: Manang (3.540m) – Ledar (4200 m), 12 km

From here you walk, because running could lead to acute altitude sickness at this altitude. Depending on how large the group will be, we will walk in groups. The views are phenomenal.
In Gunsang (3950 m) we make a longer tea break to enjoy the spectacular surroundings and get used to it to the altitude.
At noon or early afternoon you reach Ledar. After lunch, you hike for about 600 meters up to a viewpoint near the Chulu West Base Camp. This hike is instrumental to prepare your body for the night in this altitude. From the hillock you have a fantastic view to Chulu West (6419 m).

Ascent: approx 820 m; Descent approx 160 m, 12 km
Acclimatization Tour in the afternoon: 3km, ascent and descent: 400 m
Overnight in Lodge. (F / L / D)

Day 11: Stage 7: Ledar (4200m) – Thorung High Camp (4925 m), 6 km

The path leads slightly uphill. Along the way you can spot with a little luck some blue sheeps and yaks. You will cross two suspension bridges before you reach a small teahouse at which it is worth to make a short break. In the late morning or noon you reach Thorung Phedi (4490 m). “Phedi” means fast stop – you will pause for one hour before slowly walking the last steep ascent to High Camp Thorung upwards. After moving into your room at High Camp and a longer break, you climb for about 50 vertical meters up to a small mountain viewpoint. Surrounded by six and seven thousand meters high mountains, the view satisfies for the efforts of the day.
After dinner you will go very early to bed. Expect that it will be very cold at night.

Ascent: approx 790 m; Descent: approx 65 m, 6 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 12: Stage 8: Thorung High Camp (4925 m) – Thorong La (5.416m) – Muktinath (3,760 m), 13 km

Already at 5 am we start the ascent to the highlight of the tour. Equally it goes over the glacial moraine up to the pass Thorong La (5416 m). After about two and a half hours you reach the pass. A dreamlike view will reward you for your efforts. You are now among the mountains Kathung Khang (6,484 m) and the Yakawa Kang (6,482 m). Now you leave the Manang district and enter the ancient kingdom of Mustang.
The long descent will take about three to four hours. In the afternoon you reach Muktinath (3798 m).
Muktinath is visited by many of buddhist and hinduist pilgrims every year. Visit the temples in the famous pilgrimage site. Enjoy the view under a steel-blue sky and the deep silence during a walk through the monastery.

Ascent: approx 565 m; Descent: approx 1680 m, 13 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 13: Stage 9: Muktinath (3.760m) – Marpha (2,670 m), 25 km

This morning, the path leads to the ancient village Jharkot (3,550 m). The inhabitants of this village are the Thakali and have their own Buddhist faith because of a similarity to the Tibetans and Sherpa (people of the East). Continue through Kagbeni (2,810 m) – the gateway to the kingdom of Mustang. You will follow a trail along the river down the valley before crossing this river. Soon you’ll get a very nice view to the Tilicho Peak (7,134 m). After a few challenging trails you will reach Jomsom (2,720 m). This place is known mainly for its airport. Only selected pilots can land there. We continue on the gravel road up to Marpha (2,670 m). Marpha, a very comfortable place, has a special atmosphere with its apple orchards. Here you can drink local apple brandy and enjoy the evening.

Ascent: approx 210 m; Descent approx 1300 m, 25 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 14: 10th stage: Marpha (2,670 m) – Kalopani (2,530 m), 19 km

This is a fantastic trail running day again! Slowly descending, you will have a fantastic panoramic view of the Annapurna 1 (8091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), (Nilgiri 7061 m) and the Tukuche Peak (6,921 m)
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Ascent: 375 m; Descent 515 m, 19 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 15: 11th stage: Kalopani (2,530 m) – Tatopani (1190 m), 25 km

Our destination today is known for its hot springs. “Tatopani” is Nepali, what means translated nothing else than „Hot Water“. Of course, you will have the opportunity to relax in the natural hot water. But before that you can enjoy another wonderful and relaxed running stage.

Ascent: approx 200 m; Descent approx 1540 m, 25 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 16: 12th stage: Tatopani (1190 m) – Ghorepani (2860 m), 15 km

After relaxing in Tatopani, you now follow the long ascent towards Poonhill. Say goodbye to the Kali Gandaki Valley. About countless stone steps, with singing bird, past cactus, banana shrubs, mandarin trees, bamboo grove and Rhododendron trees, you will today ascent 1,795 meters to Ghorepani. A quite strenuous stage, which again requires a lot of force. In the afternoon you reach “the blue village” Ghorepani, which is built on a pass.

Ascent: approx 1795 Hm; Descent approx 125 Hm, 25 km
Overnight in Lodge. (B / L / D)

Day 17: 13th stage: Ghorepani (2860 m) – Poon Hill (3210m) – Nayapul (1,070 m), 24 km – drive to Pokhara (about 2 hours)

Ghorepani bears his name “Ghore” (horse) and “Pani” (water) due to the fact that there is a passage route of many mule caravans which formerly led up to the pass where horses used the water holes. Today the now very touristic place unfortunately reflects very little of that atmosphere. The site today is characterized by large lodges, made of blue sheets and some souvenir shops. From here you can climb the mountain viewpoint Poonhill. You will get a fantastic view of the Dhaulagiri- and the Annapurna again. From now on you run downhill.
It goes steadily downhill through dense forests. This trail is again fun, but be careful, you are not yet at the finish and on the many steps you can slip and fall quickly. Enjoy the last downhill running kilometers before finally arriving in Nayapul, the last place of our trail running tour. We celebrate the goal with a cool drink before boarding our minibus to Pokhara, where you can celebrate the success of the mastered Trail Run in one of the many pubs and bars.
Ascent: approx m; approx m descent, 25 km
Overnight at Hotel. (B / L / D)

Day 18: Relax in Pokhara, optional: trip to the World Peace Pagoda

The subtropical and peaceful atmosphere in Pokhara invites you after many trail running days to relax before going back to Kathmandu. Take for example a trip in a rowing boat on the Phewa lake or climb up to the World Peace Stupa (1113 m), from which you’ll have a beautiful view over the lake, the city and the mountains of the Annapurna group.
In Pokhara, you can shop souvenirs in small shops. The restaurants and cafes by the lake invite directly to linger.
Optional ascent to World Peace Pagoda.
By boat you can cross in about 20 minutes the Phewa Lake to the startpoint of the path. A steep path leads over stone steps 30-45 min upwards. From here you can once again enjoy a magnificent view of the Annapurna chain.
Overnight at hotel. (B / – / D)

Day 19: Early flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, evening: Return to Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Italy…)

By plane you are flying along the Himalayan main ridge back to bustling Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at leisure in Kathmandu.
Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu: about 30 minutes
Note: Because it is visual flights on domestic routes, it can be any time that flights are canceled due to weather conditions. In this case, you will get a private vehicle to Kathmandu: In a varied scenic drive away from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. On the way stop for lunch. Journey time about 9 hours.
In the evening – flight back home. (B / – / -)

Day 20: Arrival in Europe in the morning (depending on flight)

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Abbreviations:  B … Breakfast | L … Lunch | LP … lunch box | D Dinner


Recap

Date Fri 10 Nov 2017 (until Wed 29 Nov 2017)Stages 13
Category FastpackingAltitude 5416
Website Race websiteDistance 236 km
Elevation change ~13,000mOrganiser schulz sportreisen

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