Upendra Sunuwar, despite having only started running a couple of years ago, is one of Nepal’s elite runners. Here is a picture of him in the Manaslu region after a trip to the border with Tibet at 4950m. He went on to win that stage race by a clear margin.

Upendra Sunuwar - excellent runner and guide

Upendra Sunuwar – excellent runner and guide

Why hire a guide?

  • He will help you find and book accommodation
  • Knows where the good trails are
  • Can act as an interpreter between you and local people
  • Allows you to concentrate on enjoying the trails
  • For certain areas in Nepal, you have no choice but to take a guide with you! (e.g. Manaslu, Dolpa, Kanchenjunga)

Why Upendra?

  • Enormously strong and untiring having been a trekking porter before
  • Good knowledge of the trails right across the mountain regions of Nepal having worked with trekking businesses for many years
  • Funny with a good sense of humour, fun to be around
  • This work helps him afford time of to train for races
  • Fun to run with a world class athlete!

A comment from Roger Henke (of Trail Running Nepal):

I’ve run with Upendra many times during weekends in Kathmandu and on a couple of multi-day trips elsewhere in the country and can fully confirm what Richard has written about him! The only thing I can add is that Upendra is a RUNNER. He likes running, he lives for running, he loves being on trails. Sure, he needs an income and guiding other runners is a way of earning money, but with him you’re sure to be on the trail with someone who loves the sport. And, indeed, a very very strong one, although he is comfortable with any level of runner – running with me being the best possible proof of that 🙂

Upendra’s English is not fluent, but his understanding is good communication is generally not a problem. His rates are highly affordable at approximately US$30 per day excluding transportation, including nominal food and accommodation costs. Feel free to tip too!

For Kathmandu Valley and the near by trekking areas, there are other young guys and girls who can show you the good trails on a morning run or a full day’s (or two, or three) outing.

If you are interested in hiring a guide your running or fastpacking adventure, fill the form below and we’ll select the best person to help you.

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  1. Yasuko Nomura says:

    I’d like to go Nepal next February.
    And I’m going to run Annapurna 100 race.
    So I hope to fast trekking to Annapurna B.C. before race.
    That’s why can I make a resavation of Upendra?

    I am Japanese woman.
    I usually running road races & trail races.

    * full marathon about 2-3 times in year
    *100 km road ultra marathon once a year.
    *sub ultra distance mountain race several times in year.

    I also climb mountains in Japan, sometimes overseas mountains.
    I went Everest bace canp & kalapatthar trekking in this March.
    I really like that!
    Could you reply to my emails.

  2. Anders Kartik Jensen says:

    Hi Richard,

    I just talk to Matt Moroz, who is a good friend of mine and he told me that you might be able to help me out.

    I currently live in HK.
    My girlfriend and I are keen Ultrarunner/trail runner and are checking out places to go running for 5-6 days (25 nov-30 nov, 2014) and our eyes are at Nepal at the moment, however we would really love a local guide who can run with us and show us arnd and then at the same time we have a chance to support the local people/guide, which we will be very happy to do.

    Viewing above – is there any chance you could explain asper below as Nepal is a bit unfamiliar to us.:

    -is there any trails near Kathmandu or do we have to catch another flight?
    -where do we sleep at night and how cold would it be in Nov?
    -do we have to bring our back pack with all our clothes etc., every day we go running or can we book a room where we can stay for 5-6 days?

    Many thanks in advance.


    Anders Kartik Jensen

    • admin says:

      Hi Anders,
      I will ask Upendra if he is free at that time, and there are a few others who could probably help.
      There is plenty of trail running around Kathmandu and just beyond the valley rim. In 4 days you could certainly run some great routes around the valley and it is an excellent time to do it. Not too cold at night, not too hot for running in the day. Depends on the routes you take weather you can make a base or choose to carry enough for an overnight stay or two, but could work something out where you sleep, run a loop, return to hotel, drive to next days start in a taxi, repeat. Send an email to info@trailrunningnepal.org

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