Even bigger version here. This is the staged trail race around the Annapurna Circuit, largely following the off the beaten track ‘New Annapurna Trekking Trails’, that we’re excited to be running in collaboration with Seth Wolpin and Wide Open Vistas.  Right away, here are some facts and figures: Nine stages 272km 14750m elevation change 5400m highest […]

Trail Running Nepal newsletter May 16th 2015 To say Nepal is going through difficult times at the moment would be an understatement. The web is filled with images and stories about the tragedy. Right now, just before the weekend comes though, we wanted to share two more positive stories from Nepal published in the Guardian […]

Good job Mira Rai and Samir Tamang for together writing another page in the drama-filled story of Nepali trail runners. Here they are leaving from Nepal for the Buffalo Stampede Skyrunning race in Australia. As one indignant (but fairly correct) commenter on Facebook put it, arriving one day before the competition showed “very bad managements”. […]

UPDATE >>>> https://trailrunningnepal.org/oceania-skyrunning-championships/ What a mess. At the time of writing it is one hour until the end of Delhi’s office hours, and an hour left for an email to come saying an Australian visa has been granted for three Nepali athletes – Mira, Purna and Samir. Hope has faded – 16:21… Everybody here knows how […]

The Everest Sky Race is one of the original multi-stage trail races in Nepal organised by Bruno Poirier and his team of Chevaliers du Vent and Amazones du Ciel. Always original, always changing, the routes are very challenging, not fearing to take the highest altitudes trails possible. You can download full information here: ESR 2015. Dossier […]

You may have heard of Mira Rai via this mailing list and elsewhere no doubt. It’s now March and fast approaching the 4th Himalayan Outdoor Festival 2015 of which the 50km West Kathmandu Valley Rim trail race is a part. This race last year was the first ultra trail race that Mira Rai had ever run. By chance, […]

For this varied audience just a note about what Skyrunning is. The name is gives a big clue, and as another has put it, “Skyrunning is the brave and burly cousin of trail running.” There are rules about what makes a Skyrunning course, but essentially it means running on trails at high altitudes with a […]

A race directors nightmare, waking up to the sound of winter rain in the morning in the days running up to the race date. The forecast gave 60% chance of rain, and the forecast was right – a couple of days of wet weather in an otherwise guaranteed settled period of crisp, clear winter sun. […]

Thanks to Kristian Soltesz from Sweden for helping you all out with a report from his trip to the Everest Region of Nepal in the hope that it will make it easier for preparing your own trip. Thanks Kris! After an attempt of running/fastpacking the GHT in 2014, which ended in a dislocated shoulder and […]

Here below is Marco Beretta, who placed 8th overall in the Manaslu Trail Race 2014. The race had 34 participants from nine different countries, with level stretching from seasoned hikers to elite athlete, all completing 7 stages and approximately 197km. The overall results you can find below.   Top 3 Females Mira Rai (NEP) 20:03:57 […]

  NEPAL WINS THE 2014 OXFAM HONG KONG TRAILWAKER RACE FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING The Oxfam Hong Kong Trailwalker Race was organised by Oxfam Hong Kong from 14 – 16 November 2014.  The race started at 0830 hours from Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung HK to the various 8 Check Points  stretching to the […]

Michael Collins came to Nepal in 2013 and ran the Manaslu Trail Race. It’s been great to follow the antics of the people who came to that race since then – 24 hour races, 200+km challenges, Annapurna FKTs, and so on. Many expressed a wish to return to Nepal, obviously, because trail running here is […]

Super happy here in Nepal to see another great performance by Nepali Trail Runners Mira Rai and Santosh Tamang. Mira is pretty special among Nepali runners in that she is the one driving her training. She’s not part of an army or police team or a running club, but gets out on the trails on […]

Dr Beth McElroy is race doctor for the Manaslu Trail Race, a staged trail race in Nepal, in November. She’s written the following advice for participants ofd the Manaslu Trail Race. 1) Why is Diamox used? Diamox (Acetazolmide) is a medication used to help prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can occur in visits to above […]

Thanks to Asia Trail Magazine and Matt Moroz for allowing us to republish this article from the Mustang Trail Race. You can download in PDF format by clicking the image below, or simply read the text version below. Asia Trail is a magazine focusing on trail running in Asia, surprisingly enough! A great read and […]

A great opportunity to get NOLS Wilderness First aid Responder qualified from certified trainers for an affordable price in Kathmandu, Nepal. Read on: This course is one of few wilderness medicine courses held outside of America or Europe. It’s been conducted twice now at the Kakani international training centre, North east from the Kathmandu valley. It’s […]

“Sir, how could I get the opportunity of running,” said the message. “I am Ang Chhutin Sherpa, winner of Everest Marathon-2014,” she went on. Surely if you win the Everest Marathon, you’re already running and doing pretty well, right? I am still not sure what Ang Chhutin was really asking, bear in mind also that Mira […]

Congratulations to Seth Wolpin on his hard slog around Annapurna. 218km and some +/-10,000m completed in around 72 hours. Plenty of people have gone around the Annapurna Circuit from Besi Sahar to Naya Pul but few with the aim of reducing the hike to as few days as possible. A quick google will find a seven-day trip here, […]

Here’s an absolutely fabulous moment. Here comes Mira Rai from a tiny village in Bhojpur barreling into a tiny village in Italy. She completed the 56.9km distance in 6h36’30”, five minutes ahead of second women Silvia Rampazzo, and finishing in 11th position overall, some 50 minutes behind the leading man. The course had 3700m of height […]

— Shortcut: Mira Rai is a 23 year old girl from a small village in Bhojpur who expressed an interest in running after demonstrating ample talent and dedication. Many generous people have sponsored her and now she is going to Italy/France to watch the UTMB unfold and run a few serious races herself — You’ve made […]

Apparently El Nino is affecting the monsoon this year. It’s coming however, but it is late. Still, it is not hot enough in Kathmandu to preclude trail running. Especially if you head for the trees, where it remains sweat-drippingly cool. Shivapuri lies to the north of the Kathmandu Valley and is a protected area. It’s […]

This was a very fun morning. Around 50 children of varying ages lined up – in one very very wide line – to start a one kilometer race. One kilometer but at 3500m/10,000ft of altitude! The participants of the 2013 Manaslu Trail Race lined the course to support the runners. Why the race? “Fun!” says […]