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 home to leopards, deer, plenty of avian varieties, jungly pigs and who knows what else. During the rainy season it is super lush green. Here you can find a special kind of natural quiet away from urban Kathmandu just 5km near.

Here are some photos from a recce for the January 3rd 80km race running with Mira Rai.

shivapuri 31km route

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