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Nepal Impact Marathon

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Last year 90 runners flew to Nepal from all over the globe with one shared goal - to run the inaugural Nepal Impact Marathon. Staying in probably one of the best positioned Athletes' Village in the world, set in the shadows of the Himalaya, our runners made a difference - to their own lives, to their fellow runners' lives and to the projects and communities we support in Nepal.

You'll spend seven days in Nepal, visiting the projects you've fundraised for, getting fully involved in a community project, relaxing in the Athletes' Village in Kakani and running either a 42km, 21km or 10km race that will stretch you to your limits.

We've joined forces with the UN Global Goals to channel funds into projects that support Quality Education, Gender Equality and Clean Water and Sanitation. You'll raise funds for the goal of your choice and the fundraising will be distributed between each of those goal's charities. This year we aim to raise £200,000.

There are three race routes to choose from - 42km, 21km and 10km. So it really doesn't matter if you're one of those people seen daily pounding the streets around your home or whether this will be the first race you've ever run. We're runnning together. That's the main thing.

How to enter the Nepal Impact Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
  2. Marathon

    Run 42.2km
  3. 10km

    Run 10km

Nepal Impact Marathon routes

Marathon (42.2km):

This is an extremely challenging 2-lap course, climbing over 2,000m on the trail of Shivapuri National Park. With a maximum altitude of over 1,800m, this will put all aspects of your endurance to the test, but dig deep and the sense of achievement will make it all worth it.

Half Marathon (21.1km):

The route takes a single lap of Shivapuri National Park, and includes over 1,000m of climbing. This will be one of the toughest half marathons you ever take on, including a climb to the Savage Summit, technical descents, and a euphoric crossing of a waterfall.


Running through the Kakani community, this testing route includes just under 600m of climbing. This is one of the most memorable 10k races you could do. There is an option to hike the course if you can't run it.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Transfer to and from Kathmandu Airport
  • Athletes' Village
  • Nepalese Cuisine
  • 4 Camping Options
  • Sunset Bar
  • Community Impact Project
  • Workshops
  • Cooking Classes
  • Race Entry
  • Fully-marked course
  • Pasta party
  • After party
Raceday Logistics

Day 1: Monday 11th November

After flying into Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There, you will meet your fellow Impact travelers, try out some great Nepali cuisine, and learn more about the week ahead.

Day 2: Tuesday 12th November

Get started with meeting the people you'll be helping and supporting through the projects, and see the impact your work will have. In the evening, you'll travel to the Athletes' Village, where you'll be living with a local community.

Day 3: Wednesday 13th November

This is where the hard work starts. Roll up your sleeves and be prepared to get dirty as your tasks could include digging a 5km water pipeline or laying the foundations for a youth training program.

Day 4: Thursday 14th November

Today you'll finish your project as a team and family. You'll understand all about the lifestyle in Nepal and the day to day challenges these communities face. Celebrate your accomplishment with a drink at the Sunset Bar.

Day 5: Friday 15th November

Rest day. Recover from the week's work and relax before race day. In the morning, there will be some team building workshops and a cooking class, and then you can head into Kakani for lunch. In the evening, everyone will get together for an epic pasta party.

Day 6: Saturday 16th November

Race day. Run together as a community in a stunning location. You'll have created lifelong friendships and made a real difference to the community, so crossing the finish line will represent a remarkable life achievement. There'll be a huge welcome at the finish, followed by a well-deserved party into the night.

Day 7: Sunday 17th November

During your race recovery there will be plenty of activities and experiences organised for you, so you can see some amazing Nepalese attractions before your transfer to the airport.

Kit List

Make sure to pack suitable gear for the week's activities and also bear in mind that the races take place at altitude over challenging terrain, so appropriate sports wear should be prepared.


How much should I aim to raise?

All Impact Runners are requested to raise a minimum of £1000, to ensure that Impact Week will continue and that the legacy in the communities will be long-lasting.

What is the fundraising for?

The two main charities that the impact raises money are Childreach Nepal, helping children to be #taughtnottrafficked, and Burns Violence Survivors, which tackles care but also prevention.

What are the accommodation options?

  • Tent: There will be great spots to choose around the Athletes' Village, with views of Lake Malawi to choose from as well as access to basic washing and toilet facilities.
  • Base Camp: Camp under the African skies, with a mattress and bedding provided. You'll be sharing with 3 other Impact Runners, who are certain to become close friends by the end of the trip.
  • Summit Camp: bunk up and share a dormitory with 3 other participants inside the Athletes' Lodge. You'll have access to a shared bathroom.
  • Fish Eagle Package: Magical, private twin room with an ensuite bathroom.

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