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Trail Run Himalaya: Nepal Trail Explorer

Run 90km

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Run through the 'Roof of the World' on this once in a lifetime adventure through the breathtaking - literally - scenery of the High Himalaya. Watch the sun rise over Mount Everest as you summit Pikey Peak.

How to enter the Trail Run Himalaya: Nepal Trail Explorer

  1. Trail Run Himalaya

    Run 90km
    £250
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Trail Run Himalaya: Nepal Trail Explorer route

This incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity offers participants a unique way to travel across Nepal on one of the most beautiful off the beaten path routes. The route travels along a lower-altitude trail, making sure runners are comfortable as they traverse 3-5 hours a day. Some of the key highlights include:

  • Beautiful trail running in the Himalayas
  • Standing on the summit of Pikey Peak (4,065m)
  • Seeing the sunrise over Mount Everest, as well as other Himalayan Giants
  • Stay in cosy tea houses and uncover the rich tapestry of Sherpa life
  • Experience a fully-supported adventure travelling only with light-packs

Day to day itinerary can be found in the Raceday Logistics section below.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • 12 nights accommodation in boutique hotels in Kathmandu & cosy tea-houses on the trail
  • Fully-supported trail running trip
  • Cultural sightseeing
  • Full board through the trip
  • All transfers
  • Permits and conservation fees
  • 1 : 4 Guides to Runners Ratio
  • GPS Live-tracking
Raceday Logistics

DAY 1

Touch down in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu where a private transfer will be waiting to whisk guests away to the accommodation in the heart of the lively Thamel district.

That evening, the group will don trainers and head out into the ancient streets to get a slice of Kathmandu. An evening meal is planned at one of the cities best-kept secrets, to chat further about the adventure and get to know the rest of the team, before retiring for some well-earned rest.

DAY 2
There is a beautiful day planned as the group heads out into Kathmandu to see some of its ancient wonders. There is also the opportunity to stretch your legs and do some light running as friends from the Trail Running Association of Nepal will show us around.

You will start in the adventurous Thamel district, weaving your way past mountaineering shops and local artisans plying their trades. Moving onto Kathmandu’s Durbar Square - a medieval wonder, as well as the Swayambhunath Monkey Temple for crowning views of the entire city and the nearby Himalayas.

Downtime this evening to recheck your kit and getting ready to hit the trail.

DAY 3
Checking out of the hotel the 4WD transfer will be waiting to drive you along the Tibetan Road as we head into the Himalayan foothills to the start of the trail.

It’s a bit of a journey along the mountain roads (8 hours drive), crossing glacial rivers and driving past many local ethnic villages. There will be plenty of stops along the way to make the most of the route.

Eventually arriving into the village of Sivalaya for an overnight stay. The village has a rich Tamang, Newar and Sherpa culture and is the perfect spot to try some tasty Dhal Bhat before getting our heads down in our tea house.

DAY 4

Up early as you hit the trail after breakfast. All of the travel gear will go ahead of us by yak or porter which allows you to travel light with only small packs.

The trail rises through scattered ancient villages, over mountain rivers towards the village of Deurali (2,705m) which is covered in Tibetan and Buddhist Mani walls. It also doesn’t take long until you start seeing the mighty Himalayan peaks on the nearby horizon.

Our route then gently descends into the Sherpa village of Bhandar, which has a collection of Buddhist stupas and a small monastery.

Checking into the tea house we have the village to explore with the chance to meet local people.

DAY 5

On this day, you will run to Namkheli from Bhandar which sits slightly higher at 2,300m. You will make a gradual descent along the trail to the Likhu River before making the climb up to Chaulakharka for a tasty local lunch.

There is then a steep two-three hour ascent of to Namkhile where you stay overnight.

DAY 6

The journey starts with an ascent to the Goli Gompa Danda a curious Buddhist settlement which is worth exploring. The day then continues upwards towards Ngawar Gompa at a lofty 2,800m.

The views up here are outstanding with plenty of places to stop and enjoy our surroundings along the way. The valleys below our mouth-watering.

There is a small cheese factory that you will stop by at before heading through lush Rhododendron forests and onto the tea house stay for the night.

DAY 7

This day is an easier, shorter day today as you head upwards to the base camp of Pikey Peak. It’s important to rest and acclimatise to the rising altitudes.

The trail continues through ludicrously beautiful scenery with colourful meadow flowers and forests to traverse through. If the weather is nice there is a chance to continue up to the summit of Pikey Peak and return back down to base camp for the evening.

DAY 8

You will start the day nice and early this morning to catch the best views from the summit of Pikey Peak (4,065m). You will follow a gradual trail to the top with the summit covered with prayer flags.

The views up here are breathtaking with panoramic views of Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu, Rolwaling, Numbur, Gauri Shanker and many other peaks from East to West.

From the top of Pikey Peak, you then follow a ridgeline which starts flat and then steepens, entering the forest to Jase Bhyangyang.

DAY 9

Leaving behind Jase Bhyangyang to head towards Lamjura-La (3,530m) a beautiful spot covered with prayer flags and incredible views of the surrounding mountains.

The trail descends nicely over an old jeep track and picks up a local trail through traditional villages until you reach Junbesi.

The village is known as a cradle of Sherpa culture. As this is in this remote part of Nepal with the nearby borders of Tibet, Buddhism flourishes and there are numerous Buddhist monasteries along the way.

You will stop by to explore some of them before pulling into the accommodation for the evening.

Day 10

Head up the valley through lush forests again, catching sights of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks. It’s also a day where you cross Nepali suspension bridges over glacial rivers as you ascend to the village of Ringmo which has some truly outstanding Tibetan architecture and apple orchards. You’ll be stopping to try some delicious apple pie and cider.

The trail then descends sharply through forests with great mountain views until you reach our overnight stop.

Day 11

The last day on the trail so you will start with a hearty breakfast before leaving the tea house.

The route today heads down a beautiful path via forests with the chance to stop by a monastery that is perched high on a cliff overlooking the valley.

Continue down into Phaplu, arriving at our cosy tea house with time to celebrate completing our journey. Beer and tasty Nepali food will be aplenty.

Day 12
Early this morning you meet up with the 4WD vehicles as you head back to Kathmandu. The journey is scenically outstanding but will take as long as 7 hours to reach the city as the travel is along slow roads.

Don’t worry, as there will be mountain views to keep us company.

Arriving at the hotel, it’s time to relax, chill and have a well-deserved soak to rest after the journey. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore or try a spa treatment.

Day 13
It’s time to pack up and bid farewell to your new-found trail running friends and the local team.

Private transfers are arranged for you back to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport in time to connect with your onward flight back home.

Kit List
  • Head torch
  • Water purification tablets
  • Trail running shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Warm and cold weather clothing
Spectators

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Volunteers

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa for Nepal?
Yes, visitors to Nepal must have an entry visa that can be bought with cash at Tribhuvan International Airport.
How many runners will there be in the group and what if I am struggling to keep up?
Being a group of max. 12 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities it may be decided to split into flexible groups. All groups will be supported by Nepali running guides who will travel with you on the whole trip.
What will the temperature be like on the trip?
It can be quite cool in the early mornings and evenings, however, due to the altitude and direct sunlight, it can get quite warm during the day. The midday highs are set to be between mid-teens and mid-twenties.
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Meet the organizer

At Pure Trails Adventure we arrange running holidays to a range of remarkable destinations around the world. Our itineraries are carefully crafted to give you unique travel experiences whilst exploring the trail. All of our trips are fully supported, include daily runs and are designed for runners of all abilities. Share the experience with people just like you.

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