The Manaslu Trail Race is a challenging multi-stage trail race passing through some of Nepal’s most beautiful Himalayan landscapes in a part-circumnavigation of Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain. It’s cultural: we sleep in a monastery, meet the locals and you even organise a children’s race at 3500m for the local school. Your bags are carried on mules from start to finish so you can focus on running light and free. We stay in tea-houses, so no camping. It gets cold outside but you stay (mostly) warm inside. We run above a glacier on a high altitude vertical kilometer race, gaining 1000m reaching 4500m in less than 5km. Your participation gives back to the local communities as we assist them with solar lights and donate to their micro-hydro projects.
This race is enjoyed by elites as well as marathon-able runners. The stages are from 20 to 35km on a range of trails from easy to rocky and a little bit technical. Extra challenge is introduced with the altitude. Plenty of climbing too – it’s better to get the best views.
For me it was really my best trail running experience since more than 20 years of trail running! – Salomon Athlete, Stephan Tassani Prell, Germany.
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