Join us for an incredible adventure to the annapurna marathon in nepal in October 2019
to raise funds for Running for premature babies
Come and join us for a life-affirming experience in Nepal to participate in or observe the Annapurna Marathon. This trip is designed for those who want to get off the beaten track, take on an extreme challenge and have an experience of a lifetime while raising much needed funds to give premature babies a better chance of survival.
Dates: Tuesday 22nd - Wednesday 29th October 2019
Details: 8-day Marathon Adventure including:
Registration for Annapurna 100 Marathon event (option to observe if preferred)
3 nights in 5-star hotel in Kathmandu, 3 nights in Trekking Lodges, 1 night in 4-star hotel in Pokhara (all twinshare - single supplement available for Kathmandu & Pokhara accommodation)
Return domestic flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara
Kathmandu sightseeing of city highlights
Private vehicle transport
Airport transfers in Nepal
Experienced team including Primal Adventures Owner Helen Cooper and Running For Premature Babies Foundation Founder Sophie Smith, working with local Nepalese operators and porters
Public and Professional Liability Insurance
Food: Virtually ALL your meals are included, including breakfast, lunch and dinner while on the trail. See itinerary for specifics (BLD). Additional meals not indicated on itinerary in Kathmandu and Pokhara cost around US$10-15 per person (and typically much less).
Group size: 8-16
Investment: US $2,495
US$380 Single supplement for Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation
US$2345 to attend without participating in the event
US$1000 deposit required at time of booking
Fundraising: It is expected that each participant of the Marathon will raise a minimum of AU$2500 for Running for Premature Babies on top of the cost of the trip. Further details coming soon with information about fundraising and how to set up your fundraising page.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (tuesday)
On arrival we are transferred through to our comfortable 5-star hotel. It's great to finally be in Nepal!
After settling in, we'll head out to explore the bustling shopping area of Thamel which is an excellent opportunity to pick up any final pieces of gear that you may need.
We will share a delicious welcome dinner at a local restaurant to get acquainted and hear more about our exciting adventure. D
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu (wednesday)
If you are up early, you can join us for a light training run through the back streets of Kathmandu for a glimpse of the morning Hindu rituals that are performed at dawn.
After a delicious hotel buffet breakfast, we will head out to explore some of the city’s most iconic sites including the hilltop temple of Swayambunath and Durbar Square. Kathmandu is a delightful ancient city, and there are incredible sights on every corner.
In the evening, we will have a pre-trek briefing and organise our gear. B
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and commence trek (thursday)
We transfer to the airport for our short but spectacular flight to the lakeside town of Pokhara. We then drive out to the trailhead to begin our adventure on foot.
We have a short but steady 3 hour climb up to the Gurung village of Dhampus (1650m) with the assistance of a local porter team.
The lodge is a welcome sight and offers spectacular views of the towering Annapurna Range. BLD
Day 4: Trek to LUMLE (FRIday)
We descend from Dhampus across a suspension bridge over the Idi Khola River to the picturesque Gurung Village of Lwang in the morning. We will then continue our meander through these beautiful local villages to our destination in Lumre (1200m).
We will have some time in the afternoon for a rest before the big race the following day! BLD
Day 5: MARAthon day (saturday)
Today is the big day!
This marathon goes from the tropical air of 1200m to the thinner air of 3975m within the space of 20km. Fast hiking will be more than enough to cover this distance and altitude gain, and give you a chance to take in the spectacular Himalayan views!
The descent is a twisting and technical trail through jungle back down the other side to the tiny hillside village of Dhampus where we spent our first night in the mountains.
There will be checkpoints approximately every 10 km along the route with mineral water, bananas and light food, as well as basic first aid support.
You will be welcomed over the finish line by the local villagers, and rewarded with a delicious local meal.
If you are not participating in the Marathon, you will enjoy a relaxing hike back to Dhampus ready to cheer our Running for Premature Babies team across the finish line! BLD
Day 6: return to pokhara (sunday)
After a good morning stretch with the expansive backdrop of the Annapurnas, we will descend slowly back down to meet our transport in Phedi. If you are not up for the hike down, there is the option of transport down the hill via a different route.
Once we are back in Pokhara, we will have time to have a good look around this beautiful lakeside town, and enjoy a delicious celebratory meal in one of the best restaurants in town. BLD
Day 7: return to kathmandu (monday)
After a delicious breakfast, we will catch a morning flight to Kathmandu savouring the spectacular landscape.
We’ve deliberately left today free of any planned sightseeing activities. Many will want to return to the Old City or Thamel to visit the shops and bookstores, and pick up some local treasures. Pick up a map and simply wander through the ancient streets and alleyways of this medieval city. B
Day 8: Back home or onwards (tuesday)
Today is our last day in Kathmandu. We will organise your transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. After more than a week in Nepal our adventure comes to an end, and you will return home feeling proud of your incredible achievement - not only have you experienced the incredible Nepalese culture, you’ve conquered one of the toughest marathons in the world and given premature babies a better chance of survival. B
If you are participating in the Marathon, you will need to be extremely fit to take on an arduous 42km run/hike. If you are coming along to accompany someone participating, you will need to have moderate fitness levels and be able to carry a day pack for 3-5 hours.
Items not included are
Flights to Kathmandu
A non-refundable deposit of US$1000 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 12 weeks before the date of your adventure.
Deposits are not refunded.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price minus deposit
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price minus deposit
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is mandatory for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guides at all times.
When you book you must notify us of any medical condition, medical history, or medications that you are on. In particular, asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies to wasp/ bee stings and food allergies. You will be required to complete the online medical form that you will find here.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.
Primal Adventures will be donating 10% of profits to a local Nepalese charity to support disadvantaged children.