You can enter for 2020, just click on this LINK 

A Spectacular course, in stunning scenery, mixing with local life 

event starts Monday, April 6th and finishes  Saturday, April 11th 2020

Competitors need to arrive at Race HQ in Pokhara, 200km West of Kathmandu by  Saturday 5pm on the 4th April.

See lower down the page for full program for the 2020 Annapurna Ultra

Accommodation and Breakfast  at Race HQ included for the Saturday night before, we depart for the start Sunday morning at 10am

From: The Race Director

Dear competitor,

I have been involved as a Competitor, Race Director, and Course Director in many extreme ultra races around the world. In creating the Annapurna Ultra I take you an area of the Hymalayas that gives you ” Up close and Personal views ” of some of the worlds most famous mountains.  I have created a course that will introduce you to another world, with amazing scenery, and the chance to involve yourself in  the life of the mountain people of the Annapurna region.
I have been involved in events in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, Egypt, Iceland, Namibia, Vietnam, the Gobi Desert in China, the Atacama Desert in Chile,  Mongolia, Antarctica, Peru, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and I have been Race Director of the Commonwealth Ultra championships on several occasions.

In the Annapurna Ultra, my aim was to introduce you to the Stunning scenery in a fantastic and challenging environment, while experiencing the life of the Mountain people of the Annapurna region of Nepal, and helping them at the same time.

At the end of each day, we will be staying in local houses and lodges.  Food for a quick Breakfast and Evening meal, must be carried by each competitor, we suggest a freeze dried meal, but YOU CAN buy extra if available. In addition, each competitor must also supply and carry350 Kcal of snacks, and energy bars each day, but you are also permitted to buy snacks, chocolate bars at local houses on the route.

Each evening and morning, the local houses will also supply Hot Water,  to competitors. Cold water will be supplied at checkpoints.

Including:

  • Himalayan tracks and trails
  • Gorge crossings by a footbridge
  • Rivers, valleys and Mountains
  • Amazing scenery
  • Local life

And of course

  • Physical Challenge of 210km
  • Demands of Self-Reliance
  • Difficulties of a stunning but varied terrain.
  • Mental Battle to Finish!

Having been to many other landscapes and countries I’d previously set courses in, like Iceland with its unique geology, the Himalayas was clearly a special choice, with stunning trails, breathtaking scenery, and the chance to interact with the local Mountain people of the Annapurna region, this makes an amazing place for an event like the Annapurna Ultra.

  • Your chance to be up close and personal with some of the worlds biggest and most iconic mountains.
  • Fantastic trails, with stunning scenery.
  • The opportunity to mix with and experience the life of the Himalayan mountain people of the Annapurna region
  • By taking part we are helping the local economy
  • Our event medics will also be assisting the young children on the route, normally unable or can not afford to travel for simple medical assistance.
  • An experience that will live with you forever

The Annapurna Challenge

210km

To complete the 210km in 6 days, in some of the worlds most stunning terrain

6 Stages

To travel on trails that take you into the heart of the Annapurna region

Navigation

NO NAVIGATION REQUIRED!

Self-Reliant

Most importantly to earn this challenge you must be self-reliant, carrying everything you need: food, water, clothing etc. (see race info pack) for the duration.

Night Camp

Based in local houses or lodges, you have the chance to experience the warm hospitality of the mountain people in the Annapurna region of Nepal

Safety First

Of course, your safety is paramount and our highly experienced team will have 4WD vehicles on the course and at manned checkpoints should you require medical help or assistance.

This is what some of our competitors say about our events:

“Just Stunning”

The course, the country and the crew, all brilliant, much more than just a race, I will never forget the fantastic time I had.

Steve

“Amazing, what a place.”

The Anapurna Ultra was an amazing Experience, stunning scenery, and the opportunity to mix with local people was fantastic, an unforgettable experience that will live with me forever.

Noel,

“Blown away”

The course and the people just blew me away, the crew were as fantastic as they were in the Fire + Ice, great to see familiar faces.

Mike

We have put together an incredible course, with stunning scenery, and a fantastic experience.

  • It can be completed by anyone with the right attitude, training, and commitment.
  • Runners and walkers are welcome, we do have cut off times but they are very generous ( more than half walk the majority of the course )
  • All abilities and experience levels can take on this challenge

You’ve probably looked at other races –

The Annapurna Ultra provides an experience that will live with you forever, with an amazing terrain and landscape. combined with the opportunity to see the life and world of the Mountain people from Nepal’s Annapurna region.

Your Awesome Race Package Includes :

An incredible route

Planned over many months to give you the most spectacular experience whilst also talking in some of the most spectacular parts of the Annapurna region of Nepal

Program Details for 2020 are:

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Competitors arrive at Race HQ in Pokhara, Bed in Hotel, ( Shared room ) provided

Kit checks, Medical reviews, race paperwork on Saturday evening

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Depart for Base Camp

Each competitor MUST carry Breakfast & Evening Meal for each day

Freeze dried meals advised, Extreme Food offer 25% discount exclusively to competitors of the Annapurna Ultra.

Starting Monday morning April 6th and finishing after mid day to early afternoon on Saturday 11th April

In addition to breakfast and main meals, each competitor must supply and carry 350 Kcal worth of Energy bars or snacks each day.  To be carried from the Start on day 1

In addition, competitors CAN purchase, drinks, chocolate bars, snacks etc ( NOT MEALS OR ALCOHOL ) at any house or lodge on the route.

This format is designed so that the event supports the local economy, for some people the profit from selling a few Mars Bars and a couple of drinks, makes a big difference.

Some changes may occur as we look to improve the course each year

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Competitors can carry or purchase breakfast before the start of day 1

Highlights for the day

Mountain and Valley trails, with close up and stunning views of Fish Tail Mountain ( Machapuchare ) a route not often used by trekkers, mostly local mountain people.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Highlights for the day

Mountain Trails, Mountain Forests, using trails mostly used by local people, with the final few hundred metres on a well known trail.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Highlights for the day

Mountainside trail, with amazing views over the lower Hymlayas, starting on a well used trekking track, before changing to trails mostly used by local people.

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Highlights for the day

Stunning views from a mountain side trail of the Annapurna mountain range, before joining trekking trails heading towards the camp.

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Highlights for the day

Heading towards the hills above Pokhara with stunning Annapurna mountains dominating the skyline at your back,

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

Highlights for the day

Descending from the hills above Pokhara, to finish in the Town, just a few hundred metres from the Hotel that acts as Race HQ

Saturday evening presentation dinner, event slide and film show back in Pokhara

(Course details can change due to weather and other conditions beyond our control)

Fully marked course

Our course team mark out the complete route for you to follow with RED Flags and RED tape

Base Camp

At the end of each day, you will be allocated a room in a local house, or lodge, rooms are on a shared basis only.

Possibility of Mountain Tent at one location.

4WD transport to the start

Accommodation at Race HQ will be in the centre of Pokhara 

Accommodation with Breakfast included at the Race HQ hotel in Pokhara on Saturday 4th April

Accommodation, with evening celebration and presentation meal, with Breakfast included for Saturday 11th April

Most important

A highly qualified and experiences course team of ex-ultra-racers, very keen volunteers and medical professionals are on hand to support you on your challenge

4WD vehicles on the course each day,

Checkpoints, Medics, Course team, Camp team. all to make sure that the event goes smoothly.

Saturday evening celebration meal

Great buffet meal.

And includes a Slideshow / short Film clip of the event

Presentation of trophies/plaques to placed competitors

Medals /  Buckles / Ttophy for all finishers

Breakfast on Sunday morning included

Supplement due for those requiring Private or Twin accommodation in apartments – Only If it is available,

Packed lunch for the journey to base camp

Cold and Hot water for Food at camp morning and evening

All starters receive a quality event top,

Special discounts

Additional discounts for Competitors for all Food and Nutrition at Extreme Adventure Food, special discounts for competitors on many kit items

What’s being one of a few people permitted to take part in this unique event in one of the worlds most spectacular locations worth 

Guarantee an experience of a lifetime

A challenge that will push you to your limit
In an area that has some of the worlds largest and most Iconic mountains and scenery, and an opportunity to see and experience local life in the Annapurna mountains of Nepal

You’ve probably seen other similar style events cost ££2800 to £4500  !!

The Annapurna Ultra is not that much 

We provide this incredible experience for £2300.00 for 2020