Francois Chouinard and Maria Helene contacted us for the ‘Lhasa-Mount Everest Base camp-Kathmandu overland trip’. However, their plan was changed together with the Tibet Permit rule where 4 persons of same nationality were required in order to obtain the permit. After all, they decided to do the ‘Ghandurk-Ghorepani-Poonhill’ trek in Annapurna region and Nagarkot-Dhulikhel downhill biking tour.
Unfortunately, they could not complete the whole trip because of illness, however, they took the short way and trekked to Poonhill, the famous viewpoint where one can encounter with the massive and magnificent Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range. They relaxed few days in Pokahra after the trek and did the Nagarkot-Dhulikhel downhill biking tour which added more fun and thrill in their trip.
They were satisfied the way we organize the trek and biking tour. They wished to return back to do the ‘Lhasa-Mt. Everest Base Camp-Kathmandu overland trip’ in near future.
TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) will be operating two porter shelters at high altitude trekking points of Dingboche and Zongla in Everest Region. The shelters will have subsidized canteens where trekking support staff enjoy a meal and accommodation for NRS 150 only. Trekking staff have to pay as much as NRS 300 per meal at regular tea houses. TAAN is planning to open other 20 such shelters at different trekking points in Everest, Annapurna, Nar Phu regions.
RacingThePlanet : Nepal 2011, a high endurance footrace held in the Annapurna Region concluded yesterday, 26th November 2011. Out of 213(153 male and 60 female) competitors, 170 were able to complete the race. Covering a distance of 250 kilometers in seven days, they raced through Dhampus, Chandrakot, Nayapul, Jaisithok, Khurkot, Khaniyaghat, Beni, Ghara, Ghorepani, Birethainti, Bhadaure, Bhumdi, Phortse, Pokhrelthok,Nirmalpokhari, Bharatpokhari, Gagangauda,Begnas Lake, Lekhnath Chowk carrying their own gears. The race culminated at Fulbari Resort & Spa, Pokhara.
Among male competitors Ryan Sandes from South Africa bagged the first spot by completing the race with a timing of 25hrs 15mins and 25 seconds.Italian Steffano Gregoretti stood second with a timing of 27hrs 45mins and 9 seconds, and Australian Michael Ormiston grabbed the third place with the timing of 28 hrs 1min & 6 seconds. Among female competitors Stephanie Case from Canada took the gold spot by clocking 30 hrs 15mins and 09 seconds, Australian Samantha Gash came a close second with a timing of 30hrs 47mins 17 seconds and the third spot went to Katrina Follows from UK with a timing of 34hrs 03mins 17seconds.
After the race, an award ceremony was held at Fulbari resort where all 170 competitors who had completed the race were awarded by SP Yadav Khanal, Chief of Kaski District Police Office.
Ryan Sandes (South Arica) – The first competitor to reach the Finish Line
SP Yadav Khanal congratulates the winner
Pics: Mr. Saroj Baniya
IT Officer – Explore Himalaya
Oldest Competitor- Jeniffer Murray (71 years) from UK
Chief Guest at the flagging off ceremony was Mr. Shankar Prasad Pandey (Secretary , Prime Minister’s Office, Nepal ). During the race, 219 participants from 40 countries will be testing their strength and endurance level by trying to cover a distance of 250 km in 7 days and 6 stages, carrying their own backpacks. The 250 km race course covers Kaski, Parvat, Baglung and Myagdi districts in the Annapurna region. Maximum altitude reached during the race will be 3,200 meters / 10,500 feet and total elevation gain across the full course is 9,000 meters / 29,500 feet.
Press Conference – NTB Pokhara
Addressing a press conference on 18th November 2011 at the NTB Hall in Pokhara, Mr. Suman Pandey, Nepal Director, RacingThePlanet:Nepal 2011, informed media persons that around 45 Everest summitteers are acting as volunteers in this event. The event organizers have tried to make use of locally available commodities and other facilities as much as possible, so as to boost local economy and tourism .
RacingThePlanet, an international organization specializing in high endurance races is the official organizer of the race. Explore Himalaya the logistic arranger of this event wishes all the participants the best of luck.
At a press conference held in the capital at Hotel Marshyangdi on 10th July,2011, RacingThePlanet, an international organization specializing in high endurance races and Explore Himalaya informed press and media persons about RacingThePlanet’s plan to organize a footrace in the Annapurna regionfrom 20th to 26th November, 2011.
Samantha Fanshawe, Vice President of RacingThePlanet, Suman Pandey, Nepal Director, RacingThePlanet : Nepal 2011 and Krishna Aryal, Coordinator, Special Adventures, Explore Himalaya responded to queries put forward by media persons during the conference. While Mr.Suman Pandey, President of Explore Himalaya is the Nepal Director of the event, his company Explore Himalaya is the logistics provider for the event.
RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011 footrace will begin just outside Pokhara. Competitors will have to cover a distance of 250 kilometers within seven days, carrying their own equipment and food. They will sleep in both tents and tea houses supported along the way by highly regarded Sherpas and a professional medical and operations team. During the race, the course will venture close to Mustang Region and the altitude is not expected to go much above 11,000 feet. According to RacingThePlanet, one of their missions in organizing the race is to document and contribute to improving the lives of ethnic minorities and tribes in the areas they explore, and to encourage and support competitors to raise funds for their charities. In the Nepal race, competitors will be supporting over forty charities through their efforts.
Around 250 participants, plus 50 media reporters, staff and volunteers covering more than 40 countries will be involved in the event. As all events organized by RacingThePlanet have received wide publicity, the race in Nepal is also expected to garner attention from international as well as national media.
RacingThePlanet has its headquarters in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and 11 offices worldwide. First founded by American Mary K. Gadams, the organization commenced operations from its base in Hong Kong in 2002 when it organized the Gobi March, an arduous seven day race set in the Gobi desert. TIME Magazine named the Gobi March the #1 footrace in the world. It was also named one of the world’s top ten endurance events. Since then RacingThePlanet has organized 29 events in 8 Countries, from China to Antarctica. The race in Nepal is going to be its 31st event. Official partners of the event are Nepal Tourism year 2011 and technology giant Intel.