Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a list of Frequently Asked Questions:

Race registration & briefing

  1. Where is the race briefing?
    TBA – we’ve moved office unfortunately at the beginning of October, so we will shift also the briefing location and will inform you when arranged. The briefing is scheduled for 4pm, Friday. Our office is now here.
  2. When can we collect our race pack?
    Thursday and Friday. Hours will be emailed to you when our office is finally decorated!
  3. Is there anyone else registered from India? Maybe I can coordinate with them.
    Please check:
    50 km names: https://annapurna100.com/2017-50-km-entries/
    100 km names: https://annapurna100.com/2017entries100km/
  4. Do i need to bring a medical certificate?
    No, but if you have any condition our medics should know about, you should inform us in advance.
    http://trailrunningnepal.org/general-trail-running-nepal-medical-questionnaire/
  5. How many drop bags are allowed for the 50 km & 100 km race?
    Yes there are drop bags in the following locations.
100 km drop bag locations 50 km drop bag location
Bhanjyang CP4 – 33 km Chasu Pul / Hydropower CP7 – 36 km
Chasu Pul CP7 – 55 km
Sikles CP9 – 73 km
  • Finish drop bag
  • Finish drop bag

Race day

  • Our hotel is in central Pokhara, how can we go to the start line of 50 km?
    There will be a bus departing from Lakeside, driving through Pokhara to Begnas.
  • What is the cutoff time for the 50 km?
    It is preferable if you finish and there is no specific cutoff at the finish itself. The slowest runner last year was 13.5 hours for 50 km. A cutoff time will be fixed at Chasu Pul around 3pm as this is the last point transport is easily available plus you will have an opportunity to send a dropbag there.
  • Are there aid/water stations on the route? Or is it self sustained?
    Yes. there will water at every checkpoint and some simple energy food too similar to: biscuits, veg noodle soup, banana, oranges, chocolate, bread, potatoes. Bring your own gels or bars if you prefer what you are used to.
  • How much money do i need to bring on the actual race for transport in case of DNF?
    We have some jeep support between checkpoints that might be able to pick you up but they cannot be everywhere at once, it might take time or not be possible if the number of DNFs is high. In this case we’ll try our best to get you to a place where you can get local transport back to Pokhara. Carry at least Rs 1000 ($10) and that should be enough for a taxi if needed also.  
  • Is there any bus that goes back from the 50km finish line to Pokhara? If yes, what time?
    Yes, we’re fixing times when we know the number of local participants. We hope to have a bus leave at 4pm directly after prize giving, and depending on numbers, another when the bus is 60% full. Thereafter there will be a number of jeeps for remaining people not intending to stay.
  • Can our support friend/family wait at the finish line? Or can they move between checkpoints?
    Yes but they need to pay for their own transport. Contact us if you wish to arrange a seat in a supporters jeep for the day.
  • If we stay overnight after finishing the race in the village, what time does the bus go back the day after?
    Early: 7am to arrive around no later than 12pm including toilet breaks etc. Get up as early as you can to see the sunrise from the viewpoint.
  • What time does it go dark?
    You start to need a light at 6pm.
  • Are there plant-based food options at the aide stations?
    There are no meat options. There will be vegetarian noodles, chocolate, biscuits, potatoes, bread etc. Contact us if you would need something very specific.
  • What are the foods and drinks on the posts along the way?
    Mineral water will be available. Food will vary from place to place including: potatoes, biscuits, bananas, noodle soup. We recommend that you a) bring your own favorite energy bars, gels, powders and carry them, b) bring small change to buy items from small shops along the route in case you need.
  • Will the route be marked?
    Yes, the route will be well marked with orange fluorescent ribbon.
  • What are the timings (deadlines to pass a post) before one gets disqualified and has to stop?
    TBA

Sikles

  • How do we book return vehicles from Sikles to Pokhara?
    This is included and arranged. The journey is not easy and takes 4 or more hours as the road near Sikles is not in great condition.
    There will be buses leaving after the race (for quicker runners), some jeeps, and then a bus departing on Sunday morning aiming to be in Pokhara by 12pm.
    Supporters who wish to travel must register with us in the office in Pokhara or in advance by email.
  • In Sikles are single rooms available?
    Unlikely, this is a small village with very limited rooms and almost no single rooms. We will produce a rooming plan so you can see availability and put your names against rooms where possible.

General

  • What hotel are we staying in?
    You can book your own hotel in Pokhara, and it is not included in the fee. Registration etc. will take place at lakeside so a hotel close to there would make life easy.
  • I just want to find some cheap accommodation … And also would like some advice as to where I could stay for a couple of weeks prior to race and train!!
    Perhaps go to Pokhara and hang out there or go on a trek. There are a whole heap of nice and reasonable budget hotels in Pokhara. Just search Trip Advisor.
  • Please can you advise on what sort of travel insurance most people take out and if normal travel insurance (including trekking over 3000m) would provide adequate cover. 
    See this page of recommendations about insurance. Most simple activity insurance policies cover trekking up to 4000m.
  • I would like to fly in on Friday and out on Sunday at my own expense.
    Flying to Pokhara is possible. See https://annapurna100.com/race-program-timings/
  • How many days do I need to acclimatize or get comfortable before race day?  I am worried about high altitude sickness.
    No need to be worried, the altitude is not great enough for problems to happen.
  • Also, can you please point me out to a website/ blog/ experiences of participants of previous races?  novice and first-timers would be awesome.
    See this as a starter! http://vimeo.com/38444424
  • Is payment possible at the start and in cash? Do we need to pay online or can we pay when we get to Pokhara?
    See the payments page. Preferable if you pay online but cash can be accepted.
  • What is the cutoff time for the 50k?
    You should be moving at at least 4 km/h at this point or we reserve right to direct you to the shortcut.
  • Do you know of any mountain biking guides near Pokhara, to hook me up with after the race?
    Ask info@himalayansingletrack.com

If you have unanswered questions, please email info@annapurna100.com