The Annapurna 100 is one of Asia's best mountain trail races. As 2019's Golden Trail World Series final, it has caliber. Dates and registration TBA soon!
Travel and accommodation
For your information, the Nepalese Rupee works out at approximately Rs 113 = $1.
Finding a place to meet your budget is never a problem in Nepal and you can sleep well from $US 7 to $US 100. Similarly in Pokhara and Kathmandu there is a range of local and international cuisine to suit everybody.
42 km runners: you need to have a hotel in Pokhara Thursday night, to take a shuttle bus to the start line Friday morning. You should then return to Pokhara after the race.
55 km & 100 km runners start: we will arrange budget, shared accommodation for you in Dhampus* at the startline. If you prefer to stay in Pokhara you must arrange your own 4WD/4×4 transport to the start in Dhampus. 55 km runners may also choose to stay Saturday night in Dhampus, advisable for runners needing more time to finish.
100 km runners finish: You must book a hotel in Pokhara and advise them of the time you wish to return on Saturday night/morning. Many have security guards, but you must advise them about your estimated return time in advance. Contact us if you foresee any problems.
* Dhampus accommodation: we will assign this by the end of September.
Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back
From Kathmandu you can come to Pokhara on a local public bus (not recommended), a (cramped) micro-bus, tourist bus (good), private vehicle or even fly. It takes around 7 hours and $US 6 with the slowest method, up to $US 124 to fly one-way. You can share a car for about $100 split between passengers.
You can book a plane ticket with use here: http://annapurna100.com/buy-flight-ticket-ktm-pkr-ktm/
Make a vacation of it: what else to do in Nepal?
This race is just one day, albeit a long one. What to do with the rest of your time in Nepal? The weather is dry, the skies clear and daytime temperatures are around 25°C. With a few days, a week or more, there is much to do:
Trek: Annapurna base-camp is a close by and an amazing 6-7 day trek.
Trail running: You could fly up to Jomsom in Mustang, and run to holy Muktinath and back. There are many other trails with lodges meaning you can travel light. Those experienced at altitude could run or walk the famed Annapurna circuit as Lizzy Hawker did in January 2011 taking just five days.