Capital to Country is a multi day Ultra Marathon starting on the edge of the ancient Nepalese capital Kathmandu and winding its way through the foothills to Lama Village for the final stage. The terrain will be a mix of roads, jeep trails and challenging off road paths
We will email you to confirm that it is safe to book your flight. Naturally holding an event in a different country requires some pre-race checks! There are approximately 12 flights per day to Kathmandu, there are no direct flights from the UK so you can fly via Doha, Delhi, Kuwait or Istanbul, average flight times are approx.13 hours. Please book your flights to arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (KTM) no later than the 24th November 2024 at 9am. We recommend searching for flights through Skyscanner. Once you have booked your flight please let us know the flight number an arrival time. It is a 20 minute journey from the airport to the hotel.
You will arrive at the Hotel Moonlight by the 24th November.
Day one (Sunday 24th November) – a 30 minute walk to the Monkey Temple to get some spiritual guidance for the next few days running and a little warm up with a serious amount of steps to climb. After walking back to the hotel we will have lunch, then you will have time for some shopping and sightseeing. In the evening we will carryout the kit check, then its off to bed for a final night of comfort for a few days!
Day Two (Monday 25th November) An early start with a packed breakfast to collect from reception. Then we say good bye to our suitcases and get on the bus to the start, a 40 minute drive to Sankhu. The race starts with stage one approx. 26.5 miles to Kasibanjayang – camp overnight
Day Three (Tuesday 26th November) approx. 23 miles via the Dhuikhel view point to Bhukundebesi – camp overnight
Day Four (Wednesday 27th November) Bhukundebesi to Mukpatar approx. 30 miles – camp overnight
Day Five (Thursday 28th November) Mukpatar to Manegaun Village (the Lama home) approx. 16 miles – rooms in the bunk house or tent and a flushing toilet!
Day Five (Friday 29th November) the Lama Trail Marathon approx. 27 miles in a loop around the village – rooms in the bunk house or tent. End of event traditional Nepalese party .
Day Six (Saturday 30th November) – Breakfast cooked by our Nepalese hosts followed by a downhill walk to the bus pickup point and the drive back to Kathmandu to be reunited at the Hotel Moonlight with your real clothes! The day is then your own to explore the city , visit The Garden of Dreams and then our farewell meal and prize giving.
Day Seven (Sunday 1st December) – fly home or extend your trip to further explore this amazing country
Wake up, wash, have breakfast, prepared kit, run, finish stage, get water for washing, relax, get daily briefing outlining the next day’s distance, elevation, weather, sunrise, wake up time and stage start time. Go to bed when its gets dark (about 6pm – well what else are you gong to do int he middle of knowhere?) Repeat!
The course will be marked by our experienced local team. You will have an electronic tracker so we can monitor your progress
CHECKPOINTS AND AID STATIONS
We will provide water at a number of places during each stage and hot water at each overnight stop for your food.
It is likely to be around 20 degrees during the day and bright sunshine. At night the temperature drops quite quickly after sunset. The humidity is relatively high so you are likely to be quite sweaty during the day. Overnight it gets very damp so it is difficult to dry kit after sunset.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Competitors. All finishers will receive a commemorative trophy and T-shirt.
- Backpack with easily accessible bottle holders. Brands like Ultimate Direction, Raidlight and WAA sell suitable packs
- 2 x Water Bottles minimum 750ml each
- Sleeping bag – most lightweight bags are around 600g there is a compromise to be had between warmth and weight!
- Trail shoes (recommend 1 1/2 size bigger than everyday shoe size)
- Spare socks (recommend twin skin)
- Fleece top (camp clothing)
- Waterproof jacket
- Woolly hat or Buff
- Head torch and a complete set of spare batteries
- First Aid kit comprising blister plasters, antiseptic cream, Paracetamol x5, bandage, rehydration sachets
- Toilet paper
- 10 safety pins
- 1 Whistle
- Knife with metal blade
- Hand sanitiser
- Emergency survival bag
- 1 Tube of sun cream
- Insect repellant
- Cash for beer on the last night in the village – approx. 600 rupees for a large bottle
- Passport/Tourist Visa in a waterproof bag
- Food for the five days of the race itself. You must select the type of food best suited to your personal needs, health, weather, weight and backpack conditions. You must have 10,000 k/calories (2,000 k/calories per day minimum), Any food not in its original packaging must be clearly labelled with nutritional details. Try Base Camp Food, Expedition Food and Adventure Nutrition amongst others – choose food you add water to
- Water sterilisation tabs x 5
Don’t forget that you have to carry all of this kit whilst negotiating the steep terrain so only carry essential items (leave your book at home!). Poles are optional but given the amount of elevation are worth considering if you are used to running with them.
For the event we will have a local medical team who will assist with any basic needs. You must have medical insurance to cover any serious issues and helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu. Once this is booked you must provide a copy of your insurance and the emergency contact number they have provided.
Due to the strenuous physical demands of a multi day ultra marathon event Capital to Country is restricted to competitors over 18 years of age only.
Your stay at the Hotel Moonlight on the nights of the 26th November and 2nd December based on two sharing are included in the cost of the event .
The Geo Tracks GPS Tracker is lightweight and easily fits in a small pocket in your rucksack. Your family and friends can track your progress in real-time and you can use the Geo Tracks app combined with the tracker as an accurate tool for navigation during the event. The Event can be followed using the web link or via the app which can be purchased prior to the event for Apple or for Android. When opening the web link please click on start times and this will display a list of bib numbers (they are sorted alphabetically by surname). The GPS Tracking units upload your position every 10 seconds to the live view tracking map and are accurate to 5 metres. To find out more please visit the Geo Tracks website.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL COMPETITORS PURCHASE TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IN THE EVENT THAT YOU NEED TO CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION.
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