Pokhara – A high altitude marathon is being held from the Annapurna Base Camp to Ghandruk here on June 3. The Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route is popular as one of the 10 amazing and best trekking routes in the world.
There will be the participation of total 58 people including the national athletes in the event to be held on the occasion of the 'Annapurna Day' celebrations including the national-level event under the Annapurna Century Tourism Festival.
According to Annapurna Century Tourism Festival main organising committee coordinator Lalit Gurung, participants of the event including from abroad have already left for the Annapurna Base Camp.
The marathon that will begin at 6:30 am on June 3 from an altitude of 4,100 meters will conclude at an altitude of 1, 690 meters at Ghandruk. The distance of the marathon is 42.195 kilometers and its route includes Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya, Dobhan, Wambo, Sinuwa, Chhomrong, Ghurjung, Tadapani and Bhaisi Kharka, according to festival publicity committee coordinator Tanka Raj Adhikari.
The runner coming out the first will go home with Rs 100,000 while the second and third prizes carry a purse of Rs 70,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. Those securing the positions within the top ten will be awarded the consolation prize. ---