Himalayan Guides International Pathibhara Marathon
A High Altitude Adventure Sport (March 10 to 12, 2013)
The third highest peak of the world, Mt Kanchenjungha (8586 m.) lies in Taplejung district of Nepal. This district is located in the north-eastern corner of the country. It is considered as a land of diversity. It's an open museum of cultural and natural heritage. Various indigenous people including Bhotiya nomads, Kiraties(Limbus), Rais, Gurungs, Sherpas, Newars and many others make Taplejung their home. These people are widely known as historic Gurkha warriors by the western world even today. One can observe the real multi ethnic, linguistic and cultural social harmony in this part of Nepal that is bordered with two Asian giants China to the North and India to the East.
Taplejung is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Nepal that is connected by road and air to and from Kathmandu and other places of the country. It is also known as one of the largest farmland of natural herbs. Other various attractions of this place include wide varieties of wildlife. This is the area that is all set to be declared as the capital of Red Rhododendron. WWF recognised Kanchenjungha Conservation Area is in the heartland of Taplejung.
Himalayan Guides International Pathibhara Marathon, being organised at the doorsteps of Kanchenjungha every year on the month of February, has emerged as a golden opportunity to witness and experience the nature, culture and adventure of Nepal at its extreme level. One can listen to the live Chyabrung(Kirati) music, join steps together with a group performing Dhan Nach(Dance), taste mouth watering sukuti along with home made Tongba and shake hands with World War II and other military campaign veterans decorated with Victoria Cross and Military cross at one place and time on the eve of Marathon race.
Himalayan Guides International Pathibhara Marathon, one of the Toughest Marathon, is open for all High Altitude Running enthusiasts above 18 years of age with sound mind and body. The competition starts from Phunlin Bazaar (1824 m.) and the race route follows the Limbu cultural trail up to Pathibhara (3794 m.) and turns back to the start point covering 49 Kms distance. It's undoubtedly tough and challenging that is the reason that attracted 397 male and female participants on the inaugurating year within the short notice of a couple of months.
Himalayan Guides International Pathibhara Marathon is considered by many High Altitude Running lovers as the ultimate race or the ultimate challenge of this form of extreme sport. These runners endure the harsh weather and even digest altitude sickness to participate in this Racing. Widely covered by National and International media, this marathon race competition has become one of the major sporting festivals. The first Himalayan Guides Pathibhara marathon recorded the best timing of 4 hrs and 05 minutes by the Nepali participant Rajendra Bhandari, who is the South Asian marathon record holder and an Olympian from Nepal. Himalayan Guides International Pathibhara Marathon also includes half Marathon for the female participants who want to run only the half distance.
Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks and Expeditions and Himalayan Guides Travels and Tours are the main Sponsors of this annual event jointly organised by Pathibhara Devi Temple Area Conservation and Promotion committee and the local Nepalese Army Field Unit. It is recognised by Nepal Tourism Board, A Government of Nepal enterprises, that is also the promoter of this event. Approximately a dozen agencies and organisations working in the field of tourism are the co-sponsors and supporters of this race that include the local Journalists' Association and Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Marathon Trail Running Race Kanchenjunga - Nepal