12 ultra runners complete 1600 kms Himalayas route in one go
2nd Jun, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, June 2: A total of 12 persons including Nepalis ultra runners completed nearly 1600 kilometers distance in 46 days under the banner of the Great Himal Race-2017, the first of its kind, in a one go.
The race started from Ghunsa of Kanchanjungha Base Camp, Taplejung, ended by reaching near Hilsa border in the west. The route of the race was via Ghunsa, Namchebazaar, Panchpokhari, Gosaikunda, Manaslu, Lapa, Manang, Kagbeni, Jufal, Jumla, Gamgadhi, Simkot and near the Hilsa area, ultra runner Jagannath Timilsina from Pokhara said.
A total of 45 persons from Nepal, the United States, France, Canada, Belgium and Indonesia had started the race on 9 March from Ghunsa, the starting point of the race.
Timilsina, who stood first in the race, told the National News Agency (RSS) that the team ran on the altitude of 3,000-m to 5,700-m along the Great Himalaya Trail.
The Base Camp Trek Company had extended logistic support for the team. Rashmi Tamot, the Managing Director of the company, said that the race was organized to share our culture, costumes and tradition to outer world besides the business purpose. The runners were tracked by the GPS and no one was injured during the race, she happily shared about adventure.
Bruno Ringeval, a French national visiting Nepal for the 15th time, exuded happiness, commenting, "It's not a race for me. It's an adventure. We enjoyed cultural diversity, climatic diversity and many more along the route."
Likewise, another runner Vincent Minier from France explains the event as the self discovery. "It was an extra ordinary journey. I was pushed to the frontier of my physical and mental limits. I discovered the limits of myself," he put it.
Similarly, Bob Wall from British Columbia of Canada said that the race was amazing for getting chance to enjoy and experience the beauties of Nepal- its mountains, valleys and the people- along the trail.
Two girls including Chhechee Sherpa from Nepal completed the adventurous race.