The Kanchenjunga Marathon
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The Kanchenjunga Marathon

Sat 31st Oct 2020 - Sat 7th Nov 2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 AM Yuksom, Yuksom
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Full Marathon

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        Kanchenjunga Marathon entry fee | Kanchenjunga National Park Fee | 2 nights hotel (twin-share) in Yuksom | 5 nights camp using tents or | Trekkers hut | All meals as per itinerary | T'shirt | Bib | Medal  | Certificate | Aid stations      
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Support trek

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        Kanchenjunga National Park Fee | 2 nights hotel (twin-share) in Yuksom | 5 nights camp using tents or Trekkers hut | All meals as per itinerary | T'shirt | Certificate      
INR 19999
Remaning : 150

Half Marathon

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        Kanchenjunga Marathon entry fee | Kanchenjunga National Park Fee | 2 nights hotel (twin-share) in Yuksom | 5 nights camp using tents or | Trekkers hut | All meals as per itinerary | T'shirt | Bib | Medal  | Certificate | Aid stations      
INR 19999
Remaning : 300
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The Kanchenjunga Marathon

Overview

The magic of Sikkim

One of the last utopias of the world - Sikkim is a hidden gem and arguably one of the loveliest destinations of India. It is a virtual pot-pourii of ethnic composition, ancient cultures, blooming rhododendrons, deep valleys and mountains that have to yet be explored or named. From atmospheric Buddhist monasteries of west Sikkim to monumental religious statues in South Sikkim, friendly and cheerful urban centers in the east to the stunning views of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain (8586m), visible from almost any viewpoint in the state.

A strong preserve of Tibetan Buddhism, Sikkim's public aesthetics are executed in shades of ritualistic vermilion, gold, blue and green, which make striking photo-­ops. Set amidst this primeval backdrop of mighty mountains and rustic villages, is the setting of the Kanchenjunga Marathon.

Our marathon is a small step forward to encourage our communities and people to venture out, enjoy (Mother Nature – which most of us seem to have forgotten) and be active in physical sports. It is a way to demonstrate that running can help us rejuvenate ourselves physically, socially and mentally. It is not necessary being first but rather the act of completing the race gives us pride and confidence that everything is indeed possible if one puts ones foot (mind) to it…

This feeling and experience of euphoria that comes on completion of a race is an invaluable emotion that can lead to a more vibrant and healthy future. Proceeds of this race help us hold various youth & women empowerment courses and events throughout Sikkim. If you would like to donate to this worthy case please drop us a line.


Race route

This is high altitude trail running, so proper acclimatization is a must. The run is basically downhill, though there are two very steep uphill sections. There may be snow and ice on the upper part and considerable exposure along much of the marathon route. Past experience of rough trails is essential. This is one of the most spectacular marathons of the world. Our marathon program begins at our Yuksom base camp. All runners should report by 3 pm at the Yuksom Base Camp on 31st October 2020.


Marathon program details

Day 1: 31st Oct (Sat) –Yuksom, 1780 m.
On arrival report to our Yuksom Base Camp. After check in, you will be briefed and handed over your race packet. Yuksom is the base of West Sikkim’s most popular trekking region, Dzongri and is also of historical importance to the Sikkimese. Yuksom literally means ‘meeting place of the three lamas’.

Meals: Dinner
Hotel:  

Day 2: 1st Nov (Sun) – Trek to Tshokha, 2946 m. 7 hours
This is a long trekking day and you should expect to be pretty tired by the time you arrive at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented camp or Trekkers Hut

Day 3: 2nd Nov (Mon) – Dzongri, 4020 m. 5 hours
A fairly steep climb above Tshoka takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests, and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang. From her we start treading above the
4,000-meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunch time and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. A brief climb beyond brings you to a meadow (Deorali Danda) with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Trekkers Hut or Tented Camp

Day 4: 3rd Nov (Tue) – Thangsing, 3639 m. 5-6 hours
Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite, 4,115 m. From here, chortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim make ideal photo-compositions.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
Camp: Trekkers Hut or Tented Camp

Day 5: 4th Nov (Wed) - Lamuney, (near Samiti Lake), 4298 m, 3 hours
Today’s walk is fairly short to give you plenty of opportunity to rest before tomorrow’s big day. You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly colored wind-torn prayer flags.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 6: 5th Nov (Thu) – Goeche La  (Pass) and back to Samiti Lake
We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is festooned with brightly colored prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Kanchenjunga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning. We then return to our campsite at Samiti Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 7: 6th Nov (Fri) – Goeche La – Race Day & Celebratory dinner
Today is the big day! After an early breakfast, we set of early in the morning to the base camp for the start of our marathon. The measured distance of the course is 42.195 kms (26.2 miles). (Aid stations are manned at regular intervals, and refreshments, energizers and help can be availed there. The timeout period of the race is 8 hours, for more details please refer here.)

Once you complete the race you can retire to your hotel to rest. Our help desk is there if you require any assistance. Your baggage will only reach late at night so you can collect this in the morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel:

Day 8: 7th Nov (Sat) – End of program
Our program concludes after breakfast. Check out time is 12:00 noon.


Half Marathon

Day 1: 31st Oct (Sat) – Yuksom, 1780 m.
Report to our Yuksom Base Camp. After check in, you will be briefed and handed over your race packet.

Meals: Dinner
Hotel:  

Day 2: 1st Nov (Sun) – Trek to Tshokha, 2946 m. 7 hours
This is a long trekking day and you should expect to be pretty tired by the time you arrive at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented camp or Trekkers Hut

Day 3: 2nd Nov (Mon) – Thangsing, 3639 m. 5-6 hours
Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite, 4,115 m. From here, chortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim make ideal photo-compositions.

Meals: Breakfas, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Trekkers Hut or Tented Camp

Day 4: 3rd Nov (Tue) – Dzongri, 7 hours
A fairly steep climb above Tshoka takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests, and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang. Today we will cover a shorter distance in view of the climb to rarefied air. We are now treading above the 4,000-meter mark. A brief climb beyond brings you to a meadow where we can pitch our tents in a campsite with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 5: 4th Nov (Wed) – Goeche La  (Pass) and back to Samiti Lake
We get an early start today to beat the inclement weather conditions that are common during the latter part of the day. We climb the hill behind the Lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of an empty lake. The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. We cross this under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend a moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. The Goecha La Pass is another hour away. We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is festooned with brightly colored prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Kanchenjunga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning. We then return to our campsite at Samiti Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 6: 5th Nov (Thu) –  Pedang 3483 m, 7 hours
Descending to the Prek Chu, you contour around jungle to emerge at Phedang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 7: 6th Nov (Fri) – Race Day and Celebratory Dinner
The measured distance of the course is 21 kms (13.1 miles). (Aid stations are manned at regular intervals, and refreshments, energizers and help can be availed there. The timeout period of the race is 8 hours, for more details please refer here.)

Once you complete the race you can retire to your hotel to rest. Our help desk is there if you require any assistance. Your baggage will only reach late at night so you can collect this in the morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel:

Day 8: 7th Nov (Sat) – End of program
Our program concludes after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast


Additional details

Stay in available hotel, guest house, hostel on sharing room basis that may / may not involve dormitory basis. Rooms will be allocated on first come first serve basis.

Optional transfer services
For out station participants if you require help for transfer services from Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra Airport please inform us ahead.

IMPORTANT
Please book the earliest flight or train to NJP/Bagdogra as it takes a minimum of 6-7 hours drive to Yuksom. Return flights or train should be booked for the late evening or night accordingly.

General Price and booking information:

  1. All prices are based on room or hostel sharing basis. One person taking a room will need to pay a single supplement.
  2. All prices are based in Indian Rupees.
  3. Last possible day to book the Kanchenjunga Marathon is 15th October 2020.
  4. All participants must bring their original identity card.
  5. All participants should carry two passport sized photos
  6. All the runners must declare that they are in good health and have their own insurance that covers their package period.
  7. The Kanchenjunga Marathon brings its own team of specialized physicians and nurses to assure that every injured participant receives suitable first -aid treatment.


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