Kathmandu: The world’s toughest high-altitude trail race begins from today. Annapurna Treks and Expedition Pvt Ltd in association with Grands Space of Spain is organizing the ninth Everest Trail Race from DhapPatale of Solukhumbu district.
Managing Director at Annapurna Treks, Mr. Kami Sherpa said that the ninth edition of the world’s toughest high-altitude trail race will start from the altitude of 2,700m and will go through Solukhumbu’sChyangsar, Solukhumbu district’s Pikey, Namche, Tengboche before culminating in Lukla at an altitude of 4,070 meters on November 15.
Sherpa said that total numbers of 45 runners are participating in Everest Trail Race (ETR) which covers at least 172km that includes three Nepalis, all from 12 different countries. The top three athletes in both men and women categories will receive 1,000 Euros, 750 Euros, and 250 Euros respectively.
Since 2011 Annapurna Treks has been organizing the race. Five decades ago, Tenzing Norge Sherpa and Edmund Hillary preserve the route while climbing the Mt Everest.
“ETR is a freestyle race. Runners will reach the highest point of the entire ETR, the Pikey Peak (4,068 m), from where one can see the most spectacular peaks in the world, like Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, and Mt Makalu, among others. All participants have passed technical and medical checks before moving to the start of the race.”-Sherpa said.
“The ETR has compelled to change the earlier route that starts from Ramechhap’s BamtiBhandar due to haphazard construction of rural roads along the trail route. The ETR would also help promote the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign”-he added.