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March 29, 2023

Conquer the Ultimate Challenge: Rara Ultra Marathon in Nepal

File Photo: Karnali Sports Club

Are you interested in ultra-running and looking for an adventurous opportunity to explore one of the most remote and beautiful places in the world? If so, here is the opportunity to join the Rara Ultra Marathon in Nepal, which will be held on April 24th this year.

The competition will begin at Jumla headquarters Khalanga and end at Rara Lake in Mugu, which is located above 2500 meters. This event is being organized to honor world record runner Hari Bahadur Rokay and to promote sports tourism in Karnali. The distance of the competition is 49 km, starting from the courtyard of Bhairavanath Temple in Chandannath and ending at Rara Lake, a pristine and remote lake located at an altitude of 2,990 meters in Mugu district. It is surrounded by beautiful forests and snow-capped mountains. The lake is also home to various species of flora and fauna.

dolpo culture
Dolpo culture

According to district president Saroj Shahi of Karnali Sports Club, this event has been successfully organized for the past three years and has attracted around 300 to 400 participants from various parts of Nepal and the world. Participants from 18 districts of Nepal, as well as the UK, Netherlands, India, Italy, and America, have previously taken part last year. This year, it is estimated that around 2000 participants will join the competition.

Cash prizes, medals, and certificates will be awarded to the top 28 runners in various categories. “The winner of the marathon, male and female, will receive Rs 100,000 each, while the second and third runners-up will receive Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively,” said Shahi

In addition, there will be a short running competition of five kilometers for students, with prizes for the top three winners. There will also be a five-kilometer race for civil servants, traders, and industrialists, as well as a one-kilometer race for children, with attractive prizes for the top three winners.

The Karnali Sports Club estimates that the tournament will cost around Rs. 2.2 million. The event is being organized with the aim of continuing this competition and promoting sports tourism in the region.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful and remote places in the world while also participating in a thrilling ultra marathon. We hope to see you at the Rara Ultra Marathon in Nepal on April 24th.

About the Karnali Region

Rara Lake

The Karnali region is located in the western part of Nepal and is one of the most remote and least explored regions in the country. Despite its remote location, it has a lot to offer to adventurous travelers seeking to experience the rugged natural beauty and cultural richness of Nepal.

One of the biggest attractions of the Karnali region is its diverse and stunning natural landscapes. The region is home to the Karnali River, which is one of the longest and largest rivers in Nepal. The river flows through deep gorges and scenic valleys, making it a popular destination for rafting and kayaking enthusiasts. The region is also home to the Rara Lake, the largest lake in Nepal and a popular spot for trekking and camping.

The region is also known for its cultural heritage. The region is home to various ethnic groups, including the Thakuri, Chhetri, Brahmin, and Magar communities, each with its unique traditions and customs. Visitors can explore the ancient temples, monasteries, and shrines in the region, which offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the area.

Lower dolpo
Lower Dolpo

The region is also a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The region is home to several rare and endangered species, including the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and red panda.


We invite you to share your personal experiences of exploring the Nepali mountains. If you have hiked, climbed, or trekked through any of the breathtaking mountain regions in Nepal, we would be delighted to hear about your journey. Please send us a detailed account of your experiences, including any challenges, highlights, and memorable moments with photos, and we will provide a platform for you to share your story. You can reach us at highlightstourism@gmail.com. Thank you for considering sharing your Nepali mountain adventure with us.

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