Steps to join the Manaslu Trail race

These are the steps you need to follow to join the Manaslu Trail Race.

1. Enquire

The pre-registration form is here. Check the itinerary, the fees, feedback from other runners first. If you feel the Manaslu Trail Race is for you, then fill the form and submit the information about your running experience, and any questions / queries you may have, and will invite you to complete the final registration form.

2. Register

We’ll send you a link to complete registration and deposit payment after successful pre-registration.

3. Book your flight

You need to arrive on Saturday 10th November or earlier. The earliest day you should plan to leave is Friday 23rd November, though we would recommend booking a day or so later so that you can enjoy Kathmandu’s strange and wonderful sights. If you’ve booked your flight, please add your flight details here.

4. Arrange insurance

You should ensure that your insurance covers hiking at altitude (up to 5,135m) plus cover for helicopter evacuation. It is many days by trail and road to reach a well-functioning hospital, should it be necessary, making helicopter the preferred, though of course hopefully unnecessary, option. Some suggestions here. Please add your insurance details here via the form. this is obligatory!

5. Send a passport scan and photo

In order to process the paperwork for the permit Manaslu and the Annapurna Conservation Area, we need a scan of the biodata page of your passport, and an electronic passport photograph which we can print for the permits (we need 4 in total). For the latter,  just email a photo of yourself that conforms to passport rules – white background, well lit, head and shoulders in view, picture taken from eye level etc. Here’s the form to upload them. Deadline is 11th October.

6. Accommodation requirements

Let us know if you prefer a single room in Kathmandu so we can try to manage it on a first ask, first served basis. A single supplement of €100 will apply. We’ll also try to match like minded people when sharing. Let us know if you wish to share with someone specifically. Also please inform us if you will need extra days booking in Kathmandu (we can book and you pay on check out). We can suggest other hotels in Kathmandu to stay before and after the race to give you a range of experiences in different areas of the city, though we ask you to contact them directly for rates, availability and bookings.

7. Dietary needs

If you have allergies, or can’t eat certain types of foods, please let us know by filling in the Food Form.

8. Medical

We use a comprehensive online form, which is quick and easy to use. The results are sent directly to our race medic. Here’s the link to the medical questionnaire which is hosted on our trailrunningnepal.org site.

9. Packing

Practice packing your portered/carried bag. Check the equipment list. Keep your packing to the essentials only and under 10kg, as our porter/mule support team also have to cover the route you run, but carrying those bags…. Less is more. Consider wearing a merino wool base-layer to avoid armpit issues.

10. Sign the disclaimer

Before you run, we’ll need to ask you to sign a disclaimer form. You can do this online here: Manaslu Trail Race waiver form

11. On arrival…

Tourist visa You can buy a tourist visa on arrival. Information is here. You need one passport photo (or passport photocopy) and $25 or $40 depending on how long you will stay (15 days, 30 days). And a pen to fill the visa application form. (There are automated machines in the arrivals hall, but they might not all be working).

We will be there to collect you at the airport, so no need to worry about local currency or taxi drivers.

More information on our FAQs.

Japanese version

Looking for a stage race?

Looking for a stage race in April? Try the Mustang Trail Race. 14th April 2018 on the dry trails hidden behind the Himalayas. This is the sister race to the Manaslu Trail Race. Take a look! mustangtrailrace.com.