Why the stage 2 gpx track shows a rollercoaster

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For those who’ve done the Manaslu Trail Race already, who raised their eyebrows at the elevation profile for the trail race’s second stage, from Dhoban to Deng, here is an explanation. Firstly, see the profile below. It looks like the course involves mountaineering! There is a sudden height change of 670m / 2200ft in less […]

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An insight into climbing Manaslu

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Every year runners in the Manaslu Trail Race look up at Manaslu from the hotel roof in Samagaun, and consider what climbing the mountain above them must be like. We’ll send them this article. Not as a chronological and exhaustive explanation, but more for its evocation of walking at the edge of potential death, in […]

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Welcoming Mimmi Kotke and Ida Nilsson to the 2023 race.

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The Manaslu Trail Race is always blessed with interesting people joining its start line. Despite a common interest of running, there is a diversity of experience in life that is fun to share. Occasionally we’re graced with running talents that have reached the top of their game. They include in recent years Holly Page, Ragna […]

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Ultrarunning Himalaya: 9 days of pain at the Manaslu Trail Race

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Reposted from a report by Nina Koch, a DYNAFIT Athlete, in 2018 on the Dynafit website. Don’t let this report put you off! Nina contracted a stomach bug and suffered greatly during the first four stages of the race and never felt at full power apart from on stage 1. This is not a common […]

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[article] Mountain of the Spirit

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Reposted from a feature in Sidetracked Magazine. Written by Lily Dyu. Published July 25, 2016. At 4,000m, the sun was penetrating, loosening rock and ice. Gleaming chains of peaks ran in every direction and faded into the horizon. Above me, a raptor floated on thermals, silhouetted against the blue, whilst below me, glacial lakes were […]

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[interview] Is this race for you? Participant Virginia Bird gives her view.

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With huge mountains left and right, talk of ‘thin air’ and remoteness, a many people are hesitant about considering participating in the Manaslu Trail Race. In order to help you gauge the standard of runners, we’re going to interview a few past runners, so that you can see what they have done in the past, […]

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Post race add on!

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Who is interested to join a recce fastpack starting when the (other) Manaslu trail participants drive out from Tilje to Besisahar? Yes you miss out on immediate post event urban creature comforts, award ceremony and the possibility of leisurely farewells, but if another, and even more challenging week in the mountains appeals to you, this […]

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How would you train differently?

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We asked the competitors in the feedback form how they would have trained differently for this stage race. Here’s a summary of what they said: More hills! The main feedback was more hill training, both ascending and descending. It’s the Himalaya after all, and there is a huge amount of elevation change in this terrain. […]

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2020 trail stage race has been cancelled

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The 2020 Manaslu Trail Race has been cancelled due to the situation of the coronavirus pandemic. It is immensely disappointing for the international participants, the young local runners due to join us for a great learning opportunity, and for the staff who work so hard but very much look forward to the event every year […]

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2019 race medics

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We take two or three race medics to support the Manaslu Trail Race. Here’s a message from Ryan Himmelsbach from USA who will be joining us! My name is Ryan Himmelsbach. I am originally from Pennsylvania, and am currently a third year emergency medicine resident physician from the Northshore/Long Island Jewish Emergency Medicine program at […]

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Manaslu base camp trail

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Every year we take a kind of survivors photo but before the race has finished! The location is the reason. Here we are at Birendra lake, which is the pro-glacial lake collecting the meltwater below Manaslu. The day before we take the Manaslu Base Camp trail to a height of about 4600m way above this […]

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Handheld video 2018

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Here’s a video shot from a handheld GoPro from a trail runner in the Manaslu Trail Race 2017, Max. It shows all of the aspects of his experience that meant something to him, from the running, to the downtime, the traveling in Nepal, the altitude – the whole package summed up in 5 minutes! He […]

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Photos of Manaslu Trail Race 2017

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This year at the Manaslu Trail Race we were lucky to have a pro-photographer along with us, Anuj Adhikary. Click the image below to browse the photos on Flickr, stage by stage. Soon, when time permits, we’ll will make a selection of 30 images good for a slideshow… until then, enjoy the pictures! The link […]

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FAQs – Answers from 2016 participants

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We get a lot of questions from enquiring and aspiring Manaslu runners and the answers can vary greatly from person to person. So we asked our 2016 cohort of runners for their input. Their answers are slighted edited for clarity, but the sentiment is the same. OVERALL: How was your experience – the highs and […]

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