Join us for the Virtual Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race
The Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race has been described as the most spectacular running course in the world! During the race, views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga (4 out of 5 of the world’s highest peaks) are visible.
The race is organised by Himalayan Run & Trek, led by the infamous Race Director Mr Pandey. The race consists of five daily stages of 24 – 20 – 26 – 13 – 17 miles covered by either walking or running the distances. The route can be brutal in parts with significant hills the norm – particularly on Day 1, with the finish line at an altitude of almost 12,000 ft!
Nice Work are long time supporters and friends of the race, having travelled to India a number times with groups of runners to complete the event.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the 2020 trip due to corona virus.
The loss of the race isn’t just felt by those who were due to take part. The event provides employment and opportunities for a significant number of people in the mountains – and schools and villages along the route will suffer an economic blow this year.
So, we have decided that we’ll try and recreate the event and, whilst doing so, provide some hope for those most affected by our non participation.
So, we have launched the Virtual Himalayan 100 Mile Stage race.
Are you ready to take on the challenge?
You don’t need to complete the distance in five days – use as many sessions as you like to run, walk or cycle 100 miles. For those who are still shielding, you can complete the sessions indoors on a treadmill, bicycle or rowing machine.
The challenge officially starts on September 19th – and will end on December 31st, giving you plenty of time to complete the distance.
All race participants will receive our amazing Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race medal.
25% of race income will be donated to our friends in India via Himalayan Run & Trek.
About the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race
The race takes place in the Darjeeling area of India, with the route mainly following the border of India and Nepal in the North-East Himalayan ranges. Participants from countries all over the world take part. The race is known to be one of the world’s most challenging and toughest endurance events with ‘AAA’ rating – it is also the world’s most eco friendly marathon event.
The course traverses the vast tea gardens, isolated jungles and small villages of the area. The scenery is simply stunning, the people wonderful – the phrase once in a lifetime can sometimes be bandied around without too much thought – but a stay in the Himalayas is truly a once in a lifetime experience. You will also have an opportunity for a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Kachenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu - four of the five highest peaks in the world. The race trail is extremely beautiful and it offers a rare opportunity to enjoy the cold breezes that hover around the rhododendron forests which holds more than four thousand types of flowering plants and three hundred varieties of rare ferns. We have seen red pandas, bears – in 2015 a rare Bengal tiger was spotted on the race route!
Want to recreate the race route?
For those of you who would like to experience the event, this is the itinerary for
the live race.
Day 1 (24 miles).
Up at 5.30 for a 2 hour drive to Maneybhanyjang (6600 ft) for the start of the Race at 7:30. After a Tibetan ceremony blessing all participants, runners proceed 24 miles to Sandakphu (11815 ft) along the road which forms the boundary between India and Nepal.
Today is by far the most difficult of the five stages. The course is largely uphill with a number of flat stretches and the occasional downhill bit!
Day 2 (20 miles).
Most people are up and about at 5 am for the panoramic sunrise views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. These four mountains are the highest in the world. Sandakphu National Park is the only place in the world where 4 of the 5 highest mountains can be seen at one time. Today’s stage begins at 6.30. This is an out and back day to Molle following a well marked jeep track. You may see yaks, wild horses, and the small Red Panda today.
Day 3 (26.4 miles).
Today’s stage is also the day of the Everest Challenge Marathon. The race starts at 6.30 and the course retraces the previous days' 10 miles to Molle, before continuing to Phulet (11380 ft) where it turns, returning to Molle before turning down hill toward Rimbik. At Molle, the jeep track stops and the trail gets steeper and becomes a grid of ruts, some several feet deep. Runners pick their own line and speed for the next few miles. As the trail drops 4,000 feet, the treeless ridge line is replaced by dense tropical vegetation and beautiful flowers.
As you reach the lower levels, you pass through wonderful villages with equally wonderful villagers! With no roads, they see few foreigners passing this way. After crossing the river, the trail becomes more populated with the houses of farmers until reaching Rimbik (6350 ft).
Day 4 (13 miles).
The hill village of Rimbik is located at the end of a rough, but paved road. There is very little traffic on the road so this day will favour road runners more than trail runners. Starting time is 9.00 am. Initially, there is a big downhill to 4975 feet, then flat above the river, until starting a climb which takes us to Palmajua at 6560 feet.
Day 5 (17 miles).
Starting at 6.30, runners return to Palmajua by bus to start where they finished the previous day. After the start, runners continue uphill through lush vegetation and large pine trees. After cresting the hill, the scenery is beautiful along a gradual downhill road to the finish of the Stage Race in Manebhanjang (6600 ft).
If the idea of taking part in the Himalaya 100 Mile Stage Race, Nice Work hopes to return with a group in October 2021 and you can request details here.
And you can find out more about the race by visiting the Himalaya 100 Mile Stage Race website here.
It's easy to take part. Simply enter the Challenge and we’ll send you a logbook to record your distance. Then return the completed logbook to us by email at the end of the Challenge and we’ll send you your exclusive Himalayan 100 Virtual Challenge bespoke medal.