Inaugurational Race has yet to take place: package participants required, dates open
Annapurna Sky Race (17 April)
42 km with 3 climbs, highest point 4000m
Starting in Tukuche the trail crosses the Kali Gandaki river to Chokhopani. A 200 climb and descent back to the riverbed reaveals the summits of Tukuche Peak (6920m) and Dhaulagiri (8127m).This view accompanies the runners to km 12, where the race makes a turn towards Koketati-village.
150m Higher we pass Titi-lake. From Taklung, 2600m the real challenge begins: 1400m climbing leads to a Yak-grazing pasture at 4000m altitude. Nilgiri North (7061m) rising right above the trail. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Dhampus Peak in full profile at the other site of the valley.
Descent through thick Himalayan forest to Chokhopani and crossing the river for the last 250m climb around the apple-orchards of Tukuche.
Finish down town.
Dhaulagiri View Run (16 April)
16 km with 2 climbs, highest point 2800m
Starting in Tukuche with the 250m climb around the apple orchards.
Descend to the North-east end of "town". From here the trail is identical to the 42 km run. 1,5km following the jeep-road (closed for the event). Crossing over the suspension bridge to Chokhopani and climbing through the forest to 2800m while enjoying spectaculair views of Tukuche Peak (6920m) and Dhaulagiri (8127m).
Descent to Sauru where the run returns through the riverbed to finish in Tukuche.
Tukuche Vertical (15 April)
1000 m altitude over 4 km distance, start in Tukuche, finish at 3600 m.
We are three enthousiastic partners:
*Purna & Patrick from Tukuche, Nepal. P&P have been running the High Plains Inn (www.highplainsinn.com) since 1998. Purna is the driving force behind many social projects in Tukuche and takes care for the daily management of the lodge. Patrick is an allround sports man, who enjoys a daily mixture of spiritual and sporty activities. One of them being the organisation of the Annapurna Sky Race.
*Meike & Gerard from Norway. Meike is a sports teacher and works as manager with Sk Vidar in Oslo. Being the main backbone of Annapurna Sky race, she runs pretty good herself. As Gerard, her husband does. Gerard is the running professor and works, when he has time left, at the Norwegian Geografic Institute. Both of them are very well known in Norway, especially when they hit the track with their kids in the racing cart.
*MudSweatTrails from the Netherlands runs, promotes, organises (www.mudsweattrails.nl)