I’m a first time runner can I still take part?
Absolutely. This is a community race, you are running with others, for others. If you need to walk then walk, take in the sights, enjoy the atmosphere, this is about the power of running not the power of a fast time. There are three distances to choose from (10km, 21km and 42km) so you can choose the race that best suits you. When you take on the challenge, forget about your split times and revel in that finishing line feeling, however long it takes!
What if I am unable to finish the race?
We will give each marathon runner 8 hours to complete the course. This equates to running at 18 minutes per mile. At this time we will collect any runners who are still out on the course and bring them back to HQ with plenty of water and hugs. If at any point you wish to stop, just make it to the next aid station to inform one of our marshals or, if you want to stop right there, let a fellow runner know to inform a marshal. There will be marathon staff roving the course to ensure everyone’s ok and we'll have qualified medical staff around the course too.
Are there water stations along the way?
Water stations are roughly every 5 kms although on the 21km and 42km routes there is a longish section where there is no water available so we would strongly recommend running with a Camelbak or something similar. Water stations and food stations will be stocked with water and bananas. If you have particular energy bars and drinks that you love then bring them along with you. Needless to say, the shops of Nepal are not stocked up on those tasty Rhubarb & Custard Torq energy gels! We advise runners to wear a hat and carry water and nutrition with them - it’s a tough course with little shade after all.
Will there be medical support?
We have partnered with the heroes at Exile Medics to ensure your safety. We aren’t exaggerating here - these guys are fully qualified doctors working in the UK, they use their own holiday time and pay their way to be involved in the experience.
What will the weather be like in race week?
It's always a bit difficult to predict the weather but November is a fantastic time to visit Nepal because the chance of rain is next to zero and visibility for mountain views is nigh on perfect! Average daytime temperatures are around 15C but it gets chilly at night (especially up at the Athletes' Village which is at 2000m) so bring warm clothes for the evenings.
Can you cater for specific dietary requirements?
We're sure we can. We're used to catering for veggies, vegans and people with intolerances. Just let us know your requirements and we'll make sure you're well looked after.
Will I have time to sightsee?
Our Impact Week is jammed-full of activities, project visits and hands-on volunteering (not forgetting training runs, yoga and the small matter of a marathon race) so if you're planning to see more of Kathmandu and Nepal, you should definitely add on some extra time either before or after Impact week. Even a couple of days would give you the chance to see the main tourist sites in Kathmandu. If you have the luxury of time, we've got loads of options for you to choose from. Exploring Kathmandu in a day, our favourite Langtang Valley 8 day trek or take on the epic challenge of reaching Everest Base Camp! Check out our add-on options in the Packages section of the website.
Do I need a visa?
Almost everyone who visits Nepal requires a visa. And you'll almost certainly need at least 6 months left on your passport. Depending on your nationality, you can either get a visa at your local embassy before arriving into Nepal or you can pick up your visa at the airport on arrival into Kathmandu. 15, 30 and 60-day visas are available on arrival. We recommend you check with your local Nepali Embassy or your Foreign Office website to get the latest news though as entry requirements can change at short notice. It's your responsibility to make sure you have the right documents to travel to Nepal.
Do I need travel insurance?
YES! Do not even think about stepping on that plane without it. We’ve made this nice and easy though as we have teamed up with Sports Cover Direct so that you are fully covered for the Nepal Impact Marathon (the package is specifically designed for your activities with us as it’s rare to find standard travel insurance cover you for a full marathon). Contact us for more information. All our packages are covered and regulated by ‘ABTOT’ through our partner Inspire Ventures Limited. However, as stated above, it is obligatory for you to arrange your own personal travel insurance. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
Is there electricity at the Athletes' Village?
There won't be electricity in the tents but we will make sure there's somewhere you can charge your cameras, phones etc. Power cuts are common in Nepal so don't become too reliant on your gadgets - just in case!
The voltage in Nepal is 220v/50Hz like in the UK. The electrical sockets in Nepal are one of two types: the most common being the European two-pin plug and also in some places the Indian three-pin plugs is also used. To ensure you are prepared for both of these possible sockets in Nepal we recommend that you purchase a universal travel adaptor.
Will I need vaccinations?
Unfortunately we can't answer this question as we're not medically trained so you should visit your GP or seek professional medical advice ideally at least 6 weeks prior to travel, regarding the vaccinations required for Nepal. The following websites provide some useful information: National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org/travel/index.htm Fit for travel: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx
When should I book my flights?
You should arrange your flights to arrive into Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) on day one of our Impact Week unless you plan to arrive early. If you arrive on Day 1 we'll make sure you're met at the airport and taken to our starting point hotel. We recommend that you arrive as early in the day as possible to give you time to settle in before our welcome party. For your return flights, bear in mind that the Athletes' Village is about two hours from the airport so don't book too early on the final day otherwise it will be a VERY early start for you!
Is there a minimum fundraising amount?
We feel that this is up to you to decide. Our average Impact Runner raises just over £1000, so that is a great place to start. We'd like you to raise as much as possible of course though, as the projects we are working with will be able to make big differences through your hard work. And don't forget, you'll get to spend some time with the very projects you are fundraising for. It's not often you see exactly where your charity money is going.
Can I join for part of the week?
We hope that everyone can join us for the entire week. Seeing the Impact of your fundraising by visiting the projects and joining together for a community project is what makes our events different and special. We do, however, understand that not everyone can spare a whole week. Although we cannot offer a price discount, it may be possible for you to still join us - feel free to contact us to discuss options.