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Batase, Nepal

Nepal Impact Marathon 2024

The original Impact Marathon race.

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Overview

Our new location in Nepal, the village of Batase, is intimate and magical. On this life-changing trip, we work directly with those changing the future of Nepal, and become part of the community. We run tiny but magical trails, which climb up to 2300m of altitude. We touch the lives of thousands. You will never be the same again.

Highlights

01 Immersive Village Life

02 Ultimate Trail Running

03 Powerful Impact

04 Nepali Culture: Nepali Food

01 Immersive Village Life

This is the most intimate village experience we've ever had in Nepal. It’s a long trek into the foothills of the Batase village, but it’s worth it. Oozing peace, tranquility and beauty, this is fast becoming one of our favourite spots to set up camp.

02 Ultimate Trail Running

There's no doubt that Nepal is the mecca of trail running globally. Technical, challenging, and mountainous but rewarding at the same time. Expect trails that run along spectacular ridge lines, before dropping down into the villages, in an attempt to make the course accessible to all and yet challenging at the same time.

03 Powerful Impact

For the 7th Nepal experience, we are bringing together all we have learnt to drive a truly powerful narrative and impact throughout the week. From our time in Kathmandu, to our work in Batase, you will see first hand how we can prevent trafficking, support Gender Equality and create real opportunities for the children of Nepal.

04 Nepali Culture: Nepali Food

Momos, Dal Bhat, Thukpa - these foods may seem unfamiliar to you now, but they will become favourites by the end of our week together. Packed full of flavours and textures, the food in Nepal is full of delicious surprises- we will make sure you have a chance to try everything!

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Race Routes

42km -The Beast of Batase

42km -The Beast of Batase

The Greeks invented the marathon, but Nepal is taking it to the next level. This distance is a brutal battle of man vs nature and will surely be the hardest but most rewarding race of your life. With 2000m of climbing on the trails around Batase, this course is the ultimate test of a runners ability. 

You will be pushed to your limit, you will feel like you can't go on. But when you dig deep, when you keep moving you will earn the right proudly say you conquered The Beast Of Batase.

21km - Mountain Ridge

21km - Mountain Ridge

A unique opportunity to run a simply incredible loop of around Batase village. Make no mistake about it, with over 1000m of climbing this is a course that is for strong runners who can take on these challenging trails. You will take on the Savage Summit as well as some technical descents and a thrilling mountain ridge - it is a true test of your running ability. 

10km - Starter for Ten

10km - Starter for Ten

A 10km race that feels so much further! This is a serious test for any runner. With almost 600m of climbing, finishing this race will feel absolutely amazing. Indeed, it has the hardest hill of all our distances. If this is your first running race it truly will be the best. 

Running with and through the Batase community, this is our most popular route. For the fastest runners in Nepal this will be a competitive and thrilling race.

If you are not a runner, we invite you to hike this course.

Schedule

Since we are travelling to a new home, we will be tweaking this itinerary through the year to be make it as powerful as possible - below is indicative but not exact!

Day 1 - Monday 18 November

Welcome! 

We’ll be meeting in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where we will be staying the first night of our adventure. After your flight arrives in the afternoon, you’ll be whisked to your hotel. Here you’ll get to know your fellow travellers whilst enjoying an evening of amazing Nepali food and start learning more of what you'll be experiencing this week.

To Batase we go!  

After an awesome breakfast, we will be visited by the team from Burns Violence Survivors to share the work they do - the work your fundraising supports. This is tightly knit, beautiful team of passionate advocates who are making a huge impact despite tight resources. 

We have supported them since the very start of our time in Nepal - and are always blown by how far they stretch your fundraising. Over 400 life-saving surgeries have now been funded by our Impact Runners.   After the talk, it's all aboard our bus to Batase. Well, almost... the last 5km is an uphill climb to the village. We will have a truck take all your bags and luggage up as we have some traditional lunch in Melamchi town. Then, it's a good steep trek up to your new home, our pop-up Athlete's Village that looks out over the foothills, and onto the Himalayas. 

Village Life

Today, we will be waking up with a quick running tour of the village to help get your bearings. This is a gently warm-up, acclimatisation run so that you can begin to prepare your lungs and legs for the race ahead. We are camping at 1800m altitude, so you'll have all the week to acclimatise - so don't worry if this first run feels a bit punchy, it gets easier, we promise.

After a run, and breakfast, we will begin our community project work. We will be launching our Project2024 in March as we continue to assess and discuss the best, most powerful project we can sculpt with the community. 

Batase Village

We rise with the sun for another acclimatisation run through the village - it's not uncommon for the school kids to lead the runs. If they do, prepare for some serious off-roading, adventure, and punchy climbs. It's all part of the fun.  

Post-breakfast, it is back out to get stuck into the project work with the community. This may involve a good trek out to the surrounding communities as we spread our Impact across the mountain, and across the race route. There's nothing quite like the conversations, shared over these long walks, as well as those outstanding views, and simply put, a total immersion into a community that you would never visit at any other time, in any other way except through an Impact Marathon.

Down time

The morning will continue the work from Thursday, and a full immersion into the Batase community. From the magical sunrise, the sounds of a village waking up to excitement of another day working in this beautiful place. 

Some of the community members will take you around the village to see the everyday work, and add context to what you see within the school grounds. You'll learn a heck of a lot today.

We will close out by lunch time, ready for your race briefing as the team goes about planning the next day’s events - and welcoming all the local runners coming up from Kathmandu to join us for a spot of camping and running.

Run The Himalayas

The moment has come - race day. We’ll head to the startline together and run as a community in what will be one of the most magical experiences. Get ready for stunning trails and a remarkable finish line moment, as you take the final steps of the hardest race of your life. And at that finish line, we’ll have a huge welcome home for you. 

Post-race, we jump in some vehicles and bounce our way back down. the roads to Melamchi. - a post-race massage, if you will. After a bite of chow mein, we will be headed back to Kathmandu for a good shower, and a bit of a party into the night, you deserve it...

Homecoming

You'll have breakfast at the hotel and then you are free to go! Every single year, those who book morning flights regret it as the runners tend to head into Thamel for a final lunch together and souvenir shopping - so top tip, stay a few hours longer for this. It's a special time for all.

Furthermore, we have organised some incredible Bolt-On Adventures that show you the very best that Nepal has to offer. Just message us once you're registered and we can begin planning an extension that is perfect for you.

Alternatively, and reluctantly, we will let you return home!

What's Included

Accommodation
Food
All in-country transport
Race Entry
Race Shirt & Stash
Shivapuri Park Entry & Guides
Project Visits
Flights
Travel Insurance & Visa
Alcohol, Snacks & Refreshments

Blog

Tue 29 Oct 2019

Kelsang: The unsung hero of Nepal Impact

“The charities that IMS are partnered with are not only receiving a certain amount of funds but also the direct interaction between runners who are donating so they can see where their donation goes, to let them connect with the cause that makes the run all the more special.”

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Fri 20 Oct 2023 · Liza Kershaw

PODCAST: Starting from Zero in Kathmandu

Day 2 of the Impact Sprint: 14 Stories of Heartbeats and Footprints

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Thu 12 Oct 2023 · Nick Kershaw

5 Reasons the Nepal Impact Marathon Is More Than Just a Race

Our original race has always been a beautiful example of how powerful our running can be, and the impact a race can have on the communities we serve.

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Thu 25 May 2023 · Dave Melody

Why Impact Marathons are changing the face of global charity events

Allow us to reintroduce ourselves...

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Sat 21 Oct 2023 · Liza Kershaw

PODCAST: How Just ONE Meeting Changes Everything

In the third episode of "The Impact Sprint: 14 Stories of Heartbeats and Footprints," Nick Kershaw unveils the transformative power of a single meeting.

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Tue 24 Oct 2023 · Liza Kershaw

PODCAST: The Crevasse

Scouting locations during the monsoon season in Nepal is no easy feat! Here's one spectacular story that helped us in building the right team, at exactly the right time.

Reviews

Lauren, Nepal Impact Runner, 2023

I've spent a long time gazing out at the Himalayas this week, trying to find a summary of words to describe just how special this trip has been and I still can't assemble a sentence that does it justice.

Bea, Nepal Impact Runner, 2023

This is your sign to ditch your 5* hotel holiday and book yourself in the next Impact Marathon trip!

JOSH, NEPAL IMPACT RUNNER, 2016 & 2019

I’m not terribly good at swearing…having said that...running in the Himalayas was f****** awesome.

The Impact

The Impact

We aim for all our Impact Runners to smash through at least £1000 of fundraising - this is what brings the Impact Week alive and leaves a lasting legacy in the communities we seek to serve. The Impact Marathon Foundation has the goal of catalysing change and supporting tangible, grassroots organisations with our funds, affirmation and a platform to tell their story In Nepal we have year on year honed our approach to supporting the right charities to tackle the biggest problems. We have blended two very different, small, powerful organisations that tackle Gender Equality from two very different angles to bring the intangible nature of The Global Goals to be relatable, understandable and real for our Impact Runners.

SmartPaani

Water is life. And this year we are bringing back SmartPaani into the Impact Week in response to the core goals of Batase Community. SmartPaani is a social enterprise that installs and maintains sustainable clean water systems. We have one clear goal in 2023: install 10 water systems into all 10 schools in and around our host community. The impact of this work is immediate and exponentially powerful. From our previous projects we know that this one single change lowers water-borne illnesses that smash school attendance during monsoons. Clean water in rural community keeps children in school for longer. It is as simple as that. Your fundraising will have an impact in the short, medium, and long term - you will touch thousands of lives this November..

Burns Violence Survivors

With 56k of burns cases a year and only 2 hospital ward dedicated, this is a powerful project that goes right to the heart of Nepali culture. Not only tackling the care, but the prevention - a huge challenge when faced with the task of tackling domestic abuse and the use of acid in such attacks. Since starting the Nepal Impact Marathon we have funded 15 life-saving surgeries for burns victims, and with your support we can really ramp that up this year. This is not an issue that has easy solutions, it’s not a topic that most larger organisations can prioritise, but someone has to. We love the passion and compassion of this tiny team, with tiny overheads. We love how our funds have the tangible impact of genuinely saving lives, one at a time. Since 2015, our Impact Runners have directly funded over 400 life-saving, and life-changing surgeries. You will be adding to that number, you will be deeply impact lives with every dollar you raise for our friends at BVS Nepal.

FAQs

An Impact Marathon is not just a race. It is a life-changing experience. For one week, you will be taken into the Impact Family, meet people from all over the world united in a movement to change the world for the better, through the power of running.

It is advised to book them in the afternoon on Sunday, due to the long bus ride back from the mountain.

No, there will be a lorry to transport all your belongings. You should carry a day bag with you.

In depth briefing will take place on the Monday, the first day of the week-long event.

International flights, airport transfer, travel insurance, rest day lunch, visa and alcohol/snacks.

Nepal Impact Marathon 2024

Nepal November 18 - 24 2024 6 nights

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