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- RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011 will start on the 20 November. It is a 7-day, 6-Stage, 250 kilometer, self-supported endurance foot race.
- It is part of the roving race series which moves to a new location each year. Nepal is the fourth roving race – the previous locations were Vietnam, Namibia and Australia. In 2012 the roving race will take place in Jordan in May.
- Two hundred competitors from more than 35 countries will take part in RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011.
- The host city for RacingThePlanet: Nepal is Pokhara . Until the end of the 1960’s Pokhara was only accessible by foot. The first road was completed in 1968 (Siddhartha Highway).
- The course is in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountain range surrounding Pokhara.
- The maximum altitude reached will be 3,200 meters / 10,500 feet.
- Total elevation gain across the full course is 9,000 meters / 29,500 feet
- Total elevation loss across the full course is 9,700 meters / 31,800 feet.
- Each stage will have an overall elevation gain of approximately 1,500 meters / 5,000 feet.
- The climate is sub-tropical but due to the elevation the temperatures are moderate. During the day you can expect temperatures between 25-35 °C / 77-95°F, but at night it could get as cold as 0°C / 32°F.
- Ryan Sandes, the only person to have won all 4 Deserts will taking part in Nepal.
- Roughly 77% of the competitors are male and 23% are female.
- RacingThePlanet: Nepal is a self-supported race; competitors must carry everything they need for the seven days on their back. The average backpack will weigh 9 kilograms / 20 pounds.
- Competitors are required to pass through up to 30 checkpoints throughout the seven-day event before crossing the finish line.