Who doesn’t love an endurance challenge? We invite you to try your hand at something listed below. Send us a link to your trip report when you are done and we will add you to the finisher list!  The goal for these is usually to move as fast as possible – but safety and fun should come first. We ask that all participants follow the principals outlined in Peter Bakwin’s Fastest Known Time site in terms of documenting their attempt.

Our Challenges

  • Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail
    • In November 10th, 2018 Jimi Oostrum finished the challenge in 39 hours, supported by a team of trackers Mahesh Dahal and pacers Raj, Simon and Stine Heiselberg. Nice job Jimi! Reported by Richard McCabe.
      Jimi on the trail, photo by Richard McCabe
      • On March 12th, 2018 a group of three (Simon, Jocelyn and Raj Pradhan) completed a circumnavigation of 102 miles in 38 hours.  The effort was reported and followed via the Trailmandu FB group.
      • Lizzy Hawker in March 2016, accompanied for parts but otherwise self-supported. Added some distance to what Seth Wolpin had done prior by going out to closer to Dhulikhel. 35h39m22s.  Proboard Report
      • HAL co-founder Seth Wolpin, completed the first continuous, documented push around the KVRT in November, 2015. His attempt was written-up  in the Nepali Times: “Just running around: Two days, 172km and one American university professor.” He was paced for most of last 24 hours but otherwise self-supported in 49:55 hours: Planning Post | Trip Report | Proboard Report. 
  • Annapurna Circuit
    • Start in Besisahar – finish in Naya Pul and follow New Annapurna Trekking Trails.
      • Leuteris Paraskeuas of 2d20h22m (68:22). Solo, self-supported, route unclear except starting/finishing in Besi to Nayapul.  Report on Trail Running Nepal.
      • November, 2017: Women’s Solo Self-Supported FKT: Suzanne (Sunny) Stroeer  in 3 days, 23 hours and 39 minutes. Besisahar to Naya Pul. Details published here.
        • Patricia Franco and Taylor in fall 2016. Pair self-supported from Besi to Nayapul. Went around in ‘four days, fourteen hours, and 45 minutes’  (110:45 hours) Trip Report | Proboard Report
      • Seth Wolpin in 2014 solo self-supported from Besi to Nayapul following New Annapurna Trekking Trails including northern alternative route from Muktinath to Kagbeni: 72:04 hours. Trip Report |Proboard Report
  • Manaslu Circuit
    • Start in Arragat and finish in Besi-Sahar.
      • Pair self-supported Sudeep Kandel and Seth Wolpin 2015, 86:40hrs. Trip Report

Other Challenges/Craziness of Interest

If you know of a cool challenge we should be listing here, please let us know!