May 13 , 2016
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing 1st TAAN Langtang-Gosainkunda Half Marathon 2016' on 29th of May on the occasion of its 38th Establishment Day.
The event is being organized to disseminate the message that Langtang-Gosainkunda region, which was hit hard by the earthquakes of 2015, has bounced back and now receiving tourists as usual. The race will begin from the sacred Gosainkunda Lake and goes downhill through Lauribina, Cholangpati, Chandanbari and Deurali before concluding at Dhunche – the district headquarters of Rasuwa.
The half-marathon, which is open to athletes above 18 years of age, will have two categories – men and female. Winners, first runners-up and second runners-up in both the categories will take home medals, certificates and cash prize of Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively.
Interested participants can register their name at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun and TIMS Counter in Satghumti, Thamel. Similarly, participants can register their name by visiting TAAN website – www.taan.org.np. Registration fee has been fixed at Rs 5,000 per person which covers two-way transport, all meals and accommodation. TAAN plans to announce the event in time in coming years so as to ensure participation of professional athletes from both and abroad in the event.
May 27 – Kathmandu-Dhunche-Chandanbari (Overnight at lodges, tents)
May 28 – Chandanbari-Gosainkunda Lake (Overnight at lodges, tents)
May 29 – Race Flag Off: 7 am from Gosainkunda Helipad
– Closing Ceremony: 11 am, Dhunche
– Lunch: 1 pm
– Departure to Kathmandu: 3 pm
Apart from half-marathon, TAAN is also organizing a short trek in the Langtang-Gosainkunda region for media persons. The main reason behind organizing this trek is to let journalists see the real situation of the Langtang-Gosainkunda region themselves. This will enable them to disseminate message through their respective media that the area is safe like other tourists destinations of the country.
TAAN also plans to award the 'best news report' of the event with a cash prize of Rs 10,000.
Himalayan Cummunity Project is providing medical support to the event while Langtang, Gosainkunda, Helambu Hotels Concern Committee is the logistics partner.