Application and selection
Applications for the race in 2013 are now closed. However, the details in this section apply to the 2013 race.
The next race will be held in November 2015. Full details will be available when this web site is updated in October 2014 and there will be an online application form. Applications will be accepted from 1 November 2014. Places are offered on receipt of the application provided that suitable experience has been given. We have received a number of applications from people who have only done road marathons. We do require recent experience of off-road, trail, fell or mountain running.
Number of places
Because of the nature of the trail/course and trekking logistics, the number of places for non-Nepalese runners is limited to 75. We hope there will be about 20 Nepalese runners and possibly a Gurkha team. We also require 10/12 non-runners and allow one companion per runner. These non-runners must be fit enough to complete the trek and prepared to help during the race as marshals or assisting medical staff.
The race is conducted in ENGLISH and all information provided is in English. In the past there have been difficulties with runners who did not speak English and who did not understand important instructions. Any runner who does not speak sufficient English should seriously consider bringing a companion who is more fluent. We can cope with French and German.
When we offer you a place you will be sent a booking form and conditions of booking. You must return the booking form to Bufo Ventures Ltd with a deposit of £300 within 4 weeks of the place offer. See below for payment methods. (Those paying from banks outside the UK should add £6 to cover UK bank charges.) We shall then send you confirmation of booking and a password which allows you to enter the 'Members' section of the web site. This contains full information about the trip. At the beginning of May 2013 you will be sent (by e-mail) further paperwork and forms for completion. If you have to cancel your booking you will lose your £300 deposit.
Insurance which covers trekking and racing is compulsory. This must cover emergency helicopter evacuation, medical treatment in Kathmandu and repatriation. Full details are required by September 2013.
You will have paid a deposit of £300 when you accept your place offer. On 7 September 2013 you will be sent an e-mail with your final invoice showing the balance to be paid including any items ordered or special arrangements required. Full payment is required within 7 days (ie by 14 September).
Payment should be made to Bufo Ventures Ltd in sterling: a) by post with cheque or banker’s draft;b) by BACS: account name Bufo Ventures Ltd, sort code 20-45-28, account number 50221333c) outside the UK by IBAN (GB59 BARC 2045 2850 2213 33) or Swiftbic (BARCGB22 + xxx if 11 characters required): add £6 to cover UK bank charges.