Race #5 – Pilot Baba Trail Running Race

Your first visit to Pilot Baba Mandir!

Date: July 22, 2017
Entry deadline: Thursday 20 July


YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THIS ONE. This will be almost the first trail race conducted on the Surya Vinayak trails in Kathmandu Valley. To the east corner of Kathmandu this time, close to Bhaktapur so that you can go find some dal bhat and Juju Dhau after the race.

Images from the course

Course overview

The route spans from urban to rural in the hills rising behind Surayabanayak mandir. The start point is a 10 minute walk from Suryabanayak bus stop on the Bhaktapur road. You can visit Surayabanayak temple after the race if you like.
After a short section of road (take care) then climb into the jungle on a possibly slippery trail. The trail becomes very thin so fast running will end with you falling. The trail ends with you climbing steeply to meet a road. It becomes much easier. Follow the road for X km to a popular picnic place. You can see Pilot Baba temple which you are about to climb to. There is a slow steady climb on a good trail to the temple which becomes road – take care for vehicles. There is a check point here inside the temple, the fee is included. Take care for pilgrims. Don’t knock them over.
Follow the trail to the right up hill after the temple. It soon joins a ridge with much building work. Continue on the road to the end of the ridge and look for the right turn downhill. Enjoy the views. Keep left at a junction to climb steep up to small houses. Pass the yellow house and take care on narrow trails. After a short time you join a small road which continues down into the village. Look for a turn to the left off the main trail on to the old trail. Stay on small trails through fields – take care not to fall off the trail. There is a 1.5m drop as you walk along a field edge. Flowers here.
Continue into a small river and climb out after a cow on to the fields. Reach the road and descent just 10 or 20 m before a stiff climb which will feel hard after so much downhill running. Follow the red mud road before it descends on the old pilot baba trail to the bottom of the valley.
From here it is going to be some fast and flat running on trails and jeep track after a short uphill from the junction. After passing the army camp, it’s only 100m to the road – take care for cars and stay on right side. At the Y junction, follow left to the finish.

Course from above

Course profile

Fly the route

Map files / links

GPX File  KML FILE  Route on Google maps

How to get there

GPS Location: 27.66281, 85.41669 >

All roads lead to Bhaktapur, luckily. You need to go 90% of the way and stop at Suryabinayak bus stop. We hope the race can start and finish here: http://springdale.edu.np/contactus.html




Start location


6:30 am

Tea & biscuits served

6:45 am

Bib collection and late registration

7:30 am

Start of the 15 kmLater start due to time to reach start area.

8:00 am

Start of the fun race


Registration period

Registration opens Early bird discount finishes Registration closes
Wednesday 5 July Sat 8 July, 6:00 pm Thursday 20 July

Cost to enter

Registration fee includes your chest number & pins, water at start finish & checkpoint(s), checkpoint energy food like bananas & biscuits, recovery soup or snack, certificates, badges, medals for winners!!!

NB:1. Morning Tea/Coffee and tasty cookies
2. Funky personalised Race Number and pins
3. Well marked and bit cleared trails for directions and safety
4. Well stocked checkpoints with Children's favorite chocolates, cookies, good quality bananas, water, glucose, first aid kit and hopefully happy cheerleaders to cheer the trudging runners
6. Medical personals and finishing point first aid facility
7. Finisher badges as souvenirs
8. Certificates with time and ranks
9. Photographers to capture your glorious moments
10. Recovery food- healthy local nutritious lentil soup or thukpa or channa. If we are racing in a special place with local speciality ,will try to serve you the speciality.
11. Medals and goody giveaways for the winners
12. Adventure, fun, fitness and community

Special pricing on/off: 1

Period Non-Nepali Locals Local students
Early Bird
Late entry

Fun run cost to enter

Period Non-Nepali Locals Local students

Please pay at one of the payment location in the city before the race.


Questions & answers

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