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Event Info

General information
The Kanchenjunga Marathon is a unique opportunity for runners from India and around the world to run with local Sikkimese through mountainous region.

The various races take place in the Kanchenjunga National Park, base camp of the third highest peak in the world and India’s highest peak, and offer runners stunning vistas of mountains, rivers and valleys and will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran the Kanchenjunga Marathon, the world’s most spectacular heritage marathon.

The first eco-friendly “green” marathon took place in 2015; the Event aspires to become a full member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) in 2017, before the 4th edition, thus becoming a key stop on the global marathon calendar!

Participants will receive
Participants will receive a race packet that will contain your program details, race route map, race number bib, a marathon t’shirt and a hat.


Rules & Regulations


  • 1.1 This is a 26.2 mile/42K and a 13.1 mile/21K running event. Participants are allowed to walk or run only. We request that you run at least half of the total marathon course in order to make the cut off times.
  • 1.2 The briefing for all runners is compulsory. This meeting will take place at Yuksom. You will be given your race packet after the briefing. Any additional details will be given via email.
  • 1.3 Once registered, participants will not be given a refund of their entry fee, under any circumstances.
  • 1.4 All runners must be at least 18 years on event day.
  • 1.5 All runners will hike to the starting line area accompanied by the Kanchenjunga Marathon guide/s and staff. Please refer to marathon itinerary.
  • 1.6 Family and friends will hike with runner’s upto a certain point and then hike back to Yuksom where they can view /greet runners completing the race.
  • 1.7 Runners are allowed to take support only from official aid stations, race personnel, or from other participants. You are not allowed to leave items on the side of the road to be picked up along the way.
  • 1.8 Runners are not allowed to litter or leave personal items along the route. If you must discard trash or personal items, please do so at official aid stations.
  • 1.9 No runner may be on the course during the race if he/she has not registered for the race, unless approved by the organizing committee.
  • 1.10 The start line will be on a narrow trek trail. You may position yourself on the start line as you wish.
  • 1.11 The aid stations along the event route will be 3-6K apart and will have water, bananas and Coke. You will need to bring a means to carry fluids and any additional food choices of your preference during the event.
  • 1.12 First Aid services will be available at the finish line as well as on roving course Marshals.
  • 1.13 Cut off time at the finish line is 8 hours from the start line.
  • 1.14 Our awards ceremony and celebration dinner will be the evening after the race, at Yuksom. The specific time will be announced at the pre-race briefing.
  • 1.15 Participants are allowed to use, wear or carry a headset, radio, headphones, personal audio device, but for your safety, we advise against it. Participants are allowed to bring their mobile phone.
  • 1.16 At the end of the race, results will not be announced until all the checklists are cross-checked and verified by the Chief Marshal.
  • 1.17 Race numbers must be worn on the front of the runner at all times.
  • 1.18 Race numbers must not be altered in any way except at the finish line when a race official will take the bottom tear tag off of your race number. Please allow them to do so.
  • 1.19 No participant, after leaving the course, shall be allowed to rejoin the race either for the purpose of gaining a place or to pace or to assist another participant.
  • 1.20 A hands-on medical examination during the progress of an event by officially designated medical personnel shall not be considered outside assistance and will not result in disqualification if participant is deemed medically fit to continue.
  • 1.21 Participants are responsible for recognizing and understanding event signage, symbols and colors relating to participant maps, facilities and direction.
  • 1.22 Event officials reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race due to inclement weather or severe emergencies.
  • 1.23 There will be intermittent and undisclosed check points along the course where you will check in with timing personnel.
  • 1.24 Under the rules of IAAF, BAAF, BOC, IOC, doping is strictly forbidden.
  • 1.25 The age of a participant on the day of the race determines his or her Masters classification. If age verification is requested, only a birth certificate, ID or passport will be acceptable proof of age.
  • 1.26 Bring appropriate layers to remain warm prior to the race. You can leave those items in your race bag which will be transported to the finish line.1.27 Local toilet facilities and toilet paper will be provided at each aid station. We recommend you bring some of your own toilet paper as well, just in case.
  • 1.28 Event officials reserve the right, to modify, supplement or waive all or part of the event rules.


Any misconduct on the part of any runner, in breach of any of the guidelines given below, will result in penalties specified in Section 3. The decision of the organizing committee will be final and binding.

  • 2.1 All runners shall demonstrate proper sporting spirit and shall, participate in the event in a fair and sporting manner. They shall all endeavor to contribute fairly to the sporting success of the race.
  • 2.2 No runner shall be disrespectful toward the organizers, officials, other runners or spectators.
  • 2.3 No runner shall use foul or abusive language or conduct during the event.
  • 2.4 Carrying and using glass containers is forbidden.
  • 2.5 Runners must respect the environment and must make sure that they do not pollute the course.
  • 2.6 Runners may offer assistance to other runners such as lending or exchanging food or drink. No assistance is allowed from anyone other than a race official, or a race participant.
  • 2.7 If any runner wishes to file a complaint , he or she must contact the Race Director with a written complaint within 24 hours of completion of the event.