Annapurna Mandala Trail

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The Annapurna Mandala Trail is a mountain race. It is also a stage race that takes place between 19th April to 6th May 2013 in the Annapurna region in Nepal.


"Annapurna is a huge barrier heights and 11 antécimes beyond all 7000 m altitude on a single edge . Annapurna 1 (8091 m) was the first summit over 8000 meters have been climbed. It was a French expedition reached the summit of Annapurna 1 from the north side in June 1950. The south face of Annapurna was first climbed in 1970 by a British expedition.

The fiftieth anniversary of the conquest of Annapurna was the event that gave birth to the first edition of the Annapurna Mandala Trail. It took place in March 2000 and was sponsored by Maurice Herzog. At the time the Everest Marathon existed but it was the first time a foot race competition also pledged up in Nepal: 5416 meters altitude Thorong Pass.

Bruno Poirier is the creator of the Annapurna Mandala Trail. It is also the origin of the Himal Race and the Everest Sky Race . In October and November 1994 with Paul Eric Bonneau, he crossed the Himalayas from east to west, Pashupatinar to Mahakali, pressing closer to the highest mountain in the world. After 40 days of effort they will accumulate 2100 km and 55,000 meters of elevation gain. In November and December 2001 alone he connected the Base Camp of Annapurna than Sargamatha to recognize the course of Himal Race. The first edition of Himal Race Version competition took place in 2002 and the first edition of the Everest Sky Race in 2003, the fiftieth anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest.

For these three races, the spirit mountain trail is reduced to one of its most simple terms: running from one point to another with the only support the contents of his backpack. No markup, just with you a map of 1/150 000 and remember the names of the villages and places through which it must pass.

In Buddhist philosophy, the mandala is a symbolic representation of the universe with a center and a circle around it. This diagram is a support for meditation, it is synomyme of constant renewal. Or as the search for the absolute, a quest for perfection that can never find what does not exist. This is from the idea of ​​the Annapurna Mandala Mandala Trail was designed. Annapurna is the center. "


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