Ultra X – Ultramarathons in Asia

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Written By Amber Dale

Amber is one of our placement students working here at Ultra X. She is currently studying Business Management specialising in Marketing at Cardiff University.
She loves her sport especially netball but is now switching it up and testing her limits on the trails. 

3 March 2023


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best ultra marathons in asia 2023 

Ultramarathon running in Asia has become increasingly popular in recent years, with a growing number of races and participants across the continent. Asia offers a diverse range of ultramarathon events that cater to all levels of runners, from beginners to seasoned veterans.

Some of the factors that have contributed to the rise of ultramarathon running in Asia include the continent’s natural beauty; diverse landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Many races take place in stunning locations such as Mount Fuji in Japan, the Himalayas in Nepal, and the rainforests of Malaysia, offering participants a unique and immersive experience.

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Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji, Japan: This 168km ultramarathon takes place around the iconic Mount Fuji and features some of Japan’s most stunning landscapes. It is considered one of the most challenging and beautiful ultramarathons in the world.

Where: Japan
When: April 21st 2023
Distance: 165m
Elevation Gain: 7,574m
Terrain: Trail
Difficulty Level: Expert
Entry Price: £250

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The Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset Ultramarathon

This race takes place in the stunning Terelj National Park in Mongolia and covers a distance of 100km with a total elevation gain of 4,400m. The race starts at sunrise and takes runners through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Mongolia, including vast open grasslands, mountain passes, and rocky terrain. The route passes through local villages, providing a unique insight into the local culture and way of life.

Where: Mongolia
When: August 9th 2023
Distance: 100km
Elevation Gain: 3,365m
Terrain: Trail 
Difficulty Level: Hard
Entry Price: £1,650

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The North Face 100 Thailand

The North Face 100 Thailand, Thailand: This 100m ultramarathon takes place in the mountainous region of northern Thailand, featuring challenging terrain with steep climbs and technical trails. It is known for its stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Where: Thailand
When: March 11th 2023
Distance: 50km
Terrain: Trail
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Entry Price: £95

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Tenzing Hilary Everest Marathon Nepal

Tenzing Hilary Everest Marathon Nepal: This unique marathon starts at the base of Mount Everest and finishes in the town of Namche Bazaar. The course follows the route taken by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hilary when they first summited Mount Everest.

Where: Nepal
When: May 29th 2023
Distance: 70km
Terrain: Trail
Difficulty Level: Expert
Entry Price: £830

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The Annapurna 100 Ultramarathon

The Annapurna 100 Ultramarathon in Nepal is considered one of the most gnarly ultramarathons in Asia due to its elevation. The race covers a distance of 100km with a total elevation gain of over 6,500m, making it a challenging and rewarding experience for ultramarathon runners. The race takes place in the Annapurna mountain range, one of the most stunning and dramatic mountain landscapes in the world. The course follows a mix of technical trails, rocky terrain, and steep ascents and descents, providing runenrs with a true test of endurance and mental strength,

Where: Nepal
When: 25th March 2023
Distance: 55 or 110km
Elevation Gain: 3,484m
Terrain: Trail
Difficulty Level: Experr
Entry Price: £100 or £160

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Himam Trail Race

Penang Eco 100, Malaysia: This 100km ultramarathon takes place in the lush rainforest of Penang Island and features a mix of technical trails and steep climbs. It is known for its beautiful scenery and challenging terrain.

Where: Malaysia
When: 11th-13th August 2023
Distance: 50, 100 or 160km
Elevation Gain: 2,790, 3,970 or 6,760m
Terrain: Trail
Difficulty Level: Hard-Expert
Entry Price: £85-137


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