The Great Southern Stage Run is an official qualifying event for the Everest 135 Extreme Race.
The first place solo GSSR male and female runners receive a free entry to the 2024 Everest 135 race.
What is the Everest 135:
The Everest 135 is an ultra-distance, high-altitude endurance race from Nepal Jiri to the Everest South Base Camp in the Himalayas. Conducted in a non-stop, self navigation format it covers a total length of 135 miles (217 kilometers) with a cumulative ascent of more than 16,000 meters with altitudes ranging between 1,480m and 5,500m – with an average altitude of more than 3,000 meters.
The course follow’s the ‘Classic EBC Route’ what was the way the early explorers accessed the Everest region before the airport at Lukla was built. This is one of the most magnificent and challenging trekking routes in the Everest region and passes through some little visited valleys with traditional villages and simply breathtaking scenery. The route takes 3-4 weeks for the ordinary trekker to complete whilst runners in the Everest 135 must carry essential supplies and technical equipment and complete the course within 150 hours.
This may be the most grueling endurance race on the planet.
The next Everest 135 race will take place in May 2024 (having been cancelled for the last 3 years due to COVID). Event features:
- The highest 100+ mile race in the world – with the largest altitude span in the world
- The longest non-stop running distance in the Himalayas
- The route includes three major passes in the Mount Everest area whilst finishing at the Everest basecamp
- Attracts local Sherpa athletes as well as runners from round the World
The Great Southern Stage Run is Australia’s only official qualifying event for the Everest 135 Extreme Race. Solo finishers of the Great Southern Stage Run qualify to apply for entry to the Everest 135 Extreme Race.
Explore the Mysterious EBC Trekking Route
The Everest EBC trekking route, located in the southern foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal, is a dream destination for many trekkers and explorers around the world. The route starts at Nepal Jiri, in the western Nepal, 180 kilometers from the capital Kathmandu and then proceeds through a harsh natural environment, with unsophisticated local customs and mysterious religious beliefs that make this magical mountain journey.
The landscape varies remarkably with along the route, with primeval forests, waterfalls and streams, alpine meadows, plateau lakes, snow-capped glaciers whilst passing the flanks of 4 of the world’s 8,000-meter-level mountain peaks.
Everest135 is owned by Guibin International Sports (Beijing) Club Co., Ltd which is the founder and the organizer of the race.
The Event is co-managed by the Geexek Team which is an outstanding event service provider in China established in 2014. Many of the top cross-country races in mainland China are run by the Geexek team who have enormous influence within Asian running community.
The Race Director is Wayne Drinkwater, a UK race director and owner of the GB Ultras event company who organize the ultra-British series, and the founder of the Pennine Barrier Ultra event.