Mt. Annapurna Marathon named after a mountain peak called Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), starts from the East Face altitude of 4395m. The Marathon is being organized to celebrate first successful ascent on 8000m peak (Mt. Annapurna) by the French Team led by Maurice Herzog in the history of mountaineering in June 03, 1950. Mount Annapurna is situated North of Pokhara Valley at 28°35′42″N 83°49′08″E / 28.595°N 83.819°E in Nepal.
Mt. Annapurna Marathon is a tribute to Late Dr. Harka Bahadur Gurung, who was the first Tourism Minister of Nepal and an expert on mountain tourism. Dr. Gurung made a tremendous contribution to the development of Nepalese Tourism under his visionary leadership as Tourism Minister of Nepal.