Galiyat Mountain Trail 60k UTMB Index Race

July 16, 2023

Margalla Trail Runners is going to organize the 2nd edition of the Galiyat Mountain Trail Race. The race is exciting, thrilling, and challenging, 60km and 20k race, on the mountains of Galiyat. The UTMB® Index races are organized by @margallatrailrunners first time in the history of Pakistan. It will be the longest-distance 60km running race on the most beautiful and scenic trails of the Galiyat Mountains, Pakistan.

UTMB-Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
A UTMB® World Series Qualifier is a qualifying race in the 20K, 50K, 100K, or 100M categories which contributes towards every Finisher UTMB® Index and gives privileged access to the UTMB® World Series Events*. The privileged access corresponds to:
• Exclusive pre-sales period
• Early bird prices secure
• Access to races on a first come first served basis
*Excluding sold-out races where a draw will be organized. In the event of a draw, subscriptions will be exclusive to UTMB® Index holders.

Runners will be qualified or they have to improve their Performance Index via participating in 20K, 50K, 100K, 100M UTMB World Series Qualifier Events/Races on the following formula;

  • It is based on the time taken to run the distance, elevation, and overall position in the participating UTMB World Series Qualifier event/Race.
  • The faster athletes run the better their Performance Index.

Galiyat Mountain Trail is connected/linked to Galiyat trails. The trails start from Thandiyani to Khaira Gali, Pakistan. Galiyat Mountains are part of the Himalayan foothills.
Galiyat Mountain Trail is the most beautiful, scenic, and soft dirt trail and one of the best routes for trail and hill running. The trails are in Galliyat, Abbottabad District of KPK, Pakistan. GMT is a sequence of multiple trails of the Galiyat Mountains.

60k Race Itinerary:

  • SUNDAY on 16th July 2023
  • Race Start Time: 05:00 am
  • Terrain: Trail (94%) Road (6%)
  • Distance: 58km
  • Ascent: 2,012 meters
  • Descent: 2,150 meters
  • Altitude Departure: 2,600 meters
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,955 meters
  • Cut Off Time: 12 Hours
  • Level: Advanced and Difficult
  • Shoes: Trail or Multi-terrain Shoes.

Route Details: 

Thandiyani Top (Start Point) → Bern Gali → Dagri Bangla → Kunna Meadows → Miranjani Top → Nathia Gali → Lalazar Park → Mushkpuri top → Dunga Gali → Ayubia Pipeline Trek → Pipeline Trek of Kuza & Changla Gali Trek → Khaira Gali (Finishline).

60k Race Payment Options

Registration Fee: 30$ (You can get 20% off early bird registration while using EBDGMT20)

  • Race Entry Fee, Bib, T-shirt, Medal, and Hydration support.
  • Transportation from Khaira Gali to Nathia Gali.
  • Prizes for the Top 3 winners in male-female categories.

Additional 'Option 2': 85$ (total) (You can get 20% off early bird registration while using EBDGMT20)

  • Race Entry Fee, Bib T-shirt, Medal, and Hydration support.
  • Transportation: 2 days of transportation from Islamabad to Thandiyani and Khaira Gali to Islamabad
  • Accommodation: ONE-night accommodation at Forest Rest House, Thandiyani Top.
  • Dinner, Breakfast, and Lunch
  • Prizes for the Top 3 winners in male-female categories

What’s in the 60k Race
Option 1

  • Race Entry
  • Pre-race meeting with detailed route briefing (One week before the Race Day)
  • Bib Number
  • Race Tee-shirt, Finisher’s Medal
  • UTMB® World Series Qualifier Race (60K category)
  • Hydration and Snacks at Check Points/Aid Stations

Option 2

  • Pre-race meeting with detailed route briefing (One week before the Race Day)
  • Bib Number
  • Race Tee-shirt, Finisher’s Medal
  • UTMB® World Series Qualifier Race (60K category)
  • Hydration and Snacks at Check Points/Aid Stations
  • Transport: Travel to and from the event start/finish, F-9 Park Islamabad
  • Dinner in Thandiyani
  • Breakfast early morning on Race Day
  • Late lunch/early dinner for 60K Race Participants at Nathia Gali

Obligatory Running Gear for 60k Race

  • Running bag/pack to carry obligatory equipment throughout the race.
  • Mobile/cell phone (organization’s security number saved), keep the phone turned on and make sure the phone is fully charged at the start of the race.
  • Personal cup/beaker 15cl minimum in addition to bottles or flasks.
  • Bottles, flasks, or water bladder that holds a minimum of 1 liter of liquid.
  • Whistle+
  • Self-adhesive elasticated bandage which can serve as a bandage or strapping
  • Food reserve - Recommendation: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energising bars each of 65g)
  • Jacket with a hood that will withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane.
  • It is the runner's responsibility to judge if their jacket is both wind- and waterproof.
  • Hat/Cap or bandana
  • Can be a windproof jacket, but it does not replace the obligatory waterproof jacket and vice versa.
  • Extra clothes, socks, full sleeve or T-shirt, sunglasses
  • Participants must carry their CNIC/Passport.

Rehydration & Refueling Points and Aid Stations

  1. Berin Gali
  2. Kunna Meadows
  3. Miranjani Top
  4. Miranjani Base
  5. Lalazar Park entrance, Nathia Gali
  6. Mushkpuri Top
  7. Dunga Gali (Pipeline Track Entrance)
  8. Ayubia Tunnel Entrance
  9. Khaira Gali (60K/20K Race Finish line)


We’ll leave on Saturday 15th of July 2023 for Thandiyani. The race participants will be given the facility of transportation from Islamabad to Thandiyani, dinner, a night stay at Forest Rest House at Thandiyani, and breakfast in the early morning.
• Personal crew, support staff, and pacers are permitted for the 60k race.
• Those who will bring personal crew/support staff or pacers will be charged 80% of the race fee.
• Participants have to inform 1 week before race day about crew/support staff or pacers.
• Otherwise it wouldn’t be the responsibility of organizers and participants have to do own arrangements for crew/support staff or pacers accordingly.

60k Race Departure Itinerary
Meet up for departure: 12:00 pm Saturday 15th July 2023, F-9 Park Islamabad
Departure for Abbottabad: 01:30 pm
Early Dinner at Abbottabad: 05:00 pm
Departure for Thandiyani: 06:00 pm
Arrival at Thandiyani: 07:00 pm
Into Rest Houses Rooms: at 08:00 pm sleep well


  • Margalla Trail Runners (MTR) is a hill, trail & mountain running club based in Islamabad, Pakistan. The club's objective is to promote hill, trail & mountain running in Pakistan.
  • MTR hill/trail running events are open to everyone and anyone can join events.
  • Make sure you're fit enough to run on flat terrain or hills/mountains/trails continuously for at least 1 to 2 hours and long for ultra-trail runs at an easy good pace. For those who want to join and will participate in the eve the sole purpose is to run and to become a strong long-distance hill/mountain/trail runner.
  • Participation in the event is at the athlete’s discretion; therefore, the MTR Club is not responsible for the participants' actions.
  • I understand that competing in this event may involve running and walking on wilderness trails with rocks, roots, stream crossings, and up and down steep terrain. The hazards may include but are not limited to; challenging terrain, rocks, roots, adjacent streams, rivers, motor vehicle traffic, slippery surfaces, loose rocks, soft sand, weather conditions, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, actions of spectators, other competitors, general public and the event organizers personnel.
  • I agree to comply with the rules and directions of event officials and their personnel.
  • I acknowledge and accept that hill/trail running carries, an inherent risk of injury, illness, and in extreme cases, death.
  • MTR is a non-registered body and cannot be held liable for anything including but not limited to any loss, theft, damage, or injury to property or persons whether arising in contract, negligence, equity, or otherwise.
  • Additionally, all athletes should use due care under the circumstances to comply with all rules, regulations, statutes, and laws of Pakistan.
  • Your decision to voluntarily partake in the event/race signifies your acknowledgment of the disclaimer and that you shall not bring any legal action against organizers of the events for any claim.
  • I have read and understand the information regarding this event and understand that I participate in this event at my own risk.

More information

Registration will be closed of 13th of July 2023.
You can get 20% off early bird registration while using EBDGMT20. The Promo Code valid till 5th of June 2023.

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