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VMM 2018 - 70km Ultra-trail Race

Extremely Difficult


44.1 mile 71.0 kilometer point to point
82% Runnable
Extremely Difficult


Ascent: 9,701' 2,957 m
Descent: -9,792' -2,985 m
High: 5,830' 1,777 m
Low: 3,028' 923 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)


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Trail shared by Bang Ta

This very hard ultra-marathon will cover all types of landscapes in the mountain range.

Bang Ta

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife


This difficult course takies runners through dense jungle, along mountain ridges, and across scenic rivers.

Need to Know

Registration is only open for very experienced runners, at least 18 years old on race day, who have previously completed at least 1 ultra-marathon of +50km or an equivalent (Adventurerace, Ironman etc.).

Runner Notes

This 70 km race is a 4-new-points qualifying race for Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc.


You'll start running with your headlamp into the darkness early in the morning and later hopefully see the beautiful sunrise over the mountains. The first few km will take you into Hoang Lien Valley. Very soon you'll be running on the edge of the most beautiful and remote rice terraces following a river running from Fansipan mountain.

After crossing the river, it is time to take it easy—the path is narrow and the valley steep down to the river! In the end of the valley, there is a hard climb up through rice fields. After crossing the road and passing a water station, the deep and old Vietnamese jungle is waiting. The path is again very narrow and slippery, so hiking is recommended.

Once out of the deepest forest, you'll join the marathon route and enjoy the breathtaking view of Ban Quan valley. This is the area of Red Dao minority and is rarely visited by strangers. You now continue to the rice fields of Ta Phin. Soon, you'll reach a 6km uphill and steep downhill before the finish line and the stunning welcome from the other runners at Topas Ecolodge, located at a beautiful hilltop.

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Racer wearing head-lamp during early time of the second race day
Sep 17, 2018 near Lao Chải, VN
Finish line
Sep 13, 2018 near Lao Chải, VN
Running uphills after crossing a spring
Oct 3, 2018 near Sa Pá, VN
One of the best views on the VMM trail races, viewing the whole valley landscape
Oct 3, 2018 near Sa Pá, VN
Running through a big stone on VMM trail races.
Oct 3, 2018 near Sa Pá, VN


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