Everest Marathon in Nepal

Price $2499

USD 2356

Trip Duration

15 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate - Difficult

Highest Altitude

5,643 M

Accommodation

Tea house/Hotel/Lodge

Transportation

Private Vechicle and Tourist Bus

Group Size

Minimum 2 persons

Best Season

March-May, Sept-Nov

Everest Marathon in Nepal Brief Insight

Everest Marathon in Nepal is an international event held in the district of Solukhumbu, Nepal. It was officially named Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. This event celebrates the historical ascent on Mt. Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th May 1953.

This Marathon is held annually around the territory of Mount Everest in the month of May on 29. It starts at 5365m above sea level. It is considered to be one of the highest, toughest and iconic trail races in the world. This Marathon is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest marathon in the world.

This is a charity event whose aim is to raise funds for development projects in Nepal.

The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where the trekking point begins. The race starts at the Everest Base Camp and follows the traditionally used crisscross at the high Sherpa trails of Khumbu valley.

You will race across the glacial moraine, downwards along narrow tracks and wire suspension bridges, through rhododendron forest and along trails high above the river. The marathon finishes at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446m.

The 2020 edition is the 18th edition of this magnificent event. It is annually organized by a travel company Himalayan Expeditions with the official recognition by the Government of Nepal.

Runners from all over the world aged 18 or more-from professionals to new runners can participate in this event with the fulfillment of a certain set of criteria.

The air is thin at the higher altitude where the Marathon starts.  The lack of oxygen makes every step laborious. Therefore, it is necessary to simulate high-altitude conditions in order to give the body a head start before scaling the mountain.

You might lose your appetite because of the altitude or limited menu of noodles. Staying hydrated is very compulsory so, drink at every opportunity.

The participants must submit the medical checkup certificate from authorized professionals. It is necessary in order to make sure that the runner is able to withstand the high altitude conditions. It is also mandatory for the runners to have valid health insurance before participation. The organizer’s advice to take a minimum of 1-5 days of acclimatization.

The key to success is to simulate high-altitude conditions in order to give the body a head start before scaling the mountain.

This is not just a running event or a sport– it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. With Mount Face Nepal (MFN), you can create some of the best memories of your life through this marathon.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Highlights: Thamel bazaar, restaurants and bar

Activities: After your arrival, our representative will meet you at the airport. Then you will be transferred to your hotel by a private vehicle from the Company. You will have a leisure period where you can visit the local shops at Thamel. Have dinner at one of the restaurants in Thamel at your own expense.

Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar category

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Highlights: Thamel bazaar, restaurants, bars, and World Heritage Sites

Activities: A private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel after you’re done with your breakfast to explore the world heritage sites in Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath temple, Bouddhanath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square with the help of a private tour guide from the company. Have your lunch at one of the restaurants of your wish. After the visit, the vehicle will drop you off to the hotel and you can prepare for your trekking for the next day.

Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya (same hotel of the previous day)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Difficulty: Easy. Flats and downhill, a well-developed path

Activities: From Kathmandu, you will take an exciting 45 minutes flight to Lukla. There you will meet our Sherpa assistant before heading towards Phakding. On your way, you will follow the route of Dudh Kosi River, crossing a hanging bridge, Sherpa lodge, and mani stone. You will also meet traditional Sherpa people welcoming you with their smiling faces and offering you good friendly hospitality.

Accommodation: Basic Sherpa lodge

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Difficulty: Moderate. Flats, downhill and uphill, a well-developed path

Activities: You will have your breakfast at the lodge then get prepared to continue our trek to Namche. The way follows milky water of Dudh Kosi River, hanging bridge as well as a suspension bridge. Alluring views of mountain peaks and the colorful Buddhist flags that surround the Sherpa lodges and monuments will make your journey more exciting and memorable. Namche Bazaar, the most colorful Sherpa village and gateway of Everest is today’s destination.

Accommodation:  Basic Sherpa lodge

Day 05: Acclimatization- Namche Bazaar

Difficulty: Moderate, flat and uphill

Activities: After you’re done with your breakfast at the lodge, you will hike towards Everest viewpoint. Make sure you carry your camera because you will definitely want to take pictures of the majestic view of Mt. Everest and the other Himalayas that takes your breath away. You will also get to see the surrounding mountains like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, Tauche etc if the weather is clear. After that, you will hike to Khumjung village where you can see Hillary School, Sherpa museum and back to Namche.

Accommodation: Basic Sherpa lodge

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche

Difficulty: Moderate. Flat, downhill and uphill

Activities: Have your breakfast at the lodge and Prepare for today’s trek. The way follows rhododendron forest, Mani stone, hanging bridge. The streets covered with white snows will make your journey beautiful and special. Lunch will be taken on the way. At Thyangboche, you will get to see the main attractions of the destination that are Thyangboche monastery, 20 foot of Lord Buddha statue and a magnificent view of Himalayas.

Accommodation: Basic Sherpa lodge

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche

Difficulty: Moderate. Gentle river bank trail and rocky uphill.

Activities: Breakfast at lodge and morning preparation for today’s trek. As mentioned the previous day, the trails follow stone steps and gentle riverbank trail. Walking in the high altitude is of course not that  It is a little bit hard to walk in high altitude but surrounding mountains view, (Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Island Peak), make your walking bit easier. but the surrounding mountainous view of the Ama  Dablam, Lhotse, and Island peak will encourage you to continue your journey. Dingboche is the only place in the region where barley is grown.  The views are breathtaking.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

Difficulty: Hard. Uphill

Activities: Breakfast at lodge and preparation for trek. The trial today is comparatively difficult to walk than the previous days. Your determination to reach the peak and conquer Everest will keep you motivated to continue your journey. Your passion and strength are what is gonna keep you moving further. Khumbu icefall, Pumori and surrounding mountains are today’s highlights.

Accommodation: Basic tea house

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep

Difficulty:  Hard/strenuous. Rocky uphill and flat

Activities: Breakfast at lodge and preparation for the trek. The way follows rocky uphill till Gorak Shep with a surrounding view of Khumbu icefall, magnificent view of Pumori and beautiful mountains. At Gorakshep, we will have our dinner and rest for the following day.

Accommodation: Basic tea house

Day 10: Report to Base camp for Marathon Preparation

Difficulty: Hard/strenuous. Flat

Activities: Breakfast at lodge and preparation for moving towards the Everest Basecamp. From Gorak Shep, the way follows slightly up till Everest base camp.  Make sure you’ve got your camera ready because you surely don’t want to miss taking pictures of the magnificent view of the Himalayas and your lifetime adventurous journey.

Accommodation: Tent

Day 11: Marathon Preparation

Activities: Marathon Briefing and Mock Race. Quick check by the doctor to ensure runners don’t have altitude sickness

Accommodation: Tent

Day 12: Everest Base camp- Namche Bazaar Marathon ($2 KM)

Difficulty: Hard

Activities: This is the main day which we have come for i.e. the day of the event. The marathon will start at 6 a.m. in the morning. So prepare yourself and your equipment. The marathon will end at 6 p.m. in the evening and we will have to cross Tengboche before it pasts 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. we will not be allowed to cross Tengboche for some security reasons. Those who successfully cross Tengboche before 6 p.m will be awarded a certificate. At Namche Bazaar, we will have our dinner and will be enjoying small live music performances.

Accommodation:  Basic tea house

Day 13: Trek From Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: This is the last day of trekking in Khumbu. We’ll be returning to Lukla on a very small trial. Thus, the trek will be moderately difficult. The last hike to Lukla will appear endless as we will be in a hurry to reach Lukla, however, the trail is not tough.

Accommodation: Basic tea house

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Today we will fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy the valley views throughout the 45 minutes flying time. In the evening, you will have dinner with a cultural show. This is a complete leisure day and overnight stay at hotel.

Accommodation: Holy Himalaya/ Similar category

Day 15: Farewell

What is included in Everest Marathon in Nepal

  • Pickup and drop at Airport
  • Hotel stay in Kathmandu  (3 nights) as per itinerary
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking period
  • Air fair for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Best available accommodations during the trek
  • Tented Camp on Everest Base Camp
  • A government license holder guide
  • Porter to carry your baggage
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge as per itinerary
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s Information Management System)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Entry Fees wherever required
  • Trekking maps
  • Trekking Permits needed for Restricted Area Trekking
  • All government taxes and service charges
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure

What is Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare and Airport Departure Tax
  • Tips for trekking staffs
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipment, Gifts, and souvenirs
  •  All items not listed in Cost included the section
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