International Everest Marathon in Nepal

The International Everest marathons begins with an across-the-board scenic flight from Kathmandu to Hillary’s Lukla, & then we get warmed up with a trek through pretty Sherpa villages with lovely views of the world’s highest silver grey peaks. The peaking point of this trip is Kalapatthar at 5545m/18200ft, from the summit of which we can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayan peaks, the vast expanse of the Himalaya stretching for miles and glittering glaciers including Mt Everest, just a stone’s throw away from our marathon point…

We take a cool hike to Everest Base Camp from where the actual race begins. It’s a real pleasant hike while passing through the Everest National Park and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital town that’s almost like sin city of Nevada for the mountains. We will also visit the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche (one of the oldest in the area) and Thyangboche (the biggest in the whole Himalayas) which was re-built after being burnt to the ground years ago (apparently, as the tale goes, the old monk wanted to douse the electric heater by banging it on the floor).

The apple-of-the-eye in this trip is that it’s the only venture, apart from mountaineering expeditions, that has overnight camping right at the foot of towering Mt Everest near the famous Khumbu Icefall. But then beauty of this kind also has its risks & the stakes are high…

Amazing Authentic Treks, with great pleasure, joins Himalaya Expeditions Private Limited to welcome you all to Namche Bazaar for the 10th edition of the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon (THEM). This breathtaking challenging event is conducted to commemorate the first successful ascent of Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and the Late Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th May, 1953.We consider the marathon a most fitting tribute to these two great men-icons of adventurous souls in the annals of human history and civilization.

The marathon starts from the Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft) and finishes at Namche Bazaar (3446m/11306ft). The measured distance of the course is 42.195 km (26.2 miles) over rough mountain trails. It’s a mercurial marathon of destiny & taxes your physical strength to the limits of what your body can take…

All participants are requested to be in Nepal three weeks prior to the race for acclimatizing to the high altitude. This is ideal to physically & mentally set you up for a feat of this kind, it will also help your respiratory system before the jog on fluctuating elevations of your running course. This three-week holiday combines with a sightseeing tour in the capital, Kathmandu, a 14 day trek to the marathon starting point under medical supervision, an ascent of Kala Patthar (5545m/18200ft) for the best views of Everest. Although the course of the Everest Marathon is basically downhill, there are two steep uphill sections. There may be snow and ice on the upper part and considerable exposure along much of the marathon route. Experience of rough & tough terrain is vital. This is the world’s most extravagant race held annually.

Program Itinerary for International Everest marathon:

May 16:  International Arrival. Overnight Hotel

May 17:  Half Day Morning Sightseeing Overnight  Hotel

May 18:  Trek Lukla to Phakding. Overnight teahouse

May 19:  Trek to Namche Bazaar. Overnight teahouse

May 20:  Acclimatization. Guided day hikes and some running.. O/N teahouse

May 21:  Trek to Tyangboche Monastery. Overnight teahouse

May 22:  Trek to Dingboche. Overnightteahouse

May 23:  Acclimatization stop at teahouse

May 24:  Trek to Lobuche. Overnight teahouse

May 25:  Trek to Gorakshep. Overnight teahouse

May 26:  At Gorakshep. Climb Kala Patthar in early morning & visit the Everest Base Camp. Afternoon rest. Overnight Camping

May 27:  Trek to Lobuche. Overnight in Lodge

May 28:  Trek to Orsho. Afternoon rest for tomorrow’s marathon Overnight in Lodge


May 30:  Rest in the morning. Afternoon trek down to Monjo Overnight in Monjo

May 31:  Trek back down to Lukla. Overnight Tea house

June 01:  Fly LUKLA/KTM. Overnight  Hotel

June 02:  Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel

June 03:  International Departure.

Details Itinerary for International Everest Marathon :

May 16: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff who will transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal. It’s your first overnight in the ancient valley of temples & cows…in abundance

May 17: A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. You will be visiting UNESCO declared world heritage sites.

May 18: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Approx: 45 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m, 08 km (2 1/2 -3hr walk) to Phakding at 2,652m.
Early morning you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic Airport for a short drive of 20-30 minutes. After the necessary security formalities board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival at Lukla Airport you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort out and divide the load. Your lunch will depend upon the time of arrival at Lukla or a few walks further down en-route to Phakding.The walk is gradual most of the way, with few ups with view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, and another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the banks of the Dudh-Kosi River.

May 19: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs. 13 km.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill. Re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent views of Thamserku 6,608m, we reach a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream. After Monjo comes  the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk to we can see Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop till Namche Bazaar. A second bridge is reached over the same river; the walk is pleasant on the riverbed till the last bridge over the Imjatse River, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar. Magnificent views of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up, and another 1-2 hour walk up brings us to the famed Namche Bazaar where colorful houses are situated in an amphitheatre U shaped bowl…welcome to the commercial capital of the Everest region.

May 20: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Suggested activity is a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters. The magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking views of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, our afternoon is at leisure to do our own things.

May 21: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. Approx 5 hours 08 km
The walk is pretty easy for the first half, after a 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar. Once at the top, our walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde-ri peak after a pleasant walk of two to three hours coming at Phungitenga 3,250m. A small settlement with couple of teahouses and a small Nepalese Army barrack serving as park wardens can be seen in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines along with rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. Walk from here is strenuous for an hour or two on the winding trail through the shade of woods till Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa. This lovely spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east.

May 22: Trek to Dingboche 4,358m.Approx. 5-6 hour. 09 km.
After a thrilling time at Thyangboche, the trail descends through a forest full of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deboche 3,650 m with magnificent view of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, from Deboche. Walking past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual till you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to a large mani wall gate, and a little farther from here the route leads to Pangboche at 3,900m. From here a short climb to Shomare for lunch near a small settlement with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. After a pleasant break, our journey continues gradually towards east, & after an hour of walking, before a small wooden bridge the road splits into two ways, the north going to Pheriche and our trail leading towards east beneath towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards Ama Dablam looks completely different, from the bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imja tse river to a big mani Stupa, and onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja tse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island peak or Imja tse 6,189m, which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal.Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chhukhung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and Amphu Labtsa 5,780m.

May 23: Rest Day at Dingboche.
A leisure day for short hikes around, at Dingboche there are places where one can go for a short walk. Trek to Chhukhung 4, worth while which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east within the Imja tse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukhung. At Chhukhung, there are about five teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama-Dablam and Imja glacier, Chhukhung the last settlement in eastern Khumbu.

May 24: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. Approx. 5 hours. 08 k.m.
From Dingboche the trail leads north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village; today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. After a pleasant walk of 1 1/2 to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Thugla, before a small wooden bridge over the torrent river of Khumbu glacier. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorials of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here another 1 1/2 to 2 hours of gradual ascend brings you to Lobuche, Lobuche comes as a surprise, as its situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Lobuche has about 5-6 Teahouses, & its pretty cosy hereabouts.

May 25: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m 3-4 hrs. 5 km.
The first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt. Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses.

May 26: At Gorakshep morning hike to Kalapatthar 5,545m. 2-3 hrs
Early morning a steep walk towards Kalapatthar, on reaching the top ridge of Kalapatthar which is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the views from here go beyond the imaginations as the Everest stands within a stone’s throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse and with all the higher snow capped giants that dominates all around, with a view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, you feel you could climb the Everest right where it is; after a wonderful time here, we descend back to Gorakshep for the overnight with afternoon free for medical check ups or for race practice.

May 27: Trek to Everest base Camp 5,357m. 6 km.
Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one at Everest Base Camp near to its famed and notorious Khumbu Ice-fall. The path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you.

May 28:  At Everest Base Camp.
A great spot to spend the day with the surrounding world’s highest peaks, one can hear often the crackle of the glacier and of avalanches nearby, today we might have a practice race for a short distance after breakfast, with full attire for the race with numbers and company’s issued T-Shirt. In the afternoon time, a great numbers of people, especially the Nepali runners will join up for the great event.

May 29: The Grand Event of THEM to Namche Bazaar…is about to blast off…
We have an early light breakfast at 5:30 am. Assemble at 6:30 am. With a final briefing before the course route event starts at 7 a.m. sharp.
Our team for Everest Marathon

Note: As the main route to Everest Base Camp from Namche Bazaar is only about 36 km. where as the international standard for the marathon is 42 km. so, a loop of 3 + 3 km further away from Dingboche is added to make 42 km. so as to keep the world standard mileage our key point as this is fair.

May 30: Trek to Monjo or Chumoa 2,835m 3-4 hrs.
After the hard time of previous day begins with a slow morning breakfast around 7-8 a.m. Morning is free with lunch at 12-12:30 p.m. we then retrace the journey all the way to Monjo or to Chumoa for the overnight camp located just past the Sagarmatha National Park.

May 31: Trek to Lukla. 4-5 hrs walk
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla; you can walk at your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoy the lush green scenery around.Apart from a few short uphill, the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take about 40 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the big old oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day’s great dinner and a super party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

June 01: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and transfer you back to respective Hotels.

June 02: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

June 03: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this wonderful country, Nepal. Encounters Nepal will be proud of the fact that it had arranged one of the most glittering experiences of your life…& we hope you will remember us as the months go by…Bon Voyage!!! & take care!!

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