Worlds highest marathon from the base of Mt. Everest South Col. Starting the event right from Khumbu glaciers beneath tumbling Ice falls. Exploring interesting Buddhist monastery including Sherpa culture, an amazing run in the shade of world’s highest peaks, from remorseless ice fields to alpine forested and traditional villages
This trip allows you to view Mt. Everest from a close distance; our adventurous journey takes you first to the classic south face of Mt. Everest in Nepal. Trek begins with a sweeping scenic flight to Lukla, after Lukla walk follows farm villages with wonderful views of the high snowcapped peaks all the way to the highest spot at Kalapatthar,
offering outstanding panorama of peaks and glacier with Mt. Everest at close distance.
The only trek (beside mountaineering expeditions) with overnight camping at the base of towering Mt. Everest close to Khumbu notorious Ice Fall, journey ends at Lukla with the scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
A great pleasure taking part in Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon event May 29th every year, this marathon organized to commemorate anniversary “ascent of Mt. Everest” by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary.
The legendary Tenzing and Hillary associated with Mt. Everest marathon will be a most befitting tribute to these great souls who climbed Everest for the first time in the history of human civilization. The start line is from Everest Base camp 5356m (17,149 feet).
The finish is at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446m (11,300 feet) and the course is a measured 42 km (26.2 miles) over rough mountain trails. It is the world’s most spectacular race to be held third time in 2005.
Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is unique in many ways and has many special features:
Highest Marathon in the world-Starting line is 5356m.
Recorded in the Guinness of Book of Records as Highest Marathon of the World
begins from Expedition Base Camp right below the Khumbu Icefall-at the backdrop of Everest, Lhotse and Lola Pass. The Marathon runs through the Everest Expedition Base Camp crisscrossing village trails to Namche Bazaar covering the distance 42.195 kms fulfilling the Olympic Standard. The Marathon runs through the Highest Glaciers and Moraines around the stretch of 10 kms.
This marathon passes through the traditional route to Everest pioneered by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary while climbing Everest in 1953.
It passes through the highest elevation in the world through monasteries, monuments, chortens, suspension bridges and all sorts of beautiful landscape which are nowhere in the world. It also passes through world renowned Tengboche monastery, meandering through the rhododendron forest, wild orchid grove and most scenic landscape in the world inhabited by famous Sherpa climbers.
We are organizing this Marathon to convey the message to the whole world that Nepal is always the happening place for International Event.
We are trying to grab the attention of the International as well as Domestic Tourist carrying the message that Nepal is still a safe and friendly place for adventure sports.
Our main purpose is to promote Nepal as one of the renowned Adventure Sports Tourism Destination.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to Hotel, where our guide will brief regarding Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
On first day, informed on arrival about the time for your guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Approx: 30 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m 08 km (-03hrs walk) to Phakding at 2,652m.
Early morning you will be transferred to domestic Airport, after necessary security formalities a panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival received by our trekking guides.
In Lukla time to wander around, while Sherpa crew sort and divide the load, lunch depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla either in Lukla or few walks further down on route to Phakding.
The walk is gradual most of the way, with few ups and view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing suspension bridge, a short climb brings at Ghat village, with another hour walk brings you at Phakding village for overnight stop by the bank of Dudh-Kosi River.
From Phakding crossing bridge over Dudh-Kosi, walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill, re-crossing the same river again with magnificent view of Thermasharkhu 6,608m to reach at Monjo near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park.
From here a short descend to Jorsalle village the last village till Namche Bazaar, walk is pleasant on the river bed to the last bridge over Imjatse river, from here climb uphill to Namche Bazaar with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru, Mt. Everest- Nuptse, Lhotse and of Taweche peak, on reaching famed Namche Bazaar, traditional houses of Sherpa architecture perched n an amphitheatre U shaped.
Suggested activities a short walk uphill to Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of surrounding snowcapped peaks, visit the museum with full information with history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering including flora and fauna of the region with afternoon at leisure.
Morning walk a 20 minutes climb to the ridge of and then trek follows with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Thermasharkhu and Kwangde peak.
After a pleasant walk of few hours reaching at Phungitenga 3,250m, a small settlement with small teahouses and Nepal Army barrack, serving as park wardens located in the midst of alpine forest of silver fir, blue pines, rhododendron and magnolia including birch trees.
Walk uphill for two hours on the winding trail into woods till Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa is reached for the overnight stop.
This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic Ama-Dablam, Everest and Nuptse with Mt. Lhotse as far to Lhotse Shar. At Thyangboche visit the interesting monastery before reaching the overnight stop nearby.
After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, walk descend through forest to lovely spot at Deoboche, from Deoboche walking past mani (prayer) wall, path is gradual till you reach a bridge over a narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river.
From here an uphill most of the way to Pangboche at 3,900m, from here a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with close-up view of Ama-Dablam.
After a pleasant stop, continue walk heading east to reach a small bridge beneath towering north face of Ama Dablam. From the bridge climbing slowly on the winding path as you enter Imja tse Valley, beneath the peaks of soaring Ama-Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse, with views of Island peak or Imja tse at 6,189m, a popular peak amongst all trekking peaks in Nepal.
Dingboche, a beautiful village patchwork of field with enclosed stone walls protecting the crops barley, buckwheat, potatoes from the wind and animals.
Dingboche with many teahouses and fine lodge located on route Chukung and Island peak base camp.
A leisure day for short hike around Dingboche, one can hike to Chukung at 4,730m taking almost 3 hours, Chukung with few lodge and teahouses offering super view of peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama-Dablam.
From Dingboche with up for an hour to a ridge with Mani and Stupa, from here on the gentle path with slow climb with view of Tawache, Ama-Dablam, Pokalde, Kongmatse and Nuptse, after a pleasant walk of few hours trail joins coming from Pheriche at Thugla, located near the bridge over torrent river where Khumbu glaciers melts into raging river.
From Thugla, an hour steep up to the top of Thugla Ridge / pass with lots of memorial of unfortunate climbers, died in expeditions around mountains of Khumbu region, after a short rest another hour of good walk brings at Lobuche.
Lobuche situated in a corner with about 6-8 nice lodges and Teahouses.
The first hour walk with gradual up over the valley following a rocky moraine path, on the walk with ice-glacial pond, iceberg of Khumbu glacier beneath the trail.
After a last rocky moraine dunes, a short descend to Gorakshep located on a flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m.
Gorakshep with 3-4 lodges, a junction towards Everest / Lhotse / Pumori Base Camp and walk to Kalapathar. This was earlier base camp to Mt. Everest expeditions till 1970’s.
Morning a steep climb to Kalapatthar, on reaching at the top of Kalapatthar, which is a small rocky spot south-west from Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as Everest stands within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse, includes view of Everest Base camp way down below on moraine of Khumbu glacier.
After a wonderful time descend to Gorakshep for overnight with afternoon free for medical check up or for practice the run.
Today heading towards our final destination of this adventure at the foot of Mt. Everest close to notorious Khumbu tumbling Ice-fall, as the walk meander on moraine, each year trail changes due to movements of glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to high altitude and thin air.
Walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and icy streams, till base camp is reached for lunch and overnight stop.
At Everest Base Camp during high expedition season full of activities with many camps of different nationalities on expeditions to Mt. Everest / Lhotse.
A great spot to spend the day within world’s highest mountains in the night time listen the crackling of glacier and the thundering sound of avalanches sometimes, today a practice or a mock race for a short distance.
Afternoon time great numbers of runners mainly Nepali runners will join up heres for nextday great event.
Early breakfast around 5:30 a.m. assemble at 6:30 a.m. with final briefing of the route, event starts at 7 a.m. sharp.
The run leads back to Gorakshep-Lobuche and to Thugla where Dingboche trails branches off, from here our route climbs on higher side leaving behind the trail to Pheriche, afternoon can be very windy here.
On reaching Dingboche leading towards east for 3 k.m. then turn around the finishing loop of 3 k.m. (a total of 6 k.m.) back to Dingboche and reaching a bridge, after the bridge downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche and Thyangboche.
From the bridge back into tree lines and green vegetation with short climb to Thyangboche, and then descend to Phungitenga with strenuous uphill run to reach Shanasha, from Shanasha where the route from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets.
Our run follows on the main busy trail all the way to Namche Bazaar with downhill and level path. On reaching Namche Bazaar at the finishing point and end of this great run.
Here presentation of medals and certificates with overnight in a nice Lodge at Namche Bazaar.
Note: As the main route to Everest Base Camp from Namche Bazaar is only about 36 k.m. where’s the international standard for marathon is 42 k.m. so, a loop of 3 + 3 k.m further away from Dingboche is added to make it little more than 42 k.m. to keep the world standard record.
After hard time of previous day, a slow morning with breakfast at 7 or 8 a.m. Morning free till lunch then retracing the walk to Monjo or to Chumoa for overnight near Sagarmatha National Park gate.
Last day of this great adventure with leisure walk, enjoying the scenery a
climb for short while to reach at Lukla, at Lukla last day dinner celebrate with fellow Sherpa crew, porters and team members.
The flight time to Kathmandu schedule morning normally, sometime the flight can be delayed due to bad weather and other factor beyond our control. Depending upon the flight time taking about 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks during airborne, at Kathmandu domestic terminal transfer back to respective Hotels.
A free day in Kathmandu for individual activities and shopping for interested people can book for short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff transfers you to airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK
AREA (1,148 SQ. KMS.)
Sagarmatha National Park is located to the Northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park includes the highest peak in the world,
Mt.Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang. The park was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.
The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow.
The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colourful during the monsoon season (June to August)
Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow and musk deer. The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted, other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), and jackal and languor monkey.
The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people whose lives are interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism. The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding.
But with the coming of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950 and the influx of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism.