The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon of 42 km race held from Everest Base Camp in Khumbu region on May 29 introduces to celebrates the historical ascent of Mt Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953. From the starting point at Everest Base Camp, the Everest marathon route goes downhill most of the way along exposed tracks and trails, traversing the Sherpa country and ends at Namche Bazaar (3446m).
During the entire trek, the runners will always be accompanied by experienced local guides, the local crew including doctors who will monitor and check up runners’ physical health. On race day, there will be an official timekeeper, a team of marshals, checkpoints and drinks/feeding stations, as well as emergency evacuation support. To keep track of runners’ progress, organizers will provide an electronic wristband to all runners.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Kathmandu
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from the company will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. For dinner; we will try typical Nepalese restaurant which will introduce us to the country's food culture.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu
After the 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,186ft) which is the gateway to the Khumbu, we enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating on a hillside surrounded by high mountainous peaks. Reaching Lukla we enjoy breath taking views of Mount Everest in close- up. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 03: Trek to Phakding 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek
From Lukla, we start trekking. At one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18900ft), a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we then gradually descend until we reach Phakding and spend the night.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 11km, 5 - 6 hours
Walking through a pine forest, we follow the trail north up the valley of Benkar. Then, we cross Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. Then we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers and reach to our prior destination Sherpa village - Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar
The fifth day of our trek will be the exploration of Namche Bazaar, which is the heart of Khumbu region. There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar, and we can spend a day here acclimatizing. We can feel the chilling air with a sunrise view and the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Khumjung 2-3 hours
Today's journey starts with a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. We continue trekking to Khumjung village which is surrounded by Kondge, Thamserku and the sacred Khumbila mountains. While here, we visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery. Overnight in Khumjung.
Day 07: Khumjung to Deboche 5-6 hours
Upon having breakfast, our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking a magnificent view of the great Himalaya. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. Upon crossing the river, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we then have a tough little climb that goes steeply up through the pine forest. Walking along rhododendron forests for about an hour we reach Deboche. Overnight in Deboch.
Day 08: Deboche to Dingboche 4 - 5 hours
We start our trek towards Pangboche enjoying a superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. We pass through several chortens, mani walls, and small villages. On the journey, we enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, we go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is relatively moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. Then after the confluence, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche at a local lodge.
Day 09: Dingboche: acclimatization
Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take day hikes to either Nagarjuna Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, and Ama Dablam.
Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuche 7km, 5-6 hours
We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep
We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. Walk of about 3-4 hours, will lead to us in an island of sparse grasses below Kala Patthar. This is the place known as Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Acclimatization day - Gorak Shep: Optional early morning ascent of Kala Patar
One of the highlights of any visit to this remote location is to make the ascent to the viewpoint known as Kala Patthar. At an elevation of 5555 meters, we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. The best views are usually to be had first thing in the morning (when the weather is usually clearest) or at sunset when the western side of Everest is bathed in pink light. On this day, non- runners will have the opportunity to walk up to Everest Basecamp and to make an ascent of Kala Patthar.
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (Camp alongside the Everest expeditions)
Trek to Everest Base camp is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp beneath the spectacular Khumbu Icefall. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring).we will set up our camp close to many tents of Everest Climbers. Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On reaching the base camp, we will feel the excitement of expeditions who are looking to the summit and the anticipation of the race in a couple of days. Non-runners accompanied by crew members who will not participate in the race will trek down the valley to Pangboche.
Day 14: Acclimatization at Everest Base Camp – Final Race Preparation
We have a final day of preparation and acclimatization at Everest Basecamp to ensure that we are ready for the challenge awaiting us tomorrow. Non-competing group members will today make the long walk from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar.
Day 15: Final Race Day - Everest Marathon- Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Everest Marathon, the world's highest race will start at 7 am to allow the slowest participants to complete the route in daylight. There will be full marshaling, drinks stations, and medical back-up and supervision. Shortly after first light, you will take your first running steps back towards Namche Bazaar, with the first 5-kilometer section of the run across the Khumbu Glacier and back to Gorak Shep providing the most difficult underfoot conditions of the whole route. Reaching the well-trodden Everest Trail, the conditions ease, and once you reach the main Imja Valley and the half distance point Orsho (21km), there is a lot more oxygen available, and you should be feeling good. A sting in the tail, however, is the 500-meter climb from the bridge at Phunki Tenga (at 34km) to Khunde above Namche Bazaar. The world's highest race, Everest Marathon ends with a final descent via the Hillary School and the village of Syangboche.
Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Monjo 2-3 hrs
Today, after breakfast we trek down to Monjo. A steep descent takes us to a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We cross the river twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. Sightseeing and Souvenir shopping is also something we look forward before we set off and easy descent to our lodge in Monjo.
Day 17: Monjo to Lukla (5-6 hrs)
On this way, we pass Phakding and Chiplung villages. The trail descends steeply before it cuts up to the airstrip in Chauri Kharka. The climb from Chauri Kharka is the final climb of the trek. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
After our long adventurous mountain journey, we will fly to Kathmandhu. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some shopping.
Day 19: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Celebration in the Evening
We start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu namely historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world are listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will have a farewell dinner at night and overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Final departure
On last day of our trek our representative will drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. Our acclimatization destination will be Namcha Bazaar,Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp,Dingboche
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the will be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min. 2 Pax)