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25.6 mile 41.1 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
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Ascent: 2,982' 909 m
Descent: -8,916' -2,718 m
High: 17,566' 5,354 m
Low: 10,875' 3,315 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)


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The World's highest Marathon.

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Starting at Mount Everest Base Camp (17,500 feet) the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is the World's highest marathon and one of the most adventurous trail runs in the world. The upcoming race on October 5th, 2015 will be the 12th edition of this annual race held since 2003. This marathon is an international event with runners from over 20 countries competing each year.

From Everest Base Camp the marathon route goes downhill most of the way along rocky tracks and trails, traversing Nepals Sherpa country and ends at the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (11,200ft). Mr. Deepak Rai, a Nepali runner, holds the course record of 3 hrs 28 min 27 seconds set in 2006 and Mr. Antoine Bonfils from France holds the fastest time for a non-Nepali runner in 4 hours 50 min and 10 seconds.

Due to the high elevation of the race, all participants are requested to be in Nepal three weeks prior to the race for acclimatizing to the high altitude. This three-week adventure combines sightseeing tour in the capital, Kathmandu, a 10-day trek to the marathon starting point, 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 terrain is essential.

Need to Know

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. More specifically, the course from Basecamp runs down through the Khumbu Valley through Lobuche, Dingboche, Pangboche, Tengboche, Khumjung, and finishes in Namche Bazaar.

Runner Notes

The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is a very challenging and demanding course despite being a mostly downhill run. It is suitable for persons who are physically fit and can train regularly to meet the demands of running a high altitude marathon. Any sort of physical activity above 13,000 feet places a great demand on the body and this event will be very challenging even for the fittest runners.

On race day, there will be official marshals, timekeepers and attendants at all checkpoints and water stations at regular intervals along the route with arrangements for medical and emergency assistance and evacuation if required.


This epic journey begins with a sweeping scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and then a trek through Sherpa villages with beautiful views of the world's highest snowcapped peaks. The highest spot of this trip is Kalapatthar at 5545m/18200ft, from the summit of which we can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayan peaks, ranges and glaciers including Mt Everest a stone's throw away.

Next, the trek heads to Everest Base Camp - the starting point for the Marathon. Along the way you'll pass through the Everest National Park and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital town. You'll also visit the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche (one of the oldest in the area) and Thyangboche (the biggest in the whole Himalayas) which was rebuilt after being burnt to the ground years ago (apparently the old monk wanted to douse the electric heater by banging it on the floor).

This is the only trip, apart from mountaineering expeditions, that has overnight camping right at the base of towering Mt Everest near the notorious Khumbu Icefall.

It is indeed a great pleasure for Himalaya Expeditions Private Limited to welcome you all to Namche Bazaar for the 10th edition of the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon (THEM). This amazing event is conducted to commemorate the first successful ascent of Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and 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.

For the 10-day trek to Everest Base Camp, participants will be divided into groups each led by a professional, English-speaking Nepali trek leader and backed by a Sherpa staff of cooks, porters and medical personnel.

For more information or to contact the race,

Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 1 Trip briefing / Sightseeing tour. Hotel.
Day 2 Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding. 8,900 feet.
Day 3 Trek to Namche Bazaar. 11,200 feet.
Day 4 Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 Trek to Khumjung. 13,025 feet.
Day 6 Trek to Deboche via Tengboche. 13,800 ft.
Day 7 Trek to Dingboche. 14,400 feet.
Day 8 Rest & acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Day 9 Trek to Lobuche. 16,170 feet.
Day 10 Trek to Gorekshep. 16,900 feet.
Day 11 Hike Kala Pattar & to Everest Base Camp.
Day 12 At Everest Base Camp. 17,500 feet.
Day 14 Rest day at Namche Bazaar. 11,200 feet.
Day 15 Trek to Monjo or Phakding. 9,000 feet.
Day 16 Trek to Lukla. 9,200 feet.
Day 17 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 18 Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 19 Transfer to airport and depart Kathmandu

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