The journey begins with a sweeping scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then we trek through Sherpa villages with beautiful view 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.
We shall trek to Everest Base Camp from where the race begins. Along the way we shall pass through the Everest National Park and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital town. 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 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 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.
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.
All participants of are requested to be in Nepal three weeks prior to the race for acclimatizing to the high altitude. This three-week holiday combines 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 terrain is essential. This is the world’s most spectacular race held annually.