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The Challenge

The Hillary Tenzing Everest Marathon  |  29th May 2016  |  Everest Base Camp (17,598ft) to Namche Bazaar (11,306ft)  |  26.2 miles  |  The World’s Highest Marathon, The World’s Toughest Race 


The Marathon

Starting at Everest Basecamp (5364m), close beneath the spectacular Khumbu Icefall, this is the highest marathon in the world. First run in 2003 as an event for local runners, the race now has a more international reputation and typically includes runners from 20 or more nations. The route leads mostly downhill on rough tracks and trails, through the spectacular homeland of the Sherpa people, to Namche Bazaar (3446m). A sting in the tail, however, is the 500 metre ascent from Phunki Tenga to Kunde, before the final descent into Namche.

With 4 nights in the colourful capital city of Kathmandu and an 11-day trek to Everest Basecamp that includes additional days for acclimatisation, this is a fantastic adventure. During the trek, the runners will be accompanied by experienced local guides and a full local support crew, including doctors who will monitor the runners’ physical condition.

Race Day

On race day, there will be an official timekeeper, a team of marshals, regular checkpoints and drinks/feeding stations, as well as medical and emergency evacuation support. Runners will wear an electronic wristband that allows the race organisers to keep track of your progress. Although mostly downhill, this is a challenging route, with snow and ice at the highest level and a lot of rocky and exposed sections of trail. The race is only suitable for runners who train or race under cross-country, trail, fell or mountain conditions. Relatives and friends can sign up for the trek and accompany the competitors as non-running group members.

Facts & Figures

  • Highest marathon in the world
  • Run from Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar
  • Held annually since 2003
  • Overnight camp at Everest Base Camp
  • Accurately measured course and full marshalling

Trip Profile

Trekking Grade: Adventurous
Race Date: May 29th 2016
Course Length: 26.09 Miles
Start Point: Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft)
Finish Point: Namche Bazaar (3446m/11306ft)
Highest Elevation: Kala Patthar (5545m/18200ft)

Other Highlights

  • Warm, friendly locals
  • Spectacular arrays of Himalaya ranges
  • Amazing treks through the Sherpa heartland
  • Spectacular view of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse from the summit of Kala Patthar

More Information

For more information relating to the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon please visit – everestmarathon.com 

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