Mount Everest Marathon
Nepal, Multi Activity, 19 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,035 (land only) - from $2,795 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: We spend a day in Kathmandu, with a morning's guided sightseeing of some of the city's colourful attractions, such as Bodhnath and Pashupatinath. A second night in Kathmandu.
Day 3: We have an early start for the dramatic flight to the mountain airfield at Lukla. From here, it is just a short and easy walk, largely downhill, to our first lodge at Phakding (2610m) beside the Dudh Kosi River.
Day 4: Following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream we cross and re-cross the river before making a final steep climb to our lodge in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m).
Day 5: A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
Day 6: Our trail now follows the Imja Khola (river) to reach Thyangboche (3860m) which is located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga.
Day 7: We trek via the last permanent habitation in the Khumbu at Pangboche to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
Day 8: A rest day at Dingboche, with plenty of opportunities for acclimatisation hikes or easy training runs into the upper Imja Valley.
Day 9: Continuing on the main trail we trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to our lodge at Lobuche (4910m.
Day 10: We walk beside the Khumbu glacier and cross a tributary dry glacier to reach the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep (5140m).
Day 11: Our lodge is close to the foot of Kala Patar (5500m) and we make an early morning ascent of this classic Everest viewpoint, then spend the afternoon at rest.
Day 12: Today, we trek up to Everest Basecamp, crossing moraine and hiking alongside and then on the Khumbu Glacier. We set up our own base camp close to the camps of the various climbing expeditions on the mountain.
Day 13: A day at Everest Basecamp for rest and final preparation for the race. Non-runners will make the long walk down to Pangboche and stay in a lodge.
Day 14: Race day. The race will start at 7 a.m. to allow the slowest participants to complete the route in daylight. There will be full marshalling, drinks stations and medical back-up and supervision. Overnight in a lodge at Namche Bazaar. Non-runners will make the long walk from Pangboche to Namche.
Day 15: Rest in the morning, then make the easy trek down valley to Monjo.
Day 16: Mostly downhill today following the fall of the Dudh Kosi river, but there's a sting in the tail as we make the final short climb to Lukla.
Day 17: Taking a morning flight to Kathmandu, we will check in at the group hotel and have plenty of time after lunch for further sightseeing or shopping.
Day 18: A free day in Kathmandu. Time for sightseeing and souvenir buying in the colourful market streets of the Nepalese capital, and in the evening there will be a prize giving ceremony and celebration party!
Day 19: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. Depart Kathmandu.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.