Mount Everest Marathon
Nepal, Multi Activity, 20 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,120 (land only) - from $2,700 (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 free day in Kathmandu with a half-day sightseeing tour. A second night at our Kathmandu hotel.
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. Approximately 8 kms walking with 300 metres of ascent and 450 metres of descent. 4 hours with stops.
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). Approximately 11 kms walking, with 1150 metres of ascent and 300 metres of descent. 7 hours with stops.
Day 5: A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. Options for acclimatisation walks include an easy hike along the panoramic trail towards Kenjoma for spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest itself. We spend a second night at our lodge in Namche. Acclimatisation walk approx 7 kms, with 400 metres of ascent and descent. 3 hours.
Day 6: Today, we hike up out of Namche to one of the Sherpa villages that is situated to the north. We overnight in Kumjung at an elevation of 3790 metres, with views of Everest and Ama Dablam. Approximately 4 kms walking, with 450 metres of ascent and 130 metres of descent. 3 hours with stops.
Day 7: Our trail now follows the Imja Khola (river) to reach Thyangboche and its monastery, which is located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga. We then drop down to overnight at Deboche at 3700 metres. Approximately 8 kms walking, with 650 metres of ascent 700 metres of descent. 6 to 7 hours with stops.
Day 8: We trek via the last permanent habitation in the Khumbu at Pangboche to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4350m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. Approximately 10 kms walking, with 900 metres of ascent and 300 metres of descent. 5 to 6 hours with stops.
Day 9: A rest day at Dingboche, with plenty of opportunities for acclimatisation hikes or easy training runs into the upper Imja Valley. Potential acclimatisation walk 9 kms, with 400 metres of ascent and descent. 3 to 4 hours with stops.
Day 10: Continuing on the main trail we trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to our lodge at Lobuche (4910m). Approximately 9 kms walking, with 650 metres of ascent and 60 metres of descent. 4 to 5 hours with stops.
Day 11: We walk beside the Khumbu Glacier and cross a tributary dry glacier to reach the yak pastures at Gorak Shep (5140m). Approximately 4.5 kms walking, with 300 metres of ascent and 50 metres of descent. 2 to 3 hours with stops.
Day 12: 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. Acclimatisation walk approximately 4 kms, with 500 metres of ascent and descent. 3 hours with stops.
Day 13: Today, we trek up to Everest Basecamp, crossing moraine and hiking alongside and then on the Khumbu Glacier. We set up our own basecamp close to the camps of the various climbing expeditions on the mountain. Approximately 4 kms walking, with 150 metres of ascent and 50 metres of descent. 2 hours with stops.
Day 14: A day at Everest Basecamp for rest and final preparation for the race. We spend our second and final night under canvas.
Day 15: Race day. The race will start at 7 am 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. Approximate race stats: 42 kms, with 1000 metres of ascent and 2600 metres of descent.
Day 16: Rest in the morning, then make the easy trek down valley to Monjo. Approximately 4.5 kms walking, with 80 metres of ascent and 800 metres of descent. 2 hours.
Day 17: 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. Approximately 13 kms walking, with 665 metres of ascent and 580 metres of descent. 5 hours with stops.
Day 18: 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 19: A free day in Kathmandu. Time for sightseeing and souvenir buying in the colourful market streets of the Nepalese capital. In the evening we will attend the Everest Marathon celebration party!
Day 20: 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.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.