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Highlights

  • Run from Everest Basecamp to Namche Bazaar
  • Accurately measured course and full marshalling
  • Established event in Nepal held annually since 2003
  • Coincides with the anniversary of the first ascent of Everest

Monday 29th May 2017 is Race Day for the 14th annual Tenzing-Hillary Mount Everest 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. In 2006, Deepak Rai set the record for the route at 3 hours, 28 minutes and 27 seconds. Tim Watson, a member of the 2014 KE group, broke the UK record for the event with a time of 5 hours 45 minutes. To take part in the race, runners must sign up for this three-week Mount Everest Marathon package. 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. 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.

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High in the Himalaya of Nepal, with the start line at 5364 metres, this is not a normal marathon! It is vital that anyone considering this event has adequate altitude acclimatisation - and this was one of our main concerns when setting up the itinerary. The route that we follow is the usual Everest Basecamp approach, but we have allowed 3 rest and acclimatisation days during our trek up to basecamp and the start of the race. We think that we have got the balance right. Generally, the trekking conditions on this trip are relatively easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout except for the final stretch to Basecamp which follows a trail through moraine rubble and boulders. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with teashops and lodges and the trails between these are well-used and present easy walking conditions. It should be noted however, that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations and can be challenging even for fit hikers. With our additional days for acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar, at Dingboche and at Everest Basecamp itself, this itinerary should provide near optimal preparation for the marathon. By its nature this is a difficult trip to grade. The trekking involved is reasonably straightforward although quite challenging due to the high altitude, but naturally the main challenge of this trip is the marathon itself.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • A free day in Kathmandu. A chance to rest and to do some sightseeing A half-day city tour is provided.
  • Fly to Lukla, then trek mainly downhill to the riverside settlement of Phakding (2610m).
  • Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.
  • Acclimatisation day in Namche. Optional walk to a fine viewpoint for Everest and Ama Dablam.
  • Trek up above Namche through several Sherpa settlements. Overnight in Khumjung (3790m).
  • Cross the valley of the Imja Khola to Thyangboche, then descend to overnight at Deboche (3700m).
  • Trek to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
  • Acclimatisation walk into the Imja Valley with fantastic views towards Tibet. Return to Dingboche.
  • Trek to Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche (4910m).
  • Trek to the yak pastures of Gorak Shep (5140m) at the base of Kala Patar.
  • Acclimatisation day at Gorak Shep. Optional early morning ascent of Kala Patar (5500m).
  • Trek up to Everest Basecamp on the Khumbu Glacier. Camp alongside the Everest expeditions.
  • A day at Everest Basecamp for rest and final race preparation. Spend a second night under canvas.
  • Race Day - Everest Marathon. The race starts at 7 am. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
  • Morning at leisure, then make the easy trek down valley to Monjo (2835m).
  • Trek downhill beside the Dudh Kosi River with a short final climb to Lukla.
  • Fly to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or relaxing.
  • A sightseeing day in Kathmandu. Everest Marathon celebration party in the evening.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
2017
Mon 15 May - Sat 03 Jun Code MEM /01/17/ Adult$2,970 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon
  • The departure reference for this tour is MEM /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 15 May and departs on Sat 03 Jun
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $365 - Single supplement is for group hotel nights in Kathmandu. Single rooms in lodges are not available.
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Please note that unlike the majority of our Nepalese holidays, meals in Kathmandu other than breakfasts are not included in the trip price. The first group get together will be a briefing on the morning of Day 2 and you will be advised about the timing of this when you get to your hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

  • A free day in Kathmandu. A chance to rest and to do some sightseeing A half-day city tour is provided.

    We spend a day at leisure in the Nepalese capital. This allows us to rest a little after our international travel and also do some sightseeing. There will be a group briefing at the hotel in the morning. A half-day guided city tour is provided and this will include stand-out highlights of Kathmandu, such as the giant stupa at Bodhnath. We spend a second night at our Kathmandu hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Lukla, then trek mainly downhill to the riverside settlement of Phakding (2610m).

    After breakfast, we transfer to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport, where we check in for the flight to Lukla. Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains, after a 40-minute flight, is a very spectacular way to arrive. We then make the easy hike, largely downhill, to our first lodge at Phakding (2610m) beside the Dudh Kosi River.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 290m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 420m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.

    A very pleasant walk by the river through pine forest leads to a short climb to escape a narrow gorge section. We pass the entrance to the Khumbu National Park (where details of our permits are recorded) and then drop down again to the river, which we cross on a suspension bridge. We continue up the wooded valley on a good trail and cross the river again before reaching a confluence of rivers, one coming down from Thame and the other from the Khumbu. We make a final crossing here on a spectacular high suspension bridge and then begin an hour and half ascent to Namche Bazaar (3400m) on a wide switchback trail. This is the sting in the tail of today’s otherwise gentle ascent and one of the steepest parts of the entire route to basecamp. On arrival in Namche, we check into our lodge and have time to look around the Sherpa capital.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Acclimatisation day in Namche. Optional walk to a fine viewpoint for Everest and Ama Dablam.

    Namche Bazaar is tucked away between 2 ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place, where goods from across the border in Tibet have always been traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. 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. At this stage, some group members will be keen to try running short sections as a first taste of how the marathon will 'feel'.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 380m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 380m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Trek up above Namche through several Sherpa settlements. Overnight in Khumjung (3790m).

    Today, we will hike up via the Everest Hotel, with its commanding views, to the village of Khumjung which is situated above Namche in an amazing position. Here, at an elevation of around 3790 metres, we have great views of both Ama Dablam and Mount Everest. The afternoon is free to take it easy at our lodge and to admire the views. Alternatively, you can also visit the monastery which has a yak skull on display, visit the local school and medical post, or walk up onto a ridge behind the village.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 440m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 130m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Cross the valley of the Imja Khola to Thyangboche, then descend to overnight at Deboche (3700m).

    A relatively easy day of trekking, though at this altitude it can still feel tough on the uphill section. The trail today is very spectacular in terms of scenery. We follow a clear trail east out of Kumjung, before joining the main north-easterly trail towards Thyangboche. There is a long traversing descent to the bridge across the Imja River at Phunki Tenga and then, beyond the river, we climb a long ridge to Thyangboche, home to one of Nepal’s finest monasteries. We have the chance to look around the monastery and the interesting visitor centre there. This is a popular place as it not only affords a good view of the Everest/Lhotse massif but is also the classic viewpoint for Ama Dablam. Shortly beyond Thyangboche, we follow a descending trail to our overnight stop at Deboche. Altitude: 3700 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 660m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.

    Today's trek takes us above the tree-line to the village of Pangboche, where there is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. Shortly beyond Pangboche, there is a good lunch stop the small Sherpa hamlet of Shomare, beyond which we continue our walk, gaining height only very gradually, to Dingboche (4350m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. We stay in one of the lodges in this picturesque Sherpa village.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 890m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 330m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Acclimatisation walk into the Imja Valley with fantastic views towards Tibet. Return to Dingboche.

    In accordance with our careful program of acclimatisation we will spend 2 nights at this altitude before moving further up the Khumbu valley. An option today is to hike up into the Imja Valley towards Chukkung (4730m). There are fantastic views towards Tibet and of Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 410m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 410m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche (4910m).

    The trek today follows the Khumbu Valley and climbs to the tiny settlement at Dugla. Shortly thereafter, we reach the memorial to those Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest. Here, the trail starts to level out, following the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche (4910m) opposite the towering pyramid of Lhotse.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 640m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 60m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the yak pastures of Gorak Shep (5140m) at the base of Kala Patar.

    Lobuche is the traditional start point for the final day’s trek all the way to Everest Basecamp. However, mindful of the need to get our acclimatisation right, we will move our camp just a short distance up-valley to Gorak Shep. We begin by following a trail through the ablation valley at the side of the Khumbu Glacier gaining height gradually. At this point the glacier is hidden from us by the valley sides, but as we climb to cross the rubble of a tributary glacier, we can see the great Khumbu Glacier stretching away down valley. Beyond this tributary, after a total walk of about 3 hours, we reach an island of sparse grasses below Kala Patar. This is the place known as Gorak Shep. Once a summer yak herding meadow, this remote spot now boasts some of the highest tea houses in Nepal. The altitude here is 5140 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 280m

    • Distance 5km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 40m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Acclimatisation day at Gorak Shep. Optional early morning ascent of Kala Patar (5500m).

    One of the highlights of any visit to this remote location, is to make the ascent to the viewpoint known as Kala Patar. At an elevation of 5500 metres, this point on the ridge running down from Pumori provides one of the finest views of Everest and the Khumbu Valley. The best views are usually to be had first thing in the morning (when the weather is usually clearest) or at sunset, when the western side of Everest is bathed in pink light. On this day, non-runners have the opportunity to walk up to Everest Basecamp and/or to make an ascent of Kala Patar.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 490m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 490m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Trek up to Everest Basecamp on the Khumbu Glacier. Camp alongside the Everest expeditions.

    Our final approach to Everest Basecamp follows the moraine crest on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier, before dropping down onto the glacier itself. The path on the glacier changes continually due to the movement of the glacier. We pass over rocky dunes, moraine and streams before arriving at the inspirational Everest Basecamp, beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall. Once here we will feel the excitement of expeditions who are looking to summit and the anticipation of the race in a couple of days time. We set up our own camp here close to the many tents of the Everest climbers. The altitude at Everest Basecamp is 5364 metres. On this day, any group members who are not taking part in the race will make the long walk back down valley to Pangboche (accompanied by one or more members of the trek crew) where they will overnight in a lodge.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 150m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 50m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • A day at Everest Basecamp for rest and final race preparation. Spend a second night under canvas.

    We have a final day of preparation and acclimatisation at Everest Basecamp to ensure that we are ready for the challenge awaiting us tomorrow. Non-competing group members will today make the long walk from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Race Day - Everest Marathon. The race starts at 7 am. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

    You'll have to be up early for breakfast ahead of a 7.00 am race start. Shortly after first light, you will take your first running steps back towards Namche Bazaar, with the first 5 kilometre section of the run across the Khumbu Glacier and back to Gorak Shep providing the most difficult underfoot conditions of the whole route. Reaching the well-trodden Everest Trail, the conditions ease and once you reach the main Imja Valley and the half distance point at Orsho (21km), there is a lot more oxygen available and you should be feeling good. A sting in the tail, however, is the 500-metre climb from the bridge at Phunki Tenga (at 34km) to Khunde above Namche Bazaar. The world's highest race ends with a final descent via the Hillary School and the village of Syangboche to the finishing line in Namche. In 2012 the race winner was the Nepali Ram Kumar Raj Bhandari who finished in 3 hours 49 minutes and 45 seconds. The first British runner, James Ross Makenzie finished in 6 hours 45 minutes and 35 seconds, still a very respectable time. Lightly loaded porters will carry the group's personal baggage back to Namche from Everest Basecamp, arriving either late today or early in the morning. Non-runners spend the day in Namche Bazaar having a rest day and watching the runners arrive.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 970m

    • Distance 42km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2520m

    • Time 4 - 10 hrs running

  • Morning at leisure, then make the easy trek down valley to Monjo (2835m).

    After our endeavours of yesterday, we have the morning to rest at Namche Bazaar. There will be time for sightseeing, souvenir buying or just sleeping, before we set off on a short and easy descent to our lodge in Monjo.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 150m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 850m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek downhill beside the Dudh Kosi River with a short final climb to Lukla.

    From Monjo the trail descends and the valley becomes more enclosed, as we pass the villages of Phakding and Chopling, to reach Chaumrikharka. Here, we begin the 45 minute ascent to Lukla and our final lodge of the trip. Tonight we will no doubt celebrate the end of a great challenge with our fellow racers, porters and crew.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Fly to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or relaxing.

    We take the early morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in to our hotel. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the sights of Kathmandu.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • A sightseeing day in Kathmandu. Everest Marathon celebration party in the evening.

    This is an important contingency day in case of delays to the flights from Lukla. If we have experienced no delays this is an opportunity to explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. The whole day is free for independent sightseeing or shopping in the colourful bazaars. In the evening we will attend the Everest Marathon celebration party!

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking KE leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • Race entrance fee
  • On race day there will be appropriate marshalling / drinks stations / medical back-up and supervision
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Some meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and Western, mostly purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. In the Khumbu Valley, there is ample opportunity to purchase additional snacks and drinks from teahouses and shops. In Kathmandu you have the choice of taking your meals in the hotel or a local restaurants.

All meals when on trek are included in the price. Breakfast is included in Kathmandu. Lunches and dinner are not included in Kathmandu. You should allow approximately £5 - 10 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc) per meal for 3 dinners and 2 or 3 lunches.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with the booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 4 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. Whilst on trek there are 13 nights staying in standard lodges. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Accommodation is basic in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered hot showers (charged at $2 - $3 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet the other people taking part in the race. There are no lodges at Everest Base Camp and here we will camp for 2 nights. We use good quality three-person mountain tents (two people to each tent) and there will also be a dining tent and toilet tents. A camp kitchen and cook will provide our meals and hot water fpr washing. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For the 3 hotel nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the lodge dining room we will be served with a hot breakfast before setting off on the days trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch taken at a teahouse along the route usually takes about an hour and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to the evenings stop as we set off again. It is usual for the afternoons walk to be shorter than the morning session. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a cup of tea or a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.

Internal Flights

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in a recent independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2013. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk. Please note that poor weather can cause delays on the flights to and from Lukla. If flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night in Kathmandu and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. There is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or even 2 lost days (note that this will mean less acclimatisation time prior to the race), but alternative arrangements must be made if your Lukla flights are cancelled for a third day. We have included 2 nights in Kathmandu at the end of the trip as a contingency against delay on the flight back from Lukla. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up to Lukla or back to Kathmandu, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking KE leader throughout the trip. Whilst on trek there will also be a full trek crew, including several Sherpas, a cook team and porters. There will also be a team of Nepalese doctors who will accompany the group throughout the trek. On race day, there will be appropriate marshalling and as many as 10 check points / water stations.

Approximately £250 - £300 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including those meals in Kathmandu that you need to pay for directly. This amount will also cover the approximately £50 (changed into equivalent local currency) that you will pay for porter and trek crew tips. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM's in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up from the nearest road, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude. In many restaurants in Kathmandu it is possible to use a credit card to pay for meals.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £50 (in rupees) to these tips. More detailed guidelines on tipping will be sent with your joining instructions. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. For all flights to and from STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15kg. This weight allowance is normally strictly enforced and excess baggage will be charged. Please be aware that you will have to pay for this at check-in. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a ‘Marathon Trek Bag’ and will be asked to repack you equipment into this bag. These bags are numbered, which helps the crews with logistics during the time in the Khumbu. Your KE Trek Bag (or alternative main baggage item) will be left in Kathmandu with your travel clothes and any other items you don’t need on trek. At Gorak Shep on Day 12, you will divide your equipment again, taking only essentials up to Everest Basecamp for the start of the race. The remainder of your gear will be taken down to Namche. On the day of the race, those items of equipment you have taken up to basecamp (sleeping bag, some clothing, toothbrush) will be portered down to Namche Bazaar, usually arriving in the evening. You will be provided with bedding in the event that this gear does not arrive until the following morning.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. For all flights to STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15 kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. Paying for transportation of excess baggage is not normally an option on these flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

 

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermal gloves

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -15°C)*

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

In addition, competitors must bring the following:

  • Suitable running shoes

  • Running clothes suitable for the conditions (sub zero temperatures at the start)

The following items are optional:

  • Yaktrax (or similar lightweight icy trail traction aids)

  • Trekking poles

  • Trainers or similar for in the lodges

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Gaiters

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Scarf or buff

  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Notes

Marathon Trek Bags: On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be provided with an alternative ‘Marathon Trek Bag’ and will be asked to repack you equipment into this bag. These bags are numbered, which helps our crews with logistics during the time in the Khumbu. Your KE Trek Bag (or alternative main baggage item) will be left in Kathmandu with your travel clothes and any other items you don’t need on trek.

Marathon Bumbag and water bottles: You will also be given a bum bag and water bottles, which you can choose to use or not.

 

Suitable foam camping mattresses are provided by our local agent. You do  not need to take an additional camping mattress.


Equipment hire: Items marked * are available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.

 

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition. >> Click here to view the PHD Gear Advisor for Everest Base Camp Trek <http://www.phdesigns.co.uk/gearadviser/destination.php?destinations_id=17>

 

Mountain Fuel

Mountain Fuel is a balanced nutrition system and has been tested in some of the world's most extreme environments. Having supported ‘Walking With The Wounded’ in their North and South Pole races, it proved it’s effectiveness in delivering sustained energy and recovery. Mountain Fuel are offering all KE clients 25p off per product and will also donate 25p per product to The Juniper Trust, KE’s partner charity. For more information and to order your products click the link http://mountainfuel.co.uk <https://www.keadventure.com/http%3a/mountainfuel.co.uk>  and use coupon code JuniperTrust.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. To take part in the race you should have some previous running experience and preferably will have competed in at least one marathon event.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

This trip is timed to run towards the end of Nepal's pre-monsoon season. At this time of year, it should be neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold at higher elevations. It is a great time of year for trekking and for running a marathon at altitude. Visit the World Meteorological Organization’s website at worldweather.org for climate statistics for Kathmandu. As a rough guide, mean temperatures will decrease a little over 1ºC for every 200 metre increase in altitude.

  • Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet

  • Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides

  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti

  • Everest: A Trekkers Guide. Kev Reynolds. Cicerone

  • Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Stan Armington

  • Into Thin Air. Jon Krakauer

  • The Climb. Anatoli Boukreev

  • The Ascent of Everest. John Hunt & Edmund Hillary

  • Sherpas & Himalayan Mountaineering. Sherry B. Ortner

  • A History of Nepal. John Whelpton

  • Field Guide to Birds of the Himalayas. Bikram Grewal

Everest Base Camp. 1: 50,000 Nepa / National Geographic Maps

This map is probably the best for this trek. It shows the trekking route in its entirety, from Lukla to Everest Basecamp. It has relief shading and a 40 metre contour interval.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep by boat and on foot. 



Chitwan Jungle Extension

From $1100 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

From $145 per person

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (join Kathmandu)

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge sets the standard for comfortable and luxurious mountain lodge accommodation with its relaxed atmosphere, tranquil setting, eco-tourism and conservation ethos. Located on a spectacular hilltop ridge, it has panoramic views of ‘Fishtail Mountain and Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. It has won several prestigious awards including the PATA Heritage and Culture Gold Award and the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Ecotourism Award.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (join Kathmandu)

From $995 per person

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Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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