The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is a 16/17 days holiday in Nepal organised by Adventure High Mountain - Nepal Ltd, combining sightseeing in the capital Kathmandu, a hard trek in the Everest region (vital for acclimatisation), ascents of Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar for the best views of Everest, and then, one of the most gruelling races in the world. Those who arrange their own flights to Nepal should meet the group in Kathmandu the next day (17 day holiday). In order to acclimatise naturally to the high altitude, the race is preceded by a 15 day trek in the Everest region. This allows time for high altitude training under medical supervision. Before the race most people will have a chance to ascend both Gokyo Ri (5483m) and Kala Pattar (5623m) from where there are splendid views of Everest across the Khumbu glacier. After the race competitors are flown back to Kathmandu from the high altitude airstrip at Lukla.
The race starts at Everest base camp (5184m), and finishes in the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar (3446m). The course is a measured 26.2 miles/42 km and, although it is basically downhill, the trail undulates and there are two steep uphill sections. The race starts at 6:30 am and there are cut-off points at Tengboche monastery (14 miles – 12.30 pm) and Chorkhung (20 miles – 2.30 pm), just above Namche Bazaar. The last 6 miles, out to Thamo and back, are on an exhausting undulating trail. It is essential to finish by nightfall at 6.00 pm.
18 May 2017/2018 Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
19 May 2017/2018 Day 02: Trip briefing / Sightseeing tour. Hotel.
20 May 2017/2018 Day 03: Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding. 8,900 feet.
21 May 2017/2018 Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar. 11,200 feet.
22 May 2017/2018 Day 05: Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.
23 May 2017/2018 Day 06: Trek to Tengboche. 13,800 ft.
24 May 2017/2018 Day 07: Trek to Dingboche. 14,400 feet.
25 May 2017/2018 Day 08: Rest & acclimatization day at Dingboche.
26 May 2017/2018 Day 09: Trek to Lobuche. 16,170 feet.
27 May 2017/2018 Day 10: Trek to Gorekshep. 16,900 feet.
28 May 2017/2018 Day 11: Hike Kala Pattar & to Everest Base Camp.
29 May 2017/2018 Day 12: MARATHON DAY!
30 May 2017/2018 Day 13: Rest day at Namche Bazaar. 11,200 feet.
31 May 2017/2018 Day 14: Trek to Lukla. 9,200 feet.
01 Jun 2017/2018 Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Hotel.
02 Jun 2017/2018 Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
03 Jun 2017/2018 Day 17: Transfer to airport and depart Kathmandu