Everest Marathon Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Everest Marathon Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Everest/Marathon
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Lukla
  • Ends Lukla
  • Activity Trekking/Camping/Marathon
  • Best Season May

Everest Marathon Trek Highlights

  • Scenic Flight to Lukla: The adventure kicks off with a thrilling and scenic flight to Lukla airport, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • An enchanting journey through Khumbu Valley: Exploration of the breathtaking Khumbu valley. Encounter with local Sherpa communities that provides a unique cultural experience.
  • Sherpa Villages: Trekking through the remarkable Sherpa settlements, surrounded by majestic peaks, stunning landscapes, and the tranquility of the Himalayan wilderness.
  • Everest Base Camp: Reaching the legendary Mt. Everest Base Camp, a great achievement and a chance to stand in the shadow of the world's highest peak.
  • Kala Patthar: A challenging but rewarding side trek to Kala Patthar, a paradise offering panoramic views of Himalayan giants.
  • Everest Marathon: Participating in the legendary Everest Marathon, an extreme high-altitude challenge. Test your physical and mental endurance amidst the Himalayan backdrop.
  • Environmental Impact: Contribute to the preservation of the Himalayan ecosystem and the habitat of the endangered Musk Deer, adding a meaningful layer to the trek's significance.

The Thrill of the Everest Marathon Trek

Are you looking for an amazing adventure that combines the excitement of trekking in the mountains with the thrill of running a marathon? Then the Everest Marathon Trek is the perfect experience for you. Everest Marathon Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that takes you through the heart of the Himalayas, ending at the famous Mt. Everest Base Camp.

What makes this trek special is that you not only get to hike the challenging Sherpa trails and see breathtaking views, but you also have the chance to take part in the famous Everest Marathon. As you follow the path of those who conquered Everest, the trek becomes a celebration of personal achievement, friendship, and love of adventure. Come with us on this extraordinary adventure, where every step you take is a journey of self-discovery, surrounded by the stunning beauty of the world's highest mountains.

May 29: The Everest Marathon - A Tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa"

Every year on May 29, the Everest Marathon is organized, marking a thrilling international high-altitude adventure. In the heart of the magical Himalayas, this event kicks off from the legendary Mt. Everest Base Camp, tracing the challenging Sherpa trails. It is a tribute to the historic triumph of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who conquered Everest on May 29, 1953. This marathon covers a demanding 70-kilometer range.

The Everest Marathon Trek is more than just an ordinary experience; it is a celebration of the human spirit and endurance. The event offers three distinct categories—70 km Extreme Ultra, 42 km Full Marathon, and 21 km Half Marathon. It is one of the most privileged events that summons participants from all walks of life. From seasoned athletes to first-time runners, the event promises an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

CATEGORIES:

  • 70 km Everest Extreme Ultra: Starts from Everest Base Camp, Dingboche, touches Chhukhung, via Phortse we go over Nha La and take the Gokyo Valley through Machhermo and descend to Namche Bazaar via Mong La.
  • 42.195 km Full Marathon: Starts from EBC, Dingboche, loops to Bibre (in Chhukhung Valley), and descends to Namche Bazaar via Tengboche Monastery and Khyangjuma.
  • 21 km Half Marathon: Starts from Dingboche 4410m to Namche Bazaar Via Tengboche Monastery and Khyangjuma.

The Everest Marathon: A Remarkable Adventure with Environmental Impact.

The Everest Marathon Trek isn't just about reaching the finish line; it's about conquering personal limits and contributing to the preservation of the majestic Himalayan ecosystem. Joining the Everest Marathon isn't merely participating in a sporting event; it's embracing an adventure that is truly a remarkable and holistic experience.

Adding a touch of environmental responsibility to the thrill, the Everest Marathon Trek goes beyond the racecourse. As part of the festivities, this event contributes to an eco-conscious initiative that aims to safeguard the habitat of the endangered Musk Deer. Hence, this trip certainly adds a meaningful layer to the event's significance.

Also check the fun of sleeping at Everest Base Camp through our EBC trek sleeping at Base camp package - CLICK HERE HERE

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:MAY 17: Arrival at Kathmandu, The Capital City (1,400 m / 4,593 feet)
  • Day 02:MAY 18: Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) (474 m / 1,555 feet) and Overnight Stay
  • Day 03:MAY 19: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m 9,186 feet) and Trek to Phakding (2,600 m/8,530 feet)
  • Day 04:MAY 20: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m / 11,318 feet) - the Capital of Khumbu Region
  • Day 05:MAY 21: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY @ Namche Bazaar
  • Day 06:MAY 22: Trek to Phortse Village (3810 m / 12,500 feet) - the most picturesque village.
  • Day 07:MAY 23: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m / 14,271 feet)
  • Day 08:MAY 24: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY @ Dingboche
  • Day 09:MAY 25: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m / 16,108 feet)
  • Day 10:MAY 26: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,165 m /16,945 feet) and hike to Kala Patthar (5,545 m /18,192 feet)
  • Day 11:MAY 27: Trek to EBC (5,360 m/17,585 feet) – overnight at tented camp - Briefing
  • Day 12:MAY 28: Acclimatization and PRE-MARATHON preparation and training.
  • Day 13:MAY 29: MARATHON DAY
  • Day 14:MAY 30: Casual morning and short trek to Monjo (2850m / 9,350 feet)
  • Day 15:MAY 31: Trek back to Lukla our Final Destination @ 2,840 m/9.317 feet
  • Day 16:JUNE 01: Mountain Flight to the Capital City of Kathmandu
  • Day 17:JUNE 02: Contingency Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 18:JUNE 03: Trip Ends - Transfer to international Airport.

Everest Marathon Trek Detailed Itinerary

Your Trek Leader or one of our representatives will be at the Kathmandu airport to receive you on your arrival day. Shortly you will be transferred to your hotel located at Thamel, one of the most colorful town in Nepal, a tourist hub. Depending on your time of arrival in Kathmandu we will organize a few activities that particular day including the trek briefing from your Trek Leader and a welcome dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants at Thamel. 

You don't need to take much pressure on packing and last-minute shopping which you can do the next morning as we leave the hotel for Manthali casually.

  • Altitude: 1,400 m / 4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min. DRIVE
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Today we will have a hearty breakfast at the hotel itself. If you still have any questions in regards to the trip that u must have missed due to jet lag, you can do it today. Your Trek Leader will be there to assist you at the hotel at the earliest. Casually we leave the hotel for a scenic 4-hour drive to Manthali Airport.

As you leave the main city area you will witness the beauty of Nepal's rustic life and of course the beautiful mountain view on the way. There will be multiple stops for tea and to stretch your legs. Lunch will be organized at one of the highway restaurants - that will be an experience. After arriving at Manthali we will spent a night in one of the available hotel. 

  • Altitude: 474 m / 1,555 feet
  • Accommodation: Basic Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hrs. DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 132 km
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

Wake-up call will be set earlier today depending on your flight time. Since all flights to Lukla fly early in the morning to get away from any uncertainty of wind and clouds, we are to wake up early. Usually, the airport time is an hour earlier than your departure time. Most of the time Manthali Airport has an environment of CHAOS, to which you will get conditioned to. However, things will be taken care of by your leader and our airport helper. 

The flight to Lukla is seriously thrilling though it's only 18-20 minutes. The panoramic view of the mountain and the view of the landscape is phenomenal. Witness the thrill of landing on an inclined airstrip. At Lukla, we spend some time and soon we start our journey to Phakding. This 4-hour walk to Phakding through the Dudh Koshi Gorge via many traditional Sherpa villages is amazing.  Overnight at Phakding.

  • Altitude: 2,800 m 9,186 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahous Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 KM
  • Transport: MOUNTIAN FLIGHT

After breakfast, we leave Phakding and walk northwest toward Namche Bazaar. Today we will walk the traditional Khumbu trail where we will encounter multiple Sherpa villages which clearly shows the Tibetan Buddhism influence. We will cross 5 suspension bridges today, the last one being the highest - popularly known as Edmund Hillary Bridge.

We will most probably have lunch at Jorsale the last settlement and shortly we will start climbing the iconic hill to Namche. Depending on what the weather turns out like you will have a brilliant view of Kusum Khangkaru, Thamserku, Kongde, and the iconic Mount Everest. 

Eventually, we get to Namche bazaar, the Capital of the Khumbu region - it's like a mirage in the middle of nowhere. A town with almost all the facilities. If you are yearning for great Coffee, Chocolate Cake, a pub, or last-minute shopping, Namche Bazaar has it all. 

  • Altitude: 3,450 m / 11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

Acclimatization is crucial to adapt to a thin high-altitude environment. So, though it is a rest day we will go for an excursion to Syangboche or as far as Everest View Lodge. Buying yourself a drink at this Japanese-owned Everest View Hotel is worth it coz the view of Everest, the iconic Ama Dablam, and the neighboring mountains is spectacular. We gain a few hundred meters for acclimatization and then we descend back to Namche Bazaar. The afternoon is free so you can spend your afternoon exploring the Bazaar or just relaxing.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Phortse is considered one of the most picturesque villages in the Khumbu region beside Khumjung. Leaving Namche Bazaar we walk the most beautiful effortless trail towards the settlement of Khyangjuma. As we walk the soaring peak of Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam dominate the skyline.

Shortly we will leave the commercial trail and take a Gokyo Valley trail that will take us high up to a small settlement of Mong La for Lunch. We descend to Phortse Tenga and after crossing a small bridge there is a short climb to Phortse. There is a chance to spot Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and the Phasants in this particular section - so please maintain silence.

Phortse is a beautiful terraced village where tranquility prevails. The majestic view of Thamserku and Kangtega is simply remarkable. Depending on the time you arrive at this beautiful village you can go on a small excursion to the monastery which is only 25 minutes climb. Enjoy the afternoon tea with the stunning setting sun. 

  • Altitude: 3810 m / 12,500 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.9 km

Leaving the beautiful village of Phortse, today we will take the high-elevation trail toward Pangboche. This high trail is one of the most spectacular trails in the region that besides its grandiose view offers you a bird's eye view of the Dudh Koshi gorge with the Tengboche Monastery. As you twist and turn this mountain trail you will enjoy the serenity, as this trail is less trodden compared to the commercial trail to EBC. Ama Dablam plays hide and seek as you cruise this trail with ups and downs. Soon you will get to the village of Pangboche. 

From Pangboche we walk 45 minutes further to Somare for lunch. After lunch, we walk the easy trail where the trail opens up into a wide Himalayan meadow. Now we go above the tree-line zone more to the alpine with alpine vegetation like junipers. Eventually, we get to Dingboche a big permanent settlement at 4410m. Besides Ama Dablam, you will have a great view of Lhotse (the 4th Highest mountain in the world), Nuptse, Cholatse, and the ISLAND PEAK - the most popular 6000m peak. Overnight at Dingboche.  

  • Altitude: 4,350 m / 14,271 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9.5 km

REST DAY - ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE:

Acclimatization is very crucial allowing your body to gradually adapt to the thin-air environment.

After breakfast, we will go for a morning excursion to Nangkar Tshang Hill. This acclimatization hike allows us to gradually adjust to the high altitude. As we ascend, we will be rewarded with a magnificent 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, including the Island Peak and Makalu (the 5th highest mountain in the world). From this vantage point, we will have an aerial view of the Imja Valley and Dingboche village, try finding your teahouse among many teahouses.

After the excursion we will have lunch and the afternoon will be free. You will have the freedom to explore the town or take this opportunity to simply enjoy moments of solitude. 

  • Altitude: 4800m
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will start feeling the effect of altitude as we are away from the tree line area. Gradual ascent is highly recommended. Today is another beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumori unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. We will gradually climb the ridge after leaving Dingboche and walk the peaceful Himalayan meadow.

From Thugla we will steeply ascend the memorial plateau with hundreds of memorials built after the memory of people who met with tragedy in different mountains of Everest. Spending some time here in this Memorial also known as THUGLA PASS is worth it as the view of Cholatse and Ama Dablam is phenomenal. Shortly we arrive at Lobuche a small settlement at the foot of Lobuche Peak and spend a night.

  • Altitude: 4,910 m / 16,108 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km

Leaving Lobuche we will walk the rocky moraine undulating trail to Gorak Shep. As we walk the Changri Nup and Changri Shar glacier trail, the spectacular view opens right before us showing the beautiful peaks like Pumari (7145 m), Lingtren (6697 m), Nuptse (7745 m), and of course Everest (8848 m). You will also witness the spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall.

With twists and turns and the undulating moraine trail, we finally get to Gorak Shep. Most of the time people are relieved to see Gorak Shep as you eventually walk up the final boulder ridge. Furthermore, the view of the base camp and the blue ice pinnacles of the ice-fall is astonishing. 

After lunch, we will relax and get ready for the sunset view from the Kala Paathar. This 2 km climb to Kala Patthar is challenging because of its steep switchback trails but the sunset view is away from the world.
 

  • Altitude: 5,165 m /16,945 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 2.5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 4.5 km

Walk to Everest Base Camp @  5,360 m/17,585 feet is impressive. The trail to EBC is all through the boulders and moraine. Since this rugged trail is right up an active glacier, the trail changes every year due to its movement. Shortly, we will get to EBC and experience one of the most remarkable highlights - an overnight stay at EBC in a tented camp.

This is an opportunity that not many people have, allowing us to sleep at Everest Base Camp under the billions of stars and genuinely feel the experience of the courageous Everest climbers during their expeditions.

Arriving at Everest Base Camp is an utterly rewarding moment. Take the time to explore this iconic location, and enjoy a fabulous lunch prepared by the professional camping cooks. Settle into your cozy tents and your warm sleeping bags and feel the tranquility.

You will have some activities at EBC including briefings and introductions. The night sky is exceptional and to be under billion stars is a moment of great contentment.

  • Altitude: 5,360 m/17,585 feet
  • Accommodation: TENTED CAMP
  • Walking Hour: 2/3 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 4.5 km

Today is a REST DAY

The Marathon Organizers and the responsible crew members will organize pre-marathon training. Which all depends on diverse factors, the number of participants, etc.

This activity varies every year. 

Once again overnight at EBC in Tented Camp + the hot meals prepared by the camping kitchen crew. Enjoy this moment in full because people hardly have the opportunity to sleep at Everest Base Camp

  • Altitude: 5,360 m/17,585 feet
  • Accommodation: TENTED CAMP
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depending on the choice of your Marathon Category you run the length of your trail until your finish line at Namche Bazaar.

Regarding safety, volunteers, facility on the way, and what you ought to do and what not will all be briefed before the Marathon day.

So get set go.

SEE YOU AT NAMCHE BAZAAR!

  • Altitude: 3,450 m / 11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After giving our tired legs a well-deserved break at Namche Bazaar, we will wake up gently in the morning and enjoy our breakfast. Since Monjo is not too far from Namche, we will take our time, without feeling the need to hurry. The walk to Monjo is only 6 km, so we can take it easy. As we slowly make our way down the steep trail, we will bid farewell to the majestic Mt. Everest for the last time.

Shortly for the final time, we will cross the iconic Edmund Hillary Bridge. After crossing several suspension bridges we will reach the village of Jorsale, where we will pause for a comforting cup of tea. Following a brief ascent, we'll arrive in the picturesque village of Monjo, where we plan to spend the day, providing our muscles with more time to recover.

  • Altitude: 2850m / 9,350 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km

We will retrace our trail back to the town of Lukla.

Since its the end of your Everest Marathon Trek, today we all will dine together including your porters and assistant guides. 

Being this a last night we will have great fun followed by dancing and showing our gratitude to your crew through Tipping.

  • Altitude: 2,840 m/9.317 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

We will have a scenic flight to Kathmandu.

Free time in Kathmandu for Shopping, dining, and partying. 

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 35 min. FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT

Contingency days are crucial while trekking to the Everest region as they provide a valuable buffer to account for weather-related delays or flight cancellations. This additional day offers the much-needed flexibility to adjust the itinerary, allowing for rest, acclimatization, or tackling unexpected challenges that may arise along the journey.

Contingency day cushions a lot of uncertain happenings OR it can also be used to explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu, the living heritage, and the capital city of Nepal once you get back from your trip.

CITY TOUR WILL BE ORGANIZED IN THE MORNING WITH PAID ENTRANCE

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

Depending on your flight schedule Airport Transportation will be organized. Your Trek leader or our office representative will be there to assist you. 

  • Accommodation: HOME
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Transfer

Everest Marathon Trek Detail Itinerary

Please keep in mind that the provided itinerary serves only as a general guideline for the Everest Marathon Trek. While we make every effort to follow this plan, trekking in the Himalayas can be influenced by factors like weather, trail conditions, and the health and acclimatization of the group. Our experienced guides prioritize your safety and will make necessary adjustments as needed. This might involve changes in the daily schedule or rest days for better acclimatization. 

Flight Delay/Cancellation in Kathmandu and Lukla:

The unpredictability of Flights flying to and from Lukla Airport is pretty evident from its history of delays and cancellations. Diverse factors lead to the situation of cancellation including the weather, technical issues, poor visibility, etc. In such conditions, Nepal Pyramids will charter a helicopter to make certain that you don’t miss your trip or your international flight. But again under these circumstances, the possibility of flying a helicopter depends on the Nepal Civil Aviation flying rules.

Travelers are to Shoulder the EXTRA ADDED cost of the chartered helicopter which is payable through cash, or credit cards. The cost per person is governed by the number of people taking this facility. However, we have Contingency Day to cushion any such uncertainty.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All essential permits required from the Government and local authorities to legally trek in the region are procured.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included in the trek package.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Three nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast-basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees paid.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE transportation between Kathmandu and the Manthali Airport for the flight to Lukla.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights TO and FROM LUKLA.
  • EQUIPMENT: Essential trekking gear such as sleeping bags, fleece liners, PrimaLoft jackets, rain ponchos, yak tracks, trekking poles, etc are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA:  A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS:  Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.

Equipments

Packing List for Everest Marathon Trek:

Packing for the Everest Marathon Trek is essential to ensure your safety, comfort, and overall enjoyment during the journey. Keep in mind that the packing list may vary depending on the season and personal preferences, but here is a comprehensive list of items to consider:

WHAT WE (NEPAL PYRAMIDS) PROVIDE TO MAKE YOUR TRIP HASSLE-FREE:

  • Take Away Synthetic Duffel Bag (Water Proof) 
  • Down Sleeping Bag (-21 c)
  • Silk Liner
  • PrimaLoft fill Windproof Jackets
  • Rain Poncho
  • Yaktrax (Lightweight ice-traction device) - Where necessary. 
  • Trekking Poles (MANDATORY FOR MARATHON)
  • 2 Toilet Rolls each
  • Complementary Tshirt,
  • Complementary Neck Gaiter (Buff), 
  • Complementary Baseball Hat and Map
  • Oxygen (in case of Emergency)
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit with medication and First Aid Supplies
clothing

Clothing and Footwear

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Clothing:

  • Moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeved tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts and lightweight shirts
  • Warm hat and sun hat

Head and Neck:

  • Balaclava or scarf for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for sun, wind, or cold
  • Fleece beanie or warm woolen Hat
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap.
  • Bandana

Hands and Lower Body

  • Lightweight gloves and warm gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Underwear and sports bras
  • Hiking socks and liner socks
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or rain)

Footwear: 

  • Stable and Motion Control Marathon Shoes (MANDATORY FOR EVEREST MARATHON)
  • Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots
  • Camp shoes (e.g., sandals or sneakers)
gear

Gear and Accessories

Accessories: 

  • Backpack (30-40 liters for the day, larger for porters)
  • Rain Cover for Your Backpack
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Reusable Water Bottles (2+ Liters) like Nalgene 
  • Rehydration Bladder (Camel Bag or Platypus) 
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal FIRST AID KIT
  • Duct Tape
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen 50 + SPF
  • lip balm
gadgets

Gadgets and Supplements

Gadgets:

  • Compass
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Map (physical or digital)
  • Altimeter Watch or Device.
  • GPS device or smartphone with GPS capabilities
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Fully charged mobile phone (with offline maps and emergency numbers saved)
  • Tripods
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Appropriate Sleeping bag (if you are bringing your own)

Supplements:

  • Water filters or purification tablets
  • Protein Bars or Trail Mix.
  • Multivitamins
  • Altitude sickness medication like Acetazolamide (if you are going high)
  • Vitamin C and Zinc Soluble Supplement Tablets.
  • Electrolyte supplements for hydration - MANDATORY FOR EVEREST MARATHON
  • Basic medical supplies (bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers)
  • Prescription medications
  • Fire starter (lighter, matches, fire starter kit)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Biodegradable wipes
optionals

Optional Items

Other Essentials. 

  • Personal identification
  • Photo Copies of Passport
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Copies of your Insurance
  • Airline Tickets
  • Cash (in Nepalese Rupees and US Dollars)
  • Travel wallet or pouch
  • Electronics (camera, power bank, charging cables)
  • Journal and pen

Optional Items: 

  • Binoculars
  • Books or playing cards
  • Earplugs (useful in teahouse accommodations)
  • Ear Pods
  • Energy snacks and Rehydration drinks
  • Hiker Pocket Knife 
  • Whistle and multi-tool
  • Trash Bag
  • Sewing kit
  • Travel Pillow
  • Dry Bag.

It's advisable to pack light and prioritize essential items.  Everest Marathon Trek involves sleeping at Everest Base Camp for two nights in a Tented Camp so ensure that you are physically prepared and have the appropriate clothing and gear to stay safe and comfortable during this Epic journey.

Essential Trip Information

Why is the Everest Marathon Event organized every year in Nepal?

The Everest Marathon is organized as a tribute to the historic and successful ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa 29th of May 1953. This remarkable achievement marked the first time in history that humans reached the summit of the world's highest peak. The marathon serves as a celebration of their pioneering spirit, courage, and determination, inspiring others to push their own limits and embrace the spirit of adventure.

Additionally, it helps to celebrate their extraordinary victory and keep their legacy alive for generations to come. So on the 29th of May every year travelers from around the world participate to celebrate this event and run from EBC to Namche Bazaar.

Is the Everest Marathon Trek Difficult?

Yes, the Everest Marathon trek is quite challenging. It involves high altitudes, long distances, and varied terrain, so it requires a good level of physical fitness and mental preparation. The marathon trek is certainly not a walk in the park, it's a physically demanding high-altitude extreme adventure. however, it is worth an effort for those who are up for the challenge and ready to test their limits.

What is the Weather like in May at Everest Base Camp for Marathon?

In May, the weather at Everest Base Camp is generally quite cool and pleasant. During the day, temperatures at lower elevations, like Namche Bazaar, might range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). However, at higher altitudes, especially around Everest Base Camp, temperatures can drop significantly, often hovering around freezing or even below.

The weather is relatively dry in May, which makes it a popular time for treks and events like the Everest Marathon. The skies are usually clear, offering stunning views and temperatures appropriate for the marathon. However, it's essential to be prepared for varying conditions, as mountain weather can be unpredictable. Occasionally due to climate change, we are experiencing early pre-monsoon season that may sometimes be a hindrance to clear weather, views, marathons, and Lulka flights.

Do I need to be physically fit for the Everest Marathon Trek?

Absolutely YES. You need to be physically fit for the Everest Marathon. This marathon is an incredibly challenging event that takes place at high altitudes, and it involves running on rugged terrain. Without a good level of physical fitness, it would be very difficult or impossible to undertake something so demanding as the Everest Marathon. 

Without sound fitness to participate in such events could potentially put your health at risk. It is an absolute must to prepare yourself through proper training and conditioning to ensure that you have the stamina and strength required to tackle this demanding adventure.

What happens if somebody gets sick or injured during Everest Marathon?

During the Everest Marathon, in the event of sickness or injury, there are measures in place to provide assistance and support. Volunteers equipped with walkie-talkies and other means of communication are stationed throughout the trail to promptly address any such situations.

Additionally, there is phone reception available in certain areas, allowing for communication with emergency services if needed. The organizers prioritize the safety and well-being of participants, and in cases of uncertainty or emergency, help will be readily available to ensure that any issues are addressed promptly and effectively.

Important Information

Complimentary Equipment:

During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a complimentary waterproof Duffel Bag, buff (neck gaiter), 2 Toilet Rolls, a Map, and a Baseball Cap. The duffel bag will serve as a means to pack all your necessary trekking supplies for your upcoming adventure.

Your Daypack:

In addition to the duffel bag, it is essential that you have your own daypack with a waterproof cover. This daypack will be used to carry your daily necessities such as cash, important documents, water supplies or rehydration bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, and extra clothing.

The equipment we Provide:

Besides the complimentary equipment, WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COST, we provide you with PrimaLoft wind stopper jackets, a Warm Down Sleeping Bag with liners, a Walking Stick if required, and Yak-Track (mini crampons where required). However, When trekking at altitudes above 4,000 m, it is crucial to have your personal lightweight down jacket and warm fleece Jackets or hoodies. 

Drinking Water Supply:

In our commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible trekking practices, we wholeheartedly discourage the use of single-use mineral water bottles along the trekking route. To minimize plastic waste and protect the pristine Himalayan environment, our dedicated staff ensures a constant supply of safe, boiled drinking water throughout your journey. We kindly request that you carry reusable water bottles and rehydration bladder to stay well-hydrated. Together, we can make a positive impact on the delicate ecosystem of the Annapurna Circuit.

Assigning Porters:

To ensure your comfort and convenience, we assign one porter between two trekkers. The porter will be responsible for carrying the duffel bag throughout the entire trek. It is important to note that the weight of your duffel bag should not exceed 10/11 kg as the weight limitation for porters is 25/30kg max and if you are flying to any high mountain airports in Nepal your overall weight limitation including your duffle + daypack is only 15kg / 33 pounds.

Your Extra Luggage:

For your convenience, you can store all your extra luggage, and suitcases at the hotel SAFETY STORE in Kathmandu. This way, you can travel light and have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and secure.

Tipping Tips:

Tipping is a gesture of appreciation, a heartfelt way to express gratitude for the incredible journey you've embarked upon and the dedication of the remarkable individuals who have been your guiding stars throughout your trek. The practice of tipping, at 10% of the trip cost, is a tradition that allows you to give back, acknowledging the extraordinary efforts of your guides, porters, and the entire team who make your adventure possible. It is a way to honor their dedication, hard work, and the stories they've shared around the campfire, deepening the bonds formed in the heart of the mountains.

Caution at the Airport on Arrival:

Upon arrival, we strongly advise against entrusting your bag to anyone other than our trusted office representatives. Unknown airport porters taking your luggage for a few seconds and claiming for TIPS is a very common incident at the airport. Our team is there to ensure that your belongings remain safe and that you can embark on your adventure with confidence. Your safety and peace of mind are our utmost priority.

We hope this information clarifies the important details regarding your trip. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at mail@nepalpyramids.com. We want to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal. Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Detail Information on Flying to Lukla from Different Airports

Nepal Aviation Authority (NAA) has recently introduced new rules regarding Lukla flights. These rules aim to enhance the safety and efficiency of air travel to and from the Lukla airport, which is known for its challenging terrain and weather conditions.

The choice of airport for accessing Lukla is primarily based on different seasons. Manthali is used as an alternative to Lukla during peak seasons when Lukla flights are often disrupted due to weather and congestion, while Kathmandu remains the preferred choice during the off-season for its convenience and more reliable flight schedules. 

Trekkers and climbers need to be prepared for potential flight delays and cancellations regardless of the airport they use, as weather conditions in the Everest region can be unpredictable.

1. Lukla Airport (Tenzing-Hillary Airport):

  • High Altitude and Short Runway: Lukla Airport is situated at a high altitude of approximately 2,845 meters (9,334 feet) and has one of the shortest commercial runways in the world, just 1,729 feet long. This combination of high altitude and a short runway makes it a challenging airport for both takeoff and landing.
  • Weather Variability: The weather in the Everest region, especially around Lukla, is highly unpredictable, with frequent fog, cloud cover, and high winds. These conditions can lead to frequent flight delays and cancellations.
  • Limited Infrastructure: Lukla Airport has limited infrastructure, including just one small terminal building and a single runway. This can result in congestion during peak trekking seasons when numerous trekkers and climbers are trying to get to Lukla. 

2. Manthali Airport (Ramechhap Airport):

  • Alternative During Peak Season: Manthali Airport, located in Ramechhap, is often used as an alternative to Lukla during the peak trekking seasons (spring and autumn). The advantage is that it is less congested, and flights are generally more reliable.
  • Distance from Kathmandu: Manthali Airport is approximately a 4-5 hour drive from Kathmandu. Trekkers are transported by road to Manthali from Kathmandu, and then they take a relatively short flight to Lukla. This helps in alleviating some of the pressure on Lukla Airport.
  • Reduced Weather Impact: The weather in Manthali is usually more stable than Lukla during peak seasons, making it a preferred alternative when flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are frequently disrupted.

3. Kathmandu Airport:

  • Alternative During Off-Season: During the off-peak trekking seasons (summer and winter), flights to Lukla from Kathmandu are relatively more reliable due to better weather conditions. In this case, it's more practical to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Convenience: Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is more convenient in terms of time and transportation costs during the off-season when the number of trekkers is significantly lower.

Weight Limitation while Flying to Lukla

The weight limitation for Lukla flights is typically quite strict due to the short runway and high altitude of Lukla Airport, which makes it challenging for aircraft to take off and land. The weight restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of the flight. The specific weight limitations is 15kg or 33 Pounds:

  1. Baggage Allowance: Passengers are usually allowed a specific weight limit for their checked baggage, typically between 10 kg to 15 kg (22 to 33 pounds) per person..
  2. Hand Luggage: In addition to checked baggage, passengers are typically allowed a small amount of hand luggage, which is usually limited to around 5 kg (11 pounds). This hand luggage should be small and fit under the seat in front of you.
  3. Combined Weight: So the total combined weight of the luggage is not to exceed over 15/16 kg / 33/35 pounds
  4. Excess Baggage: If you exceed the weight limitations, you may be required to pay extra fees for excess baggage or leave some items behind. The charges for excess baggage can vary with airlines you choose.

Traveling light is strongly recommended when flying to Lukla. Given the weight limitations and potential flight disruptions due to weather conditions, it's best to pack only the essentials and keep your baggage within the specified limits to avoid any inconveniences or additional costs.

Lukla Flight Delays And Cancellations

Flight delays and cancellations to and from Lukla Airport are not uncommon and are often due to a combination of factors related to the airport's unique location, weather conditions, and the limitations of the aircraft used for these flights. 

1. Weather Conditions:

  • Unpredictable Weather: Lukla Airport, is highly vulnerable to rapidly changing weather conditions. The airport's mountainous terrain means it's often shrouded in fog, cloud cover, and receives high winds, making flying conditions challenging.
  • Low Visibility: Low visibility due to fog or cloud cover can lead to flight delays or cancellations, as pilots require clear visibility to navigate the treacherous mountainous terrain.

2. Limited Instrumentation:

  • Lukla Airport lacks advanced navigation and landing systems. The absence of instrument landing systems and radar technology means flights often rely on visual flight rules (VFR), which require good weather conditions to operate safely.

3. Airport Congestion:

  • During peak trekking seasons, Lukla Airport experiences congestion as numerous trekkers, climbers, and supplies try to access the region. The limited infrastructure and parking space can lead to delays.

4. Safety Considerations:

  • Safety is a top priority for airlines operating in this region. If weather conditions are unfavorable or if there are safety concerns, airlines may choose to delay or cancel flights to ensure the well-being of passengers and crew.

5. Limited Window for Flights:

  • Lukla flights typically operate in the early morning when the weather is relatively stable. This limited window means there's less flexibility to reschedule flights if conditions deteriorate.

6. Seasonal Variations:

  • Flight disruptions can vary with the seasons. Peak trekking seasons (spring and autumn) are more susceptible to delays due to higher passenger volumes and less favorable weather patterns. Off-peak seasons (summer and winter) may see fewer disruptions.

Given these challenges, trekkers and travelers to the Everest region should be prepared for the possibility of flight delays and cancellations.

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