Mount Everest Marathon

Dates

May

Country

Nepal

Price Range

$$$

Why run The Mount Everest Marathon?

If you’re a bit like me, your youth must have similarly been plagued by the question “Marathon Runner or Mountain Climber? Marathon Runner or Mountain Climber?”
 
After illustrious careers in both distinctions, I decided I’d much rather toil behind a desk writing about the best experiences money can buy so you too could live the Life of Riley! 
 
All participants of are requested to be in Nepal three weeks prior to the race for acclimatising to the high altitude. In essence, this is a THREE WEEK HOLIDAY that combines sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, a 14-day trek to the marathon starting point, topped off by the most gruelling race in existence!
 

What makes the Everest Marathon so uplifting?

Your journey will begin with a sweeping scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek through the untouched, mesmerising Sherpa villages. From here, you’ll climb Kalapatthar for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks, ranges and glaciers including Mount Everest.
 
Then it’s on to the famous Everest Base Camp where the race begins. Along the way you’ll pass through the Everest National Park and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital town. We will also visit the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche and Thyangboche.
 
The good news is that for all three disciplines - half, full and 62km marathon, the majority of the race is downhill, but there are two steep uphill sections - there were last time I did it anyway! For entrants packs, info and prices - click away!
 

In short:

  • Three-week holiday! 
  • Running half, full or 62km marathons... in The Himalayas
  • climb Kalapatthar for a breathtaking panoramic views
  • Run through the Everest National Park and Namche Bazaar
  • Visit the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche and Thyangboche
 
Will Howell Cornes
Will Howell Cornes Author & Events Manager