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Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is an international high altitude adventure sports event held from Mt. Everest Base Camp, crisscrossing the high sherpa trails of Khumbu valley on May 29th every year. This event celebrates the historical ascent on Mt. Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th May 1953. The 2020 edition is the 18th edition of this magnificent event. Runners from all everywhere can take part in their desired categories 60 km Extreme Ultra, 42 km Full Marathon and 21 Km Half Marathon. Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is not just a running event - it is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, Rasuwa Treks team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and overnight at your hotel.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.
Evening Marathon Briefing at Hotel Shanker, speech from the president and distribute the T-shirt, Bibs, Chip etc….also get chance to interact runners from all around the world.
Approx.: 45 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m, 08 km (2 1/2 -3hr walk) to Phakding at 2,652m.
Early morning you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes. After the necessary security formalities board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival to Lukla Airport, you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla, you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load. Your lunch will depend upon the time of arrival at in Lukla or few walks further down on route to Phakding. The walk is gradual most of the way, with few ups with a view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, a short climb brings to the Ghat village, and another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi River.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill. Re-crossing the same river again, with a magnificent view of Thamserku 6,608m, we reach a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream. After Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk so we can see Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop till Namche Bazaar. A second bridge is reached over the same river; the walk is pleasant on the riverbed till the last bridge over the Imjatse River, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar. Magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest-Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up, and another 1-2 hour walk up brings us to the famed Namche Bazaar where colorful houses are situated in an amphitheatre U shaped bowl.
A suggested activity is a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter. The magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with a breathtaking view of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kisnownds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region. We climb up to Syangboche, One of the best place to see the views of Everest, Ama Dambla, Lhotse, Nuptse and many more.. We arrive at Khumjung, One of the old villages of whole Everest Area. We will visit Khumjung Hospital, School and walk around the village of Khumjung and is also one of the biggest settlements on the whole region. Back to Namche.
The walk is fairly easy, the walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde-ri peak after a pleasant walk of two to three hours coming at Phungitenga 3,250m. A small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small Nepalese Army barrack serving as park wardens can be seen in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines along with rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. Walk from here is strenuous for an hour or two on the winding trail through the shade of woods till Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa. This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards the north east.
After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, the trail descends through a forest full of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deoboche 3,650 m with a magnificent view of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, from Deoboche. Walking past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual till you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to a large mani wall gate, and a little farther from here the route leads to Pangboche at 3,900m. From here a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with a fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dablam. After a pleasant break journey continues gradually towards the east, after an hour walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits into two ways, the north going to Pheriche and our trail leading towards east beneath towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards Ama Dablam looks completely different, from the bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imja tse river to a big mani Stupa, and onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja tse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snowcapped mountains including the Island peak or Imja Tse 6,189m, which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal.
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chhukhung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and Amphu Labtsa 5,780m
Its easy day, gradual walk up to Chukkung, arrived at Bibre which is check point for Marathon and trek up to Chhukung, a small village with spectacular views of Mountain. Evening Hike up to Imja Lake.
A leisure day for a short hike around, at Dingboche there are places where one go for a short walk. Trek to Chhukhung 4,730m.is worthwhile which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east within the Imja tse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukhung. At Chhukhung, there are about five teahouses overlooking superb view of the snowcapped peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama-Dablam and Imja glacier, Chhukhung the last settlement in eastern Khumbu
From Dingboche the trail leads north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache,Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. After a pleasant walk of 1 1/2 to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Thugla, before a small wooden bridge over the torrent river of Khumbu glacier. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is a good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here another 1 1/2 to 2 hours of gradual ascend brings you to Lobuche, Lobuche comes as a surprise, as its situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind.
The first hour walk is gradual up to the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m.
Early morning We will climb up to Kalapathar, the view from here is beyond imagination the Everest stands within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-La and Lhotse and with all the higher snowcapped giants that dominates all around, with a view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a wonderful time here descend back to Gorakshep.
Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one at Everest Base Camp near to its famed and notorious Khumbu Ice-fall. The path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you.
Rest day and Met crew at Everest Camp. Preparation for the Race
Race starts at Here to Namche 42km. The trail is same which we did trek before through Gorak Shep- Lobuche- Dingboche-Pangboche -Thyangboche – Phunge Tanga- Namche. Race results declarations and Farewell Dinner at Hotel.
Rest in Namche and do some site trip to Thame.
After a hard time of previous day begin with a slow morning breakfast around 7-8 a.m. Morning free with lunch at 12-12:30 p.m. then retrace the journey all the way to Monjo and gradual walk down to Phakding or Bengkar.
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walks to Lukla, you can walk at on your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take about 40 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are scheduled for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending on the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, Rasuwa Treks staff will receive and transfer you back to respective Hotels.
Excursions or rest..
Rasuwa Treks representative will take you to International airport for your final departure or for those who want to stay longer can visit Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park and many more.