Everest Marathon is the high-altitude adventure sports held on 29th may every year to celebrate the successful and glorious ascent of Mt. Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th may 1953 in Solukhumbu district of Nepal.
After the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal, the new height of Mount Everest has increased to 8848.86m. To celebrate the rise of Mount Everest height, the 2023 Marathon will run as “New Higher Mount Everest Marathon”.
The Everest Marathon 2023 is quite special, this event is organized to celebrate the the 70th anniversary of the successful ascent of Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and sir Edmund Hillary. The 60km ultra marathon run will be extended to 70km from this year. The Event is officially admired and recognized by the Nepal Government as a part of the annual tourism calendar. To honor the first successful ascent of the highest peak of the world by late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, this event was officially named the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.
History of Everest Marathon
This event was first officially organized by Tony hunt in 1985. It was arranged in coordination of Bufo Ventures with Jan Turner as Race Director in 1987 and 1989. The event was organized biannually until 2003. Later on, a rival event was organized under the supervision of Himalayan Expedition in order to promote tourism in Nepal.
The Marathon is usually organized around Autumn in the months of October or November.
Everest Marathon has three categories. They are:
Highlights of Half Marathon
- Its accessible to foreigner only
- Unique way to Experience the Everest Region
- Great view during trials
Half Marathon Elevation Chart
Half Marathon is the shortest distance marathon in the Everest Marathon, which is a sum of the three seven digits (7+7+7). It might not sound much but, since Everest region of Nepal is highly influenced by Buddhism, there number have high spiritual meaning in Buddhism.
According to Buddhist philosophy, it is believed that buddha walked seven steps right after he was conceived. Right after seven days of giving birth Queen Maya Devi died. Following up with another event, on the seventh year of his meditation Sakya Prince Siddhartha Gautam Buddha got enlightenment in Bodhgaya.
The Marathon run starts from Dingboche and ends at Namche Bazar. The Marathon trail is classic Everest Base Cam trek trail. The Marathon track is mostly downhill.
Full Marathon which is 42.195km
Highlights of Full Marathon
- Highest Marathon in the world
- Starting point is Everest Base Camp
- The race track passes through many religious monuments
This 42.195km Marathon starts from the Everest Base Camp and ends at Namche bazar. The participants will camp at Everest Base Camp before the race day. The long track descends through Gorakhshep and heads towards Namche Bazar.
Every year hundreds of participates run the full Marathon in Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.
Full Marathon Elevation chart
Extreme Ultra Marathon which is 70km
Highlights of Extreme Ultra Marathon
- World highest Marathon Event
- Everest Base Camp as a starting point
- One of the most challenging uphill routes
- Unique route than of classic Everest Base Camp trek
Extreme Ultra Marathon Elevation Chart
This exclusive 70km Marathon is for extreme adventure lovers. Starting from Everest Base Camp it finishes at Namche Bazar. The race track is little bit different; the Extreme Ultra Marathon moves from Everest Base Camp following thukla, chhukung and Nha la towards Namche Bazar making it an exclusive adventurous run.
How hard is Everest Marathon?
The starting point of Everest Marathon is 5364m above the sea level, which makes it one of the highest and toughest races in the world. The race starts from Everest Base Camp and follows the traditional sherpa trails of Khumbu region.
Running at such high altitude is quite a challenging task. Covering 42.195km in the trails of Himalayan is a tough achievement to achieve. So, we highly recommend only people with good physical capability to attempt this marathon.
Who won Everest Marathon 2022?
Mr. Tirtha Bahadur Tamang won Everest Marathon 2022. He completed the race trail in 3 hours 51 minutes and 9 seconds.