Mount Everest Marathon


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Everest Marathon Summary

    1. Marathon Everest Trek Length: 14 Days
    2. Everest Marathon & Trek difficulty: Moderate
    3. Highest Altitude: 5,550m/18,209 feet
    4. Trek Hours: 6 Hours daily
    5. Hike Group-Size: 1 – 12 People
    6. Marathon day: May 29
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Trekking Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane


The Mount Everest Marathon is an annual marathon race held in Nepal, which starts at the Everest Base Camp, the starting point for most climbers attempting to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The marathon is one of the highest altitude races in the world and offers a unique opportunity for runners to experience the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Race begins at Gorak Shep at 5,164 meters above sea level and winds its way through the Khumbu Valley before finishing at Namche Bazaar, which is located at an altitude of 3,446 meters. The course covers a distance of 42.195 kilometers and includes steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and breathtaking mountain views.

It’s a challenging race that requires runners to have a high level of physical fitness and endurance. However, the rewards are well worth the effort, as participants get to experience the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas and the unique culture of the Sherpa people who inhabit the province.

Everest Marathon is typically held 29th of May each year and attracts runners from all over the world. If you are interested in participating in this race, it is recommended that you train rigorously and prepare well in advance to acclimatize to the high-altitude environment. Additionally, it is important to ensure that you have all the necessary equipment and gear to safely navigate the course.

Overall, the Mount Everest Marathon is an unforgettable experience that combines the thrill of adventure with the satisfaction of completing a challenging physical feat. If you are up for the challenge, this race is definitely worth adding to your bucket list.

Everest marathonPhoto @ Ammar Raj Guni, who did Everest marathon in 2009, and completed in 5 hours.

How much is the Mount Everest Marathon Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Mount Everest Marathon trek package with local Gokyo Treks and Expedition ranges between US$ 2385 to US$ 2840. But certainly, the Everest Marathon trip price will vary according to the group member you are traveling to and your chosen service.

It’s a standard trip package price for a two-week trek with base camp trail running activity. If you 2 runner the Everest Marathon trek cost US$ 2499 for 14 days trek as per the given plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices as per your wish. Here is the price list for the Everest marathon treks.

Price Per Person for 14 days hiking and trail running in Everest foothills.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 2840
2 PersonUS$ 2499
3 PersonUS$ 2490
4 to 6 personUS$ 2450
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 2420
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 2385

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.


Mount Everest marathon itinerary detail for 2024 to join

Mystical Mount Everest trail running trip contrasted with most strolls in this area paving the way to the base camp. In addition, the specific date is intended for world trekkers wanting to climb the Everest base camp of the fabulous mountain in a limited time-wise. Explorers who wish to achieve the Everest basecamp in a progressively loosened up way can attempt this agenda notwithstanding if this schedule isn’t fit you then send us a request for a customized itinerary.

1 Day Lukla airport flight (2,840m/9,318 feet) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563 feet), 4 hours

Today is 19 of May, and we take an early departure flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Later breakfast, we start the Everest journey following a delicate move up the mountainside of Dudh Koshi riverside. Furthermore, we walk further to Phakding village passing some tiny villages such as Ghat.

2 Day (20 May) Namche Bazaar trekking (3,440m/11,286 feet), 4 hours

The trail moves from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain. We proceed with the trail with many good and bad times; cross a stream, and go by the small Monjo village. We at that point come to the Sagarmatha National Park office where a recreation center pays for the National park entrance permit.

We hike further along with the Koshi riverbed of this valley, cross the Hillary connect, trek start soak climb to Namche Bazaar. In transit, we have superb perspectives of Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,516m.). In addition, Namche village is located at an altitude of 3,440 meters, surrounded by mountains.

3 Day(21 May) Khumjung village hiking (3,780m/12,402 feet) [Day tour]

Khumjung is an ideal place for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading to the Tengboche monastery. The best morning hike to Kunde hospital and Khumjung monastery as well as Khumjung hill, a big settlement of Sherpa inhabitants.

Moreover, we enjoy the splendid view of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kongde, and so on from here. While returning to Namche, visit the Museum just above the town that exhibits Sherpa civilization.

4 Day(22 May) Tengboche monastery trek (3,860m/12,665 feet), 6 hours

Conducts the Journey to Tengboche Monastery leaving a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Koshi. During the journey, you have a panoramic view of Ama Dablam (6,812m), Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7,855m) and Tawoche (6,501m)…etc. Tengboche viewpoint offers a good view of sunrise and sunset at Everest and Ama Dablam with nice lodges.

5 Day(23 May) Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14469 feet), 6 hours

We trek to Dingboche village leaving Tengboche as the backdrop, we descend through a rhododendron forest and enter Deboche, Pangboche, Horse and to Dingboche. Dingboche is a gateway to either climbing island peak or an adventure trail to Amphulapcha pass.

Cross a small suspension bridge at Imja Khola, we head towards Minlinggo and enter Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. A day tour for some hours of the walk is best for you to acclimatize in a highland.

6 Day(24 May) Acclimatization day or Hike to Nagarjuna hilltop.

We acclimatize at Dingboche to be familiar with the local climate. Today, we hike to Dingboche hill commonly pronounce Nagarjuna hill station to get better acclimatization. Hike to Chukhung village is an optional day tour however it provides an excellent view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak, and others.

7 Day (25 May) Lobuche trek (4,910m/16,110 feet), 4 hours

It is our turn to head towards Lobuche from Dingboche with a gentle up above the Pheriche village trail. Super amazing trail that offers a grand view of mount Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde (5,741m), Kongma-Tse (5,820m), and the great wall of Nuptse.

8 Day(26 May) Lobuche to Gorak Shep Lodge and Kala Patthar trek (5,550m/18,209 feet), 6 hours

We trek to Gorak Shep and drop our baggage, continue to trek to Kala Patthar hill to catch the sunrise. Kala Patthar is located at an altitude of 5,550m/18,209 feet, the best viewpoint to enjoy sunrise/sunset over the Everest vista.

We could see Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku at 360 deg angle. Return to Gorak Shep to meet the entire team of running groups, and check the medical.

9 Day(27 May) Rest day to reserve energy at Gorak shep Guest house

You can meet the runners and groups, talk and relax but no other activities because you need to save your energy to run for next day.

10 Day (28 May) Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,599 feet), stay overnight in TENT with runners.

Today is 28 of May and we hike to Everest Base Camp 17,593 feet and stay overnight in a tent. There are all runners who stay on the Everest foothill for a night halt. Full marathon runners’ schedule: there will be a mock start for the race.

11 Day 29 May Everest Marathon day. [Trail Running day]

Like every year, today has the main task to complete Everest trail running day. The race starts at 7:00 am and finishes at dusk. Full marathon from Khumbu Ice Fall at Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar takes around 3 hours and fifty minutes for the first runner.

Non-runner schedule: After breakfast, we’ll gather to watch the first runners come. Checkpoints are in the following places: – 1) Gorakh Shep, 2 – Periche, 3 – Tengboche, 4 – Phungi Thanga, and the final check – Namche Bazaar (finish line), and the race finishes at dusk.

12 Day (30 May) Rest day in Namche Bazaar to recover energy.

You have a rest day to recover your body. However, nun runner trekkers will trek descend down to Namche bazaar from Everest base camp within 2 days. Meet the entire team and collect your baggage.

13 Day (31 May) Namche Bazaar to Lukla airport (2,840m/9,318 feet), 8 hours

As you meet your entire team, last evening, we walk all the way to get Lukla airport and celebrate a party with your hiking crews. During the party, you can invite your guide and porters for delicious meals and drinks.

14 Day (1st June) flight from Lukla to Kathmandu City, 40 minutes.

We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu that crosses over the Mountains and rocks. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, your guide will organize a private Car/Taxi to transfer you back to your hotel. In the afternoon, go shopping or request us to visit the Kathmandu city guided trip at an additional cost. Trip ends.

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How much does the Mount Everest marathon and trek package price?

Everest trail running trip package price start at US$ 2385 and might reach up to US$ 2840 per person on double occupancy basis. Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency notify this express mount Everest marathon package price for 2024 and 2025 based on group size you are travelling with.

For the deluxe and luxury tour trekking plan, we add a 3 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu.

Likewise, standard lodge accommodation with attached private toilet/bathroom in possible places in the trek routes. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Mount Everest Trail running trip cost includes:

  • Your hotel in Thamel to Kathmandu domestic airport Transfer with private Taxi/Car both ways.
  • Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip with applicable domestic airport taxes
  • Everest Marathon registration fees USD 1,000 per person.
  • Everest Marathon Medal, Marathon T-Shirt, Certificates, Trek Suits.
  • 14 Breakfast serve with a cup of Tea/coffee, 13 Lunch 13 Dinner [main course] during the Everest marathon trekking days.
  • 13 nights Guest House accommodation (common toilet) during the trekking days in the Everest Mountains.
  • Government license holder – Professional license holder Mountain Trekking Guide
  • Required a number of porters during the trek, (one porter = two guest basis) because our porter can carry a maximum 24 kg of your bag pack.
  • Well-paid salary, food, accommodation, and insurance of Nepalese guide and porter.
  • Sagarmatha National Park and Pasang Lamu municipality entrance permit fee.
  • TIMS permit for Everest Marathon in Nepal.
  • Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity), and trek poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate to monitor every day to prepare for high altitude risk.
  • In a worst case, help with all Helicopter Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Mount Everest marathon cost exclude :

  • Foods on your stay in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipment .
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of beverage drinks.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].

Group join

Mountain marathon is also good for adventure racing for beginners and also for professionals. Runners can achieve an unbelievable experience from the best adventure races on Everest.

We can organize your private trek to be at your own pace so you can exercise better in the Himalayas privately. And only at Gorak Shep, you can meet the entire runners and travel within a group. However, let us know your inquiry to get more information.


Question: Is pick-up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your Kathmandu city arrival flight details. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need experience for the Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: Yes! better to have some trail running experience before joining the Everest base camp marathon.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect at the Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: We provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Kalapatthar with the Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: The lodges on a trek have an attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of vegetarian meals such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry rice, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with the Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: At all lodges, they have a shower which you can get paying an extra cost.

Question: How do I get drinking water during the Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we advise you to buy boiled water or bring aqua tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the Mount Everest marathon, there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!.

Question: What should my insurance policy cover during the Everest trek?

Answer: Travel insurance is mandatory before joining any trips with us, and you need to get your travel insurance policy before joining your trips to Nepal. Your travel insurance must cover the helicopter rescue up to 6000m altitude. It comes in handy during medical emergencies and contingency situations. It is recommended to get it from your home country. In case you haven’t bought travel insurance after arriving in Kathmandu; we can help you get one.

Question: How to prevent altitude sickness during the express Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: You should never walk too quickly or too high ignoring your body’s symptoms. Proper altitude acclimatization is the best way to prevent high altitude sickness. Listen to your body, trek gradually enjoying the best of culture and nature while giving enough time for your body to adapt to the changing atmosphere. Drink a lot of fluid & keep your body hydrated. If symptoms like a headache, difficulty in breathing, and others occur, descend to a lower altitude and take them to the hospital. If the condition worsened you will be airlifted to the hospital in Kathmandu.

Question: What will happen if my scheduled flight in the Ktm-Lukla-Ktm route gets delayed or canceled?

Answer: Weather in the Himalayas is uncertain and we cannot predict. Therefore, the rate of fight delay and cancellation is high at Lukla. If this happens, you will be boarded on the flight tomorrow and you have to spend an extra night at Lukla (if you are returning to Ktm) at Ktm (if you are going to Lukla). Helicopter rescue can also be used, which depends on the situation. So, we recommend you allocate a couple of extra days after your Everest trek so that you will not miss your international flight back.

Question: What are alternates to flying from Kathmandu to Lukla?

Answer: The best-recommended way to go for any Everest trek is to board a Kathmandu-Lukla 33 minutes scenic mountain flight. Another available option is to drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (a 12-hour drive) and trek for 2 days to reach Phakding. In the present day, there is also a regular jeep service from Kathmandu to Salleri.

Question: Is there any communication facilities for the Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: Everest Link is an internet service provider founded in 2014 that provides high-speed internet and Wi-Fi in the Everest Region. It is the only internet provider at the Everest trail running, making it the world’s tallest internet service.

If you wish to stay connected with better WIFI to your family, friends, or business, we suggest you buy Everest Link internet. It’s better than other NETWORK connections and you can buy an Everest link card easily in the shops, hotels, or any small lodges in the Everest zone.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

Answer: No. You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards works only to book a luxury hotels en route.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-hour bookings. And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 25% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage to the Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carry a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. However, you need to prepare to walk roughly about 5 hours every day.

Question: I want to join the marathon group on 27th afternoon on Gorak Shep. Can I hike to Gorak Shep by myself hiring a guide?

Answer: Yes of course. If you are travelling in a tight budget for trail running adventures and have no wish to book the complete full board package trek, you can hire our expert local guide to Gorak Shep. You can meet the entire running team on Gorak Shep. The Guide hire cost is cheaper but still not the cheapest one because we pay them a very good salary to use their professionalism. However, email to us to get a cost quotation for a local guide hiring in details.

Question: Do I need walking polls for the Mount Everest marathon?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Mount Everest marathon highlights

  • Best Himalayan view in 360 deg angle from Syangeboche hill and Kalapatthar.
  • Amazing sights of Mount Makalu, Lhotse, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and Everest Itself.
  • The length of the marathon is 26.2-mile (42.195km) run over rocky hills.
  • Sherpa Buddhism, tallest monastery, Local Sherpa, and their lifestyles.

World’s Best Trail Running Adventure Tour

Nepal trek operator Gokyo Treks agency makes your walking holidays more enjoyable at the lowest price. We arrange small to the big group as upon the suggestions. Moreover, we also arrange adventurous hiking, trekking, jungle safari, peak climbing, wilderness expeditions, and family tour adventures in a professional service.

World’s best Trail Running Adventures, just Try Before You get Old?

Trail running adventure tour is very popular for young age people in Nepal. Our trail running adventure tours are designed for active adults and offer a well-paced mix of walks for fitness at all levels. Most of the trail running adventure holiday is moderate to strenuous difficulty. Some are shorter trails and easy adventures in some destinations.

Furthermore, Nepal is the perfect land for you if you are a trail-running lover. Every year, we arrange trail running trips in Nepal in different seasons. So, you are welcome to join us for once in lifetime trail running experience. One of the popular trail running adventures is Mount Everest, held on May 29 every year.

Likewise, Manaslu trail race happens at the beginning of November. The Mustang trail race happens on 14-27 April every year. Finally, the Lumbini Peace Marathon (21 kilometers) happens 1st of March every year.

It’s a trusted and certified trail running adventure operator agency that makes your holidays better. The best walking holiday operator company commits to the best service at a reasonable price. Across the mystical Himalayas, it has 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks. We provide outstanding excursions such as Annapurna, Mustang, Langtang, Manaslu, Everest, and more walking holidays on request.

Notice for the Mount Everest marathon runner!

The Everest marathon information stated above is just a guideline that we provide you. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.

It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes Mount Everest marathon special?

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We believe in the quality of services. First safety and satisfaction is our concern.

We are a team of professional, experienced, trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

Mount Everest Marathon Review

Everest Marathon - running over the rocky mountain trail

Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 1, 2017

Trail running from the Everest base camp to Namche Bazaar was terrific. It was not the easiest but I did complete it in seven hours. it’s really worth at least once in a life…. to see a spectacular view of all the way and especially our running trail from Everest Base camp to Namche village.

At first, I was not sure whether to finish my Everest marathon running or not. Together with the Gokyo trek and expedition, we prepare for our journey and did run some of the high Himalayas along the routes, no doubt they have experience which made my running much easier.

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Christian Klaus, Ilmenau, Germany

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Naamste dear Christian, Thank you for your time to send your trail running experience for Mount Everest. We hope to serve you another marathon in Nepal for your next visit.

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