Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by the representative of Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. The representative will transfer you at your respective hotel and help you through the check-in process. You may then freshen up and enjoy your leisure time.
Trip briefing and preparation
The priority of these days will be to check the equipment of all the members to ensure that the members are well-equipped to cope with all the possible circumstances on Everest. The equipment will be checked thoroughly by our climbing leaders. Upon necessary, you will have enough time for the last minute purchases from a well-stocked climbing store in the city.
Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
Early morning, one of our representatives will transfer you to the domestic airport from your hotel. You will then take a scenic flight to one of the world’s most adventurous airport, Lukla. At Lukla, our guide or porter will receive you upon landing. After the introduction with our fellow trekking staff members and once sorting out the trekking loads, the trek starts with a gradual downhill and few ups with the breathtaking view of Kusum-Kangaru (6,369m). After a gradual descent, we reach Phakding village for overnight stay.
The trail passes through amazing pine forest from Phakding. You will cross the bridge of Dudh-Koshi river with a splendid view of Thamserku (6,608m). After few hours of strenuous walk, you shall reach Monjo village and then to the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park. From the park gate, you will descend to Jorsalle village and then the trail leads towards the river bank of Dudh-Kosi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a steep ascends, you will reach Namche Bazaar for the overnight stay.
Rest Day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
Namche, the primary town of Khumbu region also known as Sherpa Capital, is an ideal place for acclimatization. So, you have a leisure day in this beautiful town. You can take a short hike or walks around the town and the colourful marketplace.
Trek to Devoche via Tyangboche Monastary
Early morning trek on a fairly easy trail for the first half, with short, ascends and descends with majestic views of towering peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku. After few hours of a pleasant walk, you will reach Phungitenga village (3,250 m), a small settlement in the midst of the alpine forest. Afternoon walk leads to a tough climb for almost two hours under the shades of tall trees until you reach Thyangboche Monastery. Blessed with the panoramic views of the towering mountains, the monastery is the biggest in Everest region. You will stop for an overnight stay at Thyangboche.
On this day, our route descends into a colourful forest with the views of Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse on the backdrop to reach Devoche (3,650). The trail then continues with a strenuous uphill. Upon crossing the bridge of Imja River, you will reach Pangboche village at 3,900 m. After a stop at Pangboche, the trek continues to Imjatse valley before ascending to Dingboche for an overnight stay.
Rest to Dingboche for further acclimatization
Having a leisure day at Dingboche will help you acclimate in the higher altitude. Activities for the day will include a short hike up the hills for splendid views of the valley and magnificent peaks.
Walk from Dingboche starts early morning leading north towards a small ridge. After few hours, you will reach a junction where the route of Pheriche and Dingboche joins at Thugla. Viewing the memorial of the Everest Climbers who lost their life at Thugla, the trek leads towards an exhausting hour-long steep to the top. After a short rest, the walk continues for nearly an hour with gradual uphill until we reach our overnight destination to Lobuche.
The first hour of the trek is fairly easy on a gradual path with few ups and downs. After that, the trail leads to a short glacier path. After almost half an hour of the tough climb, we reach a moraine just above Khumbu glacier. A walk on a rocky moraine path leads us to our overnight destination, Gorakshep which is located on a flat sandy area below Kalapatthar (5,545m) and Mt. Pumori (7,145m).
To Everest Base Camp (EBC)
On this day, our destination is to reach the foot of the World’s Highest Mountain, Mt. Everest. Departing from Gorakshep in an early morning, we climb to Kalapatthar (5,545m) which offers a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. Walking over moraines and streams, we shall reach our overnight destination at Everest Base Camp (5,364m).
At Base Camp – Puja and Preparation
For the next couple of days, we will be resting at the Everest Base Camp to prepare for the ascent. We will also organize a ritual at Everest Base Camp to worship the mountain god for the successful ascent to the summit of the Everest.
Khumbu Glacier & Ladder Training
For the next couple of days, we will be climbing the Khumbu Glacier to prepare for the expedition. Our climbing leader will also help you with the ladder training.
Ascent to Mount Everest and return to Everest Base camp
We move on the Camp II through the Khumbu Icefall which we will use our main base for achieving the summit. We have planned 4 phase of climbs (from Camp I to Summit) to acclimatize, get used to psychologically and physically and create a maximum chance for success.
Outline plan is as follows:
Climb Phase I: Reach Camp I through Khumbu Icefall, sleep 1 night and decent back to Base Camp. We will try to reach Western Cwm (6,200m) during this time.
Climb Phase II: Head up from EBC again sleep a night at Camp I then move to Camp II to for three nights. During the 3 nights, we will do acclimatization below Lhotse face. Stay at Camp II for familiarization training of mask and oxygen. We will head to Base Camp after this.
Climb Phase III: At Camp II for about 4 nights then push onto Camp III for a night. We will use oxygen to sleep at Camp III. We will get back to camp II of and continue back to Base Camp after this. Note: Now we will be well acclimatized. Our lungs and feet will be well trained also. We get back and focus on getting rest, stocking up calories and wait for good summit weather window for the final summit push.
Climb Phase IV: This is our ascent attack! We will take maximum 8-9 days from Base Camp to Summit and back. From Base Camp, we will climb to Camp II to spend a night there. Next day we will climb to Camp III spend a night. Then we climb to Camp IV where we will reach by early afternoon where we will take a full rest with oxygen support and after rehydrating, we will start our summit push in the evening to reach the summit early next morning. After achieving the summit, we will descend down to Camp IV or Camp III depending on the weather and physical condition. Next day we descend all the way to Base Camp.
Join Everest Marathon Group
After the successful ascent to the summit of the Everest, the team will then head back to Everest Base Camp and join the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon Group. At the Everest Base Camp, we will prepare for the race. Interested ones can also participate in a mock race which will be organized at the base camp. Overnight at Everest Base Camp.
Race Starts and finishes at Namche Bazaar
Race Day! The marathon will start early morning on this day. The Ultra Marathon (60 K) will start at 06:00 am and Full Marathon (42 K) will start at 07:00 am from the Everest Base Camp. We will descend rapidly from 5,364m to 3,440m towards the finishing point at Namche Bazaar.
After the race day, we will have a free day at Namche Bazaar. This is to ensure all the participants get enough rest from the exhaustion. The interested participants are free to walk around the town and colourful markets.
Beginning our trek from a rocky terrain at Namche Bazaar, our trail mostly leads downhill alongside Dudh Koshi River. We pass through several monasteries, suspension bridges and villages before reaching our overnight destination, Lukla.
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel
We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla airport to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon representatives will pick all the participants from the airport and transfer them to their respective hotel. Rest of the day will be leisure.
Free day for Leisure. Celebrate the Success – Evening Marathon Party at Group Hotel
On this day, the participants will have a leisure day at their hotel until the afternoon. All the participants are free to roam around the city during their leisure time. In the evening, we will organize a Marathon Party at the group hotel and celebrate the success of the event.
On the final day, the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon representative will transfers you to the airport for the final departure according to your international flight schedule.