The highest and most spectacular marathon in the world


This event combines treking and racing at altitude in the magnificence of the Khumbu valley, just below Everest. 

Whether you are an ultra runner, fell runner, superstar international athlete, orienteer or someone who loves walking and running in the mountains - this is a fabulous opportunity to challenge yourself, meet like-minded peole and gain an insight into the Sherpa way of life. At the same time you can be raising funds for development projects in rural Nepalese communities. 


All that you need to know about the Original Everest Marathon


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The course is a measured 42 km (26.2 miles) - it says so in the Guiness Book of Records.

This event is tough, mentally and physically, because of the altitude. The start is at the Gorak Shep 5184m, the highest habitation in the valley and close to Everest Base Camp. The finish is at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, 3446m. 

Although the course is basically downhill, there are two steep uphill sections and a flatter loop - 6 miles of trail towards Thamo before returning to Namche Bazaar.

The terrain is varied - some of the paths are paved and wide enough to pass the Yak trains that will be travelling up and down the valley. The rest of the route consists of glacial morraine; sandy scree, uneven tracks, stony staircases, narrow suspension bridges and exposed paths contouring the mountains, way above the river. 

Experience of moving easily over rough terrain is essential and a background of running road marathons isn't sufficient for an application to be accepted.  The race is only suitable for runners with recent experience of fell or mountain running, orienteering, endurance events or mountaineering and you will need to include details your experience on the application form.


General Health 

If your application is accepted, we will need a doctors certificate from you.

There will be a medical in the hotel at Kathmandu to give the doctors knowledge of everyone in their team. There is another medical the day before the race to check that you are fit enough to continue to the start. If you're not well enough to start, it's likely that you can join the race further down the valley.  



  • The marathon route is not marked by paint or flags. The team leaders will ensure that you are familiar with the route and control points on the trek up the valley and you will be given a race map. 
  • During the trek we will be walking together as a group but on the race, you need to be self-reliant. At the start of the race it will be well below freezing, possibly with snow and ice underfoot and full body cover is needed. It gets warmer as you descend and shorts and vest may be all that are needed. Everyone will be running with a rucksack, carrying waterproofs, food and drink and emergency kit.
  • There are two starts: 06.30am for the slower runners  and 07.30am for those expected to be faster.
  • The race has control points approximately every 3 miles, providing a hot or cold drink and some food. These points are staffed by our team of doctors, marshals and the Nepali support team.

The cut off points are:

-12.30 at Tengboche Monastery - 14 miles 

-14.30 at Chorkhung, just above Namche Bazaar - 20 miles.

Nepali runners will be registering in Namche Bazaar on 25th November and joining the rest of the group at Lobuche on 1st December for their pre-race medical.


The Team Race

  • Teams are made up of 3 people that are connected by nationality, running club or friendship
  • Teams need to be registed with the Race Director before 30th September 2019.
  • An individual can only run for one team.
  • The team time is a total of the 3 individual's times divided by 3



  • Everyone who completes the full marathon will receive the OEM race medal.
  • There are cash prizes for the 1st three men and women and the 1st male and female Vet over 45 years
  • Other prize categories are:

        - 4th - 10th placings for 6 men and women 

        - 2nd V45 male and female

        - 1st and 2nd V50 male and female

        - 1st and 2nd V60 male and female

        - Youngest and oldest competitor

        - Competitor who has raised the most sponsorship 

       Each person can win only one prize with the exception of the person raising the most sponsorship. 



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