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 people and gain an insight into the Sherpa way of life.

At the same time you have the opportunity of fund raising for a charity of your own choice. 


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It's possible for a partner or friend who doesn't want to run a marathon to come and enjoy the trek with you. Instead of running they can support the marathon by helping at a control point on race day.  Although you'll make great friends with others in the team, you'll find the experience of being in these big mountains is greatly enhanced if you share it with someone who's close to you. We believe so much in the shared experience that we offer a reduction for people who come to marshal. 


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All that you need to know about the Original Everest Marathon

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.  The start is at the Gorak Shep, the original Everest Base Camp, at an alitude of almost 5,200m.  Several lodges have now been built here and they take the prize for the highest buildings in the world.

We trek into the start, acclimatising gradually and race 'downhill' to finish at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446m. That sounds good, but mountains go up as well as down and following the steep descent from Tengboche there is an energy-sapping climb of more than 900m to regain the high level path to Namche. 

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

The OEM is suitable for people with experience of moving confidently over rough ground. If you have a background in trail running, fellunning, orienteering, endurance events, Munro-bagging, mountaineering, or even reindeer herding, (as the winning woman in 2017 had); you'll love this route.

If you are applying as a marshal, for the trek only, you still need to be able to move at a good pace, move confidently on rough ground and be fit and healthy. 

We would like you to be in good health before coming on the OEM and we intend to return you in the same condition - maybe even leaner and fitter.


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The registration form is your opportunity to show off and list all your past efforts and glories! 

Whilst we want people with a wide range of ages and abilities to come and experience the event, in order for your registration to be accepted, we need evidence that you are used to moving well over rough terrain at a consistent pace. The registration form requires you to provide information on your experience of running / walking and your health and fitness. Only those people who we are confident will be able to manage the  terrain will be accepted.

If you are unsure as to whether your running experience, your age or health is suitable for this event, please get in touch. 

The OEM focuses on enabling everyone who has entered to get to the startline in good health. Our doctors want to have first-hand knowledge of everyone in their team so there is a medical in the hotel at Kathmandu before leaving for the mountains. On the day before the marathon, there will be a pre-race medical to check that you are fit enough to continue to the start. Should you not be well enough, it's likely that you will be able to join the race further down the valley.  


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Altitude affects everyone in different ways. You don't need to have any experiene of being at altitude as the trek has been designed to maximise your body's ability to acclimatise naturally. However, if you have experience of being at high altitude, so much the better as you'll understand that the higher you go, the whole process of living becomes more challenging for mind and body.

Spending time so close to Everest is an experience that you'll remember forever and look back on with a sense of imense satisfaction. 


Running the OEM

  • The team leaders will ensure that you learn the marathon route and the location of the control points on the trek up the valley
  • You will have a race map showing the control points
  • You need to be self-reliant, carrying a rucksack with waterproofs, food, drink and emergency kit
  • At the start of the race it will be well below freezing, possibly with snow and ice underfoot and full body cover is needed. As you descend it may be that shorts and vest are all that are needed
  • The start is at 06.30am
  • The marathon has control points approximately every 3 miles which will be providing hot/cold drinks and some food. The control points are staffed by our doctors, marshals and the Nepali support team
  • A staff team will be 'sweeping' the race,  ensuring that everyone arrives at Namche Bazaar.
  • There is plenty of time to complete the marathon but to make sure no one is out after dark, there is a cut-off at 20 miles, the control point at Chorkhung, just above Namche Bazaar. 


Nepali runners

The local runners will be joining us at Lobuche for their pre-race medical, before the whole group leaves for Gorak Shep and the next day's start.


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The Team Race

  • Teams are made up of 3 people connected by nationality, running club or friendship
  • Teams need to be registed with the Race Director before 30th September 2020.
  • 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 takes part in the OEM will receive the OEM race medal and certificate
  • The prizes for international runners :

 - 1st 3 men and women

 - 1st V40 male and female

 - 1st V45 male and female

 - 1st V50 male and female

 - 1st V55 male and female

 - 1st V60 male and female

 - 1st V65 male and female

 - 1st V70 male and female

 - 1st team of 3

       If a  person wins more than one category, they receive the prize higher in the list



The Marathon

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