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Winter Everest Marathon Event is an unique Event running on the High Himalayan Valley at the start of winter season. This is an extreme Marathon with different climate situation running down from Everest Base Camp with spectacular views of Mount Everest and surrounding High Himalayan Peaks of Everest region.

The journey begins with a sweeping scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then we trek through Sherpa villages with beautiful view of the world's highest snowcapped peaks with acclimatization stops in between to fit our body with altitude before the start of this epic adventure. With couple of nights stay at Mount Everest Expedition Base Camp to get use to with the altitude, weather and surrounding conditions, we start our race right from Khumbu Ice Fall of Mount Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft) descending almost the same way to Namche Bazaar(3446m/11306ft), the Sherpa Capital town.

Trip Highlight:

- Warm, friendly locals and exceptional highlander hospitality
- Spectacular arrays of Himalaya ranges and dramatic landscapes
- Amazing treks through the Sherpa heartland
- Mesmerizing trek through pristine alpine forests and high valleys
- Spectacular view of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse from the summit of Kalapatthar
- Enjoyable flights along the Himalaya ranges and peak

Outline Itinerary:
Date Lodge Option
18 Nov Arrive Kathmandu
19 Nov Briefing / Sightseeing
20 Nov Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding
21 Nov Trek to Namche Bazaar
22 Nov Rest & acclimatization day at Namche
23 Nov Trek to Deboche via Thayngboche
24 Nov Trek to Dingboche
25 Nov Rest & acclimatization day
26 Nov Trek to Lobuche
27 Nov Trek to Gorekshep
28 Nov Hike to Kala Pattar and at Gorekshep
29 Nov Trek to Everest BC
30 Nov At Everest BC
01 Dec MARATHON DAY, run to Namche Bazaar
02 Dec After lunch trek to Monjo
03 Dec Trek to Lukla
04 Dec Fly Lukla / Kathmandu
05 Dec At Kathmandu
06 Dec Depart Kathmandu
 Departure Dates  Availability
 18 Nov-06 Dec  Available
18 Nov:

Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
19 Nov:

A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
20 Nov:

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2,652m)

  - Approx: 45 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m, 08 km (2 ½ -3hr walk)

Early morning you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes. After the necessary security formalities board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival to Lukla Airport you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load. Your lunch will depend upon the time of arrival at in Lukla or few walks further down on route to Phakding.

The walk is gradual most of the way, with few ups with view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, a short climb brings to the Ghat village, and another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi River.

   
21 Nov:

Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs. 13 k.m.

  From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill. Re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thamserku 6,608m, we reach a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream. After Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk to we can see Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop till Namche Bazaar. A second bridge is reached over the same river; the walk is pleasant on the riverbed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar. Magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum Kangru Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen all the way up, and another 1-2 hour walk up brings us to the famed Namche Bazaar where colorful houses are situated in an amphitheatre U shaped bowl.
   
22 Nov:

Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.

  Suggested activity is a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter. The magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure.
   
23 Nov:

Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. Approx 5 hours. 08 k.m.

  The walk is fairly easy for the first half, after a 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar. Once at the top walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde-Ri peak after a pleasant walk of two to three hours coming at Phungitenga 3,250m. A small settlement with couple of teahouses and a small Nepalese Army barrack serving as park wardens can be seen in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines along with rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. Walk from here is strenuous for an hour or two on the winding trail through the shade of woods till Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa. This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east.
   
24 Nov:

Trek to Dingboche 4,358m.Approx. 5-6 hour. 09 k.m.


After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, the trail descends through a forest full of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deoboche 3,650 m with magnificent view of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, from Deoboche. Walking past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual till you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to a large mani wall gate, and a little farther from here the route leads to Pangboche at 3,900m. From here a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dablam. After a pleasant break journey continues gradually towards east, after an hour walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits into two ways, the north going to Pheriche and our trail leading towards east beneath towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards Ama Dablam looks completely different, from the bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imja tse river to a big mani Stupa, and onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja tse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island peak or Imja tse 6,189m, which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal.
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chhukhung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and Amphu Labtsa 5,780m.
   
25 Nov:

Rest Day at Dingboche.

  A leisure day for short hike around, at Dingboche there are places where one go for a short walk. Trek to Chhukhung 4,730m.is worth while which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east within the Imja tse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukhung. At Chhukhung, there are about five teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama-Dablam and Imja glacier, Chhukhung the last settlement in eastern Khumbu.
   
26 Nov:

Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. Approx. 5 hours. 08 k.m.

  From Dingboche the trail leads north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today's walk offers beautiful view of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. After a pleasant walk of 1 1/2 to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Thugla, before a small wooden bridge over the torrent river of Khumbu glacier. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here another 1 1/2 to 2 hours of gradual ascend brings you to Lobuche, Lobuche comes as a surprise, as its situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Lobuche has about 5-6 Teahouses.
   
27 Nov:

Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m 3-4 hrs. 5 k.m.

  The first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt. Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses.
   
28 Nov:

At Gorakshep morning hike to Kalapatthar 5,545m. 2-3 hrs.

  Early morning a steep walk towards Kalapatthar, on reaching the top ridge of Kalapatthar which is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination the Everest stands within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse and with all the higher snow capped giants that dominates all around, with a view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a wonderful time here descend back to Gorakshep for the overnight with afternoon free for medical check up or for practice race.
   
29 Nov:

Trek to Everest base Camp 5,357m. 6 k.m.

  Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one at Everest Base Camp near to its famed and notorious Khumbu Ice-fall. The path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you.
   
30 Nov:

At Everest Base Camp.

  A great spot to spend the day with the surrounding world's highest peaks, one can hear often the crackle of the glacier and of avalanches nearby, today we might have a practice race for a short distance after breakfast, with full attire for the race with numbers and company's issued T-Shirt. Afternoon time great numbers of people especially the Nepali runners will join up for the great event.
   
01 Dec:

The Grand Event of THEM to Namche Bazaar.

 

Early breakfast at 5:30 a.m. assemble at 6:30 a.m. with final briefing with the course route event starts at 7 a.m. sharp.

Note:   As the main route to Everest Base Camp from Namche Bazaar is only about 36 k.m. where's the international standard for marathon is 42 k.m. so, a loop of 3 + 3 k.m further away from Dingboche is added to make 42 k.m. to keep the world standard mileage.

   
02 Dec:         

Trek to Monjo or Chumoa 2,835m  3-4 hrs.

  After the hard time of previous day begin with a slow morning breakfast around 7-8 a.m. Morning free with lunch at 12-12:30 p.m. then retrace the journey all the way to Monjo or to Chumoa for the overnight camp located just past the Sagarmatha National Park.
   
03 Dec:

Trek to Lukla. 4-5 hrs walk.

  Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at on your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take about 40 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
   
04 Dec:

Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.

  The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and transfer you back to respective Hotels.
   
05 Dec:

Free day at leisure.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
   
06 Dec:

Depart Kathmandu

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and porters using local standard lodge on full board basis. Camping arrangement at Everest Base Camp.
 6.  Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
 7.  Accompanying Doctors for regular medical check up.
 8.  Supply of free Duffel Bag and Race Kit.
 9.  Water and Medical Point with Doctor Support at some points.
 10. Race Medal, Certificate and Souvenir.
 11. Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotels.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


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Bardia National Park:

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Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

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Tibet:

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India:
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Bhutan:

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River Rafting:

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Mount Everest Flight:
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Bungy Jumping:

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Hotels:

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Hotel Yak & Yeti:

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Hotel Shanker:

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Hotel Malla:
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Hotel Marshyangdi:

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Everest Winter Marathon
  • Trip Duration : 19 Days
  • Trip Grade : Challenging
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Events
  • Highest Altitude : 5545 m
  • Month : Nov-Dec

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