The highest marathon in the world

Original Everest Marathon November 2019

The highest and most spectacular marathon in the world,  supporting the charity Community Action Nepal

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 have the opportunity of fund raising 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 Khumbu valley, the original 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 before the six mile loop on the trail to Thamo and back 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 suitable for runners with experience of moving quickly and confidently over rough ground - trail, fellrunning, orienteering, endurance events and mountaineering. The registration form is your opportunity to show off and list all your past efforts and glories! 


General Health 

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 a bit leaner and fitter. We no longer ask for a medical certificate so please use the registration form to provide accurate information on your current health. One of the OEM doctors, will get in touch with you to discuss anything they consider may be an issue. We want everyone who is able to be able to come and trek or run, so we'll do what we can to make that possible.

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



  • Everyone will have a personal GPS Tracker which will provide acurate timing and everyones progress in the marathon can be seen in real time, anywhere in the world. 
  • You will  have a race map and the team leaders will ensure that you learn the marathon route and the location of the control points on the trek up the valley. 
  • 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, drink and emergency kit.
  • There are two starts: 06.00am for the slower runners  and 07.00am for those expected to be faster.
  • The race has control points approximately every 3 miles which will be providing hot/cold drink sand 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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