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. 

If you have a partner or friend who wants to come too, but doesn't want to run a marathon, it's possible to come on the trek and help by marshalling on race day. 


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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, because of the altitude. The start is at the Gorak Shep 5184m. This was the original Everest Base Camp and now it is the site of the highest habitation in the world.

The finish is at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446m. 

Although the course is basically downhill, there are is a  steep descent from Tengboche followed by a steep climb  of more than 900m. 

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. 

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.

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

If you are applying for the trek only, you still need to be able to manage the tracks confidently and be fit and healthy. 


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 even leaner and fitter.

There is no longer any need to produce a medical certificate as the registration form has questions for you to provide 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. 

The OEM doctors want to have first-hand knowledge of everyone in their team and will give everyone 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.  



  • 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 with the control points and cut off times 
  • During the trek we will be walking together as a group but on the race, 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
  • There are two starts: 06.00am for the slower runners  and 07.00am for those expected to be faster
  • The marathon has control points approximately every 3 miles which will be providing hot/cold drinks and some food. The controls are staffed by our doctors, marshals and the Nepali support team
  • A staff team will be brining up the end of the race,  ensuring that everyone is safely down the mountain
  • There is plenty of time to complete the marathon but to make sure no one is out after dark, there are two  cut off points:

- Tengboche Monastery, 14 miles into the marathon - 12.30

- Chorkhung, just above Namche Bazaar, 20 miles - 14.40


Nepali runners

The local runners don't need a trek to accliatise so will be joining us at Lobuche on 1st December, for their pre-race medical.


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 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 prizes for international runners :

        - 1st 6 men and women

        - 1st V40 male and female

        - 1st V50 male and female

        - 1st V60 male and female

        - 1st V70 male and female

        - The competitor who has raised the most sponsorship by the end of the event

  - 1st team of 3

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


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