The highest marathon in the world

The Marathon

The Original everest Marathon

Registration closes on 30th August 2019


The 2019 package includes:


  • 23 days of being looked after extremely well, in the style of traditional treks in the Himalaya
  • Team leaders and doctors from the UK and NZ, who are mountain runners with experience of high altitude
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at the 4 star Hotel Shanker, with two people sharing a room
  • Dinner and breakfast for 4 nights at the hotel
  • Collection from Kathmandu airport when you arrive and on your return to the airport
  • Celebration dinner with the prize giving on the final night in Kathmandu
  • Internal flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and the return from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation throughout the trek -15 nights camping, 3 nights in a lodge, both with two people sharing
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the trek*
  • Thick camping mattresses to go into the well-insulated CAN tents
  • An OEM kitbag to transport your gear on the trek
  • Porters and yaks to carry everything other than your day pack
  • A Health team who will be providing medical cover throughout the trek and the race
  • A race map
  • OEM logoed top, buff and hat
  • 8 marshalled control points with hot and cold drinks 
  • Photo of you crossing the finish line
  • An OEM medal for finishers
  • Prizes
  • A contribution towards the cost of up to 20 Nepali runners competing in the event
  • All the necessary permits for access to the Sagamartha National Park and the running permit
  • Tips for the team of cooks and porters
  • A guided tour of two of the World Heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhanth Stupa
  • The race organisation

* You pay for your own lunches whilst in Kathmandu


Price £3,300

Everything that it's possible to include from the time you arrive in Kathmandu and leave is part of the package.


The price excludes:

  • International flights to Nepal
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepalese visa - cost about £35 for 30 days
  • Lunches and drinks in Kathmandu
  • Any drinks and snacks you want to buy on the trek
  • Dinner in Namche Bazaar on marathon day*
  • 2 lunches in Namche Bazaar*

* The day before we leave for the trek and on return to Kathmandu we don't provide lunch, so you're free to explore the restaurants and great roadside stalls in the city. Likewise, whilst we're in Namche Bazaar the group will be arriving at different times and wanting to explore the shops and cafes. 


Making the most of your stay

We will meet in the Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu on 15th November. You can arrive at any time after midday, ideally before 6pm. At the end of the event, most people will be leaving the hotel for an early flight on 7th December. 












You may chose to arrive in Nepal earlier, or leave later, so you can fit in a visit to another area. If you need help with ideas of areas to visit or want an organised trek in Nepal, we can help you with this.



Insurance which covers trekking and racing is compulsory.

Your policy must cover emergency helicopter evacuation, medical treatment in Kathmandu and repatriation. 

There are details of insurance companies in the information you receive after your application has been accepted.

The organiser has insurance for public liability and professional indemnity which also covers the Team Leaders.


Payment plan

  • You will get information about the options for payment on the website, once your application has been accepted
  • A deposit of £500 is required when your registration has been accepted
  • Payments can be made online using credit or debit card through Stripe or by Bank Transfer. The latter is free to UK residents. For people living outside the UK it will be more cost effective to pay by credit/debit card using our Stripe interface
  • When you register before May 2019, you can arrange to pay the balance by installments. If you take advantage of paying by installments, there are specific dates to meet:

- 50% of the balance must be paid by February 28th 2019

- 75% of the balance must be paid by April 30th 2019

- The total amount must be paid by 30th July 2019

  • If you register after 1st June 2019, the balance will be payable in one lump sum after the deposit
  • Entries close on 30th August for the 2019 marathon
  • Entries for the 2020 Original Everest Marathon open 1st August 2019


Refund Policy

  • The £500 deposit is non-refundable
  • Cancellation before 01 June 2019,  50% refund of the balance paid
  • Cancellation after 01 June 2019, 40% refund of the balance paid
  • Cancellation after 30th July, 30% refund of the balance paid
  • Cancellation after 30th August, no refund of the balance paid




History of the Race

  • Hits: 1695

Until 1997 the race was held every two years in November and the trek started and finished in Jiri. In 1999 we decided to hold the race every 18 months, so that races could alternate between autumn and spring. There were spring races in 1999 and 2002. Because of political unrest in Nepal in 2002, it was considered safer to fly into Lukla rather than walk in from the roadhead at Jiri. This provided an extra week’s training and acclimatisation in the Gokyo valley. Subsequently the race  reverted to being held in November, every other year and flying into and out of Lukla.



The idea of the Everest Marathon was born in 1985 when Tony Hunt and Jan Turner from Britain organised an impromptu race from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche monastery and back.


Diana Penny-Sherpani created the Everest Marathon through her business Buffo Ventures. It took two years to organise the first race in 1987 when the course was measured in the worst snow conditions for over 50 years. Despite dire predictions from medical and sports experts about running at high altitude, the event was a huge success and marked a first in athletic history. 45 runners from 5 countries.


73 runners from 9 countries. Winner Jack Maitland (Scotland) set a record of 3.59.04 which was not broken until 1999.


69 runners from 11 countries.


72 runners from 13 countries. Ray Brown (New Zealand) set the veterans’ record of 4.28.38. Pierre André Gobet (Switzerland) won the race for a second time but failed to beat Jack’s record. Hari Roka (Nepal) came second.


71 runners from 12 countries. Freak snows and avalanches in early November prevented us from reaching the start and only a half marathon could be run. Hari Roka (Nepal) came second again.


88 runners from 14 countries. Anne Stentiford (UK) set the ladies’ record of 5.16.03 which was not broken until 2007. Hari Roka became the first Nepali winner.


74 runners from 9 countries. The first spring race. Hari Roka won again and finally broke Jack Maitland’s record in 3.56.10. Dawn Kenwright became the first person to win the ladies’ race twice.


67 runners from 13 countries. Hari Roka won the race for a third time and broke his own 1999 record in 3.50.23.


50 runners from 12 countries. Local boy Pasang Temba Sherpa won the race in 3.59 37, one second ahead of Nah Bahadur Shah: the closest finish yet!


60 runners from 6 countries. First was Uttar Kumar Rai in 4.01.44, having been 7th in both 2000 and 2003. Hari Roka was first veteran but still holds the race record.


80 runners from 9 countries. Tshering Lama Yolma (21) won the race in 3.52.25: a very talented performance. He actually broke Hari Roka’s record but was penalised for breaking the minimum kit rule, as did most of the Nepalese runners. 


87 runners from 10 countries including an entertaining contingent of 12 runners from New Zealand. Although the men did not break any records, three ‘new’ ladies entered the top 5 ladies’ results and Angela Mudge smashed Anne Stentiford’s record by 14 minutes.


78 runners from 14 countries. Deepak Raj Rai was the winner (3.59.31) and enters the All Time List with Sudeep Kulung Rai. Anna Frost from New Zealand now holds the Ladies’ Record in an unbelievable time of 4.35.04 (6th place overall). There are now 4 ladies entering the All Time Results List. Our champion and record holder, Hari Roka, did a sterling job in the sweep team.


85 runners from 16 countries.   After 11 years, Hari Roka’s record of 3.50.23 was broken by Ram Kumar Raj Bhandari in 3.47.38.   First lady was Chhechee Sherpa in 5.06.15, now third in the All Time List;  just a week before she had won a gruelling ultramarathon!   Bruce Hall (GB) was the first foreigner home in 5.55.47 in 21st place and was also the second veteran.


65 runners from 15 countries.   Ram Kumar Raj Bhandari smashed his own 2011 record in 3.40.43 and Bim Bahadur Gurung came second in 3.45.20.   First non-Neapli runner was Malcolm Attard from Malta in 5.47.22 (13th place).   In the over-60s class Brent Weigner (USA) finished in 7.47.22 (33rd place). The weather was remarkably warm and sunny with no snow this year!


Mainly because of the two major earthquakes in Nepal earlier in the year, there were only 52 runners from 7 countries.  Winner, Bhim Gurung – 3.42.36, is now second in the all time results list;  Sudeep Khulung Rai was second in 3.55.25 and is now placed 7th in the All Time List.  Simon Grimstrup (Denmark) was the first foreigner in 8th place (4.53.46).  Mrs Louise Voghel from Canada put in a remarkable performance being the first supervet (over 60) in 22nd place (6.56.02).


50 runners from 9 countries, but only 40 finishers due to a gastric bug in Gorak Shep.  Sunam Kulung’s winning time of 3.48.16 places him 5th in the All Time List.  Grandmother Ang Dami Sherpa (49) was the First Lady Veteran in her 4th race.  Franck Lasfargues (France – 41) was the first foreign runner and First Male Veteran in 13th place (5.49.29).

This was Diana's last Everest Marathon. She handed the ownership to Community Action Nepal; a charity that she supported for the last 10 years; and Ali Bramall took over as race director. With these changes, we felt it was appropriate to recognise the reputation and experience Diana had built up over 34 years by renaming the event the Original Everest Marathon.


Runners have come from:

UK, Nepal, Eire, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Malta, Poland, Bulgaria, Russia, USA, Canada, Bermuda, Brazil, Israel,  South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, China, Malaysia, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Slovenia and the Seychelles.

Expanding your skills

OEM practice weekend – 10th - 13th May 2019

Giggleswick School, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0DE

The weekend is for people who have already signed up for the OEM as well as those who love the idea of running the highest marathon in the world and want to know more.

It's a weekend of skill development, training and getting to know the people who you’ll be spending time with in Nepal. We’re going to be based in the lovely grounds of Giggleswick, on the SW edge of the Yorkshire Dales. This gives us steep ground to practice ascending and descending and a variety of terrain for long runs over the Three Peaks.

Marcus Scotney, winner of the Dragons Back and Spine Race, will be running the OEM this year. He is  a running coach and therapist and will be sharing his wisdom with everyone at the training weekend. 




17.00 - 18.30  - Arrive

18.30 - 19.30  - Dinner 7.30

19.30 - 20.45  - OEM and CAN Presentation  - Ali & Denise


08.30 - 10.15 - Running on steep ground / using poles  - Marcus & Chris & Ali 

10.30 - 12.30 - Input from Marcus - Using mindfulness + the Champion Mindset + Running at altitude

12.30 - 13.30 - lunch 

13.00 - 13.45 - Navigation - Marcus & Chris & Ali 

14.15 - 16.30 - fast run and skills practice - Chris & Marcus  or Slow run / walk - Ali & Mel

17.30 - 18.30 - Kit choices for running and trekking

18.30 - 20.00 - BBQ

20.00 - 21.00 - Input from Marcus - Injury prevention and strength training 

21.00            - film


08.00 - 09.00 - Revisiting any skills inputs required & Yoga

09.00 - ?       - Fast run and skills practice with Marcus and Chris or slower run / walk with Ali & Mel

14.00            - leave


What’s included


This will be excellent and plentiful as the school will be providing dinner on Friday and Saturday and breakfasts and lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten intolerant, let me know by email - alibramall@gmail.com


Accommodation choices

  • bring your own tent
  • there are a few places for camper vans
  • share the floor of the cricket pavilion, using either your own sleeping bag and mattress or the schools

There are limitted places for each options so when you book, email your choice alibramall@gmail.com


What to bring

Running gear

  • Shorts and vest for hot, sunny weather
  • Tights, base layer, mid layer, hat, gloves, Buff
  • Good Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
  • Rucksack capable of carrying clothes, water and food
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Running shoes and socks

After running gear

  • Change of clothes and footwear for the evening – to cover cold, wet and warm
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Climbing harness if you have your own
  • head torch 
  • Camping gear or let me know if you need to borrow a sleeping bag / mattress


To book

The cost for the whole weekend - £100 per person.

Bookings are online at  - https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=5414

Local Nepali Runners

There are 20 places in 2019 for Nepali runners who are resident in Nepal.

Cost to enter the Original Everest Marathon is R 5,000



Men & Women

1st         £300 - R43,500

2nd        £250 - R36,225

3rd         £200 – R28,900

1st V40   £150 – 21,730

Prizes for other categories will be in the form of running clothes from our sponsors

  • Each entry is subsidised by 50%
  • The places will be given to the runners who register first.
  • Everyone must attend the Registration & Briefing in Namche Bazaar on Monday 25th November.


You can register in two ways:

  • In person at 11am Namche Bazaar on Monday 25 November

We cannot take your payment online, so you must still come to Namche Bazaar at 11am to pay and to sign the registration form.


Your registration fee gives you:             

  • Insurance                    
  • Bivi bag
  • Whistle
  • Warm hat                  
  • OEM medal              
  • OEM top
  • Medical care *                       

*When you sign up with the OEM as a runner, you are automatically entitled to receive medical care from our medical team until after the race.  


Marathon Procedure

  • Everyone entering the OEM needs to attend the Medical check and Kit Check before the race
  • The Medical and Kit check is held at Lobuche, on 1st December at 09.00hrs. You must be there the night before, on the night of 30th November
  • The Race Briefing and Practice Start is at Gorak Shep. You must attend this at 16.00hrs
  • Nepali’s who are not resident in Nepal must be part of the international group trek,  registering and paying through the website


Marathon kit

The following clothing and equipment must be worn or carried throughout the race:

  • Long sleeved thermal top – merino with a zip neck is ideal
  • Full length tights – a thicker winter version will be more use than thin summer lycra
  • Additional warm top – fleece or a light down or synthetic jacket or pullover
  • Rain and windproof jacket with a hood
  • Rain and windproof over trousers
  • Gloves or mittens – winter warmth
  • Hat or balaclava – winter weight (supplied)
  • Whistle on a neck cord (supplied)
  • Bivvy bag (supplied)
  • Head torch with new batteries
  • Emergency food - chocolate, energy bar or dried fruit
  • Map of the route
  • Running sack 20 litres
  • 2 race numbers – one worn on your front, the other on your pack


  • Lycra or short shorts
  • Running vest
  • Lightweight running gloves



The Marathon

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