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
- 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
- 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
* You pay for your own lunches whilst in Kathmandu
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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.