The highest marathon in the world

OEM Race Regulations


The Everest Marathon is only suitable for runners with recent experience of cross country, fell or mountain running experience or endurance events. Experience of rough and steep terrain is essential; road marathon only experience is not sufficient.


Age limits

Age on race day is between 21 and 65 years, unless agreed by the race organiser.

runners approaching tengboche



All participants must join the group in Kathmandu so that our medical team can monitor everyones health throughout the trek. It is also important that runners know each other so that they can help each other during the trek and race.

The Race Director may accept high-performing athletes, who are already fully acclimatised to join the group at Namche Bazaar or Lobuche.



All participants are required to sign a disclaimer certifying that they are participating at their own risk.


Medical conditions

When your application is accepted, you need to download a medical certificate from the members page and take it to your GP.   Your doctor must provide a medical history and certify that you are fit to participate. If you have an unusual medical condition, our doctors will make the final decision on your suitability, after consultating with your doctor. If your place offer is withdrawn as a result, you will be entitled to a full refund of yourdeposit.



Most people will acclimatise sufficiently to race the full course. All competitors must pass a medical examination at Lobuche before continuing to the start at Gorak Shep. A few competitors may fail to acclimatise, in which case they will be unable to ascend to the official start and will be able torun a shorter race from a lower altitude.


Medical withdrawal

Our Health team may withdraw any runner from the trek or race should they feel that continuing will endanger that runner or other people, due to medical or safety grounds. Runners will be given every assistance and encouragement but any decision to withdraw them is final. (The race organisers, Nepalese agent and his staff, the doctors and marshals can take no responsibility for any runner continuing against advice).


Cut-off points

Tengboche – 14 miles: 12.30 pm
Chorkhung – 20 miles: 2.30 pm
Runners must reach the cut-off points by these times and must be in a fit condition to leave after a further 15 minutes, or withdraw from the race.


Kit requirements

All runners must wear or carry the following kit:

  • long sleeved thermal top and leg cover
  • waterproof and windproof hooded jacket and trousers
  • thermal head covering
  • buff 
  • gloves or mittens
  • whistle
  • emergency bivvy bag 
  • head torch with a new battery
  • tracker (provided by OEM) secured to a rucksack shoulder strap


The spirit of the event

The nature of the terrain and altitude means that if there is an accident it's more serious in this environment. By using trackers, we are building in another layer of security, but we still ask that everyone signs up to taking repsonsibility to provide appropriate assistance to any other runner if needed. If this happens and you lose time in the race, we will be able to a make an adjustment based on your tracker data. The decision of the Race Director will be final. 


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