The Original Everest Marathon starts with a fully supported acclimatisation trek.
We will be trekking in the traditional fashion of expeditions in the Himalaya, using tents for all but two of the nights. Community Action Nepal uses very well insulated 3 skinned tents that sleep two people and thick camping mattresses. We’ve chosen tents over lodges as they tend to be warmer and cleaner and we get to stay in lovely places.
If you have a good 4-season, down sleeping bag and a thermarest, do bring it with you. Alternatively, you can hire one from CAN.
All our food will be prepared by our team of expert Nepali cooks, who will be travelling with us. Although being at altitude is great for losing extra inches where you don’t want them, you’ll find that the hot breakfasts, lunches and evening meals will negate the sliming effect.
The food will be mainly vegetarian, local-style meals, made up from oats, eggs, potatoes, rice, lentils and lots of fresh vegetables.
All the food, cooking equipment and fuel for heating water and cooking will be transported up the valley by Yak and porter
The water needs to be boiled or sterilised, so every morning you will have big thermoses for breakfast drinks from which you can fill up your water bottle for the day.
We will be making use of lodges as dining rooms, so there’s somewhere comfortable to sit in the evenings. Every evening after dinner there will be a team meeting followed by a talk from someone in the group or local expert.
Washing can be done in bowls of warm water when we get to camp and there will be the opportunity for everyone to enjoy the luxury of tent showers.
The further we go up the valley, the less flowing water there is, so we use the toilet tents erected by the porters as an addition to the toilets in the lodges, so expect things to be a little different than at home.
The weather in November and early December tends to be dry and sunny, but it's possible we may have rain or snow. One thing we know for definite is that it gets colder the higher we go up the valley and in the evenings above Namche Bazaar, it’s duvet-time.
Our personal bags are carried by porter, so having good quality, lightweight kit is really important as each person is allowed a maximum of 12 kilos to put into the OEM kitbag. If you don’t have a good duvet jacket, these can be bought in Kathmandu or Namche Bazaar or hired from CAN.
A list of the clothes and equipment you’ll need is on the members part of the website, accessible when your deposit has been paid.
It’s best to buy an Ncell Sim card for your phone. There is a reasonable mobile signal up the Khumbu Valley but nothing gets through from the Gokyo valley. All the lodges have wifi and the cost per hour rises with the altitude, but it's not to be depended on, especially when a lot of people are logged in.
For charging your phone it’s best to use a folding solar panel strapped to the back of your pack as re-charging a portable recharger may not be possible until we return to Namche Bazaar.
Almost all the costs of the trip have been included in the price, so you only need to take enough cash up the valley to pay for:
- the evening meal after the race
- cakes, apple pie and biscuits from the bakeries en route
- alcohol and any extra teas / coffees in lodges
- presents for others and yourself - the good value ‘branded’ clothing in Namche Bazaar – very good but not kosher!
Sometimes there are power cuts, so you can’t rely on using a card for purchases. Nepali rupees can’t be bought outside the country, so you need to get them in Kathmandu.
Maintaining good health
Our approach is about maintaining good health throughout the trek - prevention rather than cure. We have a very high ratio of doctors to group members, compared to other events. As part of the Health Team we also have a Paramedic and a Physiotherapist, so you’re in good hands.
We carry a very comprehensive medical kit including a pressure chamber and oxygen for treating altitude sickness but prefer not to have to use them – taking time to acclimatise naturally and avoiding discomfort.
During the race we have control points approximately every 3 miles, staffed by a marshal who can provide refreshments. Doctors are also available at some aid posts to provide medical cover.
Insurance which covers trekking and racing is compulsory. This must cover emergency helicopter evacuation, medical treatment in Kathmandu and repatriation. There will be details of the insurance we recommend on the Members page.
The race organiser has insurance for public liability and professional indemnity which covers the volunteer trek leaders.