Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon with Paul Goldstein

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  • duration 17 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Compete in the TenzingHillary Marathon on 29th May, the anniversary of the first ascent of EverestSupport Paul Goldstein (who will be running in a giant tiger costume) in raising money for the 'Worth More Alive' campaign to save the endangered Bengal tigerLed by mountaineer Valerie Parkinson who has over 30 years' experience of Himalayan trekking Camp at Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu IcefallChance to trek up Kala Pattar for closeup views of Mount Everest
Start and end in Kathmandu, the trip Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon With Paul Goldstein is a guided adventure tour that takes 17 days. You will travel through Phakding, Kathmandu, Monjo and 8 other destinations in Nepal. Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon With Paul Goldstein is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport and others.

The Tenzing-Hillary Marathon takes place on 29th May each year to celebrate the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by the late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. 2021 will be the 19th edition of this monumental event - the highest altitude marathon in the world. Take part in this challenging 42km/26mile race, starting from below the ice seracs at Everest Base Camp and finishing in Namche Bazaar with Exodus' Paul Goldstein who will be undertaking this endurance test in a giant tiger suit to raise money for the 'Worth More Alive' campaign in the fight to save the Bengal tiger from extinction. Paul, together with Exodus Travels, is raising money to work with and educate local communities about the plight of the tigers, and their value to tourism in India. We ask anyone booking onto this trip to support this cause.*Please note:* * The Flight Inclusive and Land Only price for this trip includes a US$999 marathon entrance fee * The Activity Level (Challenging / 5) is for the trek only. Please read the /'Is This Trip for You?'/ text under /Essential Information/ or in the Trip Notes for details about the marathon
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Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“This trip was exhausting but so worthwhile. I enjoyed it all and would be hard-pressed to select my bets moment because there were so many. I felt that the enjoyment of the holiday was in major part due to the expertise of our guide, Harish Kumar, and also the great mix of people and characters in our group. We all seemed to gel really well and this made the experience even better.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
    “A great all round trip with lots of variety.”
    Review for another Exodus Travels tour
    5 - Excellent
    • On Apr 16 2017
    “This trip takes you off the beaten path into the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. It is a national park with a single road going through it providing a connection to the outside world for the 2,000 families still living in the villages there. The trek takes you through the high-, mid- and low-lands with terrific and varied scenery. You will see plenty of Geladas (up close) and if you're lucky, also the Walia Ibex and Ethiopian Wolf. The trip is long (140+ kms and 10 days) and the hiking is quite tough. I would rate this trip to be more like a "6" rather than a "5" due to the distance traveled and the steep ascents and descents with difficult footing.”
    ITINERARY Expand All
    • Day 1: 18 MAY - Start Kathmandu
    • Day 2: 19 MAY - Short but spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding.
    • Day 3: 20 MAY - Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar, with time to explore the Sherpa villages
    • Day 4: 21 MAY - Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma
    • Day 5: 22 MAY - Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche for superb mountain views
    • Day 6: 23 MAY - Continue up the Khumbu Valley and then the Imja Valley to Dingboche
    • Day 7: 24 MAY - Spend the day at Dingboche for acclimatisation
    • Day 8: 25 MAY - Continue the ascent to Lobuje
    • Day 9: 26 MAY - Follow the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep; optional ascent of Kala Pattar
    • Day 10: 27 MAY - Continue along the lateral moraine to Everest Base Camp. Camp overnight
    • Day 11: 28 MAY - Everest Marathon briefing and mock race. Camp overnight
    • Day 12: 29 MAY - MARATHON DAY: Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar
    • Day 13: 30 MAY - Descend to Monzo
    • Day 14: 31 MAY - Continue to Lukla
    • Day 15: 1 JUNE - Fly to Kathmandu
    • Day 16: 2 JUNE - Free day in Kathmandu to explore the city
    • Day 17: 3 JUNE - End Kathmandu
    • 3 nights standard hotels, 11 nights teahouses and 2 nights full-service camping12 days point-to-point walking plus 1 full 42km/26mi marathon, with full porterage Fully marshalled race, with the additional support of Exodus guides Runners must have previous (recent) experience of trekking at altitude, have run other marathons, and will need to train under fell, trail, cross-country or mountain conditionsGroup normally 5 to 16 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 18 yrsAltitude maximum 5545m, average 3900mTravel by private minibus and 2 internal flightsThe trek portion involves between 5 and 8 hours walking per day, with some longer daysStaff carry oxygen and a first aid kit  ,All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are includedMorning bed-tea on trek and welcome drink at each overnight lodge3 nights standard hotels, 11 nights teahouses and 2 nights full-service camping (sleeping mats are provided)All transport and listed activitiesLed by valerie Parkinson, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek). Fully marshalled race  Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)Arrival and departure transfersFull porterage throughout trek Everest Marathon Kitbag Marthon participation medal, certificate, souvenir tracksuit and T-shirtTrekking map (provided locally)Trekking permit and national park fees
    • Any international flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
    • Travel insurance is not included in this Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon with Paul Goldstein tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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    GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

    No additional cancellation fees apply for this Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon with Paul Goldstein tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


    For any tour departures within 25 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

    Travel Insurance

    Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon with Paul Goldstein tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


    For this Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon with Paul Goldstein tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

    • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
    • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
    • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
    • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
    QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
    • How much money do I need to bring with me?

      Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

    • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

      In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

    • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

      It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

    • How does it work with a porter?

      Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

    • Is a visa on arrival available?

      Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.


    If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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