Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon with Paul Goldstein

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 17 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • 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 Everest
  • Support 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 tiger
  • Led by mountaineer Valerie Parkinson who has over 30 years' experience of Himalayan trekking 
  • Camp at Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall
Start and end in Kathmandu, the tour Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon With Paul Goldstein is a guided adventure tour that takes 17 days. You will travel through Everest Base Camp trek, Dingboche, Kala Patthar and 8 other destinations in Nepal. Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon With Paul Goldstein is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals 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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  • Day 1: 18 MAY - Start Kathmandu
  • Day 2: 19 MAY - Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport; 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 Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer 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 camping , 3 nights standard hotels, 11 nights teahouses and 2 nights full-service camping (sleeping mats are provided)
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 internal flights
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • 12 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 conditions
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5545m, average 3900m
  • The trek portion involves between 5 and 8 hours walking per day, with some longer days
  • Staff carry oxygen and a first aid kit 
  • Morning bed-tea on trek and welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • Led by valerie Parkinson, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek). Fully marshalled race  
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek 
  • Everest Marathon Kitbag 
  • Marthon participation medal, certificate, souvenir tracksuit and T-shirt
  • Trekking 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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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 27 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 27 March 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.

  • How much should my backpack weigh?

    A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.  

  • Do I need a porter?

    The decision to hire a porter is up to you and usually based on your fitness level and/or budget. One porter can be shared between two people and can carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers hire a porter to have a more comfortable trek.

  • Do I require a porter for carrying water?

    On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.

  • When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?

    We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.

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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