International Sagarmatha Day

Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon
Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

The 29 May is celebrated as International Sagarmatha Day in Nepal. It is the anniversary of the first ascent of Mt. Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. “Sagarmatha” is the Nepali name for Mt. Everest. It is a Sanskrit word and means “Head of the Sky”, a very suitable name for the highest point on earth. On 29. May 1953 the first two people in history could reach the summit of this mountain – Sir Edmund Hillary, a climber from New Zealand, and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepali-Indian Sherpa. They were part of a British expedition consisting of 400 people. A couple of days before their peak ascent two other climbers from the expedition attempted to reach the summit, but had to turn back when their oxygen system failed. News of the successful ascent reached Britain on the coronation day of Queen Elizabeth II, the perfect coronation present, and Hillary was knighted for his efforts.

International Sagarmatha Day is celebrated on May 29 each year to mark the date on which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa conquered the highest peak in the world for the first time. Various activities are carried out during this day.

 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon
In 2003 an alternative race, The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, was started which is held every year on 29 May to commemorate the first successful 195. Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is “probably the most adventurous trail run in the world.” The journey begins with a sweeping scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then we trek through Sherpa villages with beautiful view of the world’s highest snowcapped peaks. The highest spot of this trip is Kalapatthar at 5545m/18200ft, from the summit of which we can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayan peaks, ranges and glaciers including Mt Everest a stone’s throw away.

We shall trek to Everest Base Camp from where the race begins. Along the way we shall pass through the Everest National Park and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital town. We will also visit the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche (one of the oldest in the area) and Thyangboche (the biggest in the whole Himalayas) which was re-built after being burnt to the ground years ago (apparently the old monk wanted to douse the electric heater by banging it on the floor).

This is the only trip, apart from mountaineering expeditions, that has overnight camping right at the base of towering Mt Everest near the notorious Khumbu Icefall.

It is welcome you all to Namche Bazaar for the 10th edition of the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon (THEM). This amazing event is conducted to commemorate the first successful ascent of Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Late Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th May, 1953.We consider the marathon a most fitting tribute to these two great men-icons of adventurous souls in the annals of human history and civilization. The marathon starts from the Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft) and finishes at Namche Bazaar (3446m/11306ft). The measured distance of the course is 42.195 km (26.2 miles) over rough mountain trails.

All participants of are requested to be in Nepal three weeks prior to the race for acclimatizing to the high altitude. This three-week holiday combines sightseeing tour in the capital, Kathmandu, a 14 day trek to the marathon starting point under medical supervision, an ascent of Kala Patthar (5545m/18200ft) for the best views of Everest. Although the course of the Everest Marathon is basically downhill, there are two steep uphill sections. There may be snow and ice on the upper part and considerable exposure along much of the marathon route Experience of rough terrain is essential. This is the world’s most spectacular race held annually.

Trip Profile

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Mode of Trekking: Lodge/Camping
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous
Race Date: May 29th
Course length: KM / 26.09 Miles     (International Standard)
Start Point: Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft)
Finish Point: Namche Bazaar 3446m/11306 ft
Highest Elevation: Kalapatthar (5545m/18200ft)
Trip dates: May 16 to June 4, 2015
(Represents the day you need to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal and the day you can schedule to depart Kathmandu)
Race date: May 29, 2015
Trip Cost: $2500.00 per person
Single hotel room and tent supplement: $325.00


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May 16 – Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
May 17 – Trip briefing / Sightseeing tour. Hotel.
May 18 – Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding. 8,900 feet.
May 19 – Trek to Namche Bazaar. 11,200 feet.
May 20 – Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.
May 21 – Trek to Khumjung. 13,025 feet.
May 22 – Trek to Deboche via Tengboche. 13,800 ft.
May 23 – Trek to Dingboche. 14,400 feet.
May 24 – Rest & acclimatization day at Dingboche.
May 25 – Trek to Lobuche. 16,170 feet.
May 26 – Trek to Gorekshep. 16,900 feet.
May 27 – Hike Kala Pattar & to Everest Base Camp.
May 28 – At Everest Base Camp. 17,500 feet.
May 30 – Rest day at Namche Bazaar. 11,200 feet.
May 31 – Trek to Monjo or Phakding. 9,000 feet.
June 01 – Trek to Lukla. 9,200 feet.
June 02 – Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Hotel.
June 03 – Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
June 04 – Transfer to airport and depart Kathmandu


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20 Days/19 Nights in Nepal
4 nights of hotels in Kathmandu on sharing basis with breakfast
a half-day guided sightseeing tour around Kathmandu
15 nights of full service tented camping (incl. 2 nights at Everest Base Camp) For lodge option instead of camping– add $200
All three main meals while on trek
14 days of MODERATE trekking, and 1 race day (incl. 4 acclimatization & rest days)
Entry into the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon with full race support and T-shirt
Domestic fixed wing round-trip flights– Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
Optional hike up to Kala Pattar at 18,200 feet
Airport transfers in Kathmandu and group transportation involved with the itinerary
Everest National Park trekking permits and entrance fees
Group celebration dinner on June 2nd
Everest Marathon duffle bag


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Nepal visa fee ($40) good for a 30-day visit and available upon arrival
Lunches (3) and dinners (3) while in Kathmandu
Travel insurance policy to include coverage for medical and evacuation expenses
All expenses of a personal nature such as: tips for Nepali trekking staff, bottled water, other drinks and snacks while in Kathmandu and on trek, internet, telephone, laundry, souvenir shopping, etc…
Cost of single hotel rooms in Kathmandu and a single tent while on trek. A single supplement is available for $395.00.
Any expenses associated with arriving into Nepal before May 16th or staying on after June 4th, and any travel expenses while en route to Nepal.
Expenses related to flying in / out of Lukla by helicopter and only in the case of bad weather (Approx. $600 per person each way)



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