Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon
29 May, 2004
Inspired and encouraged by the grand success of
Everest Marathon held on May 19, 2003 to commemorate Golden Jubilee
Celebration of ascent on Mt. Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir
Edmund Hillary, Himalaya Expeditions have taken a step further by giving a
lifeline to this marathon by organising it annually on May 29. The support and
suggestion provided by the grandson of Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa has
motivated us to organise this marathon under the banner of Tenzing-Hillary
Everest Marathon in the everlasting memory of two legendary figures.
Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is slated to organise on May 29, 2004, 51st
anniversary of ascent on Mt. Everest by Tenzing and Hillary. Since the name of
Tenzing and Hillary have been associated with Mt. Everest, marathon will be a
most betting tribute to these great souls who climbed Everest for the first
time in the history of human civilization.
The start line is at Everest Basecamp 5356m
(17,149 feet) in Nepal. The finish is at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at
3446m (11,300 feet) and the course is a measured 42 km (26.2 miles) over rough
mountain trails. It is the world's most spectacular race to be held second
time in 2004.
To acclimatise to the high altitude all runners
are requested to be in Nepal three weeks prior to the race to be taken place
in Nepal. This three week holiday combines sightseeing in the capital,
Kathmandu, a 15 day trek to the start under medical supervision, an ascent of
Kala Pattar (5623m) for the best views of Everest. Although the course is
basically down hill, there are two steep uphill sections. There may be snow
and ice on the upper part and there is considerable exposure along much of the
route. Experience of rough terrain is essential and road marathon experience
is not sufficient to run this marathon.
The Everest region is understandably one of the
most popular and spectacular destinations for trekkers, and it offers some of
the most fascinating and enjoyable trekking. Your acclimization trek begins
with a sweeping scenic flight to Lukla and the trek starts from here which
follows many farm villages enroute with beautiful views of the high snow
capped peaks of the world, and to the highest spot at Kalapatar for the
outstanding breathtaking view panorama of peaks and its glacier including Mt.
Everest at close stone throw distance.
During your trekking period up to Everest Basecamp, you will pass through the
Everest National Park crossing through Namche Bazaar, Khumbu's Sherpa capital
and Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche, one of the oldest in the area, and at
Thyangboche, one of the newest as it was re-built after being burnt to the
ground. A visit to Kala Patthar (5545m) will be rewarded with unmatched views
of Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse. This marathon itself is a part of trekking.
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