Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is an International High Altitude Adventure Sports Event being held at Mt. Everest Base Camp every year on May 29. criss-crossing the Highland Sherpa Trails of Khumbu Valley, to commemorate the historical ascent of Mount Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953.
The Marathon Event is to salute these 2 Great Heroes of our Human Civilization, regardless of their Nationality & origin, ventured out into the unknown and carried Human spirit to the TOP of the World or the Summit of Mother Earth, glorifying the success of the entire mankind civilization.
The 60K Marathon kicks off on the same day on May 29 from the same Everest Expedition Base Camp of 5385m height. They will run together with 42.2 K Tenzing Hillary Everest Runners to the point of Pangboche from where they detour right toward Phortse continuing on the uphill trail running toward Nhala which is the world's highest uphill trail running stretch in the whole world today.
Crossing Nhala, a small pass below Gokyo, Runners descend toward Machermo, Dole, finally crossing the last pass of Mong La toward Khumjung, a village by Hillary School. Further descend to Yak farm, Syangboche and down to Namche bazaar where we finish our 60K Diamond Jubilee Everest Marathon celebrating the 60th successful Anniversary of Mount Everest.
The beautiful feature of this 60K Ultra Extreme Marathon is that while the Runners are trekking in and Running out in one of the most beautiful paradise locations on earth, under the shadow of Mount Everest, Runners do cross 5 High Passes in this Himalayan Highland Terrain, which can not be found anywhere in High Altitude run of the whole World.
01. Lobuje Pass 5,110m
02. Dughla Pass 4,620m (also known as Thokla Pass)
03. Pheriche Pass 4,270m
04. Nhala Pass 4,400m
05. Mongla Pass 3,900m
I forgot to add earlier one very important aspect of this 60 KM Marathon which I am telling you now. When we were summoned to organize one very special Event for Diamond Jubilee Celebration, we were thinking of organising 65 Kilometer Marathon as a special Ultra or Extreme Event, because as you know people around the world are looking for Extreme Sports in the present day context of Adventure Sports activities.
Dawa, right, with Appa on Great Himalayan Trail Traverse earning the name of a GHT HERO
I want to express my gratitude for the special advice offered by Dawa Stephen Sherpa, who is hailed in Nepal as the Great Himalayan Trail HERO & Lisa Choegyal, Honorary Consular of New Zealand to Nepal, because they argued that since it was a Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary, we better thought of making it a 60 km Extreme Ultra Run to co-incide with the 60th Everest Anniversary. This is how 60 km Ultra Race is born for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration occasion.
So, I must express my special thanks to Dawa Stephen Sherpa & Lisa Choegyal for coining this phrase "60k for 60th" Anniversary of Mount Everest in the form of Extreme Ultra Marathon Event.
Welcome aboard 60K, see you soon.
Marathon Organizing Committee