FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of running experience is required?
Do you have age limits?
Can I bring a companion?
What kind of training is required?
How do I apply?
Do I have to raise sponsorship money?
Can I make my own flight arrangements to Nepal?
Can I join just for race day?
I am Nepalese and live in Nepal. What arrangements do you offer Nepalese runners?
Can I make my own arrangements in Kathmandu as I have friends living there?
Do I need a lot of expensive kit?
I have an unusual medical condition. Can I discuss this with your doctor before applying?
Can I sign up for future races?
Do you have any connection with the Everest Marathon which is held in May?

What kind of running experience is required?

Off-road running experience is essential because of the nature of the Everest Marathon course. Road running experience is not sufficient (except for training purposes). As applicants come from all over the world, it is difficult to recommend particular races.

  • UK: OMM, Saunders, West Highland
  • New Zealand: Kepler
  • USA: Pikes Peak
  • Europe: Swiss Alpine Marathon Davos, Marathon du Mont Blanc
  • Africa: Marathon des Sables, Kalahari Augrabies, La Grand Raid de la Réunion
  • Asia: Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset, Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon.

Endurance events such as ironman triathlons + some off-road experience.

Do you have age limits?

Yes. On race day you must be at least 21 and under 66. For the 2019 race this means birth dates November 1953 and November 1998. We accept non-runners (marshals) from 18 – 69.

Can I bring a companion?

Yes, but they must be fit enough to complete the high altitude trek. They will not be allowed to run unless they have made a separate application and cannot switch to being a runner during the trek. We need at least 12 non-running companions to work as race marshals on race day. Apart from race day, their holiday is exactly the same as for runners, and it is the same price.

In the past we have had husbands and wives and other couples, mother/father + son/daughter combinations, trainers/coaches, kidney donors/recipients….

What kind of training is required?

Concentrate on uphill and downhill work. The Everest Marathon course is basically downhill but there are two steep uphill sections which will be particularly difficult at altitude. You should log at least 50 miles (80 km) per week with a 15 – 20 mile run every weekend and a competitive event about once a month. Train on track, road and cross country terrain.

How do I apply?

As soon as the application form is on the website, those on our mailing list will be sent an e-mail.  Selection will depend on the running experience you are able to provide (including any planned races). If you have suitable experience you will immediately be offered a place and asked to return the booking form with a deposit of £300 within 4 weeks.

Do I have to raise sponsorship money?

We expect participants to pay the trip cost from their own funds. Quite separately, we also ask participants to raise money through sponsorship.  In the past this has been for the Everest Marathon Fund but, from 2018, this will be for Community Action Nepal  This is not compulsory. Some people choose to raise money for a different charity, or ask for their money to be divided between our chosen charity and another charity. These days a lot of people find that it is a lot easier to raise money through online giving which we have arranged through Virgin Giving.

BUT we do not allow you to raise charity sponsorship and then spend that money on your trip cost.

The trip cost does not include any charitable donation but when the race ‘account’ is closed ( when all bills have been paid), any profit from the race organisation is donated to our chosen chraities.

Do I make my own flight arrangements to Nepal?

In future all participants must arrange their own flights to Nepal, joining in Kathmandu on the specified date and leaving on the date that our Nepal arrangements end.

If you decide to fly out early or return home on a later date, you must make  your own extra hotel bookings in Kathmandu to suit your flight dates.  We can arrange any additional trekking arrangements.

Can I join just for race day?

No, this is not permitted. Our medical team must supervise your acclimatisation and there is a pre-race medical 2 days before the race. It is essential to get to know the other runners, as you may be required to help each other on race day. Throughout the trek there are important briefing meetings. The course is not marked, so you must know the right route and where the aid stations will be.

I am Nepalese and live in Nepal. What arrangements do you offer Nepalese runners?

We limit the number of Nepalese runners to 20 people. If possible, you should send in an application form so that your name can be put on this list in advance. You have to register at a Nepalese briefing meeting in Namche Bazaar six days before the race.  The registration fee is NR 3,000. We check that you have the minimum kit and understand the race rules. We do not provide accommodation and meals for Nepalese runners but you are welcome to trek with the foreign runners from Kangjuma to Gorak Shep. You must report to the group leaders at Lobuche two days before the race as there is a compulsory medical check the following morning before you will be given your race number. On race day we shall arrange for your surplus kit to be brought back down to Namche Bazaar.

These arrangements are only available to Nepalese citizens who live in Nepal. They are not available to Nepalese citizens who do not live in Nepal or to non-Nepalese citizens who live in Nepal.

Can I make my own arrangements in Kathmandu as I have friends living there?

Yes, but you will have to attend all briefing meetings at the Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu. You must also be at the hotel or airport in time for the flight to Lukla. The cost of hotel accommodation will be deducted from your bill.

Do I need a lot of expensive kit?

The most expensive items will be your footwear and a GOOD sleeping bag. Down jackets and sleeping bags can be hired and warm clothing can be purchased cheaply in Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar.

I have an unusual medical condition. Can I discuss this with your doctor before applying?

It is best to send in an application form first, so that we can check that you would be selected and your name can go on the list. At the same time you should state that you wish to discuss your medical condition with our chief doctor and we shall put you in touch. You would not have to pay any deposit until the doctor has cleared your medical condition.

Can I sign up for future races?

No. Applications can only be accepted twelve months before each race.

Do you have any connection with the Everest Marathon which is held in May?

No. This is a completely different race organised by a Kathmandu trekking agent with a different course and different rules. It is not a charity race.