March 2018: Mount Everest Half Marathon Trek

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Overview

Our Everest Half Marathon trek will be a treat for the heart and mind. Not only will you be trekking at altitude, you will also be running. Besides trekking and learning about the Nepalese culture, we will be training at altitude to prepare you for the highest Half Marathon in the world at the end of May, May 29th. We will be trekking through the beautiful Sargamatha National Park near Mount Everest in the Nepalese Himalayas. Tea houses located in small villages will provide us with authentic accommodations and Nepalese food along the way. All it requires is good health, good running shape, a good attitude,and an open heart. This trek is truly transformational as you will experience the sheer beauty of the majestic mountains, have a chance to visit with Buddhist monks and listen to their perspective on life and you will be invited into the home of some of our Sherpa friends. Our goal is to show you Nepal through the eyes of our Nepalese friends. Join us on this trek of a lifetime.

Itinerary: May 11 through June 2.

The following is our planned itinerary. The actual itinerary might slightly be different to allow for changes imposed by weather, the need for rest, or other unforeseeable circumstances.

Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu (May 11)
Day 2:
Sightseeing in Kathmandu; Boudhanath Stupa and Pahupatinath Temple, preparation for the trek (May 12)
Day 3:
Flight to Lukla and trek from Lukla to Phakding (2652m) (May 13)
Day 4:
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) (May 14)
Day 5:
Rest day at Namche Bazaar. Perfect place to get a massage! (May 15)
Day 6:
Training day: 5-6 km (May 16)
Day 7:
Training Day: 5-6 km (May 17)
Day 8:
Training Day: 5-6 km (May 18)
Day 9:
Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengbouche (3820m) (May 19)
Day 10:
Training day: Rest and Training 5-6 km at Tengbouche (May 20)
Day 11:
Trekking from Tengbouche to Dingboche (4410) (May 21)
Day 12:
Hike from Dingboche to Chhukung Ri (5550m)and back to Dingboche (May 22)
Day 13:
Training Day: 5-6 km run to Chhukung (May 23)
Day 14:
Trekking from Chukung to Island Peak and back to Chukung (5004m) (May 24)
Day 15:
Trek from Chukung to Lobuche (4910) (May 25)
Day 16:
Trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep (5170m) (May 26)
Day 17:
Trek from Gorekshep to EBC (5326) and back to Dingbuche (5326) (May 27)
Day 18:
Rest Day (May 28)
Day 19:
Race Day: Everest Half Marathon - Dingboche to Namche Bazaar (May 29)
Day 20:
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla true Sherpa lunch at Pemba’s home (May 30)
Day 21:
Flight back to Kathmandu - Farewell dinner in the evening (May 31)
Day 22:
Sightseeing in Kathmandu (June 1)
Day 24:
Flight back home! (June 2)

Cost

The cost for this trek is $3850 (This includes the registration fee for the race.)

What is included in the cost:

Airport transfer:
drop off at and pick up from the airport.
Hotel:
at the Tibet Guest House in Kathmandu or similar; two nights before the trek and one night after the trek (double occupancy).
22-day trek:
park permits, domestic flights, all meals and the registration fee for the race. (breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea at each meal, cookies and tea during breaks), and accommodations at teahouses (double occupancy) plus guide and porter services.

What is not included in the cost:

Trip insurance:
we require our clients to obtain medical/evacuation insurance and we suggest cancellation/interruption insurance. We recommend Travelex Insurance.
Tips:
It is customary to leave a tip for guides and porters at the end of the trip.
Tourist visa:
cost $40; we suggest that the visa is obtained ahead of time at a Nepalese consulate.
Incidentals:
WiFi and fees associated with charging any electronic devices while trekking. Money for lunches and dinners while staying in Kathmandu. Drinks, alcohol, souvenirs etc.

Sign up!

Interested to join us on this trek? Email Monika (mparis@kaimont.com) or call her at +1-703-870-8664 for more information and to sign up for this trip.

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