Welcome to Great Himalaya Marathons
On May 29, 2003, on the 50th anniversary of the historic first ascent of Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, a group of adventurous runners lined up near Everest Basecamp and ran 26 miles down the Khumbu Valley to Namche Bazaar. The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon was born and has been run every year since.
Recognized as one of the most adventurous trail runs in the world, the Everest Marathon is more popular than ever, and is now complimented by three additional races. The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Ultra 60K is held alongside the marathon in the Khumbu Valley, the Annapurna Adventure Race is a multi-day, multi-sport event in the Annapurna region, and the Lumbini Marathon, a classic road marathon in the Buddhist spiritual center of Lumbini. Together they are known as the Great Himalaya Marathons.
Upcoming Race Dates
Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon & 60k – May 29, 2016
Annapurna Adventure Race – June 3, 2016
Lumbini Peace Marathon – February 22, 2016 — Full Moon Day
Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon
Starting at Mount Everest Base Camp, 17,500 feet, the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is the worlds highest marathon and one of the most adventurous trail runs in the world. The upcoming race on May 29, 2016 will be the 12th edition of this annual race (held since 2003). This marathon is an international event with runners from over 20 countries competing each year. Click here for more info on the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon.
Tenzing-Hillary Everest 60K
The first edition of the Mount Everest Extreme 60K Ultra Run was held on May 29, 2014. Like no other ultra trail run in the world, this event must surely be the worlds highest. We have mapped out a 60K course which winds its way through the Sherpa villages, past Buddhist monasteries, across suspension bridges, and within a beautiful mountain landscape. Click here for more info on the 2016 Tenzing-Hillary Everest Ultra 60K.
Annapurna Adventure Race
The Mount Annapurna Adventure Race Program is a 15-day excursion that includes a marathon footrace, a 55Km mountain bike, a tandem paraglide. Starting beneath the enormous South Eastern Face of Mount Annapurna I (8091 meters), group members will traverse, criss-cross and descend through the highland regions of the great Annapurna Range over the two-day event. Click here for more info on the 2015 Annapurna Adventure Race.
Lumbini was the birthplace of Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. This seven day trip begins with sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lumbini, and culminates with a marathon in and around Buddha’s hometown, highlighting important Buddhist sites such as Kapilvastu Tilaurakot, Kudan, Sagrahawa, Ramgram, Devdaha and Mayadevi Temple. The race ends in Lumbini. Click here for more info on the Lumbini Marathon.