Frequently Asked Questions
The temperature during the month of May is pleasant with bright sunshine most of the day. On trek temperatures can reach maximum of 20-22 degree Celsius, but in the shade the temperature can drop down to 10-15 degree Celsius without the wind chill factor. The morning and evening minimum temperature can reach 5-10 degree Celsius without the wind chill factor. During the climb the temperature dip by additional 10-15 degree Celsius.
Above 2,600m to 3,400m the temperature is pleasant with warm sunshine most of the time during this month with chances of light rain sometime in late afternoon. It is less windy where there is vegetation and tree-lines.
After 3,400meter the temperature can be hot direct in the sunlight and due to thin air the UV will be strong and thus one needs to use a good sun screen product of 30-50 to protect from the burn. Once out of the tree-line from Island Peak Base Camp (3,900m) it can be windy from mid afternoon till evening time.
The weather is changing in the Himalayas due to global warming and the green house effect since last 20 years, due to this reason it can snow up to 1-2 ft even in late spring and summer months sometimes. On a cloudy day evenings at the camp will feel warmer due to insulation from the fog and mist, but during starry nights it can be very chilly with temperature varying from -2 to -8 degree Celsius along with heavy dew and frost.
All heavy baggage will be carried by porters throughout the trek and climb.
All necessary gears such as boots, walking poles, down jackets, wind-rain jackets, sleeping bags and climbing accessories must go in the luggage bag.
Our cooks, kitchen staffs and helpers are very well-versed in hygienic preparation of food. In lodges our cooks supervise the food preparation by the lodge’s staff to ensure maintenance of hygienic standards and quality.
Food menu can vary from different camps and lodges according to the availability during the season. Normally, the Nepali Dal, Bhat (rice & lintel soup) with mild vegetable curry, fried rice, noodles, soups of great variation is the mainstay. In some places, continental foods like Hash Brown Potato, Breads, Pan Cakes, Boiled Vegetables, Stew, Pizza, Cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies etc. are provided. But, as you go higher the food menu becomes limited due to the harsh cold climate and altitude.
On normal Trekking / Camping or at Tea-House / Lodge Trekking.
Most of our treks in the Himalayan regions of Nepal-India-Tibet are done on camping basis. However, we have also started conducting Lodge-based treks using the best lodges available. Both types of treks are equally preferred by our clients.
During camping-based treks the group is backed by an expert team led by an experienced Trek Leader, Sherpa Guides, assistants, an independent kitchen unit and a team of porters.
We use 2-man sleeping tents, foam mattresses, a dining tent and a kitchen tent. A toilet tent will also be put up nearby. Our equipments also include portable tables and chairs.
On a lodge-based treks the only difference will be that instead of tents we’ll use lodges for accommodation. However, here too, we are extremely alert about the services and hygienic preparation of the food. Our staff members will see to that our clients receive the best treatment and also monitor food preparation in the kitchen.
Our trek staffs are well-taught about eco-trekking and are disciplined to care of the environments and surroundings. All meals are cooked in portable kerosene oil stoves and no firewood is used and neither campfires made.
TYPICAL TREKKING DAY
- Morning bed tea in tents with cookies (time, depending upon the season and duration of your trek) normally around 6-7a.m.followed by warm washing water. (Good for washing, hands and face only)
- Soon after 15-20 minutes Breakfast is served on the dining table.
Breakfast usually consists of porridge-muesli-granule-cornflakes with liquid powdered milk, sugar, honey. Bread and toast with eggs will be the main breakfast items on most of the days. As the bread stock brought from Kathmandu runs out it will be replaced by chapatti or pancakes with egg variety as per clients’ choice that can be either omelets, fried, boiled or scramble eggs followed by tea, coffee and drinking chocolates. On the table, at meal time we serve honey, jam, peanut butter and ketchup to go along with each meal as per client’s choice.
- Lunch is served after 3-4 hours of morning walk depending upon the availability of
clean fresh water and a nice spot. Lemon or orange juice will be provided for refreshment and lunch will consist of either boiled or fried rice, chapatti, paratha, Tibetan bread and noodles fried with boiled or curry vegetables (depending upon the season). Canned food items such as tuna, sardine, baked beans are also served including yak cheese, dry salami, green vegetables and salad followed by another round of tea (black or lemon tea).
- On arrival at the campsite, after the day walk, late afternoon tea-coffee-drinking chocolate with biscuits awaits you.
- Dinner is served around 6:30-7:00 p.m. inside the cosy Dining Tents lighted with either gas or kerosene lamps. Warm vegetable soup flavored with chicken cubes, popcorn or papadam usually kickoff the dinner. It is followed by the main course, which can either be fried noodles with eggs and vegetables, fried rice or boiled rice or even pulau rice sometime accompanied by curry or boiled vegetables of different varieties, including cutlets and momos (vegetables or meat dumplings) will be served. Deserts items usually consist of custard pudding, rice pudding, canned or fresh fruits-fritters and sometime when cooks have enough free time fresh baked cakes and pies can be prepared. Tea, coffee, or hot chocolates will be provided at the end of the meal
The food menu changes each day to giving varieties of choices and tastes, so the client won’t be bored with the same type of food.
Our trek cooks know how to prepare a wide variety of foods as per his ration and the season in the complete wilderness, all the time keeping in mind the hygienic requirements to keep the clients healthy and happy throughout the trip.
On every trek we carry a comprehensive medical kit. Our Trek Leaders and guides are well- versed about First Aid and attending to minor medical problems and acute mountain sickness. They are trained every year by veteran western and local doctors in Kathmandu regarding wilderness medical and survival course. For Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon doctors will accompany the group all the way to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla.
They are professional medical doctors from Kathmandu who hold degrees from Aisan, European and Americal medical institutes. During severe emergencies helicopters are available on extra payment for evacuation to the nearest medical facility or to one of Kathmandu’s best hospitals.
All members require having a travel or medical insurance from their own respective countries.
In Nepal and other Himalaya trekking regions Trek Leaders accompany the group to look after the welfare of the clients. They are knowledgeable individuals who can attend to your queries, regarding trekking, religion, local culture, traditions, history of Nepal, flora and fauna. They will also keep you well informed about the day-to-day itineraries. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained about outdoors medical requirements as well. The Sirdar, is a head guide and the camp manager. His job is to keep the camp and tents ready, organize porters or pack animals to carry the camping gears and look after the staff as well. Sometimes when the leader is not available the Sirdar takes over temporarily as they are well-trained and have trekked and climbed numerous trekking peaks in the Himalaya region and having been with us for the past two decades or more.
Miscellaneous and Need-to-know Information
Race Headquarters Kathmandu:
Hotel Shanker is the official event hotel for Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. The hotel’s lobby will be our connecting point. This is where all participants of the marathon will be given final briefings on marathon and the trek to Everest Base Camp. Race bibs and a free kit bag will also be provided (to pack for the trek) to each participant. Address of Hotel Shanker: Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation in Kathmandu
Our event hotel is Hotel Shanker, a well-reputed hotel, which is peaceful and located in central Kathmandu, 10 minutes away from Thamel, the bustling tourist district. All rooms are on double occupancy basis and includes breakfast. Extra charge for single supplement hotel accommodation (subject to varying price/s and availability).
The charges for extra nights are:
Single Occupancy: $ 70 per person
Double Occupancy: $ 40 per person
Storage of extra luggage while trekking
Hotel Shanker will store your extra luggage in the safe claim check area while you are on trek. Please check in at the front desk with your extra luggage a night before we leave for trek.
Medical emergency /evacuation
If you have never purchased this type of insurance you can ask your health care provider, travel agent, homeowner’s insurance agent or we suggest Global Care. Their website address is www.globalcare-cocco.com. Or a search on the internet, should find you an option suitable for you.
How much extra cash should I bring?
You will need to purchase bottled drinking water, while in Kathmandu along with 3 lunches and 4 dinners. You may also want to buy snacks or other personal items in Kathmandu or during the trek. On the last day at Lukla, after the marathon is over and the trek ends, everyone will chip in money to tip the staff (Sirdar, Sherpas, Kitchen Staff and Porters). You can set aside USD (converted to Nepali currency) for tipping. You must also count on spending some money while in transit to Nepal.
All meals and accommodation is included in the package cost so you need not set aside money for these.
It is suggested to bring US Dollars– in both travelers’ checks and cash, some small bills.
ATM machines are available in Kathmandu and near the event/group hotel that accept cash cards or credit cards of most major banks. ATM machines provide cash in Nepali rupees (NRs). The fee for using the ATM machine will depend on your bank’s transaction fees. Most fees hover around US.50 per transaction.
Tipping of staff
Each participant should plan to bring US (converted to Nepali rupees) for tipping. Tips collected from the group members are divided at the end of the trek at the following rate.
- Head Sardar (Nepalese Group Leader, organizer of the staff during the trek) Rs 5000
- Head cook Rs 4000 each
- Cook boys Rs 2000 each
- Sherpa guides Rs 2000 each
- Yak men if yaks are used Rs 1500 each
- Porters Rs 2000 each
You can also donate clothes and other items that will be collected from other group members who wish to give away. These will be distributed to the Trekking Staff and porters at the end of the trek in Lukla.
Tips and donations are much appreciated by the staff and workers who toil very hard to make your trip successful. Also, if you develop a personal liking of a staff member and want to pass along an item of clothing that is acceptable.
Please purchase travel insurance that covers the following things.
- Trip cancellation
- Trip interruption
- Travel delay
- 4-nights hotel stay in Kathmandu on Twin Sharing basis with breakfast (extra charge for single supplement accommodation).
- Airport/hotel transfers in Kathmandu.
- Domestic flight: Kathmandu—Lukla – Kathmandu (does not include emergency/medical evacuation by helicopter or plane)
- Full Board accommodation during trekking period backed by our Sherpa crew using lodges or tented camps
- Trekking permits and national park entrance fees.
- FREE Kit bag with official marathon logo to pack your luggage during the trek.
- Porters to carry baggage (must be within stipulated weight limit i.e. 15kg).
- Half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
- Event t-shirt, participant medal and certificate and souvenir t-shirt.
- Celebration dinner party at Everest Base Camp, at Lukla at the end of trek and in Kathmandu after on 2 June
- Nepalese Visa: USD $ 40 for 30 days (Can be paid upon arrival at Nepal)
- International flight Ticket
- Single Supplement hotel/lodge/tent accommodation on BB basis. (Extra charges)
- Meals while in Kathmandu. (3 lunches, 3 dinners).
- Extra nights in Kathmandu
- Expenses of personal nature and gratitude (tips).
- International travel, trip cancellation and medical insurance
- Emergency/medical evacuation
- Medical costs
- Emergency/medical evacuation
Read more about the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon on TrailrunProject.com
About the Organizers
Mr. Bikram Pandey, the creator and organizer of the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, has over 30 years of experience in the Nepalese tourism industry. Based in Kathmandu, Bikram acts as president of Himalaya Expeditions and serves on the boards of several organizations dedicated to the tourism industry in this tiny Himalayan kingdom. Under Bikram’s leadership, Himalaya Expeditions has become one of the leading trekking, mountaineering and adventure racing tour operators in Nepal.
Andy began his adventure travel career in 1988 on an exploratory trip into the Karakoram Range of Northern Pakistan. For the next 26 years, along with friend and business partner Bikram Pandey, Andy has been creating, organizing, and guiding treks, climbs and mountain bike tours throughout the Himalayan Lands. Through his Aspen-based company One World Trekking, Andy is representing the Great Himalaya Marathon racing series.
Ted’s been running and climbing the mountains around Aspen, Colorado and beyond for 20 years. He climbed Mount Everest in 2003 and Ama Dablam in 2008, as well as many other high summits around the world. He’s also an accomplished runner at varied distances and disciplines, including top finishes at ultra races like the Hardrock 100. He’s an avid ski mountaineer, and was the 3rd person to ski from the summit of all 54 Colorado summits over 14,000 feet. You can track his adventures on Stuck in the Rockies.