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Run Everest: Trail Running to Everest Base Camp

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This epic trail running expedition is like no-other as you run on the world’s greatest trail: Everest Base Camp. On this fully serviced small group expedition, you set out to trail run to Everest Base Camp via the high mountain passes of the Renjo-La and the Cho-la.
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Run Everest: Trail Running to Everest Base Camp route

Highlights:
  • Trail running on the world’s greatest trail - Everest Base Camp (5,600m)
  • Fully supported expedition with 12 days of trail running in some of the most extraordinary scenery found anywhere else on the planet
  • See Sherpa villages, temples, and a kaleidoscope of changing scenery which varies every day
  • Cross the mighty mountain passes of the Renjo-la & the Cho-la
Approximate details:
  • Total Distance: approx. 134 km
  • Total Running Days: 12 Days
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,559m
  • Highest Elevation: 5,600m
  • Total Elevation gain: +6,460 m

Event Details

What’s Included
  • 12 nights accommodation in local tea houses (shared bathroom) when on the trail
  • Fully-supported trail running expedition
  • Full board throughout the trail run, including a team welcome dinner on the first night and celebratory meal on the last night
  • All transfers
  • 3:1 Runners to Guide Ratio
  • 1:1 Runners to Porter Ratio
  • Conservation and National Park Fees/Permits
  • Local staff Insurance
  • 12 Days of Trail Running on magnificent trails
  • Comprehensive First Air Kit inclusive of oximeter and PAC Bag (Portable Altitude Chamber)
Raceday Logistics

Day 1 - Arrival into Kathmandu
No trail running.


Welcome to Nepal!

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, process immigration, and make your way through to the arrivals hall where your group transfer will be waiting to meet you.

You transfer to the Hotel Mulberry which is about a 25-minute drive from the airport to the hotel.

Check into your room and freshen up after your long journey. A welcome dinner will be coordinated in the early evening (timing TBC) which is a great way for you to meet the rest of the Pure Trails group and to meet the trail running team, followed by a quick briefing on the trip ahead.

Day 2 - Kathmandu
City Trail Running. Approx: 10km


Today is set aside for you to explore Kathmandu and to see some of its best sites before you begin the trail running expedition tomorrow.

The city trail running guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you on a light jogging/walking tour of the city, an ideal way to stretch your legs whilst seeing the cities charms at the same time.

Day 3 - Fly to Lukla - Trail run to Monjo
Approx: 3 -4 hours trail running


After breakfast, you check out of the hotel and join a transfer to Kathmandu’s Domestic Terminal in time for your onward flight to Lukla - the gateway to the Everest region of Nepal.

It’s one of the most exciting flights in the world as you arrive in the Himalayan foothills.

The journey today follows an easy, undulating trail passing through small villages and wide valley bottoms heading towards the village of Monjo.

You check your our tea house, with an evening briefing about the days ahead, as well as tucking into some local Nepali cuisine

Day 4 - Monjo - Namche Bazaar
Approx: 3 -4 hours trail running


Monjo is located just below the clouds and it is common to have rain here, although it doesn’t take long to ascend above the clouds where the true majesty of the Himalayas begins to show on the nearby horizon.

Snow-covered mountains, blue skies, and sunshine await.

The trail follows a glacial river where the well-trodden trail continues to climb towards the two famed suspension bridges. It’s a great place to stop and take photos of the prayer flags on the bridge.

You then continue up the forested hill before arriving into the Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar – a mini-mountain city crammed full of cafes, bakeries, lodges, and souvenir shops.

You check into your tea house and relax with the rest of the day at leisure to explore.

Day 5 - Namche Bazaar
Rest day. No trail running.

The altitude in Namche Bazaar is notable and you may find that it is harder work walking up-hill – you are now at 3,445m and it is important to have a rest day to help us acclimatise to the altitude.

There is a lot of exploring to be done around Namche Bazaar. After an easy morning you'll head up towards the Everest view point.

On the way back down we’ll stop for lunch at the Everest Mountaineering Museum which is well worth a visit. The Tenzing Norgay memorial in town has a blistering view of Everest (which can be seen), as well as Ama Dablam (6,812m, Lhotse (8,516m) and other huge Himalayan mountains.

Day 6 - Namche to Thame
Approx: 3 -4 hours trail running


The trail splits from the popular base camp route and heads north-west towards the Nyangpala Pass – a gateway of Tibetan & Nepali tradition steeped in ethnic history.

You'll spend some time in the villages along the way as we reach Thame which is surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Day 7 - Thame to Lumde
Approx: 3 hours of trail running


It is a short-day trail running from Thame to Lumde which will take around 3 hours, making a crossing of the Bhote Koshi river before heading up the valley to Lumde.

As you start to gain altitude you can expect some amazing views of the snow-capped peaks in the region.

Day 8 - Lumde
Rest day. No trail running.

Today is set aside for us to carefully acclimtise to the rising altitude.

Day 9 - Lumde to Gokyo via the Renjo-la
Approx: 5 - 6 hours of trail running/hiking


Today you will take on the first of the mountain passes, the Renjo-La.

The route starts easy but will soon turn into a challenging day of hiking as you near the end of the ascent of Renjo-La. Try to think of the magnificent views that are waiting at the top, it’s worth the effort.

After the pass, you make a descent to the third of the Gokyo Lakes and then head into the village of Gokyo for the night. You'll take a bit of time out to rest as you will likely be tired.

Later in the day if you are feeling fresh you'll climb up to the ridge for some amazing views of the lakes. The views from the pass are out of this world – you can see Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Makalu (8,481m) with many more giants within close view.

Day 10 - Gokyo to Zongla via the Cho-la
Approx: 6 - 7 hours trail running/hiking


You'll start early this morning firstly crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest glacier in Nepal – as you head towards a section of the route which is considered the hardest of the entire itinerary.

The route involves traversing the second pass of Cho La at 5,400m, reaching the top will require effort. You’ll be able to spot the prayer flags as we near the top of the pass, after which you descend over the other side and down towards the settlement of Zhongla.

Arriving at your tea house we have the rest of the day to relax after your hard day on the trail.

Day 11 - Zongla to Gorak Shep
Approx: 5 - 6 hours trail running/hiking


You'll leave Zhongla after breakfast as the trail takes you through high pastureland which edges you closer to Everest.

The undulating trail takes you into the Khumbu valley with outstanding views of the high Himalayas around on all sides. Within 2-3 hours you will arrive at Gorak Shep where you check-in and rest.

Day 12 - Everest Base Camp to Dingboche
Approx: 7 - 8 hours of hiking/trail running


Very early this morning you will leave your bags behind and continue on the trail to reach the crux of the expedition - Everest Base Camp.

The trail heads over a sandy flat and winds through ice seracs before arriving at Base Camp itself.

With time allowing you'll also climb to the summit of Kala Patthar (5,545m) which takes 2 – 3 hours to walk up. Your reward is the greatest view of Mount Everest as well as the other Himalayan giants of Nuptse, Lhotse , and Pumori.

From here it almost downhill all the way as you head to the village of Dingboche.

Day 13 - Running Dingboche to Namche
Approx: 5 - 6 hours of trail running

You'll head back down the trail until you reach the tree line area and follow the route to the village of Pangboche. Running downhill with only a short ascent you'll arrive at Tengboche where you'll spend a bit of time looking around the famous Tengboche monastery.

On leaving Tengboche you'll descend steeply through birch and rhododendron forest to the Dudhi Khosi. After crossing the river at Phungi Tenga there is a steady run-up to Kenjuma and back through to Namche Bazaar.

Day 14 - Namche back to Lukla
Approx: 3 - 4 hours of trail running

You'll continue your final descent alongside the Dudh Khosi valley passing through the villages of Phakding, Ghat, and Cheplung.

At Chaurikharka you start climbing the final hill of the expedition to reach the village of Lukla, where you'll check into your tea house.

The rest of the day is left aside to relax with an evening meal to celebrate an extraordinary trail running expedition.

Day 15 - Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
No trail running.

If the weather is fine in Lukla then you will take a morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes around 40 minutes.

Arriving back in Kathmandu you'll be met with a driver and transferred back to the Hotel Mulberry with check-in for a well-deserved shower and time to relax.

Day 16 - Kathmandu
No trail running.

You'll all have a full rest day today in Kathmandu. Have a leisurely morning or take your time to explore the city and to do any last-minute shopping before you leave tomorrow.

This evening you will have a farewell dinner for the group to celebrate your achievements and to toast the experience of the part circumnavigation of the Manaslu range.

Day 17 - Homeward Bound

It’s time to pack up and bid farewell to your new-found trail running friends and the local team.

Private transfers are arranged for you back to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport in time to connect with your onward flight back home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa?
All travellers to Nepal must hold a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected departure from Nepal. An entry visa for Nepal is also required. It can be obtained either online or at the airport upon arrival in Nepal.
Why are groups kept so small?
By splitting the group will allow everyone to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.
What will the temperature be like?
Temperatures tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, but heat-up at midday due to the strong, direct sunlight at high altitudes. Clear mornings with the chance of clouds developing in the afternoons. Highs in the mid 20’s to mid-teens (Celsius). It will be perfect for trail running.

Run Everest: Trail Running to Everest Base Camp weather forecast

29°C
Predicted highs
17°C
Predicted lows

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