The season has started for Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.
For the first time Brazil’s celebrated national runner Bernado Fonseca – together with his friend Eugenio Andrade and Cameraman Robson – is taking part in Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon which stretches 60-km from Everest Base Camp crisscrossing high glacier moraine valley to uphill trail running from Phortse to Nhala, which makes this route as the world’s only highest uphill trail running marathon in the world.
This part of Marathon is also branded as Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebration Trail which Himalaya Expeditions launched in 2013 to mark the 60th Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Mt Everest on May 29.
Initially, the dreamer and concept designer Bikram Pandey had thought about extreme sports touch giving route to match the extreme peak of Mt Everest for a 65-km Run, to make it a special event for the World Runners to run this Extreme Marathon in the same Extreme spirit of climbing Mt Everest.
But as suggested by honorary consular of New Zealand to Nepal Lisa Choegyal and mountaineer Dawa Stephen Sherpa the 60-km Ultra Race was conceptualised as the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Trail coinciding with the 60th Mt Everest anniversary.
It has been 12 years since world’s highest Marathon has been taking place to comemorate the first successful ascent of Mt Everest back in 1953, May 29.
The 60-km marathon kicks off on May 29 from the same Everest Expedition Base Camp (5385m). They will run together with 42.2-km Tenzing Hillary Everest Runners to the point of Pangboche from where they detour right toward Phortse continuing on the uphill trail running toward Nhala which is the world’s highest uphill trail running stretch in the whole world today.
Crossing Nhala, a small pass below Gokyo, runners descend toward Machermo, Dole, finally crossing the last pass of Mong La toward Khumjung, a village by Hillary School. Further descend to Yak farm, Syangboche and down to Namche bazaar where we finish our 60-km Everest Diamond Jubilee Trail Marathon.
The beautiful feature of this 60-km Ultra Extreme Marathon is that while the runners are trekking in and running out in one of the most beautiful paradise locations on earth, under the shadow of Mt Everest. The runners do cross five High Passes – Lobuje Pass (5,110m), Dughla Pass also known as Thokla Pass (4,620m), Pheriche Pass (4,270m), Nhala Pass (4,400m) and Mongla Pass (3,900m) – in the Himalayan Highland Terrain.