Mt Everest Challenge Marathon
Oct. 16 - 23, 2014
From Darjeeling for 8 days trip.
Featured in a March 1996 Runners World - UK edition
Everest Challenge Marathon, Nov 9, 1996. The second annual Mt Everest
Challenge Marathon race started in brilliant sunshine at 6:35 a.m. at
Sandakphu National Park, near Darjeeling, India. A field of 10 runners
coming from America, England, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, and New
Zealand ran out to Phulet and back to Sandakphu along a ridge line which
marks the boundary between India and Nepal. Runners negotiated trails
as the terrain varied in altitude from 11,815 to 10,900 back to 11,815
ft. Views of Mt Everest, Lhoste, and Makalu were off to the west, with
Kanchenjunga coming closer as they ran northward. Runners World magazine
(3/96) called the event "The World's Most Beautiful Marathon"
because four of the five highest mountains on earth can be seen at all
2013 - Mr. Martin Cox from UK won the
first position with a time of 4 Hrs. 17 Min. The second position
went to Mr. Daniel Dosedel (USA) with 5 Hrs. 27 Min. and
the third position jointly went to Mr. Gregory Mickelborough (UK),
Juan Carlos (Spain) and Mariano Ruiz (Spain) with 5 Hrs. 46 Min.
Among females, Ms. Marit Holm (Norway) was the first woman to
finish the marathon with an overall time of 5 Hrs. 21 Min. Second
position went to Ms. Clare Glazebrook (UK) with 6 Hrs. 39 Min.
and the third woman to finish was Ms. Thamar Houliston (South Africa)
with a time of 7 Hrs. 48 Min. Walkers got a wonderful opportunity
to enjoy the serene and magnificent beauty of trail at own pace.
seemed to agree with Runners World magazine in describing the Mt. Everest
Challenge Marathon as the “World’s Most
Beautiful Marathon”. Mr. C.S.Pandey was the Race Director.
The race finish rate was 100%.
traversed isolated jungles and small villages and participants got an
opportunity to have the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga,
Lhotse and Makalu (four out of five highest peaks in the world).
The event was held simultaneously with the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage
The 20th International Annual Mt. Everest Challenge
Marathon is scheduled to be held on October 20, 2014 in Darjeeling,
16, 2014 (Thursday)
MIRIK Trip starts on arrival Bagdogra Airport which serves Darjeeling
area. All meals included until trip ends at Bagdogra.Mirik LakeResort,
located near Darjeeling.
October 17, 2014 (Friday)
MIRIK Day trip to Darjeeling.Visit Himalayan musuem,and markets.
Ride famous Toy Train. Mirik Lake Resort.
October 18, 2014 (Saturday)
SANDAKPHU (11815 ft) 100 Mile StageRace starts at Manybejng. (6600
ft). Stages: 24, 20, 26, 13, 17 miles. Aid station and jeep support
for 24 miles. Nonrunners walk 10 mi. Bungalows.
October 19, 2014 (Sunday)
SANDAKPHU (11815 ft) Views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, & Kanchenjunga
all day. Trails out to Molle & back. Total 20 miles. Nonrunners
optionally walk 5 mi. Bungalows.
October 20, 2014 (Monday)
RIMBIK (6350 ft) Everest Challenge Marathon Views of peaks and jungle.
Route: Sandakphu- Phulet-Molle-Rmbik. 26.4 miles. Nonrunners walk 10
mi. Sherpa Lodge
October 21, 2014 (Tuesday)
PALMAJUA (6560 ft) Follow rural road 13 miles. Bus back to Rimbik.
Nonrunners visit monastery & villages. Sherpa & Tenzing Lodges.
October 22, 2014 (Wednesday)
MIRIK (5500 ft) Rural scenic road 17 miles to finish at Manybejng.
Bus to Mirik Resort. Awards dinner. Nonrunners walk 5-10 miles.
October 23, 2014 (Thursday)
TRIP ENDS Drive to Bagdogra Airport. Connection to Delhi.
(8 day trip) or Marathon (4 day trip)
Includes shared accommodations
at Mirik Lake Resort, mountain huts at Sandakphu, lodges at Rimbik, all
meals, transportation, aid stations, guides, porters, full Race support,
and Bagdogra Airport transfers. Payable to Himalayan Run & Trek Pvt.
Delhi, India. June 1 to August 31.
Early Arrival at Mirik Lake Resort. ......... per day on
twin sharing basis and ........ per pax on single room accommodation. Includes meals,
lodging, guided sightseeing. Early arrival allows extra time to acclimatize,
recover from jet lag, visit tea estates, monasteries, and shopping markets.
& POST CULTURAL SIGHTSEEING EXTENSIONS
GOLDEN TRIANGLE (DELHI/AGRA/JAIPUR)
2. WILDLIFE /
BUDDHIST SECTOR etc.
Itinerary and cost details contact Race