這次旅行中,意外發現,我們這群來自世界各地的老外熱衷「爬」埃佛勒斯山,但對喜馬拉雅當地人來說,他們最重要的年度盛事是「跑」高山!

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(Handout photograph released by Himex, the organizers of the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon,participants of the marathon are flagged off at Everest Base Camp in Nepal's Solukhumbu district on Tuesday, May 29.)

地球上最高的馬拉松賽,每年在五月份左右舉辦,埃佛勒斯路跑賽是雪巴人最重視的一場比賽,這項比賽,是從海拔5634公尺的基地營出發,依照國際馬拉松的標準,跑完42.195公里的距離,在Namche Bazaar海拔3440公尺的終點結束。但驚人的是前三名平均約四小時內能跑到!

但很有趣的事,這群參賽者是從海拔5634公尺出發的,前提是得先抵達基地營才行!換句話說得先一步一腳印地從小飛機到的地點盧卡拉,海拔2800m健行上山,再從山上跑步下來。

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天呀!我足足要走三天的路,雪巴人四小時可以跑到!要知道在海拔五千公尺,連講話都吃力,常喘不過氣來。每次聽到雪巴嚮導談到他參加路跑賽,快到終點時,因一步之差飲恨得到第三名,聽他惋惜的語氣跟懊惱的表情,就深感到這個比賽對當地人的重要性。或許對雪巴人來說,陪我們走路爬山根本不算啥!聖母峰路跑賽,才是他們的終極目標!每年五月,有興趣的朋友可以準備報名囉!

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附上網頁資訊:

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ITINERARY FOR FULL MARATHON DETAIL

 

May 16: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

May 17: A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

 

May 18: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding. 
Approx: 45 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m, 08 km (2 1/2 -3hr walk) to Phakding at 2,652m.

Early morning you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes. After the necessary security formalities board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival to Lukla Airport you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load. Your lunch will depend upon the time of arrival at in Lukla or few walks further down on route to Phakding.

 

The walk is gradual most of the way, with few ups with view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, a short climb brings to the Ghat village, and another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi River.

 

May 19: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs. 13 k.m.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill. Re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thamserku 6,608m, we reach a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream. After Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk to we can see Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop till Namche Bazaar. A second bridge is reached over the same river; the walk is pleasant on the riverbed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar. Magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up, and another 1-2 hour walk up brings us to the famed Namche Bazaar where colorful houses are situated in an amphitheater U shaped bowl.

May 20: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar. 
Suggested activity is a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter. The magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kisnownds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure.

 

May 21: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. Approx 5 hours. 08 k.m.
The walk is fairly easy for the first half, after a 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar. Once at the top walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde-ri peak after a pleasant walk of two to three hours coming at Phungitenga 3,250m. A small settlement with couple of teahouses and a small Nepalese Army barrack serving as park wardens can be seen in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines along with rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. Walk from here is strenuous for an hour or two on the winding trail through the shade of woods till Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa. This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east.

 

May 22: Trek to Dingboche 4,358m.Approx. 5-6 hour. 09 k.m.
After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, the trail descends through a forest full of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deoboche 3,650 m with magnificent view of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, from Deoboche. Walking past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual till you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to a large mani wall gate, and a little farther from here the route leads to Pangboche at 3,900m. From here a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dablam. After a pleasant break journey continues gradually towards east, after an hour walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits into two ways, the north going to Pheriche and our trail leading towards east beneath towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards Ama Dablam looks completely different, from the bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imja tse river to a big mani Stupa, and onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja tse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snowcapped mountains including the Island peak or Imja tse 6,189m, which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal. 

Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chhukhung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and Amphu Labtsa 5,780m.

May 23: Rest Day at Dingboche.
A leisure day for short hike around, at Dingboche there are places where one go for a short walk. Trek to Chhukhung 4,730m.is worth while which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east within the Imja tse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukhung. At Chhukhung, there are about five teahouses overlooking superb view of the snowcapped peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama-Dablam and Imja glacier, Chhukhung the last settlement in eastern Khumbu.

 

May 24: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. Approx. 5 hours. 08 k.m.
From Dingboche the trail leads north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today's walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. After a pleasant walk of 1 1/2 to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Thugla, before a small wooden bridge over the torrent river of Khumbu glacier. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here another 1 1/2 to 2 hours of gradual ascend brings you to Lobuche, Lobuche comes as a surprise, as its situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Lobuche has about 5-6 Teahouses.

 

May 25: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m 3-4 hrs. 5 k.m.
The first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses.

May 26: At Gorakshep morning hike to Kalapatthar 5,545m. 2-3 hrs. 
Early morning a steep walk towards Kalapatthar, on reaching the top ridge of Kalapatthar which is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination the Everest stands within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse and with all the higher snowcapped giants that dominates all around, with a view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a wonderful time here descend back to Gorakshep for the overnight with afternoon free for medical check up or for practice race.

 

May 27: Trek to Everest base Camp 5,357m. 6 k.m.
Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one at Everest Base Camp near to its famed and notorious Khumbu Ice-fall. The path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you.

May 28:  At Everest Base Camp.
A great spot to spend the day with the surrounding world's highest peaks, one can hear often the crackle of the glacier and of avalanches nearby, today we might have a practice race for a short distance after breakfast, with full attire for the race with numbers and company's issued T-Shirt. Afternoon time great numbers of people especially the Nepali runners will join up for the great event.

 

May 29: The Grand Event of THEM to Namche Bazaar.
Early breakfast at 5:30 a.m. assemble at 6:30 a.m. with final briefing with the course route event starts at 7 a.m. sharp.

Note: As the main route to Everest Base Camp from Namche Bazaar is only about 36 k.m. where's the international standard for marathon is 42 k.m. so, a loop of 3 + 3 k.m further away from Dingboche is added to make 42 k.m. to keep the world standard mileage.

May 30: Trek to Monjo or Chumoa 2,835m  3-4 hrs.
After the hard time of previous day begin with a slow morning breakfast around 7-8 a.m. Morning free with lunch at 12-12:30 p.m. then retrace the journey all the way to Monjo or to Chumoa for the overnight camp located just past the Sagarmatha National Park.

May 31: Trek to Lukla. 4-5 hrs walk.
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at on your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around.
Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take about 40 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

June 01: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and transfer you back to respective Hotels.

June 02: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

June 03: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARKAREA (1,148 SQ. KMS.)

LOCATION:       Sagarmatha National Park is located to the Northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park includes the highest peak in the world, 
Mt.Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang. The park was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.

FEATURES:        The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow.
The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colourful during the monsoon season (June to August)

Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow and musk deer. The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted, other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), and jackal and languor monkey.

The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people whose lives are interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism. The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding.

But with the coming of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950 and the influx of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism.

 

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