The ETR is a multi-stage ëultra-marathoní or ëultraí run in six days over a course of circa 100 miles (160km), but with a difference in altitude of more than 25,000m.

As an example of what lies beyond the starting line, the longest single stage in 2012 was 20 miles (31km). Typical distances are broken down as follows:

Day 1 – 22 km (+ 850 m ascent)

Day 2 – 28 km (+ 2,250 m ascent)

Day 3 – 30 km (+ 2,450 m ascent)

Day 4 – 31 km (+ 2,950 m ascent)

Day 5 – 20 km (+ 1,450 m ascent)

Day 6 – 22 km (+ 450 m ascent)

The actual routes and formats change every year. The Race Director and his team spend a month meticulously planning routes that are made public before the event starts.

Competitors camp overnight in their own tents, which are transported from stage to stage. The most memorable sound of an evening is the rumble of weary laughter that echoes around the village.

The organisation comprises of:

  • Volunteers on the course itself
  • Support staff overall
  • Liters of mineral water per day
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Members of medical team


  • 20% Previous ETR competitors
  • 10% UK & Ireland entrants
  • 25% Women
  • 20% Veterans
  • 5 teams of 3 or more per year

Race Summary

The ETR is a six-day race.

The distance is circa 160 km – that’s 100 miles!

The longest stage is about 31 km – that’s 20 miles!

You may struggle to explain to people why you would want to do this!

Local Nepalese men and women, from the Sherpa, Rais, Tamang and other Tibeto-Burman speaking ethnic groups will be your daily Solukhumbu audience

expect breath-taking views of not only one, but several ofthe world's tallest mountains