In 29th May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa did the first ever summit of Mt. Everest. It is believed they started to walk all the way from Kathmandu and the expedition totaled more than 400 people including porters and Sherpa guides.
May 29 is celebrated as Everest Day in order to commemorate these two brave humans and mountaineering pioneers.
Everest Day is celebrated by organizing various memorial events and processions in Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, as well as in the Everest region.
There will be a group of marathon runners coming down from Everest Base Camp to Namche today, as a part of the annual Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon held on this very day. There are three categories in this race; first one is a full marathon from Everest Base Camp to Namche, the second one is a half-marathon from Dingboche to Namche, and the third and possibly the most extreme one is the ultra marathon that moves towards Nha La and descends via Mongla to Namche. With the starting point at 5365m, the marathon is considered to be one of the highest and tough races in the world.
Nepal Tourism Board organizes fun competitions, quiz contests related to mountaineering and other activities in Kathmandu to mark this special day. The climbing and tourism community in Nepal and all over the world celebrate this wonderful day with enthusiasm and teary eyes.