Trekking Guide to the Everest Region
Known also as the Solo Khumbu, the towering mountains of the Everest region are unrivalled in their sheer scale and majesty. Most routes in the Everest region lead to Everest Base Camp, however there are side trails to explore and more remote paths to discover as well as challenging trekking peaks to climb. Whatever trail you follow though, you will soon be immersed in the austere beauty of this awe inspiring trekking region.
On the trail to Everest by O Schick
Where is it?
The Everest region is in northeastern Nepal. The largest town of the region is Namche Bazaar and it is also home to the famous Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche where the annual Mani Rimdu festival is held.
How to get there
Virtually all treks in the Khumbu begin with a flight from Kathmandu to the small town of Lukla. The flight takes about 45 minutes and gives glorious views of the Himalaya.
When to go
March and April in the spring and October and November in the autumn are the prime months for trekking in the Everest region. It is also possible to trek to Base Camp in December when the paths are quieter, although it can be pretty chilly at this time of the year. Trails can certainly be busy during the spring and autumn but the warm days, clear views and camaraderie with other trekkers in the tea houses and lodges along the route, make it a great time to trek.
The Mountains of the Everest Region
At 8,848m Mount Everest is, of course, the star of the show and you may be lucky enough to see expeditions preparing for their summit attempts if you trek to Base Camp in the spring. However, this is a region blessed with a multitude of soaring peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu, although it is perhaps Ama Dablam that is the most beautiful of them all. Whichever Everest trek you choose, you will undoubtedly enjoy spectacular views of numerous Himalayan mountains.
The people of the Khumbu
This is the homeland of the Sherpa people who are renowned for their immense fortitude and strength, as well as their wonderfully friendly disposition. They are predominantly Buddhist and earn their income primarily from tourism and climbing expeditions. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay is still the most famous of all Sherpas having successfully summited Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.
Treks in the Everest region
A world class trek, with excellent acclimatisation through the heart of Sherpa country to reach the base of Mount Everest. Accommodation is in traditional tea houses or, alternatively, luxury trekking lodges on our Everest Base Camp in Style.
Using the best lodges in the Khumbu, this trek leads from Lukla through some of the prettiest Sherpa villages and most spectacular mountain scenery, to reach the foot of Ama Dablam.
This is a longer variant of the classic trek to Everest Base Camp which crosses the Cho La to the dazzling turquoise lakes of Gokyo. There is also an ascent of Gokyo Ri for even more jaw-dropping views.
This is a rare off-the-beaten-track route in the Everest region that goes beyond Everest Base Camp through remote valleys and over high passes with unrivalled mountain scenery from start to finish.
This is the slow, scenic route to Everest, following in the footsteps of the early Everest pioneers who didn't have the benefit of a flight into Lukla. The 18 day trek goes through the heart of Sherpa country, to the summit of Pikey Peak and on to join the main trail to Everest Base Camp.
Although this is Nepal’s highest trekking peak it presents a relatively straightforward challenge for the experienced trekker or novice mountaineer. The panoramic views of Himalayan giants from the summit make are just reward for the effort of the climb.
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