Find your trekking - Mount Everest
It is as high as the cruising altitude of a jet plane and it beats all the other mountain peaks. Mount Everest, the Chomolungma, the Mother Goddess of Earth.
Conquered for the first time by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and at the moment of reading there are climbers on their way to the 8.845m high roof of the world. The fact that Everest appeals to the imagination is evident seen the dozens of movies featuring this stunning mountain. And then there are the hundreds of people who climb Everest every year and the thousands who make the trip to Everest Base Camp. The top of Mount Everest isn’t for everyone, but there are several ways to get the ultimate Everest experience. Are you ready for the Himalayas?
At the moment of reading, there are climbers on their way to the almost 9 kilometre (5.6 miles) high roof of the world. The top of Mount Everest isn’t for everyone, but there are several ways to get the ultimate Everest experience. The trek to Everest Base Camp, the Cho La Cross, the Gokyo Valley Trek and the Everest Circuit are just a few of the options in this part of the Himalayas.
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Why go trekking in the Everest Region?
When you think Nepal, you immediately think trekking. When you think Mount Everest, you might first think of climbing. Secondly, you might think of frozen feces. Jokes aside, Mount Everest is a true trekking mecca. Because, before you can climb Mount Everest, you need to get there. The only way to get there is by helicopter or by foot. The trek to Everest Base Camp is a one of a kind experience. You will step in the tracks of legends like Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.
Trekking in the Everest Region is trekking done right. There is not just Everest Base Camp, but also the Gokyo Lakes, Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, the three high passes and Ama Dablam Base Camp. If you want to go further and higher, you should definitely go trekking in the Everest Region.
Which trek should I choose in the Everest Region?
The great thing about trekking in the Everest Region is that there is a lot to choose from. If you want to keep it easy and short, you can go do the Everest View Trek, also known as the Everest Panorama Trek. If you want a little bit more than that, you can choose the Everest Base Camp Trek or the long trek to the Gokyo Valley and Lakes. If you have more time and would like to see the most of your time in this part of the Himalayas, you should definitely consider the Everest Base Camp Three High Passes Trek. Are you not too keen on sharing your experiences with too many other people on the trail? Bend off in Pangboche and go see the Base Camp of Ama Dablam.
Why Everest and not the Annapurna Region?
When you come to Nepal to go trekking, you might as well set your goals high and see the highest mountains you can find. Although the Annapurna Region is a perfect destination for trekking, there is something special about Everest. Why? Because it’s Everest! In Nepali also known as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan Chomolungma, Mount Everest for centuries inspired people. Another great take away of trekking in the Everest Region is the exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
What is the best trekking season for the Everest Region?
The Everest Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from February to May, pre-monsoon, and from October to December, post-monsoon, are the most popular for trekking in the Mount Everest Region. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.
What about the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa?
A 25-minute flight from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) takes you to Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA), named after the famous pioneers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The airport is known to be one of the most dangerous airports in the world. That fact makes the flight particularly interesting. In the past flights were irregular and flight schedules were when the weather was rough, hard to count on. However, as more airlines are now offering flights on this exciting route, things have improved a lot compared to the days in the 90s and 00s.
Your flight tickets will be organized by your trekking company. To be sure about your itinerary, it is important to book as early as possible, as the flights are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.
What permits do I need for the Everest Region?
For trekking in the Everest Region, you need the following permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.
Alternatively, your trekking company arranges you a location permit in Lukla which costs around 20 USD.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: For entering the Sagarmatha National Park, the park that is home to the Mount Everest Region, you need to obtain an entry permit. This permit costs 30 USD + government tax.
All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.
How safe is it to go trekking in the Everest Region?
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes in the Everest Region and also in the rest of Nepal.
What type of accommodation can I expect while hiking in the Everest Region?
When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Everest Region, you are likely to stay in a hotel in Kathmandu and you would be spending the nights in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.
I read about Teahouses in the Everest Region. What are they?
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.
How do you select a reliable trekking operator for the Everest Region?
The great thing about the internet is that you can find anything anywhere. The same goes for hiking and trekking providers. However, since there is so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to find a trekking operator of your liking. That is why Bookatrekking.com does the selection for you. We only join hands with the best hiking and trekking providers we can trust. You can rest assured that the trekking operators on Bookatrekking.com are reliable.