The Mount Everest region and the Sagarmatha National Park is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places to walk on Earth. The region has such a diversity of landscapes, valleys, high mountain passes and Himalayan summits that it offers many different trekking routes by which it may be explored. Here we hope to introduce you to just a few of the main options.
View to Mount Everest from near Namche Bazaar
Mount Everest is located in the Sagarmatha National Park just north of Lukla – the starting point for almost every trek in this region. Lukla is located east of Kathmandu and reached by 35 minute flight. Flying is really the only way to get there.
Main Route Options
There are three main treks routes conducted in and around the Mount Everest region.
- Short treks into the high foothills that provide spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and views of the summit peak of Mount Everest itself.
- Direct treks to the Mount Everest Base Camp at the foot of the mountain.
- Much longer treks that complete a circuit loop to Mount Everest Base Camp via the spectacular Gokyo Lakes and Cho La high pass.
Glimpse of Everest – Short and Easy Treks
While some trekking is still required, unless you choose the helicopter option, it is possible to glimpse the summit of Mount Everest from the comfort of luxury hotel accommodation. It is possible to see the summit of Mount Everest from vantage points such as Thachok Danda which can be reached without even trekking as high as Namche Bazaar. This make viewing Mount Everest a very easy option for people with limited time.
However, a day or two walk from Lukla will get you to one of the hotels vantage points near Namche Bazaar to glimpse Mount Everest. Even from this distance the mountain views are spectacular. There are luxury hotels near Namche Bazaar with fantastic view of the Mount Everest summit. Or, you may walk a little further to reach the Tengboche Monastery. There are more vantage points near the monastery to gain stunning views of Mount Everest and dozens of other high Himalayan peaks. CLICK HERE to see all the details of our Mount Everest Easy Trek.
Itinerary Route Map for Mount Everest Easy Trek
Direct Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp
The direct trek from Lukla to Mount Everest base Camp and return is by far the most popular trek itinerary in Nepal.
These treks all start from Lukla and take about 12 to 14 days to return to Lukla. Some solid days of walking are required, however, there will normally be at least two rest days on the outbound journey at help your body adjust the to the high altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. So the trek starts at 2,800m altitude, over 9,000 feet at Lukla and reaches 5,300m or 17,400 feet at the Everest Base Camp. This is very high and good fitness and careful altitude acclimatization is required for a safe and comfortable trek. Accommodation options are many and varied along this route. There are also many options for side-treks and experiencing local festivals and religious centre along this route – just contact us here at Langtang Ri for more information on these many options. CLICK HERE to see our most popular Mount Everest Base Camp Trek.
Itinerary Route Map for Mount Everest Base Camp Trek
High Mountain Pass Challenging Treks
The third and most spectacular and physically challenging trekking option is the extended trek to Mount Everest Base Camp via the Gokyo Lakes and the Cho la Pass.
This is a long trek into the heart of the Sagarmatha National park and its most spectacular scenery. The trek starts and ends in Lukla and traverses the very high Cho la Pass as it heads over to the Khumbu Glacier Valley. This is a very challenging pass at an altitude of nearly 5,400m, or 17,700 feet and should only be attempted with the assistance of an experienced guide. However, the experience and stunning scenery reward the effort this trek requires.
CLICK HERE to see just one example, the Mount Everest Three High Passes Trek. But there are many other itineraries too that also include peak climbing opportunities such as scaling the challenging Island Peak just south of Mount Everest.
Itinerary Route Map for Mount Everest Three High Passes Trek
When to Trek in the Mount Everest Region
Probably best to plan your Everest treks for Spring or Autumn. This avoids the mid-summer monsoon season when rain and low cloud can make flying and trekking in the Everest region difficult. While it will be cold in February and November, these are still good times to trek the mountains if you have the right clothing, equipment, accommodation planned and a good guide with you.
So these are just the three main trekking routes in the Everest Base Camp Area. Plus there are lot more valleys, lakes, high peaks, high passes, monasteries and festivals that can be included in a customised trek itinerary.
If you need help to plan your trek please contact Pamfa – she has the answers to all your questions. We hope to see you soon at Langtang Ri Trekking and Expedition.
See our short video on the main Mount Everest trek route options