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10 best treks in the Everest region

For those looking for perfect trails, we have tried bringing some of the most popular trekking routes in the world. The best treks in the Everest region are once-in-a-lifetime adventure hikes in the company of breathtaking Himalayan scenery. Nowhere in the world is more spectacular than in the Everest region. Once you make it to Everest Base Camp via different trails, you are encircled with grand vistas of several eight-thousanders. Here are listed the 10 best treks in the Everest region.

1. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by Heli

A highly recommended trip and the one you should not miss while you are here in Nepal is the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by heli. The overall trip is combined with a Sightseeing Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, a short trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, and of course the mesmerizing flight over the giant Himalayas.

This trip is perfect for those who wish to experience wilderness with a very limited vacation and long to breathe salubrious mountain air. In fact, the Gokyo Lakes and Mt. Everest are the two magnum opus of nature’s artistry in the lap of the Himalayas. Stopping the chopper at the magnificent Kala Patthar viewpoint is bound to enrich your authentic Himalayan experience with the most pleasing sights. 

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by heli; one of the 10 best treks in everest region
Heli parked in front of the Himalayas

Immerse yourself into a magical world amid the astounding wilderness, elegant mountains, and the most alluring turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes. The beautiful sights of the Khumbu Valley including the Khumbu Glacier is bound to make your trip a remarkable one. On top of that, you will be blessed with breathtaking views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and several other Himalayan hulks.

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration8 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude5,545m/18,193ft

2. Everest View Trek

Everest View trek offers a wide range of spectacular scenery.  It also offers unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit in the high altitude regions of the world. The trek continues through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and abundant wildlife. Visitors will then enter Namche Bazaar (3440m). 

Tengboche Monastery along the path to Everest View Trek; one of the 10 best treks in everest region
Tengboche Monastery along the path to Everest View Trek

Furthermore, the trek brings you to Tengboche (3930m), home to one of the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Tengboche Monastery (4,100m) is reputed by photographers as one of the best places to capture the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest. The concluding days of this adventure will be spent in the delightful and scenic villages of Khunde (3500m) and Khumjung. Here, we will have the opportunity to interact with the legendary Sherpa people and participate in their astonishing traditional lifestyle. 

The Everest View Trek is suitable for any traveler who aspires to relish the surreal beauty of the Nepal Himalayas. Also, to savor the beauty of Mt. Everest in particular while taking delight in the easy trek. If you are in a good physical condition and possess a strong determination, this trek is not very challenging!

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration12 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude3,568m/11,707ft

3. EBC Trek and fly back by Helicopter

This trek is unique in its own way. You will trek all the way to Everest Base Camp on a regular route. After reaching the Everest base camp, you will return to Gorak Shep and onwards on a helicopter ride to Lukla. During the heli journey, you will take an aerial tour of Gokyo Lake en route Lukla, the trailhead.

Glimpse of exploring the Everest region – featuring Nick and Iryna

You will witness the culture of the colorful prayer flags and the faith in Buddhism of the indigenous Sherpa people. Trekking from Lukla onwards, you will see gorgeous views, cross the quaint Namche Bazaar and encounter the Sagarmatha National Park. This tour is especially designed for the adventure lovers who are physically fit and in good health. They must be extremely determined to face the challenges of the unpredictable mountain conditions. 

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration12 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude5,545m/18,193ft

4. Introduction to Sherpa Culture

This tour begins from Lukla, the Gateway of the Everest Region. The trek has been especially devised for those adventurers who also wish to make a cultural journey into the Everest Region. Along with trekking in the region surrounded by Himalaya peaks, culture enthusiasts get to visit the ancient monasteries and witness cultural life of the highland Sherpas. 

Introduction to Sherpa Culture in Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar, a popular Sherpa village

It will also be a great introductory tour to those wishing for cultural insights into the Sherpa version of Buddhism. The trek passes through the verdant alpine forest and wildlife, raging glacial rivers and waterfalls, stony trails, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries. The journey too passes through Namche Bazaar, the capital town of the Sherpas, where you are greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. 

You enjoy the Sherpa village, its culture and centuries’ old monasteries. Since the trek is less challenging, it is perfect for people with sound health and strong mental conditions. No prior hiking experience is required for doing this trip. But, a previous experience in the mountains will certainly make the trek easier and more enjoyable at the same time.

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration14 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude3,985m/13,075ft

5. Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek

It is the most sought after destinations in the Everest region. The trek focuses on adventure, fun, and cultural exposure in the Everest region. The trek helps you to be mesmerized by the turquoise waters of Gokyo lakes, and glaciers suspended on the Himalayas. This trek can be considered as an alternative to classical treks in the Everest region. Visitors get to witness the glorious views of the massive Ngozumba Glacier and the Gokyo Valley from Gokyo Ri. Also, enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views of the 8-thousander mountain ranges. 

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek
View of Gokyo Lakes from Gokyo Ri

Overall, experience the unforgettable moments by witnessing extraordinary natural and cultural landscape throughout the journey. This trek is especially designed for those travelers who wish trying something new in the Everest region. It is for trekkers who enjoy walking without any physical stress of reaching the base camp or crossing high passes. One just needs a strong will power and a sound health condition to overcome this trek without much difficulty. People of all ages can do this trek. But, trekking during winters could pose some difficulties due to the cold and the snowy trails.

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration14 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude5,357m/17,576ft

6. Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek

This trek takes travelers to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak while staying in comfortable high end lodges of the Khumbu region. The grandest mountain walk in the world is an unparalleled opportunity to trek in the Himalayas where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on their epic journey in 1953. 

The trip also includes a cultural trek into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley. Another remarkable feature of the trip is the opportunity to experience the typical Himalayan lifestyle. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range near the Khumbu region with four of the world’s six tallest peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu rising above everything in view. Besides trekking, take a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers, the Sherpas. 

Tour video of reaching Everest Base Camp (Halley and Allie)

The trek further provides an immense opportunity to survey around the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park. The park hosts a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna and to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Upon enjoying a marvelous 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar, the trek culminates. 

This trek is suitable for those who need luxury in comfortable lodges or the finest teahouses in the mountains. If you are in good health and physically fit, then the trip is not as demanding as other Everest treks. It can be taken up by people of all age groups.

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration15 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude5,545m/18,193ft

7. Everest Base Camp Trek

Undoubtedly,  Everest Base Camp trek is the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas. The trek encompasses the Everest region where four of the world’s six tallest peaks rise above everything else. These peaks outshine the towering ridges that straddle the forbidding Himalayas. It is a great adventure trek for physically fit travelers in good health who are determined to face the challenges. 

Clients at Everest Base Camp; one of the 10 best treks in the everest region
Clients at Everest Base Camp

Trekking on the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain trail takes you to the yards of the world-famous Sherpas. Besides, you will witness the culture of the colorful prayer flags and the faith in Buddhism. The views are gorgeous, and walking in the Himalayas proves to be an intense experience. You will feel this as you cross the quaint Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National Park, and Kala Patthar. 

Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views. You come across verdant alpine forests, exotic wildlife, raging glacial rivers, and pristine waterfalls. Of course, you get a glimpse into the life of the Sherpas as well. This trek is a wonderful opportunity to get a closer look at one of the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Nothing beats the thrill and sense of triumph that grips travelers on seeing the grace of Everest up close. 

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average DUration13-16 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude5,545m/18,193ft

8. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass

This tour takes you to fabulous Gokyo Valley, source of grand Dudh Koshi River – the large Ngozumba Glacier, the famous Cho La Pass, and the much admired viewpoints of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp. The trek further traverses through the landmarks of the Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, the friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, Namche Bazaar, and Sagarmatha National Park. 

Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes on the lap of the Himalaya has its own reputation among the adventurous souls. Many trekkers yearn to visit the Gokyo valley as a side trip during their Everest Base Camp Trek. They feel that their Everest trek is incomplete in case they miss the trip to Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Peak, and the famous Cho La Pass. The entire area is blessed with abounding natural beauty of shimmering lakes. 

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Chola Pass
View of the Himalayas from Chola Pass

Beyond peace of mind at the tranquil appearance of the glacial lakes, one can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of four 8-thousanders and other mountain ranges from Gokyo Ri, the best view point of Everest Region. 

This trek is physically demanding as traversing over Cho La Pass may sometimes require crampons. Trekkers with a sound health and possibly a prior hiking experience will not face any trouble is completing this trek. We recommend some physical fitness training along with cardio vascular exercises and stamina build up before taking up this trek. Training for Everest Base Camp trek will definitely make your trip less challenging and easily achievable. 

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration18 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude5,545m/18,193ft

9. Sleeping at Everest Base Camp Trek

This unique trek in the Everest region offers trekkers two extra nights to sleep at the base camp itself. Like the regular EBC trek, you will walk on the same trail until reaching the base camp. Here, you will spend the first night under the starlit sky and relish every moment of it. On the following day, you will trek up to the Khumbu Icefall that is further up from the base camp. You will return to sleep the second night on a camping tent again at the base camp. 

Sleeping in Everest Base Camp; one of the 10 best treks in everest region
Everest Base Camp

Normally, only Everest climbers get an opportunity to sleep at the base camp. But, this unique experience that we provide is a lifetime experience where you may get a chance to meet Everest summiteers. At the base camp, you will witness a slice of the summit of the world’s highest mountain peak. This trek is suitable for people with very good health conditions and who are physically and mentally strong. A prior hiking experience will make the journey more exciting and less challenging. 

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration18 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude5,545m/18,193ft

10. Everest High Passes Trek

Everest High Passes Trek is an authentic platform to view everything that the Khumbu region offers. The journey begins with a stimulating mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. The world famous superb trek provides an opportunity to visit the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, the Gokyo Valley and its tranquil lakes, the best view point of Gokyo Ri and more. 

The trek introduces a route to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, the monastery village of Thame as well through other major remote villages and valleys. Sagarmatha National Park, Dudh Koshi river, colorful landscapes, Everest Base Camp, the Khumbu Icefall, Kala Patthar, and old monasteries in the land enclosed by the soaring peaks are the major landmarks of this trek. 

Everest High Passes trek
During Everest High Passes Trek

Besides, traversing through the classical route makes complete high-level circuit via world famous demanding passes, namely the Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m) and Renjo La (5,340m). This trek is suitable for people of all ages who are physically fit and in sound health conditions. However, those with previous hiking experience will overcome this trekking tour without much difficulties. The trek is a bit challenging. So, we recommend doing some physical fitness training and mental strength trainings to prepare for the journey.

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
Average Duration20 Days
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
Max Altitude5,545m/18,193ft

What is the best trekking route to Everest Base Camp?

Stop being skeptical if you are still unsure about which route to traverse to reach Everest base camp. From the several options, you can now choose the best route for Everest Base Camp trek based on your skills. It’s an advantage if you have any prior trekking experience. You know best that is right for you. So have a thorough read. Pick the best route for you with the facts and information that we have provided. 

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If you are still unable to decide what route is best for you or which trek you should do in the Everest region, we are here to assist you in all possible ways.

Now, you are done with picking your route for Everest Base Camp trek. But, it is equally important to look out for the things that you will need during the trek. When you have the complete Everest base camp trek packing list on hand, it becomes very easy for you. You know what to carry and what you leave behind more than anyone else. Even if you are hiking on an easier route, it becomes difficult with over-packing and carrying non-essential items. Make sure that you have only the essential items in your luggage as well as your backpack.  

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