Everest region is without doubt one of the most renowned trekking destinations in the world. The region is an area of high mountains, Sherpa villages, steep trails, but above all, incredible vistas. The Everest region offers a wide range of trekking experiences. From the Everest Base Camp Trek to trekking in remote semi-wilderness areas, there is much to choose from. The ease or difficulty of Everest trekking depends entirely on the route that you have chosen with the main trekking trails to Everest Base Camp being more difficult or the route to the pristine Gokyo valley being the easier choice. The trail from Salleri is also endowed with many conveniently located teahouses. Other trekking routes will, however, almost certainly require camping gear which means organizing trekking staff and equipment. The 7 popular trekking trails to the Everest region are shown here.
1. Everest Base Camp Trek
One of the best ways of trekking in the Everest region, begins with a half an hour spectacular mountain flight to Lukla on the next day after your arrival in Kathmandu. The trek following through the foot trail of DudhKosi River crosses forests of rhododendron and magnolia, villages and monasteries until youreach at Namche Bazaar-a getaway of the Everest Base Camp trekking. From Namche Bazaar travelers trek to Tengboche Monastery and in the forthcoming days they have to go through Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakhshep. From Gorakshep, travelers visit the Everest Base Camp and ascend to the black rocks called Kala Patthar (5555m). After visiting the major target destination Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall, adventurers trek back to Lukla with spending few days overnight at different places.
2. Everest High Passes Trek
Everest High Passes Trek, an adventurous and challenging trek in the Everest region, begins with a stimulating mountain flight to Lukla. The high–passes trek provides an opportunity to visit Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley, GokyoRi and introduces a route to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, the monastery village of Thame as well as other major remote villages and valleys. Sagarmatha National Park, DudhKoshi river, colorful landscapes, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu icefall, Kalapatthar, Gompas, and monasteries in the land enclosed by the soaring peaks are the landmarks of this trek. Lastly, traversing through the classical route makes a complete high-level circuit via the world-famous demanding passes of Kongma La (5,535), Cho La (5420m), and Renjo La (5,340m).
3. Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek reaches the base camp of the tallest mountain peak in the world while staying in the high quality lodges of the Khumbu region. This luxurious trip also includes a cultural trek into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley. Another remarkable feature of the trek is the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range near the Khumbu region with four of the world’s six tallest peaks-Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Besides trekking, take a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers, the Sherpas. The trek furthermore provides an immense opportunity to survey around the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park which hosts a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna and to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. The trek culminates upon enjoying a marvelous 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar.
4. Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes
Gokyo Lake Trek one of the most popular treks in the Everest region, takes you to the fabulous Gokyo Valley, the source of the grand Dudh Koshi River – the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, and the celebrated viewpoints of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar along with Everest Base Camp. The trail further traverses through the landmarks of the Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and many more. The entire area is blessed with the abounding natural beauty of shimmering lakes. With the tranquil appearance of the glacial Lakes, travelers can enjoy 360–degree panoramic views of four 8000 + meter massifs and other mountain ranges from the best viewpoint of the Everest Region, the Gokyo Ri.
5. Everest View Trek
Everest View Trek also known as Everest Panorama Trekking, offers a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit in the high-altitude regions of the world.As compared to other trekking routes of Everest region, this trip is relatively easy and short but still, it is a very scenic one. The trek continues through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers, and an abundance of wildlife, to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Furthermore, the trek brings you to the village of Tengboche (3930m), home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world (4100m) and also reputed by photographers as one of the best places to capture the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8848m) and its neighboring peaks. Everest View Trek is ideal for those people who desire to see the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest within a few days.
6. Everest Base Camp Classic Trek
This is most traditional trekking trail of Everest region, follows the footsteps of legendary mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek begins from Salleri after eight hours of scenery drive from Kathmandu. From Salleri , the trek starts following the places of Nunthala, Bupsa. Walking trekkers will visit delightful Sherpa villages, where they will meet the friendly people and soak up the colors, sights, and sounds of village life as well as the spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalaya. The final points of this classic trek are Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. In this trip travelers experience an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural splendor. The famous mountains to be sighted during the trek are Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Twache, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamsherku and Mt. Everest.
7. Introduction to Sherpa culture
The ultimate journey to understand the Sherpa culture and monasteries, is for those adventurers who wish to make a cultural journey into the Everest region. Along with trekking in the region surrounded by the mighty Himalayan peaks, culture enthusiasts get to visit ancient monasteries and witness the cultural life of the highland Sherpas. It will also be a great introductory trip 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 also passes through Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas, where trekkers will be greeted by spectacular mountain vistas.