The lore of the highest mountain in the world is magical for many people. Mt. Everest (8848m.), “Sagarmatha" in Nepali (“Higher than the sky") and “Chomolungma” in Tibetan (“Mother Goddess of the Earth") is a magnet for trekkers and mountaineers alike, but the Solu-Khumbu region has much more to offer. Incredible scenery, huge glaciers, some of the world’s most beautiful mountains, remote monasteries and fascinating Sherpa villages are among the delights that await trekkers to this area.
However, trekking in this region is tough and colder than many of the other popular destinations. Those who wish to see Mt. Everest up close will spend at least 4 nights above 4000m, which increases the risk of altitude sickness. Care must be taken to properly acclimatize before going on to higher altitudes. This can easily be done, as there are many small and interesting side trips along the way.
The quickest and easiest way to reach this region is by a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. However, trekking in from Jiri offers a chance to follow the original Everest route and acclimatize over a week. With sufficient time available, this less-travelled trek can be combined with any of the other Everest region treks to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Popular Treks on Everest Region:
|Trek Name||Max. Elevation||Duration||Grading||Best Time to Go|
|Everest Base Camp Trek||5545m||15 Days||Strenuous||Oct-Dec, Feb-May|
|Jiri to Namche Bazaar||3440m||15 Days||Strenuous||Oct-May|
|Tengboche Trek||3860m||11 days||Moderate||Oct-May|
|Gokyo-Cho La Trek||5360m||19 Days||Very Strenuous||Oct-Dec, Feb-May|
|Gokyo Trek||4750m||16 Days||Strenuous||Oct-Dec, Feb-May|
|Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek||5545m||18 Days||Strenuous||Oct-Dec, Feb-May|