Nowhere else in Nepal attracts the same level of attention as the Everest (or Solukhumbu) region northeast of Kathmandu, home to the world’s highest summit, Mt Everest, known to most Nepalis as Sagarmatha, and to the local Sherpa people who inhabit the beautiful valleys near the great mountain’s foot as Chomolungma, ‘Mother Goddess of the World’.
The famous Everest Trek usually 2- to 3-weeks is the second most popular one in the country. Essentially, the route involves either a five to six-day walk in (great for acclimatisation and fitness) or a short flight to the mountain airstrip of Lukla before hiking into the high mountains stretching north of the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar.
Beyond here, the route options and staggering views multiply, with detours to side valleys, additional knee-cracking passes and the serenely beautiful lakes at Gokyo. Everest Base Camp is often the ultimate target but fuller mesmerising views are to be had from Gorak Shep and nearby Kala Patthar, a ridgeline prominence at around 5,600m (18,372ft) – likely the highest point to which most visitors will ever walk in their lives.
Our Nepal specialists in the TransIndus office will be happy to discuss route options for the Everest region with you, and help identify the most suitable itinerary for your level of fitness and experience. Given the extreme terrain in this part of the country, it’s essential to employ experienced teams of sherpas and cooks, which is why our ground staff are hand-picked and treated according to the protocols set out by the International Porter Protection Group.