Being the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest attracts a lot of trekkers every year from all around the globe. It gained worldwide attention after Tenjing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reached its peak in 1953. We will take you through some of the same routes that they took all those years ago. The Nepali name for Everest is Sagarmatha, sagar meaning sky and matha meaning head. The Sagarmatha National Park covers an area of 124,400 hectares and is home to animals such as the red panda, snow leopard, and the Himalayan musk deer. Buddhist monasteries such as Tengboche and Dingboche are two of the major highlights. The once in a lifetime experience of the Lukla airport is something quite extraordinary. It is famous for being rated the most dangerous airport by The History Channel in 2010, in a program titled Most Extreme Airports.
The best time to trek in the Everest Region is spring (March to May), and autumn (September to November). If you are in the Tengboche monastery around November, you may get the chance to witness the festival of Mani Rimdu. You might start having a different perspective on life not just from the adventures but also by witnessing the Buddhist practices and their non-secular significance, which is of great interest to many travelers.
There are many Sherpa villages that you will get to explore, including Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. The Sherpas are an ethnic group native to the mountainous regions. They migrated from Tibet about six centuries ago. More than ninety percent of Sherpas are Buddhists. You will come across Sherpas wherever you trek in Nepal as they are expert mountaineers.
One of the reasons for the popularity of the Everest Region Trek is the variety that it offers. Whether you are an experienced trekker looking for something challenging or someone with no prior experience at all, the Everest Region Trek offers something for everyone. It is therefore a popular choice for adventurers coming from various parts of the world.
The easiest of the Everest Region Treks is the Everest Panorama Trek. If you want to experience the Himalayas without working too hard, this is just the trek for you. It reaches up to 4000 meters and only takes 9 days. Apart from spring (March to May) and autumn (September and November), it can also be done in winter (December to February). This is a customizable trek and can be adjusted according to your needs.
The Everest 3 high pass trek is the most difficult of all the Everest Region Treks. Trekkers need to be in good shape for the tiring 18 day trek. During the trek, you will cross 3 of the highest Himalayan passes- Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La. The other highlight of the trip includes getting to know the Sherpa culture in villages like Namche, Lukla, and Phakding. You will also get to explore Gokyo- the valley of glacial lakes, sitting at 4,750 meters. Although it is one of the longer and more difficult treks, it can be customized as per your needs.
If you are looking for an experience similar to the Everest 3 high pass trek but less demanding, the Salleri to Everest base Camp trek is just what you need. This trek also takes 18 days and reaches up to 5545 meters, but is relatively easier. The breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset at Kala Patthar look like they were made by Monet. It is also a customizable trek.
The Everest Base Camp trek and the Gokyo Lake Trek are both not too difficult. The EBC Trek’s maximum altitude is 5545 meters whereas the Gokyo Lake Trek’s is 5357 meters. They both take 13 days each. While the EBC Trek is one of the most fascinating treks that you can be a part of, the Gokyo Lake Trek is its upgraded version that can be customized. Combining the two treks is the EBC Trek via Gokyo Lake. This trek takes 16 days and requires the trekkers to be in relatively good shape. You will get to witness 7 peaks other than the Everest over 7,000 meters. Other highlights of this trek include the Khumba icefall and the Sagarmatha National Park. This trek is ideal for those who want to explore the remote trials in the Himalayas.