Worldwide, Nepal is often recognized by the mammoth of a mountain called Sagarmatha or as popularly known Mount Everest. The highest peak in the world, standing proudly at 8848m, has earned Nepal the privilege of being home to the glorious Himalaya. Sagarmatha has never been considered just a mountain peak; in fact, Sagarmatha translates to the goddess of the sky and is of supreme significance to Nepal, Nepalese, their lifestyle, and belief. Mt. Everest attracts trekkers and peak climbers from around the world and showers them with moments that are inexplicable, and are best when experienced.
Land of Sherpa and High Himalayas
Everest has its recognition deeply spread across the country; however, Solukhumbu boasts the very location of the peak. As a result, Everest region recognizes itself as the vicinity around the Everest (8848m) which entails numerous towering peaks and Sagarmatha National Park as well. Everest region remains one of the finest works of nature as it bears the most diverse geography in all of Nepal. From highland mountains to highland valleys and mid valleys, the geography of the region is enticing itself. The Himalayas in the Everest region includes peaks like Mount Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,414m), Makalu (8,463m), Cho Oyu (8,188m), Nuptse (7,861m), etc. which are also some of the highest mountains in the world. Sherpa is the main inhabitants with others like Rai, Chhetri, and Tamang forming the majority of the populace.
World Famous Trekking to Expedition
Khumbu valley is the highland region which is worldwide famous for trekking and hiking. Kirat Kulung or Rai and Sherpa are the main inhabitants in this region. It includes the town of Namche Bazaar as well as the villages of Thame, Khumjung, Pangboche, Pheriche, and Khunde. The famous Buddhist monastery at Tengboche is also located in the Khumbu. The Khumbu region flaunts exquisite vistas of several ranges from various viewpoints as well as paves ways to base camps of the Sagarmatha, one which starts from Namche Bazaar and goes up to 5364 meters at the base camp. Limiting oneself to Everest Base Camp Trek would be shallow as the Everest region is more than that.
The Sagarmatha National Park, a renowned World Heritage site, features conserved endangered species of snow leopards, blue goats, mountain sheep, and so on. The treks in this region showcase the enthralling peaks and their ranges perfectly arranged before the backdrop of a clear blue sky and the glistening sun. The Khumjung village is famous for Sherpa culture which incorporates their legendary cuisine entirely consisting of barley and buckwheat. Sit down with the locals and take on the famous Tongba (processed malt beer) which not only warms you up for the extreme cold weather but rewards you with medical benefits as well. Gokyo valley and Khumbu valley are the major Himalayan valleys famous among the adventure and nature seekers. Gokyo Lake Trek, Three Passes Trek, Island peak climbing, Mera Peak climbing, Mount Everest Expedition, Ama Dablam Expedition, and Lobuche peak climbing are other popular adventure trips in Everest Region.
The trek to Everest Base Camp includes only 14 days at the most but offers the same spectacular sceneries as when actually climbing the peak. With the support of an experienced crew and guides and enough rest days, the trek won’t leave you feeling too exhausted but instead rejuvenated and healthy. Gokyo Lake Trek carries various elements of the Everest Base Camp trek yet is able to provide a different experience due to its less busy seasonal grounds. The fairly moderate trek reaches up to 5360m at Gokyo Ri and shows the panoramic scene of Sagarmatha and its ranges along with a wide view of the Gokyo lakes. Similarly, the Three Passes Trek is rather adventurous than the two mentioned above as the trek crosses three of the highest passes in the region, namely: Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m).
Best time to Travel
September to November is the ideal time to enjoy trekking or any other mountaineering activities in the region. Due to the onset of autumn, during this time, the mountains look much livelier with the sky clear and with the ‘just right’ temperature.
For the mountain lovers who do not have ample time, mountain flights and helicopter tours in the September-November early mornings provide you a face to face encounter with the giant minus the hard work. Even shorter treks like Everest Heli Trek are available for those in the time crunch.
The Everest region is defined by Sagarmatha but is not limited to it. Give this magical destination a thought and you’ll be surprised by the number of activities you will find worth doing here. Set your dates because the Everest region will guarantee you the best time of your life.