We all want a bit of adventure from time to time and trekking can be a great way to spend a week or two. The Everest region is proving to be very popular with trekkers and the majority of people to visit Nepal will make their way to Everest at some point.
This is a very unique holiday – Everest is the highest mountain in the world and as such has an air of mystery for visitors. It is only in the last 60 years that climbers have been able to conquer this peak and the curious will want to see what it is all about, even if they do not want to attempt the climb.
The Everest region is in the eastern part of the country and is a national park and therefore a protected area. The national park was created back in 1976 and covers an area of 1148 square kilometres. No matter which part of the national park you are in you will be able to enjoy some amazing views. While here you can meet some of the friendly Sherpas or pay a visit to one of the Buddhist monasteries.
While we know the mountain as ‘Everest’, locally in Nepal it is known as ‘Sagarmatha’, which is also the name of the national park in which it sits. A popular part of the park with trekkers is Solukhumbu which can be found in the heart of the national park. While here, trekkers will be able to traverse a wide range of terrain including rocky valleys, meadows and forests. There are plenty of Sherpa villages and glaciers here too so no matter what you want to see you will be able to find it. A trip such as this is considered to be the trip of a lifetime so you need to make the most of every moment.
Many trekkers come to the region to reach the Everest base camp, which can be found at a height of around 5463 metres. Those who want to get a good view of the mountain itself will often choose to climb Kala Pattar, which is a small section of Mt Pumori and this will give a much clearer view of the mountain that has attracted so much attention over the years. There are plenty of other mountains in the region too which are becoming popular with climbers.
Those who are looking for something a little closer to ground level can head for Namche Bazaar, a place which is important in the Khumbu region. This is also perfect for those who are only in the region for a few days and attractions such as the Tengboche monastery offer great views of Everest. Trekking should be done with a properly qualified and experienced guide in order to ensure the safety of all on the trip. There are a number of companies that offer various trekking tours of the region and accommodation may be in a tent or hostel as you travel around.
Trekking is also a great way to find out more about the Sherpa culture and a good place to begin from this is Lukla. This destination is just 35 minutes from Kathmandu by plane and the ultimate destination of this particular trek is Tengboche. This walk only takes visitors to a height of 3890 metres and so it is a fairly moderate trek, making it ideal for those who have not tried this before or who are wary of anything more strenuous. From Lukla, visitors go to Phakding on foot, a journey time of around 3 hours when taken leisurely.
From here it is just a 5 hour journey on foot to Namche Bazaar, where you can stay for a day while you explore the area. The area has many wild animals, great views and a monastery which is welcoming to visitors. The next day the trek will take you to Khumjung, a walk of just a few hours. Each day sees a different section of the walk and trekkers will only have to be on the move for a few hours each day. This allows the rest of the time for acclimatising and exploring.
Other towns which can be visited on this particular trek include Phortse. The return journey takes them all in again and the final day sees a guided tour of Kathmandu, where there are many historical sites and attractions.
An itinerary should be provided before you begin so you can plan what you need for the trip but with the help of an experienced guide, you can have the trip of a lifetime to this region.