Getting a closer view of Mount Everest is in the bucket list for many adventurous travelers. To achieve this dream, many trekkers plan trekking in the Everest region of Nepal.
Everest region opens up different types of trekking opportunities for trekkers with many short as well as long and strenuous treks. Depending on what you want to explore and how much time you want to spend in the Everest region, you can choose the best trekking option.
Named after the highest peak in the world Mt. Everest, Everest region is among the popular trekking destination in Nepal. It is renowned for its cultural and geographical diversity along with the unique adventures in the world.
Along with these, here are a few reasons why Everest Region is the most popular trekking in Nepal:
1. You can Stand Closer to Mount Everest
Mount Everest rests in the Everest region. So, while trekking in the Everest region, you will be walking every day close to the chain of Himalayas. If you choose to hike to Everest Base Camp, you will start from Lukla and walk each day close to Mt. Everest while enjoying the enticing views of the mountain peaks.
On the trek to Everest Base camp, you will walk to the base of the peak itself at 5,380 meters and at Kala Patthar at 5,555 meters altitude. Standing at these points means, you will be on the lap of the Everest and get its stunning views on the neighborhood of other giant peaks.
2. You can Join High Altitude Treks in this Region
All your treks to the Everest region begins from Lukla which is at the altitude of 2,800 meters.
Starting from this altitude you will walk to the maximum altitudes at 5,555 meters at Kala Patthar, 5,464 meters at Three High Pass trek, or at 5,357 meters at Gokyo Ri. With the trek to such a high altitude, you will have the greatest adventures of your life.
On these high altitude treks to the Everest region, you will explore a number of glacial lakes, extended pastures, barren hills, and cross several high altitude passes.
So, you may face some symptoms of altitude sickness, however, the real adventure is when you ascend and conquer those altitudes.
3. You get a Chance to Explore the Phenomenal Gokyo Lake
Trekking in Nepal not only takes you to Everest Base camp, but it also has some other treks like the Gokyo Lake Trek. Gokyo lake is less know than the EBC trek, so you will have a crowd-free trek in the pleasant trails to the Gokyo valley.
On reaching the Gokyo valley you will remain spell-bounded by the stunning views of the glistening Gokyo lakes. These beautiful lakes shine with glimmering lights during the afternoon sun. The view of lake bejeweled on golden rays on the backdrop of the chain of mountains is the most enthralling views one can ever imagine of.
Along with these lakes, you will also get to see Ngodumpa Glacier which is among the biggest glaciers in the world. To get more perfect views of these stunning natural jewels and the sparse Gokyo valley, you can hike to Gokyo Ri. This is the highest point in the Gokyo valley which also offer a different view of Mount Everest and its nearby peaks.
4. You can Explore the Sagarmatha National park
Everest region is closely associated with the Sagarmatha National park, the national park at the highest altitude in Nepal. The national park homes the chain of Himalayas, glaciers, exotic villages of Sherpa people, and the varying topography.
Along with physical diversity, this national park is also the shelter of diverse flora and fauna. The major highlights of the park are the snow leopard and Red Panda. Along with these animals, the park has forests of rhododendron, pines, hemlock, oaks, and other alpine vegetation.
Furthermore, the park is a habitat of around 20 different villages of Sherpa people. With the diversity and uniqueness in vegetation, Sagarmatha National Park is a photographers’s paradise.
5. You get a Rare Chance to Spend Time with Mountaineers
Everest region is the gateway for Everest expedition. So, on trekking to the Everest region, you will get a chance to meet the expedition team ready with their mountaineering backpack.
Everest expedition is scheduled every year in May. So, if you trek in May, you will spend nights with the Mountaineers in the same tea house and share similar meals. While spending time with them, you can share your trekking experiences and hear about their training and preparations for the expedition to the top of the world.
This is a chance to bid warm wishes and motivate the Mountaineers for their successful mountaineering.
Along with the expedition team, you can also meet the climbers preparing for the popular climbing peaks like Island peak, Mera Peak, Lobuche Peak, and other climbing peaks.
6. You can Feel Spiritual with the Buddhist Culture
Everest region is the land of Sherpa people who are the descendants of Tibetans. So, the region has a heavy influence from Tibetan Buddhism. While trekking in the Everest region you will walk past several mani walls and prayer flags.
Walking further under these flapping prayer flags offer you such a delightful feeling. Also, you will also pass by several chortens which add a sense of relaxation to your soaring body during the trek.
Along with all these jewels of Buddhist culture and practices, during the trek, you can explore Tengboche monastery which is among the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region. The unique artistry and architecture that ornaments the monastery is what attracts most of the trekkers in the Everest region.
Plus, the stunning mountain views as seen from the monastery courtyard will leave you awe-stricken. During the expedition season, you may also get a chance to meet the mountaineers preparing for Everest expedition. They come to the monastery to collect blessings before attempting the summit.
7. You get a Privilege of Dining in Everest View Hotel
While on the trek to Everest region, you will explore around Namche Bazaar and walk to the Everest View Hotel for the acclimatization hike. This is the hotel situated at the highest altitude in the world.
After walking across Everest trails you will spend some leisurely time at the Everest View hotel which offers the finest dining with a view. “A warm coffee in the table and the glistening views of the chain of Himalayas along with Mount Everest”.
After coffee, you can also explore the Khunde and Khumjung Village. There, you can explore the school and hospital established by Sir Edmund Hillary. You can spend some time with the Sherpa kids and also make some contribution to the kids to help bring change in their lives.
8. You can Enjoy the Breathtaking Lukla Flight
Lukla flight is among the world’s most dangerous airports. The stunning views of the Everest region along with the adventurous flight to Lukla is among the top attraction for the adventure-seekers like you.
This is the flight that offers adrenaline rush to almost all the travelers. The adventure is the actual beauty of this flight which makes many trekkers plan to trek in the Everest region.
A permanent home of the diverse landscape, mountainscapes, typical Sherpa people, adventurous passes and glacial lakes, trekking in the Everest region is truly a bliss. Offering such diverse experiences during the trek, this region is among the popular trekking region in Nepal.