Trekking Around Everest Region: Alternatives with Special Features

22 Oct, 2019 Himalaya Land Treks

The Great Himalayan Range in Nepal lines up across numerous regions in the country. Each region has its own story to tell and along with those stories each region displays its color. Among those colors, the Everest region situated in the northeastern part of Nepal is the one that shines the most. The Everest region gets its name from Mt. Everest (8848m), the highest mountain in the world, which lies in this region. 

Also known as the Khumbu region, the Everest region offers alluring views of the Great Himalayas along with its display of Sherpa culture. Thanks to these remarkable attributes, the region is sought out by adventure seekers all over the world. 

Silent alpine forests and steep rugged valleys cover the region, giving it a special ambiance of its own. The lower regions are adorned with pine and hemlock trees, following up to the open mountain terrains, finally reaching to the breathtakingly high mountain ranges all covered in snow. 

To experience these highs and lows of the region for yourself, the best treks are Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Lakes Trek, Cho La Pass Trek, Everest Three Pass Trek, Everest View Trek, etc.   

Similarly, the months from March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn) are the best times to explore the Everest region. These months offer stable weather conditions and also ensure the finest views of the Himalayas. Moreover, the temperature too is moderate during these seasons. While winter brings in very cold weather, monsoon welcomes plenty of rain in the Everest region. Thus, these seasons are generally avoided by most of the travelers.

Pikey Peak Trek

Claimed to provide one of the best views of the Mt. Everest (8848m) by Sir Edmund Hillary, Pikey Peak Trek is a trip that explores the lower fringes of the Everest region. The short trek will take you 8 days while you walk in a leisurely pace and enjoy the sceneries that come along with it. 

The specialty of this trek is the spectacular views of the Numbur Himalayan range and Mt. Everest (8848m) from the Pikey Peak itself. Apart from the view, the trekking route is filled with Buddhist monasteries, Gumbas, and stupas, adding on to the cultural ambiance of the region.

Specialties of the Pikey Peak Trek:

  • The spectacular view of Numbur Himalayan range and Mt. Everest (8848m)

  • Visit Buddhist monasteries like Thubten Choeling monastery, Taksindu monastery, and Chiwong Gompa 

  • Short trek for people with less time 

Everest Short Trek

One of the easiest treks in this region, Everest short trek is perfect for those who are bound by time constraints. The trek takes a total of 9 days and starts with a thrilling airplane ride to Lukla. Next, the trek passes through one of the most popular places in this region, Namche Bazaar. From the vantage points around Namche Bazaar, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m), and so on. Along with the lovely view, you will also get to visit Syangboche Airport, Khunde Hospital, and the Everest View Hotel along the way. 

Specialties of the Everest Short Trek:

  • The thrilling plane ride to Lukla

  • The spectacular view of the Mt. Everest (8848m) and numerous other ranges

  • Visit some famous stops in the Everest region like Syangboche and Namche Bazaar

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Another short trek perfect for those who can’t make time is the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek. This 10-day trek starts with an exhilarating ride to Lukla and ends with an equally exhilarating helicopter ride from Everest Base Camp back to Kathmandu. 

The trek will take you through the famous Namche Bazaar where you can enjoy your time enjoying the authentic Sherpa culture. The trek progresses through Phakding, Tengboche, and Dingboche and many other Sherpa villages. Along the way, you will get to visit one of the oldest monasteries in the Himalayan region i.e. Tengboche monastery. You will then be greeted with the mesmerizing sights of Everest, Taboche, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam ranges. 

Specialties:

  • Fly to one of the most dangerous airports in the world at Lukla Airport

  • Panoramic view of mountains in the Everest range

  • The exciting and relaxing helicopter ride back to Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Trek

One of the most popular treks in Nepal, the Everest Base Camp trek is the perfect place to spend your vacations or long-needed holidays. Passing through the beautiful Khumbu Valley, this region offers plenty of panoramic views of the Everest massif.

You will find many Sherpa localities along the way along with different Sherpa monasteries and Gumbas. Passing through the Sherpa villages, you will come across the striking view of mountains like the Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Changtse (7312m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), and so on. Apart from the Everest Base Camp, the highlight of the trip is Kalapatthar where you can enjoy glorious views of the Mt. Everest (8848m) and its neighboring ranges. 

Specialties of the Everest Base Camp Trek:

  • The view of sunrise and sunset in the company of the Mt. Everest (8848m) from Kalapatthar

  • Explore the biodiversity of the Sagarmatha National Park

  • Visit the Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries along the trekking trails

Everest 3 Passes Trek

The 18-day trek through the famous three passes is one of the most challenging trekking routes in the Everest Region. This makes it a perfect adventure for experienced travelers who are up for a little bit of a challenge. 

The trek passes through the three passes i.e. Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m) along with steep pathways and slippery glaciers as well. The first pass, Despite the challenging trails on the trek, travelers can relish the surreal views of the Himalayas in the Everest range. As such, the Mt. Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), and Makalu (8485m) are some of the majestic landmarks in the region. You can also explore the mesmerizing Ngozumpa Glacier, Khumbu valley, and numerous Sherpa villages on the trek.

Specialties of the Everest 3 Passes Trek:

  • The beautiful view of mountain ranges in the Everest ranges

  • Cross the three difficult passes of the Everest region, namely, Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m)

  • Visit the natural landmarks like the Ngozumpa Glacier and cultural monument like Tengboche Monastery

Gokyo Lake with Everest Base Camp

This trek is a perfect start for advanced travelers who are up for some challenge while enjoying breathtaking Himalayan ranges all in one go. Gokyo valley is most famous for the beautiful turquoise lakes that are scattered across the valley. It is one of the best trek destinations in the Khumbu region. Combined with the friendly Sherpas, ancient monasteries, breathtaking mountain ranges, and the turquoise lakes, this trek is one of the best options available. 

Speaking of natural landmarks, Khumbu Icefall falls under this category as well. You will also get to visit Tengboche, the largest monastery in all of Khumbu region. Likewise, you can also enjoy the breathtaking view of the Everest (8848m) along with Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8485m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Pumo Ri (7165m). 

Specialties

  • Spectacular view of mountain ranges accompanying the Mt. Everest (8848m)

  • Enjoy the views of the beautiful Khumbu Icefall and Gokyo lakes

  • Visit Tengboche Monastery- the largest in Khumbu valley

  • Explore the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Village

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing

This trek joins the cultural and natural experiences altogether. As such, it is a combination of the thrilling trek to the Everest Base Camp and climbs to the top of the Island Peak (6189m). It is safe to say that this trek is not for the faint-hearted. 

The trek follows the classic trail to the EBC and makes stop at Chhukkung before scaling the Island Peak. The view of mountain peaks like Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and Nuptse (7861m) are astounding, especially from the top of the Island Peak. 

Specialties of the Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing:

  • Astounding mountain sceneries of the Everest ranges

  • The challenging experience of trekking through a variety of terrain

  • Explore the Everest Base Camp and numerous Sherpa villages on the way

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

This trek is perfect for travelers who have plenty of time in hand for traveling. It is also known as the classic trek as you will be following the footprints of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa to the Everest Base Camp itself. 

While the trek to Lukla certainly shortens the trip, the trail from Jiri to the EBC allows you to enjoy the Sherpa culture and mountain ranges. The view of mountains like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest as well as many others is impeccable. This is more of a low budget and leisurely trek. 

Specialties:

  • Follow the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Everest mountain ranges

  • Explore the riches of the Sagarmatha National Park

Conclusion

Everest region houses numerous trekking trails and each depicts great natural prosperity of the region. No matter what route you choose, you will be having only the best trekking experiences completed with the beautiful natural sceneries and impeccable Sherpa hospitality. It will undoubtedly be one of the best experiences you will ever have. 


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