The Everest region trek and Mount Everest, the mother of all mountains and the ultimate pinnacle, are every aspiring mountaineer and mountain enthusiast’s dream to conquer or just get close to this magnificent spectacle that stands 8,848m above the ground.
Everest lies in the Khumbu region of Nepal, whose unparalleled beauty attracts many every year, and its array of well-maintained trails and mountain lodges help that popularity. The trekking routes in this region begin at a high altitude and remain at a high height, higher than anywhere in the world. Because of the height, trekkers in this region experience the most beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayas.
The alpine landscape of the region, filled with glacier-fed rivers, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and great snow-clad peaks, makes the place heaven on earth. The region is also home to some of the most endangered creatures in the world, like the snow leopard.
October and November, or autumn, are the best times of the year to visit the Everest region. The skies are crystal clear, and the temperatures are comfortable. March and April, or spring, are another worthwhile season, but there can be occasional clouds and rain, which gradually become more frequent as the monsoon gets closer in May.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp in the winter or off-season is very possible. The nights can be very cold, but the days are comfortable. It is a lot less crowded, too. But it’s recommended that you do some quick research on local weather conditions to look out for snow.
The rugged terrain and high altitude are home to decent places to stay. Being a popular trekking destination, the trekking routes are filled with good accommodation facilities like teahouses that offer Wi-Fi, western-style toilets, and good food.
For medical services, there is the Khunde Hospital located north of Namche Bazaar. The hospital was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1965. There is also a health post run by the Himalayan Rescue Association in Pheriche village, just above Namche Bazaar. The health post offers emergency treatment along with consultation, Gamow bags, and bottled oxygen for treatments. Chartered helicopters also rescue the sick or injured.
Even though the region is situated at a very high altitude, you will not struggle to find good food. You will mostly find bread, porridge, pancakes, fries, rice, dumplings, pasta, beans, etc. in most teahouses and lodges. But don’t expect to find fresh or any fish items.
The region is not only known for the natural beauty it holds but also for the cultural richness that the place has held for hundreds of years. Home to some of the most exotic monasteries and festivals, the region is a great getaway to escape the chaotic world of today and return to a simpler way of life.
Such a festival is the Gyalpo Losar, or Tibetan New Year. The Gyalpo Lohsar falls in late February or early March. People wear masks and dance and perform the Tibetan opera.
The Dumje festival is another big festival in the region celebrated on the occasion of the birth of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the Himalayan saint who brought Buddhism to Tibet. The festival lasts for six days of rituals and feasting in the fifth Tibetan lunar month, normally in June or July.
Another major festival in the region is Mani Rimdu, which falls in October or November. It is a festival celebrated by the Sherpa people. It is a fiesta that goes on for three days, sprinkled with various ritualistic dances. The festival is celebrated to embrace the coming of the Buddhist religion to replace the ancient animistic religions of the mountains.
And speaking of Buddhism, you guessed it, the ultimate festival in the region is the birth of Gautam Buddha. The day known as Buddha Jayanti usually falls in May. It specifically lies on the full moon of the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar.
Lukla is the gateway to Everest. It lies in the Solukhumbu district. In the past, people had to walk to Lukla to enter the Everest region but nowadays you can get a twenty-five-minute flight from Kathmandu straight to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. It’s a pleasant and scenic flight giving you more than a glimpse of what is in store for you ahead. The region has varied climatic conditions better lookout for unexpected delays in flights, especially during the monsoon and winter. There are other ways to reach Lukla as well. You can drive from Kathmandu to Salleri and then trek for 4 days to reach Lukla.
If you are a foreigner, you will need to obtain a municipality entrance tax to trek in the region. You will also have to get a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit as the region lies under Sagarmatha National Park.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality now charges NRS 2,000 (approximately $20) as of October 1, 2018, removing the TIMS card.We at Himalayan Trekking and Tours will take care of arranging all the permits.
Here’s a list of things you will need when you embark on a journey into the Everest region
Four Seasons-20 Sleeping Bag
It can be very cold at night, and if you want a good sleep after a long day of walking, you will need a good sleeping bag. The best option is to hire a four-season, minus-20-degree sleeping bag in Kathmandu.
A down jacket is very essential when you are in the region. You have the option of hiring a down jacket from stores in Kathmandu, but it is recommended to get your jacket.
Hiking Boots and Socks
Getting the right boots and socks is very important. Get yourself the right boots when you start training before the journey into the Everest region. It is essential to get used to the feel and weight of the boots. Also, get some extra socks and slippers to wear in the teahouses at night.
Thermal Base Layers
Thermal base layers like long-sleeved tops and leggings are essential to keep you warm.
Durable Day Pack
Get yourself a good trekking day back, most daypacks are around 35litres, but if you are packing lighter a 25litre pack if you are packing a little lighter.
The first two or three days of the trek can be dusty. Get yourself a Buff headband to use to cover your mouth when it gets dusty. They can be used as a sweat towel as well.
The sun shines just as bright even at one of the highest places on earth, so get yourself some good sunglasses.
Good trekking trousers to wear over your base layers are a much-needed investment.
T-shirts and Long-Sleeved Tops
Get at least four t-shirts and two long-sleeved breathable tops. You don’t need to pack one for each day just rotate the items for multi-use when you layer one t-shirt over another.
Waterproof and windproof jackets and other items
A waterproof, windproof jacket is essential when you don’t need your down and when approaching the monsoon season. Also, get yourselves a microfleece ideal for layering over thermals, long-sleeved tops, and t-shirts, and also get a pair of gloves, a hat, and a scarf. A water bottle along with a water purifier would be a good thing to take with you.
Get a head torch and spare batteries. A head torch comes in very handy, as power cuts are frequent. Along with these, packing in some extra batteries and your camera would be great. A portable charger pack for your phone is also a must.
Medicines & Essentials
You can get all the medical supplies you need in Kathmandu. A mini first aid kit contains all the essentials for emergencies, including plasters, bandages, and needles, and doesn’t take up much space as well. Don’t forget to pack in sunscreen, toilet paper, deodorant energy, protein bars, nuts, dried fruit snacks, and baby wipes.
Now, with all the packing done, you are ready to begin your incredible journey.
The Everest Region Trek is an adventurous journey to explore the stunning landscapes and culture of the Everest region in Nepal. It is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
Mount Everest stands at an impressive height of 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level. It is a major attraction for mountaineers and adventure enthusiasts due to its status as the world’s highest mountain.
Yes, there are medical facilities in the region, such as the Khunde Hospital and a health post in Pheriche. These facilities provide emergency treatment and consultation, including Gamow bags and bottled oxygen. Chartered helicopters are also available for medical emergencies.
The region hosts several unique festivals, including Gyalpo Losar (Tibetan New Year), Dumje festival (celebrating the birth of Guru Rinpoche), Mani Rimdu (celebrated by the Sherpa people), and Buddha Jayanti (celebrating the birth of Gautam Buddha).
The gateway to the Everest Region is Lukla. Travelers can reach Lukla by taking a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. There is also an option to drive from Kathmandu to Salleri and then trek for four days to reach Lukla.
In addition to Mount Everest, the Everest region boasts stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, glacier-fed rivers, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and great snow-clad peaks.
It’s also home to diverse wildlife, including the endangered snow leopard.
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