Everest Region, home to the world's tallest mountain, lies in the north-eastern part of Nepal. It is also known as the Khumbu Region. This area lies in the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. Fourteen mountains in the world are over 8000m. Among them, four lie in this region. There are ten mountains above 6000m.
Makalu Barun National Park and Sagarmatha National Park lie adjacent to each other. Makalu Barun National Park, home to 315 species of butterflies, 16 species of amphibians, 43 species of reptiles, 78 species of fishes, and more hosts Mount Makalu (8485m), the fifth-highest mountain in the world. Other mountains above 6000m are Mera (6,654 m (21,831 ft)), Baruntse (7,129 m (23,389 ft)) and Chamalang (7,319 m (24,012 ft)).
Sagarmatha National Park shelters 118 species of birds and many endangered species of mammals like red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, martens, and Himalayan wolves. World's tallest mountain, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha), is located at the heart of the park. Some other over 6000m are Lhotse (8,516 m), Cho Oyu(8,201 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Amadablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,623 m) and Pumori (7,161 m).
Gokyo Lakes is one of the major attractions of the region. Dudh Koshi hosts trail for the Everest region trekking. Bhotekoshi river gushing through the rugged valleys creates a picture-perfect view for trekkers.
The Everest Region hosts various adventurous activities. Trekking in Nepal is famous all over the world. Everest Region trekking includes more than a dozen of incredible trek-routes. Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Lake Trek, Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek, etc. are some of the strenuous and audacious ones. One of the world's famous expedition is the Everest expedition, which welcomes thousands of expeditionary tourists every year.
Though Mt. Everest is a major attraction, many other natural wonders behold unique charm and exquisiteness. High altitude lakes, glaciers, moraines, mountains, forests, rivers, biodiversity, and what not; the Everest Region Trek is a paradise for all nature lovers.
The journey to the Everest Region starts with an adventurous flight to Lukla airport at the height of 2860 m above sea level. It is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world. The trails then take us through dark and dense forests and show the bright shine of the mountains. As the rhododendron flowers bloom, the whole landscape changes into colorful shades of pink, white, and red. There are many suspension bridges on the trail that enhances the audacity of the trek.
The cultural and social aspects of this region are fresh and overwhelming. The sherpa settlements illustrate the Himalayan lives. The artistic designs of the Gumbas and monasteries exhibit the Tibetian Culture flourish. Chortens, Mani walls, and colorful prayer flags decorate the trek-routes emitting the sense of peace and ecstasy.
The region has many monasteries, including the Tengboche monastery- the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. The Sherpas have unique cultures, traditions, and dialects. Thus a trek in this region will give us a glimpse of their lifestyle. The Tibetan Butter-Tea is a specialty. October-November is the month for 19 days long Mani Rimdu Festival, which is the most important festival of the Sherpa community.
Everest Region is a piece of heaven on earth. One of the treks in the region should be in your bucket list.